This fall could give us TV's biggest premier ever -- of a 25-year old show. From August 21st through September 1st, FXX will air every single episode of The Simpsons in the biggest TV marathon ever. That's 552 episodes of the animated television show, plus the full length feature film! Also, for the first time ever, the network will make every episode available online.
I remember when The Simpsons first aired on television as a cartoon interlude on the Tracy Ullman Show. I thought it was funny and edgy, but I never thought it would become a spin-off. Even after the premier, I didn't think the show would last , so for many years, I videotaped every single episode. I was hoping to preserve the most inventive cartoon I'd ever seen forever. On VHS tapes.
It seems laughable now. I was dead wrong about The Simpsons' longevity and somewhere along the line I stopped recording the show, probably when it went into syndication or maybe when VHS succumbed to the superior technology of the DVD. But I never stopped watching and laughing at America's most dysfunctional family. And now we'll be able to watch the entire 25-year catalog of episodes at once, or watch them on-demand any time we want. So I guess I can finally throw out all those years of VHS tapes. It seems like The Simpsons is here to stay!