The Simpsons will air its landmark 500th episode on Sunday, which means it has roughly 200 hours of show from 23 seasons, with hundreds of guest voices from Oscar winners, world leaders, esteemed novelists and notorious international figures.
Executive producer Al Jean has been with the Simpsons since the beginning. He worked on the first episode to air in 1989 (“Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”) and has been through two stints as show runner: during the third and fourth seasons and again from the 13th season to the present.
To celebrate ‘The Simpsons’ reaching 500 episodes, Fox held an 86-hour showing to break the world record for longest TV marathon. Is it strange to have people watch your work under stressful conditions? [Viewers competed to see who could last the longest — for a $10,500 prize.]
The Simpsons has become a billion-dollar industry for the Fox network and made millionaires of its creators.