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  • July 15, 2010, 12:54 a.m. CST

    I'm actually enjoying the new Futurama eps...

    by DickJones


  • July 15, 2010, 1:02 a.m. CST

    These new eps

    by tomdolan04

    are much improved on the four feature length movies, and I see the humour there but....somethings not quite right that I can't put my finger on. No idea why really. Still glad to have it back. <p> The fact every episode has been preoccupied with sexual humour gags for at least some part has been jarring too. Hey I'm all for the nasty on TV, but being all over Futurama seems a bit odd and not a completely natural fit. <p> Hey ho. Coffeecofffeecoofffeecoffeeecoffeee.

  • July 15, 2010, 1:33 a.m. CST

    It's like Futurama never left.

    by Nerd Rage

    These latest episodes have been just as good as the originals. Who expected that?

  • July 15, 2010, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Not been great so far

    by King Sweyn Forkbeard

    The new eps are coming across like late period Simpsons I'm afraid. Far too interested in overboiled pop culture references (witness the excruciating eyephone episode) and being a bit too keen to be preachy. There's been a few good gags, but overall it's been nowhere near as funny as Prime Futurama.

  • July 15, 2010, 2:43 a.m. CST

    The old Futurama?

    by daggor

    Which not so much made parodies of movies, but made episodes that obviously aped movies. Like Animal House - only with robots! Parody!

  • July 15, 2010, 2:51 a.m. CST


    by UltraMeerkat

    Not any better or any worse that previous episodes; this new series, like previous ones is, at best, amusing and at worst mediocre.

  • July 15, 2010, 3:07 a.m. CST


    by MisterHyde

    One of the funniest episodes ever. Remember their rivals, Snooty House?

  • July 15, 2010, 3:53 a.m. CST

    The new ones have been good bar the opener

    by barnaby jones

    keep it up.

  • July 15, 2010, 5:17 a.m. CST

    it's the same actor... but he's 7 years older.

    by Porco Drunko

    Peoples voices change, and considering Billy West is 58, trying to sound like someone in their late teens early teens probably isn't that easy. I think fry still sounds like fry, just a bit older.

  • July 15, 2010, 5:20 a.m. CST

    The thing I'm still somewhat confused/annoyed with

    by Porco Drunko

    is the whole Fry Leela relationship. The writers don't seem to know whether they want them as a couple or not. They started the series with them together though in a somewhat tentative fashion and now that seems to have just been forgotten. Personally I'd like to see the writers try to mine the humour out of fry and leela in an actual relationship.

  • July 15, 2010, 6:03 a.m. CST

    The Eyephone episode was great.

    by DigitalDong

    Made fun of Apple customers which really are brainless zombies that get herded to buy the "newest" overpriced garbage from their lord and savior.

  • July 15, 2010, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Fry was 25 when we woke up in 3000

    by WickedJacob

    The lack of appropriate aging is starting to bother me. Unlike Simpsons, Futurama has a set timeline and even went as far as to nail down Fry's exact birthday (you can figure it out if you research the sports scores in "Luck of the Fryish"). So Fry should be 35 now. Oh well, still great show. Not as good as the best of the old yet but easily better than the clunkers like season one's "A big ball of garbage."

  • July 15, 2010, 6:38 a.m. CST

    i also like the new eps

    by newc0253

    it takes a little getting used to seeing fresh eps after all this time, but once you get past that, it's like it never left...

  • July 15, 2010, 6:56 a.m. CST


    by Porco Drunko

    why would fry be 35? Have they actually nailed down the exact year that the current season is set in. If we based it on each season being a year of futurama time, then fry would only be 30 (or maybe 31). And if we take the amount of x-mas episodes as absolute indicators of a year having passed in futurama then I think it's closer 28 (maybe 29 need to see how many x-mas specials there has actually been).

  • July 15, 2010, 7:26 a.m. CST

    I love the commitment

    by Mockingbuddha

    to non-commitment ie Fry and Leela. The writers have the best of both worlds this way. They can do relationship episodes whenever they want and also allow Fry and Leela to go on dates with weird aliens and future people. Plus there's always room for Zap! It works so well because I as the viewer sort of care about Fry and Leela, a lot more than I ever cared about Muldur and Scully. Everyone knows that letting the characters get together ruins the show. I guess with the exception of News Radio.

  • July 15, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Amber Tamblyn joins House MD

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    and all we get is an article on Futurama?

  • July 15, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Hooray For House!!! And Futurama

    by Dave I

    I love House, so thanks for the news on Amber Tamblyn joining. Although the article I read on her had kind of a spoiler (hence, spoiler alert) that Olivia Wylde is leaving the show for a bit (sounds like she'll be back, and hence probably not dying or anything in-series) to shoot a movie. <p><p>That said, "all we get" is a Futurama article? C'mon, this is a great, fun show! I'm happy it's back, so I'm glad for the article & talkback. <p><p>-Cheers

  • July 15, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    I don't think this wierd quantum relationship

    by David Cloverfield

    between Leela and Fry works. The Devil's hands are idle playthings, time keeps on slipping etc. worked bacouse you wanted Fry to succeed in winning Leela. Them not being together is not organic after what they went through. We would still care and worry about a fragile relationship between them, and there's humor to mine there. But maybe they're afraid it would become Homer and Marge in space kind of thing if they just let them be a couple.

  • July 15, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    I don't like the Fry/Leela couple either

    by SgtSharki

    The show is just not as funny now that they're together. A lot of the humor came from their mismatched personalities and Fry's endless pursuit of her. Now that they're together, the show is very dull. Plus, they're hardly ever together on screen. So far, there have been more new episodes than laughs. Very disappointed.

  • July 15, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Terrific satire in the Eyephone episode

    by SpyGuy

    If you didn't laugh at that, then you're not going to laugh at anything. Go watch Jay Leno instead.

  • July 15, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Olivia Wilde

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    took a small break from House to shoot Cowboys and Aliens with RDJ and Daniel Craig. She's supposed to return midway through the season. Thank God, too, because Thirteen is too fine to leave for good.

  • July 15, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    In fact

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Wilde will probably be back on House before Herc even reports on Tamblyn joining the show - it only takes five minutes to post a casting story, you know

  • July 15, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    The Eyephone episode was pretty bad.

    by Chewtoy

    Seriously... that was the terrific level of satire achieved by "Mad Magazine". The opening bit was actually good, in that they blended comic targets together from "Earth Day" to third world countries, combined with some clever character-based quips. Then they followed the later "Simpsons" blueprint of completely changing direction for the rest of the episode, and it went to jokes that anyone could have written with punchlines you could see a mile away. And seriously... Eyephone? Susan Boil? Mad magazine might even be offended by the comparison.<br><br>That said, the rest of the episodes have been pretty solid, and every season of every show has some clunkers. I'm in no way part of the "it's not as good as it used to be" chorus.

  • July 15, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Wilde is very nice too look at for House's runtime...

    by Chewtoy

    But I find the 13 character to be so completely uninteresting. I so wish House had hired the Cut-throat Bitch and 13 had been the one on the bus instead.

  • July 15, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Good start on a long road ahead

    by The_Weird_Turn_Pro

    I am diehard Futurama. Everyone knows it took them about 1 1/2 seasons to find their swing the first time around. I expect the better half of this season will be an effort not just to find their flow again, but to find their place in a new generation. I have laughed plenty at some gags in teh new episodes, but it feels like some of the more contemperate humor is a little forced and out of place for them. And certain characters feel like they're coming in as more of a one-note stereotype of the person they had evolved to by season 4, noteably Zoidberg and Hermes. Not sure how I feel about Leela being less of the straight man and more in on the slapstick, but we'll see. ANd while Billy West's age has certainly led to slight voice change in Fry, his Professor sounds all the more "wisened" and is certainly still the most lethal weapon on the cast. Also, "Bad Boy" Kif nearly killed me, possibly one of the funniest things I've ever seen on the show.

  • July 15, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    I am every so pissed that I can't get new ep's in Canada

    by Yamato

  • July 15, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Have a great night.

    by gotilk

    Off to the bay.

  • July 15, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST

    it's like peppe lapew chasing the cat i guess


    the show i think is going to fuck up it's continuity on purpose sometimes, so i would just kick back and enjoy the show why you still can

  • July 15, 2010, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Listen to Billy West on Fresh Air

    by mistergreen

  • July 15, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST

    classic episode


  • July 15, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST


    by Hercules

    Prediction: likely best scripted sitcom of the year.

  • July 15, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Didn't we used to be a delivery company?

    by Hercules

    You guys think Sunny is funnier? Really?

  • July 15, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST


    by Hercules

    Meant to type: "You guys really think 'Modern Family' is funnier?" Sunny, of course, has really good-looking leads.

  • July 15, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Then you are not members of the Shadow Society!!

    by Hercules

    the what now?

  • July 15, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    But Professor!

    by Hercules

    There can be no question!

  • July 15, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST

    I withdraw the question, Ventruvian Man

    by Hercules

    Hi, Animatronio!

  • July 15, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST

    best episode of the new season thus far


  • July 15, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Last week's

    by Hercules

    with the robosexuals was hilarious also. this show is cooking!

  • July 15, 2010, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Some Doomsday Machine!

    by Hercules

    It hardly killed anyone!!

  • July 15, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST


    by homerofthesea

    I hope this show never ends.

  • July 15, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    looks like eating rocks wasn't as dumb as you said


  • July 16, 2010, 1:37 a.m. CST

    I love how stupid yet functional Fry is

    by David Cloverfield

    - Wanna join the mile deep club? - Sure why not. - Wha..?

  • July 16, 2010, 1:53 a.m. CST

    This was the best one so far.

    by Griefo

    Fry: I may not have brain smarts, but at least I have street smarts... (gets hit by a bus while crossing the street.) LOL!

  • July 16, 2010, 2:46 a.m. CST

    I disagree. Weakest by far.

    by V'Shael

    It really looked like they didn't know what they were doing from one five minute block to the next. And there were very very few laughs.

  • July 16, 2010, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Futurama doesn't need a Homer Simpson or a Peter Griffin.

    by V'Shael

    We can do without high functioning retarded people in the show. If anything Futurama works best when the writing is aimed at geeky intelligence.

  • July 16, 2010, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Pretty good, much better than last week's

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    Last week's was like an unfunny 25 minute political ad. Not that I even care about the issue in the real world one way or the other but it seemed like they were trying so hard to make their point that they forgot the comedy.

  • July 16, 2010, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Futurama hit the groud running...

    by Sparhawk38

    I didn't expect the episodes to be as good as they have been right off the bat. I have said it before, but I think the writers are swinging for the fences. I loved the "Didn't we used to be a delivery company" line last night. There hasn't been a "That's Lobstertainment" episode, yet. All hail Hypnotoad.

  • July 16, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    I love Hermes as the rational voice of the audience...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    "Didn't we used to be a delivery company...?" <p> Zoidberg: "It burned down! How did this happen?" <p> Hermes: "That's a very good question." <p> Bender: "So that's where my cigar was." <p> Hermes: "That just raises further questions!"

  • July 16, 2010, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Much Funnier than "Hot in Cleveland"

    by cookylamoo

    Betty White, bite my shiny metal ass.

  • July 16, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Leela doesn't love Fry.

    by cookylamoo

    But she appreciates the attention. Like he's a 1000 year old dog. That's all the relationship is. If anyone loves Fry, it's Snuffy.

  • July 16, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    "I hated Jim!"

    by Alfred_Packer

    Morbo always slays me.

  • July 16, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST


    by Johnny Smith

    "That calculus lecture was harder than I expected. We had to answer every question in the form of an opera!"

  • July 16, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Why does Morbo's co-host not have Simpson eyes?

    by cookylamoo

    I'm waiting for her secret to be revealed.

  • July 16, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Love the new FUTURAMA eps!

    by bobjustbob

    I'm so glad they are back!

  • July 16, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Chicks don't have Simpson eyes...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Check out Amy, mmmmmn Amy.

  • July 16, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Futurama is getting better with each ep

    by Heckles

    The premiere had me worried. Bunch of lame sex jokes? Glad they broke out of it. The last two weeks have been great.<br><br>But Sunny is better... Modern Family, can't compare the two.

  • July 16, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Really, Herc? You're questioning people's taste?

    by HercThinksEntourageIsBetterThanArrestedDevelopment

    This, from the guy who thinks Turtle is funnier than Tobias Funke.

  • July 16, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    The eyePhone one was the best episode

    by Newmark

    So far. Only the Apple fanboys didn't get it.

  • July 16, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST


    by F-18

  • July 16, 2010, 10:08 p.m. CST

    "Hey Leela, wanna join the mile-deep club?"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • July 17, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Off topic - But Eureka had another brilliant

    by V'Shael

    episode yesterday. Maybe the writing staff has changed or something, I dunno. Give it an hour, and see what you think. Watch last weeks, as this week was kind of a part 2 thing.

  • July 17, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    We should be able to see that clip in Canada

    by tangcameo

    Because Comedy Central clips MAY be on Comedy Network's site BUT Futurama is NOT part of the Comedy Network and the only station that does play Futurama up here does not play the revived series. So c'mon LET ME SEE IT!

  • July 17, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST

    I agree V'Shael, they made Fry too stupid in this one

    by br1947

    Got a later day Simpsons vibe from this ep, not good. But there were some great moments with Morbo

  • July 17, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Um... Fry has always been stupid.

    by mistergreen

    And you can buy current Futurama eps for $2.99 on itunes.

  • July 17, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST


    by BuffDaddy

    Took it up the azz. He was the greatest genius at that

  • July 17, 2010, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Fry is stupid, but a sweetheart. And this was a great episode

    by FeralAngel

    Fry was a very likable guy in this episode. Hope this characterization continues. It sure beats the *bland* stupidity he's shown up to now, which was at times more annoying than funny. And I don't really see a Simpsons vibe in his character, aside from his weak intellect. Homer is dumb, all right, but he's also a two-fisted blusterer. Fry is more laid-back and easygoing...gentle in the good sense of the word. He's also got a streak of moral courage that I haven't seen in Homer much. Anyway, I loved this ep. In fact, I've like all the new eps except for maybe Proposition Infinity, because it had an axe to grind, and screw that. Stick to the ha-ha, Futurama scribes. That's tough enough, and that's what's REALLY needed in these tough times, not more political proselytizing.

  • July 17, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST

    As for Fry and Leela...

    by FeralAngel

    I understand people's confusion about its status up to now. I think the Futurama writers pulled a fast one on us and reset it, and that bugs me a little. HOWEVER, I also understand that the writers would want to keep Fry's pursuit of Leela going as long as possible. It's a large part of the show's appeal. I liked the "Mile Deep Club" bit, where Leela was perfectly willing to go along with Fry's suggestion, but the poor guy got thwarted by circumstance. That's a nice way to handle it. Bravo to the Futurama writers. They're handling a very tricky situation pretty well so far.

  • July 17, 2010, 9:45 p.m. CST

    And Modern Family is ass

    by FeralAngel

    Futurama kicks its progressive butt all over the place. Frankly, the show reminds me of "Thirtysomething" and I hated that show too ('course I was a kid when I saw it. But it sure didn't make me look forward to turning the big 3-0 if it meant I had to act like a dweeb).

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  • July 18, 2010, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Great episode

    by CuervoJones

    Hi, Animatronio!

  • July 18, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    The best programme on telly...

    by workshed now better than ever. Only one complaint - MORE ZOIDBERG PLEASE!!!