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posted by janrinok on Sunday May 21 2023, @06:03PM   Printer-friendly

New Futurama episodes are hitting Hulu in July:

One of the greatest cartoons of the modern era is making a return after a 10-year layoff, and you won't have to wait long to start enjoying brand new episodes. The first new episode of season eight will premiere on Hulu on July 24, with subsequent episodes to follow on Mondays.

Hulu ordered a 20-episode run of Futurama in February of last year that will see much of the original show's voice actors and crew return, including executive producers Matt Groening (The Simpsons) and David X. Cohen (Beavis and Butt-Head). Billy West, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr, and David Herman are all back, as is John DiMaggio who voices Bender.

Futurama premiered on Fox in the spring of 1999 and ran on the network for five seasons before getting canceled. The show would return in 2010 for a two season run on Comedy Central, with the final episode of that deal airing on September 4, 2013. The order with Hulu will mark the program's third platform, or fourth if you count the direct to DVD movies.

Season eight will initially consist of 10 episodes. It is unclear if the remaining 10 episodes from the original order will arrive as a second half of season eight or a new season entirely.

According to Hulu's description, new viewers will be able to pick up the series from here while Futurama diehards will be rewarded with payoffs to longstanding mysteries. Highlights are said to include developments in the relationship of Fry and Leela, the contents of Nibbler's litter box, the whereabouts of Kif and Amy's tadpoles, and the history of evil Robot Santa.


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After a 10-year hiatus, the 31st century comedy arrives July 24th with 10 new episodes:

After debuting in 1999, multiple Emmy winner Futurama had an on-and-off existence across Fox, the direct-to-DVD realm, and Comedy Central, with its apparent finale in 2013—until news came last year that Hulu had ordered 20 new episodes. The first 10 arrive July 24, and fans will be glad to know they were worth the 10-year wait.

That said, you need not be an existing fan of Futurama (or be on a quote-along basis with the more than 120 episodes that came before) to appreciate the new season. Sure, there are Easter eggs for long-time devotees, and it's a more rewarding viewing experience if you are at least somewhat familiar with the show—but the plot callbacks are explained enough so that new viewers should be able to follow along.

[...] Though it can sometimes feel like the show is racing along trying to cram in fan-favorite characters (Robot Devil! Calculon! Robot Santa Claus! The Hypnotoad!), and that first episode leans awfully hard into the self-referential stuff, it all feels very rooted in the show Futurama has always been—with weird asides, clever gags, and characters you can't help but love, even though they tend to always do the wrong thing. The leap to 2023 feels as seamless as it could possibly feel, which is truly the greatest way to please old-school fans and, hopefully, the legions of new ones this revival will bring into the fold.

See also:
    Futurama Returns With New Episodes After a 10-Year Layoff
    "Futurama" Revival Ordered at Hulu with Multiple Original Cast Members Returning


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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 21 2023, @07:24PM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 21 2023, @07:24PM (#1307241)

    Too bad i'll probably never get to see them though. I still haven't seen Rick and Morty season 5, because i don't have the correct service. Fucking hate that each network has their own fucking streaming service. I can't get them all.

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 21 2023, @07:34PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 21 2023, @07:34PM (#1307244)
    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by owl on Sunday May 21 2023, @09:05PM

      by owl (15206) on Sunday May 21 2023, @09:05PM (#1307252)

      Which is why it is best to utilize the universal service that grants you access to everything.

      I.e.: pirate it.

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 21 2023, @09:10PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 21 2023, @09:10PM (#1307253)

      I finally caught a Rick and Morty episode in a motel room last year. I don't pay for all this crap. It's just not a priority. It came with the room. I might be out of touch with popular culture, but popular culture can suck it. The Rick and Morty episode? It was OK. I can see how you'd be really in to it if you had the right combination of time and disposable income. I don't. Futurama was great back in the day on Fox. Even my mom liked it. You know what though? Hulu can bite my shiny metal ass.

      Remember shared culture? It was shared culture because once you got a TV and a radio, that was it. The wealthiest people were watching the same shit the poors were. Even migrant shacks had TV--I remember seeing it on news magazine show, might have even been Dan Rather interviewing them. Now a bunch of Danes are holding culture for ransom. I'm not paying the danegelt. It only encourages the Danes.

      • (Score: 3, Informative) by darkpixel on Monday May 22 2023, @03:12PM

        by darkpixel (4281) on Monday May 22 2023, @03:12PM (#1307337)

        The wealthiest people were watching the same shit the poors were.

        Naah. The poor we watching TV. The wealthy were watching HBO.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 21 2023, @11:50PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 21 2023, @11:50PM (#1307269)

      That is why I pirate them all even those I paid for. Heck, even those I paid for more than once. Fuck them

  • (Score: 4, Touché) by shrewdsheep on Sunday May 21 2023, @07:57PM (4 children)

    by shrewdsheep (5215) on Sunday May 21 2023, @07:57PM (#1307245)

    ... we'll try to be less funny this time, so we don't get canceled.

    • (Score: 4, Interesting) by looorg on Sunday May 21 2023, @08:47PM (1 child)

      by looorg (578) on Sunday May 21 2023, @08:47PM (#1307249)

      Good news everyone indeed. I think this might be the only thing TV (or torrent) I am looking forward to all year. I guess they just are not allowed to be funnier then The Simpsons, that gets people in trouble. To bad that won't be very hard since that stopped being funny eons ago. Yet it just continues ...

      > Highlights are said to include developments in the relationship of Fry and Leela
      Wasn't this a reoccurring theme in the movies and multiple episodes? It's sort of a cornerstone of the entire show how Fry tries to show his love for Leela. The last episode was all about it, or the previously last episode with the time loop (i'm more interested in seeing how the Professor will break them out of it). In some regard it is one of the things that makes it an interesting adult cartoon comedy without being sexually gratuitous. It's a sci-fi-comedy-love-story in that regard.

      > the contents of Nibbler's litter box
      Isn't it darkmatter? In perfect spherical form. It powers the ship. It was shown in season 1 I think. They filled a planet with their poop. Is there more? What the box is made of to contain said Dark Matter etc.

      > the whereabouts of Kif and Amy's tadpoles
      Oh this could be interesting! Looking forward to that one. There was so many of them to. Amy's parents will be delighted ...

      >... and the history of evil Robot Santa.
      There are already at least two episodes (the holiday special & a tale of two santas) so what is left to explain? Are they going to retcon all the obviously gay elfs? Or is it about how he became evil or got unimaginable high standards. After all he doesn't judge everyone. Dr Zoidy was a good boy according to Santa. As I recall it.

      If anything I hope for more Anthology of Interest episodes, I like those. Also if anything needs explaining it's my favorite episode -- The Farnsworth Parabox. How are things in the other universe? I guess it might be time to rewatch all the episodes before the new seasons starts. It's not like there is anything better to watch anyway.

      • (Score: 2) by looorg on Sunday May 21 2023, @08:53PM

        by looorg (578) on Sunday May 21 2023, @08:53PM (#1307250)
        I don't know why I always forget that part but the professor fixes everything at the end of the episode. I think he doesn't, I go to check the episode and he does it. Of cause he does -- he is the Professor!
    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Opportunist on Monday May 22 2023, @12:14AM (1 child)

      by Opportunist (5545) on Monday May 22 2023, @12:14AM (#1307272)

      What's really sad is that this would deserve a "sadly true" mod, if there was one.

      Am I getting old or are things that are supposed to be funny simply no longer funny? What doubles as humor these days is thinly veiled references to some pieces of zeitgeist memes.

      • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Monday May 22 2023, @04:26PM

        by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday May 22 2023, @04:26PM (#1307351) Journal

        At some point, the only thing that remains as being funny is the absurdity of the dystopia you suddenly realize that you inhabit.

        --
        If we tell conservatives that the climate is transitioning, they will work to stop it.
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