Saturday, April 28, 2018

'The Simpsons' Make History This Weekend

"The Simpsons" will celebrate a milestone on Sunday. After airing its 636th episode, the animated show will become the longest-running primetime scripted series, surpassing CBS' "Gunsmoke," which aired 635 episodes from 1955 to 1975, reports CBS News.

The show is in its 29th season and began in 1989. In last week's episode, Homer mentioned that their show was about to surpass "Gunsmoke," when Bart pointed out that the Western show also had radio episodes.

In the upcoming episode's opener, Maggie helps Springfield beat Dodge City in a duel against Marshal Matt Dillon. The episode, titled "Forgive and Regret," will focus on Grampa Simpson, who becomes deathly ill and makes a confession.

Gunsmoke was an American western radio series, which was developed for radio by John Meston and Norman Macdonnell. The series ran for nine seasons and was broadcast by CBS Radio Network. The first episode of the series originally aired in the United States on April 26, 1952, and the final first-run episode aired on June 11, 1961.

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