When The Simpsons first aired back in 1988, I was younger than Maggie and no one thought an animated show would work in a prime time slot. As I grew up, the show grew with me and the city limits of Springfield expanded until it became a world onto itself. 28 seasons and nine nuclear meltdowns later, The Simpsons has conquered the world and become the longest running show to date. This week Fox will premiere the annual Halloween special, 'Treehouse of Horror XXVII' which marks the 600th episode from creator Matt Groening & co.
In honor of the 600th episode, watch Homer give Jimmy Kimmel a tour of Springfield:
To celebrate this momentous milestone, we're going to take a look at what The Simpsons has in store for this special episode and what the future holds for the record-breaking institution.
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What's In Store For Episode 600?
The Simpsons doesn't rake in the ratings it used to because many feel the writing of the last few seasons has lacked inspiration. That being said when you've generated 599 stories, it's hard to constantly come up with something new and fresh; Yet with episode 600, the writers prove that Springfield still has a few tricks up its sleeve.
This year's Treehouse of Horror special features a couch gag created for VR glasses, the resurrection of Frank Grimes and parodies of The Hunger Games and Kingsman: The Secret Service. There'll also be some familiar voices stopping by as special guests, Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob, Donald Fagen from Steely Dan and Sarah Silverman as Lisa's psychotic imaginary friend.
Catching Up With Gunsmoke
The Simpsons may already rank #1 for 'Most Seasons' but has a long way to go before breaking the record for 'Most Episodes.' The long-running Western drama Gunsmoke clocked in 635 episodes over the course of its run from 1955 to 1975. However, The Simpsons focuses on quality of writing over quantity, whereas Gunsmoke relied on a primitive and repetitive formula of Cowboys and Indians to churn out episodes.
Check out The Simpsons' parody of the Gunsmoke protagonist:
The cast of The Simpsons have already signed on for two more seasons leaving many to assume the show will conclude after Season 30. If the show does indeed end after 30 seasons it will push them past Gunsmoke for the most episodes. Just like Grandpa Simpson, it seems like this old franchise still has some yarn to spin and is hungry to break more records.
Check out which shows have the most episodes below:
- 1) Gunsmoke (CBS): 635 episodes; 20 seasons
- 2) The Simpsons (Fox): 600 episodes; 28 seasons
- 3) Lassie (CBS): 591 episodes; 19 seasons
- 4) Law & Order (NBC): 456 episodes; 20 seasons
- 5) The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (ABC): 435 episodes; 14 seasons
A Lifetime Supply Of The Simpsons
As it stands, it would take you 202 hours and 24 minutes to watch every single installment of the best animated show. In that time you could learn a new language, bake fifty cakes or create your own animated show (I'm looking at you Seth MacFarlane). It will be sad to say goodbye to America's favorite family but fortunately for us, they have left us with plenty of memories and more to come!