The Simpsons is the longest-running show in history and shows no signs of stopping any time soon. Below, we’ll explain everything you need to know about streaming The Simpsons online. We’ll also walk you through the process of watching it abroad, in case you’re currently traveling outside of the US.
Remember: for the highest-quality stream, use official sources. Shady streaming sites like to promise the world but they tend to have laggy, low-resolution video and their content can be taken down without warning for copyright violation. The good news is that there are plenty of legitimate ways to stream The Simpsons, even if you’re outside of the US. This makes using unofficial sources effectively pointless.
The Simpsons will only be shown on geo-restricted services. As such, if you’re abroad at the moment, you’ll have to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to watch via your usual streaming platforms.
How to watch The Simpsons abroad with a VPN
Accessing region-locked streaming platforms is actually quite a bit easier than you might think. Follow the steps below to unblock and stream The Simpsons from abroad.
Here’s how to watch The Simpsons online from anywhere:
- Start by signing up for a suitable VPN if you haven’t already. We recommend ExpressVPN although NordVPN and Surfshark are both solid low-cost choices.
- The next step is to install the VPN app. Most providers let you have around five connections at once, so feel free to install it on any device you use regularly.
- Decide which of the official broadcasters you’d like to unblock.
- Connect to one of your VPN’s servers in the appropriate country. For example, you’ll need a US server to watch on FOX or a Canadian server to unblock CityTV.
- Try watching something on your chosen service. In most cases, the video should start immediately, but if not, try clearing your cookies and refreshing the page. Failing this, we recommend contacting your VPN’s support team for further assistance.
If you’re looking to watch The Simpsons live, it’s a good idea to test your VPN beforehand and make sure everything works properly. This way, you won’t have to scramble to reach tech support at the last second.
How to stream The Simpsons on US TV
You can stream every episode The Simpsons online via the FOX website. Users can watch up to an hour of TV for free, but will have to sign in with a supported cable provider or streaming service to continue streaming afterward.
There are all kinds of ways to watch FOX online without cable too. In fact, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, YouTube TV, fuboTV, and Hulu with Live TV all carry this channel, so if you use any of these, you may be able to watch at no added cost. Otherwise, the cheapest way to watch is with Sling TV, which costs $30 USD per month.
If you’re not bothered about watching live, you could just opt for the base Hulu subscription instead. This costs $5.99 per month and gets the newest episodes the day after they air. This service also comes bundled with Disney+ (which has all previous seasons) and ESPN+ for $12.99 per month, which collectively gives you unrestricted access to every single episode of The Simpsons.
Currently abroad? You can still use these geo-blocked platforms, provided you have a VPN. ExpressVPN includes a 30-day money-back guarantee, meaning you’ll be able to stream The Simpsons risk-free and claim a full refund if you’re in any way unsatisfied.
Where else can I watch The Simpsons online?
Let’s be honest: The Simpsons airs in just about every country in the world. Here’s how to stream The Simpsons where you live:
CityTV shows new episodes at the same time that they air in the US. Best of all, you can watch online, completely free, without even having to create an account. Recent episodes will be available on-demand for a short time, so you can catch up at a time that suits you.
Looking to watch old episodes of The Simpsons online? The only way is with Disney+, which costs $8.99 CAD per month or $89.99 per year. Unfortunately, while this service previously offered a free trial, this is no longer available.
Both CityTV and Disney+ are geo-restricted. If you’re outside Canada at the moment, you may not be able to access them without a VPN.
The main place to watch The Simpsons in the UK is Disney+, which costs £5.99 per month. There are currently 31 seasons available, with the 32nd likely to arrive at a later date.
New episodes (and an endless supply of reruns) are traditionally shown on Sky, so existing subscribers can watch at no added cost using the Sky Go app. If you don’t have cable but also don’t want to wait until new episodes are added to Disney+, you can stream Sky live via Now TV’s Entertainment pass. This costs £9.99 per month after a seven-day trial.
Sky Go, Disney+, and Now TV are geo-restricted, so you’ll need a UK VPN server to use them from outside the UK.
Traditionally, FOX8 has been Australia’s main broadcaster of The Simpsons. Between seasons, it airs a constant stream of older episodes, so you’ll never be more than a few hours away from a mini-marathon.
Existing Foxtel TV customers can watch FOX8 online at no added cost using the Foxtel Go app. Alternatively, if you don’t have cable, you can sign up for Foxtel Now. Prices start at $25 AUD per month, though, so it might be a little expensive if you just want to watch one show. As you might expect by now, Disney+ ($8.99 per month) is the only network offering full access to older seasons.
FOX8 and Disney+ are geo-restricted. As such, you might have to connect to an Australian VPN server to access them from abroad.
The Simpsons FAQs
Can I watch every season of The Simpsons on one service?
At the moment, no. While Disney+ has the bulk of the older episodes, it doesn't have any from the currently-airing season. New episodes will likely be added to this service once the season is over, but there aren't any further details on this as yet.
How many episodes of The Simpsons are there?
The first 31 seasons account for 694 episodes, but the newest season will likely add another 22 fo a total of 716. If we assume that each runs for 20 minutes, this means that it'd take 238 hours (or almost 10 straight days) to stream every single episode.
Do I need a VPN to watch The Simpsons online?
If there's a local broadcaster showing The Simpsons in your country, you don't technically need a VPN to watch. However, given that these services protect you from ISP throttling and stop snoopers from seeing what you get up to online, there are still plenty of reasons to use one.