Thursday, October 23, 2008

Futurama is My World

Oh, it was a good day when Comedy Central decided to relaunch my beloved, Futurama. Matt Groening (of Simpsons fame) and David X. Cohen created this Emmy-winning animated science-fiction comedy show which takes place in the year 3000. The antics of a delivery crew, including; a dude from the 21st century; a cyclops Rambo girl; a decrepit old mad scientist; a sleazy boozing robot; a shallow surfer girl; stick up the ass accountant; and incompetent doctor, is non-stop laughs. There are plenty of overt racial stereotypes but no one group is targeted so it's equal opportunity hazing. They reference current societal events and all sci-fi flicks that came before. Drool city for geeks.

Fox had canceled this brilliant show which ran from March 28, 1999 to August 10, 2003 (five seasons and 72 episodes). But, thanks to the fans that watched it in syndication on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim late-night schedule, bought up the DVDs like crazy and wrote all sorts of letters to anyone that would listen, Futurama was brought back in on cable TV 2008.

The series began its comeback in 2007 with four straight-to-DVD films. Comedy Central then brokered a deal with 20th Century Fox Television to syndicate the existing episodes and air the new films as 16 episodes of season 5. The "films," "Bender's Big Score" about time travel and "The Beast with a Billion Backs" about inter-planetary love already aired to my delight! You can never see an episode just once; there's too many cool references you can miss.

To get your geek on, visit Futurama's official site or their fan site.

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