The Simpsons sets record with new seasons


Classic US cartoon The Simpsons is setting a new world record after being renewed for another two seasons.

On Friday, US TV network Fox ordered the 29th and 30th seasons of the animated comedy, which will bring its number of episodes to 669.

It will push The Simpsons past Gunsmoke - a western live-action drama which totalled 635 episodes.

"This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series," Fox bosses Dana Walden and Gary Newman said.

"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 [Groening, Brooks, and Jean, the show’s executive producers]."

The show has embraced the digital age, with short clips on YouTube related to current events. In July it released a clip of Homer's decision on the US election.

All six main voice actors will stay on board for the new seasons.