Around 50 one-minute shorts were produced for The Tracey Ullman Show before The Simpsons got its own series. Only the first episode has been released as a DVD extra feature ("The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular" and "You Kent Always Say What You Want" episodes from the half-hour show additionally contain a full short).

Is the full original series available legally?

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    Those aren't available? That's a shame, they'd be of great interest to fans of the show. The way I remember it, the originals basically had Bart as the protagonist and Homer was just there as a really bad father to be a foil for Bart.
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Based on this Quartz article, apparently an app Simpson's World from FXX should hopefully get all the shorts and thus will be available legally.

Saftler said he is also working on acquiring the original Simpsons shorts that aired during Fox’s The Tracey Ullman Show back in the late ’80s.

But considering the article is from 2014, there might not have been much updates on that front...

Discussion on Reddit regarding this topic.

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    Aww, man... sheesh!
    – smci
    Feb 1, 2018 at 22:52
  • The Reddit thread says The app is the FXNow app which is available now (geo-locked to US, may require proxy or VPN outside the US)
    – smci
    Feb 1, 2018 at 22:54
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    That's why I added the Reddit thread too since I'm outside the US and can't check... Feb 2, 2018 at 1:21

Yes, per the Reddit thread quotes in @NikhilEshvar's answer:

The app is the FXNow app which is available now (geo-locked to US, may require proxy/ VPN/ etc. outside the US)

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