Oh well, it couldn’t go on forever. Comedy Central has cancelled the latest incarnation of Futurama. If you’re not too familiar with the show, Wikipedia writes: “The series follows the adventures of a late-20th-century New York City pizza delivery boy, Philip J. Fry, who, after being unwittingly cryogenically frozen for one thousand years, finds employment at Planet Express, an interplanetary delivery company in the retro-futuristic 31st century. The series was envisioned by Matt Groening in the late 1990s while working on The Simpsons.”
Futurama debuted on the Fox network back in 1999. Not to put too fine a point on it, Fox f#$ked this show over royally. They originally aired it after the Simpsons so it could develop a following; which it did. Then the geniuses over at Fox moved it to 7pm on Sunday night. More often than not, the show would be preempted by Football games. In an era before DVRs were commonplace, the show lost its audience, withered and died. Futurama was cancelled in 2003 in spite of the fact that in this authors humble opinion it was the smartest and funniest show on network television.
Miraculously, Comedy Central picked up the show in 2009 and has been airing new episodes since. I still love the characters, but if I’m completely honest, Futurama just isn’t as strong as it used to be. I can’t say I’m surprised at its cancellation. The final season will start on June 19th, with the final episode to air on September 4th.
I for one, look forward to this last season and I’m sure I’ll shed a tear or two when it’s all over.