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Futurama

Futurama title screen
Format Sitcom / Animated series
Run time approx. 0:21 (per episode)
Creator Matt Groening
Starring Billy West
Katey Sagal
John DiMaggio
Lauren Tom
Phil LaMarr
Tress MacNeille and
David Herman
Country USA
Network Fox Broadcasting Company
Original run March 28, 1999August 9, 2003
No. of episodes 72

Futurama is an animated American cartoon series created by Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons) and David X. Cohen (also a writer for The Simpsons). Set in "New New York City" in the year 3000, it was introduced on the Fox Network and received airplay between March 28, 1999 and August 10, 2003. Futurama now appears in syndication on the Cartoon Network and the TBS Superstation in the US, Sky One and Channel 4 in the United Kingdom, TeleToon in Canada, Fox 8 in Australia, C4 in New Zealand, Pro7 in Germany, Italia 1 in Italy, Canal Fox in Latin America, One TV in the Middle East and SF2 in Switzerland. Futurama title screen, a screenshot from the PAL DVD. Black borders and artifacts were cropped (original 720x576, cropped to 706x570). ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... 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The series begins with Philip J. Fry, a New York City slacker who is cryogenically frozen on New Year's Eve, 1999. He is defrosted one thousand years later on December 31, 2999 and finds himself in New New York City. Fry's attempt to escape from his now-mandatory job assignment as a delivery boy ends when he is hired on at Planet Express, a small intergalactic package delivery company run by his distantly descended nephew. The series covers the adventures of Fry and his colleagues as they travel around the universe making deliveries on behalf of Planet Express. For the Richard Linklater movie, see Slacker (movie) The term slacker, in contemporary western culture, applies generally to young people who underachieve at school, work or both. ... Cryonics is the practice of preserving organisms by storing them at cryogenic temperatures where metabolism and decay are almost completely stopped. ... The Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge illuminated under New Years Eve Fireworks 2005 New Years Eve is a celebration held the day before New Years Day, on December 31, the final day of the year. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... This will be known as the end of the third millennium. ... List of package delivery companies United Parcel Service (UPS) United States Postal Service (USPS) FedEx (Federal Express) Japan Post (former Japan Postal Service) Purolator TNT Express, part of TPG DHL (Now includes Airborne Express) ...


The futuristic time frame allowed the show's writers to be creative with their humour by introducing ideas and events from pulp science fiction of the mid 20th century into the series. As such, the show is as much a testament to the creativity of the writers as it is a story of Fry and his colleagues. (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the...

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Characters and plot

Futurama centers around seven main characters who work for Planet Express, as well as several secondary characters.

Characters

From left to right: Leela, Amy, Professor Farnsworth, Fry, Dr. Zoidberg, Bender, and Hermes.
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From left to right: Leela, Amy, Professor Farnsworth, Fry, Dr. Zoidberg, Bender, and Hermes.
  • Philip J. Fry ("Fry") (Voiced by Billy West) - was "accidentally" cryogenically frozen just after New Year, 2000, and thawed out in time to usher in the year 3000. Something of a misfit in the 20th century, he adapted to 31st century life with ease after finding employment outside the field of pizza delivery and taking up residence in Bender's closet at the Robot Arms apartment building. He generally has a lower intelligence than the rest but occasionally has moments of genius. Through a time travel accident, he is his own grandfather.
  • Turanga Leela ("Leela") (Katey Sagal) - The ship's captain, and usually the most disciplined member of the Planet Express crew. For most of the series she believed she was an orphaned alien, and desired to learn of her origins. It was later revealed - in Season 4 - that she is a sewer mutant instead of an alien as previously believed.
  • Professor Hubert Farnsworth (Billy West) - Fry's great-great-...-great grand-nephew who runs Planet Express. In his 160s, he peers through cokebottle glasses, has bad posture and frequently forgets who or what he was talking about. Farnsworth is a mad scientist whose inventions are of variable usefulness. Has a long-standing rivalry with former student Professor Wernstrom.
  • Bender Bending Rodriguez ("Bender") (John DiMaggio) - a foul-mouthed, hard drinking, misanthropic robot (catchphrase: "Bite my shiny metal ass!") built in America's heartland of Mexico. He frequently violates the Three Laws of Robotics. The only thing he fears is an industrial-size electric can opener. He also is known to uncontrollably sing folk music when exposed to a magnetic field.
  • Hermes Conrad (Phil LaMarr) - a Jamaican Bureaucrat with a flair for filing. He is also an Olympic Limbo-er. He manages Planet Express delivery business, and his responsibilities include paying bills, giving out legal waivers, and notifying next of kin. In direct contrast to most stereotypes of Jamaicans, he is an uptight workaholic, a stickler for doing everything according to regulations, and frequently admonishes the staff for not working hard enough. The character was originally named "Dexter" who did not sport a Jamaican accent; this was changed after the first few episodes were recorded.
  • Dr. John Zoidberg (Billy West) - a lobster-like alien from planet Decapod 10 who (as a self-proclaimed expert on humans) provides incompetent medical care for the crew, at one point saying to Fry, "Young lady, I am an expert on human physiology, so pick a mouth and open it!". He is strongly disliked by Hermes Conrad and lives below the poverty line. Zoidberg combines features of several sea creatures, scuttling sideways like a crab, producing ink like an octopus or squid, and creating pearls in his digestive tract like oysters. He is often treated as the outcast in the group. Zoidberg is curiously a joke on a few levels. A famous New England sauce is named Lobster Newberg, while Zoidberg himself also exhibits many of the stereotypes of Jewish doctors, including his grammar, his accent, and his sandals. In fact, something of a joke as well is that strange, shellfish alien though he is, because he is a doctor, his last name therefore must end in -berg.
  • Amy Wong (Lauren Tom) - an intern at Planet Express (supposedly kept around because she shares the professor's blood type) and heir to half of Mars. Her parents, who constantly pester her about the lack of grandchildren, came to own half the planet through a legitimate deal that parodied colonial exploitation of gullible natives. On the show, Amy is known for being somewhat shallow and ditzy, and for her overuse of futuristic 31st century slang. She also tends to dress provocatively, frequently being the person on screen wearing the least clothing. When aggravated, she occasionally starts cursing in Cantonese.

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Katey Sagal (born Catherine Louise Sagal on January 19, 1956 in Hollywood, California), is an American singer, writer, and actress most known for her portrayal of the character Peg Bundy in the American sitcom Married. ... The existence of extraterrestrial life remains hypothetical though human beings continue to search Extraterrestrial life is life that may exist and originate outside our planet Earth. ... Professor Hubert Farnsworth Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth (born April 9, 2841) is the extremely elderly proprietor of the Planet Express delivery service in the animated television series Futurama. ... Billy West (born April 16, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American voice actor, best known for his roles in Ren and Stimpy and Futurama. ... They LAUGHED at my theories at the institute! Fools! Ill destroy them all! Caucasian, male, aging, crooked teeth, messy hair, lab coat, spectacles/goggles, dramatic posing — one popular stereotype of mad scientist. ... Bender Bending Rodríguez (Bending unit 22) Bender Bending Rodríguez (known simply as Bender) is a fictional sapient robot in the Futurama animated cartoon television series. ... John DiMaggio (born September 4, 1968) is an American voice actor, and a native of North Plainfield, New Jersey, known primarily for playing the robot Bender in the 20th Century Fox animated series Futurama. ... Misanthropy is a general dislike of the human race. ... This cover of I, Robot illustrates the story Runaround, the first to list all Three Laws of Robotics. ... can opener can opener, detail A can opener (also known as a tin opener) is a device used to open metal cans. ... Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and of the people. ... Hermes Conrad is a character in the Futurama animated series. ... Phil LaMarr (born January 24, 1967 in Los Angeles, California) is a American voice actor. ... A bureaucrat is a member of a bureaucracy, usually within an institution of the government. ... Limbo is a novelty dance that originated on the island of Trinidad. ... A workaholic is a person addicted to work. ... Doctor John Zoidberg is a lobster-like alien, from planet Decapod 10, in the television series Futurama. ... Billy West (born April 16, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American voice actor, best known for his roles in Ren and Stimpy and Futurama. ... Subfamilies and Genera Neophoberinae Acanthacaris Thymopinae Nephropsis Nephropides Thymops Thymopsis Nephropinae Homarus Nephrops Homarinus Metanephrops Eunephrops Thymopides Clawed lobsters comprise a family (Nephropidae, sometimes also Homaridae) of large marine crustaceans. ... The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ... 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Planet Express

Planet Express is a delivery company held by Professor Farnsworth to fund his "research" and "inventions". It is revealed later in the series that Farnsworth thought of the company as a form of cheap labour ("Like a family").


The Professor often makes passing references to the fact that many of his past crews have been brutally killed. The crew prior to Fry's arrival was said to have been devoured by a space wasp, although in the episode "The Sting", the crew is sent on the same mission that killed the last crew and finds the old Planet Express ship whose crew was killed by giant space bees while attempting to gather space honey. Families See text. ... Families Andrenidae Anthophoridae Apidae Colletidae Ctenoplectridae Halictidae Heterogynaidae Megachilidae Melittidae Oxaeidae Sphecidae Stenotritidae This article is about the insect. ...


The Planet Express ship is helmed by Leela as captain and pilot, Bender as cook, and Fry as delivery boy. Amy and Dr. Zoidberg join the crew as needed. Hermes oversees operations and human resources in the company. The ship has an autopilot (a heavy drinker) and a shipboard AI, which may be separate entities. When Professor Farnsworth made the ship's AI female, Bender began a romantic relationship which terminated in emotional devastation. The crew was forced to disable the AI in the manner of HAL 9000's deactivation in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Nearly every mission that the Professor gives to his crew is dangerous or quickly degenerates to a suicide mission. Artificial intelligence (also known as machine intelligence and often abbreviated as AI) is intelligence exhibited by any manufactured (i. ... HAL 9000 (Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer) is a fictional character in the Space Odyssey series, the first being the novel and film 2001 A Space Odyssey, written by Arthur C Clarke. ... A movie poster from the original release of 2001 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is an immensely popular and influential science fiction film and book; the film directed by Stanley Kubrick and the book written by Arthur C. Clarke. ...


Setting

Fry's first glimpse of New New York City after being defrosted.
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Fry's first glimpse of New New York City after being defrosted.

The world of Futurama is not a utopia but neither is it a dystopia. Unlike past cartoons like The Jetsons, which showed an efficient, clean, happy future, Futurama portrays a less idealistic view, with humans still dealing with many of the same basic problems of the 20th century. The show's vision of the future is very similar to the present in many ways: the same political figures and celebrities that we know today survive as heads in jars, a method invented by Ron Popeil; television remains the primary means of entertainment; the Internet is still slow and filled with pornography, and problems such as global warming, inflexible bureaucracy, and substance abuse are still pressing issues. Description Futurama character Philip J. Fry getting his first glimpse of New New York on December 31, 2999. ... Description Futurama character Philip J. Fry getting his first glimpse of New New York on December 31, 2999. ... Utopia, in its most common and general meaning, refers to a hypothetical perfect society. ... A dystopia (alternatively, cacotopia, kakotopia or anti-utopia) is the antithesis of a utopian society. ... The Jetsons was an animated prime-time television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions from 1962 to 1963. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the... Ronald M. Popeil (born May 3, 1935, Chicago, Illinois) is a millionaire inventor well-known for his company Ronco [1]. His television sales techniques might be considered the origin of infomercials. ... Global mean surface temperatures 1856-2004 Mean temperature anomalies during the period 1995 to 2004 with respect to the average temperatures from 1940 to 1980 Global warming is a term used to describe the increase over time of the average temperature of the Earths atmosphere and oceans. ... Bureaucracy is a concept in sociology and political science. ... Substance abuse has a range of definitions related to the overindulgence in and dependence on stimulants, depressants, or other chemical substances which leads to effects that are detrimental to the individuals physical or mental health, or the welfare of others. ...


Race issues in 3000 are now centered around relations among humans, aliens, and robots. A common clash between the former two is alien immigration plaguing Earth. A specific issue on Earth is the large population of super-intelligent/super-incompetent robots (such as homeless robots and orphan children robots, like Tinny Tim); they are generally lazy and surly, and often unwilling to assist their human creators. Binomial name Homo sapiens Linnaeus, 1758 Subspecies Homo sapiens idaltu (extinct) Homo sapiens sapiens Human beings define themselves in biological, social, and spiritual terms. ... The existence of extraterrestrial life remains hypothetical though human beings continue to search Extraterrestrial life is life that may exist and originate outside our planet Earth. ... A humanoid robot playing the trumpet In practical usage, a robot is a mechanical device which performs automated physical tasks, either according to direct human supervision, a pre-defined program, or a set of general guidelines using artificial intelligence techniques. ... Earth, also known as the Earth, Terra, and (mostly in the 19th century) Tellus, is the third planet outward from the Sun. ...


Despite this, Futurama's world also showcases numerous technological advantages that have been developed by the year 3000. Wheels used in transportation have been made obsolete by hover technology, to the point that 31st century characters do not know what a wheel is. Among the robots, spaceships, and floating buildings, Professor Farnsworth introduced many memorable new inventions such as the Smell-o-scope, the What-if Machine, and the Parabox. Less inspiring 31st century innovations include coin-operated Suicide Booths and Soylent Cola (The taste "varies from person to person"). Levitation is the process by which an object is suspended against gravity, in a stable position, by a force without physical contact. ... (Redirected from Robots) For other uses, see Robot (disambiguation). ... Ariane 5 lifts off with the Rosetta probe on 2nd of March, 2004. ... Soylent Green is a classic 1973 science fiction movie starring Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson and Chuck Connors. ...


Some of the show's humor comes from passing references to historical events of the past thousand years. For example, in the time that has passed owls have emerged as the primary urban pest, at the expense of rats and pigeons. OWL is an acronym for: Web Ontology Language, a markup language for publishing and sharing data using ontologies on the World Wide Web. ... Species 50 species; see text *Several subfamilies of Muroids include animals called rats. ... Pigeon redirects here. ...


See also: Timeline of Futurama The below is a timeline of fictional events from the animated television show Futurama. ...


Linguistics

Fry and Bender having a drink. The Slurm poster in the background features "Alien Language 1", which reads "drink" when translated.
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Fry and Bender having a drink. The Slurm poster in the background features "Alien Language 1", which reads "drink" when translated.

Futurama's universe also makes several bold predictions about the future of linguistics. In "A Clone of My Own" (and "Space Pilot 3000"), it is implied that French is now a dead language, and that the official language spoken by the French will then be English (interestingly, in the French version of the show, German is substituted as the 'dead language' rather than French). Description Futurama characters Fry and Bender in OZorgnaxs Pub having drinks. ... Description Futurama characters Fry and Bender in OZorgnaxs Pub having drinks. ... Futurama is an animated United States cartoon series (March 28, 1999-2003) created by Matt Groening (who also created The Simpsons). ... The deepest visible-light image of the cosmos. ... Broadly conceived, linguistics is the scientific study of human language, and a linguist is someone who engages in this study. ... An extinct language is a language which is no longer natively spoken: it is estimated that one natural human language dies every two weeks. ...


English itself has also evolved from today; however, it still remains comprehensible. These changes include the disuse of the word Christmas in favor of Xmas (with the X pronounced) and the pronunciation of ask changing to aks, an indication that ebonics had long-lasting effect on the English language. Fuck Christmas. ... Xmas is an abbreviation for Christmas. ... African American Vernacular English (AAVE), known colloquially as Ebonics, also called Black English, Black Vernacular or Black English Vernacular, is a dialect and ethnolect of American English. ...


The show also often makes use of a pair of alien alphabets in background signage. The first is a simple one-to-one substitution cipher from the Latin alphabet, while the second uses a more complex modular addition code (officially an ancient alien language predating the universe). They often provide additional jokes for fans dedicated enough to decode the messages. In cryptography, a substitution cipher is a method of encryption by which units of plaintext are substituted with ciphertext according to a regular system; the units may be single letters (the most common), pairs of letters, triplets of letters, mixtures of the above, and so forth. ... Latin is the language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... An alphabet is a complete standardized set of letters — basic written symbols — each of which roughly represents a phoneme of a spoken language, either as it exists now or as it may have been in the past. ... Modular arithmetic is a system of arithmetic for integers, where numbers wrap around after they reach a certain value — the modulus. ... Addition (or summation) is one of the basic operations of arithmetic. ...


Galactic politics

Earth's flag, "Old Freebie", being presented on Freedom Day. Richard Nixon's head is just visible on the podium in front of the flag.
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Earth's flag, "Old Freebie", being presented on Freedom Day. Richard Nixon's head is just visible on the podium in front of the flag.

Numerous other galaxies have been colonized or have made contact by the year 3000. Much of the Milky Way galaxy now operates under the Earth government's sphere of influence, similar to America's influence on world politics today. Apparently, Earth is in the process of embarking on a long-term campaign to conquer and/or eliminate all other worlds/races not allied with it. This campaign is spearheaded by 25-star general Zapp Brannigan, a conceited, self-absorbed individual who makes regular appearances throughout the series. The flag of Earth in the 31st century, as seen on Futurama. ... The flag of Earth in the 31st century, as seen on Futurama. ... This article is about a celestial body. ... The Milky Way (a translation of the Latin Via Lactea, in turn derived from the Greek Galaxia Kuklos) is the galaxy in which the Earth is found. ... A sphere of influence is a metaphorical region of political influences surrounding a country or a region of economic influence around an urban area. ... Zapp Brannigan is a character on the animated series, Futurama. ...


Earth has a unified government under a single President of Earth. It seems that various sub-states may have prime ministers and similar leaders, much like the current American system of governors. This world government seems to be quite US-centric as Earth's capital is Washington, DC and the flag of Earth looks like the Flag of the United States, but with an image of the Earth (with the US visible) where the stars are today. Citizens of Earth are called Earthicans. The President of Earth is a theoretical future political office that is common in many science fiction works. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... Flag ratio: 10:19; nicknames: Stars and Stripes, Old Glory The flag of the United States consists of 13 equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white; there is a blue rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in...


The organization of political parties in Futurama is similar to the American two-party system with a number of third parties. The two main parties are the Tastycrats and the Fingerlicans, whose names sound similar to the current American parties, the Democrats and Republicans. In any two-party system of politics, a third party is a party other than the two dominant ones. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ...


Despite having been elected President of the United States of America twice, the head of Richard Nixon is elected President of Earth by exploiting the fact that his old body is not being elected, and Earthican law only stipulates that no body can be elected more than twice. Nixon buys Bender's robotic body from a pawnshop to serve as his new body. After the Planet Express crew manages to retrieve it, Nixon's head is mounted on a gargantuan, weaponized cyborg body, helping to sway the robot vote. At times, Nixon's head is carried by the Secretary of Transportation or the headless body of Spiro T. Agnew. SPOILER ALERT: To avoid spoiler, skip to next paragraph. At the end of Futurama's last episode, however, the Robot Devil drags Nixon's head back to Hell, so the status of his presidency is now in question. Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the thirty-seventh President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ... The United States Secretary of Transportation is the head of the United States Department of Transportation. ... Spiro Theodore Agnew, born Spiro Anagnostopoulos (November 9, 1918–September 17, 1996), was the thirty-ninth Vice President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1973 under President Richard M. Nixon. ...


Earth's national holiday appears to be "Freedom Day", which is traditionally celebrated by doing whatever one wants without regard to the consequences, as well as by dancing and chanting, "Freedom, freedom, freedom, oy!"


Mars has been terraformed to a great degree (it is now the home of many wealthy socialites), and is home to Mars University. The Western Hemisphere of the planet is currently owned by the Wongs, parents of Planet Express intern Amy Wong. Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun in the solar system, named after the Roman god of war (the counterpart of the Greek Ares), on account of its blood red color as viewed in the night sky. ... Artists conception of a terraformed Mars in three stages of development. ... Amy Wong - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


Earth's moon is still mostly unsettled, but houses an amusement park (heavily parodying Disney theme parks even to the motto: "The Happiest Place Orbiting Earth"), and is the sole tourist attraction. The rest of the moon is mostly uninhabited, with the exception of some farms. Citizens of the 31st century have lost all knowledge of the lunar landing, mistaking Ralph Kramden of The Honeymooners for a typical 20th century astronaut due to his common phrase, "One of these days, Alice. Bang! Zoom! Straight to the moon!". Crust composition Oxygen 43% Silicon 21% Aluminium 10% Calcium 9% Iron 9% Magnesium 5% Titanium 2% Nickel 0. ... Six Flags New England, an amusement park in Springfield, Massachusetts. ... The Walt Disney Company (most commonly known as Disney) (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... The Apollo 11 mission was the first manned lunar landing. ... Cover of a book about the Honeymooners. ...

See also List of planets in Futurama

The animated television series Futurama, set in a time when galactic travel is commonplace, features a wide variety of inhabited worlds. ...

DOOP and intergalactic relations

The Democratic Order of Planets (DOOP) was founded in 2945 after the Second Galactic War. This organization, described by Hermes as being "similar to the United Nations... or like the 'Federation' from your Star Trek program", includes Earth and many other worlds. Earth sometimes acts unilaterally without the aid of other DOOP members. The inhabitants of Omicron Persei 8 are frequently engaged in conflicts with DOOP. Image File history File links Democratic order of Planets logo. ... The United Nations, or UN, is an international organization established in 1945 and now made up of 191 states. ...


Despite the existence of DOOP, interplanetary relations are poor, with constant wars and invasions, often poorly planned and fought for foolish and unnecessary reasons.


The series featured a bitter conflict between Earth and Spheron 1, a planet inhabited by giant, bouncing balls. A victorious war with the Arachnid homeworld of Tarantulon VI resulted in a silk surplus, which in turn led to a $300 tax refund from the head of Richard Nixon, the ruling President of Earth. Orders Acarina Amblypygi Araneae Opiliones Palpigradi Pseudoscorpionida Ricinulei Schizomida Scorpiones Solifugae Uropygi ArachNIDS (Advanced Reference Archive of Current Heuristics for Network Intrusion Detection Systems) Developed by Max Visions White Hats, ArachNIDS is an attack profile database used to dynamically create signatures which are compatible with various Network IDS. The... Silk weaver Silk is a natural protein fiber that can be woven into textiles. ... In the United States, taxpayers will get a tax refund, a refund on their U.S. income tax, if the tax they owe is less than the sum of: The total amount of refundable tax credits that they claim. ... Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the thirty-seventh President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ... The President of Earth is a theoretical future political office that is common in many science fiction works. ...


There is also at least one rogue colony of robots that kills humans on sight (this being Chapek 9, a reference to Karel Čapek who coined the term robot). A planet named Arrakis exists, a tip-of-the-hat to Frank Herbert's Dune novels. Karel ÄŒapek (pronounced   KARel CHAP-ek?; IPA: ) (January 9, 1890 - December 25, 1938) was one of the most important Czech writers of the 20th century. ... Arrakis,(derived from the Arabic name ar-raqiÅŸ, the dancer. ... Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was an American science fiction author. ... Dune is a 1965 science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert. ...


Since a matter of years after the Big Bang, an eternal war has been waged across space between the Nibblonians (Nibbler's race) and the Brainspawn (evil floating giant brains with telekinetic and telepathic powers). The war recently made its final end when the Nibblonians used Fry to sneak a bomb into the Brainspawn's main base that would seal them into a pocket dimension prison. According to the Big Bang theory, the universe originated in an extremely dense and hot state (bottom). ... It has been suggested that Hyperchicken be merged into this article or section. ... Psychokinesis (literally mind-movement) or PK is the more commonly used term today for what in the past was known as telekinesis (literally distant-movement). It refers to the psi ability to influence the behavior of matter by mental intention (or possibly some other aspect of mental activity) alone. ...


Religion

The logo of the First Amalgamated Church, featuring symbols of several present-day religions.
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The logo of the First Amalgamated Church, featuring symbols of several present-day religions.

Religion has changed quite a bit since the year 2000. Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism have all merged into one Amalgamated Church. There is some form of Space Catholicism, led by the reptilian Space Pope (Crocodylus pontifex) and based upon a platform of discouraging love between robots and humans. Oprahism and Voodoo are now mainstream religions. Waltermercadismo is also mentioned in the Latin American version. Description Logo of Futuramas First Amalgamated Church. ... Description Logo of Futuramas First Amalgamated Church. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Christianity is a monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament writings of his early followers. ... Judaism is the religious culture of the Jewish people. ... Islam   listen? (Arabic: al-islām) the submission to God is a monotheistic faith, one of the Abrahamic religions, and the worlds second largest religion. ... Hinduism (सनातन धर्म; also known as Sanātana Dharma, and Vaidika-Dharma ) is a worldwide religious tradition that encompasses many beliefs and ideologies. ... A replica of an ancient statue found among the ruins of a temple at Sarnath Buddhism is a religion and philosophy based on the teachings of the Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama, who lived between approximately 566 and 486 BCE. Originating in India, Buddhism gradually spread throughout Asia to Central Asia... It has been suggested that Prehistoric reptile be merged into this article or section. ... The Pope is the Catholic Bishop and patriarch of Rome, and head of the Catholic Church. ... Oprah Winfrey, at the start of the 2004-2005 season. ... A large sequined voodoo banner by the artist George Valris The term Voodoo (Vodun in Benin; also Vodou or other phonetically equivalent spellings in Haiti; Vudu in the Dominican Republic) is applied to the branches of a West African ancestor-based theist-animist religious tradition. ... Walter Mercado - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


Some of today's holidays still exist, but with slightly different mascots. Christmas, now X-mas, is no longer celebrated, but feared due to a giant robotic Santa Claus, who is located on Neptune. He was originally created and programmed by Mom's Friendly Robot Co. to judge people naughty or nice and distribute presents accordingly, but his standards were set so high that he invariably deems everybody naughty (except for Dr. Zoidberg), and attempts to punish them on Christmas Eve. Hanukkah is now represented by the Hanukkah Zombie and Kwanzaa by Kwanzaa-bot. Fuck Christmas. ... A common portrayal of Santa Claus. ... Atmospheric characteristics Surface pressure ≫100 MPa Hydrogen - H2 80% ±3. ... Hanukkah (חנכה ḥănukkāh, or חנוכה ḥănūkkāh) is a Jewish holiday, also known as the Festival of lights. ... United States Postal Service Kwanzaa stamp Not to be confused with the River Kwanza in Angola, or the Angolan currency, Kwanza. Kwanzaa is a week-long, African American holiday observance held from December 26 to January 1. ...


Robot religions exist as well, with the most popular being the quasi-Christian religion of Robotology, which has its Hell located in an abandoned New Jersey amusement park, presided over by the crafty Robot Devil. Robot Jews exist as well, although all we know about them is that they hold functions to celebrate a robot becoming a "Bot Mitzvah" and do not believe that Robot Jesus was their messiah. Robotology is a fictional religion in the animated TV series Futurama. ... Medieval illustration of the Mouth of Hell Hell is, according to many religious beliefs, a place or a state of painful suffering. ... State nickname: The Garden State Other U.S. States Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Governor Richard Codey (D)Acting Official languages None defined Area 22,608 km² (47th)  - Land 19,231 km²  - Water 3,378 km² (14. ... Six Flags New England, an amusement park in Springfield, Massachusetts. ... When a Jewish child reaches the age of maturity (12 years and one day for girls, 13 years and one day for boys) that child becomes responsible for him/herself under Jewish law. ... In Judaism, the Messiah (מָשִׁיחַ Anointed one, Standard Hebrew , Tiberian Hebrew ) initially meant any person who was annointed by God. ...


Over the years, as life began to imitate Star Trek more and more, the sci-fi series evolved into an enormous mainstream religious cult that swept the world. This caused the "Star Trek Wars" (not to be confused with the "Star Wars Trek", the mass migration of Star Wars fans). The destruction because of the "Wars" ultimately led to its banning by the Earth Government and the execution of its followers "in the manner most befitting virgins", i.e., by being thrown into a volcano. By the year 3000 even discussing the show is a serious legal offense. (It is mentioned with no penalties, however, once by Hermes Conrad while describing the Democratic Order Of Planets, and again in the episode where the Planet Express crew uses the Internet.) There is little mention of what happened to The Next Generation and the other spinoffs, but the heads of Jonathan Frakes and Leonard Nimoy live on in glass jars. "Star Trek: The Pepsi Generation" does, however, get an Oscar nomination for best soft-drink product placement. Star Trek collectively refers to six science fiction television series spanning 726 episodes, ten motion pictures, and hundreds of novels, video games, and other works of fiction all set within the same fictional universe created by Gene Roddenberry in the early- to mid-1960s. ... In religion and sociology, a cult is a relatively small and cohesive group of people (often a new religious movement) devoted to beliefs or practices that the surrounding culture or society considers to be far outside the mainstream. ... Star Wars is a series of science fantasy films created by writer/producer/director George Lucas. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ... Jonathan Frakes as William Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation Jonathan Frakes (born August 19, 1952 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) is an American actor and director best known for his portrayal of Commander William Riker in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... Nimoy signing autographs at a Star Trek convention (circa 1978). ...


Production

Futurama takes its name from a General Motors exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair which depicted future technologies. Also demonstrated at that World's Fair was Philo Farnsworth's vacuum tube television; Professor Farnsworth is named after him. Futurama was an exhibit/ride at the 1939-40 New York Worlds Fair designed by Norman Bel Geddes that showed the world 30 years into the future, including automated highways and vast suburbs. ... Philo Taylor Farnsworth (August 19, 1906 – March 11, 1971) was an American inventor credited with the invention of the cathode ray tube television. ... In electronics, a vacuum tube (American English) or (thermionic) valve (British English) is a device generally used to amplify, or otherwise modify, a signal. ...


Actors lending their voices to the series include Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr, and Tress MacNeille. Phil Hartman was cast as a voice actor on the series, but died before production began. Some believe Billy West performs the character of Zapp Brannigan in a Hartman-ish voice as a tribute to him (hence why Zapp looks so much like Hartman's Simpsons character, Troy McClure), but the DVD commentary reveals that West's version of Zapp's voice is actually unchanged from the way he did it originally in auditions. The character Philip J. Fry's first name was originally going to be Curtis. It was changed to Philip as a way to remember Hartman. Billy West (born April 16, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American voice actor, best known for his roles in Ren and Stimpy and Futurama. ... Katey Sagal (born Catherine Louise Sagal on January 19, 1956 in Hollywood, California), is an American singer, writer, and actress most known for her portrayal of the character Peg Bundy in the American sitcom Married. ... John DiMaggio (born September 4, 1968) is an American voice actor, and a native of North Plainfield, New Jersey, known primarily for playing the robot Bender in the 20th Century Fox animated series Futurama. ... Maurice LaMarche (b March 30, 1958) is a Canadian voice actor known for his impressions of Orson Welles. ... Lauren Tom (born August 4, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois) is a Chinese American voice actress who usually voices characters of East Asian descent. ... Phil LaMarr (born January 24, 1967 in Los Angeles, California) is a American voice actor. ... Tress MacNeille (born June 20, 1951) is an American voice actor who is best known for providing various voices on the animated television shows The Simpsons and Futurama. ... Phil Hartman Philip Edward Hartmann (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a graphic artist, writer, actor and comedian born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. ... Troy McClure is a fictional character in the television cartoon series The Simpsons, voiced by Phil Hartman. ...


Celebrities who have lent their voices to the show include Dick Clark, Beck, Donovan, Al Gore, Stephen Hawking, Sigourney Weaver, Lucy Liu, Pamela Anderson, and the cast of Star Trek. (The episode featuring the Star Trek cast, "Where No Fan Has Gone Before", does not include DeForest Kelley, by that time deceased, or James Doohan, whose character was replaced by 'Welshy' in a parody of the Brady Bunch Variety Hour, where Jan was played by a different actress.) Richard Wagstaff Clark (born November 30, 1929), more commonly known as Dick Clark, is an American television entertainer. ... Beck Hansen Beck Hansen (born Beck David Campbell, July 8, 1970) is an American musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. ... Donovan Leitch Donovan Philips Leitch (usually known simply as Donovan) (born May 10, 1946) is a British musician. ... Albert Arnold Gore Jr. ... Hawking as himself on Star Trek TNG Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS (born January 8, 1942, in Oxford, England) is one of the worlds leading theoretical physicists. ... Sigourney Weaver Susan Alexandra Sigourney Weaver (born October 8, 1949 in New York, New York) is an American actress perhaps best known for her portrayal of Ripley in Alien (1979) and its sequels. ... Lucy Liu Lucy Liu in Kill Bill Liu with Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore in Charlies Angels (2000) Lucy Alexis Liu (born December 2, 1968 in New York City, New York, United States) is a Chinese American actress who starred in the TV series Ally McBeal and in the... Playboy centerfold appearance February 1990 Birthplace Ladysmith, British Columbia Birthdate July 1, 1967 Measurements 36 - 22 - 34 Height 5 ft 4 in (1. ... Star Trek collectively refers to six science fiction television series spanning 726 episodes, ten motion pictures, and hundreds of novels, video games, and other works of fiction all set within the same fictional universe created by Gene Roddenberry in the early- to mid-1960s. ... DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy Jackson DeForest Kelley (January 20, 1920 – June 11, 1999) was an American actor, best known for his role as Dr. Leonard Bones McCoy in the 1966–1969 television series Star Trek (TOS) and the first six Star Trek motion pictures. ... James Doohan as Scotty on Star Trek James Montgomery Doohan (March 3, 1920 – July 20, 2005) was a Irish-Canadian character and voice actor best known for his portrayal of Scotty in the television and movie series Star Trek. ... The Brady Bunch was a US television situation comedy, based around a large family. ...


The theme and incidental music for the show were composed by Christopher Tyng. The original theme song for the show was to be the 1960s electronic music recording "Psyche Rock" by Pierre Henry, but the inability to license the track for the show led Tyng to compose a theme strongly reminiscent of it. Two remixes of the theme songs were produced and used as the main themes in two episodes. This show is also one of the few animated series to use fully orchestrated original music in almost every episode. A composer is a person who writes music. ... Electronic music is a loose term for music created using electronic equipment. ... Pierre Henry (born December 9, 1927 in Paris, France) is a French composer, considered a pioneer of the musique concrète genre of electronic music. ... A remix is an alternate mix of a song different from the original version, made using the techniques of audio editing. ...


Many of the spacecraft and backgrounds appearing in Futurama were made using 3D computer graphics. The scenes were first painted by hand and then implemented in 3D. This way, camera movements provided a perfect geometry of the environment and characters (for example, at the beginning of the series when the camera flies around the Planet Express building). Computer graphics (CG) is the field of visual computing, where one utilizes computers both to generate visual images synthetically and to integrate or alter visual and spatial information sampled from the real world. ...


In response to the events of the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States, the Fox Television Network and Futurama creator Matt Groening for a short time removed the scene in the show's opening in which the Planet Express ship crashes into a giant television screen. It was felt that this scene would be upsetting and disturbing to many viewers who had witnessed the head-on collision of an airplane into the World Trade Center in New York on live television. Within a month or so after the attacks, the scene was reinserted back into the opening. The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated attacks carried out in the United States on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company is a television network in the United States. ... Matt Groening Matthew Abram Groening (born February 15, 1954) (name rhymes with raining, IPA is an American cartoonist and the creator of the animated series The Simpsons and Futurama. ... Futurama is an animated United States cartoon series (March 28, 1999-2003) created by Matt Groening (who also created The Simpsons). ... The twin towers, photographed from the west The World Trade Center in New York City was a complex of seven buildings leased by Larry Silverstein from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey around a central plaza, near the south end of Manhattan in the downtown financial district. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ...


In 2001, during the show's third season, it was quietly announced that Fox Television was cancelling production of the series. Writing for The Onion A.V. Club, Keith Phipps observes that 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company is a television network in the United States. ... The Onion is a newspaper of parody and satire, published weekly in print and on the Internet. ...

Futurama premiered in 1999 to hype and anticipation that seemed fitting for the first new series created by Matt Groening since The Simpsons. But even before the show reached the air, Groening was describing his Futurama-related dealings with the Fox network as the worst experience of his adult life. What happened next couldn't have made him feel much better. While Futurama struggled to connect to its audience, Fox first moved it to a new time slot, then constantly preempted it for sports broadcasts [...] In other words, Futurama contains something for everyone—except, it seems, grumpy Fox executives. [1]

While Futurama ended after its fifth broadcast season, there were actually only four production seasons. Due to numerous preemptions and other schedule shuffles, Fox had enough new episodes backlogged for another full year of shows. These delays account for the difference in Fox's broadcast season number and production season number. (Note: the production season forms the basis for the DVD and video sets.) The 72nd and final episode, called "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings", aired in the USA on August 10, 2003. With this episode, the fifth television season (fourth production season) and the whole series ended. The episode was not a true series finale however, and though many plot issues were resolved in the last season, the final episode was in no way a clear "conclusion" to the series—the last line of dialogue, aptly enough, was "Don't stop playing, Fry... I want to see how it ends". At the title screen of this episode, though, the words "See You On Some Other Channel" were shown. The Simpsons is the longest-running animated television series in American TV history, with 17 seasons and 356 episodes since it debuted on December 17, 1989 on FOX, and is a spinoff of The Tracey Ullman Show. ... An episode is to television and radio what a chapter is to a book: a part of a sequence of a body of work. ... August 10 is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Series finale is a promotional/advertising term used to describe the final episode of a television series, usually a sitcom or a drama. ...


Several television stations are currently airing the series in syndication. In the United States, Futurama can be seen on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, usually playing adjacent to another (once) cancelled series, Family Guy. In Britain, the series was picked up by Sky One shortly after its US premiere, and Channel 4 later acquired terrestrial broadcast rights. In the entertainment and news industries, syndication is a method of making content available to a range of outlets simultaneously. ... The current Cartoon Network logo, was used in North America since June 14, 2004, in Latin America since January 1st, 2005, and in Europe since April 11, 2005. ... Adult Swim logo. ... Family Guy is an animated television series originally created by Seth MacFarlane for FOX in 1999. ... link titlelink titleThe name Sky Television may refer to: British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) in the United Kingdom SKY Network Television in New Zealand This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... ... Channel 4 is a public service television broadcaster in the United Kingdom (see British television). ...


Also, since Futurama's cancellation, Matt Groening's The Simpsons series has been making an increasing number of references to it. In the show, Matt Groening appears as himself (animated) and was introduced at a convention as the creator of the hit show Futurama. He then signs Bender dolls and draws a sketch of Fry for Milhouse. Also, in another episode of The Simpsons, a person jumps off a cliff, screaming "Why did they cancel Futurama?". In the episode "Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third Grade", Bender appears in a dream of Bart's. And, in the episode "Future-Drama", Bart and Lisa explore their teenage years with the help of Professor Frink. During this sequence, Homer and Bart drive through a "tunnel" where they shift dimensions temporarily. When they exit, Bender is in the car with them, and he says, "All right! You guys are my new best friends!" Homer then says, "You wish, loser!" and throws him out of the back of the hover-car, breaking him. Also, in a different episode, Bender can be seen as a person answering telethon calls on PBS (About the fake cancellation of The Simpsons). Future-Drama is the fifteenth episode of the sixteenth season of The Simpsons. ... Bart Simpson Bartholomew Jo-Jo Bart Simpson (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Lisa Simpson Lisa Marie Simpson (voiced by Yeardley Smith) is a fictional character on the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Professor John Frink Professor John Frink is a fictional character, a scientist and professor on The Simpsons. ... Homer Simpson Homer Jay Simpson (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) is one of the main characters in the animated television series The Simpsons. ...


Similarly, Futurama references The Simpsons. In an early episode of Futurama, the crew are sent to destroy a huge ball of garbage in space by placing a bomb on it. Bender finds a Bart Simpson doll which says "Eat my shorts" when its string is pulled. Bender eats the shorts, then says "mmmm... shorts".


Even though there were no official words on the revival of the show, there have been rumors of it since the news broke that Family Guy was being revived. On May 22 2005, the Can't Get Enough Futurama web site carried the following unofficial post, attributed to Billy West's discussion board: Family Guy is an animated television series originally created by Seth MacFarlane for FOX in 1999. ... May 22 is the 142nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (143rd in leap years). ...

Well, I spoke to David X. Cohen [...] and he said that they did have talks with the top guys at FOX and they were extremely impressed with the sales of the Futurama DVDs. The idea was to make a Futurama movie right to DVD and then a 2nd and a 3rd [...]

As of July 18, 2005, Billy West seems to have confirmed a 'straight to DVD' Futurama movie on a video blog, however this is yet to be officially confirmed by either Matt Groening or Fox. David X. Cohen, writer for The Simpsons, writer and executive producer for Futurama, and graduate of U.C. Berkeley studying theoretical computer science. ... July 18 is the 199th day (200th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 166 days remaining. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ...


Non-broadcast production

Issue 1 of the US Comics, "Monkey See, Monkey Doom!". The comic is A5 size.
Issue 1 of the US Comics, "Monkey See, Monkey Doom!". The comic is A5 size.

In the USA (DVD Region 1), the first season of Futurama was released on DVD on March 25, 2003; the second season on August 12, 2003; the third season on March 9, 2004; and the fourth (and final) on August 24, 2004. Download high resolution version (400x613, 83 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Futurama (TV series) Futurama Comics ... Download high resolution version (400x613, 83 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Futurama (TV series) Futurama Comics ... // DVD is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for storing data, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... March 25 is the 84th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (85th in leap years). ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 12 is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... March 9 is the 68th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (69th in Leap years). ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 24 is the 236th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (237th in leap years), with 129 days remaining. ...


In Europe (DVD Region 2), the first and second seasons were both released in 2002; the third season was released on June 2, 2003; and the fourth on November 24th, 2003. The DVDs were released in Europe first as a test to see if they would sell, and sales were very good on both sides of the Atlantic. Despite the different release dates, the content of the DVDs are identical for both Regions. A satellite composite image of Europe World map showing location of Europe When considered a continent, Europe is the worlds second smallest continent in terms of area, with an area of 10,600,000 km² (4,140,625 square miles), making it larger than Australia only. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2 June is the 153rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (154th in leap years), with 212 days remaining. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... November 24 is the 328th day (329th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ...


Unique Development Studios released a video game titled Futurama for the Xbox and PlayStation 2 consoles in August 2003. Critical reviews indicate poor play control and graphic quality, but an excellent story and voice acting. A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Futurama is a 3D platform game based on the science fiction cartoon series Futurama. ... The Xbox was Microsofts first game console, released on November 15, 2001. ... The PlayStation 2 (PS2) (Japanese: プレイステーション2) is Sonys second video game console, after the PlayStation. ... Note: as an adjective (stressed on the second syllable instead of the first), august means honorable. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Matt Groening's Bongo Comics group is still producing a spin-off series of Futurama Comics. These are now the only new stories featuring the Futurama characters. There are two sets of comics available, the US series and UK series. Matt Groening Matthew Abram Groening (born February 15, 1954) (name rhymes with raining, IPA is an American cartoonist and the creator of the animated series The Simpsons and Futurama. ... Bongo Comics is a comic book publishing company founded in 1993 by Steve and Cindy Vance, Bill Morrison, and Simpsons creator Matt Groening. ... Futurama Comics is a comic book series based on the television show Futurama. ...


The US series was first published in 2000 and so far consists of 20 issues plus 2 2-parter crossovers with The Simpsons. The comics are A5-size and now published 4 times a year. The next issue is due in September 2005. This article is about the year 2000. ... The Simpsons is the longest-running animated television series in American TV history, with 17 seasons and 356 episodes since it debuted on December 17, 1989 on FOX, and is a spinoff of The Tracey Ullman Show. ...


The UK series was first published in 2002 and so far consists of 17 issues, incorporating the Simpsons crossovers. The comics are of a larger size in the UK and although the stories are exactly the same as the US comics, they are published in a different order. See Futurama Comics for more details. 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Futurama Comics is a comic book series based on the television show Futurama. ...


Season details and references

  • Futurama season 1 details
  • Futurama season 2 details
  • Futurama season 3 details
  • Futurama season 4 details
  • Futurama season 5 details

Note: Originally, there were four production seasons (the DVD releases are based on this original sequence of episodes), but the FOX network broadcast most episodes out of order, and split them into five seasons. This is a list of episodes of Futurama episodes in broadcast order, from broadcast season 1. ... This is a list of episodes of Futurama episodes in broadcast order, from broadcast season 2. ... This is a list of episodes of Futurama episodes in broadcast order, from broadcast season 3. ... This is a list of episodes of Futurama episodes in broadcast order, from broadcast season 4. ... This page has been protected from editing to deal with vandalism. ...


Credits gags

Opening credits

At the start of each episode, just as the "Futurama" logo appears on the screen, a witty caption appears on the bottom of the screen, different in every episode. Some captions include "Coming Soon to an Illegal DVD", "Dancing Space Potatoes? You Bet!", and "Crafted With Wuv (By Monsters)". Occasionally, a witty advert is displayed instead. // DVD is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for storing data, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...


A Planet Express Ship then flies through the text, and around a futuristic city. During the final shot of the opening credits, a billboard screen appears in view, upon which the executive producer credits appear. Just before they do, a clip from a classic public domain cartoon is shown on the screen. A number of classic cartoon stars have been featured on the billboard, including Koko the Clown, Betty Boop, Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Little Lulu, Felix the Cat, and Bosko [2]. During the last episode, "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings", the billboard shows the Futurama opening credits, implying a visual infinite regression. Roadside billboards frequently encourage passersby to visit local businesses. ... The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... Koko the Clown is an animated character created by Max Fleischers cartoon studios. ... Betty Boop, 1930-1967 from the opening title sequence of the earliest entries in the Betty Boop Cartoons series. ... Bugs Bunny on a United States stamp Bugs Bunny is a fictional street-smart gray rabbit appearing in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons, and is one of the most recognizable characters, real or imaginary, in the world. ... Porky Pig, as seen in a Looney Tunes cartoon Porky Pig is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ... Daffy Duck is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ... Little Lulu is a comic strip character created by Marjorie Henderson Buell. ... The famous Felix pace as seen in Oceantics (1930) Felix the Cat is a cartoon character. ... Bosko and Honey in Hold Anything (WB, 1930) Bosko is an animated cartoon character created by animators Hugh Harman and Rudy Ising. ...


Closing credits: "30th Century Fox"

30th Century Fox logo

"30th Century Fox" is a variation of the "20th Century Fox" closing logo listed in the end credits. Fox initially rejected the idea of show creator Matt Groening, who sponsored the design of the logo by himself. Later, it became popular, with Fox embracing and taking some credit for it. Image File history File links Logo: 20th Century Fox(30th Century Fox), as used in the Futurama TV series File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Logo: 20th Century Fox(30th Century Fox), as used in the Futurama TV series File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... 20th Century Fox logo Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ... A closing logo is the logo that people see at the beginning of movies and at the end of television shows, like MGMs Leo the lion, Paramounts mountain scenery, and Columbias Torch Lady. ... The term credit can have several meanings in different contexts. ... Matt Groening Matthew Abram Groening (born February 15, 1954) (name rhymes with raining, IPA is an American cartoonist and the creator of the animated series The Simpsons and Futurama. ...


The episode "That's Lobstertainment!" reveals that 30th Century Fox is a television and film studio within the Futurama universe. The studio building is shaped like the logo. The floodlights surrounding it are used to blind pilots so they crash, producing exciting documentary footage. A documentary is a work in a visual or auditory medium presenting political, scientific, social, or historical subjects in a factual and informative manner. ...


See also

This page lists references to Star Trek in the animated television series Futurama. ... Futurama Comics is a comic book series based on the television show Futurama. ... Blernsball is fictional game from the Futurama Universe. ...

External links

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Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wikiquote is a sister project of Wikipedia, using the same MediaWiki software. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb), owned by Amazon. ... The Onion is a newspaper of parody and satire, published weekly in print and on the Internet. ... The Big Cartoon DataBase (BCDB) is an online database of information about animated cartoons, animated movies, animated television shows and cartoon shorts. ...

Fan sites

  • Can't get enough Futurama fansite. Probably the most extensive coverage of any new Futurama information, as well as the home of fan-contributed semi-open source episode capsules and guides.
  • Soylent Forums, messageboard which also provides Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Sealab 2021 discussion.
  • PEEL - The Planet Express Employee Lounge. A popular Futurama messageboard.
  • Simpsons Cards - Futurama greeting cards.
  • Episode List, sortable and with episode rankings.
  • Futurama Madhouse, oldest active fansite (formerly The Leela Zone).
  • The Futurama Point, the second-oldest Futurama fansite.
  • The Fry Hole, A Fry fansite, with a large amount of Futurama content as well.
  • The Neutral Planet: Futurama In Words, with transcripts for most episodes.
  • Demonstration of the Hypnotoad's powers.
  • Futurama πk – Mathematics in the Year 3000.
  • Futurama title cards: Every Futurama title card ever to be shown.
  • Bring Back Futurama Website with a petition to bring Futurama back.
  • Anime style Futurama picture at deviantART

 
 

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