Tonight, “The Simpsons” will celebrate its 500th episode. That’s more than 11,000 minutes of television. More than 180 hours. If you watched consecutive episodes of “The Simpsons” 24 hours a day, it would still take you more than a week to watch them all.
That’s a lot of couch gags. A lot of “D’ohs.” A lot of chalkboard jokes.
Executive Producer Al Jean said:
“In a business where things get tired in a matter of months, we were able to sustain for a whole generation.”
Executive Producer James L. Brooks said:
“I think it’s the flexibility of these characters. They can do any kind of comedy anyone ever thought of, from farce to reality… For a long time, we didn’t want to deal with the fact we could do anything we wanted. There were no sets, no past, no future. The first group of years was spent not taking advantage of any of that [freedom]. Then we started letting it in.”
Tonight’s episode will feature Julian Assange. Here’s a preview of “The Simpsons” 500th episode.
Are you tuning in for “The Simpsons” 500th episode?
If you haven’t been watching “The Simpsons” lately, here’s a look back at their famous opening sequence.
Here are all of Bart Simpson’s chalkboard quotes. (Via Cable TV.)
And if chalkboard quotes aren’t your thing, here are some Simpson couch gags.
Do you still watch “The Simpsons?” Do you think “The Simpsons” will hit 600 episodes?