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Ripped From Tomorrow’s Headlines

June 22nd, 2006

In semi-surprising news, the New York Post is officially reporting that the late, lamented animated series Futurama will be resurrected with new episodes on Comedy Central. Over the past couple of years there have been various rumors about its possible return, owing to its success in cable repeats and DVD sales. (Family Guy, a show that I simply do not get, was revived under similar circumstances.)

If this turns out to be true–after all, this is the Post–I certainly welcome it. The charmingly retro-futuristic Futurama was never given a fair shake by uncomprehending Fox network executives. In a decision I find puzzling to this day, they quickly removed it from its ideal (and successful) timeslot between The Simpsons and The X-Files. Relegated to 7:00 pm Sundays, it disappeared for months at a time, and when it did air, it was often preempted in half the country by football.

For my money, Futurama was consistently more humorous than contemporary seasons of The Simpsons, which meant that it was 10 times funnier than current Simpsons episodes…and approximately 12.7 times funnier than Family Guy. It even landed an occasional emotional sucker punch. If you’re a pet owner who can get through the last two minutes of the episode about Fry’s dog without breaking down in tears, you are made of sterner stuff than I.

Welcome back, Fry and Leela! Welcome back, Bender! And a special welcome to you, Dr. Zoidberg! Woob-woob-woob-wooo!

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