The misery of watching the Simpsons on the Internet


If you are like me (and you are because you are reading this article) you spend a non-zero amount of time each week looking for the perfect Simpsons gif, clip or quote to distribute in an instant, thus proving to whoever you’re chatting that you are with “it”, even if those jerks have changed what “is”.

And, if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been frustrated by the internet’s maddening lack of clean Simpsons clips.

Instead, rely on clips that were shot by people with their cell phone cameras on tube TVs, YouTube videos started at specific times, strange Russian websites or audio superimposed on a static image. Once, in a pinch, I had to use a fucking MP3 (YOUR BABY IS DEAD, for the record) to convey the feeling I wanted. This week, I linked someone to a YTMND like it’s 2003 or something.

Not anymore. I think, hopefully.

Yes, it’s #EverySimpsonsEver for the next 11 days. It is fantastic. But the real win with the Simpson / FXX deal (beyond streaming on demand, soon) is that we should supposedly get clean clips of all our favorite moments to link to, whenever we want them.

Hulu has been doing a decent job for a couple of years, and the smugglers are doing their best to outsmart Fox’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act removal requests by throwing them on random, ad-laden websites.

Basically that’s how you’ve had to stream The Simpsons online for most of a decade now (and sometimes you were quoted in oblivion for it). Let’s be honest, you’ve pretty much all the episodes on your hard drive somewhere, but there’s still something to be said for you to be able to stream it Netflix-style.

Just look at the number of Yahoo Answers requests for places for online streaming of the show. And there were (and are) places to stream it, if you’re willing to handle ads for LiveJasmin and MacKeeper and all sorts of random stuff.

As my colleague and fanatic fellow of the Simpsons Ben Richmond told me about his streaming experiences, “There were a lot of pop-up windows closing and stuff like that. A lot of barely working streams, questionable quality and linguistic surprises.”

Quite early, your alarm ALL OK it should start playing. And it will be a wonderful day.


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