FXX ruins the punchline by inexplicably cropping old standard definition ‘Simpsons’ episodes

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FXX isn’t just resurrecting old episodes of The Simpsons during its week-and-a-half marathon. It’s also making us relive one of our more painful memories: last decade’s labored transition from standard definition to HD programming. The network has made the inexplicable decision to broadcast the show in a 16:9 aspect ratio even though the majority of episodes are in 4:3. The show didn’t switch to HD until 2009, in season 20, so most of the episodes on FXX are zoomed in and cropped. That means it’s not just ugly — you’re missing the show as it was meant to be seen. In certain scenes you can’t even appreciate the jokes because the words are cut off. The sign above is supposed to read “Sneed’s Feed & Seed” with “Formerly Chuck’s” beneath it….

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