Doh! Simp­sons go­ing on 30 years

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

Hit an­i­mated com­edy The Simp­sons will re­turn for two more sea­sons on US tele­vi­sion net­work Fox – its 29th and 30th – and thereby will set a record as the prime­time scripted se­ries with the most episodes.

The chron­i­cles of the life and ad­ven­tures of the Simp­son fam­ily, which is cur­rently in its 28th sea­son, broad­cast its first episode in De­cem­ber 1989.

With sea­son 30, The Simp­sons will hit 669 episodes, break­ing the record held by West­ern drama Gun­smoke with 635.

The show -- which has won more than 30 Em­mys – stars Homer, the fa­ther work­ing for a nu­clear power sta­tion, wife and voice of rea­son Marge, and chil­dren Bart, Lisa and Mag­gie.

In its early years, it reg­u­larly pulled in more than 15 mil­lion view­ers with 33 mil­lion for its most-watched episode “Bart Gets an F” in 1990. It is so pop­u­lar that ref­er­ences to The Simp­sons have be­come part of pop cul­ture.

The show has long held the record for the most num­ber of sea­sons for a scripted tele­vi­sion show in the United States, pass­ing “Gun­smoke” at 20, but de­clin­ing au­di­ence fig­ures had led to fears that it would not be re­newed.

Over the years, The Simp­sons has fea­tured guest stars rang­ing from Michael Jack­son and Ringo Starr to Lady Gaga, Dustin Hoff­man and Stephen Hawk­ing. – AFP

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