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Simpsons Surpasses Another Milestone

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Here's some news that's sure to make yellow-hued fans tickled pink: Fox has renewed The Simpsons for two more historic and satiric seasons, bringing its overall total to a record-breaking 22.

Sorry, Gunsmoke.

The network has requested 44 more episodes, bringing the four-fingered family's total to a whopping 493.

However, while the renewal means The Simpsons has topped Gunsmoke's 20-year run as the longest-running prime-time entertainment series, Springfield's finest have a way to go before besting the western's episode count. Gunsmoke played for an astonishing 635 episodes.

To mark their longevity, Matt Groening & Co. last month launched "Best. 20 Years. Ever.," a yearlong celebration leading up to Jan. 14, 2010, the two-decade anniversary of the 'toon's debut. Woo-hoo!

(Originally published Feb. 26, 2009 at 8:18 a.m. PT.)

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