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1!!The show²* AccidentallyCorrectWriting: A coffee enema is something that sounds highly unlikely, but [[ it's actually been done for quite some time]].²* ActorAllusion: When Fry points out how much of a jerk Alcazar is, Leela tells him "If it's obvious to you with your learning disability, then of course it's obvious to me!" Billy West had ADHD.²** It's even more directly alluded to in "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular."²--->'''Farnsworth: '''Petroleum only forms when organic matter is subjected to intense pressure for hundreds of millions of years.²--->'''Fry:''' I can't wait that long! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint I've got ADD!]]²** Amy Wong's hair is drawn in a very similar style to Lauren Tom's in NothingLastsForever²* BeamMeUpScotty: Though Zoidberg does say "Why not?" often, at no point does he or anyone in the series say, "[[MemeticMutation Why not Zoidberg?]]"²* BannedEpisode: "[[Recap/FuturamaS3E3ATaleOfTwoSantas A Tale of Two Santas]]", the third produced episode in season 3, was banned due to violence. The episode did eventually air in December 2001, but was never shown again, outside of the rare Comedy Central reruns and the DVD release.²* TheCastShowoff: ²** Creator/JohnDiMaggio's beatboxing skills pop up a few times, specifically as short-lived character Noticeably F.A.T from "[[Recap/FuturamaS3E4LuckOfTheFryish Luck of the Fryish]]" and in two ''Futurama'' openings (from "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E17SpanishFry Spanish Fry]]" and "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E6BenderShouldNotBeAllowedOnTelevision Bender Should Not Be Allowed on Television]]") where the theme song is remixed with Billy West's vocals and John [=DiMaggio=]'s beatboxing.²** As do Katey Sagal's lovely singing abilities, even though [[IronyAsSheIsCast she voices a character whose singing voice ranges from "ear-splittingly awful" to "competent, but nothing special"]].²* ChannelHop: From FOX, to reruns on Creator/CartoonNetwork, to made-for-DVD, to Comedy Central, and, as of 11/11/2017, to {{Creator/Syfy}}, although reruns still air on Comedy Central.²* ColbertBump: Those not up on classic punk rock were introduced to Music/BlackFlag when their song "TV Party" was featured in "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E6BenderShouldNotBeAllowedOnTelevision Bender Should Not Be Allowed on Television]]".²* CreatorsPest: ²** Apparently, Matt Groening has said that the Hyperchicken is his least favorite character.²** Series director Peter Avanzino describes H.G. Blob as "a pain in the ass to draw."²* CrossdressingVoices: Creator/KathSoucie as Cubert and Creator/TressMacNeille as Tinny Tim. For men voicing women, we have Phil Hendrie as Frida Waterfall (as per the tradition of Waterfall family members being voiced by him) and Creator/MauriceLaMarche as the Crushinator.²* {{Defictionalization}}: ²** You can now buy [[ The Women of Planet Express calendar]] from "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E20Neutopia Neutopia]]".²** The spray-on bikini top (as seen in "[[Recap/FuturamaS1E12WhenAliensAttack When Aliens Attack]]") is at least being tested out first to see if it's physically possible.²** [[ Somebody apparently invented a smelloscope, and it's being used to target marajuana users in Denver]].²* DevelopmentGag: In "[[Recap/FuturamaM2TheBeastWithABillionBacks The Beast with a Billion Backs]]", Farnsworth and Wernstrom use a robot called the Pocket Pal for a demonstration. In the show's pre-production stages, the Pocket Pal was supposed to guide Fry by explaining several aspects of the 31st century to him, and thus function as a tool for the audience to understand the show's setting better.²* DVDCommentary: As in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', there's a commentary for every episode, and Matt Groening is on all of them ([[OverlyNarrowSuperlative which makes him the likely world record holder for "most appearances on commentaries"]]). Each usually has five or six commentators, and starting in volume 5, they average out to eight, always including Groening, David X. Cohen, Creator/BillyWest and Creator/JohnDimaggio, along with writers, producers, directors and other cast members. The commentaries are known for often being as funny as the episodes, with the voice actors doing random bits as their characters.²* EditedForSyndication: A few examples:²** "[[Recap/FuturamaS1E1SpacePilot3000 Space Pilot 3000]]" had a part where a man told the Tube Transport System to take him 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 still used).²** Most of the imported FOX episodes that now air on Creator/ComedyCentral have parts cut for time reasons rather than content (much like ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''), though there was one odd case: On the episode "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E6BenderShouldNotBeAllowedOnTelevision Bender Should Not Be Allowed on Television]]", after Hermes asks him, Cubert, and Dwight where they got the things for their swinging party, Tinny Tim's line, "From Bender, my good jerkwad" was changed to "From Bender, my good meatbag."²** The Comedy Central version of "[[Recap/FuturamaS3E7TheDayTheEarthStoodStupid 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.²** On two episodes ("[[Recap/FuturamaS2E12TheDeepSouth The Deep South]]" and "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E13BenderGetsMade 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.²** Following the Norway terrorist attacks in July of 2011, the scene in "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E19TheCryonicWoman 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.²** The Australian airing of the "[[Recap/FuturamaS3E9TheCyberHouseRules 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).²** [=PickTV=] in the UK and New Zealand edits out a lot of uses of the word "bastard", and the episode "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E10ACloneOfMyOwn 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.²* ExecutiveMeddling: See "{{Uncanceled}}" below to learn of how badly this show has been screwed over.²* [[HeyItsThatSound Hey, It's That Sound!]]: Plenty, for instance the sliding doors use the same sound as the ones in ''Franchise/StarTrek''.²** The episode "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E10ACloneOfMyOwn A Clone of My Own]]" features the sound of the Scout Speeders from ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' used in a chase scene.²* LifeImitatesArt: Remember Amy's spray-on bikini? [[ They're working on that.]]²* MutuallyFictional: ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''Futurama'' play with this in the TV show, with Creator/MattGroening's cameos on each being the creator of the other. ²** Also, in the ''Simpsons'' episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E9MayoredToTheMob Mayored to the Mob]]", Üter wears a ''Futurama'' shirt. 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).²* NamesTheSame: Mike Rowe and Josh Weinstein are members of the production crew. However, they aren't [[Series/DirtyJobs that Mike Rowe]] or [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 that Josh Weinstein]].²* OfficialFanSubmittedContent: Suggestions for the episode titles for the German dub of season 2 were collected on And yes, several of them were actually used. They never did something like this again, however.²* OutOfOrder: Only a quarter of the show's episodes were aired in intended sequence in both the Fox and Comedy Central runs. Just take a look at [[ the broadcast order]] and compare it to [[ the production order]]. The main regions of the scrambling are broadcast seasons 3 through 5 (which are a jumble of production seasons 2 through 4), as well as broadcast season 8 (the second half of production season 6). This creates the occasional continuity problem: "Leela's Homeworld", in which Leela finds out the truth about her parents, ended up airing ahead of several episodes produced beforehand, and "Jurassic Bark" contains a moment of {{Foreshadowing}} for "The Why of Fry", which is only a few episodes later in production order but several months later in broadcast order.²* TheOtherMarty: A particularly tragic example: Zapp was originally meant to be voiced by Creator/PhilHartman, but Hartman died after only recording a few lines, so the role went to Creator/BillyWest.²* PermanentPlaceholder: The Hypnotoad's trademark droning sound was originally a placeholder, but it sounded so bizarrely ''wrong'' that they kept it in.²* ScienceMarchesOn: While it's pretty clear that they really take a lot of Artistic License on science, they actually add ''tons'' of accuracy in there. One that was intended to be at least somewhat accurate at the time was when the crew went to Pluto, and it was shown as having only one moon. As of 2012, five moons have actually been detected around Pluto, but around the time when the episode was made, only Charon was known. ²* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Resulting in an extended TakeThat in "[[Recap/FuturamaM1BendersBigScore Bender's Big Score]]" against the "Box Network".²** Matt Groening unveils [[ShowWithinAShow Futurella]] at Comic Con. Opening music starts, title appears, '''CANCELLED'''. Groening then comments on how Fox has streamlined the process.²* ScheduleSlip: The original run on Fox had a seriously erratic schedule, resulting in several episodes from season 3 airing in season 4. ²* 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.²* 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]]. ²* TechnologyMarchesOn: ²** 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 "[[Recap/FuturamaS1E12WhenAliensAttack 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). ²** Doubly the case for the computer programming jokes, which are all in the BASIC language. It was popular when the writers were growing up, but had long since been eclipsed by languages like C, Java, and Python by 1999.²** 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''.²* UnCanceled: 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 "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E18TheDevilsHandsAreIdlePlaythings The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings]]", which was written to serve as a potential GrandFinale.\²\²Reruns soon went to Creator/CartoonNetwork's Creator/AdultSwim line-up [[note]](along with ''WesternAnimation/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]]). Creator/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.\²\²Despite some complaints about the Comedy Central episodes being inferior to the FOX episodes for 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 a ''Futurama''-''Simpsons'' crossover ("Simpsorama") in which Bender and the Planet Express Crew is sent back to the past to kill Bart for a future crime aired in the fall of 2014.²* UnfinishedEpisode: There was supposed to be an OriginsEpisode for Scruffy the Janitor in the final season of the revival.²** The writers loved the character of Barbados Slim so much that there were plans for a MusicalEpisode focused on him, but the series' first cancellation put an end to that idea.²* 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.²** "[[Recap/FuturamaS1E12WhenAliensAttack 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.²** "[[Recap/FuturamaS7E3Decision3012 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/BarackObama running for a second term and the exact thing became an issue in his first presidential bid.²** "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E4PropositionInfinity Proposition Infinity]]" is about the efforts to allow robosexual marriage as an analogy to same sex marriage. In 2015 in the United States, a federal ruling allowed same sex marriage across all the states, rendering the topical nature of the episode dated.²* UrbanLegendOfZelda: There was a long-standing rumor that the opening sequence had to be changed after the September 11th attacks to remove the Planet Express ship crashing into the video billboard (as a lot of references to terrorism, buildings exploding, people panicking, and shots of the World Trade Center towers in comedic and dramatic movies and TV shows were subject to censorship during that time). This never happened.²* 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.²** 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.²* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{Futurama}} Has its own page]].²* TheWikiRule: [[ The Infosphere]] and [[ Futurama Wiki]].²* 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.²* WordOfGod:²** Bender's DoAnythingRobot capabilities are due to accidentally getting electrocuted in the first episode. He never dreamed of doing anything but bending girders beforehand.²** 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.²** Zoidberg's appetite, according to producers, includes there being only three things that Zoidberg dislikes: fluorescent light bulbs, brown crayons, and tofu.²* WorkingTitle: Several titles for this series were considered before Groening and Cohen settled on ''Futurama''. Among these working titles were ''Aloha, Mars!'' and ''Doomsville''.²²!!The Comic²* 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.²²!!Other stuff²* 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 conceived at the time (Mom didn't appear pregnant in flashbacks)...²** She had to have been pregnant (but not showing) in the scene where she leaves Farnsworth, because we know who Igner's father is.²** Walt is approximately 39, Larry 37, and Igner 35.²²!![[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] for:²* BigBookOfWar²* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord²* BowelBreakingBricks²* EspeciallyZoidberg²* HughMann²* TheHypnotoad²* LonelyTogether²* MadeMyselfSad²* MyFriendsAndZoidberg²* OceanMadness²* RoswellThatEndsWell²* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay: Derived from Morbo's reaction to an especially stupid remark about windmills.²-->[[NoIndoorVoice "WINDMILLS DO NOT WORK THAT WAY! GOODNIGHT!"]]²* StuffyOldSongsAboutTheButtocks²* TastesLikePurple²* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry²* 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.²* XMakesAnythingCool²* YouMeanXmas²²!! 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