Only available in English on Disney+ Hotstar Premium
Wednesday, April 15 — that's the release date for all 31 seasons of The Simpsons on Disney+ Hotstar, the newly-upgraded streaming service announced over the weekend. Additionally, the 2007 feature-length film The Simpsons Movie and the 2020 short film Playdate with Destiny will also be available on Disney+ Hotstar, Gadgets 360 has discovered. There's no confirmation as yet on the 2012 short film The Longest Daycare. All of it will only be available to subscribers of Disney+ Hotstar Premium — it costs Rs. 299 a month or Rs. 1,499 a year — which means there won't be any local-language dubs of the long-running animated sitcom.
Take a break from your family for the world's favourite family. The Simpsons. All 31 seasons. April 15 onwards. pic.twitter.com/Z3w8SQn3uQ
This is great news for fans of The Simpsons. Earlier in April on its launch day, Disney+ Hotstar had announced that The Simpsons would be available by the end of April. It's now arriving 15 days early, including the ongoing The Simpsons season 31, which returns from hiatus this week in the US. Disney+ Hotstar had accidentally published The Simpsons season 12 on the service's launch day, as Gadgets 360 first reported, but it was taken down a couple of days later. No idea if the two were related.
Created by Matt Groening in the ‘80s, The Simpsons has won a total of 34 Emmys during its run. It's also become the longest-running scripted series during American prime time. The aforementioned 2007 movie made over $527 million at the worldwide box office. The Simpsons has been hugely influential for the animated sitcom genre, while it has been criticised for its racial stereotyping, revolving around the Indian-American character of Apu, and its declining quality after season 10.
Can Netflix force Bollywood to reinvent itself? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS. You can also download the episode or just hit the play button below.
Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil