Wow. Hard to imagine I was 4-5 when The Simpsons first aired. Fox just announced that The Simpsons will be coming back for a 23rd season which will take it to a grand total of 515 episodes.
A lot of fans have criticized the show for going downhill over the past several years but that hasn’t stopped the show from having decent ratings. Factoring in DVR usage, the show is drawing around 8.5 million viewers overall and averages a 3.9 rating in adults 18 to 49, ranking it among Fox’s biggest hits. Great great guest appearances have not stopped either. This seasons most talked about guest, graffiti artist Banksy, storyboarded the shows iconic introduction. If you missed his intro, check it out here.
Simpsons show-runner Al Jean expects the 500th episode to be broadcast in February 2012. “We’ll actually have enough episodes to go into a 24th season,” even if Fox doesn’t officially order that season. H/T Vulture