When FXX announced a while ago that they would be airing all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in chronological order this August, I got excited. Clear the DVR storage! I immediately thought. Like most people my age, I have watched The Simpsons since its 1989 debut and have had my adolescence (and sense of humor) shaped by the series.
I was totally satisfied by this news, but then… Going above and beyond their previous announcement, FXX revealed that not only are they airing what will be a 12-day, 24-hours-a-day marathon, but will also be launching Simpsons World, a channel of sorts that will be made available on various streaming devices including iPhone/iPad, Android, Apple TV, Xbox, and others. On this channel will be every Simpsons episode ever, plus features including the (obsessive) ability to filter and search the episodes by various factors, create and share playlists, and view the script alongside the episode.
This is a huge move for the 25-year-old series that has never been fully released on other streaming services, such as Netflix Instant or Hulu. Access to Simpsons World will be granted to those with a verifiable subscription to FXX.
As much as I love The Simpsons, I admittedly have not watched for several recent seasons, so I am thrilled to be able to catch up with old favorites and be able to watch episodes that will be “new” (to me at least).
Simpsons World is slated to be released this October.
Homer will be you. The donuts will be Simpsons episodes.