FOX Renews 'The Simpsons' for an Historic 26th Season


The Simpsons


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. 

- The Simpsons

Written by: bad_subject
Oct 5th, 2013, 8:47 am

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Mingu (nee Anonymous)

Message Posted On Oct 8th, 2013, 12:21 pm
I bow to your correctness KYLEd and inkblot. You certainly both know your stuff. It was late when I posted and my inner Whovian fanboi got the better of me. Perhaps we can all agree the much less sexy but more accurate statement Mr Reilly should have given would be something like: "This groundbreaking series is not only the longest running ANIMATED scripted show in US television history..." </pedantry>

Message Posted On Oct 8th, 2013, 5:00 am
As of 2013, Coronation Street has been running for the last 53 years. It was first telecast on 9 December 1960 and is the longest running TV series in the world. Man you buys blow at checking facts.

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Message Posted On Oct 5th, 2013, 7:47 pm

Not exactly Anonymous visitor... while Doctor Who is indeed about to celebrates its 50th birthday, you seem to be forgetting a small detail.



Its original run lasted from '63 to '89 with no first run episodes until '05, so that's 35 years on the air (counting the upcoming season).

Obviously it still trounces The Simpsons' 26 seasons but you're givingWho too much credit w/ the statement "broadcast for twice as long".



I agree he's ignorant about "Television History", but there's no doubt he was being America-centric and was referring to strictly American network primetime.



After all when it comes to 'scripted television' he forgot shows that trounce even Doctor Who... Soap Operas.



Coronation Street has been on the air since 1960 (& is still on as of this writing). As The World Turns aired for 54 years. One Life to Live aired for 44 years continuously before it ended and has now been revived.


Message Posted On Oct 5th, 2013, 6:26 pm
"This groundbreaking series is not only the longest-running scripted show in television history"... WRONG! Clearly the Chairman of Entertainment at Fox knows very little about television (no surprise there then). The longest running scripted show is Doctor Who, which is just about to reach it's 50th birthday. Or in other words, has been broadcast for twice as long as the Simpsons.
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