HitFix- One of FXX’s promos for the channel’s upcoming premiere of every “The Simpsons” repeat ever — not to mention a new website/app called Simpsons World that will allow fans to watch any episode, or clip, at any time — features a post-apocalyptic America where the world has fallen apart because people are too busy watching old “Simpsons” scenes to do anything else.
By the time FXX executives and longtime “Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean got done explaining all the features of Simpsons World, that promo seemed less parody than prophecy, at least for the “Simpsons”-loving TV critics at the press tour panel, all of whom seemed to be drooling like Homer Simpson contemplating the thought of free goo.
Just from a traditional (or linear) standpoint, FXX will have access to all 552 episodes of “The Simpsons” so far, and will marathon them all in order from August 21 through September 1, 24 hours a day for 12 days. (“The Simpsons Movie” will even air in between seasons 18 & 19, just like it was released in theaters.) From that point, FXX will have the repeats in heavy rotation, will do themed marathons — a “Treehouse of Horror” marathon on October 26, or perhaps a run of Krusty episodes on Sunday afternoon if that night’s new episode on FOX features Krusty — and otherwise cycle back and forth through the whole series.
I know it is fun to rail on The Simpsons for being consistently bad and unfunny these days. But no one can deny that in it’s prime, it was probably the funniest show ever. Add in a marathon, an app, and an easy way to search for any clip, and this may be the best TV news of the year.
That being said, please don’t be a hero and watch anything after Season 12. It’s like looking directly in the sun as you drink a bottle of bleach. Absolutely no good can come from it.
PS- This commercial is 100000% accurate. I bet someone got in the DeLorean and filmed this footage from August 28, 2014. Getting lost in a Simpsons wormhole may be the most detrimental thing to productivity ever.