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(Entertainment Weekly)   Bad news, everyone (Series finale spoiler in article)   (insidetv.ew.com) divider line 172
    More: Sad, Futurama, Burt Ward, Matt Groening, David X. Cohen  
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2013-04-22 09:36:10 PM

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: In an alternate universe, Futurama didn't make it one whole season, and Firefly is ending with season #7.

Since in neither of these universes am I posting from the captain's suite on my palatial casino-Zeppelin stocked with booze and gorgeous women, I'll take this one. We'll call it Universe A.


You can have your crummy Universe A. I'll be Universe 1.
 
2013-04-22 09:38:53 PM

qorkfiend: Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: In an alternate universe, Futurama didn't make it one whole season, and Firefly is ending with season #7.

Since in neither of these universes am I posting from the captain's suite on my palatial casino-Zeppelin stocked with booze and gorgeous women, I'll take this one. We'll call it Universe A.

You can have your crummy Universe A. I'll be Universe 1.


Or the mongooses. That's a cool team name. The fighting mongooses.
 
2013-04-22 09:58:54 PM

Lord Dimwit: (4) Too much juvenile humor. When they moved to CC they used their newfound freedom to make easy jokes that weren't funny.


While Futurama 2.0 was on cable and thus totally immune from broadcast channel restrictions, I think the FCC is really underrated as a comedy refinement mechanism.  Lots of shows are at their best when the writer really wants to make a crude joke, but is still afraid of the FCC slapping them for it, so they really have to weave it in.  Once a show becomes popular it often goes through a bit of a good period where the writers suddenly realize their popularity grants them certain freedoms, but then they get lazy.  Futurama 2.0 just got tossed the immunity idol and day one and bad things happened.
 
2013-04-22 10:08:22 PM

PsyLord: Plant Rights Activist: bring back The Boondocks, Thundercats and Young Justice, you bastards

FTFM


You, sir, have earned one hug.
 
2013-04-22 10:12:41 PM
I made it through half of the first season before saying NOT THE SIMPSONS! and not watching it again until a few years ago when the Bender movie was on.

Thought "Oh damn, it is better!" and fell in love with it. Then watched the old ones I said I hated, and well, damn it they were pretty good too. I guess I can't be too angry it is going away, have been wondering where the show has been though.

13 more episodes is better than never having liked the show.
 
2013-04-22 10:25:36 PM
New Futurama was GOOD and if you say otherwise, YOU'RE BAD AND YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD!!
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2013-04-22 10:41:15 PM
I loved the first season of this show. Sadly, I just forgot about it and missed the rest of the seasons.
 
2013-04-22 11:01:51 PM

ha-ha-guy: Lord Dimwit: (4) Too much juvenile humor. When they moved to CC they used their newfound freedom to make easy jokes that weren't funny.

While Futurama 2.0 was on cable and thus totally immune from broadcast channel restrictions, I think the FCC is really underrated as a comedy refinement mechanism.  Lots of shows are at their best when the writer really wants to make a crude joke, but is still afraid of the FCC slapping them for it, so they really have to weave it in.  Once a show becomes popular it often goes through a bit of a good period where the writers suddenly realize their popularity grants them certain freedoms, but then they get lazy.  Futurama 2.0 just got tossed the immunity idol and day one and bad things happened.


Excellent point.  Censorship innovates comedy.  Mind = blown.
 
2013-04-22 11:13:39 PM

ha-ha-guy: Lord Dimwit: (4) Too much juvenile humor. When they moved to CC they used their newfound freedom to make easy jokes that weren't funny.

While Futurama 2.0 was on cable and thus totally immune from broadcast channel restrictions, I think the FCC is really underrated as a comedy refinement mechanism.  Lots of shows are at their best when the writer really wants to make a crude joke, but is still afraid of the FCC slapping them for it, so they really have to weave it in.  Once a show becomes popular it often goes through a bit of a good period where the writers suddenly realize their popularity grants them certain freedoms, but then they get lazy.  Futurama 2.0 just got tossed the immunity idol and day one and bad things happened.


This is why the 70s Match Game is brilliant whereas 90s Match Game was shiat.
 
2013-04-23 12:28:34 AM
It went downhill when they started trying to pull a southpark and riff on current events/pop culture, instead of the funny, and imaginative stuff of the early seasons.
 
2013-04-23 01:18:14 AM
And yet the Simpsons stumbles on towards its twenty fifth year. Sad sad shiat here.
 
2013-04-23 02:11:58 AM
Good riddance.
It needed to be put out of its misery. The magic is long gone.
 
2013-04-23 05:17:44 AM

scottydoesntknow: Reposting from redlit thread:


Sucks, but not unexpected. No one likes to admit it, but it was a shadow of its former self. Instead of having 90% of a season be amazing with only a few 'meh' episodes, it flipped. Of course those rare gems were still amazing ("The Late Phillip J. Fry" being my favorite and definitely in top 10 for any Futurama episode), but you didn't know what to expect when tuning in.


I think one of the issues was going to cable gave them too much wiggle room. Instead of sly innuendo or jokes flying under the radar, they just threw it at you. Less wit and more fart.


 This, but I'd have gone with "less artsy, more fartsy" - it was still a decent show though, in my opinion.
 
2013-04-23 08:00:29 AM

ha-ha-guy: Lord Dimwit: (4) Too much juvenile humor. When they moved to CC they used their newfound freedom to make easy jokes that weren't funny.

While Futurama 2.0 was on cable and thus totally immune from broadcast channel restrictions, I think the FCC is really underrated as a comedy refinement mechanism.  Lots of shows are at their best when the writer really wants to make a crude joke, but is still afraid of the FCC slapping them for it, so they really have to weave it in.  Once a show becomes popular it often goes through a bit of a good period where the writers suddenly realize their popularity grants them certain freedoms, but then they get lazy.  Futurama 2.0 just got tossed the immunity idol and day one and bad things happened.



Not Futurama, but.. yeah.

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2013-04-23 08:59:33 AM

eraser8: I agree with the people who say that Futurama went downhill on its move to CC...but, it was still one of the better things on television.

And, when it was on Fox, it was the only animated show I'd ever watched that actually made me, a grown man, tear up.  More than once.


Have you not watched Avatar: The Last Airbender, yet?
(Because Iroh's "Tales of Ba-Sing-Se" epsidoe, at the very end, OH GOD.)
 
2013-04-23 09:14:07 AM
I loved just about every episode during the show's run on Fox.  I ended up getting Bender's Big Score but wasn't impressed.  That one put me off of buying the rest of the movies.  I heard the remaining movies went down the vulgar for the sake of attention path.  I also got Bender's Game because it was so cheap (should have been a red flag) and was similarly disappointed.  Those two movies kept me from watching any of the new episodes.  I haven't seen so much as one of them.

Are the CC volumes worth picking up should I find them on the cheap?
 
2013-04-23 09:32:19 AM

PirateKing: Don't you worry about Futurama's cancellation. You let ME worry about blank.

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Nice
 
2013-04-23 10:20:58 AM
It's not leaving CC, it's moving to Toonami and going to air at 12am

With a few minor changes
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2013-04-23 10:24:59 AM

Wellon Dowd: Someday, when I'm the ruthless emperor of humanity, I'll require all TV series to have "fixed" end points. Every season should wrap itself up well, and the story for the overall series should have a defined ending. Even if the series is the post popular thing on TV, it will not be renewed when that ending is reached. Follow-up specials, movies, and spinoffs will still be viable options.

So, the way the British do it?


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2013-04-23 10:33:21 AM
For what it's worth, I rarely watch the new episodes on Netflix, but watch an episode from the first four seasons at least 3-4 times a week.
 
2013-04-23 03:03:33 PM
I choose to believe that the CC-sponsored episodes were just an alternate reality via the What-If machine.

/what if comedy central brought back Futurama?
//whew, thank god that never happened!
 
2013-04-23 04:13:15 PM

Lor M. Ipsum: I choose to believe that the CC-sponsored episodes were just an alternate reality via the What-If machine.

/what if comedy central brought back Futurama?
//whew, thank god that never happened!


You would never have gotten The Late Philip J. Fry and Prisoner of Benda, two of the greatest Futurama episodes ever.
 
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