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Well, We're Boned: "Futurama" Cancelled Again

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | April 23, 2013 | Comments ()


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Comedy Central has announced that it will not be ordering more episodes of "Futurama". I'll let Bender wax eloquently with his own words:

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While it certainly had bad episodes, usually when they decided to forget to forget that they were a cartoon, it had some of the best pure science fiction of the last couple of decades. Even though the show was nominally comedy, it told surprisingly deep and nuanced stories, and not just "Jurassic Bark" ripping every dog-lover's soul out.

The best episodes had the feeling of old science fiction short stories, wrapped up in a gleeful comic mania like drunk science fiction authors sitting around taking turns telling tales at the witching hour. And I contend that Bender's Big Score is one of the great time travel stories, ranking up there with "All You Zombies" and a half dozen episodes of "Star Trek".

Yet there's something predictable about this happening, at least from my personal experience. I love the hell out of this show, but the bottom line is that I watch it when it comes up on Netflix. I don't know that I've actually watched an episode of "Futurama" on a television in a decade or so.

There are thirteen more episodes of "Futurama", all of which will air this summer, starting June 19th.







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  • TomasHunter

    I don't want to live on this planet anymore either, Steven. I found out about the show getting the ax when I got to work at DISH yesterday afternoon. I hold hope that the show will get picked up on another network, but if that doesn't happen, I am happy with the knowledge that I have the whole series recorded on my DISH Hopper DVR. With its 2000 hours of storage space, I can save a whole series like Futurama without impacting recording space for my other shows.

  • e jerry powell

    *sigh*
    We need more Katey Sagal, not less.

    So what now? Another twenty weeks of awkward, fumbling stand-ups trying to move into sketch?

    The only way Comedy Central can make up for this would be to renew Key & Peele through ∞.

  • Donna SHerman

    Look, the first four seasons of Futurama, plus Bender's Big Score (which makes Jurassic Bark retroactively bearable) are, collectively, my favourite television show/series of all time. Since (the first) cancellation, there have been some decent episodes here and there, but I have to say, I'm just not as devastated by this news as I thought I might be. Seasons 1-4 will always be there, and they will always be fantastic. In fact, I think it's about time for a rewatch...

  • Sara_Tonin00

    It's a sad, but it's also time. It hasn't seemed as funny as late, but it's still better than 80% of what's out there.

  • googergieger

    Well it hasn't been good since the dvd movie era.

  • cruzzercruz

    I thought "The Late Philip J Fry" was a pretty brilliant episode of the newer seasons. Yeah, it retreaded over time travel, but it mocked itself for doing so and told a pretty compelling story, all the while maintaining the very specific humor about cyclical time and paradoxes that only this show could pull off regularly.

  • Donna SHerman

    As a sci-fi story, that episode was phenomenal. As a Futurama fanatic, though, it just makes me sad that Fry, the professor, and Bender are now the only characters who are "the same" characters I came to know and love over the years. Logical? Maybe not. But it just makes me queasy.

  • cruzzercruz

    I've taken to the idea that, especially toward the later seasons, not everything is necessarily within some kind of official continuity. For the sake of the show's often complex and scientifically daring stories, I just pretend like nothing can change or faze these characters.

    I mean, by the movies, they've tackled interdimensional beings and essentially seen the face of god, how would they able to go back to leading "regular" lives?

  • manting

    Good news everybody! Oh wait no its not. My favorite was any episode with Roberto - "I gotta practice my stabbing,"

    Roswell that ends well was also genius. I thought I was the only one that had such an emotional reaction to Jurassic Bark -Love the dolemite references though

  • Donna SHerman

    ha-HA!

  • manting

    love the anthology of interest ep that involves classic video games.

    "console the widow pac-man" and the space invaders ending-
    "You are defeated. Instead of shooting where I was, you should have shot where I was going to be. Muahahahaha!"
    Gotta love Lrrrr.

  • When I read the news about this yesterday Comedy Central was airing the Jurassic Bark episode and I had to change the channel. Too. much. sadness!

  • Aaron Schulz

    Jurrassic Bark, The Sting, Roswell that ends well, The Farnsworth Parabox, Time Keeps on Slippin are some of the best episodes of tv of all time. Also Mobius Dick orwhatever its called from one of the new seasons showed they can still spin a good sci-fi yarn from time to time. But it going away is prob for the best. Ill miss you meatbag

  • Donna SHerman

    Godfellas is my all-time favourite, but that is a damn good list.

  • John G.

    I would rather watch the opening to Up a hundred times than Jurassic Bark once. That shit melts my heart until I can't see.

  • Jezzer

    If you can't see, it might actually be melting your eyes.

  • wonkeythemonkey

    Ah, well. At least we can say they were given a fair chance this time around. I'd rather the show wind down on its own merits than drag on for 20 years while losing its identity like some OTHER Matt Groening-created animated series have been known to do.

  • poopnado

    I don't even know what channel this show is on anymore so I realize that I am part of the problem, but I FREAKING LOVE THIS SHOW. I've seen every episode at least four times. There NEEDS to be more Futurama. How is The Simpsons still on, and this gets cancelled? WHY IS LIFE SO UNFAIR?

    Could Netflix pick it up? Or is it too expensive to produce and not worth the cost?

  • brad

    So when futurama has a bad episode its a mostly good series with some bad episodes but when community has a bad episode its dead in the running

  • cruzzercruz

    Take your fourth season apologizing elsewhere. We're discussing a show that had ups and down and is still remains funny at the hands of its creators.

  • shardik

    Community has had 8 bad episodes and 1 just-ok episode this season. Community's main creative force is gone. Community's writers are just rehashing old plotlines and character arcs at this point. I'd say the show is dying the slow death. Futurama, even its 7th season, did not share all the same issues.

  • Brian

    That is a lie and you know it

  • Robert

    It took a good while for the show to find its voice again. I think Comedy Central pushed for more topical references and the writers struggled to make them work at the start. The EyePhone episode was probably the only good "cram in hip references" episode in the first new season. They got considerably better about halfway through the second new season. There were more clunkers than the Fox years, but the good outweighed the bad.

  • Feralhousecat

    Futurama, your death fills me with sorrow, anger, fear. Every emotion an actor can display.

  • Robert

    Now you choose to emote.

  • BendinIntheWind

    I need to install a "Jurassic Bark" filter on my browser. Seriously, right in the feels.

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