Futurama: Hey, that was pretty good!

I was scared Futurama would suck. I have such fond memories of the show's early run, and consider it one of the formative comedies in my pop-culture development, but those four straight-to-DVD movies—well, let's just say I was unpleasantly disappointed. The writers struggled to maintain momentum for more than 15 minutes at a time, throwing in too many pointless gags and needless, flat quips. It wasn't the punchy Futurama I remembered, and I worried that the show's new run on Comedy Central, which debuted last night, would further tarnish my memories.

But good overused quote, everyone! Futurama is nearly as good as it was back in the day. Last night's episodes were packed with laugh-out-loud lines and the hare-brained doomsday scenarios Futurama is known for.

At the expense of much plot, the show opted to give fans some quick resolution to the events of Into The Wild Green Yonder, then hit them with a barrage of one-liners. It even kept Bender, the king of one-liners, on the sidelines, zinging from afar. That was probably the smart move, though: I missed Bender, but given that all the characters had, well, died and needed to be brought back to life, the story was convoluted at best. Too many characters trying to play central parts would have made things worse. (And, luckily, the show somewhat joked about how convoluted it was, with the back-and-forth of wondering who Fry loved, Robo-Fry loved, Lela, Robo-Lela, etc.)

The best Futurama episodes are the ones that blend sweet character stories with the weirdness of the Futurama world. One of my favorites, "My Three Suns" from Season 1, has Fry upset over not being taken seriously on the ship, then inadvertently becoming the ruler of a world of liquid people. Hapless Fry tries to maintain favor, jumping through ridiculous hoops because he's terrified of going back to his life as a plain ol' delivery boy. Last night's pair of episodes—in which the Professor reunited the team and Lela and Zapp Brannigan gallivanted around an Eden-like world—weren't much in the way of story, but that's the next step in Futurama 's journey back onto the airwaves.

As a fan, I'm optimistic. The show didn't sacrifice its characters for the sake of a joke; Fry and Lela are still yearning for one another, and the Professor is still coldly distant from everything that happens. Plus, the jokes felt fresh, like the writers were genuinely excited to write for these characters one more time: "We can't avoid any of humanity's mistakes." "Like the tuba." I went in to last night's episodes soured on the DVD movies, but I can't deny they made me feel that Futurama magic all over again. Good news, everyone, indeed.

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Jun 29, 2010
the episodes were good but didn't meet my expectations. They felt even worse when i saw an older Futurama episode a few days later. It was the one about Fry's dog which happens to be one of my favorites because its got a sad ending.
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Jun 28, 2010
I love Futurama but I didn't think it was that great. It's a shame because some of the best episodes had such great stories and were so relevant but this felt like fart jokes. As much as I love fart jokes I feel Futurama has much more to offer.
I hope it gets better and I will continue to watch.
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Jun 28, 2010
ive only seen one episode so far I'm very lazy when it comes to watching I'll check out the 2nd one soon.
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Jun 28, 2010
It was lame. That makes me sad.
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Jun 28, 2010
Yeah, that Leela sex with that other guy(?) kinda irked me too.
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Jun 27, 2010
Doesn't anyone care the Fry was so indifferent to the sex in the bush scene`I mean, Leela is his girlfirend and even if there were aliens/probes who threaten to destroy earth, Fry at least should have shown a bit jealousy.
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Jun 27, 2010
Loved the first 2 episodes of this season, definatly seems like they are kicking it straight back to the quality of the first round :)
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Jun 27, 2010
About Bender partying, I thought it was awsome. The fate of the whole universe, everything that have ever exsisted is depending on Bender doing what he does best.
As for the episodes, compared to the movies they were waaay better, and I'll definently keep watching if it keeps up like this :)
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Jun 26, 2010
I tought that the two episodes were awful. But it seems that I'm the only one.

The first wasn't that bad...but the second In-gadda-la-leela or whatever, was AWFUL and I don't want the show to be like that.



I saw season 1-5 and 2 of the 4 movies last week ( slow week :P ). And it was one of the funniest, entertaining things I ever saw. But this two episodes were just ok.



The first episode started AWESOME!. All glory to the hypnotoad. But Bender partying wasn't good or funny and the jokes seemed forced.



The second episode was OK too...but the ending ruined it. A few jokes I liked, like "the pimpsons or assorama?" or that one of CSI Miami ( I didn't like the alusion, but it was funny )...I loved half naked Leela ;) but the plot and ending were awful. I don't know what were they thinking.



Let's hope they don't overuse the freedom they have on Comedy Central with too many sex jokes and curses.
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Jun 26, 2010
I don't see why everyone is so against the DVD movies.. But yeah, I didn't have too high expectations either, but the new episodes where alright.
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Jun 26, 2010
damn i wished it was on Sky One not that rubbish channel called comedy central
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Jun 26, 2010
They were funny. I thought the first episode was better than the second one. I noticed they made it more umm "sewer" like more skins! Now, I know why it was placed at 10 PM hour. :D

I'm happy get a TV series back! Go Bender and hail to the hypnotoad!
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Jun 26, 2010
i loved them but they felt wierd like the plot was on a rollercoaster and a few jokes were just annoying like the bender partying. i loved how memorable the zapp branigan episode was haha the farnsworths solution box invention with a little disco ball
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Jun 26, 2010
It's "Leela"
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Jun 26, 2010
I also heard that the sales of Futurama's comics also contributed to the revival of the show before the movies were made as both the Simpsons and Futurama have their own comic book series. A bookstore like Borders or Barnes and Noble should have the comics if anyone wishes to see them.
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Jun 26, 2010
well... without the those movies (that the writer of this article rips apart) this new series would never have been made. i bought them cause i wanted the show back- i stand by my decision!
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Jun 25, 2010
Maybe I'm a moron, but in my opinion, the first episode sucked...
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Jun 25, 2010
I loved the first and fourth movies, and I actually felt "My Three Sons" was one of the least memorable episodes, so my tastes are apparently pretty different than the author.
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Jun 25, 2010
Why is it that everyone hates on the movies? I loved them, so much so that I bought them all.
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Jun 25, 2010
Great Coincidence of Port au Prince!
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Jun 25, 2010
It wasn't the same, but the fact that i was prepared for that made the episodes pretty good fun. Story wise, i hope the writers improve their game, but Futurama is as funny as ever.
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Jun 25, 2010
i feel the same thing, Futurama is back, and its great, i really miss it

Good news everyone indeed! hehe
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Jun 25, 2010
I'm with you, Steve. I was both relieved and not disappointed. Once everyone's back in their grooves again, it looks like there are some more great shows in ahead.
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Jun 25, 2010
Absolutely delighted with the quality of the new stuff.

Long may it continue!
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Jun 25, 2010
futurama back in very good episodes
i'm happy it's back :)
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