The Simpsons To Return For 23rd Season, Pass 500th-Episode Mark

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<i>The Simpsons</i> To Return For 23rd Season, Pass 500th-Episode Mark

The Simpsons has been renewed for a 23rd season, Fox announced today, which will bring the animated series to a staggering 515 episodes. Lassie and Gunsmoke are the only primetime shows to have produced more episodes.

“Like many 22-year-olds, The Simpsons is extremely happy remaining at home, on FOX, and hopes it doesn’t have to go out into the real world for many years to come,” Executive Producer Al Jean said in a statement.

Debuting in December 1989 after appearing as a series of popular shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show, The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom and in 2009 surpassed Gunsmoke as the longest-running primetime series. The show has spawned a feature film, comics, books, albums, video games, a theme-park ride and endless merchandise.

News of the renewal comes during a 22nd season that Vulture calls “particularly buzzworthy,” thanks to cameos by the likes of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, and an upcoming appearance by Katy Perry in a send-up of her cut Sesame Street duet.