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Nowadays animated series are ten a penny, some succesful (the simpsons perhaps being the greatest example) and others not quite so good (king of the hill is watchable but I wouldn't say it's fantastic), as futurama comes to us from the same gentleman responsible for the simpsons it would be reasonable to expect that futurama would fall into the former category, and thankfully...it does.
Futurama was first aired in yankeeland on march 28th 1999 (only 8 odd months before the first episode is set) however after the first episode the action takes place a thousand years hence in the year 3000.
What a great platform for a fun adult (although not in the traditional sense) cartoon. The setting is the strongest attribute futurama has, it gives the creators license to get away with all sorts and gives them the ability to realise pretty much any wild imaginations they may have.
As well as a sci fi setting, there are a host of loveable characters to bolster the cartoons appeal. The main protagonists include Leela a feisty purple haired cyclops, Bender the smokin swearin rootin tootin Robot and the star of the show Philip J Fry, a ginger pizza delivery boy from the 20th century. Supporting the leading rolesare a handful of colourful but slightly less prominent characters, Dr Zoidberg being my personal favourite, also Amy Wong and the owner of the space delivery bussiness planet express Professor Farnsworth (Fry's great great great etc Nephew).
The main storyline running through the show is that Fry Bender and Leela make unusual deliveries (although they usually seem tame and mundane to everyone except Fry) to exotic planets. Along the way they meet a host of funny alien characters such as Lurr...RULER OF THE THIRD MOON OF OMICRON PERSEI 8!!! Another great character met although not strictly alien is Captain Zap Brannigan and his liutenant Kiff Kroker.
So Far there have been 5 series. In the States, Fox Network stopped buying episodes of Futurama prompting an outcry from Futuramas many fans forcing Fox to reevaluate their decision, thankfully they changed their minds otherwise the fifth series may never have made it to TV.
In a world where animated comedies are coming thick and fast Futurama remains one of the very best, the shows futuristic sci fi setting allows much room for exciting, interesting and most importantly funny storylines. This ensures that none of the 88 episodes are anything less than superb.
I reccomend this to all comedy lovers not just animated fans, I also reccomend it to people who are not usually into cartoons for grown ups (although for myself I use the term loosely) , hopefully you'll be drawn in to the fantastical world of Futurama whoever you are.
Futurama first came to our screens in 1999 and is the original and unique invention of Matt Groening who was the mastermind behind The Simpsons cartoon. For me personally I've watched a few episodes on Sky One over the years and never really got into it as much as The Simpsons but some people might disagree with that. I think to be honest I didn't always have the time or inclination to try to get into but the ones I did see were still pretty funny and perhaps a slightly different humour. From what I saw there seemed to be alot more placed on the development of characters as well as creating some funny moments.
Just like alot of successful cartoons there is not much to the story so you don't have to sit down and work out what's going on and just enjoy it. Fry is the main character and is a pizza delivery boy in the 1990's. Somehow he accidentally gets frozen and when he finally awakes he finds to his horror it's around a thousand years later. And of course to make matters worse his friends and family are obviously all dead and gone. The future that he finds is very bizarre and alien to him. It is full of wierd and wonderful characters and creatures. Some of these become his friends and have remained so over the course of the show.
All the characters combine to make this a pretty decent cartoon and their relationships grow over the last eleven years or so. Professor Farnsworth is Fry's nephew in the future and he runs a delivery service and hires Fry who has ended up there. He is like a mad scientist. Leela has one eye and purple hair and drives the rocket ship for Farnsworth. Despite her strange looks this is Fry's love interest in the show and he is obsessed with her. Bender is a very funny robot with some great one-liners and is very sarcastic. He is Fry's best friend. Then finally of the main characters there is Zoidberg who is an alien lobster and also the company doctor.
I'm not sure that this has ever quite been as popular as the likes of Family Guy or The Simpsons but nevertheless is worth having a little look if you can get back into it.
Futurama first aired in 1999 (11 years ago soon!) and is the brain child of Matt Groening (The Simpsons) and David X Cohen. The show was a sitcom in the mould and tone of the Simpsons but set in the 31st century. The show was cancelled around 5 years ago after 80 odd episodes but it's on its way back with shows planned to air in the summer (but who knows when in the UK!)
Our gate way in to this future world is Fry (Phillip J. - voiced by Billy West) a 21st century pizza delivery boy (man child) who gets accidentally cryogenically frozen for 100 years (as you do) so as he experiences aliens and the mad way of the future in general for the first time we're along for the ride experiencing it too.
Once he awakes he meets up with his great great (recurring) grandson Professor Farnsworth who's 150ish years old. Who gives him a job, and it's this which gives the show its all encompassing feel and it pushes the future into the setting, rather than a character of its own (making it a delight when something from the future is seen / shown in the background) and makes the show a work colleagues/family sit-com.
Fry is joined at the Planet Express delivery company by Leela a one eyed mutant (Katey Sagel), intern Amy Wong (her relationship with Kif is a bit boring at times), bureaucrat Hermes, Dr Zoidberg (a simple lobster type thing who knows nothing about anatomy and is very poor) and the star of the show robot Bender, who drinks and smokes and generally causes havoc - He's fantastic.
The jokes are often very smart, with a lot of in-jokes for Sci-fi and mathematics geeks (I probably miss 80% of these) but the writers have no qualms in going low brow or chucking in some slapstick. The voice cast is superb. The characters are mostly fun and interesting (except the rubbish Hermes), and even includes heads preserved in jars and an evil robot Santa, and the animation is crisp and looks great. The show has a lot of heart too and the longing from Fry for Leela and his attempts to win her heart are often very sweet. And the episode with Fry's dog is very sad!
A great comedy and Bender is a joy - go and 'axe' for it on your next birthday.
Futurama is an animation created by Matt Greoning who is also the creator of The Simpsons. This was first shown in 1999 and is about a biy called fry who who is a delivery guy. One night he is told to delivery a pizza to this place but when he gets there no one is in so it sits down on this chair, behind him is a capsule where you freeze yourself, he rocks back on his chair but falls back into the capsule and is frozen solid, when he wakes up it is the year 3000 and everything looks different, there flying cars, alians and futuristic building, from there Fry gets use to this life and meets some funny characters.
Bender is one of my favourite characters, he is a rude alcoholic robot, well he need alcohol to survive.
Zoidberg is another character which I find hilarious, he thinks hes a doctor but knows nother about the human body what so ever.
Fry works for the company Planet Express which is owned by his great great great...........nephew Professor Farnsworth along side with Leels, bender, Zoidberg, Amy and Beurocrat.
You will find Fry and the rest of his crew go on many adventures delivering packages to other planet. There are always funny things happening in the programme. I could site and watch these episodes all day but have seen all of them already so theres not much point
I think this show is more for the teenager/adult audience because some of the things which do happen may not be suitable for young people.
Futurama first hit our screens in 1999 and is created by tge genuis Matt Groening, the same person who created The Simpsons. Its about a delivery boy called Fry who goes to delivers a pizza on new years eve 1999, when he gets to the place he finds out that no one is there so he sits down on a chair in this room with this freezing capsule behind him, he starts rocking on his chair but falls back and lands inside the capsule. He is unfrozen in the year 3000 where are aliens walking about and flying cars. He then meets up with the other characters which are Leela, Beurocrat, Bender, Amy, and doctor Zoidberg. They all work for a delivery company known as Planet Express run by Frys great (repeated about 40 times) nephew Professor Farnsworth.
The crew go on many adventures delivery items but always manage to get into trouble and rough rides. There is alot of humour in this cartoon and makes me laugh alot.
It came to a point where Futurama was no longer made but still showed the episodes but became boring when yourve watched them a dozen times but luckily they have started making them again and I am looking forward to see what other crazy adventures they get into.
Futurama is one of my favourite animation and I recommend you watch it if you are into funny animations.
Futurama is Matt Groening's follow-up to the Simpsons, this time taking place within a futuristic sci-fi setting. After accidentally freezing himself for a thousand years at the tirn of the millennium, dim-witted delivery boy Fry finds himself surrounded by aliens and robots in the year 3000, working for his great great great (x30) nephew, the elderly and eccentric Professor Farnsworth, who runs the delivery company 'the Planet Express' along with a jamaican beurocrat, employing Fry, a purple haired cyclops called Leela, a kleptomaniac robot called Bender, a dozy rich girl from Mars and a rather pathetic doctor called Zoidberg who just happens to be a giant Yiddish lobster.
The show looks great, with sharp, witty writing and funny and engaging storylines as the crew of the Planet Express Ship go on various delivery missions across the universe, and there are some great auxiliary characters present too, in particular the unbeilevably slimy, egotistical, incompetent and bravado-filled Zap Brannigan and his permanently depressed alien sidekick Kif. The central dynamic between the main characters is great, with Fry forever trying to woo Leela whilst Bender is forever looking for ways to scam his human companions.
Funny, intelligent and engaging, Futurama was canned way before its time, whilst the Simpsons was conversely allowed to stagger on like a zombie well after it should ahve been put to rest. The original series of Futurama is far better than the recent film spin-offs prompted by fan outrage at the show's cancellation, as these have different writers and are not relly worth bothering to watch.
First launched on our screens in 1999, Futurama is the brainchild of Matt Groening, the creative genius who gave us "The Simpsons." Personally, I much preferred Futurama over the Simpsons. Futurama placed much more emphasis in character development whereas later seasons of The Simpsons seemed to just treat the characters simply as tools that were needed to set up some funny joke or wacky situation.
The premise of the show is fairly simple. Fry, a pizza delivery boy in the 1990's accidentally gets cryogenically frozen and awakes to find it being a 1000 years later, with all his friends and family long since deceased.
Fry finds the future to be a strange and scary place, full of strange and scary creatures, some of whom he befriends. These include
Professor Farnsworth - Fry's future nephew who happens to run an interplanetary delivery service and ends up employing Fry. Farnsworth is also the epitome of the mad scientist stereotype, inventing such wondrous creations a telescope which you use with your nose to sniff out far-away cosmic aromas
Leela - A purple haired, spirited cyclops who pilots Farnsworth's rocket ship and with whom Fry is besotted. Sadly for Fry, Leela barely acknowledges Fry's existence.
Bender - Fry's best friend. He is a wise-cracking robot and is highly adept at bending all sorts of materials (a skill that is often more useful than you may initially think!) He also has to constantly drink beer otherwise he becomes sober and unable to co-ordinate his movements.
Zoidberg - my favourite character. He is an alien lobster and acts as the company doctor. However, his knowledge of human physiology is very very limited and so if you went to see him about an illness you'd probably end up leaving his office more ill than when you went in.
There are also numerous supporting characters, such as Zapp Brannigan - picture an inept James T Kirk with an even greater sex drive, Amy - a spoilt martian student and Hermes - the company accountant with a passion for the great sport of limbo dancing.
As I said earlier, I much prefer this show to the Simpsons. Fry's isolation from all things familiar gives the show a maturity that the Simpson's lost a long time ago. Arguably one of the best episodes of the show is the season four episode entitled Jurassic bark where Fry discovers the fossilized remains of his pet dog. It's a very touching episode and I dare anyone not to well up at the closing moments of the episode.
Sadly, after four consistently wonderful seasons, the show was canceled by Fox. (Fox being the wondrously intelligent studio who also canceled Firefly, Angel, and Family Guy to name but a few.) One of the main reasons that Futurama was cancelled was because it didn't command the huge audiences that The Simpsons had. I believe part of the reason for this was the show featured many jokes and storylines that would mainly only appeal to the hardcore sc-fi fan. For example, there were multiple nods and winks to Start Trek and the classic sci-fi film, Soylent Green.
However due to popular fan demand, four feature length episodes were recently made and released on DVD and blu-ray. These vary in quality and I wont review them here as they each deserve their own in depth review. Because of decent sales of these releases, a new full-length season of Futurama has been commissioned with new episodes hopefully airing sometime later this year. I have to say, the wait is unbearable!
Futurama is the feather in the cap of FOX, the moronic network who seem to cancel everything that's good. Futurama was just such a casualty, but the DVDs sold enough that they released a number of straight to DVD films of variant quality. This is going to be mainly about the brilliant TV show, though, which is incredibly inventive and another superb addendum to The Simpsons creator Matt Groening's corpus of work.
The show starts off on New Year's Eve 1999, with bumbling pizza delivery boy, Phillip J. Fry, delivering a pizza to an office, but he slips and falls in a time machine that sends him to 2999. Here he meets a cast of wonderful characters at Planet Express, a delivery company, helmed by his only remaining relative of any kind, the decrepit Hubert J. Fansworth.
Other characters include Turanga Leela, the most sensible member of the crew, who has one eye, and is Fry's love interest throughout the show. Because of FOX's constrictions, they were only barely able to give them a satisfying climax at the show's conclusion. Another member of the ship is Dr. John A. Zoidberg, the ship's physician, who is in fact incredibly inept, but he does quite well considering he's a LOBSTER, and he is hilarious! Also there is Hermes Conrad, the Jamaican accountant and former limbo champion.
Arguably everyone's favourite character, though, is Bender Bending Rodríguez, a robot with many filthy habits, such as smoking and drinking, who will screw over and rip off anyone to get what he wants. His catchphrase is "Bite my shiny metal ass!", and he is without a doubt a fan favourite.
The show has superb artistic design that is a nice throwback to the sci-fi genre, and benefits from ground-breaking 3D animation technology that makes the ship in particular look magnificent. For some truly inspired stories, this is one of the best shows of its type in my opinion.
Imagine being accidentally frozen and then being wakened some 1000 years later and then being introduced to a flurry of weird and wonderful characters. Well this is the unfortunate story of Philip Fry the Pizza delivery guy with more bad luck than the unluckiest person who just won another thousand years of bad luck. Nothing goes right for Fry and when he meets up with Leela, Dr Zoidberg, Bender and the rest of the crew.
Futurama first appeared on our screens in 1999 and is made by Matt Groening and some of the same group of lunatics that create the fantastic Simpsons, so from this you can logically assume it is both funny and inventive. Some of the funnies are very similar to those of the Simpsons but perhaps the most noticeable difference is that more of the content seems adult orientated. By this I mean some of the jokes are of a more adult nature with the odd reference to sex, well I say odd reference it's pretty much in Fry's mind all of the time, although how he can fancy a one eyes alien named Leela is beyond me...........but hey each to their own.
The series is set in the year 3000 where as you'd imagine Fry comes into contact with an abundance of articles and inventions that he could never have dreamed of. He becomes part of a group of misfits from all genres of society and they have their adventures through the medium of Leela the mutant's space craft. Bender is a cigar-smoking kleptomaniac who is rather partial to a good shot of booze. He has become Fry's best friend and roommate. They are guided of mis-guided as the case may be by Professor Hubert Farnsworth who at 160 years plus is Frys distant nephew. He creates and invents so many weird and wonderful contraptions and it is the misfit's duty to try them out. There are many incidental characters but it is perhaps Dr Zoidberg a lobster type alien from a planet called Decapod 10 (who is delusional about his ability to interpret the human race) who misguides the misfits the most.
I call them misfits which is a little harsh since they a mix of down and outs who all believe they should be somebody and aren't. There adventures however are SOMETHING, they are both amusing and witty and the show in general can certainly be compared to The Simpsons in terms of quality of script. The characters are definitely varied and interesting, each with their own quirks and ideas. I like it a lot because it does amuse me especially Bender who is like a Robot version of Homer Simpson. It is hard not to compare the two quality shows especially with the fact that they are created by the same person for the same Netwrok TV in America. Sadly the show was axed in August 2003 although there are certainly a lot of re-runs out there on various TV stations. A class show and probably as the American viewer has chosen with it's demise inferior to The Simpson in their eyes. I'm not so convinced both have strong merits and both have few demerits I guess we all just have to make up our own minds, but it is worth bearing in mind that it is still possible to see some really funny and quality animation in the form of Futurama.
Futurama is a cartoon set in the year 3000. The main character is Fry who is from the 20th century, but accidentally got frozen and woke up 1000 years later. The quality of the cartoon is on the same level as the Simpsons, and was partially created by Matt Groening himself.
Although Futurama's target audience is somewhat smaller than The Simpsons (and was consequently cancelled by Fox, although this was partially due to to their dreadful time scheduling) the jokes are at times allot funnier, and just as clever.
Just like the Simpsons, Matt Groening has managed to create a cartoon that is suitable for just about the whole family, kids will love the funny characters and adults will appreciate some of the adult humour featured. I would say the level of adult humour is higher than the Simpsons but much less than say, Family Guy.
Futurama has formed a cult following and recently released several straight to DVD films, although these were shown on Sky1 in the UK, as separate episodes as well. The box sets of futurama can be found for next to nothing these days, and if you like the humour of the Simpsons, I urge you to give it a chance, you'll probably get hooked. Personally I feel series 3 and 4 was Futurama in it's prime.
Futuram can only be described in one word and that is ADVENTURES, it has all the makings of a great cartoon comedy but can sometimes be on the dry side aswell. The show is mainly about Fry who has been froven for millions of years and has come alive in the future which seems to be a bit strange because it's really far fetched but its a cartoon and thats why they can get away with such a crazy storyline.
Storylines: every episode has a new one which really develops into a bigger story on a personal level which allows you to engage with the charecters and makes you aware of their past and what has happened over their lives. The storylines can sometimes be a bit predictable but they do have the occsional shocker in every episode.
Characters: I could not have thought of better charecters, theres a robot and a women with one eye, then we have an animal and a normal human being whos exactly like us and just shows what filth we can be sometimes.
Quality: this is great because the voices really match up with the charecters and the picture quality is perfect no mishaps or anything usual about the charecters and they all fit in perfectly with the mood and the tone of the cartoon.
This is a must watch for anyone who enjoys cartoon such as Family Guy and The Simpsons it can be a bit rude so don't watch with family. Great programme I give it a 9/10 for making me laugh so hard.
Made by the same people who make The Simpsons, Futurama is set in the year 3000, where Fry has accidently been woken up after been frozen for 1000 years when on New Years eve in 1999, at midnight, he accidently fell into a freeze machine which would keep him frozen for 1000 years, waking up in the year 3000, Fry doesn't know what to do, he has nobody, all his family are dead, the world has changed so much, with flying cars, and Robots. But luckily, Fry makes friends with Leila a cyclopse, Bender a Robot, and his great great nephew...who is actually around 100 years old...Professor.
He becomes part of the Proffessors delivery company and falls in love with leila...sadly she doesn't feel the same way!!! He makes best friends with Bender the Robot, and his life completely changes, upon realising he cannot go back in time to his old...dull...life, he stays in New New York with his new friends.
Some fo the antics the group get upto is mad, Bender is an alcohol drinking, cigar smoking, money making theif, who is forever getting into trouble, and is always taking Fru down with him, Fry isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, and Leila is forever trying to get them all out of trouble!!!
I must admit I like the Simpsons much more than Futurama, but it is a good watch and the storylines are normally pretty funny! ;-)
It was with great pleasure that I heard that they were planning to create more episodes of Futurama, scheduled for 2010, after it's cancellation. It was such good news, because it is such a good show. Always in the shadow of the Simpsons (their made by the same people), it got cancelled after Five seasons. In television years that's not a lot (especially in America).
The show focuses on the lives of the Planet Express delivery Company's crew, made up of Fry, Leela, Bender, Amy, Hermes and Professor Farnsworth. It is also set in the year 3000.
Bender is the 'star' of the show, the 'Homer', with a bit of bart thrown in. He (or it) is a robot (!) who doesn't take nothing from nobody (sorry for that appalling grammar).
Much like in the simpsons, there's the main crew (i don't need/want to list them again) and then a vast background cast, compiled of Robots, Heads, billionaires and even a body. The attention to detail in all the characters, and everything for that matter, is simply breathtaking. It looks brilliant, the writing is very funny and it makes you think.
Many say that if Futurama came before the simpsons, it would have been a lot more sucessful than it is, and I have to agree wiith that. It really is a class show.
Family Guy gave birth to American Dad and the Simpson's gave us Futurama, which ironically I find has more going for it than it's "parent".
The premise of the show is that dumb pizza delivery boy (Fry) is frozen in the year 2,000, he wakes up in the year 3,000. He finds work for a delivery firm and the people he works with form our cast.
Lela is the love interest, she is a one eyed, tough captain of the delivery ship. There's Hermies, the red tape loving rasta. Dr Zoidberg the penniless surgeon, who seems to have no friends or morals . Bender (Fry's friend) who is the alcohol drinking, lie telling thief robot. The owner of planet express is the Professor Farnsworth who provides us with many new inventions which usually drive along the story.
Being based in the future means that this show can literally do anything it wants, with each episode set on different planets with it's own unique feature that will shape the story.
Another quirk of the show is that anyone from the year 2,000 usually appears in the show as a head in a jar, regular appearances are made by ex president Nixon in exactly this way.
Bender is the big star of this show, and his friendship with Fry is often one of the main features of the stories.
The show was cancelled by Fox but finally after a lot of pressure from fans of the show, and the sucessful release of a couple of feature length DVD episodes this is about to start production on a new series.
Taking the Simpson's to another planet.
Futurama is an animated cartoon created by Matt Groening (the guy behind The Simpsons) which ran for a total of 4 seasons before it was cancelled by the Fox network in America.
The show is set in the year 3000 where Philip J Fry awakes after being cryogenically frozen in 1999. The City of New New York is a lot different to the world he left behind over a millennium ago... spaceships are commonplace, suicide booths adorn street corners and the city is partly populated by aliens and robots.
Fry quickly tracks down his only surviving relative (a wacky professor) and gets a job as a delivery boy. It's here where he meets his new friends and the majority of the Futurama characters...
Bender is a foul-mouthed robot who has dodgy morals, but is Fry's new best friend. Bender needs alcohol to function (don't we all?) and is often seen drinking beer, he also enjoys smoking cigars and stealing anything and everything he can. Don't like it? You can "bite his shiny metal ass"!
Leela is a one-eyed alien living on Earth (although there's more to that story than there seems). She acts as Fry's love interest and Fry spends a lot of his time trying to impress her and finally get her to go out with him.
"Good news everyone", Professor Farnsworth is the very elderly and very wacky professor who owns the delivery company that all the other characters work for. He is Fry's only living relative (his great (×30) nephew) and spends his time coming up with new contractions, his most famous probably being the smellescope - a telescope that allows you to smell into deep space.
Other less important characters include Amy Wong, Dr Zoidberg (a lobster-like creature), Zap Brannigan (a self-assured space captain), Kip (Zap's reluctant sidekick) and Richard Nixon's head - the president of earth.
Being set in the future allows Futurama a licence to do pretty much whatever they like. Celebrities can guest-star in the cartoon as the heads of their modern-day selves, which are kept in a jar. Leonard Nimoy, Lucy Liu and Pamela Anderson have all leant their voices to the hit show!
As mentioned above, Futurama was cancelled after 4 seasons, but has since returned with 4 feature-length episodes that were released straight to DVD - the last one of which is due out later this year. However, I must admit to being quite disappointed by these specials.
Some of the original episodes are simply funny stories, some are non-sensical and some manage to hit a compassionate note that no other cartoon has ever done before. We see Fry trying to woo Leila and get to feel his pain at her constant rejections - a theme that runs through several episodes, culminating in a fantastic final episode of the 4th series.
Futurama is a fantastic show, better than The Simpsons and deals with more real-life issues than I've ever seen in a cartoon before, whilst still remaining amazingly funny - who could forget human horn!? :)