premiered on Fox in 1999. It ran sporadically for five seasons until Fox cancelled Futurama
in 2003. Futurama
re-surfaced on Adult Swim
until Comedy Central snapped it up in 2008. Because the show saw good ratings in re-runs, four straight-to-DVD Futurama
movies were ordered. Futurama
premiered new episodes on Comedy Central on June 24, 2010.
is about a pizza delivery boy, Fry, who delivers a pizza to a cryogenics lab on New Year's Eve, 1999. He gets frozen by mistake and wakes up one thousand years later. He winds up being a delivery boy for Planet Express. In the five seasons of Futurama
, we come to know Fry is a loser, but we love him anyway. He befriends Bender, an amoral robot, and falls in love with Leela, a one-eyed mutant.
features a roster of fun and out-of-this-world characters. Philip J. Fry is an anti-hero who relishes a second chance at life in the 31st Century. Leela is a one-eyed mutant from the sewers who kicks butt and endlessly seeks love. Bender is a beer-guzzling, cigar-smoking robot with no ethics. Professor Farnsworth is a descendant of Fry's who owns Planet Express. Planet Express also employs Amy, Dr. Zoidberg and Hermes.
Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, both of The Simpsons
, created Futurama
. The staff of writers includes several with Ph.D.s in math and science.
The first straight-to-DVD Futurama
movie, Bender's Big Score
, was released on November 27, 2007. Three more movies followed. They were released in the following order:
My Two Cents:
first premiered, I was ready to hate it. How could Matt Groening abandon The Simpsons
for such an outlandish animated series? It's in space! Well, I was happily surprised to discover that Futurama
was funny and smart. I wish the show had prospered, but how could it when Fox changed timeslots too often and put the show on hiatus for long periods? Though I credit Futurama
for the decline of The Simpsons
, I'm thrilled to see new episodes on Comedy Central.