After 23 seasons on television, a historic first, “The Simpsons” has earned its place in pop culture history, and its devotion among fans. And to celebrate its 500th episode on the air, it’s giving its biggest followers the chance to show their love for America’s favorite animated family from Springfield.
“It is an extraordinary milestone, I’m so pleased and proud to be on a show that, it really has become such a part of the fabric of American culture, who can say that?” says actress Yeardley Smith, who voices the character of Lisa Simpson on “The Simpsons,” on hand for the event.
“It seems like it was just yesterday when I went in to audition for the part of Lisa Simpson, you know, and ended up saying ‘I don’t want to do that, I would much rather be a ten year old boy, a school-hating underachiever and proud of it,’ so it actually seems like it was yesterday,” says actress Nancy Cartwright, partially performing as her character, Bart Simpson. “Time is so funny that way, here we are, 500 episodes in, and wow,” she adds.
To celebrate the long-running cartoon comedy, which had its start as a short on 80s sketch comedy program “The Tracey Ullman Show,” fans gathered at the Hollywood and Highland complex in Hollywood to sit for as long as they could, watching 500 Simpsons episodes back to back. It is an attempt to break the current Guinness World Record of 86 hours, 6 minutes and 41 seconds for the longest continuous television viewing.
Whoever the lucky contest winner is will take home a $10,500 prize and an array of “Simpsons” merchandise.
The 500th episode of “The Simpsons” will air February 19th. In 2011, the show, facing a cancellation threat over production costs, negotiated contracts that will bring “The Simpsons” back for two more seasons, for a total of 25.