Springfield forever! Or at least a few more years.
Fox has given the longest-running scripted prime time series of all time—aka The Simpsons—a two-season renewal, EW has learned. The pickup runs through the 27th and 28th season, and will bring the tally to a whopping 625 episodes for Homer and his family.
The 22-episodes-per-season deal was completed just in time to ensure that there will be no delay in the airing schedule for next season, as the show has a reserve of seven holdover episodes and each installment takes at least six months to produce. There was little doubt that the show would go on: The Simpsons continues to be a ratings draw, especially with young men. As we near the end of season 26, it ranks in the top 10 among Men 18-to-34 while averaging 6.2 million viewers per episode and a 2.9 in the adults 18-to-49 demo.
It’s hard to put the record-breaking run of the show, which has claimed 31 Emmys, in perspective, but consider this: It would take you 12 days (including commercial breaks) to watch every episode —all 574 of them—through this current season. And to compare it with two other long-running animated comedies, South Park only passed the 250-episode mark late last year, and Family Guy hit that same milestone this weekend.