'Futurama' canceled by Comedy Central

Futurama canceled

After seven seasons worth of adventures filled with aliens, time travel, robot hell, and the occasional bout of snoo-snoo related attempted murder, it appears that the crew of the Planet Express is finally grounded for good.

Created by "Simpsons" impresario Matt Groening, "Futurama" originally ran for five broadcast seasons on FOX (four production seasons), debuting in 1999 and being canceled in 2003. The comedy lay dormant for about five years, until rabid fan requests got the show revived in the form of four direct-to-DVD movies in 2008. The success of the movies led cable network Comedy Central to give the series an all out re-launch, producing a sixth season of 26 episodes. The season aired in two parts, with 13 episodes making air in 2010, and the other 13 being shown in 2011. This pattern continued for a seventh season, with the first 13 episodes airing in 2012, and the second 13 scheduled to premiere on June 19th.

Unfortunately, these 13 episodes will seemingly be the last fans get, as Comedy Central announced the re-cancellation of "Futurama" earlier this morning. Although viewers will undoubtedly be displeased with this turn of events, the series is ending with 140 episodes in the can, a respectable total by anyone's standards.

For his part, producer David X. Cohen wasn't very surprised by the news:

"I felt like we were already in the bonus round on these last couple of seasons, so I can’t say I was devastated by the news,” Cohen told “It was what I had expected two years earlier. At this point I keep a suitcase by my office door so I can be cancelled at a moment’s notice."

As for the idea of the show returning again on another network, Matt Groening offered the following:

"We’ve been in this situation before and it’s tempting when you’re doing episodes that are as good or better than anything you’ve ever done to continue doing it. We’re catching our breath and seeing what the fans have to say......We have many more stories to tell. But if we don’t, this is a really great way to go out… I think these episodes are the best ones we’ve ever done."

Cohen also encourages fans to look forward to the final episode, which will feature Fry and Leela's wedding, an event Cohen describes as a "tasteful, emotional gorefest."

Are you sad to see Futurama come to an end (again)? Do you think the show will someday return in another form?

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Written by: msd85
Apr 22nd, 2013, 8:08 am

Images courtesy of Comedy Central


Message Posted On Dec 16th, 2013, 12:37 am
I'd rather have more Futurama than the Simpsons. The Simpsons has neither been funny nor fresh in about 15 years and is frankly detestable at this stage.

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Message Posted On Sep 16th, 2013, 5:39 pm

How can they come up with a quater of a century of shows for "The Simpsons" but struggle to finish just 7 years for "Fururama" ????????

Not fair :-(


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Message Posted On Apr 22nd, 2013, 5:52 pm

It would have been nice if they didn't spoil the finale. I've always been a middle of the road fan, but it was nice to have new episodes, even if they did only last 13 weeks a year.


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Message Posted On Apr 22nd, 2013, 5:41 pm

Again?  Damn it.


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Message Posted On Apr 22nd, 2013, 3:25 pm

God... damn it.


Bloody shame given how I believe it's one of the wittiest, most clever and continually entertaining and rewarding shows to watch.


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Message Posted On Apr 22nd, 2013, 3:12 pm

Aye, hoping for another "Good news everyone!" at some point as well! ;)

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Message Posted On Apr 22nd, 2013, 1:36 pm
network to cable, next stop netflix or lovefilm / amazon? i can but hope it gets uncancelled yet again.

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Message Posted On Apr 22nd, 2013, 1:24 pm

and thanks for figthing for your show David X. Cohen... ohh thats rigth, you didnt!!!


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Message Posted On Apr 22nd, 2013, 1:19 pm

this is so freaking bulls...!!!!


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Message Posted On Apr 22nd, 2013, 10:17 am

Noooooo! Not again!!! Hehe :)


Futurama the MMO perhaps?! ;p

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