In just a few minutes, The Simpsons will show its 357th episode, launching the 17th season!!! The Simpsons is older than many of my new students.
The Simpsons is the longest-running television comedy in history (measured in number of seasons). However, TV shows used to show more episodes per season back in the day ("What's a rerun?"), so if you measure by number of episodes, The Simpsons is still in third, behind My Three Sons (12 seasons, 380 episodes) and Ozzie and Harriet (14 seasons, 435 episodes). The Simpsons is projected to pull into second by the end of this season, but the only way it will overtake Ozzie and Harriet at this rate is if it stays around for 20 seasons. Not that that's out of the realm of possibility -- who would have predicted 17?