First, I’d like to apologize for having my weekly question post a day late. I’ve spent little time writing on my blog as of late and part of that reason is that last Tuesday, FXX finally released the long-awaited Simpsons World online, the first time viewers can watch every episode of The Simpsons on the Internet legally. A few months ago, FXX aired every Simpsons episode in an enormous marathon that helped bring The Simpsons into cultural relevance again after about a decade of wandering in the woods. I spent the past few days watching classic episodes like “Homer Loves Flanders” and “22 Short Films About Springfield,” helping remove the bad taste of the recent Treehouse of Horror episode, the over-hyped “Clown in the Dumps,” and the absolutely dreadful Family Guy crossover.
So this week, I thought I’d ask what do you think of the Simpsons World? While it’s great to see The Simpsons online, particularly with some of the episode playlists set up, there are some important flaws in the video-streaming site. Not all the features FXX promised are up and coming yet, the video playback is not quite as consistent as that of Netflix or HBOGo, and most importantly, the show isn’t screened in its original 4:3 ratio, cropping the older episodes and hurting many of the sight gags (fortunately, FXX has promised these problems will be resolved soon). But it’s clear that the Simpsons World is made by fans of The Simpsons for fans of The Simpsons, and I couldn’t be happier binge-watching my favorite TV series. And more importantly, the Simpsons World will give a chance for younger audiences to relive the excitement of watching “Last Exit to Springfield” or “Marge vs. the Monorail” for the first time, helping transition the show into the 21st century.
But what do you think?