The Simpsons 'could continue forever' says writer

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Maggie, Marge, Lisa, Homer and Bart Simpson of The Simpsons (left to right) (Fox)

The Simpsons has created a 34-year legacy that all other shows should be envious of, and it seems they could go on forever.

Mike Reiss, one of the show’s writers and producers, say they have no plans to say goodbye to the yellow-skinned family anytime soon.

In fact, if left in the right hands, the show has the potential to last several lifetimes. 

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Speaking to Metro, Reiss said: “It’s sort of built like the kind of show that runs forever. 

"The Simpsons is just about the world, about humanity and what’s going on in the world and what we do as humans, and for us to give up on the show is to say we’ve explored everything human beings can do and anything that can ever happen in the world.”

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The Simpsons family (Fox)

“It’s the same with Saturday Night Live or The Daily Show,” he continued. “Anything that’s covering current events should keep going because why should it stop?

“The show could run forever… and even if The Simpsons gets cancelled, five years later it’ll get rebooted, or spin-offs. Certainly, there would be another movie.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Writer and producer Mike Reiss visits SiriusXM Studios on May 1, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
Writer and producer Mike Reiss in 2015 (Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

“We haven’t even had a chance to go and come back again!”

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The series, which follows the antics of the family-of-five in their quirky but loveable rural town of Springfield, first launched in 1987, and remains a constant appearance on TV across the world.

 The Simpsons in all their glory. (Fox)
The Simpsons has been on air since 1987 (Fox)

The Simpsons has run for an impressive 32 seasons, with two more confirmed in the pipeline.

While the show bills itself as a comedy and satire, fans of the show have also joked it can tell the future, with several scenes meant as a joke coming true years later.

The most noted was when Lisa Simpson commented about Donald Trump’s presidency — in an episode aired in 2000, a full 16 years before he took office.

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Homer Simpson with President Trump in The Simpsons (Fox)

Last year, Mayor Steve Adler from Austin Texas, was hit with criticism by telling his constituents to ‘stay home’ amid the coronavirus breakout, before heading on a secret holiday to Cabo San Lucas.

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Many to compared him to The Simpsons' Mayor Quimby, who in 1993 episode Marge in Chains was seen broadcasting a public announcement to a suffering Springfield from a beach.

Within months Ted Cruz did the same thing, drawing the same criticism.

The Simpsons is available to stream on Disney+.

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