FXX Planning To Air Marathon Of All 552 Episodes Of ‘The Simpsons’ This Summer

Touch the remote and die. (Carbon Arc)

Touch the remote and die. (Carbon Arc)

Get that vacation time on the books, vacuum out the couch cushions and lay in a stock of 11 or so days’ worth of snacks: FXX says it’s planning a marathon of all 552 episodes of The Simpsons — and it’s airing them consecutively this summer.

Because there’s nothing better than sitting in front of a TV for hours on end when the sun is shining, the extra-Xed sibling of the FX network says the marathon will start on Aug. 21 and continue on into Labor Day, which is Monday, Sept. 1 or those already planning ahead (wedding season, oof! Am I right? Sigh).

FXX’s programming chief Chuck Saftler said the reason the network is doing this now is that it coincides nicely with the network’s purchase of rerun rights, as well as the development of a new app that allows users to watch any and every episode of the series, reports the Associated Press.

This fall the network will also show four hours of episodes every Sunday, until the newest episodes air on Fox in prime time.

Now we just sit back and wait for the inevitable headlines of hardcore fans pledging to watch all 11 days straight through. Not possible within the bounds of human physiology and our need for sleep, but inevitable nonetheless.

FXX plans marathon telecast of ‘The Simpsons’ [Associated Press]

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  1. evlpete says:

    in the SF Bay Area ÇW ( ch 44 / cable 12 ) has been doing this for the last month with a few shows everyday

  2. SingleMaltGeek says:

    I hope they’re going to include the 1997 episode “The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson”. It has been one of my favorites since it first aired! Much of that episode takes place around the World Trade Center, and (probably because of that) I have yet to see it air anywhere since 9/11.

    • furiousd says:

      It’s because they want to avoid the off-chance that someone with emotional stress about the 9/11 attacks forgets how to change the channel but remembers how to sue all affiliated companies for the distressing experience of Homer using the toilet. They’ll present evidence in court of their client identifying with Homer’s distress while in the first tower, finding that the toilet is out of order. Then Homer’s distress in the second tower seeing that he’s missed the officer in the plaza below.

      • SingleMaltGeek says:

        They should also sue the Khlav Khlalash guy for not having a bathroom in his cart. And for selling Mountain Dew.