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December 31, 1999

Space, it seems to go on and on forever  . . .

  . . .  but then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you  . . .

  . . .  and that’s how you play the game

Created by Matt Groening  . . .  and developed by Matt Groening & David X Cohen  . . .  this animated sitcom follows the adventures of Philip J Fry and his co-workers, Bender and Leela.

It is, to all intents and purposes, a love story across both space and time. D’oh, does that ring a bell  . . .  or what  . . .

Despite the series being cancelled on several occasions, a total of 140 episodes were created. We learn that life does not travel in a straight line, time and space both being curved, and the overarching reason for life itself can surely be related in just 7 episodes.

Fry, Bender and Leela

001  -  Space Pilot 3000

036  -  The Luck of the Fryrish

057  -  Love and Rocket

064  -  The Why of Fry

066  -  The Sting

137  -  Game of Tones

140  -  Meanwhile

At the moment of the Y2K Philip J Fry is accidentally frozen for 1000 years and is revived in the year 3000 - welcome to the world of tomorrow.

  . . .  and so Futurama begins  . . .

Fry soon befriends Bender and Leela and then meets his only living relative who employs them as crew for his package delivery business.

So begins their adventures in the year 3000  . . .

The final episode.

A freak accident causes time to stand still and Fry and Leela are the only two who are not frozen in time. They embark on an eternal honeymoon and are living happily ever after.

Professor Farnsworth, who has been searching through time from yesterday until tomorrow, recovers and repairs the time button and is able to restart time from the moment that it stopped. Although Fry and Leela will lose their memory of the time they spent together, their happiness makes them choose “to go ‘round again”.

 Bite my shiny metal ass!

The most important person in the universe

In this episode we learn that you can’t change men any more than you can change the laws of time and space - so that’s a big relief!

You leave me breathless

Hold me in your arms

Let me be the one who can feel like I am a child in love

Named for his uncle to carry on his spirit

Will you recognise me?

Call my name or walk on by

Don’t you forget about me

The only time I feel alright is in my dreams  . . .  with you

I’m so scared - I don’t know what to do

To dream forever

After several cancellations (possibly three at the last count) the final episode was aired on Comedy Central on 4 September 2013.

Believe in the future