The Simpsons showrunner discusses its future and how many episodes are left

Tasha Hegarty
·2-min read
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

From Digital Spy

The Simpsons showrunner Al Jean has opened up about the future of the show and when he thinks it might end – if ever.

With today's (March 21) episode marking the show's 700th, and the recent renewal news of at least two more seasons, fans can rest assured there are definitely more episodes to come.

"We're going to definitely do 757," Executive producer Al Jean told Variety. "I wouldn't say that's the end but I don't know how much further we can go."

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

Jean said that a show like The Simpsons will never really disappear as there is such an appetite for it – someone else will just take over if it ever gets cancelled.

"As soon as they cancel us, they'll reboot us," he said. "I'm confident, after I'm gone, there'll be some sort of 'Simpsons' coming. It's too ubiquitous to think that it'll just disappear."

While Jean is pretty much ruling out they'll ever make it to 1,000 episodes, there are "lots of big surprises" to come, according to the show's creator, Matt Groening, who was delighted when the show was renewed last week.

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

"Everyone at The Simpsons is thrilled to be renewed once more, and we are planning lots of big surprises," Matt Groening said. "Homer will lose a hair, Milhouse will get contact lenses and Bart will celebrate his tenth birthday for the thirty-third time."

Executive producer James L Brooks also added: "My biggest move was in the very beginning when I decided to never uncross my fingers."

The Simpsons is now available to watch on Disney+ in the US and the UK.


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