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Published:March 21st, 2006 10:13 EST
Doh!  The Simpsons On Way To Breaking Record

Doh! The Simpsons On Way To Breaking Record

By Maria Grella

As Homer Simpson might say: "Mmmm "donuts "and a renewed season.`  FOX has ordered two more seasons of The Simpsons, making it their 19th come 2008. 

Only one other television show, CBS` western series Gunsmoke, has ruled longer with a 20-year run.   Created by Matt Groening, The Simpsons first appeared as small sketches during 1987`s The Tracey Ullman Show.  Now, the cartoon show holds the Guinness World Record for longest running cartoon, longest running comedy and most guest stars.  Among 20 Emmy wins, the Springfield family has garnered a star on Hollywood`s Walk of Fame in 2000.  The Simpsons celebrate their 400th episode in May 2007.  A big screen version of The Simpsons is also scheduled, debuting at the series end.  

Despite sporadic strike threats, the voice cast has also signed up for the additional seasons.  Dan Castellaneta is the man behind Krusty the Clown, Grandpa Simpson, Mayor Quimby and the sometimes deplorable but lovable Homer Simpson, among others.  As matriarch, Julie Kayner voices Marge Simpson, and her two sisters Selma and Patty Bouvier.  Nancy Cartwright is the woman who voices badly behaved son Bart, best friend Nelson Muntz and schoolmate Ralph Wiggum, as well as others.  The rest of the cast includes Yeardley Smith as Bart`s sister Lisa, Hank Azaria speaking for bar owner Moe, convenient store owner Apu, and incompetent Chief Wiggum, and Harry Shearer as Homer`s greedy boss Mr. Burns, religious neighbor Ned Flanders and mama`s boy Principal Skinner.

Besides being hysterically funny, the cartoon crew has become iconic in pop culture by making fun of pop culture.  The social satire has kept viewers watching and has been quite a moneymaker for FOX and News Corp, at a worth of $1 billion.