Futurama: 6 Reasons It Should Have Stayed Cancelled

53454 Well it's finally happened, Futurama has been cancelled... again, and the final episode aired on Wednesday 4th September 2013. Let's hope that it stays that way. For the cryogenically frozen, Futurama was, during its initial run between 1999 and 2003, an animated sci-fi workplace comedy, set in the 31st century, concerning the story of a 20th Century pizza delivery boy, Philip J. Fry, who was accidentally frozen and wakes up 1000 years later. During the course of the pilot episode he meets; his best friend, Bender Bending Rodriguez, "an alcoholic, whore-mongering, chain-smoking gambler" of a bending robot; the female Cyclops of his dreams, Turanga Leela; and their sesquicentenarian employer, inventor and Fry's distant nephew, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth. They along with their other co-workers adventure out across the universe delivering packages and generally getting into hijinks involving: murderous robots, murderous aliens, and romantic entanglements with each and every other character they can find, sometimes all in one episode. After 4 seasons of wonderfully written, sci-fi animated entertainment filled with references to obscure computer codes, mathematical anecdotes and every Geek-dom, nerd-dom and fan-dom under the three suns of Trisol, Futurama was cancelled, much to the displeasure of geeks, nerds and Squeaky-voiced Teens everywhere. But, thanks to this die-hard fan-base, who bought the DVDs, Futurama was brought back to make 4 straight-to-DVD movies, shown on TV as Season 5, which for 20th Century Fox TV Chairman Gary Newman, who told Variety, were a case of "putting our toe in the water to see what sort of response we could get,". They got a response calling for more Futurama. What a giant garbage ball of a mistake that was, and here are 6 reasons, both promoting the Original seasons and films, and criticising the later seasons, to explain why Futurama should have stayed cancelled...
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