There’s only one thing to do at a moment like this: strut!

What you need to know

  • Disney+ is replacing its 16:9 versions of the first 19 seasons of The Simpsons with the original 4:3 content.
  • The streaming service landed exclusive rights to the show last fall.
  • Many of The Simpsons’ details and punchlines were cut off with the lost vertical space in the converted widescreen episodes.

The Simpsons is one of the longest-running shows of all time, and as such, it was a valuable addition to the Disney+ lineup when it landed exclusivity last fall. There was just one problem: all of the older episodes had been cropped and converted to 16:9.

For the first 19 seasons, The Simpsons was aired in 4:3. Cropping the show to a widescreen format cut off important details that were key to many of the show’s jokes, frustrating familiar viewers.

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