Futurama: Season 1 (1999)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Good news, everyone! Futurama is an inventive, funny, and sometimes affecting look at the world of tomorrow.



Critic Ratings: 18


Audience Score

User Ratings: 162
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Air date: Mar 28, 1999
Air date: Apr 4, 1999
Air date: Apr 6, 1999
Air date: Apr 13, 1999
Air date: Apr 20, 1999
Air date: Apr 27, 1999
Air date: May 4, 1999
Air date: May 11, 1999
Air date: May 18, 1999

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The first series of this sharply satiric animated comedy cocreated by Matt Groening ("Simpsons") begins with pizza delivery boy Philip J. Fry (voice of Billy West) accidently falling into a cryogenic freezer on New Year's Eve 1999 and waking up exactly 1,000 years later. He, one-eyed Leela (voice of Katey Sagal) and alcoholic robot Bender (voice of John DiMaggio) become the crew of the intergalactic delivery service Planet Express in the 31st century. Their adventures include making a delivery to an amusement park on the moon, rescuing animals on the planet Vergon 6, and escaping from Chapek 9, a planet inhabited by human-hating robots.


Billy West
as Fry/Prof. Farnsworth/Dr. Zoidberg
Katey Sagal
as Leela
John DiMaggio
as Bender
John DiMaggio
as Bender
Lauren Tom
as Amy Wong
Phil LaMarr
as Hermes Conrad
Phil LaMarr
as Hermes Conrad
Beastie Boys
as Themselves
Ron Popeil
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Futurama Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (12)

But what makes this show sublime is how it takes pride in courting a little-served audience - the uber nerds - with involved references to math and science.

Jul 5, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's not quite the revelation that The Simpsons was, but Futurama contains enough inventiveness and heart to make it a worthy follow-up.

May 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Episode 7: While making a delivery to a planet of liquid beings Fry accidentally drinks the Emperor. Drinking the Emperor? I'd say the future of Futurama is pretty secure.

Dec 7, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It has taken Matt Groening a full decade to create a followup series to his reliably riotous series, The Simpsons, but his new effort which is called Futurama and premieres on the same network this Sunday is worth the wait.

Oct 25, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

But for the dog episode alone, Futurama is an all-timer-and President Richard Milhous Nixon's pickled head in a jar elevates it into cynical, sharp art.

Aug 31, 2018 | Full Review…

It's now rightly recognized as one of the best animated comedies ever.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Jokes are funny, ironies are ironic, and all of the peripheral details offer bonus laughs -- even book covers, signs, newspaper headlines, and other bits of media featured in the background carry witticisms.

Apr 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I decided to embrace this show when Richard Nixon's disembodied head bit Fry on the arm.

Dec 7, 2017 | Full Review…

The most interesting thing about Fox's latest animated show, "Futurama," is that it's not very interesting.

Apr 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Maybe "subversive" isn't the write word to describe the ending after all. The show's writers aren't trying to change the way people approach the medium. They're just finding humor by acknowledging truths that typically go unspoken.

Apr 19, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Futurama: Season 1

  • Mar 28, 2015
    An enjoyable journey to discover life in New New York in year 3000. Essentially Simpsons in the future with adult themes.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • 5d ago
    Good start to a hilarious show.
  • Nov 28, 2018
    My favorite show of all time!!
  • Sep 28, 2018
    It was really enjoyable first season for a show but I wouldn’t make up my mind after the first episode especially since it’s the one episode that knows what it wants to do but doesn’t know how to do it I personally love this show more than the Simpsons it’s just really compelling and you don’t know what to expect and I think it was a solid first season
  • Sep 07, 2018
    The show gets off to a solid first season, including giving us one of the better versions of hell involving a musical number.
  • May 18, 2018
    It's like if The simpsons met Star Wars, and it is glorious.
  • Jan 07, 2018
    Futurama season 1 is a great with some interesting episodes that got me hook on the series. I don't think there is an episode in season 1 that isn't at least somewhat memorable to a fan like me
  • Aug 25, 2016
    Every Season In This show is brilliant!
  • May 26, 2015
    The aspects that make Matt Groening's second animated series so great, is that it's just so broad yet compact.
  • Mar 17, 2015
    The show's fish out of water story in a sci-fi setting complement's it's boldness with heart and lovable, unforgettable characters and a clever approach to parody. The animation is also a treat for the eyes. The Simpson's sophomore is an instant hit.

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