Voices: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John Di Maggio, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche Writer: Eric Rogers Director: Frank Marino Network: Comedy Central, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: July 14, 2011 Now that was pretty bad. FUTURAMA has been very good this year – particularly last week’s “Law & Oracle” episode, but this week, the show sunk to a surprising low. “Silence of the Clamps” is a complete mess, repeating many themes and story strands from the earlier part of the season and barely providing any actual jokes in the process. When Planet Express has to deliver a package (robot clamps) to a […]Read On »
Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John Di Maggio, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche Writer: Josh Weinstein Director: Stephen Sandoval Network: Comedy Central, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: July 7, 2011 With its send-up of the POLICE ACADEMY movies, TRON, MINORITY REPORT and AVATAR, FUTURAMA hits a home run with “Law & Oracle” that finds Fry (Billy West) fed-up with being a delivery boy and wanting something more out of life. So, he quits the Planet Express team and enrolls in the police academy where he quickly moves up the ranks and settles in to the Future Crimes division where he discovers Bender […]Read On »
With the animated series FUTURAMA cementing its summer foothold on Comedy Central (airing Thursday nights), the series looks like it’s going to be a regular mainstay on the network’s schedule for the next couple of years at least. David X. Cohen, who developed the series with creator Matt Groening and also serves as executive producer spoke with ASSIGNMENT X about what to expect from the future of FUTURAMA as he starts the writing process for the forthcoming Seasons 7A and 7B (set to air in 2012 and 2013 respectively). Here’s what he had to say … ASSIGNMENT X: So now […]Read On »
Voices: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John Di Maggio, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche Writer: Patrick M. Verrone Director: Ray Claffey Network: Comedy Central, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: June 30, 2011 After last week’s exceptional “Benderama” episode of FUTURAMA which featured none other than Bender becoming a super-being, this week finds Bender committing suicide (or was he murdered) and ends up a ghost that haunts the machines at Planet Express in order to murder Fry. It all starts when Fry saves the life of a human over a robot during a parade mishap. Fry believes human life is more precious than robot […]Read On »
Voices: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John Di Maggio, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche Writer: Aaron Ehasz Director: Crystal Chesney-Thompson Network: Comedy Central, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: June 23, 2011 In the second part of the FUTURAMA season 6B premiere, “Benderama” gets back to business in simply being funny (and way, way out there). When the Professor builds a contraption that can take one item and produce two similar, smaller items, it suddenly falls into Bender’s hands and a whole sub-race of lazy Bender’s slowly start to take over the world when they multiply on top of multiplying. Eventually they become the […]Read On »
Voices: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John Di Maggio, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche Writer: J. Stewart Burns Director: Edmund Fong Network: Comedy Central, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: June 23, 2011 After the gender-bending episode of Season 6A “The Prisoner of Benda” which allowed the Planet Express crew of FUTURAMA to switch brains, the Season 6B premiere of the Comedy Central series takes things one step further with gender re-assignment for the entire cast of characters. “Neutopia” begins with Planet Express broke and no money to keep their operation going. Eventually they decide to start their own airline to save their jobs. […]Read On »
Sometimes it takes time for something so great to get the respect it deserves. Case in point: FUTURAMA. The animated series created by THE SIMPSONS Matt Groening and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen aired on the Fox network from 1999 to 2003, but was bounced around so much on their schedule, it never fully became a cultural phenomenon until the episodes started appearing on DVD. That success led to four direct-to-DVD movies, and Comedy Central resurrected the series for 26 new episodes after that. The first batch aired last summer and this year we get the other 13 […]Read On »
While nothing is going to supplant “X-Mas Story” as the ultimate FUTURAMA holiday episode (the one where Robot Santa terrorizes citizens every December 25), there is something cool about the three-pronged story arc of “The Futurama Holiday Spectacular.” Three separate holidays are featured in segments that also include their own deranged song and dance number.