What Not to Expect from the New Futurama

Good news, everyone! Futurama begins its second life tonight on Comedy Central! But will it be as good as the genius classic episodes or as good as the disappointing made-for-DVD-movies? I've seen the first two episodes and noticed five things that Futurama fans should take note of:

Don't expect the voices to sound EXACTLY like they used to...
Perhaps it's just some rusty pipes, or perhaps the voice actors need to reacquaint themselves with their characters, but some members of the Planet Express crew sound slightly different. This is most noticeable with the characters voiced by Billy West, particularly Fry. His voice is about half an octave lower and missing that nasally ignorance we all love. Does it take away from the experience? Not really, but it was noticeable enough for these ears. Am I being nitpicky? Why, yes... yes I am.

Don't expect the Planet Express crew to keep their clothes on...
We first saw the show's affinity for rampant nudity in the made-for-TV movies, but it's all over the place in the first two episodes. Is this a result of the show's move to basic cable via Comedy Central, where it can take advantage of looser censorship rules? Seems like it. Or are we overanalyzing "nudity" in cartoons? Seems like it. Or are we feeling conflicted and confused by seeing the shapely curves of Amy and Leela? Seems like it. But this isn't just about cartoon underboob. It's about Futurama having more lax restrictions and taking advantage. First it's nudity, next it's Bender saying "Bite my shiny metal ass and while you're at it lick the S*** from my robo-butthole." Call it Futurama After Dark.

Don't expect it to be as good as classic Futurama...
Futurama has always been vastly underrated, and the original run on Fox is arguably one of the best adult-targeted cartoons ever. With the bar set so high, it's understandable that the Comedy Central version isn't as good as the show in its glory days. But do expect it to be better than the made-for-DVD movies. And in that sense, it shouldn't disappoint longtime fans of the program.

Don't expect this Fry-and-Leela romance stuff to stop...
When we last saw Futurama, Fry and Leela were K-I-S-S-I-N-G while their ship plummeted through a wormhole. I don't think it would be a spoiler to say that everyone lives, and as things continue, so does Fry and Leela's romance. Is this what we want, though? Don't we want this tension between the two to help carry the action? Wouldn't it even be better if Fry was into it and Leela spurned his advances? Futurama should use the Bones formula!

Don't expect it to be as creative as the original...
Yes, it's for sure way too early to tell, but from what I've seen there's a certain lack of creativity in the first two episodes that made the original program great. The second episode in particular lacks the charming premises of the first run, as evidenced with a disappointing Adam & Eve send-up. I'm giving the show the benefit of the doubt, though, as the universe of Futurama is still well-mined for jokes in the new series.

[UPDATE] Just a note after reading the initial comments. I thought the first two Comedy Central episodes were great! I'm not trying to harsh on the new episodes, they're well worth watching and actually exceeded my expectations. I'm just noting what I thought was different after its long break from television. Back to the story.

Futurama airs tonight (June 24) at 10pm on Comedy CentrALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD.


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Wow. Tim hit the nail on the head. Classic Futurama is still far superior to the Comedy Central redux.
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@ JamesLynch4

Jesus the interent is filled with some crazy mad mother fuckers. You're taking that shit reeeal personal. Just relax and it'll all be ok.
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The episode "The Late Philip J. Fry" lacks some funny scenes but it was one of the top rated episodes aired. It used good scientific stuff for the storyline.
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I am a big fan of Futurama.As we\'re all, probably, but it\'s just **** SAD for me to see the degradation of humor in Futurama from math, physics and programming jokes to stupid penis jokes.Only if they we\'re funny, but no, they\'re not.And what\'s up with all the nudity in every **** episode?!Those stupid new screenwriters of Futurama just gone crazy because of Comedy Central\'s loose of censorship.The script it self is just some random absurd mess.Giant death star V-Giny??Oh, how **** clever.VAGINA IS FUNNY.Yeah.Singing boil on Leela\'s ass???Just think for one god-damn moment HOW REDICULOS IT SOUNDS!Thank you Matt Groening, i hope you and your fat ass are now finaly happy, with all the money you making now, from that lame-ass cartoon.
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Actually I thought episodes 2 and 3 were truly fantastic. The first episode was a bit lame, but I understood what they were going for.. just reuniting the team. Episode 4 was just "meh". So far though, I still love the show and am deliriously happy that it has returned!
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@JohnnyDrama8 Totally with you on both counts there. Haven't seen the new
Futurama yet but I had the same opinion when Family Guy came back on.
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If you thought the first two episodes were great, why was your article nothing but pessimistic views?
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What a jerk to write this article putting down the new Futurama before even watching it. Incredibly pretentious.
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Hm, funny how they say Fry and Leela shouldn't be together when that would make it the greatest show ever (more so than it is now, already the greatest show ever). I've never seen a show with such great character development. Not developing the relationship would be so disappointing to most fans. I don't want to see another 26 episodes of Leela and Fry still not being in a relationship. That wouldn't even make sense. It's become clear that she loves him, so you build on that instead of tearing half of it down.
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sure jon, feel free to humor me with specifics, as i see nothing wrong upon reading a second time
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I loved "Rebirth," but "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela" was not good. @lloyd_dobler Yes, I agree to that. @Bobtehspirit I agree completely. I doubt this will happen, though. Futurama is the greatest show ever partly because of its amazing character developement. THE CHARACTERS CHANGE.
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"Wouldn't it even be better if Fry was into it and Leela spurned his advances?"

For me, no. It might be interesting if *Leela* was into it and *Fry* spurned her advances. But I don't think it would necessarily be better than letting them love each other.
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@ snake3rules:

You really need to work on your reading comprehension. When you finish school, then come back and re-read the Update. You couldn't be more ignorant.
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eye roll
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Agreed, Bob. It's about time those two hooked up, just like Tony and Ziva on NCIS.
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Ugh, the last thing we need is another show that has the 'Guy hits on uninterested woman/milk the tension for years and years' garbage. That's the lamest formula on television.
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Also RE your "update" at the end of the article ... No you really arent just noting what you thought, you literally accuse it of being less creative and not as good as the original run, based on two episodes, one of which most fans are already calling brilliant ... the edited statement that they exceeded expectations and you arent trying "to harsh" on it, are total BS, ass-covering, job-saving tactics ... And finally, saying futurama should be more like Bones, pretty much epitomizes your abilities as a critical thinker ... so maybe you should stop, or someone should stop you.
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Oh for christ's sake, stfu. What the hell is wrong with Fry and Leela's relationship? There are enough damn shows out there that string along a relationship between two main characters, I'm glad this isn't one of them. Fry's voice is a little off, I noticed that right from the start but its nothing to rag on. It will come back over time. The show is perfect.
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yes please =D
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Just having Futurama back is a win in my books.
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i missed the first two new eps but am looking forward to them and the voice comment on fry is a little unnerving i hate when a characters voice changes but at least they kept the original actor ..so heres hoping ..
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I missed the first episode due to Dish Network screwing up its on screen schedule...

There was nothing wrong with the 4 movies, in fact, the first one is one of my favourite movies of all time
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Stop being weird.
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After a few episodes and already people are taking a dump of dark matter on the show. Real classy tv.com.



And Fry's voice sounds exactly like it did in at the end of Season 5.
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@Roneteus -- Nothing ... did you read ther rest of the rubbish in this article?

P.S. Should be retitled, "How to alienate fans and potentially lose my job"
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I loved the direct to DVD movies! There was nothing disapointing about them! Even though it's not going to be like the classic episodes from FOX, it's still going to be awesome as it ever was! If not better! Why all the negativity? And the voices are the same, too. It\\\'s good that it\\\'s going to be a little more adult, because that\'s who it\'s aimed at. The 18-49 age group! These new episodes are going to be awesome, it\'s coming off to a good start so far! What\'s to worry about?
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Dude, what are you talking about? The made for dvd Futurama movies were awesome. The two new episodes are just as good as the original. And what the hell are you even talking abut nudity for? Who cares.
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this show has always sucked, it's true
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So what happened to his voice?
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I liked Futurama when I saw it on Adult Swim. I don't know if it's the best of the collection of The Simpsons, Family Guy, or South Park, but it had a certain sweetness to it, a subtly, a heart the rest didn't have. There was really good emphasis on the characters and not just the satire and I liked that. The first two episodes of Futurama's return. . .I'll sum it up by saying the first was really weird and the second was just lazy. I felt like someone complained about what happened to Family Guy when they came back: there's more rude humor that doesn't serve a point and calling out names just to get people pissed off. I know Futurama is not going to be the same as it was seven years ago but I hope they haven't lost sight of what made that show good in the first place.
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BENDER'S BIG SCORE was better than any episode.
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wat, episode 1 was as good as the old series' and episode 2 is one of the best episodes they've ever done
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I love that Leela and Fry are together . Let the story move on!

Also I liked the nudity and the Star Trek like threat.
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So far, this is exactly what I thought it would be.
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I loved the episodes. i loved the DVDs. I love the Fry and Leela romance, here's to years of more Futurama!!
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I'm really really tired of the negativity and acting like this run won't be as good as the first run. Shut up.
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Watashii.................. Ditto.
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Very easy to hate so let's give credit where it's due.
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Don't really mind it going a little more adult. as long as it doesn't go up to TV-MA level of content, then I'll be happy.
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I was never a follower of Futurama. I watch episodes when they were on but not religiously like I have to watch every new episode. I didn't even know until recently that it has been on a 7 year hiatus. So I decided to watch the new episodes because there is not much to watch this summer and I actually liked it. The nudity wasn't that bad. Maybe because the two episodes featured that much exposure, that people would expect that every episode will have nudity, but I really doubt that. Except the Simpsons and King of the Hill, and sometimes the American Dad, I'm not really a fan of adult cartoon shows but I've always like Futurama and will probably be watching it from now on. I do hope Matt Groening would put out more cartoons in the future.
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i liked the two episodes. It was a lot of nudity but the simpsons and and family guy gets naked all the time. It was very funny too
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what borrowed joke
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I totally enjoyed the new episodes and I'm glad to have it back. By the way was that a borrowed Phineas and Ferb joke at the end of the second paragraph?
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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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I was a bit disappointed. can't really pin it down though. I am glad it's back though, and it was still quite awesome!
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we all love hypnotoad...
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lol so far its owned family guy with its come back compared to theirs. i just hope we can keep the momentum. i'd rather it not start out good this season and then 2 seasons from now become unwatchable like family guy is
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Wish that I had cable so that I could watch it.
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How exactly were the DVD movies disappointing?
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It took "Family Guy" almost an entire season to get back on track after it came back from cancellation, so I won't be surprised if it takes "Futurama" a few episodes, too.
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