Some would argue the party ended back in the late 90s but FOX is convinced that The Simpsons needs to live on. After contract disputes that threatened the future of the show, FOX has renewed The Simpsons for a 26th season set to air starting in the fall of 2014.
“The Simpsons” has received another record-setting renewal from Fox. The network has ordered a 26th season of the venerable toon series, it was announced this afternoon. Renewal continues “The Simpsons” streak as the longest-running American sitcom and animated program.
The renewal means The Simpsons will have been on the air longer than most of it’s viewers have been alive as it’s been decades now since the first episode aired in 1989.
But the decision to keep the show running won’t please all fans as there is no question the quality of the show has deteriorated as the years have gone by. No one will argue when it’s said that the first five seasons of The Simpsons is some of the greatest television ever produced. he following five seasons are largely hit with a few misses but beyond that the show has become a caricature of it’s former self and now resorts to couch gags that cut into episode time in order to make up for the lack of story.
The Simpsons are a relic that won’t go away so that it can be cherished as something from our past. We can’t enjoy The Simpsons early years without being painfully reminded that the show is still limping towards an catastrophic cancellation.
Season 26 of The Simpsons kicks off in late September 2014.