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Futurama Renewed For 7th Season

CmdrTaco posted more than 2 years ago | from the good-news-everyone dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "During the video for the 3rd International Talk Like William Shatner Day, Futurama voice actor Maurice LaMarche revealed that the show had been renewed and he'd received his contract for the show."

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I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD (3, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589322)

I stopped watching TV about 10 years ago and most of the shows I see are on DVD, I watch as I have time available. I did like the series, but never enough to tune in or buy cable.

Re:I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD (3, Insightful)

GreatDrok (684119) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589444)

I've stopped watching new shows as a result of the cancellations of so many good shows. Now I only bother if it has a good run or completes. I only just started watching Lost. Futurama is excellent and I'm glad it has been renewed but it is a rarity that shows survive this long regardless of quality, especially shows that get cancelled and then come back.

Not watching new shows saves a lot of time and I guess I should thank those willing to waste their time getting into a new show with all the risk of cancellation and the disappointment associated.

Re:I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD (2, Insightful)

doti (966971) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589704)

make youself a favor and skip the last season(s) of lost.

Re:I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD (2)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589716)

I would advise against finishing Lost. Unless, you are 100% about the characters and their interactions and don't care about why

Re:I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD (4, Funny)

JerkBoB (7130) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589866)

I would advise against finishing Lost. Unless, you are 100% about the characters and their interactions and don't care about why

Seconded. Without giving too much away, I'll just say that it felt like dating in middle school. All buildup with no payoff.

I tried to make a car analogy but the wheels fell off.

Re:I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD (1)

similar_name (1164087) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589924)

It's like your car died but you are in denial and still behind the wheel pretending you are driving.

Re:I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590536)

I figured out it wasn't an alternate timeline at episode 4, and guessed the real answer by the next, although I wasn't positive until it was revealed in the final episode. Actually, I thought it was a beautiful mind fuck. A flash *way* forward.

I can see people not liking such an odd show, but the outright hostility baffled me. I enjoyed myself with it and moved on.

Re:I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD (1)

GooberToo (74388) | more than 2 years ago | (#35591112)

I can see people not liking such an odd show, but the outright hostility baffled me. I enjoyed myself with it and moved on.

Likely its because the show raised odd questions which demanded to be answered and which grabbed people. In exchange for watching, people felt those questions should have been answered since the entire show was about the questions constantly being raise. The show ended with a bug "fuck you" and a laugh, having never answered almost all the questions it painfully went about forcing in their face and asking.

When people are treated poorly likely this they tend to feel tricked, played, screwed, so on and so, and in the very least, feel like they've wasted massive amounts of time on a show that never delivered.

Its pretty normal for people to get angry when massive amounts of time have been wasted.

Most call this poor writing. Some call it J.J. Abrams' style. I call it both. Abrams has a long history of creating significant disappointment with most of the projects he touches.

I'm very happy to say, I didn't bother watching Lost because it was obvious from the first episode it was going to be a massive disappointment and a complete waste of time. Hopefully people have learned their Abrams lesson.

Re:I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD (1)

X-Power (1009277) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589818)

Just know this, Lost's ending was written before the first season started.
And they did not anticipate the show to be this successful.

Hilarity ensues as they try to connect the beginning and the end with an extra unplanned 6 seasons in between.

Re:I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD (4, Insightful)

eln (21727) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590152)

Only the very last scene (all of a few seconds long) was written before the first season started, and honestly with the producers' penchant for lying through their teeth ("everything on the island will be scientifically explainable"), I have a hard time believing even that. You are right that they had to make up a lot of stuff because they didn't anticipate getting so many seasons, and it definitely shows.

Re:I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD (1)

Tolkien (664315) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589830)

I've only seen a few episodes of Lost and never understood the hype. As I understood it, the story and characters get more and more convoluted and laughably bad (in the sense of cringing and rolling your eyes) as time progresses and I heard that the series finale is a big disappointment. Unless you're in it specifically to see how disappointing it will be, from what I gather you may want to quit while you're ahead and not waste money on further seasons (if you've not bought all of them yet).

Re:I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD (1)

log0n (18224) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589954)

Lost was a show that made dumb people feel smart.

Re:I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD (1)

BabyDuckHat (1503839) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590044)

Where do you think Glen Beck learned it from?

Re:I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD (3, Insightful)

morari (1080535) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590340)

Exactly.

I've never understood the appeal of J.J. Abram's work in general. I mean, how can you find talent in someone who's resume is made up of garbage like Mission Impossible III and Star Trek?

Re:I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD (2)

eln (21727) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590130)

I think most fans of Lost (me included) were hooked in by the first season and wanted to see how it all ended up. The first two seasons were excellent, but it started to sort of tail off from there until it was indeed laughably bad toward the end. Still, by the time it got really difficult to watch I still stuck it out because a.) I wanted to see what they would do, and b.) I knew it wasn't going to last forever because they had already announced how many more seasons it would get.

So, I watched the whole thing when it aired, but I would never want to watch it again, and certainly wouldn't buy it on DVD.

Re:I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35589562)

Netflix to the rescue! Now if they'd only get what they're missing of that series...

Re:I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD (1)

vawwyakr (1992390) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589686)

Yeah I bought the last season on Amazon's digital download service, they come out the day after it airs so it's like having cable without needing to throw away money on the cable service.

Re:I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589854)

>>>never enough to tune in or buy cable.

Ditto. It's not worth spending an extra ~$1000 a year for the 3-4 shows on cable that I like. Cheaper to watch it on hulu (free) or DVD (~$30 per season). I haven't seen any of the new Futurama since FOX canceled it. One of these years I'll acquire it and it'll be like new.

Besides I get plenty of television for free:
~40 channels including:
- Live Well network, Penn Stateâ(TM)s AccuWeather, Philadelphia Nonstop
- NBC Sports, PBSinfo, PBSarts, PBScreate, AntennaTV(70s), RetroTV(80s)
- ThisTV (movies), Tango Traffic, Univision, Telefutura, Telemundo
- MiND, Smile of a Child, Link World News, MHz World Sitcoms
- New Jersey Network, Channel 69, GetItOn Philadelphia
- TheTube, JerseyTV, MyNetworkTV, FamilyNet
- ION, Lifetime, Qubo
- ABC, CBS, FOX, CW, et cetera

Re:I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35590626)

Cool story bro

FOX (3, Insightful)

jlechem (613317) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589328)

Can kiss his shiny metal ass?

Re:FOX (4, Funny)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589724)

Fox executives give Morbo gas.

Re:FOX (2)

cyberfin (1454265) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590248)

All hail hypnotoad! O_o

Futurama Vs Venture Bros. (1)

Ed Pegg (613755) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589342)

Excellent! With that, and the renewal of Venture Bros. for 2 seasons, two of my favorite shows have had their lives extended.

Re:Futurama Vs Venture Bros. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35589502)

Most excellent!

I had not heard about VB...two great bits of news in one day.

Now waiting for "excellent news everyone...I have invented a machine that erases all memories of animated TV" 'cause no news this good can go "unpunished"

Re:Futurama Vs Venture Bros. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35589514)

If you like The Venture Brothers, you will probably like Archer on Fx.

Re:Futurama Vs Venture Bros. (1)

wjousts (1529427) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589604)

Love VB and Archer. Hilarious.

Re:Futurama Vs Venture Bros. (1)

ProppaT (557551) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590386)

I wouldn't say that's a one for one. I love Archer but do not like Venture Brothers at all. However, if you love Archer, check out the short lived Frisky Dingo...it was a fantastic show (by the same people) that no one watched. And then there's Sealab, but everyone watched that :p

Re:Futurama Vs Venture Bros. (1)

theantipop (803016) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590462)

Heh, I love VB but don't understand the appeal of Archer at all. Every new show the Sealab guys do gets worse and Archer finally dropped below the acceptable quality for me. It seems far too obsessed with the cheap laugh, although it may have gotten better than the first few episodes.

Re:Futurama Vs Venture Bros. (-1, Flamebait)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589908)

I don't understand the appeal of the Venture Brothers.
Actually I don't understand most of TOON's programming. It's not really funny?

Re:Futurama Vs Venture Bros. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35589980)

It delivers Johnny Quest on crack. What more could you ask for?

Re:Futurama Vs Venture Bros. (1)

molliedollie (914656) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590066)

I watch it for one reason: Brock Sampson. Mmm..

Re:Futurama Vs Venture Bros. (1)

oh_my_080980980 (773867) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590510)

"Mournful tits. She has mournful tits. They're like two suicide notes stuffed into a glitter bra."

Re:Futurama Vs Venture Bros. (4, Funny)

mikeabbott420 (744514) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590114)

I don't understand how people can not love Venture Brothers - it's like they somehow have different tastes than I do!

which is the same as being wrong

Re:Futurama Vs Venture Bros. (1)

flimflammer (956759) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590430)

Adult Swim makes a lot of crap (read: 98% of their self-made shows are crap). Venture Bros is one of the few that is entertaining, but some may not like it.

Re:Futurama Vs Venture Bros. (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590660)

I'm a bit more charitable: 75% is crap. ;-) Loves me some Venture Brothers, Metalocalypse and Robot Chicken. I still love Aqua Teen Hunger Force. It's almost dadaist humor. Superjail is in the same vein. Would like to see them do another Sealab style show where they take an old toon and rework it.

Re:Futurama Vs Venture Bros. (1)

Xacid (560407) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590472)

SECONDED. THIRDED. You know what I mean. :)

Good News Everyone! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35589362)

Meanwhile I'll be waiting for Season 6 to show up on netflix

Re:Good News Everyone! (1)

lrobert98 (1936734) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589508)

It's already there. I've watched a couple of episodes online.

Re:Good News Everyone! (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589516)

It already is on Netflix, has been for at least a few weeks.

Re:Good News Everyone! (4, Funny)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589792)

You've invented a device which makes us read this in our head in your voice?

How long is the season? (1)

Algae_94 (2017070) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589364)

Does anyone know how many episodes are in a season? It seems like they had a short run last year after coming back from the long hiatus. Just wondering if we will get even more goodness this go around.

Re:How long is the season? (5, Funny)

JustOK (667959) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589630)

Does anyone know how many episodes are in a season?

Yes. Someone does know.

Re:How long is the season? (1)

MagicM (85041) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589720)

Does anyone know how many episodes are in a season?

That depends. Do you mean an African season, or a European season?

Re:How long is the season? (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590020)

Like 6.

tv show makers are getting lazier by the year. we got a whole 13 episode last season.... ooooohhhhhh, glad they did not strain themselves.
and I'l bet they pull the BSG bullshit of airing 6 episode now, wait 5 months then air the next 4 episdodes and then hold onto the xmas one for the end of the year.

Re:How long is the season? (1)

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590226)

Like 6.

tv show makers are getting lazier by the year. we got a whole 13 episode last season.... ooooohhhhhh, glad they did not strain themselves.
and I'l bet they pull the BSG bullshit of airing 6 episode now, wait 5 months then air the next 4 episdodes and then hold onto the xmas one for the end of the year.

To be fair, that was SciFi channel bullshit. They found a way to (in their mind, or excuse for one) get two seasons out of one. That's how they managed to kill Caprica. Just before the show started to get interesting they split the first season and then never bothered to mention when it would be on again. As others have said, I'm not bothering to watch any more shows while they are on. I don't watch enough TV anyhow, so I prefer being able to watch them on DVD at my convenience.

Yippee!! (1)

Tigger's Pet (130655) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589372)

To celebrate I'm going to go out on a bender - if you don't get it ask a Brit what it means!

Re:Yippee!! (1)

dietdew7 (1171613) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589556)

'Bender' has several meanings other then drug/drinking binge. I assume you meant sixpence. * Former British slang for a sixpence * British derogatory slang for a male homosexual * An expression used in hockey for a player who cannot skate, as his ankles cave or bend in * A curveball, a type of pitch thrown in baseball

Re:Yippee!! (1)

MonsterTrimble (1205334) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589560)

I am quite aware of what a 'Bender' is - no need to ask.

But why would you be riding a robot anyway?

Re:Yippee!! (2)

JustOK (667959) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589652)

Because of its shiny metal ass.

Re:Yippee!! (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590000)

I assumed he was going out to bend girders.

Re:Yippee!! (2)

fridaynightsmoke (1589903) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589984)

In my part of the world (in Britain) a 'bender' is something else entirely. You might see a 'bender' or two in a bar, but only in a certain type of bar, in a certain part of town....

Re:Yippee!! (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590212)

"You might see a 'bender' or two in a bar, but only in a certain type of bar, in a certain part of town..."

Bender did seem a little too vehement when denying he was a robosexual. Maybe he is just AC/DC.

Re:Yippee!! (1)

fridaynightsmoke (1589903) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590712)

"You might see a 'bender' or two in a bar, but only in a certain type of bar, in a certain part of town..."

Bender did seem a little too vehement when denying he was a robosexual. Maybe he is just AC/DC.

AC/DC/ethanol/mineral oil/nuclear pile; Bending Units bend all ways ;)

Great Voice actor - Shit videographer! (1)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589380)

I love how the the _background_ of his video is in focus!

Oblig (3, Informative)

ThatsNotPudding (1045640) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589424)

"Good news, everyone!"

Re:Oblig (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35589656)

Seeing as how "good news, everyone!" always precedes what is in actuality bad news for those listening, wouldn't "Good news, everyone!" only work if the show was being cancelled?

Re:Oblig (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589734)

Not necessarily. It could mean that while the show is continued the new season will probably suck and probably should have been left to die a dignified death.

Re:Oblig (0)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589872)

No, he was right. I loved Futurama in its original run. But those movies and the series revival are pretty lame. I would rather they had just let it go after the first cancellation, when they were still on top. Better to let it go out with dignity.

I feel the same way about The Simpsons. There was a time when The Simpsons could say they never had a bad episode. Now bad and mediocre episodes are the norm.

Re:Oblig (2)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590202)

I disagree. One of the movies (Beast With a Billion Backs) was lame, while the rest were good. The new season was hit and miss, but it seemed like towards the end the quality was more regular. I took that to be simply them getting back in the groove, because when they were on, it was every bit as good as before.

Re:Oblig (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589810)

Damn it! Now I got his voice in my head.

Good news everyone! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35589436)

Now if I can just remember where I put my fingerlonger...

Good news everyone! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35589440)

You are now reading this post in Professor Farnsworth's voice!

Re:Good news everyone! (5, Funny)

derfy (172944) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589678)

<scruffy>Second.</scruffy>

Re:Good news everyone! (1)

ruthless reader (1892470) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590748)

<bender>Well I hope they budget me some Cubans and Hooker Bots 7000s</bender>

Should be titled . . . (4, Insightful)

KenSeymour (81018) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589466)

Good news everybody!

Re:Should be titled . . . (1)

equex (747231) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590914)

Good news, everyone. FTFY.

Good news, but old news. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35589468)

Katey Sagal, who voices Leela confirmed this about 7 weeks ago.

First episode is due to air in the US on June 23.

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/02/futurama_renewed.html

Re:Good news, but old news. (2)

DavidTC (10147) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589570)

Katey Sagal jumped the gun, everyone was still in talks back then. Now the contracts have been actually signed.

And the episode airing on June 23 is the second half of the previous ordered episodes that have all already been made, not another season. Comedy Central just broke the last batch of episodes in half and aired them in two parts.

The season we're talking about here won't be ready until 2012.

International Talk Like William Shatner Day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35589472)

There's an International Talk Like William Shatner Day???

Re:International Talk Like William Shatner Day (4, Funny)

DavidTC (10147) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589524)

No. There is No. International. Talk Like William Shatner Day. Do not be limited. By the rules.

Every day. Is. International Talk Like William Shatner Day.

Re:International Talk Like William Shatner Day (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589526)

It appears. That you are correct. Mr. Anonymous Coward. This is. In fact. The third one.

Re:International Talk Like William Shatner Day (3, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589902)

When...everyone....here....TALKS....like Shatner...theyforgetthathealwaysrusheshsispeakingatsomepoint....in...his....monologues.

Re:International Talk Like William Shatner Day (2)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590432)

When...everyone....here....TALKS....like Shatner...theyforgetthathealwaysrusheshsispeakingatsomepoint....in...his....monologues.

EveryonelovesitwhenLeonardNimoydoesthat.

All hail hypnotoad! (1)

Mr.123 (661787) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589528)

bzz bzz bzz bzz

Wait, nobody has said this yet? (1)

TiggertheMad (556308) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589584)

I for one, welcome our Futurama renewing studio execs...

*ducks*

Re:Wait, nobody has said this yet? (1)

Obfuscant (592200) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589684)

I for one, welcome our Futurama renewing studio execs... *ducks*

Now I admit, I haven't watched much of the newer Futuramas, but I don't recall that ducks played any significant roll in that program. Popplers, yes. But ducks?

Or was it a reference somehow relating ducks and foxes -- for Fox studio execs? Do foxes eat lots of ducks, and you are wishing the Fox execs a happy dinner? Yes?! Did I guess it right?

"Freedom! Horrible, horrible Freedom!" (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589892)

Simpsons' meme is tenuously off topic and should be modded as such.

Bad news everyone (4, Funny)

gozu (541069) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589698)

The professor only says good news when he has bad news so all of you have it backwards!

Re:Bad news everyone (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590356)

I think the real good news is that he isn't the one having to do whatever stupid thing he's announcing.

Re:Bad news everyone (1)

slimjim8094 (941042) | more than 2 years ago | (#35591088)

Yes, but when he says bad news, it's *really* bad.

now when does beavis and butthead return? in HD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35589710)

now when does beavis and butthead return? in HD?

does any one have the air date for it?

The 456 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35589726)

Where the hell was the Doctor during the 456 Invasion?

Seriously (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35589824)

I love torchwood but the mini series was awful. They never explain what the 456 is or even why they want the children. Same goes for Doctor Who, love the weekly shows but can't stomach the christmas specials.

Seriously? (4, Informative)

name_already_taken (540581) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590032)

I love torchwood but the mini series was awful. They never explain what the 456 is or even why they want the children. Same goes for Doctor Who, love the weekly shows but can't stomach the christmas specials.

You probably should have tried watching it.

The 456 were alien junkies.

The children were used to produce drugs for the 456.

The christmas specials are always aimed at young children. They are god-awful but the true fans sit through them anyway because the material in them is included in canon. British TV, particularly the BBC, has a long tradition of producing awful sugary-sweet christmas specials. You think the Doctor Who ones are silly? Try watching the Are You Being Served christmas specials.

Re:Seriously? (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590720)

Gee, I thought the last one was pretty good. The scene where the Doctor walks out of the room and appears on the film in the past was brilliant.

Re:Seriously (1)

Sorcerer13 (52588) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590734)

I beg to differ, but I thought the Children of Earth miniseries was fantastic. I was shocked and delighted by how dark in tone it was; even darker than the first two series, which were dark to begin with.

Re:The 456 (1)

mikaelwbergene (1944966) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589840)

Off-topic much?

He didn't have to go there because he knew it would be resolved by Torchwood.

TIME TRAVEL.

Shouldn't it be gettting recursive by now? (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 2 years ago | (#35589974)

This thing's been on the air so long the first-season episodes should be edited to show them watching the new episodes.

A new season? (1)

Bytesahoy (1951076) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590018)

Oh, if only I had brought my wallet with me!

It'll be interesting (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590030)

I'm a huge Futurama fan; but after watching the first 5-6 episodes of this past "new" season I really thought they'd lost their touch. Fortunately, the last several episodes were actually decent, and even showed glimpses of the old magic - so there's hope for this upcoming set.

Having said that - I don't think any of the new episodes so far have come close to matching the original four seasons.

Re:It'll be interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35590184)

Maybe they should just let a good show die instead of pumping out formulaic crap year after year.

Re:It'll be interesting (2)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590330)

I think some did. The episode with Lrrr, for example, was brilliant and as good as any except the very cream of the original crop. Same for the robosexual marriage episode. A bunch of others were only OK overall, but had some amazing parts. The Scruffy and Wash Bucket scene had me in tears from laughing so hard. And honestly, that's in keeping with the original series run too. Not every episode was a gem, some were merely "Ehhhhhhh, it was ok," especially towards the beginning of the show. I also find that my appreciation for some of the episodes has gone up on repeat watching, so maybe I'll like them all more in time.

Re:It'll be interesting (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590342)

I think they're still getting back into their groove. The first few Season 6 episodes were them parsing their backlog of pop culture events that had occurred while they were away, and as they run out of edgy things to try, they'll go back to what people love them for. It's like a mid life crisis except with unexpected resurrection thrown in for good luck.

Re:It'll be interesting (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590480)

I'm a huge Futurama fan; but after watching the first 5-6 episodes of this past "new" season I really thought they'd lost their touch.

I don't know - I think Futurama has always had its misses. To me the worst is when they take the ship to the planet Allegoricon 8, the planet where everything that's going on exactly mimics something from the 20th or 21st century, but with a few minor changes.

"Attack of the Killer App" and "Proposition Infinity" come to mind as recent examples... "A Taste of Freedom" was in this vein as well.

But when the show is good, it's great. :)

5 seasons in (0)

Duncskunk (1967380) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590106)

Big coincidence... About two weeks ago I downloaded the six seasons of "Futurama" from a friend, I just finished the sixth season and would you know it up pops a seventh xD

Best Episodes come from Classic SciFi (4, Insightful)

WrongMonkey (1027334) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590208)

Futurama really shines when it takes a classic sci-fi story and give it a comic twist. Like The last season had The Late Philip J. Fry, which was almost directly cribbed from Flight to Forever by Poul Anderson. That seems like a pretty easy formula to follow so I hope they keep it up.

Re:Best Episodes come from Classic SciFi (1)

LastGunslinger (1976776) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590516)

I agree. The Late Philip J. Fry is my favorite episode, even better than Jurassic Bark.

Re:Best Episodes come from Classic SciFi (3, Interesting)

Dunega (901960) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590792)

Jurassic Bark is evil. A comedy cartoon should not bring people to tears. :( That being said, it is probably one of the best. Followed closely by Spanish Fry.

Re:Best Episodes come from Classic SciFi (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590658)

And yet if they were Chinese, you'd be screaming about how they ripped us off. Again. Question: how many royalties did Poul Anderson's heirs get off of this episode? If the answer is "zero" then it's piracy. Shocking...Americans actually expect that their TV programs will copy better authors and yet change the story JUST ENOUGH to avoid lawsuits. Shades of Bart Simpson?

Re:Best Episodes come from Classic SciFi (1)

emuls (1926384) | more than 2 years ago | (#35590786)

It's not piracy, it's parody. There's a difference.
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