Over the weekend the Sydney Opera House played host to the 2016 Graphic Festival – a celebration of animation, comics, illustration and music – which saw The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening grace the stage over for two shows on Friday and Saturday.
Amongst talking about the birth of The Simpsons and his creative path since it first aired on the Tracey Ullman Show back in 1987, Groening also took the chance to announce that the show has been renewed for two more record-breaking seasons.
Matt Groening announces two more seasons of The Simpsons at the 2016 Graphic Festival over the weekend. Excellent.
Currently in its 28th season, The Simpsons will return for number 29 and 30 over the next few years. This will see the show overtake classic Western drama Gunsmoke! for the record of most TV episodes ever (635), nearly a decade after overtaking The Flintstones for the longest-running primetime animated series record.
“This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series,” Fox chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman said in a statement. “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 [executive producers Matt Groening, James L. Brooks and Al Jean].”
Groening also talked about some of his favourite Simpson’s moments of all time. You can’t really argue with the man but you probably will anyway. Watch below:
Check out our definitive all time Simpsons songs list while you ponder your favs.