Hit animated TV show The Simpsons has been renewed by Fox for its 29th and 30th season. The episodes, set to hit the small screen in 2019, will take the episode count for the cartoon to 669, beating the previous record holder Gunsmoke which last aired in 1975 with 635 episodes.

Most of the original cast have confirmed their return including Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer and although there has been no mention of when the show will air its final episode, Executive Producer Al Jean hinted at the show’s finale in a recent statement: “It’s quite possible that we don’t have to go through the whole negotiation for 30. I wouldn’t be stunned if we stopped at 28 but my bet is on at least 30. But then you’d have to resign them again. If you made me pick one, I’d say the likeliest is ending after 30, but I’ve been wrong before. I thought five seasons was good when I got there.”

The Simpsons first premiered in 1989 and was an instant hit with adults and youngsters alike. Today, it still manages to reach audiences of over 7 million on all platforms, confirming its status as one of the most successful and timeless shows in television history. Its success is down to the fact that it is still televised daily in many countries and is readily available on various online streaming sites such as Hulu and FoxNow.

Throughout the years, the show has established itself as more than just a cartoon by winning 32 Emmy awards, 34 Annie awards and it was also the first animated series to win a Peabody Award in 1996. “Take that Gunsmoke! You lost a race you didn’t even know you were running!” were the words of Homer Simpson in an official press release.

Erin Smith, Correspondent (Film)

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