This weekend, 'The Simpsons' will air its annual Treehouse of Horror episode with a special, lengthened opening credits sequence from filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. If that wasn't enough of a treat for fans of the legendary, long-running animated series, how's this: FOX has just renewed 'The Simpsons' for a landmark twenty-sixth season.
The same voice actors are back; the writers are back; the showrunners are back; 'The Simpsons' are back. After a quarter of a century, the series is still going strong in the ratings, with a very loyal fan-following that grew up with the series. The show has been in the news recently for confirming that there is a prominent character death on the horizon in the current, twenty-fifth season. Is killing off characters a gimmick to freshen up plots after a quarter-century, or is it a valid writing step? Time will have to tell.
Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment at Fox, released the following in an announcement about the renewal: "'The Simpsons' has captured the hearts and minds of fans in a way that transcends ages, languages and cultures. This groundbreaking series is not only the longest-running scripted show in television history, it’s one of the greatest sitcoms of our time, and I’m looking forward to yet another landmark season."
'The Simpsons' debuted on FOX way, way back in 1989. To put that into perspective, here's some fun facts about the year that 'The Simpsons' debuted:
- The Berlin Wall fell a month prior to 'The Simpsons' debut.
- No one had ever heard of an internet and beginning rumblings of a world wide web seemed a pipe dream over in Switzerland.
- George H. W. Bush became the 41st President of the United States of America that year.
- 'Coach,' 'Chip & Dale's Rescue Rangers,' 'Quantum Leap' and 'Seinfeld' debuted in 1989.
- Nintendo released the original Game Boy, a monochromatic hand-held gaming system.
- Many of our loyal TVRage readers had not yet been born.
This weekend, 'The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror XXIV offers three spooky tales. The series was recently named the best sitcom in American history by Entertainment Weekly.