Nothing to say D'oh about here: The Simpsons has been renewed for an unprecedented 29th and 30th season by Fox, making it the longest-running animated series and the largest number of episodes for any scripted TV show ever. ¡Ay, caramba! Gunsmoke previously held the record for most scripted TV episodes with 635. The Simpsons will have 669.
"Take that Gunsmoke! You lost a race you didn't even know you were running!," Homer Simpson, yes the fictional character, said in a statement from Fox.
So far this season, The Simpsons has been averaging 7.2 million viewers across platforms. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean serve as executive producers.
"This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series," Dana Walden and Gary Newman, chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, said in a joint statement. "The Simpsons has meant so much to the network, the studio and everyone at Fox, and its continued cultural impact around the globe is a testament to the combined brilliance of Matt, Jim and Al. Congratulations to everyone who works on this groundbreaking series—from the voice cast and producers to the writers and production team—you comprise one of the greatest collections of creative talent in the history of the medium. And to the millions of Simpsons fans around the world, thank you for watching all these years. We're happy to tell you there's lots more to come."
In the Sunday, Nov. 6 episode, Homer get ends up coaching the kids' lacrosse team with Milhouse's desperate dad. But Milhouse's dad, Kirk, is a little too clingy for Homer's tastes.
The Simpsons airs Sundays, 8 p.m. on Fox.