Since the show’s first round of syndication, The Simpsons has been bound by a contract stating that they won’t air on cable so long as the show is still running. Of course, when that deal was made, George Bush Sr. was in office and communism was a thing that people were worried about.
No one thought that the show would carry on for the better part of thirty years. But now Fox seems willing to budge, and the creators are trying to get that sweet, sweet cable syndication money which could be worth as much as $1 billion.
Of course, a contract is a contract, leading some to believe that the 25th season WILL be the show’s last, allowing us all to get some closure instead of watching the show drift away in its final days. Either way, it means a higher ratio of old episodes to new ones, and that’s something we can all agree on.