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Unit 3.0

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« on: 10-17-2010 05:34 »

I watch Futurama, also for the jokes and characters and story, but mostly because I love the universe in which all it takes place.  Since I watched the show when I was young, I always wanted to accidentally get frozen and sent to a future place and time, where things hover, and tubes take you everywhere.

And if I get bored of it, there's always a suicide booth for 50 cents...
DuckHunter
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« Reply #1 on: 10-17-2010 07:23 »

Because it's the future.  It's the future I was promised, a place of wonders and technology, but one that doesn't erode me.  I mean, if you look at things realistically, between biology and computer science the future will be, at least on some level, posthuman.  Futurama is an alternative to that, I guess.  A place where despite all of the advances, people are still people, and the biggest change is that life is just more awesome, as opposed to so utterly alien as to be uncomprehensible.  It's a future I don't believe in anymore, though I'd like to.  So I watch the show instead, hahahaha!
KurtPikachu2001

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« Reply #2 on: 10-17-2010 17:47 »

It's a fun show.  It has a lot of humor and rips on celebrities, past events, and social commentary.  The characters are very likable and more importantly, not gender stereotyped.   Plus, it makes the future look fun, and another cool thing?  You learn things from it!   Futurama is also an educational show as well. 

Anything educational and humor in it is worth being into!  It was worth being into for 11 years! 
Bigboysdontcry

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« Reply #3 on: 10-17-2010 23:45 »

Futurama is an amazing piece of work. It is hard to believe it was ever canceled. There most definitely is no other show like it. It's one in a million. I completely agree with you Kurt. Well said, it is this whole other world you wish you could be part of.

I have no idea what the future will bring, but I am sure it will be amazing.
lilkitten29

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« Reply #4 on: 10-18-2010 05:41 »

I watch it because it makes me happy.  Whenever I'm feeling "down", i'll watch some Futurama and it'll put me in a better mood.
The characters are likable. And I  like the fact that the show really does go in depth with characterization of important characters.
I also love that it involves science and mixes in humor as well.
It's just a fantastic show overall.
Louiswuenator

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« Reply #5 on: 10-19-2010 06:30 »

Ditto on the 'future' thing.  I enjoy taking a ride in someone else's vision of a possible future, no matter ridiculous or hilarious.  It takes a great amount of sideways thinking to build a world that has never existed before - "Any damn fool can predict the past."  Futurama is unique even in this field, and I get the added bonus of non-stop gags too!  As others have mentioned, it has an excellent sense of humor, timeless themes, cultural references, excellent commentary, foundations of science (or parodies of science) and most of all, memorable characters.  Perhaps more than any other show I have encountered, I really care about the characters - they have ceased to be just shapes on the screen and I feel deep-rooted connection to their struggles and dreams.  Futurama makes me feel small in the same way as if I were to see Earth from space for the first time.  Small, but also very significant.  Whenever life seems too complicated, I pop in some Futurama and am reminded that there is a whole universe expanding around me - that test I just bombed really isn't a big deal in the grand scheme of things.  If there are alien life-forms out there and if they could only see one television broadcast from Earth, I would want it to be Futurama.   I could ramble on forever so I'll just say here's to many more years of Futurama to look forward to (I hope).
Jezzem

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« Reply #6 on: 10-19-2010 07:06 »

There are a lot of reasons I watch Futurama, but I suppose one of the main ones would be how well they combine all the elements of sci fi, occasional drama, smart science/math humor and immature humor.
mazda07

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« Reply #7 on: 10-19-2010 07:11 »

i watch futurama becurse it is ? futurama big grin
Freako

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« Reply #8 on: 10-19-2010 07:39 »

Beats a hard kick in the face.
mazda07

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« Reply #9 on: 10-19-2010 17:01 »

but also because it got every thing big grin. it got comedy, it got action, it got romance (fry and leela you know it big grin) it got a good theme, funny voices it just got every thing big grin
EvilChicken

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« Reply #10 on: 10-19-2010 17:02 »

I watch it because it's shows the future as I've always seen it.
benderrulez

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« Reply #11 on: 10-19-2010 18:43 »

I watch futurama cause bender and fry are there cause first i watched the simpsons but then when i found out about futurama i started watching it now i'm waiting for new episodes big grin big grin big grin big grin big grin big grin big grin big grin big grin big grin big grin big grin big grin big grin big grin big grin big grin
Tofu_Lion

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« Reply #12 on: 02-09-2012 05:03 »

The writing, characters, continuity and sci fi aspect are all about equal reasons. Also happens to be the funniest show on tv and one of the only emotionally impactful cartoons around.
Solid Gold Bender

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« Reply #13 on: 02-09-2012 05:04 »

This show has raised my understanding of comedy. I feel like the top of the world when I watch it...
futurefreak

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« Reply #14 on: 02-09-2012 12:08 »

Wait, we had a guy named DuckHunter and NO ONE noticed? wtf?

I anticipated its premiere oh 13ish years ago because I was a huge Simpsons fan at the time. And I thought outer space was cool so it combined two things I loved. Then gradually I stopped watching Simpsons and just focused on Futurama. Can't recall last time I saw a new Simpsons episode now...but Futurama has been my favorite show since its original airdate. My one constant in life.
Tofu_Lion

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« Reply #15 on: 02-09-2012 14:16 »

Wait, we had a guy named DuckHunter and NO ONE noticed? wtf?


I think he was hunting EvilChicken. Yes, he hunts ducks and chickens.
Anyway, my story's much the same as your's, as I too awaited the pilot with great anticipation. I remember vividly the actual night the high school version of me found out about Futurama; I was doing some dishes when my dad drunkenly shouted something about a show featuring "the simpsons in space." Despite the poor description, I was intrigued. After Space Pilot 3000, I was hooked.
Scrappylive

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« Reply #16 on: 02-09-2012 15:17 »

I was 11 (or so) when Futurama premiered. I have been watching The Simpsons since before I can remember (literally), so I made sure to watch the pilot. I don't claim to have a favorite unless I have a strong reason to claim it as my favorite. When I do have a favorite, I don't change opinions very easily. (Example: Donnie Darko is my favorite movie. I did not see that movie until I was 17, so before seeing it, I never claimed to have a favorite movie.) The Simpsons was my favorite show and Futurama managed to trump that.


This show has raised my understanding of comedy. I feel like the top of the world when I watch it...

Sometimes I find myself literally smiling when watching an episode I haven't seen for some time.
Tedward

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« Reply #17 on: 02-09-2012 19:42 »

When I do have a favorite, I don't change opinions very easily. (Example: Donnie Darko is my favorite movie. I did not see that movie until I was 17, so before seeing it, I never claimed to have a favorite movie.)

Ah, so you were kind of saving the spot for your favorite, so to speak? I find that I do that too; some of my top ten or top five lists of favorite pieces of entertainment don't actually have a full ten or five items in them, and some attempted lists of mine have nothing yet that I feel like naming as the number one favorite (though I can hope that someday there may be something new that becomes apparent as the answer). That may be a needlessly idealistic and self-involved way of looking at things, since your favorite thing at the time is just that, regardless of whether you think there may be something better out there for you personally, but I like to think that designating something as the favorite product of that medium is significant (even if your tastes change over time and this item doesn't have the same personal significance to other people).
DannyJC13

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« Reply #18 on: 02-21-2012 01:22 »

Because my life basically revolves around it. Without Futurama, well, I'd have South Park or something, but still... Without it, life would suck so much.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #19 on: 02-21-2012 01:43 »

Without Futurama, there would be literally NOTHING on TV that interests me.

Okay, that's probably not true, but still. I think I became a big fan of the show in 2007, which is when I got the DVDs.
JoeC75
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« Reply #20 on: 02-23-2012 00:44 »

I watch because it makes me laugh and leaves me feeling good. The writers are great at using humor on various levels. There are high-brow jokes, fart jokes and everything in between. The Characters are relate-able and identifiable. Most of my friends who watch tend to have a specific character they relate with. Through the course of various episodes the identities of the characters change and you can grow with them. These characters live in a fantastic fantasy world where anything can and does happen, but even with that there is usually some twist that brings things back to 'earth' with a nice 'moral' at the end.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #21 on: 02-23-2012 00:46 »

fart jokes

Very rarely on Futurama.
totalnerd undercanada

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« Reply #22 on: 02-23-2012 00:47 »

there is usually some twist that brings things back to 'earth' with a nice 'moral' at the end.

Whilst episodes usually do end on Earth, I can't say I've noticed any moralising in most of the episodes. The only ones that had some sort of preachy message and shoved it quite blatantly in people's faces were PI and ACO. They weren't among the season's best (although ACO is arguably the better of the two and features some outstanding visuals).
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #23 on: 02-23-2012 01:27 »

Futurama often has intentionally immoral lessons at the end of episodes to mock that convention.

"Bender Gets Made" ends with Bender getting away scot-free and "The 30% Iron Chef" implied that Bender only won because he put LSD in the food.
Scrappylive

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« Reply #24 on: 02-23-2012 01:32 »

Hurray! We're not learning anything!

But really, though, the trend of having immoral or amoral endings started (or at least was popularized) by Seinfeld a few years before Futurama was conceived. Jerry Seinfeld thought it was funnier, and I agree.
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #25 on: 02-23-2012 01:35 »

I'm not saying that Futurama invented it, just that they do it often enough to undo the idea of the show being full of morals and lessons.

Another one is the ending of "I Second that Emotion".
ThatGuyYouKnow

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« Reply #26 on: 02-23-2012 01:41 »

What about the ending of 300 Big Boys?

Quote from: Infosphere Transcript
Leela: At least we got a few mildly interesting stories out of it.
Farnsworth: Oh, my, yes.
Bender: Speaking of which, my story kinda petered out without me learning a lesson.
[He laughs. Smitty and URL burst through a door.]
Smitty: There he is!
[Bender panics. They grab him and bash him with their lightsabers.]
Bender: Alright! Closure!
Tofu_Lion

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« Reply #27 on: 02-23-2012 02:31 »

Aside from 300 Big Boys, I like how Bender usually doesn't have to learn a lesson despite stealing at every opportunity.
Nasty Pasty

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« Reply #28 on: 02-23-2012 04:22 »

Why do I watch?

To get girls?
Dr.green:)

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« Reply #29 on: 02-23-2012 05:00 »

I simply love the show , it has its own universe and I wish I lived in that universe where diversity is everywhere and you see suicide booths near candy stores haha smile
YaBender!

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« Reply #30 on: 02-23-2012 05:05 »

I watch it because it's hilarious, mildly entertaining, and never goes stale. With that said, i'm always up for a trip to "the world of tomorrow." smile
Scrappylive

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« Reply #31 on: 02-23-2012 05:07 »

I feel like Bender's ending in 300 Big Boys may have been tacked on (not saying it doesn't work). In episodes that cover a plethora of stories, adding in or taking out a single part can have massive ripple effects. So if they find they have an extra 15 seconds or so to fill, tacking that on at the end can fill out the time block without affecting the other stories.
Tofu_Lion

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« Reply #32 on: 02-23-2012 05:10 »

I watch it because it's hilarious, mildly entertaining

More like "wildly entertaining."
YaBender!

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« Reply #33 on: 02-23-2012 05:15 »

Yes, that's what I meant.
Tofu_Lion

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« Reply #34 on: 02-23-2012 05:27 »

Damn...I thought I was being clever... tongue
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