One of the big things you notice when rewatching the show is that while Futurama had a huge and colourful cast, it didn’t always get the best out of them. Fry, Bender and Leela were pretty much always in the driving seat, occasionally backed up by Zoidberg and the Professor.
Amy & Hermes in particular got the raw end of the deal, but it’s not just inside of Planet Express where things are a little lacking.
Comparisons to The Simpsons are unavoidable with Matt Groening at the helm for both, and New New York just doesn’t have the iconic characters of Springfield. Yes, one’s a metropolis and the other’s a small town, but we always see the same New New York cops, and they’re no Wiggum, or even Lou. Probably better than Eddie though.
There’s definitely great characters still, with Roberto, Hedonismbot and Hyper-Chicken, but rewatching it feels like they could have branched away from the central trio more often.
Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr and David Herman were promoted to starring cast rather than supporting for the Comedy Central series, but that’s four years of classic episodes they were sidelined for.