Everyone who has watched prime time animated comedies has probably stumbled upon Futurama. From the creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening, Futurama boasts some of the best writers in the industry, along with top notch artists.
Matt Groening found massive success with his first hit television show, The Simpsons. The tales of this yellow family charmed the hearts of Americans and became one of the top family sitcoms of all time. The characters were loveable and their images stuck in peoples heads. Everyone knows Homer Simpsons catch phrase, D’oh!
In the late 90s while Groening was working on the Simpsons, he envisioned a future based sitcom, along the lines of the Jetsons, but with the mixed humor found in his hit series, The Simpsons. Character development proved to be one of the main points in Futurama, along with the witty and captivating storylines, just like The Simpsons.
Futurama was aired in 1999 by Fox, and stayed on the air for 4 years until 2003. It was canceled, but it’s future wasn’t over yet. Cartoon Network’s late night program, “Adult Swim”, picked up the series and ran reruns and new releases for 3 years from 2004-2007. In 2007 when Cartoon Network’s contract expired, Comedy Central hopped on the oportunity and signed a new 5 year deal.
Comedy Central decided to produce 26 new episodes along with their new 5 year contract. The show was received to much critical and mass acclaim. The new found success of the new episodes also ushered in a new digital distribution deal with the online streaming company Netflix.
Just now in 2013 the 5 year contract has expired, and Comedy Central has decided to not renew the contract. Futurama is still available on Netflix, and Matt Groening has stated that he is still open to any new contracts that might come his way.
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