'The Simpsons' renewed for record-setting 29th and 30th seasons

For some people, the animated comedy The Simpsons will have existed for their entire lives, or even longer.

The Fox network has ordered the 29th and 30th seasons of The Simpsons, carrying it through the 2018-19 season.

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This takes the animated series to 669 episodes, breaking the previous record for a scripted series set four decades ago with the Western Gunsmoke, which produced 635.

The Associated Press quoted family patriarch Homer Simpson as saying: “Take that, Gunsmoke! You lost a race you didn’t even know you were running!”

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The tale of mythical Springfield and the Simpson clan premiered in 1990 and recently aired its 600th episode.

It stars Dan Castellaneta as Homer and Julie Kavner as Marge, as well as Nancy Cartwright (Bart), Yeardley Smith (Lisa), Hank Azaria (multiple characters) and Harry Shearer (multiple characters).

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“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. “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.”

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The Simpsons airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on Global.

With files from The Associated Press

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