'The Simpsons' Renewed for Record-Breaking 29th, 30th Seasons

Animated sitcom to surpass 'Gunsmoke!' record for most episodes by scripted series

'The Simpsons' has been renewed for its 29th and 30th seasons, ensuring the animated sitcom will surpass 'Gunsmoke' for most episodes in TV history. Credit: FOX

Not even halfway through its current 28th season, The Simpsons is renewed for its 29th and 30th seasons, cementing the animated show as the longest-running scripted TV show in American television history, according to Variety. The series averages roughly 7.2 million viewers per episode.

Nearly two decades after toppling The Flintstones for the longest-running primetime animated series record, during The Simpsons' upcoming seasons, the Springfield denizens will surpass Gunsmoke!'s TV record of 635 episodes. 

"This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series," Fox Television Group chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman said in a 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 [executive producers Matt Groening, James L. Brooks and Al Jean]."

The Simpsons' 600th episode, "Treehouse of Horror XXVII," aired on October 16th. A 13-day marathon dedicated to every Simpsons episode thus far will take place this Thanksgiving.