Over the course of its 25 season, two-plus decade run, FOX's 'The Simpsons' had carved out a legacy as perhaps the most profitable franchise in the history of television. The show has spawned merchandise of every possible kind, theme park rides, a theatrical film, and was one of the pioneers that proved people would buy complete seasons/series of TV on home video.
When a record-setting $1 billion deal was announced late last year that saw FOX owned cable channel FXX scoop up the exclusive rerun rights to all 500-plus episodes of 'The Simpsons,' it merely continued the property's long history of making millions upon millions of dollars. At that time, we knew that FXX would gain access to 'The Simpsons' library in August 2014, and the network has now chosen to celebrate their big acquisition in grand fashion.
Beginning at some point on Thursday, August 21, FXX will air the very first 'Simpsons' episode (a 1989 Christmas special) and will then air every other episode consecutively, in order, for almost two weeks. The marathon will end on Labor Day, September 1.
The exact start and end times of the marathon have yet to be clarified, although FXX will apparently be presenting all 552 produced episodes of the show, including the still currently airing 25th season. This contradicts previous reports about the deal, which stated that Season 25 wouldn't become available to FXX until about a month after the 'The Simpsons' first premiered on the fledgling cable network.
Following the initial mega-marathon, FXX will present a four-hour block of 'Simpsons' reruns every Sunday going forward. All 552 episodes will also be made available on the FXNOW streaming app, for those folks who don't have 276 consecutive hours free to watch the marathon.