Futurama

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Futurama

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"Good news, everyone!" - Professor Hubert Farnsworth
Genre: Comedy
Sitcom
Running Time: 21-23 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: March 28, 1999 – September 4, 2013
Network(s): FOX (1999-2003)
Comedy Central (2007-2013)
Created by: Matt Groening
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox Television
Starring: Billy West
Katey Sagal
John DiMaggio
Tress MacNeille
Maurice LaMarche
Phil LaMarr
Lauren Tom
David Herman
Seasons: 7
Episodes: 140


Futurama is an American animated science fiction comedy series created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series follows the adventures of a late-20th century New York City pizza delivery boy, Philip J. Fry, who, after accidentally being cryogenically frozen for one thousand years, finds employment at Planet Express, an interplanetary delivery company in the retro-futuristic 31st century. The series was envisioned by Groening in the mid-1990s while working on The Simpsons; he later brought David X. Cohen aboard to develop storylines and characters to pitch the show to Fox.

Why It Rocks

  1. Great mix of 2D animation and CGI.
  2. Tons of memorable episodes including the likes of:
    • The Late Philip J. Fry
    • Jurassic Bark
    • Luck of the Fryrish
    • Game of Tones
    • The Prisoner of Benda
    • Teenage Mutant Leela Hurdles
  3. Likable characters such as Fry, Turanga Leela, Bender Bending Rodriguez, Amy Wong and Professor Hubert Farnsworth.
  4. Clever humor based on science-fiction parodies and references. This ranges from subtle ones like using the same sound effects of the doors from Star Trek to Captain Zapp Brannigan, who is a full-on parody of Captain James T. Kirk from the same series.
  5. The voice acting is good, featuring talented voice actors like Billy West, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Katey Sagal, Lauren Tom and Tress MacNeille.
  6. It has some heartwarming and tear-jerking moments as well, most notably "Jurassic Bark", the episode where Fry finds the fossilized remains of his pet dog.
  7. Countless pop-culture references done well.
  8. The show's humor is well-done, and mixes well with the more dramatic moments without coming off as forced.
  9. Great writing.
  10. The show managed to have not one, not two, not three, but four series finales, and each one served as a good way to end the series, with the final episode being "Meanwhile", one of the best episodes of the show.
  11. Amazing character development, best demonstrated with Fry's maturation over the course of the series; he went from being repulsed by Leela's body putting on dozens of pounds (after Amy took control of it) in "The Prisoner of Benda" to giving a heartwarming speech about how he'll never stop loving Leela now matter how much her looks will change in "Leela and the Genestalk".
    • Speaking of "Leela and the Genestalk", Finn and Jake from Adventure Time made a cameo appearance in that episode, even though they're Cartoon Network characters and not from Fox.

Bad Qualities

  1. The show has had a few bad episodes (especially in the Comedy Central era) including:
  2. Seasons 6 and 7 were not as well-received by fans, mainly due to the flanderization of some characters and continuity errors, though it wasn't too severe of a decline.

Trivia

  • Kif and Zapp's relationship was based on the question of "what if Spock hated Kirk?".

Comments


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KalloFox34

3 months ago
Score 3
A perfect example of a show that kept its edge from beginning to end.
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

3 months ago
Score 1
This is like the futuristic version of The Simpsons.
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BITE MY SHINY METAL A**

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