As long as I have been alive, The Simpsons have been on TV (Literally, I was born the year the first episode aired). They have been a part of my life for the most part ever since. After elementary school, it was on in reruns. After high school, it was on in returns. When I was in college, I was watching new episodes as they aired. As an adult, I watch new episodes as they air and throw on a rerun most days of the week thanks to this hip new thing called the internet.
With Sunday nights yearly halloween-themed “Treehouse of Horror XXVI” episode, The Simpsons will reach the 600 episode mark. The only other show to make such a feat was Gunsmoke.
What’s really wild, is with 27 Halloween themed episodes, The Simpsons has more Halloween episodes than thousands of other TV shows had normal episodes.
Now by no means is The Simpsons the longest running show in all of television. For scripted series based out of the US, they’re second, as Gunsmoke had 635 episodes when it finished production. In all of television, NBC’s Meet The Press holds the crown with 68 years on Television.
Still, 600 episodes is incredibly impressive! Especially when you have to keep things fresh and current.
From references about Geraldo, all the way to making fun of Siri.
How long The Simpsons will stay on the air remains to be seen. However, when they have to take a permanent stay in rerun territory, there will be an extensive library to choose from.