The Simpsons make TV history
QuoteIt's official: The Simpsons will become the longest running prime-time series in American TV history.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, US network Fox has ordered two more 22-episode seasons of the animated series. That means The Simpsons will remain on TV until at least 2011, bringing the yellow-skinned family's total output up to 22 seasons and 493 instalments.
And it's possible that the series could be renewed again, making its already staggering number of instalments even higher.
The record for America's longest running prime-time series was previously held by the Western-themed Gunsmoke, which ran from 1955 to 1975. Law & Order isn't far behind The Simpsons, currently in its 19th season.
Few other TV families have had the cultural impact of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie: their catchphrases have entered the cultural lexicon, The Simpsons merchandise is still a billion-dollar global industry, and the long-awaited movie blitzed the worldwide box office upon its release in 2007.
The Simpson's will never get old for me