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On 31st December 1999, pizza delivery boy Philip J. Fry is sent on a prank order and accidentally falls into a cryogenic freezing tank. After spending a thousand years in suspended animation, Fry finally reawakens in the year 3000; as he attempts to come to terms with this strange, new version of the New York he grew up in, Fry encounters a beautiful one-eyed alien named Turanga Leela, a reprobate robot with suicidal tendencies named Bender, and his great-great-great-…-great-great nephew, Professor Hubert Farnsworth. The Professor offers Fry a job in his intergalactic delivery service, and so ‘Planet Express’ gains a new delivery boy.

Created by Matt Groening, the man responsible for ’Life in Hell’ and the phenomenon that is ‘The Simpsons’, ‘Futurama’ uses a combination of traditional cel animation and CGI to present viewers with a vision of the future that mixes elements of traditional science fiction with comedy, slapstick, satire and downright offbeat madness. With its fully-rounded and highly entertaining characters – such as the slovenly, slobbish Fry; neurotic, bossy, but attractive-in-a-cyclopean-sense, Leela; booze-swilling, cigar-smoking, bad-mouthed robot named Bender; and the bizarre alien crustacean Doctor Zoidberg – the show succeeds in going where no animated comedy has gone before, as the crew of ‘Planet Express’ encounter alien menaces, killer robots, heads in jars, and even the Robot Devil.

‘Futurama’ began transmission in the USA on 28th March 1999, on the FOX network. The show took a while to come out from the shadow cast by its sister show, ‘The Simpsons’, but soon proved to be a hit in its own right; it ran for seventy-two episodes, before being abruptly cancelled (the episodes that had been produced for the fourth season were subsequently divided up to make seasons four and five).

But that wasn't quite the end: in 2008 FOX produced the first of four direct-to-DVD ‘Futurama’ movies. When these proved a hit, the Comedy Central channel then decided to resurrect the show for fifty-two new episodes.

When the show was eventually cancelled again in 2013, Matt Groening said "Perhaps ‘Futurama’ will return in another form, on the Internet, or as a puppet show in the park. Or maybe as a puppet show in the park on the Internet.". So you never know, we may not have heard the last of the Planet Express crew...

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