FXX Creating Simpsons World, a Giant, Searchable Online Episode Database


FXX may still be trying to prove itself as a burgeoning comedy channel, a spin-off of the more popular FX, but they landed a huge get earlier this year when they nabbed the exclusive rights to every single episode of The Simpsons.

But rather than simply airing them all on the channel over a period of, I don’t know, twenty years, they’re working to make it a bit more accessible than that. They’re creating “Simpsons World,” a huge online portal that’s a database for every single Simpsons episode they have, one that’s searchable and available on any number of internet-connected devices. Via EW:

“Authenticated” FX subscribers will have instant access on iPhone, iPad, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Android phones and tablets, Smart TVs, and additional set-tops devices. Viewers will also be able to search for specific quotes, curate their own own personalized playlists, and share their favorite show clips and quotes (non-subscribers will be able to watch the clips, just not full episodes).”

“I don’t want to over-promise, but this website can provide you with affordable health care,” joked longtime Simpsons executive producer Al Jean.

But yes, FXX is actually airing every episode of 25 seasons of The Simpsons on the channel itself, which is 522 episodes. But if you don’t want to wait weeks to find your favorite, that’s where the new database comes in. It’s a great use of the license, and something I hope more channels do with their own properties.

[Photo via FOX]

Paul Tassi In addition to writing for TVOvermind, Paul has contributed to major publications such as Forbes. He's a video game expert as well as TV and Movie guy.
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