November 19, 2003

Complete Futurama

After a lot of searching and hunting, I have finally completed my collection of Futurama episodes - all 72! And because I'm feeling charitable, I've bought the complete Season 2 DVD set. The commentary alone certainly is worth it.

Futurama is a creation of Matt Groening, and is styled in many ways around his most famous creation, The Simpsons. It is set in the year 3000 and tells of the life of Fry, a guy who is cryogenically frozen in 1999. He hooks up with his great-great-great-(30 times)-nephew, Professor J Farnsworth and works as an intergalactic delivery boy.

His life revolves around the Planet Express company, and those he works with, getting up to too much mischief. He's also in love with a one-eyed alien - Leela - but his romantic attempts fail miserably every time. Other characters include a billionaire Chinese/Martian intern, a lobster, a Jamaican limbo champion, and a manic smoking, drinking, robo-porn loving robot, Bender.

The show was sadly cancelled after five seasons, but became one of the funniest cartoons of recent times. The humour is very similar to that of the Simpsons, but goes up a notch and dares to go a litle further - Bender's favourite line is "Bite my shiny, metal ass!". Barely a scene goes by without some reference to pop culture, no matter how obscure, and the futuristic versions and impressions on current 21st century life are hilarious.

It's sad that it's no longer made, but with a copy of every episode, I've got it all in reach. Long live Futurama!

Posted by Ben at November 19, 2003 07:23 PM

damn cancelled a travesty such this is

Posted by: we love amy at April 15, 2004 06:46 AM
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