FOX has renewed “The Simpsons” for two more years, ensuring that it will become the longest-running prime-time series in TV history. This season, the show’s 20th, tied the record held by “Gunsmoke” since that POS Western went off the air in 1975.
As a TV blogger, I’m required to talk about how “The Simpsons” isn’t as good as it used to be, I miss the glory days of Seasons 3 through 9, blah blah blah. Whatever, I think it’s cool that FOX is keeping it alive, if only to break the record. “The Simpsons” shaped an entire generation’s sense of humor, the least we can do is not bitch about it failing to live up to its own standard while it goes down in TV history.
Of course, all of this will be moot as soon as “The Simpsons” finally ends. “Law & Order” is in its 19th season and that thing’s never gonna go off the air. That show doesn’t even have producers or directors any more; it’s a living, self-aware organism. The cast just automatically mutates and regenerates every couple of years.
(screencaps from Eye on Springfield)