"Good news, everyone!" - Professor Hubert Farnsworth
March 28, 1999 – September 4, 2013
FOX (1999-2003) Comedy Central (2007-2013)
20th Century Fox Television
Billy West Katey Sagal John DiMaggio Tress MacNeille Maurice LaMarche Phil LaMarr Lauren Tom David Herman
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.
Tons of memorable episodes including the likes of:
The Late Philip J. Fry
Luck of the Fryrish
Game of Tones
The Prisoner of Benda
Teenage Mutant Leela Hurdles
Likable characters such as Fry, Turanga Leela, Bender Bending Rodriguez, Amy Wong and Professor Hubert Farnsworth.
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.
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.
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.
Countless pop-culture references done well.
The show's humor is well-done, and mixes well with the more dramatic moments without coming off as forced.
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.
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.
The show has had a few bad episodes (especially in the Comedy Central era) including: