The quaint suburban family from Springfield will worm their way into your heart, even if they may lack the third dimension. The Simpsons is an enduring sitcom for a reason.
Three decades. The Simpsons has achieved television legend status like Lucille Ball, Ted Danson, and Bob Newhart, despite being cartoons. In fact, they're as animated (pun intended) as any other American family, led by an oafish, but well-intentioned patriarch with a loveable and relatable wife at his side and three precocious children rounding out the clan. The show's 32nd season will soon premiere, and there's likely to be more. Face it: The Simpsons is going to outlive us all.
Here's everything you need to know to stream The Simpsons.
Best Shows on FOX
What is The Simpsons?
The Matt Groening-developed animated sitcom started as a segment on The Tracey Ullman Show, which was a comedy sketch program on Fox. The show later got a redesign and pilot in Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire, which aired in December 1989. The first episode of season one didn't air until 1990. Thirty-two seasons later, the rest is television history.
- Premiers: Season 32 premiers September 27, 2020.
- Airtime: Sundays at 8 pm PST/EST.
- Channel: Fox
- Genre: Animated sitcom
- Starring: Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson, Julie Kavner as Marge Simpson, Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson, Yeardley Smith as Lisa Simpson
- Seasons: 32
- Status: Pending
The Simpsons Reviews
What the critics are saying:
- "This is one of the sharpest, most purely pleasurable television series ever. ... What began in 1987 (as animated filler between sketches on The Tracey Ullman Show) has become one of the medium's most dependable entertainments, a cartoon that transcended cartoonishness a long time ago." -Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly
- "There is, admittedly, a fine line between being hilariously perceptive and just plain, even objectionably, silly. While habitually teetering on that line, The Simpsons has shown a remarkable ability to come down on the right side most of the time." -John J. O'Conner, The New York Times
How to stream The Simpsons
Fox is available on a few of the major live TV streaming services. When trying to decide which one is best for you. You'll want to weigh the cost, the other channels you'll receive, and the compatible devices for streaming. All seasons of The Simpsons can also be found on Disney+.
The Simpsons on Disney Plus
Disney+ offers one of the most beloved libraries of streaming content online Namely, 500 Walt Disney Studios movies and 7,000 episodes of Walt Disney Television. It also includes selections from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, all being members of the Disney family, as well as 30 seasons of The Simpsons. Plus, like any streaming service worth its salt, there are exclusive original productions including Lady and the Tramp, Wandvision, Monsters at Work, and The Mandalorian. One subscription works on up to four devices, and you can even download content directly to your device to watch anytime.
The Simpsons on Hulu with Live TV
Hulu Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream live TV, perhaps because you gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu's original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have a ton of local, entertainment, and sports channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geographic and Syfy.
|Hulu Live TV||$64.99|
|Hulu Live TV |
(no ads on
The Simpsons on FuboTV
FuboTV started as a streaming service geared toward sports fans, but it's evolved into a broadly-appealing option with entertainment and news options alongside its robust sports choices. Depending on the package, you can access as many as 180+ FuboTV channels. If you're looking to be entertained, Bravo, IFC, MTV, and VH1 are options even at Fubo's most basic tier. The Fubo channel list still includes plenty of sports, including the Fubo Sports Network, which has original programming mixing sports and humor. The FuboTV cost starts at $54.99 a month, and with Disney Media favorites like ABC, ESPN, and the Disney Channel now on board, some who were on the fence about Fubo are giving it another look.
To watch The Simpsons, you'll want to dock in at the FuboTV Standard level.
The Simpsons on Sling TV
For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You'll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Whichever package you choose, you can save $10 on your first month. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.
|Orange + Blue||$50|
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of the Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—gives Sling users the ability to access all local channels to add to whichever Sling package is the best fit for them.
The Simpsons on Vidgo
Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package, including ABC, Fox, the Disney family of channels, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and BeIN Sports. It offers an array of entertainment favorites, including A&E, HGTV, History, Lifetime, and a full range of Nickelodeon channels, including TeenNick and NickToons.
College sports fans will love it, too: The ACCN, Big Ten Network, the Longhorn Network, and Pac-12 Network are all on the Core package, and for $10 more, the Plus package offers all six market-specific Pac-12 Networks.
The Simpsons on AT&T TV Now
There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, so using the network to stream Fox only makes sense. The second you sign up, you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO in the Plus and Max channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR, which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.
The Simpsons on YouTube TV
YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts, and each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. You can't beat the variety, either: There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels, while Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won't miss out on all that prestige TV. You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.
Broadcast Channel Guides
The Daily Dot may receive a payment in connection with purchases of products or services featured in this article. Click here to learn more.