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The Simpsons showrunner Al Jean spills on how series could end

A showrunner for The Simpsons has spilled on how the iconic series should end – even if he’s reassured fans it is not on the cards anytime soon.

The longest-running prime-time series in US history is currently in its 33rd season.

But showrunner Al Jean says he is hopeful the series will link back to the first episode when it is eventually brought to a close.

“There would be an ending where they [the Simpsons] would be going back to the Christmas pageant from the first episode, so that the whole series was a continuous loop,” he said in an interview with Radio Times.


“That’s how I would end it.”

Camera IconThe Simpsons. Credit: Supplied/Supplied
Al Jean.
Camera IconAl Jean. Credit: Tara Ziemba/FilmMagic

After the cartoon family initially appeared as shorts in The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987, The Simpsons’ first half-hour episode premiered in December of 1989.

In the episode – Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire – the family attend a Christmas pageant at Springfield Elementary School.

The series has been renewed until 2023, However Jean reassured fans worried it could soon be brought to a close that there is still plenty of stories to tell.


“To be honest … especially as we’re doing really well on Disney Plus in the US and the UK and other countries in the Americas, I don’t see anybody going, ‘Let’s wrap it up, or figure out how to get out of it’ at the moment,” he said.

“I think we’re the No. 1 scripted show in the US, and with the new episodes as well.

Homer and Bart Simpson.
Camera IconHomer and Bart Simpson. Credit: The Simpsons/The Simpsons

“The Simpsons” aired its 700th episode earlier this year, and Jean says he would be happy to keep the show going until it reaches 1,000 episodes — a feat which would not occur until 2033.

“I calculated that if we make it to 1000 episodes, that’s 12 more seasons … So I’ll just be saying, I’ll be very happy to be here in 12 seasons’ time … [but] it’s not just a hop, skip and a jump, it’s a little further than that.”


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