The Simpsons fans rejoiced when news broke that FX’s new specialty (ie. comedy-centric) channel FXX nabbed the syndication rights to all episodes of the legendary animated series, and now there’s reason to celebrate once again. FXX announced today that it will kick off its syndication of The Simpsons by showing all 25 seasons (that’s 552 episodes) in chronological order, plus The Simpsons Movie (airing after episode 400), starting on August 21st. The episodes will run 24 hours a day until the series is up to date on September 1st, making it the longest-running marathon in TV history. Starting September 2nd, Simpsons episodes will be in heavy, regular rotation on FXX.
Hit the jump for more, including how you can access every full-length The Simpsons episode on demand.
Following this exciting The Simpsons marathon, the network will make all Simpsons episodes available on demand through the FXNOW app—available on smart phones, smart TVs, and game consoles—and SimpsonsWorld.com starting in October. Not unlike SouthParkStudios.com, fans will have complete access to every full-length episode of The Simpsons with the touch of a button.
FX paid a hefty sum for these Simpsons rights, and I have to say this is a pretty swell way of celebrating the acquisition. Read the full press release below.
EVERY. SIMPSONS. EVER.
FXX TO AIR LONGEST RUNNING MARATHON IN TV HISTORY WITH THE SIMPSONS
AND NETWORK TO LAUNCH “SIMPSONS WORLD” – A NEW IMMERSIVE, INTERACTIVE DIGITAL AND ONLINE EXPERIENCE
Marathon Begins August 21, 2014 and Will Run Through September 1, 2014
FXX Will Air All 25 Seasons (552 Episodes) of The Simpsons and The Simpsons Movie
In Chronological Order
“Simpsons World” Offers a Premium Simpsons Fan Experience with Access to the Entire Catalog of Full-Length Episodes for the First Time Ever Via FXNOW App and SimpsonsWorld.com in October
LOS ANGELES, July 21, 2014 – Cowabunga! In celebration of its landmark acquisition of the exclusive cable and authenticated non-linear VOD rights to legendary animated comedy The Simpsons, FXX will launch a record-breaking marathon of the series on August 21, 2014. The marathon will begin August 21, 2014 at 10 AM ET/PT and will conclude September 1, 2014 at 12 AM ET/PT, making it the longest-running marathon in television history. For 24 hours a day, over the course of the 12 days, FXX will air 552 episodes of The Simpsons (through Season 25) as well as The Simpsons Movie (airing after episode 400), in chronological order.
FXX will also launch “Simpsons World” – the ultimate Simpsons digital experience featuring enriched branded content through SimpsonsWorld.com and handheld/connected devices via FXNOW, the authenticated multi-network on-demand video service supporting FX, FXX and FXM – in October.
“Simpsons World” will offer a unique and personalized Simpsons experience for both casual and super fans by allowing users to interact with premium content in unprecedented ways. For the first time ever, all authenticated viewers will have instant and on-demand access to every single Simpsons episode ever, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via SimpsonsWorld.com, and FXNOW apps for iPhone, iPad, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Android phones and tablets, Smart TVs, and additional set-tops devices.
Additional exclusive offerings include new ways to explore Springfield’s characters and locations, the ability for users to curate their own personalized playlists and share their favorite show clips and quotes.
Beginning September 2nd, FXX will regularly schedule The Simpsons episodes in fringe, primetime and late-night dayparts on weekdays and weekends. Additionally, everySunday the network will broadcast a thematic mini-marathon consisting of eight Simpsons episodes beginning at 4 PM ET/PT and leading into the 8 PM ET/PT broadcast on FOX.
Starting in August, through its deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television, FXX will become the cable network home for all seasons of The Simpsons, excluding seasons airing in their first run on FOX. FX Networks’ app, FXNOW, will be the exclusive non-linear home for all seasons of The Simpsons, excluding seasons airing in their first run on FOX. FXX will get subsequent seasons of The Simpsons as new seasons begin their first run on FOX.
It was announced in November 2013 that FXX had secured the exclusive cable and non-linear VOD rights to The Simpsons after a historic bidding war. The longest-running scripted show in television history, The Simpsons has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world.The Simpsons has won 28 Emmy® Awards, and was nominated for an Academy Award® in 2012 for the theatrical short “The Longest Daycare.” It has been the subject of a hit feature film, created a revolutionary virtual coaster ride at Universal Studios, received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been honored with five U.S. postal stamps personally designed by creator Matt Groening. Named the “Best Show of the 20th Century” by Time magazine, The Simpsons was also named “Greatest American Sitcom” by Entertainment Weekly in 2013.
The Simpsons is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean are the executive producers. Film Roman, a Starz Media Company, is the animation house.