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Futurama

Futurama
Futurama 1999 logo.svg
Genre
Created by Matt Groening
Developed by
Voices of
Opening theme "Theme from Futurama"
Composer(s) Christopher Tyng
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 140 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Matt Groening
  • David X. Cohen
  • Ken Keeler (Seasons 4-7)
Producer(s)
Editor(s) Paul D. Calder
Danik Thomas
Chris Vallance
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Television
Release
Original network
Picture format
Audio format
Original release March 28, 1999 (1999-03-28) – September 4, 2013 (2013-09-04)
External links
Website

Futurama is an American animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series follows the adventures of a late-20th-century New York City pizza delivery boy, Philip J. Fry, who, after being unwittingly cryogenically frozen for one thousand years, finds employment at Planet Express, an interplanetary delivery company in the retro-futuristic 31st century. The series was envisioned by Groening in the mid-1990s while working on The Simpsons; he later brought David X. Cohen aboard to develop storylines and characters to pitch the show to Fox.

In the United States, the series aired on Fox from March 28, 1999, to August 10, 2003, before ceasing production. Futurama also aired in reruns on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim from 2002 to 2007, until the network's contract expired. It was revived in 2007 as four direct-to-video films; the last of which was released in early 2009. Comedy Central entered into an agreement with 20th Century Fox Television to syndicate the existing episodes and air the films as 16 new, half-hour episodes, constituting a fifth season.

In June 2009, producing studio 20th Century Fox announced that Comedy Central had picked up the show for 26 new half-hour episodes, which began airing in 2010 and 2011. The show was renewed for a seventh season, with the first half airing in June 2012 and the second set for mid-2013. It was later revealed that the seventh season would be the final season, as Comedy Central announced that they would not be commissioning any further episodes. The series finale aired on September 4, 2013. While Groening has said he will try to get it picked up by another network, David X. Cohen stated that the episode "Meanwhile" would be the last episode of season 7 and also the series finale.


Main cast members
Billy West Katey Sagal John DiMaggio Tress MacNeille Maurice LaMarche Lauren Tom Phil LaMarr
Billy West Katey Sagal John DiMaggio Tress MacNeille Maurice LaMarche Lauren Tom Phil LaMarr David Herman
Philip Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Doctor Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan, various Leela Bender, various Mom, various Kif Kroker, various Amy Wong, various Hermes Conrad, various Scruffy, various
Year Award Category Nominee Result
1999 Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Program Futurama Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television Production Ken Keeler for "The Series Has Landed" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program For "A Big Piece of Garbage" Nominated
2000 Annie Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television Production Brian Sheesley for "Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?" Won
Outstanding Achievement in a Primetime or Late Night Animated Television Program Futurama Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television Production Susie Dietter for "A Bicyclops Built for Two" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Bari Kumar (color stylist) for "A Bicyclops Built for Two" Won
Environmental Media Awards TV Episodic – Comedy For "The Problem with Popplers" Won
2001 Annie Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production John DiMaggio as Bender for "Bendless Love" Won
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television Production Ron Weiner for "The Luck of the Fryrish" Won
Outstanding Achievement in a Primetime or Late Night Animated Television Production Futurama Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Rodney Clouden (storyboard artist) for "Parasites Lost" Won
Outstanding Animated Program For "Amazon Women in the Mood" Nominated
2002 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program For "Roswell That Ends Well" Won
Annie Awards Outstanding Directing in an Animated Television Production Rich Moore for "Roswell That Ends Well" Won
Best Animated Television Production Futurama Nominated
2003 Annie Awards Music in an Animated Television Production Ken Keeler for "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" Nominated
Writing in an Animated Television Production Patric Verrone for "The Sting" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program For "Jurassic Bark" Nominated
Writers Guild of America Award Animation Ken Keeler for "Godfellas" Won
2004 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program For "The Sting" Nominated
Outstanding Music and Lyrics For the song "I Want My Hands Back" in "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" Nominated
Nebula Award Best Script David A. Goodman for "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" Nominated
Writers Guild of America Award Animation Patric Verrone for "The Sting" Nominated
2007 Annie Awards Best Home Entertainment Production For Bender's Big Score Won
2008 Annie Awards Best Home Entertainment Production For The Beast with a Billion Backs Won
2009 Annie Awards Best Home Entertainment Production For Into the Wild Green Yonder Won
2010 Annie Awards Best Animated Television Production Futurama Nominated
Outstanding Writing in an Animated Television Production Michael Rowe Nominated
2011 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program For "The Late Philip J. Fry" Won
Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Maurice LaMarche as Lrrr and Orson Welles in "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences" Won
Annie Awards Best Writing in an Animated Television Production Josh Weinstein for "All the Presidents' Heads" Nominated
Editing in Television Production Paul D. Calder Nominated
Environmental Media Awards TV Episodic – Comedy For "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" Won
Writers Guild of America Animation Ken Keeler for "The Prisoner of Benda" Won
Patric Verrone for "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences" Nominated
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program For "The Tip of the Zoidberg" Nominated
Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Maurice LaMarche as Clamps, Donbot, Hyper-Chicken, Calculon, Hedonism Bot and Morbo in "The Silence of the Clamps" Won
Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production Eric Horsted for "The Bots and the Bees" Nominated
2013 Annie Awards Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production Futurama Won
Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Lewis Morton Won
Outstanding Achievement, Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Paul D. Calder Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program For "Meanwhile (Futurama)" Nominated
Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance Maurice LaMarche as Calculon and Morbo in "Calculon 2.0" Nominated
Season No. of
episodes
Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale Time slot (ET) Network
1 1998–99 9 March 28, 1999 May 18, 1999 Sunday at 8:30 pm (Episodes 1-2)
Tuesday at 8:30 pm (Episodes 3-9)
FOX
2 1999–2000 20 September 26, 1999 May 21, 2000 Sunday at 8:30 pm (Episodes 1-8)
Sunday at 7:00 pm (Episodes 9-20)
3 2000–01 15 November 5, 2000 May 13, 2001 Sunday at 7:00 pm
4 2001–02 12 December 9, 2001 April 21, 2002
5 2002–03 16 November 10, 2002 August 10, 2003
6 2010–11 26 June 24, 2010 September 8, 2011 Thursday at 10:00 pm (Episodes 1, 3-14, 16-26)
Thursday at 10:30 pm (Episodes 2, 15)
Comedy Central
7 2012–13 26 June 20, 2012 September 4, 2013 Wednesday at 10:00 pm (Episodes 1, 3-12, 14, 16-26)
Wednesday at 10:30 pm (Episodes 2, 13, 15)

The Futurama Theorem
Other honors
  • Matt Groening
  • David X. Cohen
  • Ken Keeler (Seasons 4-7)
  • Philip J. Fry (Billy West) – Fry is an immature, slovenly, yet good-hearted and sentimental pizza delivery boy who falls into a cryogenic pod, causing it to activate and freeze him just after midnight on January 1, 2000. He reawakens on New Year's Eve of 2999, and gets a job as a cargo delivery boy at Planet Express, a company owned by his only living relative, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth. Fry's love for Leela is a recurring theme throughout the series.
  • Turanga Leela (Katey Sagal) – Leela is the competent, one-eyed captain of the Planet Express Ship. Abandoned as a baby, she grows up in the Cookieville Minimum Security Orphanarium believing herself to be an alien from another planet, but learns that she is actually a mutant from the sewers in the episode "Leela's Homeworld". Prior to becoming the ship's captain, Leela works as a career assignment officer at the cryogenics lab where she first meets Fry. She is Fry's primary love interest and eventually becomes his wife. Her name is a reference to the Turangalîla-Symphonie by Olivier Messiaen.
  • Bender Bending Rodriguez (John DiMaggio) – Bender is a foul-mouthed, heavy-drinking, cigar-smoking, kleptomaniacal, misanthropic, egocentric, ill-tempered robot manufactured by Mom's Friendly Robot Company. He is originally programmed to bend girders for suicide booths, and is later designated as assistant sales manager and cook, despite lacking a sense of taste. He is Fry's best friend and roommate. He must drink heavily to power his fuel cells and becomes the human equivalent of drunk when low on alcohol.
  • Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth (Billy West) – Professor Farnsworth, also known simply as "the Professor", is Fry's distant nephew. Farnsworth founds Planet Express Inc. to fund his work as a mad scientist. Although he is depicted as a brilliant scientist and inventor, at more than one-hundred and sixty years old he is extremely prone to age-related forgetfulness and fits of temper. In the episode "A Clone of My Own", the Professor clones himself to produce a successor, Cubert Farnsworth, whom he treats like a son.
  • Dr. John A. Zoidberg (Billy West) – Zoidberg is a lobster-like alien from the planet Decapod 10, and the neurotic staff physician of Planet Express. Although he claims to be an expert on humans, his knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is woefully inaccurate. Zoidberg's expertise seems to be with extra-terrestrial creatures. Homeless and penniless, he lives in the dumpster behind Planet Express. Although Zoidberg is depicted as being Professor Farnsworth's long-time friend he is held in contempt by everyone on the crew.
  • Amy Wong (Lauren Tom) – Amy is an incredibly rich, blunt, spoiled, ditzy, and accident-prone long-term intern at Planet Express. She is an astrophysics student at Mars University and heiress to the western hemisphere of Mars. Born on Mars, she is ethnically Chinese and is prone to cursing in Cantonese and using 31st-century slang. Her parents are the wealthy ranchers Leo and Inez Wong. She is promiscuous in the beginning of the series, but eventually enters a monogamous relationship with Kif Kroker. In the show's sixth season, she acquires her doctorate.
  • Hermes Conrad (Phil LaMarr) – Hermes is the Jamaican accountant of Planet Express. A 36th-level bureaucrat (demoted to level 37 during the series) and proud of it, he is a stickler for regulation and enamored of the tedium of paperwork and bureaucracy. Hermes is also a former champion in Olympic Limbo, a sport derived from the popular party activity. He gave up limbo after the 2980 Olympics when a young fan, imitating him, broke his back and died. Hermes has a wife, LaBarbara, and a 12-year-old son, Dwight.
  • Zapp Brannigan (Billy West) – Zapp Brannigan is the incompetent, extraordinarily vain captain of the DOOP starship Nimbus. He is a satirical pastiche of Captain Kirk and William Shatner. Although Leela thoroughly detests him, Brannigan—a self-deluded ladies' man—pursues her relentlessly, often at great personal risk. He was originally going to be voiced by Phil Hartman, but Hartman died before production could begin.
  • Kif Kroker (Maurice LaMarche) – Zapp Brannigan's 4th Lieutenant and long-suffering personal assistant, Kif is a member of the amphibious species that inhabits the planet Amphibios 9. Although extremely timid, he eventually works up the courage to date Amy. Kif is often shown sighing in disgust at the nonsensical rantings of his commanding officer.
  • Mom (Tress MacNeille) – Mom is the malevolent, foul-mouthed, cruel, and narcissistic owner of MomCorp, the thirty-first century's largest shipping and manufacturing company, with a monopoly on robots. In public, she maintains the image of a sweet, kindly old woman by speaking in stereotypically antiquated statements and wearing a mechanical fat suit. She occasionally launches insidious plans for world domination and corporate takeover. She has a romantic history with the Professor which left her bitter and resentful. She has three bumbling sons, Walt, Larry, and Igner (modeled after The Three Stooges), who do her bidding despite frequent abuse, and often infuriate her with their incompetence. In Bender's Game, it is revealed that Igner's father is Professor Farnsworth.
  • Nibbler (Frank Welker) – Nibbler is Leela's pet Nibblonian, whom she rescues from an imploding planet and adopted in the episode "Love's Labours Lost in Space". Despite his deceptively cute exterior, Nibbler is actually a highly intelligent super-being whose race is responsible for maintaining order in the universe. He is revealed in "The Why of Fry" to have been directly responsible for Fry's cryogenic freezing. While the size of an average house cat, his race is capable of devouring much larger animals. He defecates dark matter, which until Bender's Game is used as fuel for space cruisers in the series.
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