Futurama 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.
Futurama 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.
Futurama 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:
When Futurama 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.