No end in sight for The Simpsons

The_Simpsons_5F1426 seasons and there is no end in sight for The Simpsons.

Executive producer Al Jean told Digital Spy, “I don’t see an end in sight – ratings are really good.

“I think it’s going to go at least two more years, maybe four, maybe more.

“I’ve stopped trying to predict, because it always goes much further than anybody dreams.”

He also said there are ideas for a second film but there are no concrete plans.

Jean said a joke in the crossover episode in Family Guy was not to his liking.

The scene saw Stewie Griffin prank call bartender Moe, telling him his sister had been raped.

“I’d actually said to (co-creator) Jim Brooks that maybe we should ask them to change that, just because the word is so offensive.

“He said – and I respect this – that’s what they do and we don’t want to be the heavy hand that censors them. But personally I would’ve omitted it.”

The scene drew criticism in the US.

“Stewie makes the joke and everybody looks at him, like ‘That is not funny’ – but a lot of reports missed that second part of it,” he continued.

“The whole idea is that we don’t think that’s funny – we were saying, ‘We hate that joke’.”


  1. Season 1-13 of The Simpsons is some of the single best TV ever written. 14-17 has the odd gem here and there. Ever since it’s been this haphazard mess with so many jokes that fail to fire. It remains due to its huge profitability in reruns. It hasn’t been a big rater for many a year on Fox.

  2. The main reason for the show’s longevity is because it is animated and the characters don’t have to age. Unlike other family sitcoms like Who’s the Boss and Home Improvement where the child actors grew up and had to be given more mature storylines, Bart and Lisa can stay the same age forever. There was one episode – the Lisa’s Wedding episode – where Bart and Lisa were shown as adults, but the writers cleverly made that a dream sequence and they were back as kids by the time the episode ended. There have been real life events which have needed to be accommodated such as actors dying and characters which have had to be retired but overall the show has stayed true to its original premise and that is why it has lasted so long.

  3. I am glad that The Simpsons have never stooped some of the lows that we had seen in the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover episode. The joke in question wasn’t funny, and merely highlighted the gratuitous and tasteless nature of Family Guy.

    I am glad to hear directly from Al Jean that those sorts of jokes are not acceptable on The Simpsons.

  4. Have no fears, we’ll have stories for years, like
    Marge becomes a robot, maybe Moe gets a cell phone, has Bart ever owned a bear? Or, how ’bout a crazy wedding?
    Where something happens doo doo doo doo…

  5. I really enjoy The Simpsons, but I didn’t enjoy the FG crossover episode. To me it highlighted how different the shows really are and I didn’t think The Simspons sat comfortably in with the more “adult” nature of Family Guy. To me it almost seemed wrong to see Simpsons characters in that environment.

  6. Awesome news.

    It could continue on for a long time.

    Its the highest rating show on FOX in the US which is amazing after such a long time.

    I loved the FG crossover..there needs to be more!!

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