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Disney has announced that over 600 episodes of The Simpsons will be available to stream on Disney+ in the UK when it launches later this month. That’s 13,200 minutes of The Simpsons, which would take you over nine days to watch back-to-back without a break.
The news was announced in a post on the official @DisneyPlusUK Twitter account with a video of Homer Simpson saying ‘d’oh’ set to the show’s iconic theme music.
There have been 676 episodes of the animated sitcom made to date, so it’s not clear which episodes will be available on the platform, but it’s a lot more than initially feared.
Over 600 episodes of The Simpsons + Disney + Pixar + Marvel + Star Wars + Nat Geo = 🤯 D’oh not miss out! pic.twitter.com/IqRM1BXU6C— Disney+ UK (@DisneyPlusUK) March 4, 2020
There had been lingering doubt about whether Fox’s iconic animated sitcom would be on the Hollywood giant’s streaming service.
A post from the official Disney+ UK Twitter account finally put fans’ minds at rest earlier this week: “Grab yourself a D’oh-nut and stay tuned”, the post read, accompanied by an animated picture of the sugary treat favoured by Homer Simpson.
In the UK, Channel 4 is currently the home of classic episodes of the show while Sky One has the “first run” rights to the most recent series. It’s currently airing the 31st season showing new episodes weekly.
Disney+ launches in the UK on 24 March. It will be £5.99 a month, £59.99 for a year, or if you pre-order ahead of launch you can get 12 months for just £49.99.
Grab yourself a D'oh-nut and stay tuned... pic.twitter.com/orfYKCYgKG— Disney+ UK (@DisneyPlusUK) March 3, 2020
Disney completed its acquisition of 20th Century Fox and its IP (intellectual property) in 2019, paving the way for The Simpsons to become part of the Disney family. The Simpsons recently poked fun at the Disney merger in a recent episode that parodied Marvel’s Avengers film franchise.
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We expect to find out more details about the full UK slate of content coming to Disney+ in the coming weeks. Question marks still remain over what extent of the Marvel Studios and Star Wars back catalogue will be available on the service.
Disney and Sky have just struck a multi-year deal to bring Disney+ to Sky Q and Now TV in the UK and Ireland.
The streaming service which will be available for purchase as an app, will first launch on set-top box service Sky Q, followed by streaming service Now TV in the coming months.