List of The Simpsons home video releases

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The Simpsons is an American animated television sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. It is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by its eponymous family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield, and lampoons American culture, society, and television, as well as many aspects of the human condition.[1] The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a pitch for a series of animated shorts with producer James L. Brooks. Groening created a dysfunctional family and named the characters after members of his own family, substituting Bart for his own name. The shorts became a part of the Fox series The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987.[1][2] After a three-season run, the sketch was developed into a half-hour prime-time show that was an early hit for Fox.[3]

Throughout the years, many episodes of the show have been released on DVD and VHS. When the first season DVD was released in 2001, it quickly became the best-selling television DVD in history, although it was later overtaken by the first season of Chappelle's Show.[4] The first eighteen seasons are available on DVD in Regions 1, 2, and 4, with the twentieth season released on both DVD and Blu-ray in 2010 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series. The Simpsons Movie, a feature-length film, was released in theaters worldwide on July 27, 2007, and it was later available on DVD and Blu-ray worldwide on December 3, 2007 and on December 18, 2007 in the U.S.[5] On April 8, 2015, showrunner Al Jean announced that there would be no more DVD or Blu-ray releases, shifting focus to digital distribution.[6] Two years later, following fan protest, it was announced on July 22, 2017 that Season 18 would be released on December 5, 2017 on DVD with the possibility of further seasons if sales are strong enough.[7] The release was the first since early-December 2014.[8]

Overview[edit]

Season Episodes DVD release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Discs
1 13 September 25, 2001 (2001-09-25)[9] September 24, 2001 (2001-09-24)[10] October 3, 2001 (2001-10-03)[11] 3
2 22 August 6, 2002 (2002-08-06)[12] July 8, 2002 (2002-07-08)[13] July 24, 2002 (2002-07-24)[14] 4
3 24 August 26, 2003 (2003-08-26)[15] October 6, 2003 (2003-10-06)[16] November 12, 2003 (2003-11-12)[17] 4
4 22 June 15, 2004 (2004-06-15)[18] August 2, 2004 (2004-08-02)[19] August 25, 2004 (2004-08-25)[20] 4
5 22 December 21, 2004 (2004-12-21)[21] March 21, 2005 (2005-03-21)[22] March 23, 2005 (2005-03-23)[23] 4
6 25 August 16, 2005 (2005-08-16)[24] October 17, 2005 (2005-10-17)[25] March 29, 2006 (2006-03-29)[26] 4
7 25 December 13, 2005 (2005-12-13)[27] January 30, 2006 (2006-01-30)[28] May 10, 2006 (2006-05-10)[29] 4
8 25 August 15, 2006 (2006-08-15)[30] October 2, 2006 (2006-10-02)[31] October 11, 2006 (2006-10-11)[32] 4
9 25 December 19, 2006 (2006-12-19)[33] January 29, 2007 (2007-01-29)[34] March 21, 2007 (2007-03-21)[35] 4
10 23 August 7, 2007 (2007-08-07)[36] September 10, 2007 (2007-09-10)[37] September 26, 2007 (2007-09-26)[38] 4
11 22 October 7, 2008 (2008-10-07)[39] October 6, 2008 (2008-10-06)[40] November 5, 2008 (2008-11-05)[41] 4
12 21 August 18, 2009 (2009-08-18)[42] September 28, 2009 (2009-09-28)[43] September 2, 2009 (2009-09-02)[44] 4
13 22 August 24, 2010 (2010-08-24)[45] September 20, 2010 (2010-09-20)[46] December 1, 2010 (2010-12-01)[47] 4
14 22 December 6, 2011 (2011-12-06)[48] October 10, 2011 (2011-10-10)[49] November 2, 2011 (2011-11-02)[50] 4
15 22 December 4, 2012 (2012-12-04)[51] December 3, 2012 (2012-12-03)[52] December 12, 2012 (2012-12-12)[53] 4
16 21 December 3, 2013 (2013-12-03)[54] December 2, 2013 (2013-12-02)[55] December 11, 2013 (2013-12-11)[56] 4
17 22 December 2, 2014 (2014-12-02)[57] December 1, 2014 (2014-12-01)[58] December 3, 2014 (2014-12-03)[59] 4
18 22 December 5, 2017 (2017-12-05)[60] December 11, 2017 (2017-12-11)[61] December 13, 2017 (2017-12-13)[62] 4
Movie December 18, 2007 (2007-12-18)[63] December 3, 2007 (2007-12-03)[64] December 5, 2007 (2007-12-05)[65]
19 20 December 4, 2018 (2018-12-04)[citation needed] December 10, 2018 (2018-12-10)[citation needed] December 12, 2018 (2018-12-12)[citation needed] 4
20 21 January 12, 2010 (2010-01-12) October 20, 2010 (2010-10-20) January 20, 2010 (2010-01-20) 4

Main series[edit]

DVD[edit]

Season Set details DVD release dates Special features
Region 1[66] Region 2[67]
1
  • Discs: 3
  • Episodes: 13
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
September 25, 2001 September 27, 2001
2
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 22
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
August 6, 2002 June 6, 2002
3
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 24
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
August 26, 2003 October 18, 2003
4
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 22
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
June 15, 2004 October 7, 2004
  • Deleted and extended scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Animatic/Storyboards
  • Featurette: "The Cajun Controversy"
  • Featurette: "Bush v. Simpsons"
  • Commercials
5
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 22
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
December 21, 2004 May 19, 2005
  • Animation Showcases
  • "A Look Back" with James L. Brooks
  • Commercials
  • Deleted scenes
  • Audio outtakes
  • Original sketches
6
  • Featured character: Homer
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 25
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
August 16, 2005 November 3, 2005
7
  • Featured character: Marge
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 25
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
December 13, 2005 May 4, 2006
  • Deleted and extended scenes
  • Special "3D Homer" featurette
  • Paul McCartney's Lentil Soup recipe
  • Animatic/Storyboards
  • Sketch gallery
8
  • Featured character: Maggie
  • Discs 4
  • Episodes: 25
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
August 15, 2006 October 2, 2006
9
  • Featured character: Lisa
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 25
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
December 19, 2006 March 5, 2007
10
  • Featured character: Bart
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 23
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
August 7, 2007 October 1, 2007
  • Deleted scenes
  • Animation showcases
  • Sneak peek at The Simpsons Movie DVD
  • Commercials
  • Sketch gallery
  • Featurettes
11
  • Featured character: Krusty
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 22
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
October 7, 2008 October 24, 2008
  • Deleted scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Extra: "And Then There Were Menus"
  • Sketch gallery
  • Animation showcases
12 August 18, 2009 October 1, 2009
  • Deleted scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Commercials
  • Sketch gallery
  • Animation showcases
13
  • Featured character: Ralph
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 22
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
August 24, 2010 October 29, 2010
  • Animation showcases
  • Deleted scenes
  • Commercials
  • Featurettes
  • Sketch galleries
14
  • Featured character: Kang
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 22
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
December 6, 2011 November 25, 2011
  • Animation showcases
  • Deleted scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Sketch galleries
15
  • Featured character: Otto
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 22
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
December 4, 2012 December 3, 2012
  • Animation showcases
  • Deleted scenes
  • Commercials
  • Featurettes
  • Sketch galleries
16 December 3, 2013 (2013-12-03)[68] December 2, 2013
  • Animation showcases
  • Deleted scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Sketch galleries
17 December 2, 2014 (2014-12-02) December 1, 2014 (2014-12-01)
  • Buongiorno, Simpsons Lovers
  • Audio Commentary On Every Episode With Writers, Actors And Directors
  • Deleted Scenes With Commentary
  • The Great Ones
  • Let There Be Music
  • Live! It's The Simpsons
  • Bonus Episode
  • Multi-angle Animation Showcase
  • Special Language Feature
  • Original Sketches
  • And Much More
  • Note: This is the first season to receive a 15 rating in the UK but that was due to the bonus features and not the episodes.
18
  • Featured character: Fat Tony
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 22
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
December 5, 2017 (2017-12-05) December 11, 2017 (2017-12-11)
  • Welcome Back, Loyal Fans!
  • Audio Commentary On All Episodes With Writers, Actors and Directors
  • Deleted Scenes With Commentary
  • Bonus Episode
  • Multi-Angle Animation Showcase
  • Special Language Feature
  • A Conversation With Fat Tony
  • And more!
The Simpsons Movie December 18, 2007 December 3, 2007
  • Audio commentary by James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Mike Scully, David Silverman, Dan Castellaneta and Yeardley Smith.
  • Audio commentary of the directors by David Silverman, Mike B. Anderson, Steven Dean Moore and Rich Moore.
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailers
  • Image Galleries
20
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 21
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio (episodes 1–9)
  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio (episodes 10–21)
January 12, 2010 September 17, 2010

Blu-ray[edit]

Season Set details Blu-ray release dates Special features
Region A[69] Region B[70]
13
  • Featured character: Ralph
  • Discs: 3
  • Episodes: 22
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
August 24, 2010 December 1, 2010
  • Animation showcases
  • Deleted scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Sketch galleries
14
  • Featured character: Kang
  • Discs: 3
  • Episodes: 22
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
December 6, 2011 November 2, 2011
  • Animation showcases
  • Deleted scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Sketch galleries
  • Bonus Treehouse of Horror episodes
15
  • Featured character: Otto
  • Discs: 3
  • Episodes: 22
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
December 4, 2012 December 12, 2012
16 December 3, 2013 December 11, 2013
17 December 2, 2014 December 1, 2014
The Simpsons Movie December 18, 2007 December 3, 2007
  • Audiocomentary by James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Mike Scully, David Silverman, Dan Castellaneta and Yeardley Smith.
  • Audiocomentary of the directors by David Silverman, Mike B. Anderson, Steven Dean Moore and Rich Moore.
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailers
  • Image Galleries
20
  • Discs: 2
  • Episodes: 21
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio (episodes 1–9)
  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio (episodes 10–21)
January 12, 2010 January 20, 2010

Compilations[edit]

DVD[edit]

Title DVD release dates Episode(s)
Region 1[71] Region 2[72]
Film Festival April 1, 2002
Backstage Pass May 20, 2002
Treehouse of Horror October 22, 2002 October 28, 2002
Risky Business April 7, 2003
Bart Wars May 17, 2005 September 8, 2003
The Dark Secrets of The Simpsons September 8, 2003
Greatest Hits September 8, 2003
The Simpsons Go to Hollywood September 8, 2003
Too Hot for TV September 8, 2003
Christmas October 14, 2003 November 3, 2003
Gone Wild September 14, 2004 June 4, 2004
The Simpsons Against the World August 16, 2004
Heaven and Hell August 16, 2004
On Your Marks, Get Set, D'oh! August 16, 2004
Sex, Lies and The Simpsons August 16, 2004
The Simpsons.com August 16, 2004
Christmas 2 November 2, 2004 October 25, 2004
Crime and Punishment April 18, 2005
Springfield Murder Mysteries April 18, 2005
Raiders of the Lost Fridge April 18, 2005
Viva Los Simpsons April 18, 2005
The Last Temptation of Homer April 18, 2005
Around the World in 80 D'ohs May 23, 2005
Kiss and Tell: The Story of Their Love February 7, 2006 February 6, 2006

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  72. ^ Region 2 DVD compilations: