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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 finds employment at Planet Express, an interplanetary delivery company in the retro-futuristic 31st century after being unwittingly cryogenically frozen for one thousand years. 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.

In the United States, the series aired on Fox from March 28, 1999, to August 10, 2003, before ceasing production. Futurama also aired in reruns on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim from 2003 to 2007, until the network's contract expired. It was revived in 2007 as four direct-to-video films; the last of which was released in early 2009. Comedy Central entered into an agreement with 20th Century Fox Television to syndicate the existing episodes and air the films as 16 new, half-hour episodes, constituting a fifth season.

In June 2009, producing studio 20th Century Fox announced that Comedy Central had picked up the show for 26 new half-hour episodes, which began airing in 2010 and 2011. The show was renewed for a seventh season, with the first half airing in June 2012 and the second set for mid-2013. It was later revealed that the seventh season would be the final season, as Comedy Central announced that they would not be commissioning any further episodes. The series finale aired on September 4, 2013. While Groening has said he will try to get it picked up by another network, David X. Cohen stated that the episode "Meanwhile" would be the last episode of season 7 and also the series finale. A 42-minute audio-only episode featuring its original cast members was released on September 14, 2017, as an episode of The Nerdist Podcast entitled Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow Presents, RADIORAMA!.

Throughout its run, Futurama has received critical acclaim. The show has been nominated for 17 Annie Awards and 12 Emmy Awards, winning seven of the former and six of the latter. It has also been nominated four times for a Writers Guild of America Award, winning two for the episodes "Godfellas" and "The Prisoner of Benda", been nominated for a Nebula Award and has received Environmental Media Awards for episodes "The Problem with Popplers" and "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular". Futurama-related merchandise has also been released, including a tie-in comic book series, video games, calendars, clothes and figurines. In 2013, TV Guide ranked Futurama as one of the top 60 Greatest TV Cartoons of All Time.

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"Space Pilot 3000" is the pilot episode of Futurama, which originally aired in North America on March 28, 1999. The episode focuses on how the series protagonist, Philip J. Fry, was frozen then awoke in the future and introduces some of the other series regulars. It sets the stage for many of the events to follow in the series including foreshadowing plot points that would not be revealed until later in the show’s run and introducing viewers to the futuristic setting inspired by a variety of classic science fiction series from The Jetsons to Star Trek. It was written by David X. Cohen and Matt Groening, and directed by Rich Moore and Gregg Vanzo. Dick Clark and Leonard Nimoy guest starred as themselves. In general the episode received good reviews, often contrasting it to Groening’s other series, The Simpsons.

Selected biography

Doctor John Zoidberg (born August 5) is the fictional staff doctor of the Planet Express delivery service in the animated television series Futurama. The character is voiced by Billy West. Zoidberg is a lobster-like alien from the planet Decapod 10. Though he claims to specialize in working on humans he usually proves to have very little knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. Although he is a doctor he lives in extreme poverty and is often portrayed as being unpopular and generally disliked by the staff of Planet Express. In the episode "That's Lobstertainment!" Zoidberg is revealed to have aspirations of working as a comedian, however, he is no more successful in this pursuit than he is as a doctor.

Did you know...

  • In its original run there were four production seasons of Futurama. However due to the large lead time in creating episodes and the hectic nature of the broadcast schedule they were broadcast as five seasons.
  • The first of four straight-to-DVD Futurama movies, Futurama: Bender's Big Score, was released in the US on November 27, 2007.
  • When Futurama aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, it gained more popularity and merchandise sales than when it aired on Fox.
  • Voice of Bender John DiMaggio also voices Jake from the Cartoon Network series Adventure Time.
  • Season 6 and season 7 were Futurama's longest seasons. They both consisted of 26 episodes.
  • Season 5 was made up of four straight-to-video films that were "chopped up" into individual episodes.
  • Fry is the most cosplayed character from the series.
  • After New New York introduced owls to counter the rat/pigeon population, they replaced both species as the vermin of the 31st century.
  • Planet Express' slogan is "Our crew is replaceable. Your package isn't."
  • When Futurama was picked up by Comedy Central, the writers went from 12 to 7 and composer Tyng was not able to make use of his orchestra.
  • IGN ranked Futurama number eight of the "Top 100 Animated Series."
  • Futurama was ranked by WatchMojo as the second best cartoon to be cancelled in 2014.
  • Bender has made many cameo appearances in The Simpsons, another TV series created by Matt Groening.
  • Amy Wong has been interning for Professor Farnsworth for 12 years.
  • According to Matt Groening, Kif Kroker is based on "an annoyed Mr. Spock."
  • After having an intimate encounter with a younger version of his grandmother, Fry became his own grandfather.
  • The mascot of the fictional soft drink Slurm, Slurms MaKenzie, is named after Spuds MaKenzie, the mascot of Bud Light Beer.
  • Tarquin's boat "Flotsam and Jetsam," shares its name with Ursula's eels from The Little Mermaid.
  • Mars University's mottos include "Knowledge brings fear" and "A giant pulsating mind is a terrible thing to waste."
  • Professor Farnsworth's bank account number (299792458) is the speed of light in meters per second.
  • Amy's birthday is May 4th, while Zoidberg's birthday is May 5th.
  • The planet Uranus has been renamed to Urectum.

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Web resources

  • Futurama on IMDb
  • Futurama at the TV IV
  • Off The Planet - Interview with Matt Groening about the futurama of the show.
  • IGN DVD Exclusive - Futurama Direct-to-Video Greenlit
  • TV.com's Futurama page.
  • Futurama at the Big Cartoon DataBase

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