History Trivia / Futurama

6th Sep '17 5:29:31 AM Robbyn
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* NoExportForYou: The UK version got cancelled at the end of 2013 due to catching up with the US originals. The next issue would've used content from the issue still on sale in the Us, and the following one would've overtaken the source! However, this means that the US issues 69 onwards will not be reprinted in the UK unless they get re-released as trade paperbacks.


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* NoExportForYou: The UK version got cancelled at the end of 2013 due to catching up with the US originals. The next issue would've used content from the issue still on sale in the Us, and the following one would've overtaken the source! However, this means that the US issues 69 onwards will not be reprinted in the UK unless they get re-released as trade paperbacks.
5th Sep '17 2:54:46 PM fruitstripegum
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* NoExportForYou: The UK version got cancelled at the end of 2013 due to catching up with the US originals. The next issue would've used content from the issue still on sale in the Us, and the following one would've overtaken the source! However, this means that the US issues 69 onwards will not be reprinted in the UK unless they get re-released as trade paperbacks.
3rd Sep '17 1:23:54 AM KJMackley
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: "When Aliens Attack" is built around a parody of ''Series/AllyMcBeal'', which was topical at the time, but the show quickly fell out of public consciousness after going off the air.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Despite the setting being in the future, a lot of the humor of the show comes from commenting on modern events and other pop culture trends of the time.
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"When Aliens Attack" is built around a parody of ''Series/AllyMcBeal'', which was topical at the time, but the show quickly fell out of public consciousness after going off the air.air.
** "Decision 3012" is set around the premise of getting a qualified, passionate but young politician elected President of Earth, but his opponents start spreading rumors that he was not born on Earth and thereby cannot become president. The episode aired during the 2012 election campaign, featuring UsefulNotes/BarakObama running for a second term and the exact thing became an issue in his first presidential bid.
** "Proposition Infinity" is about the efforts to allow robosexual marriage as an analogy to same sex marriage. In 2016 in the United States, a federal ruling allowed same sex marriage across all the states, rendering the topical nature of the episode dated.
3rd Sep '17 12:58:49 AM KJMackley
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* ManOfAThousandVoices: See also TalkingToHimself. The vocal talents of most of the cast are astounding, in one of the DVD movies it actually shows the end credits according to the characters they played. Creator/BillyWest fills the screen. Especially impressive as there are multiple episodes that have musical numbers or otherwise stretch the acting muscles in unusual ways. "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles" has the main cast slowly revert to child form, Billy West took Farnsworth from extremely old to adolescent and is vocally recognizable as Farnsworth the whole time.



* TalkingToHimself: Most of the main cast play multiple characters, though Billy West, Maurice [=LaMarche=], and Tress [=MacNeille=] are the most frequent. In fact, the only one who plays a single character is Katey Sagal as Leela [[note]] Unless you count the alternate universe Leelas in "The Farnsworth Parabox" and the robot Leela in "Rebirth"[[/note]]. Especially impressive as there are multiple episodes that have musical numbers or otherwise stretch the acting muscles in unusual ways. "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles" has the main cast slowly revert to child form, Billy West took Farnsworth from extremely old to adolescent and is vocally recognizably as Farnsworth the whole time.

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* StarMakingRole: Creator/JohnDiMaggio himself said that it wasn't until he started voicing Bender that his voice acting career really took off. Beforehand he was a stand up comic and bit tv actor.
* TalkingToHimself: Most of the main cast play multiple characters, though Billy West, Maurice [=LaMarche=], and Tress [=MacNeille=] are the most frequent. In fact, the only one who plays a single character is Katey Sagal as Leela [[note]] Unless you count the alternate universe Leelas in "The Farnsworth Parabox" and the robot Leela in "Rebirth"[[/note]]. Especially impressive as there are multiple episodes that have musical numbers or otherwise stretch the acting muscles in unusual ways. "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles" has the main cast slowly revert to child form, Billy West took Farnsworth from extremely old to adolescent and is vocally recognizably as Farnsworth the whole time.
18th Aug '17 6:53:39 AM jormis29
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** Fry and Leela were originally supposed to be played by Charlie Schlatter (from ''18 Again!'', ''Diagnosis: Murder'', and ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'') and NicoleSullivan ([[WesternAnimation/KimPossible Shego]], [[WesternAnimation/CloneHigh Joan of Arc]] and best known as the Vancome Lady from ''Series/{{MADtv}}'') respectively.

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** Fry and Leela were originally supposed to be played by Charlie Schlatter Creator/CharlieSchlatter (from ''18 Again!'', ''Diagnosis: Murder'', ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'', and ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'') and NicoleSullivan Creator/NicoleSullivan ([[WesternAnimation/KimPossible Shego]], [[WesternAnimation/CloneHigh Joan of Arc]] and best known as the Vancome Lady from ''Series/{{MADtv}}'') respectively.
29th Jul '17 6:57:18 AM mariofan1000
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* {{Telethon}} (''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' crossover)
24th Jul '17 12:12:44 PM NWolfman
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* ColbertBump: Those not up on classic punk rock were introduced to Music/BlackFlag when their song "TV Party" was featured in "Bender Shouldn't Be Allowed On Television."
23rd May '17 11:07:05 AM FordPrefect
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** Two in ''Leela and the Genestalk'' As Fry and Bender climb up Mom's tower, they see run into Adam West and Burt Ward, The former who has his head grafted onto a bat's body and the latter who robot bot is colored red. They also mention gruesome torture, a riff on how they end up in booby traps. The second allusion comes when Fry, Leela and Bender are making to escape and pass by [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Finn and Jake]] who're chained and hanging from a wall.

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** Two in ''Leela and the Genestalk'' Genestalk'': As Fry and Bender climb up Mom's tower, they see run into Adam West and Burt Ward, The former who has (with his head grafted onto a bat's body body) and the latter who Burt Ward (whose robot bot body is colored red.red). They also mention gruesome torture, a riff on how they end up in booby traps. The second allusion comes when Fry, Leela and Bender are making to an escape and pass by [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Finn and Jake]] who're chained and hanging from a wall.



* ChannelHop: Concerning first-run episodes, this show went from FOX to made-for-DVD to Comedy Central (and hopefully to another channel or another platform, like Netflix or Hulu now that Comedy Central announced that ''Futurama'' wasn't going to air any more episodes). However, if one were to add the reruns, then the show went from FOX to Creator/CartoonNetwork to made-for-DVD to Comedy Central (and hopefully to another channel or platform like Netflix or Hulu now that Comedy Central announced that ''Futurama'' wasn't going to air any more episodes).

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* ChannelHop: Concerning first-run episodes, this show went from FOX From FOX, to made-for-DVD reruns on Creator/CartoonNetwork, to made-for-DVD, to Comedy Central (and Central. And hopefully to another channel or another platform, like Netflix or Hulu now that Comedy Central announced that ''Futurama'' wasn't going to air any more episodes). However, if one were to add the reruns, then the show went from FOX to Creator/CartoonNetwork to made-for-DVD to Comedy Central (and hopefully to another channel or platform like Netflix or Hulu Hulu, now that Comedy Central has announced that ''Futurama'' wasn't they aren't going to air any more episodes).episodes.



** The very first episode had a part where Fry is traveling through the transport tubes to "JFK Jr. Airport." Because of JFK Jr.'s mysterious death involving a plane crash, the destination was changed to "Radio City Mutant Hall" (this was even done on the [=DVD=] release, except for the animatic seen on the special features. If you live in the UK or Australia, the "JFK, Jr. Airport" line is used rather than "Radio City Mutant Hall").

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** The very first episode had a part where Fry is traveling through the transport tubes to "JFK Jr. Airport." Because of JFK Jr.'s mysterious death involving a plane crash, the destination was changed to "Radio City Mutant Hall" (this was even done on the [=DVD=] release, except for the animatic seen on the special features. If features; if you live in the UK or Australia, the "JFK, Jr. Airport" line is used rather than "Radio City Mutant Hall").still used).



** Following the Norway terrorist attacks in July of 2011, the scene in "The Cryonic Woman" where Bender has an arm that used to belong to the Prime Minister of Norway was changed (on most syndicated free-TV airings) to once belonging to a chainsaw juggler. The Netflix American feed once had the "Prime Minister of Norway" cut of the episode, but when they added the last season of the show and rearranged the episodes by broadcast order, the "Chainsaw Juggler" version was used instead. The [=DVD=]s have the original "Prime Minister of Norway" screen

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** Following the Norway terrorist attacks in July of 2011, the scene in "The Cryonic Woman" where Bender has an arm that used to belong to the Prime Minister of Norway was changed (on most syndicated free-TV airings) to once belonging to a chainsaw juggler. The Netflix American feed once had the "Prime Minister of Norway" cut of the episode, but when they added the last season of the show and rearranged the episodes by broadcast order, the "Chainsaw Juggler" version was used instead. The [=DVD=]s have the original "Prime Minister of Norway" screenscreen.



** [=PickTV=] in the UK and New Zealand edits out a lot of uses of the word, "bastard" and the episode "A Clone of My Own" was edited to remove Bender's line, "No we don't, you little bedwetter!" after Cubert tells Leela that robots are good at keeping secrets.

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** [=PickTV=] in the UK and New Zealand edits out a lot of uses of the word, "bastard" word "bastard", and the episode "A Clone of My Own" was edited to remove Bender's line, line "No we don't, you little bedwetter!" after Cubert tells Leela that robots are good at keeping secrets.



* TheOtherMarty: A particularly tragic example: Zapp was originally meant to be voiced by Creator/PhilHartman, but the latter died after only recording a few lines, so this role went to Creator/BillyWest.

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* TheOtherMarty: A particularly tragic example: Zapp was originally meant to be voiced by Creator/PhilHartman, but the latter Hartman died after only recording a few lines, so this the role went to Creator/BillyWest.



* ScheduleSlip: The original run on Fox had a certainly erratic schedule, resulting in several episodes from season 3 airing in season 4.
* TalkingToHimself: Most of the main cast play multiple characters, though Billy West, Maurice [=LaMarche=], and Tress [=MacNeille=] are the most frequent. In fact, the only one who plays a single character is Katey Sagal as Leela [[note]] Unless you count the alternate universe Leelas in "The Farnsworth Parabox" and the robot Leela in "Rebirth"[[/note]]. Especially impressive as there are multiple episodes that have musical numbers or otherwise stretches the acting muscles in unusual ways. "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles" has the main cast slowly revert to child form, Billy West took Farnsworth from extremely old to adolescent and is vocally recognizably as Farnsworth the whole time.

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* ScheduleSlip: The original run on Fox had a certainly seriously erratic schedule, resulting in several episodes from season 3 airing in season 4.
* TalkingToHimself: Most of the main cast play multiple characters, though Billy West, Maurice [=LaMarche=], and Tress [=MacNeille=] are the most frequent. In fact, the only one who plays a single character is Katey Sagal as Leela [[note]] Unless you count the alternate universe Leelas in "The Farnsworth Parabox" and the robot Leela in "Rebirth"[[/note]]. Especially impressive as there are multiple episodes that have musical numbers or otherwise stretches stretch the acting muscles in unusual ways. "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles" has the main cast slowly revert to child form, Billy West took Farnsworth from extremely old to adolescent and is vocally recognizably as Farnsworth the whole time.



** Bound to happen with any long-running show that makes joking comparisons to technology of the time. One of the most glaring examples would be in the episode ''When Aliens Attack'' when the crew were unable to find a VHS of a show called 'Single Female Lawyer' (due to most VHS's being damaged during the second coming of Jesus). No more than a year after the episode aired, VHS's were pretty much overshadowed by the superior DVD format, and a decade after that, most TV Shows can be easily found online in one format or another (legally or otherwise).

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** Bound to happen with any long-running show that makes joking comparisons to technology of the time. One of the most glaring examples would be in the episode ''When Aliens Attack'' when the crew were unable to find a VHS of a show called 'Single Female Lawyer' (due to most VHS's being damaged during the second coming of Jesus). No more than a year after the episode aired, VHS's were pretty much overshadowed by the superior DVD format, and a decade after that, most TV Shows shows can be easily found online in one format or another (legally or otherwise).



** Also happens with cell phones. In one episode, Amy's phone is comically tiny, since in the real world at the time, cell phones had just become mainstream and were getting smaller each year. During TheNewTens, however, touch screens on phones have become popular and since bigger screens are easier to manage, cell phones have gotten ''larger''.

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** Also happens with cell phones. In one episode, Amy's phone is comically tiny, since in the real world at the time, cell phones had just become mainstream and were getting smaller each year. During TheNewTens, however, touch screens on phones have become popular popular, and since bigger screens are easier to manage, cell phones have gotten ''larger''.



** Zapp Brannigan was intended to be played by Creator/PhilHartman, but this actor's death at the hands of his own wife destroyed any chance of that, so Creator/BillyWest voiced the character with the same kind of smugness you'd expect from a {{jerkass}} Phil Hartman character.

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** Zapp Brannigan was intended to be played by Creator/PhilHartman, but this actor's Hartman's death at the hands of his own wife destroyed any chance of that, so Creator/BillyWest voiced the character with the same kind of smugness you'd expect from a {{jerkass}} Phil Hartman character.



** According to Lauren Tom, Amy was initially written with a relatively [[TheLadette masculine personality and job]], which would have made her border on AmbiguouslyLesbian. She was rewritten as a GirlyGirl in order to provide a better contrast between her and Leela, the latter of whom was already a {{Tomboy}} to begin with.

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** According to Lauren Tom, Amy was initially written with a relatively [[TheLadette masculine personality and job]], which would have made her border on AmbiguouslyLesbian. She was rewritten as a GirlyGirl in order to provide a better contrast between her and Leela, the latter of whom who was already a {{Tomboy}} to begin with.



** In the episode "Jurassic Bark", Fry's mother was originally going to be the fossilized remnant from Fry's past that he tries to revive, only to stop at the last minute, but the writers and producers rejected it as being more depressing than the dog story, ''somehow''. The writers did end up making an episode where Fry reunites with his mother again ("Game of Tones") and it's just as tearjerking as this episode.
** Throughout the first two seasons, there are cameo appearances by an elderly man with the number, 9, on his shirt. Initially, he was supposed to represent a fictional caste system in which a person's number determined their social status. However, this idea was abandoned and, when the same character got a major role in the fourth film, [[YouAreNumberSix the number served as his given name]] instead.
* TheWikiRule: [[http://theinfosphere.org/Main_Page TheInfosphere]]
* WordOfGay: According to executive producer Bill Odenkirk in the commentary of the Season 3 DVD set, all of Robot Santa's elves are gay. Odenkirk said this in response to questions on why all of the elves were holding hands with others of the same sex

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** In the episode "Jurassic Bark", Fry's mother ''mother'' was originally going to be the fossilized remnant from Fry's past that he tries to revive, only to stop at the last minute, but the writers and producers rejected it as being more depressing than the dog story, ''somehow''. The writers did end up making an episode where Fry reunites with his mother again ("Game of Tones") and it's just as tearjerking as this episode.
** Throughout the first two seasons, there are cameo appearances by an elderly man with the number, 9, number 9 on his shirt. Initially, he was supposed to represent a fictional caste system in which a person's number determined their social status. However, this idea was abandoned and, when the same character got a major role in the fourth film, [[YouAreNumberSix the number served as his given name]] instead.
* TheWikiRule: [[http://theinfosphere.org/Main_Page TheInfosphere]]
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* WordOfGay: According to executive producer Bill Odenkirk in the commentary of the Season 3 DVD set, all of Robot Santa's elves are gay. Odenkirk said this in response to questions on why all of the elves were holding hands with others of the same sexsex.



** Bender's DoAnythingRobot capabilities is due to accidentally getting electrocuted in the first episode. He never dreamed of doing anything but bending girders beforehand.

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** Bender's DoAnythingRobot capabilities is are due to accidentally getting electrocuted in the first episode. He never dreamed of doing anything but bending girders beforehand.



** Zoidberg's appetite according to producers includes only three things that Zoidberg dislikes which are fluorescent light bulbs, brown crayons, and tofu.

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** Zoidberg's appetite appetite, according to producers producers, includes there being only three things that Zoidberg dislikes which are dislikes: fluorescent light bulbs, brown crayons, and tofu.



* TheMovie ''Bender's Game'' practically canonizes Walt, Larry and Igner's ages when Nibbler says "It was 36 years ago... now" when Mom started drilling for Dark Matter with the intention of selling it. With their ages being only a couple of years apart and Igner being unborn and only just concieved at the time (Mom didn't appear pregnant in flashbacks)...

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* TheMovie ''Bender's Game'' practically canonizes Walt, Larry and Igner's ages when Nibbler says "It was 36 years ago... now" when Mom started drilling for Dark Matter with the intention of selling it. With their ages being only a couple of years apart and Igner being unborn and only just concieved conceived at the time (Mom didn't appear pregnant in flashbacks)...



** Walt is approximately 39
** Larry is approximately 37
** Igner is approximately 35

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** Walt is approximately 39
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39, Larry is approximately 37
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37, and Igner is approximately 35
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13th May '17 11:57:31 AM MagnusForce
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** Hermes was originally going to be named Dexter.
** There was supposed to be an OriginsEpisode for Scruffy the Janitor in the final season of the revival.
** Mom was originally intended to be the dictator of Earth in the setting, but as the concept developed, she was slowly pushed to the sides until she basically became an AdvertisedExtra.
** In Zapp Brannigan's introductory episode, "Love's Labours Lost in Space", he was supposed to get fatter every time he reappeared on screen, but the animators were too disgusted by the results to do it.
** The episode "Roswell That Ends Well" was originally written as a WhatIf short for "Anthology of Interest II", but was cut after the story got long enough to be its own episode.
10th May '17 7:22:22 PM Fangusu
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** Bender was originally designed with antennae where his ears are. The episode "Crimes of the Hot" has a robot with this unused design in the flashback of how Farnsworth caused global warming.

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** Bender was originally initially designed with antennae where on each side of his ears are. The episode "Crimes of the Hot" has a robot with head, which would have functioned as ears. Several episodes have referenced this unused design in the flashback of how Farnsworth caused global warming.idea via DevelopmentGag.



** Amy was originally going to have a more [[TheLadette masculine personality and job]], but this was changed to provide a better contrast between her and Leela, the latter of whom was already a {{Tomboy}} to begin with.

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** According to Lauren Tom, Amy was originally going to have initially written with a more relatively [[TheLadette masculine personality and job]], but this which would have made her border on AmbiguouslyLesbian. She was changed rewritten as a GirlyGirl in order to provide a better contrast between her and Leela, the latter of whom was already a {{Tomboy}} to begin with.
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