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The Simpsons Will Break the Record for Most Scripted TV Episodes, Ever

Two more seasons!

Alexander Zalben

Get ready to visit Springfield until you're old and grey (even if we still don't officially know where the city is located): The Simpsons has been renewed for Seasons 29 and 30, meaning it will break the record for the most episodes for a scripted TV series, ever.

"Take that 'Gunsmoke!' You lost a race you didn't even know you were running!" said Homer Simpson, a cartoon who cannot actually talk, via a statement sent by Fox.

In case you didn't get Homer's subtle reference, Gunsmoke was the previous (and to be fair, current) record holder, with 635 episodes. The Simpsons just passed the 600 episode landmark, and as of Season 30 will hit a grand total of 669 episodes.

"This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series," said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group via statement. "The Simpsons has meant so much to the network, the studio and everyone at Fox, and its continued cultural impact around the globe is a testament to the combined brilliance of Matt, Jim and Al."

The Simpsons actually blew past another Gunsmoke record almost a decade ago: the Western show was previously the show with the most seasons -- that would be 20 -- tying with Law & Order, which only made it to a paltry 456 episodes.

The adventures of Maggie, Bart, Lisa, Marge and yes, Homer, have a ways to go for beating the record of longest running show and most episodes ever, though. That record is currently held by Meet The Press, which has been running for 69 seasons and over 17,590 episodes. Perhaps post-season 30, The Simpsons might want to consider airing daily, live?

The Simpsons currently airs Sundays at 8/7c on Fox.