Not even halfway through its current 28th season, The Simpsons is renewed for its 29th and 30th seasons, cementing the animated show as the long-running scripted TV show in American television history, according to Variety. The series averages roughly 7.2 million viewers per episode.
Nearly two decades after toppling The Flintstones for the longest-running primetime animated series record, during The Simpsons‘ upcoming seasons, the Springfield denizens will surpass Gunsmoke!‘s TV record of 635 episodes.
“This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series,” Fox Television Group chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman said in a 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 [executive producers Matt Groening, James L. Brooks and Al Jean].”
The Simpsons’ 600th episode, “Treehouse of Horror XXVII,” aired on October 16th. A 13-day marathon dedicated to every Simpsons episode thus far will take place this Thanksgiving.