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Why Futurama Was The Greatest Show About The Future Ever Aired
Popular Science ^ | 9-5-13 | Colin Lecher

Posted on 09/12/2013 11:07:19 AM PDT by Bender2

Why Futurama Was The Greatest Show About The Future Ever Aired:
R.I.P. Futurama, we'll miss ya

By Colin Lecher

--snip--

While most TV science fiction is an exaggerated metaphor of the creators' ideas--or, at its worst, a sterile attempt at imagining the future--Futurama understood that the future would always subvert our expectations. So the show did the only reasonable thing: revel in all the ways the future could be absurd, wild, poignant, hilarious, bizarre, terrible, wonderful, and so, so close to reality without being a thinly veiled version of the present.

--snip--

Weird! Funny! And like the best satire, it gets at a truth: our predictions of the future are, more often than not, terrible. You can check out the Popular Science archives for proof. We're not embarrassed! Futurama understood that it's unreasonable to even try to make predictions--that messy uncertainty is the future's only real certainty, so why not own it?

Which ties in perfectly with the herky-jerky trajectory of the show. It aired for a while, got canceled, came back, and now it's gone again--except it may come back on another network, possibly, Matt Groening has said. Or maybe it won't! Who knows.

(Excerpt) Read more at popsci.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: futurama; scifi
And of course, the best reason "Futurama" is the greatest... is I am still alive and still President!
1 posted on 09/12/2013 11:07:19 AM PDT by Bender2
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To: Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Cincinatus' Wife; Larry Lucido; ..
Hey, I didn't write this... but I agree with it!
2 posted on 09/12/2013 11:08:01 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2; Aevery_Freeman; ShadowAce; Jack Hydrazine; Altariel; nuancey; Thorliveshere; ...

sci-fi ping


3 posted on 09/12/2013 11:10:46 AM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Paul 2016)
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To: Bender2

Shut up baby, I know it.


4 posted on 09/12/2013 11:13:57 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo ( Walker 2016)
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To: Bender2

It grew on me over time.


5 posted on 09/12/2013 11:15:05 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Bender2

6 posted on 09/12/2013 11:15:42 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: Bender2

We’re whalers on the moon,
We carry a harpoon.
But there ain’t no whales
So we tell tall tales
And sing our whaling tune.


7 posted on 09/12/2013 11:17:04 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Bender2

Love Futurama. Off teleprompter now. Popular science magazine of old monthly Gasoline Alley? Model Garage, Gus Wilson’s problem solving skill and shop entourage interaction was a real pleasure to read and instructional too. Miss the good old days in more ways thanONE


8 posted on 09/12/2013 11:18:40 AM PDT by Recompennation (Constitutional protection for all not just selectively for Democrats.)
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To: Bender2

The few episodes I’ve seen of this cartoon are okay in a quirky, benign sort of way. It’s certainly easier to wacth Futurama than some of the other new cartoons. Adult Swim, for instance, has some very dark, rough, mean adventures. If I visit somebody and they’re watching Adult Swim, I usually end of leaving the room or ignoring it after a short while. Even The Family Guy has it’s moments of perversion and meanness. I suppose that is what sells these days.


9 posted on 09/12/2013 11:20:05 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: Bender2

Have to admit - i’ve watched only two shows. BUT your posts here the reason I started watching! Don’t stop.


10 posted on 09/12/2013 11:20:22 AM PDT by corkoman
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To: Thane_Banquo; big'ol_freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Larry Lucido; Diplomat; RockinRight; ...
Re: "Shut up baby, I know it." in what I suspect is a soft Alabama drawl--

Gadzooks! You would think I said the Aggies... were going to roll the Tide 35 to 27, wouldn't you?

Well, I did say that, but that... was on the Let Johnny Manziel be himself (Hey, he's buying the beer!) thread--

11 posted on 09/12/2013 11:23:50 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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The original run of futurama was awesome. The newer ones seem to have lost something.


12 posted on 09/12/2013 11:24:53 AM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: corkoman

I honestly think I have watched every episode made and aired. It is/was a show with some very good innuendo, wit and sometimes blatant dialogue that provided a commentary of current style, environs and issues taken to the extreme 2000 years later. I am going to miss it.


13 posted on 09/12/2013 11:26:31 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: corkoman
Re: Don’t stop

Ugh! Sounds like corkman... wants to Snu-Sun with us--

That... can be arranged!

14 posted on 09/12/2013 11:29:07 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2
It's not that is was the best, it's more that there were no other good future shows.
I liked it a lot and I love sci-fi but I'm starving for good shows so this one had to do.
It's more irreverent comedy than hard science fiction.
Most future shows are set only decades or a few hundred years from now, Futurama boldly took it forward a thousand years.

15 posted on 09/12/2013 11:29:08 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Bender2

” (Sigh).... Sexlexia.”


16 posted on 09/12/2013 11:33:59 AM PDT by clbiel (Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being decapitated)
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To: Bender2

Bender, mah man, yer famous!


17 posted on 09/12/2013 11:35:31 AM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: Bender2

18 posted on 09/12/2013 11:47:16 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: lee martell
The Family Guy has it’s moments of perversion and meanness. I suppose that is what sells these days.

Perversion and meanness - are what inhabits the brains of homosexual writers.

19 posted on 09/12/2013 11:56:47 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Bender2
Loved the first run, but it lost quite a bit when it came back years later.

There were a couple of good epis, but they did a horrible job on their initial Christmas return.

20 posted on 09/12/2013 12:15:33 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Gaffer

My kids liked it. Now I don’t have to explain sex to them. Or anything else.


21 posted on 09/12/2013 12:38:49 PM PDT by refermech
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To: Bender2

OH Bender I am going miss you on Futurama

Hey you are valuable Freeper

I going miss Richard Nixon head LOL!


22 posted on 09/12/2013 12:43:21 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Bender2

If you have the DVDs, make sure that you listen to the Audio commentaries. They are as funny as the show.

Leela....L E E L A Leela!


23 posted on 09/12/2013 12:54:44 PM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Bender2

24 posted on 09/12/2013 12:55:44 PM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: Bender2

The best? Maybe not but in my top ten.

I cried at the end. I own all the shows, watch them over and over again, and have to say, there are three episodes that have stayed with me all these years, and still haunt me. The one with Fry’s dog. Can’t see it again, cried for days after. the one where Bender finds out who his “father” is when he goes to Mexico, and the finale, with Fry and Leela as. One of the greatest TV love stories ever.

I hope the series isn’t dead. It will live on in my heart in re runs true, but maybe it can live on. I can hope.

I want to be added to the science fiction list, please.


25 posted on 09/12/2013 1:05:36 PM PDT by Gefn (More Cowbell)
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To: Bender2

Nice piece of trivia

The finale aired on the guy who voices Benders 45th birthday.

should we wish you happy belated birthday Mr. Bender?


26 posted on 09/12/2013 1:08:44 PM PDT by Gefn (More Cowbell)
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To: Bender2

Oh my yes, one of my favorite shows of all time.

“if anyone needs me i’ll be in the angry dome”


27 posted on 09/12/2013 1:12:46 PM PDT by Farnsworth ("The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no)
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To: BitWielder1
My two favorites were Prof Farnsworth creates the alternate universes and the one with the forward only time machine.

The first 3 seasons were to funny, the 4th ify and the rest were hit or miss.

28 posted on 09/12/2013 1:16:41 PM PDT by Farnsworth ("The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no)
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To: lee martell

ALL “Family Guy” is meanness and perversion. And worst of all, it always goes after easy targets. It shows an innate cowardice in its satire. It’s like pushing an old lady down the staircase, over and over. Cheap. Cowardly. That’s why I have zero respect for the show.


29 posted on 09/12/2013 1:24:01 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Gefn
Re: should we wish you happy belated birthday Mr. Bender?

Yes, and send lots and lots of money... and beer!

30 posted on 09/12/2013 1:49:46 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

Oh ok. I’ll throw in a few good Cigars too. Nothing but the best for our favorite robot


31 posted on 09/12/2013 1:54:25 PM PDT by Gefn (More Cowbell)
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To: Gefn; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Cincinatus' Wife; ...
Re: Nothing but the best for our favorite robot

Gadzooks! I may be... in love!

Whoa! Let me... get this straight--

Lot and lots of money... and beer--

And... cigars. Cigars, right?

Hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... mmmmmmmmmmmm!

No cowbells? NO... COWBELLS?

32 posted on 09/12/2013 3:09:00 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

Hey Bender since your show is over

Had any plans any word on that rumor I hear you may join spin off Breaking bad with Saul Goodman Walt lawyer


33 posted on 09/12/2013 3:18:27 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: SevenofNine; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Cincinatus' Wife; ...
Yes, it is sad, so sad... the show has ended--

But now, I have much more time to drink beer... and aged brandy--

Smoke fine Cuban... cigars--

AND chase all you gorgeous... sexy gals!

34 posted on 09/12/2013 3:39:48 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

OH I see you going sit back and relax

Look over scripts right


35 posted on 09/12/2013 3:50:24 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Last Dakotan
Perversion and meanness - are what inhabits the brains of homosexual writers.

Not only that, they know what Uranus smells like.

36 posted on 09/12/2013 5:18:32 PM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: Bender2

In one of the last few episodes (about Fry):

“My little meat bag is growing up”


37 posted on 09/13/2013 3:16:31 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero
Re: In one of the last few episodes (about Fry): “My little meat bag is growing up”

Gadzooks. It seems only yesterday when Fry... was dead--

38 posted on 09/13/2013 3:28:00 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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