Co-created by Matt Groening ("The Simpsons"), "Futurama" was picked up by Comedy Central after it was dropped by Fox.
"...'Futurama' focuses on the life of 'Philip Fry' (Billy West), a 25-year-old pizza delivery boy who accidentally freezes himself on December 31, 1999 and wakes up 1,000 years later with a fresh start at life at 'Planet Express', an intergalactic delivery company. There he meets love interest 'Leela' (Katey Sagal), a sexy cyclops with anger management issues, and best friend 'Bender' (John DiMaggio), a beer-powered kleptomaniac robot..."
The series aired for five seasons on Fox (1999 to 2003) earning Emmy nominations each season while winning three times, including "Outstanding Animated Program" in 2002.
This season's premiere episode, "Neutopia," featured the 'Planet Express' crew crash-landing on an unknown world, encountering an alien, unfamiliar with the concept of gender. The creature subsequently conducts a series of experiments, modifying the crew's sexual characteristics "...in strange and wondrous ways..."
In the second episode, "Benderama," Bender the robot gains the power of infinite self-replication, producing a vast horde of smaller and smaller Benders.
Along with Oswalt, guest stars this season include Dan Castellaneta ("The Simpsons"), scientist Stephen Hawking and astronaut, Buzz Aldrin.
Developed by Groening and Cohen, "Futurama" is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television, with Rough Draft Studios, Inc. contributing the animation.
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