244 FOX Shows That Have Come And Gone During ‘The Simpsons’ 500-Episode Run

Friday, February 17 by
It's hard to believe that this show has kept plugging along longer than 'Joe Millionaire' did. 

A lot can happen over 500 episodes. During The Simpsons’ record-setting primetime run on FOX, the network has seen quite a few shows come and go. In fact, The Simpsons has seen 244 FOX primetime programs start and die while it has been plugging along. Some were decent shows that simply ran their course, bad shows that had no business being on the air, and a whole mess of shows that fall somewhere in between.

What this demonstrates more than anything else, is

a) The Simpsons has been on for a hell of a long time, and

b) the evolutionary trajectory that the network has taken since its infancy in the late 80′s.

It went from airing a mix of cheap and cutting edge shows (It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Tracy Ullman) to airing a whole lot of dumb shows (Herman’s Head, Drexel’s Class, Babes, Cops) to some really sleazy programming in the vein of Who Wants To Marry A Millionaire? and Temptation Island to what it’s become today, which is more or less a normal TV network with a whole evening of scheduled cartoons. And you can undoubtedly thank (or blame) The Simpsons for that as well.

After combing this list, I realize I’ve seen 34 of these shows, and that feels like plenty.

Say what you will about The Simpsons outstaying their welcome on primetime television, but it’s hard to argue that we would want any other show from this list outlasting The Simpsons. Could you imagine what the 23rd seasons of Drexel’s Class or Models, Inc. would be like? Ugh.

Stroll down memory lane with this list, and don’t forget to take a sweater. It’s supposed to be chilly tonight.

‘Til Death (2006–2010)
24 (2001–2010)
30 Seconds To Fame (2002–2003)
413 Hope St. (1997–1998)
Action! (1999)
Alien Nation (1989–1990)
Allen Gregory (2011)
Ally McBeal (1997–2002)
American High (2000)
American Juniors (2003)

 Anchorwoman (2007)
Andy Richter Controls the Universe (2002–2003)
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (2007–2009)
Arrested Development (2003–2006)
Babes (1990–1991)
Back to You (2007–2008)
Bakersfield P.D. (1993-94)

Banzai (2003)
Between Brothers (1997–1998 Fox)
Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)
Booker (1989–1990)

Boot Camp (2000–2001)
Boston Public (2000–2004)
Brimstone (1998–1999)
Brothers (2009)
Canterbury’s Law (2008)
Cedric the Entertainer Presents (2002–2003)
Celebrity Boxing (2002)
Celebrity Duets (2006)
Class of ’96 (1993)
Comic Strip Live (1989–1994)
Costello (1998)
Cracking Up (2004)
D.E.A. (1990)
Dark Angel (2000–2002)
Do Not Disturb (2008)
Dollhouse (2009–2010)
Don’t Forget the Lyrics! (2007–2009)
Down the Shore (1992–1993)
Dream On (1995)
Drexell’s Class (1991-1992)

Drive (2007)
Encounters (1993)
Family Double Dare (1988)
Fastlane (2002–2003)
Firefly (2002–2003)
Flying Blind (1992-1993)
Forever Eden (2004)
Fox NHL Saturday (1994–1999)
FreakyLinks (2000–2001)
Free Ride (2006)
Fun House (1990–1991)
Futurama (Fox 1999-2003)
Get a Life (1990–1992)
Get Real (1999–2000)
Get Smart (1995)
Girls Club (2002)
Greed (1999–2000)
Greg the Bunny (2002)
Grounded for Life (2001–2002)
Guinness World Records Primetime (1998–2001)
Happy Hour (2006)
Hardball (1994)
Harsh Realm (1999–2000)
Haywire (1990-1991)
Head Cases (2005)
Herman’s Head (1991–1994)

Holding the Baby (1998)
Hole in the Wall (2008–2009)
Human Target (2010–2011)
In Living Color (1990–1994)
In the Flow with Affion Crockett (2011)
Invasion of the Hidden Cameras (2002)
It’s Your Chance of a Lifetime (2000)
Joe Millionaire (2003–2004)
John Doe (2002–2003)
Jonny Zero (2005)
Justice (2006)
K-Ville (2007)
Keen Eddie (2003–2004)
Kelsey Grammer Presents The Sketch Show (2005)
Key West (1993)
Killer Instinct (2005)
Kindred: The Embraced (1996)
King of the Hill (1997–2010)
Kitchen Confidential (2005)
Lie to Me (2009–2011)
Life on a Stick (2005)
Living Single (1993–1998)
Lone Star (2010)
Love and Marriage (1996)
Luis (2003)

M.A.N.T.I.S. (1994)
MADtv (1995–2009)
Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)
Married by America (2003)
Martin (1992–1997)
Melrose Place (1992–1999)
Mental (2009)
Method & Red (2004)
Millennium (1996–1999)
Million Dollar Money Drop (2010-2011)
Models Inc. (1994–1995)

More to Love (2009)
Mr. Personality (2003)
Murder in Small Town X (2001)
My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss (2004)
My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance (2003)
Nanny 911 (2004–2007)
Nashville (2007)
Ned & Stacey (1995–1997)
New Amsterdam (2008)
New York Undercover (1994–1998)
Night Visions (2001)
Normal, Ohio (2000)
North Shore (2004–2005)
Oliver Beene (2003–2004)
Open House (1989–1990)
Opposite Sex (2000)
Osbournes: Reloaded (2009)
Pacific Palisades (1997)
Paradise Hotel (2003)
Parker Lewis Can’t Lose (1990–1993)


Party Girl (1996)
Party of Five (1994–2000)
Pasadena (2001)
Past Life (2010)
Playing It Straight (2004)
Point Pleasant (2005)
Prison Break (2005–2009)
Profit (1996)
Quintuplets (2004–2005)
Renovate My Family (2004–2005)
Reunion (2005)
Roar (1997)
Roc (1991–1994)
Roseanne‘s Saturday Night Special
Running Wilde (2010)
Sightings (1992–1998 Fox)
Sit Down, Shut Up (2009)
Skating with Celebrities (2006)

Skin (2003)
Sliders (1995–1998 Fox)
Sons of Tucson (2010)
South Central (1994)
Space: Above and Beyond (1995–1996)
Stacked (2005–2006)
Stand By Your Man (1992)
Standoff (2006–2007)
Stargate Infinity (Fox 2002–2003)
Strange Luck (1995–1996)
Super Greed (2000)
Talkshow with Spike Feresten (2006–2009)
Temptation Island (2001–2003)
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008–2009)
That ’70s Show (1998–2006)
That ’80s Show (2002)

The $treet (2000)
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (1993–1994)
The American Embassy (2002)
The Ben Stiller Show (1992–1993)
The Bernie Mac Show (2001–2006)
The Casino (2004)
The Chamber (2002)
The Chevy Chase Show (1993)
The Chicago Code (2011)
The Crew (1995–1996)
The Critic (Fox 1994–1995)
The Edge (1992-1993)
The George Carlin Show (1994–1995)
The Good Guys (2010)
The Heights (1992)
The Inside (2005)
The Jury (2004)
The Last Frontier (1996)
The Lone Gunmen (2001)
The Loop (2006–2007)
The Moment of Truth (2008)
The Next Great American Band (2007)
The O.C. (2003–2007)
The Outsiders (1990)
The Pitts (2003)
The PJs (Fox 1999–2001)


The Preston Episodes (1995)
The Princes of Malibu (2005)
The Rebel Billionaire: Branson’s Quest for the Best (2004)
The Reporters (1988–1990)
The Return of Jezebel James (2008)
The Rich List (2006)
The Simple Life (2003–2005 Fox)
The Swan (2004)
The Tick (2001–2002)
The Visitor (1997–1998)
The Wanda Sykes Show (2009–2010)
The War at Home (2005–2007)
The Wedding Bells (2007)
The Winner (2007)
The X-Files (1993–2002)
Time of Your Life (1999–2000)
Titus (2000–2002)
Too Something (1995–1996)
Top of the Heap (1991)
Totally Hidden Video (1989–1992)

Trading Spouses (2004–2007)
Traffic Light (2011)
Tru Calling (2003–2005)
True Colors (1990–1992)
Unan1mous (2006)
Undeclared (2001–2002)
Unhitched (2008)
Vanished (2006)
Vinnie & Bobby (1992)
VR.5 (1995)
Wanda at Large (2003)
Wild Oats (1994)[4]
Wonderfalls (2004)
Woops! (1992)
World Idol (2003–2004)
World’s Wildest Police Videos (1998–2002)

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