The animated FOX sitcom The Simpsons has been renewed for its 29th and 30th seasons. This announcement, which allows the show to continue through the 2018-19 seasons, secures The Simpsons as the longest running scripted TV show in American television history.
The renewal will carry the cartoon family, which debuted in 1989, to a total of 669 episodes. This passes the current 40-year record holder, Gunsmoke!, which held the record of 635 episodes.
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The animated series is about a dysfunctional cartoon family living in the town of Springfield in an undisclosed U.S. state. The show features the working class family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie, and mainly parodies culture and society.
I remember watching the cartoon on Sunday evening as a kid. I always thought the show was funny and made sure to watch it. I think what made it so funny was how dysfunctional the family was. Homer, the dad, seemed to lack common sense and Bart, the son, was always getting into trouble. Lisa, the daughter, seemed to be the smartest of the bunch while Marge, the mother, was always trying to hold the family together. Then there was Maggie, the youngest daughter, who only communicated through sucking her pacifier.
One thing I do remember about the cartoon is that it always seemed to be on TV. Even today, I feel like there is a good chance you can find it by flipping through the channels. Then again when a show has over 600 episodes the odds are increased. I also noticed that the network FXX, owned by FOX, boasts that you can stream every episode created of The Simpsons online through their network.
Since the creation of the show in 1989, it would seem that the cartoon has never lost its popularity. I think it is very interesting that the longest running scripted TV show in America is now a cartoon about a dysfunctional family.
Do you think this says anything about our society? Or do you think it is just a funny TV show that parodies society and culture in a way that keeps people watching?