!!Trivia tropes
* ActorAllusion:
** The episode "A Bicyclops Built for Two," in which Leela dates a male cyclops named Alcazar, has an entire sequence that plays out like an episode of ''MarriedWithChildren'' (which Katey Sagal was famous for before her stint on ''Futurama''), complete with Leela dressed in Peg's tacky housewife clothes and big red hair ([[ShownTheirWork which is dead on]]), Leela's whiny "''Al''...", and the barrage of DoubleEntendre met with the lewd hoots and hollers of Al's sleazy friends (similar to the way the ''MarriedWithChildren'' studio audience reacted to those jokes).
** In "Where No Fan Has Gone Before", Melllvar is handing out copies of his fan screenplay but he notes that he didn't print enough copies so 'George and Walter will have to share'. This is something that actually happened to both actors while working on the original Star Trek.
** Mark Hamill voices Hanukkah Zombie, who flies around in a [[StarWars TIE Fighter]] with Stars of David on the solar panels. We see it when facing a bunch of solid gold Death Stars.
** Fry has a few personality traits similar to Creator/BillyWest's previous character, [[{{Doug}} Doug Funnie]]. Not to mention Fry's brother's named Yancy, which is also Doug's [[EmbarrassingMiddleName middle name]].
** In "The Mutants Are Revolting", [[PhilLaMarr Hermes]] is the one who reads the inscription of the [[GreenLantern green ring]] [[JusticeLeague that shoots lasers]].
** When Fry visits the deserted remains of Old New York, he shouts, "Howard Stern is overrated!". Billy West was a member of ''Radio/TheHowardSternShow'' for several years.
** From "Silence of the Clamps," when Bender's friends are looking for him at a farm, and they find a Bending Unit whom they believe to be Bender:
-->'''Fry:''' Bender, it's us, your friends. You can drop [[ObfuscatingStupidity the hillbilly moron act.]]
-->'''Bending Unit:''' Sorry mister, but I'm no Bender. I'm just a simple farmer. Name's Creator/BillyWest!
-->'''Fry:''' ''*laughs*'' [[HypocriticalHumor Billy West? What a]] [[FailOSuckyname stupid phony made-up name.]]
** In the segment of "Saturday Morning Fun Pit" that parodies ''ScoobyDoo'', Fry is cast in the role of Shaggy. BillyWest had previously provided Shaggy's voice for the film ''ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland''.
** 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.
--> '''Jake''': (Weakly) What time is it?\\
'''Bender''': Time for you to shut up![[note]]The joke being they're both voiced by John [=DiMaggio=][[/note]]
** In "Game Of Tones", Seymour is SuddenlyVoiced for a brief segment by Creator/SethMacfarlane. During this time, he sips a martini. Hmm...Seth Macfarlane as a [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy martini-sipping dog capable of speech]]...
* ChannelHop: Concerning first-run episodes, this show went from FOX to made-for-DVD to Comedy Central (and hopefully to another channel 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 now that Comedy Central announced that ''Futurama'' wasn't going to air any more episodes).
* {{Defictionalization}}:
** You can now buy [[http://www.amazon.com/Futurama-2013-Wall-Calendar-Groening/dp/0062115278/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354389279&sr=1-1&keywords=futurama+calendar+2013 The Women of Planet Express calendar]] from "Neutopia".
** The spray-on bikini top (as seen on "When Aliens Attack"[[note]]the episode where aliens from Omicron Persei 8 attack Earth so they can see the season finale of the Ali [=McBeal=] show, ''Single Female Lawyer'', which was cut off after Fry spilled soda on a programming board at a FOX affiliate station[[/note]]) is at least being tested out first to see if it's physically possible.
** [[http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/14/245254291/denvers-smell-o-scope-targets-marijuanas-skunky-scent Somebody apparently invented a smelloscope, and it's being used to target marajuana users in Denver]].
* EditedForSyndication: A few examples:
** 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").
** Most of the imported FOX episodes that now air on ComedyCentral have parts cut for time reasons rather than content (much like ''TheSimpsons''), though there was one odd case: On the episode "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV," after Hermes asks him, Cubert, and Dwight where they got the things for their swinging party, Tinny Tim's line, "From Bender, my good jerkward" was changed to "From Bender, my good meatbag."
** The Comedy Central version of "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid" had Bender's line "Hey, let's all join the Reform Party!" changed to [[WereStillRelevantDammit "Hey, let's all join the Tea Party!"]]. The Netflix streaming cut and the DVD has the Reform Party line.
** On two episodes ("The Deep South" and "Bender Gets Made"), the Professor twice yells "Holy (or Sweet) Zombie Jesus!" This line was heard when it aired on FOX ([[ScrewedByTheNetwork if any viewer managed to see it on that channel]]), on Comedy Central, on the [=DVD=]s, and on Netflix. However, the former reruns on TBS' short-lived "Too Funny to Sleep" cartoon block and Cartoon Network's Creator/AdultSwim line-up mutes out the "Jesus" in "Holy (or Sweet) Zombie Jesus!" due to that hypocritical BS&P rule stating that "Oh my God" and its variants (i.e. "Oh God" or "Oh, dear God!" or even "Oh, Lord" and "Good Lord!") are okay, but "Oh, Jesus!" "Christ!" or "Jesus Christ!" is taboo.
** 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
** The Australian airing of the episode "The Cyber House Rules" cuts out the part where Bender stomps on a baby basket left outside Planet Express, thinking it's a real baby (it was actually a recorded invitation to the Cookieville Minimum Security Orphanarium Reunion).
** [=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.
* ExecutiveMeddling: See "{{Uncanceled}}" below to learn of how badly this show has been screwed over.
* GeniusBonus: In real life, Professor ''Philo'' Farnsworth was the inventor of cathode-ray video transmission, which brought us television, which brought us ''Futurama.''
* [[HeyItsThatSound Hey, It's That Sound!]]: Plenty, for instance the sliding doors use the same sound as the ones in ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
** The episode "A Clone of My Own" features the sound of the Scout Speeders from ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' used in a chase scene.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** The Robot Devil is [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson (and other Simpsons characters, like Barney Gumble, Hans Moleman, Groundskeeper Willie, Mayor Quimby, Arnie Pie the helicopter reporter, Grampa Simpson, Sideshow Mel, and Krusty the Clown)]] and ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' (in the short-lived cartoon series, not the video games).
** Nibbler is [[{{Transformers}} Megatron]] (and a bunch of [[FrankWelker other people...and animals...and monsters...]])
** Fry is the voice of the bee from the Honey Nut Cheerios commercials, the red M&M, WesternAnimation/{{Doug}} Funnie (who, like Fry, is a fish out of water who has a crush on a girl with weird colored hair), ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy''s Stimpy ([[TalkingToHimself and Ren]] when the original voice of Ren [John Kricfalusi] was fired). Hell, name a cartoon made between the early 1990s and now, Creator/BillyWest [[ManOfAThousandVoices has probably been in it -- either as a main character, a secondary character, or a one-shot]].
** And if he missed any, JohnDiMaggio picked up the slack (though JohnDiMaggio's timeline would be from the mid-1990s to now). The voice of Bender is Shnitzel from ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'', Wakka and Kimahri from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Gilgamesh in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' (using his "Robot Santa" voice. Check it out [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLMESEpqw-s here]]), Marcus Fenix from ''GearsOfWar'', Chris Creely, one of the announcers in ''MadWorld'', Gonza in ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'', Jake in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' (sounding exactly like Bender, only less drunk and less of a jerkass), Dr. Drakken and Motor Ed from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Brother Blood from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', and Rico from ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar''.
** Amy is [[WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor Kuki "#3" Sanban]] and Genki Sanban and [[WesternAnimation/KingoftheHill Connie "Kahn Jr." Souphanousinphone]] and her mother, Minh (and, like Numbuh 3 and Connie, LaurenTom also plays an Asian girl and her mom on ''Futurama'')
** Kif is [[WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain The Brain]]. And ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'''s Egon Spengler, among other characters (much like Creator/BillyWest and JohnDiMaggio, MauriceLaMarche has been in a lot of animated shows -- aimed at children and otherwise -- throughout the 1980s, 1990s, the 2000s, and the 20-teens)
** Along with voicing Spinelli's mom on the Disney cartoon, ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', and playing Gemma Teller from ''SonsOfAnarchy'', Leela (Katey Sagal) is probably best known as [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Peg Bundy, the obnoxious, sarcastic, lazy redhead anti-housewife who's married to a loser shoe salesman]].
** Hermes is many, many characters, among them ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''[='=]s Vamp, WesternAnimation/StaticShock, WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack, Wilt the [[WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends imaginary friend]], was one of the original cast members of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'''s rival sketch show ''Series/{{MADtv}}'', and was [[Film/PulpFiction Marvin]]... [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace who got shot in the face]].
*** His son is sometimes [[TransformersAnimated Bumblebee]].
** The Planet Express Ship was voiced by [[Creator/SigourneyWeaver Dr. Grace Augustine]] from ''Avatar'' (or Ripley, from the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' movies).
** The Sinatra-esque singer of the ''Into the Wild Green Yonder'' opening song is none other than [[spoiler: Matt Groening's professional rival SethMacFarlane]].
** [[KathSoucie Cubert]] is [[Film/SpaceJam Lola Bunny]] (the ''Film/SpaceJam'' version, not the one from ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'') and [[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} Phil and Lil]] to name a few. Like Creator/BillyWest, TressMacNeille, MauriceLaMarche, and JohnDiMaggio, she was in a lot of animated shows from the 1980s and 1990s (most of which were either aimed at children or aimed at children [[PeripheryDemographic but had mildly "adult" jokes and references to keep older viewers entertained as well]]).
** [[TressMacNeille Mom]], like [[Creator/BillyWest Fry]] and [[JohnDiMaggio Bender]], has played tons of characters in children's cartoons (such as ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', etc) as well as adult cartoons (particularly [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Matt Groening's other, more popular animated sitcom]]).
** One of the Scotsmen in "Fry Am the Egg Man" is [[WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack the Scotsman]].
* LifeImitatesArt: Remember Amy's spray-on bikini? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ScvdFeh1aOw They're working on that.]]
* MutuallyFictional: ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' play with this in the TV show, with Matt Groening's cameos on each being the creator of the other.
** Also, in the ''Simpsons'' episode ''Mayored to the Mob'', Üter wears a ''Futurama'' shirt (which was changed to a ''StarWars'' shirt in reruns for reasons unknown). In an episode of ''Futurama''[[note]]season one's "A Big Piece of Garbage[[/note]], Bender eats the shorts off a Bart Simpson doll (an early 1990s one that had a blue shirt instead of an orange-red one).
* NamesTheSame: Mike Rowe and Josh Weinstein are members of the production crew. However, they aren't [[DirtyJobs that Mike Rowe]] or [[MysteryScienceTheater3000 that Josh Weinstein]].
* TheOtherMarty: A particularly tragic example: Zapp was originally created to be voiced by Creator/PhilHartman, but he died after only recording a few lines, so the part went to Creator/BillyWest.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Resulting in an extended TakeThat in ''Bender's Big Score'' against the "Box Network".
** Matt Groening unveils [[ShowWithinAShow Futurella]] at Comic Con. Opening music starts, title appears, '''CANCELLED'''. Groening then comments on how Fox has streamlined the process.
* 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 voice actress who plays one character is Katey Sagal, who only plays Leela. She only counts if you include alternate universe Leelas in "The Farnsworth Parabox" [[spoiler:and the robot Leela in "Rebirth"]].
* ThrowItIn: The Hypnotoad's trademark droning sound was originally a placeholder, but it sounded so bizarrely ''wrong'' that they kept it.
* UnCancelled: Once upon a time in 1999, FOX had been giving the show an inconsistent airing time after season one, and the show was frequently pre-empted by football games. Once, they didn't even bother with the football game and just ran commercials for 10 minutes where the first act should have been. For obvious reasons, this led to disappointing viewer turnout and ratings, despite the pilot episode ("Space Pilot 3000") being ''the'' highest rated premiere in the history of the FOX Network. Soon, it was announced that FOX had cancelled the show after the episode "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings", which was written to serve as a potential GrandFinale.\\
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Reruns soon went to Creator/CartoonNetwork's AdultSwim line-up [[note]](along with ''FamilyGuy'', which was also canned after three seasons of mediocre ratings)[[/note]], and the episodes actually got more viewers than the first-run episodes on FOX now that the show had a consistent time slot and no pre-emptions. The season set [=DVD=]s added to ''Futurama'''s popularity, as people now got the chance to see what they were missing without the inconveniences of television (commercials, slot changes, and pre-emptions). Because of this, Matt Groening and his crew for ''Futurama'' created four direct-to-DVD movies (''Bender's Big Score'', ''The Beast with a Billion Backs'', ''Bender's Game'', and ''Into the Wild Green Yonder''), which were again designed to serve as a potential SeriesFinale if no other channel wanted to pick up the show or if Matt Groening decided to quit (''Into the Wild Green Yonder'' ended with [[spoiler:everyone in the Planet Express Ship flying into a wormhole, with heavy implications that they're never going to come back to Earth]]). ComedyCentral also starting airing the movies and the regular series episodes after Matt Groening turned down the chance to have the show renewed on Cartoon Network and Cartoon Network lost the syndication rights to the show in 2007. Comedy Central subsequently ordered new episodes of the show.\\
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Despite some complaints about the Comedy Central episodes being inferior to the FOX episodes due to whatever reason the fanbase has, ''Futurama'' enjoyed a good four years on Comedy Central. However, the good times were not to last. In April of 2013, it was announced that Comedy Central was pulling the plug on the show, making the episodes in the second half of the show's seventh season (tenth, if you go by broadcast history) the final episodes ever aired (the final episode "Meanwhile" aired on September 4, 2013). Despite this, Matt Groening is looking to pitch the show to another channel and hopefully revive the series once again (or, at the very least, make a fifth movie [whether made for DVD or made for the movie theater] to end the series), and he is planning on a ''Futurama''-''Simpsons'' crossover where Bender is sent back to the past to kill Bart for a future crime that will air in the fall of 2014.
* UrbanLegendOfZelda: There was a long-standing rumor that the opening sequence had to be changed after 9/11 to remove the Planet Express ship crashing into the video billboard. It never was.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Turanga Leela is named after the ''Turangalîla Symphonie'' -- a piece of orchestral music by Olivier Messiaen. If you knew of the piece or of the composer without having to check Google, you are a devoted classical music fan and/or an academic.
** Lots of jokes rely on the viewers being smart enough to understand it, especially the math, engineering, and science jokes, which most viewers wouldn't get unless they were in college or taking Advanced Placement high school classes.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Eric Rogers revealed that they considered making a {{claymation}} segment for the episode "Reincarnation," but didn't due to time constraints and money issues.
** Originally, ''Futurama'' was going to be called either ''Aloha Mars!'' or ''Doomsville'', and center on a dystopic future ruled by an elderly businesswoman named Mom and her surly, cynical delivery boy named Curtis.
** Creator/PhilHartman was supposed to voice Zapp Brannigan, but the death at the hands of his wife ruined any chance of that. In memory of him, Curtis Fry was renamed Phillip J. Fry and Creator/BillyWest voiced Zapp Brannigan with the same kind of smugness you'd expect from a {{jerkass}} Phil Hartman character.
** Fry and Leela were originally supposed to be played by Charlie Schlatter (from ''18 Again!'', ''Diagnosis: Murder'', and ''LoonaticsUnleashed'') and NicoleSullivan ([[WesternAnimation/KimPossible Shego]], [[WesternAnimation/CloneHigh Joan of Arc]] and best known as the Vancome Lady from ''Series/{{MADtv}}'') respectively.
** According to Creator/BillyWest, [[WhoseLineIsItAnyway Ryan]] [[TheDrewCareyShow Stiles]] auditioned to be Dr. Zoidberg, and, [[http://robpaulsenlive.com/episode-47-guest-john-dimaggio/ in his interview with John DiMaggio]], RobPaulsen reveals that he auditioned for Fry.
** An old character design for Bender shows that he had antennae where his ears are. The episode "Crimes of the Hot" has a robot with Bender's original design in the flashback of how Farnsworth caused global warming.
** Hermes was originally going to have the Brain Slug on his head for all of season two instead of just the season two episode "Raging Bender."
* TheWikiRule: [[http://theinfosphere.org/Main_Page The Infosphere.]]
* WordOfGod:
** Bender's DoAnythingRobot capabilities is due to accidentally getting electrocuted in the first episode. He never dreamed of doing anything but bending girders beforehand.
** Other perpendicular universes are found, each with its own distinctive quirk--a world of hippies, Romans, bobbleheads, robots, people who [[EyelessFace never had eyes]] who nevertheless know what "seeing" is, etc.

!!Other stuff
* 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)...
** She had to have been pregnant (but not showing) in the scene where she leaves Farnsworth, because we know who Igner's father is.
** Walt is approximately 39
** Larry is approximately 37
** Igner is approximately 35

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* BigBookOfWar
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord
* BowelBreakingBricks
* EspeciallyZoidberg
* HughMann
* TheHypnotoad
* LonelyTogether
* MadeMyselfSad
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg
* OceanMadness
* RoswellThatEndsWell
* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay: Derived from Morbo's reaction to an especially stupid remark about windmills.
-->[[NoIndoorVoice "WINDMILLS DO NOT WORK THAT WAY! GOODNIGHT!"]]
* StuffyOldSongsAboutTheButtocks
* TastesLikePurple
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry
* WhereNoParodyHasGoneBefore: Named after the episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before", which, along with the series as a whole, contained ridiculous amounts of [[AffectionateParody affectionate parodies]] of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', from the most obscure to the famous moments.
* XMakesAnythingCool
* YouMeanXmas

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* AmericaTakesOverTheWorld
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* BeleagueredAssistant
* BigBookOfWar
* BowelBreakingBricks
* {{Crossover}} (''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' crossover)
* DissonantSerenity
* EasilyDetachableRobotParts
* TheFuture
* GeneralFailure
* HughMann
* HumanPopsicle
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace
* TheHypnotoad
* MachineWorship
* MustHaveCaffeine
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg
* NapoleonDelusion
* NewsTropes
* NightmareFuel.StephenKing (comic book)
* NonMammalMammaries
* OutWithABang
* PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs
* PuppeteerParasite
* RewritingReality
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* RippedFromTheHeadlines
* RoboticPsychopath
* RobotReligion
* ShowWithinAShow
* SleptThroughTheApocalypse
* SpaceAmish
* SpacePirates
* TalkingToHimself
* {{Telethon}} (''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' crossover)
* TrueNeutral
* UnCanceled
* UnnecessarilyCreepyRobot
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