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To Me, Happiness is Futurama

My favorite TV show of all time is Futurama. I know it is somewhat unconventional, but there's something about Futurama that I just love. I remember watching the show from time to time when it was on from 1999-2003, but Fox scheduled it at crazy times, and it was never in the same time slot. I liked the show then, but I didn't think it was that great. But then, after the show went off the air, I bought all the episodes on DVD and started to watch it from the beginning. I fell in love. I couldn't stop watching. If you need a synopsis of the show, check it out here: Anyways, the show takes place in the year 3000, and the main character is named Fry, a somewhat dim witted, but well intentioned guy in his mid-20's. He was living in New York in 1999 when he was accidentally frozen in a Cryogenic Tube and awoke 1,000 years later in New New York City in the Year 3000. From there, he meets Leela, Bender the robot, and his great (x10) nephew Professor Farnsworth. There are many more characters, but the show is somewhat sci-fi, with some Simpsons-esque story lines. I like Futurama because its so character driven that you really get attached to everyone, but also the story is all interconnected in many ways. Unlike many cartoons, time passes, people age, things that happen in one episode matter to later episodes. This can make it difficult to get into the show by watching random episodes; that's why I really got in to it once I watched it from the beginning. For a lot of years, I would watch one episode every night before bed. Nicole and I have several times watched every episode over a couple months before bed. Futurama is just one of those things that I really love. If you know me, you know that Futurama is my favorite show, and Bender is my favorite character. The point of this post is that the show is back! Like Family Guy before it, the DVD sales of the show, and later four DVD movies a few years ago, Comedy Central has ordered 26 new episodes. I'm hoping it will last longer than that, but I'll take what I can get! I'm so excited. The new episodes start this Thursday at 9:00pm.


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