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Breaking Its Own Sci-Fi Rules Paid Off Big For Futurama

After a ridiculously successful decade of writing and creating “The Simpsons,” creator Matt Groening and “The Simpsons” writer David X. Cohen approached Fox with a new adult animated series, the sci-fi comedy “Futurama.” It was apparent pretty early on that Fox wasn’t completely invested in the series, but despite decisions like dumping the show on Sunday […]

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Futurama Had An Unspoken Explanation For Traveling Faster Than Light

Watching “Star Wars,” one gets the impression that the galaxy in which it takes place is incredibly, incredibly small. Despite there being hundreds of worlds and hundreds of alien species, each planet can be accessed poking around at mere light speed. In our own galaxy, the next star over from Earth — Proxima Centauri — […]

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Every Time Futurama Predicted The Future

Matt Gorening’s and David X. Cohen’s “Futurama,” soon to be rebooted for the third or fourth time, was never meant to be speculative science fiction along the lines of, say “Star Trek.” The show begins with the hapless twentysomething dimwit Philip J. Fry (Billy West) accidentally getting cryogenically frozen for a millennium, waking in the […]

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‘Disenchantment’ Review: Matt Groening’s Netflix Debut Starts Rough, But Makes a Surprising About-Face — Spoilers

Matt Groening’s legacy is ensured by “The Simpsons” alone, and — for better and worse — his trifecta of animated creations can be defined by their relation to the landmark Fox comedy. “The Simpsons” is set in the ever-developing present day; the years pass by in line with the real world yet Maggie is still […]

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‘Disenchantment’ Trailer Brings ‘Futurama’-Style Humor to a Fantasy Setting

Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, heads to Netflix with Disenchantment, a very-funny looking new animated series set within a fantasy realm. Groening and his team appear to be creating a series that owes more to Futurama than it does The Simpsons, right down to the voice actors and animation style. Watch the […]

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