FOX has renewed “The Simpsons” for an unprecedented 29th and 30th seasons. The show is already the longest-running primetime scripted show in American TV history in terms of seasons, and the pickup will push it past “Gunsmoke” in terms of episode count as well.
By the end of Season 30, the show will have aired 669 episodes, 34 more than “Gunsmoke” did during its 20-year run from 1955-75.
How long has “The Simpsons” been on? When it premiered in December 1989, the World Wide Web was still theoretical, DVDs were six years away from being invented and current TV stars Grant Gustin, Sarah Hyland, Maisie Williams, Emma Roberts, Emily Bett Rickards and Tyler James Williams weren’t born yet.
Here are some other numbers from the long history of “The Simpsons.”
30: “The Simpsons'” Nielsen ranking (in households) for its first season. It was the then three-year-old FOX network’s top show in 1989-90.
4: Number of broadcast networks in 1989-90.
6: Years before UPN and The WB became the fifth and sixth broadcast networks.
0: Number of ad-supported cable channels producing scripted series in 1989-90.
328: Current difference in episodes between “The Simpsons” (601) and the current FOX show with the second-largest number of episodes, “Family Guy” (273).
325: Number of FOX primetime shows that have premiered since “The Simpsons” debuted on Dec. 17, 1989.
301: Number of those shows that are no longer on the air.
32: Number of Emmy Awards “The Simpsons” has won.
166 (at least): Characters with speaking roles over the life of the series.
127: Credited writers over the life of the series, per IMDB. 128 if you include Edgar Allan Poe, as the first “Treehouse of Horror” featured a segment using his poem “The Raven.”