Futurama

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Futurama
Genre Sitcom
Adult animation
Science fiction
Format Animated sitcom
Created by Matt Groening
Developed by Matt Groening
David X. Cohen
Voices of Billy West
Katey Sagal
John DiMaggio
Tress MacNeille
Maurice LaMarche
Lauren Tom
Phil LaMarr
David Herman
Frank Welker
Theme music composer Christopher Tyng
Opening theme "Theme from Futurama"
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 140 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Matt Groening
David X. Cohen
Ken Keeler
Producer(s) Lee Supercinski
Claudia Katz
Editor(s) Paul D. Calder
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) The Curiosity Company
20th Century Fox Television
Distributor 20th Television
Broadcast
Original channel Fox (1999–2003)
Comedy Central (2010–2013)
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV) (1999–2003)
1080i (16:9 HDTV) (2010–2013)
Audio format Dolby Surround (1999–2003)
Dolby Digital 5.1 (2008–2013)
Original run Original series:
March 28, 1999 (1999-03-28) – August 10, 2003 (2003-08-10)
Revived series:
March 23, 2008 (2008-03-23) – September 4, 2013 (2013-09-04)
Chronology
Related shows The Simpsons
Other websites
Official website

Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen for the Fox Broadcasting Company. It is in New New York City during the 31st century. The shows were first shown on Fox Network on March 28, 1999, until August 10, 2003.

In 2008 Comedy Central began airing episodes. It was later revealed that the seventh season would be the final season, as Comedy Central announced that they would not be any other episodes. The series finale aired on September 4, 2013, though Groening has said he will try to get it picked up by another network. Also, 4 DVD movies were made.

Plot summary[change | edit source]

The series is about Philip J. Fry (Billy West), a lazy New York City pizza delivery boy, who froze himself by mistake on New Year's Eve, 1999. He wakes up one thousand years later on New Year's Eve, 2999, and finds himself in New New York City. Fry wants to get a new job, though in the end he is forced to be a delivery boy. Fry tries to escape from his job and afterwards goes to Planet Express, a small delivery company that goes around the galaxy owned by his distant nephew, where he becomes a delivery boy. The series then describes the adventures of Fry and the other workers as they go around the universe making deliveries.

Characters[change | edit source]

  • Turanga Leela (Katey Sagal)– a cyclops (a creature with only one eye) who is one of Fry's friends
  • Bender Bending Rodriguez (John DiMaggio) – a bending robot who is Fry's best friend
  • Professor Hubert Farnsworth (Billy West) – an inventor and head of Planet Express
  • Dr. John Zoidberg (Billy West) – a crustacean-like creature from another planet and worker at Planet Express
  • Hermes Conrad (begins in the year 3000, a time where there are many technological advancements, as well as a place where 21st century problems are treated as everyday situations. In a jab at segregation, for example, the series depicts the human prejudice against mutants as being so great that the latter have been forced to live underground in the sewers. The characters' home on Earth is the city of New New York, built over the ruins of present-day New York City, referred to as "Old New York".

Networks[change | edit source]

Old episodes are now seen on Adult Swim (a part of Cartoon Network) and Too Funny To Sleep (a part of TBS) in the United States, on Teletoon in Canada, on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom plus Sky One, Sky Two, Sky Three and TV6 in the UK and Republic of Ireland, on Fox8 and Network Ten in Australia, on Pro 7 in Germany and on Canal Fox in Latin America, including Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, etc.

Other websites[change | edit source]