Watch every episode of “The Simpsons” online for free, in Simpsons World
Fans of The Simpsons, kiss your family and friends goodbye thanks to Simpsons World, a new online service now available that lets you watch every episode from all 26 seasons, online for free. You can even watch the episodes on Android and iOS devices using the FXX app. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
To put it all in perspective, The Simpsons has broadcast 556 episodes (not counting the movie). Based on the average air time of each episode – 22 minutes – that makes for 12,232 minutes of the show available to watch. That’s just shy of 204 hours, or eight days and five hours. That’s not counting little things, like eating, sleeping, or the odd bathroom break. You’d go insane if you tried to watch them all without a break, but it would be epic.
Assuming you just want to watch the odd episode, or maybe the odd 19 hours or so of episodes, you can do that with a few button presses. The site is easy to use and has a simple menu that breaks down the seasons, and each episode in that season. It goes deeper though.
The site also rates each episode by popularity, showing how often others have watched it. You can also choose popular playlists that link episodes sharing a common thread, and you can search based on keywords. If the word you choose is in one of the 556 episode titles, it will show up. Alternatively, you can hit the random button and see what happens.
According to Complex, there are plans to expand the service in 2015 by including the original scripts that you can read while the episode plays, an interactive map of Springfield, and more.
There is a small catch though – well, it will be a small catch for some, and a big catch for others.
In order to access the glory that is Simpsons World, you need to have a cable subscription that includes cable TV. Ironically, this means the people that are arguably in the best position to use it – Internet-only subscribers that watch TV online through various streaming services – are out of luck. There are also a handful of major providers that aren’t on the list, including Verizon FiOS, Dish, and DirectTV, but dozens of others are. If you are on the outside looking in, you can still watch clips and additional content.
Fans of tv in general should pay close attention to what FXX is doing. It’s certainly not the first time a TV show has looked to increase its footprint by going online, but it may be one of the best. Not many TV shows have enough content to justify their own platforms, but still, it is an interesting new way for a show to present itself. If it succeeds, others may follow suit.
This is actually the second time we’ve featured The Simpsons in a news post recently. Earlier this week Frank Sivero sued the show for a staggering $250 million. It’s been a big week for the long running show.