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Futurama - Season 7

The news that a third Futurama revival is in the works at Hulu is both surprising and welcome - and it highlights just how smartly the show's last ending was. Currently, almost all of the original cast members are slated to return, with the huge exception of John DiMaggio, who has voiced Bender in every season of the animated series since the beginning. DiMaggio's absence will be a huge blow to the upcoming reboot, though thanks to a vocal fanbase, there is still a chance of his involvement.

Futurama - Season 7

The final episode of Futurama season 7 centered around two things - a time-travel device and Fry's marriage proposal to Leela. After an accident breaks the device, Fry and Leela alone are trapped in a single moment in time. They take advantage of this to live out the rest of their lives together, traveling the world and enjoying one another's company. It's a romantic and hugely satisfying way to end off the pair's relationship, but what's more, the episode ends with a surprise appearance by Professor Farnsworth, who repairs the time travel device. He gives Fry and Leela the chance to go back just before the events of the episode without the knowledge that any of it ever happened. Although time travel is a staple of Futurama (with a fun nod in Disenchantment), the final moments of Futurama's season 7 finale are perhaps some of the strongest in the entire series.

Fry's final words in Futurama season 7 are "What do you say? Do you want to go around again?" It's highly unlikely that the creators and writers of the show believed another season was on the way (it's certainly doubtful they believed it would return nearly 10 years later), but the choice to make a finale that was both emotionally satisfying and full of reset potential was a forward-thinking one that has clearly paid off. If Futurama had simply ended with Fry and Leela growing old together, the moment would have to have been explained away at the very beginning of the upcoming reboot.

It's exciting to see Futurama return as more than a reference, and although it's unclear what the stories of the new season will be, Fry and Leela's will-they-won't-the-relationship will likely be back in full. Although that may be slightly disappointing for some fans who felt gratified by finally seeing the pair together, Futurama has always excelled at crafting satisfying yet bittersweet moments. Besides, there's always the chance that this new season of Futurama will deliver an even more final ending for two of its most lovable protagonists.

How many times do we have to say goodbye to FUTURAMA. The former Fox series continues to defy the odds, first coming back as a series of direct-to-DVD movies and then for a four year, two season run on Comedy Central.

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Summer is over, but the future is near! Get ready for the one-hour mid-season finale of Futurama with two episodes back-to-back Wednesday, August 29. "31st Century Fox" with guest star Patrick Stewart airs at 10:00 PM, and "Naturama" debuts at 10:30 PM.

Futurama's newly announced revival on Hulu is set to bring back almost the entire cast, and will reintroduce audiences to the world of Fry, Bender, Leela and the rest of the 31st century. Despite the show's largely episodic nature, it's the previous ending codified one of the show's most enduring and heartwarming storylines. The final two episodes of Futurama's seventh season gave the show a heartfelt evolution for some of its cast -- and the newly announced revival of the series should fully embrace these changes in the next batch of episodes instead of ignoring them.

The final two episodes of Futurama Season 7 left the show in a surprisingly happy place. While Futurama was usually a heartfelt series with sweet-natured emotional stakes, it took its time developing Leela and Fry's romance. After two seasons of teases, Fry professed his love for Leela in Season 3's "Parasites Lost." Their gentle flirtations carried on through Season 5's direct-to-video films, and Season 6 saw them take the early steps toward an on-again-off-again relationship. Season 7, however, was firmly focused on Fry and Leela's romance, with multiple episodes -- like "A Farewell to Arms," "Fun on a Bun" and "Fry and Leela's Big Fling" -- focused directly on their growing bond.

  • Naturama An episode showing that Nature Is Not Nice complete with sponsor from Mutual of Omicron, mating season, Morgan Freeman parody narration, animals eating other animals and so on.

  • In the salmon segment, Lrrr's counterpart is a bear named Brrr, "devourer of fish and honey!"... whose wife still chastises him for eating two salmon in one day.Brrr: What? It's spawning season! It's a bear holiday! Bear Ndnd: That is what you said when you found those boy scouts! Brrr: Next you'll be telling me I can't crap in the woods! Bear Ndnd: That's it! We're hibernating in separate caves this winter!

  • The tortoise segment: The finches often jump around in a goofy hyperactive way when talking.

  • Farnsworth and Mom, as tortoises, mate just offscreen. The other animals debate whether they should be watching, complete with a nod to the... oddly sized equipment of turtles and tortoises.

  • Finch Fry: Um, should we be watching this? It seems kind of personal. Iguana Bender: That's not an issue for us. We're wildlife. [Weak, raspy moaning] Finch Fry: What about the moaning? Is it okay to listen? Finch Leela: Sure, but act like it's no big deal. Just pretend you're eating seeds. [beat; Leela tries to eat seeds and Fry and Bender keep staring] Finch Fry: Is it weird if I talk about his crazy turtle penis? Iguana Bender: No. Elephant seal Bender defeating Kif. By which we mean smashing him into a pancake for hours after he died. While sleeping.

Like all seasons of Futurama, Season 5 is far from perfect, but it represents the show striving towards its true vision in its most perfect form, introducing emotionally resonant gut punches, brain-melting sci-fi and sweeping cosmic storytelling in absolute spades.

Futurama is one of the most recent resurrection success stories. However, unlike its animated Fox counterpart Family Guy, the science fiction cartoon didn't return to the same network but instead landed at Comedy Central for its triumphant sixth season. And it seems to have worked out wonderfully for everyone since the network saw fit to renew Futurama for Season 7 and finally we have our first tease for the upcoming season. One that cleverly uses its own virality as beginning of this year's promotional push. Take a look.

So. That was a little bit of a different approach to advertising but certainly smart. Sure, the tease showed absolutely no footage from the upcoming season of the animated series from Matt Groening and David X. Cohen but it did capitalize on one of the more popular memes of the last while. If you care to know more about the Futurama meme and it's many, many, many incarnations - always that image, and usually containing the 'not sure if...' - you can visit its page on Know Your Meme. Personally, I think the ad's type is one of the best ones yet.

Now. Back to the important news which is the return of the best animated program on television (or at least one that can give FX's Archer a run for its money). As the tease notes, this season will kick off this summer and, same as the sixth, will also be split into two different runs. 7A will start in June and consisting of 13 episodes while the second half of the season, 7B, will be another 13 commencing on Comedy Central in 2013. The Futurama Season 7 premiere is titled "A Farewell to Arms," and parodies the Mayan 2012 end of the world myth only, well, this time it's 3012 and we're not entirely certain what ancient society made the prophecy this time. Probably ours.

The road for "Futurama" has been rough despite the accolades. The show debuted on Fox in 1999 and aired for four seasons before ceasing production in 2003. "Futurama" reruns aired in syndication on the Cartoon Network, and then the series came back in four new direct-to-video films, which were released between 2007 and 2009.

Comedy Central reached an agreement with Fox to broadcast those four movies as 16 half-hour episodes, which became season five of "Futurama" and aired in 2008 and 2009. Finally, Comedy Central picked the show up for a more conventional sixth season, airing 26 new episodes in 2010-11.

West said this season should be a lot of fun. Guest stars include comedian Wanda Sykes, George Takei (Mr. Sulu from TV's original "Star Trek" series), Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard from "Star Trek: The Next Generation"), Dan Castellaneta (the voice of Homer and a number of other characters on "The Simpsons") and Estelle Harris (George Costanza's mom on "Seinfeld"). 041b061a72


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