After more than 30 years of gracing TV screens around the world, The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom and animated series — and one of the nation’s best-loved shows. The good news is that cord-cutters can now enjoy every single episode ever created through various online video streaming services.
The Simpsons is an animated sitcom created by Matt Groening, which first aired way back in 1989. The iconic show is based in the fictional town of Springfield and follows the amusing antics of a working-class family formed of Homer and Marge Simpson and their three children Bart, Lisa, and Maggie, as well as their dog Santa’s Little Helper and cat Snowball.
The good news is that cord-cutters can now enjoy every single episode ever created through various online video streaming services.
Streaming The Simpsons online
The Simpsons fans can watch the show’s entire back catalog on Disney+ and stream new episodes live through streaming providers that enable access to the FOX network. The options include:
Disney+ – Newly launched streaming service Disney+ is the exclusive home to the first 30 seasons of The Simpsons. Disney+ costs $6.99/mo. or $69.99/yr. and has a 7-day free trial for new customers to try the service out. Subscribers can watch the platform on up to four simultaneous streams and get unlimited downloads on mobile devices, which enables them to record episodes to view on the go. However, fans will need to look elsewhere for new episodes of the show.
fuboTV – FOX channels are available on fuboTV, which means subscribers will be able to watch new episodes of The Simpsons live or record them for viewing at a later date. However, some local FOX stations left fuboTV in January, so check your local availability before signing up for the service. It provides 2 simultaneous streams and 30 hours of Cloud DVR for users to record their favorite shows. fuboTV costs $54.99/mo. after a 7-day free trial.
Hulu + Live TV – New episodes of The Simpsons are available through Hulu + Live TV as its channel lineup includes the FOX network. The service costs $54.99/mo. and enables subscribers to watch content on 2 simultaneous streams and provides 50 hours of Cloud DVR standard, with the option to upgrade to 200 hours for an additional $9/99/mo.
Sling TV – Sling TV provides access to FOX in select markets through the provider’s Blue and Orange & Blue packages. New episodes of The Simpsons are available through Sling TV, but fans will need to check if FOX is available in their location before signing up for the service. The Sling TV Blue package costs $30/mo., and the Blue & Orange offering is $45/mo. But, rather than a free trial, the provider offers discounted prices in the first month of a contract. Subscribers have access to 10 hours of Cloud DVR storage, which can be upgraded to 50 hours for an additional $5/mo. Sling TV Blue comes with three simultaneous streams — the Orange & Blue option offers four.
YouTube TV – YouTube TV includes FOX in its channel lineup for $49.99/mo., following a 7-day free trial. This means subscribers can watch new The Simpsons episodes every Sunday via the live streaming service. However, past episodes of the show are not available on YouTube TV. The platform offers unlimited Cloud DVR for up to nine months and allows users to watch on three simultaneous streams.
More on The Simpsons
The core family is supported by a strong cast of supporting characters, including Homer’s father Grampa Simpson, Bart’s best friend Milhouse Van Houten, nosey neighbor Ned Flanders, and Marge’s chain-smoking sisters Patty and Selma Bouvier.
Other popular characters bring endless storylines to the show, such as shopkeeper Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Homer’s millionaire boss Montgomery Burns, edgy entertainer Krusty The Klown, and news reporter Kent Brockman.
An interesting element of the show is that none of the characters get older as episodes and seasons advance, with the exception of occasional flashbacks or flashforwards to other times in their lives.
The animated show uses six main voice actors to play the main characters. Dan Castellaneta is the voice behind Homer and his father, Krusty the Klown, and several other male characters. Julie Kaviner voices Marge and her two sisters. Nancy Cartwright is the voice of Bart, and several other child characters and Yeardley Smith takes responsibility for Lisa. Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer play other characters throughout the show.
In addition to these core cast members and several other supporting voice actors, The Simpsons has seen its fair share of famous guests. These include Kelsey Grammar, who has been the voice of the show’s most villainous character and Bart’s arch-enemy, Sideshow Bob, since its first season. Additional stars include Alec Baldwin, Tony Bennett, Jack Black, Steve Buscemi, Danny DeVito, Matt Dillon, Ray Liotta, Elon Musk, Paul Rudd, and Patrick Stewart.
The final cut
After more than 30 years of entertaining people of all ages, The Simpsons is still going strong, and cord-cutters can watch all episodes past, present, and future across several online video streaming services. Video streaming newcomer Disney+ is the only place to go for the back catalog of The Simpsons, but newly aired episodes offer fans a choice of fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.
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