‘The Simpsons’: Showrunner Al

Fictional character Homer Simpson. Image via Instagram @thesimpsons.

‘The Simpsons’: Showrunner Al Jean reveals how he wants show to end

‘The Simpsons’ boss Al Jean gives a sneak-preview of how he would end the longest-running US prime-time series if he had to pull the plug.

‘The Simpsons’: Showrunner Al

Fictional character Homer Simpson. Image via Instagram @thesimpsons.

American animator Al Jean, who serves as the showrunner on The Simpsons revealed how the series will end in an interview with Radio Times on Sunday 14 November.


The Simpsons is the longest-running prime-time series in American history with its 33rd season currently being aired. Showrunner Al Jean has been working on the animated series since its inception 32 years ago. The first episode of The Simpsons aired in the US on 17 December 1989. The series was recently renewed until 2023, so the end may not exactly be near. 

However, in an interview with Radio Times Jean revealed how he would end the series. 

“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 — that’s how I would end it,” said Jean.

“But to be honest, the talk of ending, 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’. I think we’re the number one scripted show in the US, and with the new episodes as well,” he continued.

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The Simpsons is the only American prime-time series to air new episodes in five different decades. The iconic series celebrated their milestone 700th episode in March this year. 

“It’s couch gag Sunday! (And Simpsons episode 700 but don’t tell anyone),” the post was captioned. 

When asked if the series would be celebrating 1000 episodes anytime soon Jean said he would be very happy too. Although, this would require 12 more seasons.

“I calculated that if we make it to 1,000 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,” said Jean. 

The Simpsons loyal fans believed the writers of the series have predicted many real life situations such as Donald Trump becoming president of the US and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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