It’s extremely difficult to find a TV show, animated or live-action, with a more convoluted and troubled life on the air than Futurama. Created by Matt Groening, The Simpsons’ pappy, the series debuted on Fox in 1999 and was canceled for the first time in 2003.
Aided by an ever growing fan base, Futurama quickly reached the cult series status and found a second life on Comedy Central. The cable network aired in 2008 what were initially intended as four direct-to-DVD feature films and what ultimately became the show’s fifth season.
26 episodes were subsequently ordered and aired in 2010 and 2011, followed by an additional 26. These are viewed by some as Futurama’s sixth through ninth season or simply as the sixth and seventh stint on air.
The last 13-episode package will begin broadcasting on June 19 and apparently will wrap the animated series for good. Comedy Central is not looking to renew Futurama, while Groening doesn’t seem too keen on looking for a new home for Fry, Bender and all his other cuckoo characters.
In the creator’s own words, “we were already in the bonus round on these last couple of seasons, so I can’t say I was devastated by the news.” In all honesty, you can’t say the show’s writing has improved over time, despite it winning an Emmy in 2011 for outstanding animated program and being nominated in 2012 for the same award.
And hey, if you really feel sorry for Fry and the gang, there’s always Amazon and Netflix to bring these kinds of shows back to life when you least expect it.
Via [Inside TV]