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As the name indicates, the series Futurama is completely about a jaunt into a future society. The protagonist, Phillip J. Fry, is a delivery boy who accidentally finds himself rocketed to the future when he accidentally topples into a cryo pod. In the year 3000, Fry is awakened, and the future society that he arrives in is peopled with alien species, mutants, robots, and regular people just trying to get by.
At its core, Futurama is a comedy, and unlike many of the other animated comedies of the generation, Futurama finds its feet when its characters are falling into situations that many might consider slapstick. Despite the comic roots, every episode features life lessons that are as true in the 31st century as they are in modern times. Fry, who is a delivery boy in modern times, finds that he transitions into the same job in the future – this time, as a delivery boy for the future delivery company, Planet Express.
Much of the plot of the series is centered around Fry's burgeoning romantic relationship with Turanga Leela, who is the Cyclops captain of the show's delivery ship, the Planet Express. At the start of the series, Leela isn't quite sure who her parents are – she was abandoned as a baby and grew up in the Cookieville Minimum Security Orphanarium. Many of the early episodes are dedicated to finding out more about Leela's origins, and when she does find out about her past, it ends up being much stranger than even she expects.
While the Fry/Leela dynamic is a significant part of the series, Futurama is another show that's known for its zany supporting characters. The central cast is all made up of Planet Express delivery people, but in addition to these, there are regularly-featured villains, rivals, and external love interests.
When it comes to storylines, the show loves to play with science fiction tropes. For example, time travel is a plot point in many episodes, and much of the series is about the main characters exploring far-off worlds where they make deliveries. In many of the plots, some of these tropes are flipped on their head, so you end up with some very enjoyable situations. For example, in the world of Futurama, humanity is flourishing despite the fact that it has been the victim of several defeats over the millennium by the large alien species from Omicron Persei 8.
Design-wise, the aesthetic of Futurama clearly draws a lot of influence from the science fiction epics of the 1950s; in fact, one of the series' protagonists, Bender, has a design that's not unlike many of the robots from that era of film. Also, there are a lot of saucers, ray guns, and Jetsons-like antennas throughout the series, which solidifies that the show takes place firmly in the future.
Over the years, Futurama has earned a slew of awards, and since it was created by The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, it has a lot of the same type of humor. If you're in the mood for a series that doesn't take itself or its setting too seriously, then this is a great option to try out.
Cast of Characters
Futurama is known for its bright and sometimes ditzy characters – some are brave but dumb, smart yet cowardly, and just about all have a screw loose or two. Here are a few that are the most important:
Futurama was developed as a means of creating an entirely different kind of television series by Simpsons creator, Matt Groening. Over the years, the show has been victim to a few cancellations – most notably on the Simpsons' parent company, Fox, and it was later canceled by Comedy Central after the channel picked it up for several seasons. Despite this, the show has an ardent following and has earned a bevy of awards over the years for storytelling.
Futurama is a great show for any fan of the comedy or science fiction genres, and while shows like Rick and Morty exist in technically the same space, Futurama tends to be the more family-friendly of the two. This isn't to say that Futurama doesn't have more adult-oriented subplots, but its humor tends to be a bit more slapstick-laden than harsh and profane.