According to series composer Danny Elfman, The Simpsons is fast approaching its endgame. Ever since 1989, the hit animated series has been airing on the Fox network and the character have since established themselves as America's favorite animated family.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and if Danny Elfman is correct, that particular time for the long-running show now seems to be in sight. Here's what Elfman said in an interview with Joe when asked about when The Simpsons may come to an end, adressing the arguement that the show is well past its prime at this point.
"Well, from what I've heard, it is coming to an end. So, that argument will also come to an end... I don't know for a fact, but I've heard that it will be in its last year."
While Elfman's comments may suggest The Simpsons will be off the air any minute now, fans of the series shouldn't start getting too terribly worried just yet. Earlier this year, Fox renewed The Simpsons through season 32, the latter of which will take the series past the 700 episode mark. As the show is just partway through season 31 with season 32 set to premiere next fall, the series will be around until at least the spring of 2021 when that season comes to a close. Whether the show will return with any additional seasons past that point remains to be seen, but for what it's worth, going without new episodes is not something we're going to have to worry about in the immediate future.
Even with 32 seasons on the Fox network guaranteed, the hard truth is that the show is going to have to come to an end eventually, and we're probably closer to that point than hardcore fans may want to admit. There's only so much territory for most any series to explore after three decades on the air, and the show faces constant criticism from former fans who say The Simpsons is past its prime. Still, Bart and his family continue to hold on strong with enough people watching every year to keep the series going. There was news in August that Disney is exploring The Simpsons Spinoff ideas.
During its run on Fox, The Simpsons has achieved monumental success as a primetime TV series. It has currently enjoying its status as America's longest-running sitcom in history in addition to being the longest-running American scripted primetime TV series. The Springfieldian family has also been given their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and even have their own themed land at Universal Studios Orlando. The Simpsons has been an absolute critical hit as well, with its dozens of prestigious awards including a whopping 34 Primetime Emmy Awards.
Lately, classic episodes of The Simpsons have been experiencing a bit of a resurgence now that the series is streaming on Disney+. Unfortunately, issues with the show's aspect ratio on the streaming service has left some fans disappointed, though Disney says this problem will be addressed early next year. As for The Simpsons on Fox, we should be getting new episodes until at least 2022. This news comes to us from Joe.