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

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | April 23, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | April 23, 2013 |

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


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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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.