A cartoon family of world-class underachievers is set to burst an enduring TV record.
The Fox network has ordered the 29th and 30th seasons of "The Simpsons," carrying it through the 2018-19 season. This takes the animated series to 669 episodes, breaking the previous record for a scripted series set four decades ago with the Western "Gunsmoke," which produced 635.
Family patriarch Homer Simpson was quoted as commenting: "Take that, 'Gunsmoke'! You lost a race you didn't even know you were running!"
The tale of mythical Springfield and the Simpson clan premiered in 1990 and recently aired its 600th episode.
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It stars Dan Castellaneta as Homer and Julie Kavner as Marge, as well as Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer.