Western Animation: Futurama
"Welcome to the world of tomorrow!!"
This Fantastic Comedy
of an Animated Series
follows the life of Philip J. Fry: right as the clock strikes midnight on December 31, 1999, Fry — a pizza delivery boy in New York City
— falls into a cryogenic tank and gets frozen for a thousand years. He emerges from his cryo-nap on the eve of New Year's Day 3000 to find a world of space travel, robots, aliens, mutants, and a buttload of new technology. After making friends with a suicidal hedonistic robot and a buxom one-eyed alien, Fry tracks down his distant relative — Professor Farnsworth, a physically-older Mad Scientist
great-great-something-nephew — and becomes a delivery boy for Farnsworth's package delivery business, which allows him to have all kinds of adventures.
Upon its release, many people expected "The Simpsons in SPACE!
", but the show proved those fears unfounded soon enough. It also started as a Fish out of Temporal Water
series, but as Fry got used to everything (which didn't take long), it became an ensemble comedy set in the future. (Fry still regularly needs strange futuristic concepts explained to him
has a well-established canon
— which plays into numerous episodes at times — and the occasional dramatic moment hidden amidst the comedy. Episodes notable for such moments include "Roswell That Ends Well
", "The Why of Fry
", "The Sting
", "Luck of the Fryrish
", "Jurassic Bark
" (whose Downer Ending
had the producers getting hate mail from viewers who had cried), and "The Prisoner of Benda
" (which invented a new mathematical theorem for brain switching
A large portion of the original writing staff had college-level educations; they left all potential breaks from reality up to the Rule of Funny
and inserted numerous mathematical, engineering, and scientific jokes
(ranging from subtle to extremely obscure) into the show.
The show's original run on Fox
lasted from 1999 to 2003; the network cited disappointing ratings as the reason for its cancellation, but the creative staff cited its poor timeslot
. After years of being kept on life support by [adult swim]
, the show returned with four direct-to-DVD movies released between 2007 and 2009 (later syndicated as a sixteen-episode "fifth season"), then Comedy Central
the series in 2010 after ratings improved in syndication.note Futurama
has a Best Episode Crowner
. Tropes related to the Futurama
comic book series by Bongo Comics have their own page
. See here
for the Episode List.
On April 22, 2013, it was announced that the season being aired at the time (7 in production, 10 in broadcast) would be Futurama's last, and the final episode aired on September 4. However, Matt Groening has said he will try to get the show picked up by another network, and that they still have more stories to tell.
Futurama contains hundreds of examples of various tropes. To keep this page short, we've split off the tropes into separate pages:
"Farewell from the world of tomorrow!!"