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  • Escape from Planet Earth: At one point, a floor is seen with the names of various sci-fi characters from pop culture etched into it. Among the names is "Bender".

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  • The 8-Bit Guy: David often references Futurama when discussing retro technology in pop culture.
    • When discussing how cassette drives work, David shows Bender putting up a poster of a reel-to-reel tape unit as a pin-up.
    • In the following episode covering how floppy drives work, David shows Fry using an 8" floppy as a security tape and Bender's brain being transferred to a 3.5" floppy disk.
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    • In "Basics of BASIC", David points out Bender and Fry's "Home Sweet Home" sign as being written in BASIC as well as the founding principles of the Church of Robotology, and how Kif wrote his hologram for Amy with four million lines of BASIC code. Also shown is Bender's CPU being a MOS 6502, the same processor used in many home computers and video game consoles of the late 70s and early 80s such as the Commodore VIC-20, the Apple ][, the Atari 8-Bit Computers, and the Nintendo Entertainment System.
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd: In his review of The Simpsons: Bartman Meets Radioactive Man, the Nerd notes Dr. Julius Crab's resemblance to Zoidberg.
  • In The Nostalgia Critic's review of The Iron Giant, during the titular character's first scene, the Critic plays a clip of Bender saying "Bite my colossal metal ass!" from "Anthology of Interest".

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  • In Disenchantment (which is a show also created by Matt Groening), the episode "Dreamland Falls" has cameos from Fry, Bender and Professor Farnsworth.
  • Logorama: The Slurm logo can be seen as one of the menu options at the KFC restaurant earlier in the film.
  • Looney Tunes: In the 2004 Daffy Duck short "Attack of the Drones", Zoidberg makes a cameo as a member of the council that Daffy is a part of.
  • Family Guy:
    • In "The Splendid Source", Peter, Quagmire, and Joe try to find the source of a joke so funny, it always makes Peter poop in his pants. During a montage narrated by Peter, they are shown asking to various people who told them that joke. When they ask Tom Tucker about it, he says that he heard the joke from "Bender on Futurama", cutting to Peter and his friends asking Bender about it while they are inside the Planet Express ship.
    • In "Throw It Away", Lois tries hauling Stewie's time machine down the stairs and causes everything to change into different time periods; in a scene taking place in the future, Chris briefly turns into Bender.
  • Given that both shows have been created by Matt Groening, The Simpsons features many references to Futurama:
    • In "Treehouse of Horror IX", executive producer David X. Cohen is credited as David "Watch Futurama" Cohen.
    • In "Mayored to the Mob", Uter wears a Futurama t-shirt at the Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con.
    • At the end of "Missionary: Impossible", Bender appears as a caller on the FOX telethon.
    • The Couch Gag for "HOMR" has the Simpsons dropping onto the couch through a tube system. Fry lands in Bart's place before being sucked back up and replaced by Bart.
    • In "Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third Grade", Bart imagines his classmates turning into various TV characters, including Bender.
    • In "I, (Annoyed Grunt)-bot" , Homer and Bart watch videotapes of robot fights featuring Killhammad Aieee, with one of them labeled "Killhammad Aieee vs. Bender".
    • In "My Big Fat Geek Wedding", Matt Groening makes a cameo As Himself, with Lenny referring to him as "the creator of Futurama". When Milhouse asks Groening to autograph his Bender doll, he agrees and, while talking to all the fans surrounding him, he quickly produces a sketch of Fry.
    • In "Fraudcast News", the Squeaky-Voiced Teen tries to commit suicide by jumping off the cliff known as Geezer Rock after yelling "Why did they cancel Futurama!?", only to survive after landing in a car where two teenagers were making out and crushing the male teenager.
    • The title for the episode "Future-Drama" is a pun on Futurama. Also, when Homer and Bart are riding an hovercar and go through a quantum tunnel, Bender shows up alongside them on the other side of the tunnel, leading to this exchange:
      Bender: All right! You guys are my new best friends!
      Homer: You wish, loser! (grabs Bender and throws him out of the car, the robot breaking into pieces while Homer is laughing at his expense)
    • In "That '90s Show", Homer begins the flashback by describing The '90s as a wonderful time, including the fact that "a struggling Matt Groening created Futurama".
    • In "Replaceable You", Bender appears on the cover of a magazine titled Popular Robotics.
    • Fry and Leela have a cameo during the Gainax Ending of "Beware My Cheating Bart".
    • In Guillermo del Toro's opening to "Treehouse of Horror XXIV", the Hypnotoad makes an appearance.
    • In "My Fare Lady", Homer has a dream that parodies The Jetsons' intro. It ends with Homer being seen by some robots as a reason "why humans failed". One of the robots in that dream is Bender.
    • The episode "Simpsorama" is, of course, a crossover with the show.
    • The couch gag to "Mathlete's Feat" is a crossover with Rick and Morty. During that couch gag, Morty goes to some place which features appearances from the Planet Express ship, a Slurm vending machine, and a guy with a Brain Slug on his head.
    • Following the events of "Simpsorama", Bender has made several non-speaking cameos in the Simpsons' basement, waiting 1,000 years to go back to the 31st century. This includes the episode "Cue Detective", where it's revealed that Marge uses Bender as a safe for money.
    • During the live segment of "Simprovised", Bender walks by with a sign reading "Bring Back Futurama (Again)".
  • Sonic Boom: In "Eggman: The Video Game: Part 1", when Tommy Thunder's new video game comes out, Wild Cat says, "Shut up and take my money!".


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