The Simpsons, everyone's favourite dysfunctional family, won't be leaving our screens any time soon. The hit animated series has been renewed for another two seasons. Fox announced the news on Monday (4th May). 

The SimpsonsThe Simpsons has been renewed for two seasons.

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The 22 episode per season deal was signed a month ahead of the finale of season 26. The two renewed seasons will be the 27th and 28th seasons of The Simpsons and the finale of the 28th season will see series reach over 625 episodes. The series is already the longest running scripted prime time show in terms of seasons and, if the series is renewed for a 29th season, it may beat Gunsmoke's record for most episodes for a scripted prime time series, as USA Today reports. 

In their announcement, Fox also included a comment from The Simpsons' patriarch, Homer Simpson:"I've outlasted Letterman, Jon Stewart and 'McDreamy,' because I have something they don't: a costly 200-donut-a-day addiction." 

The Simpsons was first broadcast in 1989 and has continued to be hugely popular. The series has won 31 Emmy Awards in addition to receiving dozens of other awards and high praise from critics. The series was turned into a hit feature film, The Simpsons Movie, in 2007 and recently a Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood was opened. The Simpsons continues to have good ratings and is particularly popular amongst males aged 18-30. 

The next episode of The Simpsons airs on Fox on Sunday at 8pm ET/PT.

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