xeni at April 25th, 2014 18:28 — #1
e_cathedra at April 25th, 2014 18:57 — #2
Longest running scripted show in TV history? Only in America, sorry Xeni. The Simpsons started in 1989, Coronation Street started in 1960 and has run every week (generally 2 or 3 times) since then.
ninja at April 25th, 2014 19:21 — #3
Is it actually a travel inside Homer's brain or Homer's body?
Is he thinking about his whole body or they actually traveled across all the organs?
jharris at April 25th, 2014 19:33 — #4
Also, the long-running Japanese cartoon Sazae-san has been going since 1969.
funruly at April 25th, 2014 20:03 — #5
friedicecream at April 25th, 2014 21:05 — #6
Soaps count as TV shows, right? General Hospital and Days of our Lives have been on since the 60s.
dr_erick at April 25th, 2014 21:32 — #7
So many superlatives are required to give that title to the Simpsons - Coronation Street, The Wonderful World of Disney, Sooty, Doctor Who and SNL would all seem to be much heavier competitors.
ryjkyj at April 25th, 2014 22:04 — #8
Whenever you see that said about The Simpsons, what they mean is that it's the longest running PRIMETIME TV show. I don't know why they always assume people know that.
crenquis at April 25th, 2014 22:46 — #9
Much of it seems to be his stomach -- which seems appropriate for Homer's brain...
the_borderer at April 25th, 2014 23:16 — #10
Except that Coronation Street is a primetime tv show as well and has been since it started in 1960
gickgickgick at April 26th, 2014 01:04 — #11
Even Australia's Neighbours has been running for longer, in prime time to boot.
The Simpsons only wins at longest running prime time scripted series in the United States.
itsumishi at April 26th, 2014 03:30 — #12
Actually, not even in USA. There're a few soaps that have been running longer. Y&R for example.
itsumishi at April 26th, 2014 03:32 — #13
On another note, in my opinion the scenes in The Simpsons that are hallucinations or dreams are frequently some of the most magical and best pieces of animation you'll see anywhere.
Homer falling asleep at the wheel is probably my favourite minute or so of animation ever.
sdfrost61 at April 26th, 2014 04:15 — #14
The Simpsons has aired since December 1989 for 555 episodes to date. It has run for more seasons than Gunsmoke, but that show aired 635 episodes (a tally The Simpsons will not break unless it runs into Season 27). Lassie also ran for less seasons, but aired 571 episodes.
But these pale in comparison to some other scripted shows:
Coronation Street has been running in the UK since December 1960 (8,371 episodes).
Sazae-san (an animated series) has been running in Japan since 1969, with over 6,900 episodes.
Neighbours has been running in Australia since March 1985 (6,870 episodes).
Zenigata Heiji (a police show) ran from 1958 to 2006 (with breaks) in Japan for over 1,000 episodes.
The original Dr Who ran from 1963 to 1989 in the UK, and with the new series included produced 800 episodes.
anthonyc at April 26th, 2014 10:18 — #15
Guiding Light ran 1952-2009
I think the missing qualifiers are "primetime American sitcom"
chentzilla at April 26th, 2014 13:19 — #16
I also wouldn't call that running, nowadays it's more like shambling.
retepslluerb at April 26th, 2014 13:31 — #17
There's also the German Tatort, running since 1970 with around 900 episodes.
kimmo at April 27th, 2014 00:12 — #18
I don't suppose anyone's made a compilation of such...?
There's this list: http://www.erowid.org/psychoactives/humor/humor_simpsons1.shtml
jorpho at April 29th, 2014 23:09 — #19
Man, first the Chomet version and now this. Kinda makes me wish I could be arsed to download the show from somewhere once a week.
chentzilla at April 30th, 2014 09:55 — #20
I'd say that the short animation that served as a prototype ("Chick") was like 10 times better. If Simpsons resort to official fan-art, maybe you'd better off following the authors of said fan-art and not the Simpsons.
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