In the world of television, there is no greater honor than to get renewed for another season. And the longer you go in your run, the better and more “valuable” your show is. Look at something like Cheers, or MASH, ER, NCIS, Law & Order SVU and so on for examples of this. But when it comes to animation, it honestly is a pretty short list of shows that have lasted decades in the continuous sense. One is South Park, and the other major one is of course, The Simpsons.
This show started in 1989, and since then, they’ve become pop culture phenomenon, inspired all sorts of things, gotten their own major motion picture (which did well at the box office), has been referenced, parodied and more over 30+ years, and so on and so forth. But, the problem with running the “same gag” for 30+ years is that eventually…the quality goes down. Many have accused The Simpsons of having that dip for many years now. So the question is, when will it end?
Writer and Showrunner Al Jean talked with ComicBook.com and noted that in his mind, the show won’t be ending soon. And even if it was, he doesn’t have a place he’d want it to end per se:
“It’s never been about the round number. Every pickup is a two-year pickup, because it’s really hard for animation to do pickups yearly, so we’re going through Season 34, I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if we went through Season 36, so then 38. There’s a number of factors that’ll impact the decision, but so far, it’s all systems go.”
So yeah, it seems they’re fine with continuing the show. Especially since they’re going to be doing mini-episodes via shorts on Disney+. So you’re going to be seeing this family and their shenanigans for quite some time it seems.