by 👨💻 Graham Pierrepoint
Love it, hate it, feel that it was better twenty years ago or think it’s on an up-curve again, it’s hard to deny that The Simpsons has just made television history – even more of it – as the FOX network this week offered the show an extension into its thirtieth season, giving it 669 episodes and thirty years as arguably the most successful animated series of all time – and arguably one of the greatest TV series ever to grace our screens. One News Page recently covered a story on how everyone’s favorite yellow denizens of Springfield may be heading back to the big screen, but for now, they look set to remain a part of our home viewing until at least 2019 – with the total of 669 episodes surpassing a previous record held by Gunsmoke.
Regardless of mixed feelings over how the show has been performing in terms of quality over the years, The Simpsons has continued to court viewers and investment for almost three decades – priding itself on a versatile voice cast and likable characters that have been cemented into our pop culture. It is hard to believe that there are now people who are legally able to drink who were not even born when the show was at its height of popularity – and it is a credit to the show’s hard-working staff that it has continued to maintain a steady profile on TV listings since the late 1980s.
However, the series is not without its critics – hardcore fans have been keen to point out that the show was arguably at its best during seasons three to ten, and experienced a drop in quality for a number of seasons afterwards – but there is no denying that Homer’s adventures have evolved over the years thanks to a shifting writing and production team, and that many newer episodes continue to receive high praise on trusted entertainment review sites such as The AV Club. The fact of the matter is that there must be something for FOX to want to keep Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and the rest of Springfield on our screens for new escapades – and the fact still remains that it is hugely entertaining regardless of comparisons made with its older episodes.
How long will the show run for? Production staff were stated to believe that thirty seasons would be a fantastic figure to run to, but it’s never been confirmed as to whether or not this will see the end of the series. Whether this is the case or not, we are in for at least two more years of animated antics from the Springfield crew!