|Created by||Matt Groening|
|Opening theme||"Theme from Futurama"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||140 (list of episodes)|
|Editor(s)||Paul D. Calder|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original release||March 28, 1999 – September 4, 2013|
|Main cast members|
|Billy West||Katey Sagal||John DiMaggio||Tress MacNeille||Maurice LaMarche||Lauren Tom||Phil LaMarr||David Herman|
|Philip Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Doctor Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan, various||Leela||Bender, various||Mom, various||Kif Kroker, various||Amy Wong, various||Hermes Conrad, various||Scruffy, various|
Original cancellation and revival
- Philip J. Fry (Billy West) – Fry is a dimwitted, immature, slovenly, yet good-hearted and sentimental pizza delivery boy who falls into a cryogenic pod, causing it to activate and freeze him just after midnight on January 1, 2000. He reawakens on New Year's Eve of 2999, and gets a job as a cargo delivery boy at Planet Express, a company owned by his only living relative, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth. Fry's love for Leela is a recurring theme throughout the series.
- Turanga Leela (Katey Sagal) – Leela is the competent, one-eyed captain of the Planet Express Ship. Abandoned as a baby, she grows up in the Cookieville Minimum Security Orphanarium believing herself to be an alien from another planet, but learns that she is actually a mutant from the sewers in the episode "Leela's Homeworld".Prior to becoming the ship's captain, Leela works as a career assignment officer at the cryogenics lab where she first meets Fry. She is Fry's primary love interest. Her name is a reference to the Turangalîla-Symphonie by Olivier Messiaen.
- Bender Bending Rodriguez (John DiMaggio) – Bender is a foul-mouthed, heavy-drinking, cigar-smoking, kleptomaniacal, misanthropic, egocentric, ill-tempered robotmanufactured by Mom's Friendly Robot Company. He is originally programmed to bend girders for suicide booths, and is later designated as assistant sales manager and cook, despite lacking a sense of taste. He is Fry's best friend and roommate. He must drink heavily to power his fuel cells and becomes the human equivalent of drunk when low on alcohol.
- Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth (Billy West) – Professor Farnsworth, also known simply as "the Professor", is Fry's distant nephew. Farnsworth founds Planet Express Inc. to fund his work as a mad scientist. Although he is depicted as a brilliant scientist and inventor, at more than one-hundred and sixty years old he is extremely prone to age-related forgetfulness and fits of temper. In the episode "A Clone of My Own", the Professor clones himself to produce a successor, Cubert Farnsworth, whom he treats like a son.
- Dr. John A. Zoidberg (Billy West) – Zoidberg is a lobster-like alien from the planet Decapod 10, and the neurotic staff physician of Planet Express. Although he claims to be an expert on humans, his knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is woefully inaccurate. Zoidberg's expertise seems to be with extra-terrestrial creatures. Homeless and penniless, he lives in the dumpster behind Planet Express. Although Zoidberg is depicted as being Professor Farnsworth's long-time friend he is held in contempt by everyone on the crew.
- Amy Wong (Lauren Tom) – Amy is an incredibly rich, blunt, spoiled, ditzy, and accident-prone long-term intern at Planet Express. She is an astrophysics student at Mars University and heiress to the western hemisphere of Mars. Born on Mars, she is ethnically Chinese and is prone to cursing in Cantonese and using 31st-century slang. Her parents are the wealthy ranchers Leo and Inez Wong. She is promiscuous in the beginning of the series, but eventually enters a monogamous relationship with Kif Kroker. In the show's sixth season, she acquires her doctorate.
- Hermes Conrad (Phil LaMarr) – Hermes is the Jamaican accountant of Planet Express. A 36th-level bureaucrat (demoted to level 37 during the series) and proud of it, he is a stickler for regulation and enamored of the tedium of paperwork and bureaucracy. Hermes is also a former champion in Olympic Limbo, a sport derived from the popular party activity. He gave up limbo after the 2980 Olympics when a young fan, imitating him, broke his back and died. Hermes has a wife, LaBarbara, and a 12-year-old son, Dwight.
- Zapp Brannigan (Billy West) – Zapp Brannigan is the incompetent, extraordinarily vain captain of the DOOP starship Nimbus. He is a satirical pastiche of Captain Kirk andWilliam Shatner. Although Leela thoroughly detests him, Brannigan—a self-deluded ladies' man—pursues her relentlessly, often at great personal risk. He was originally going to be voiced by Phil Hartman, but Hartman died before production could begin.
- Kif Kroker (Maurice LaMarche) – Zapp Brannigan's 4th Lieutenant and long-suffering personal assistant, Kif is a member of the amphibious species that inhabits the planet Amphibios 9. Although extremely timid, he eventually works up the courage to date Amy. Kif is often shown sighing in disgust at the nonsensical rantings of his commanding officer.
- Mom (Tress MacNeille) – Mom is the malevolent, foul-mouthed, cruel, and narcissistic owner of MomCorp, the thirty-first century's largest shipping and manufacturing company, with a monopoly on robots. In public, she maintains the image of a sweet, kindly old woman by speaking in stereotypically antiquated statements and wearing a mechanical fat suit. She occasionally launches insidious plans for world domination and corporate takeover. She has a romantic history with the Professor which left her bitter and resentful. She has three bumbling sons, Walt, Larry, and Igner (modeled after The Three Stooges), who do her bidding despite frequent abuse, and often infuriate her with their incompetence. In Bender's Game, it is revealed that Igner's father is Professor Farnsworth.
- Nibbler (Frank Welker) – Nibbler is Leela's pet Nibblonian, whom she rescues from an imploding planet and adopted in the episode "Love's Labours Lost in Space". Despite his deceptively cute exterior, Nibbler is actually a highly intelligent super-being whose race is responsible for maintaining order in the universe. He is revealed in "The Why of Fry" to have been directly responsible for Fry's cryogenic freezing. While the size of an average house cat, his race is capable of devouring much larger animals. Hedefecates dark matter, which until Bender's Game is used as fuel for space cruisers in the series.
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Reception, legacy, and achievements
Awards and nominations
|1999||Annie Awards||Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Program||Futurama||Nominated|
|Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television Production||Ken Keeler for "The Series Has Landed"||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Animated Program||For "A Big Piece of Garbage"||Nominated|
|2000||Annie Awards||Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television Production||Brian Sheesley for "Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?"||Won|
|Outstanding Achievement in a Primetime or Late Night Animated Television Program||Futurama||Nominated|
|Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television Production||Susie Dietter for "A Bicyclops Built for Two"||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation||Bari Kumar (color stylist) for "A Bicyclops Built for Two"||Won|
|Environmental Media Awards||TV Episodic – Comedy||For "The Problem with Popplers"||Won|
|2001||Annie Awards||Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production||John DiMaggio as Bender for "Bendless Love"||Won|
|Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television Production||Ron Weiner for "The Luck of the Fryrish"||Won|
|Outstanding Achievement in a Primetime or Late Night Animated Television Production||Futurama||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation||Rodney Clouden (storyboard artist) for "Parasites Lost"||Won|
|Outstanding Animated Program||For "Amazon Women in the Mood"||Nominated|
|2002||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Animated Program||For "Roswell That Ends Well"||Won|
|Annie Awards||Outstanding Directing in an Animated Television Production||Rich Moore for "Roswell That Ends Well"||Won|
|Best Animated Television Production||Futurama||Nominated|
|2003||Annie Awards||Music in an Animated Television Production||Ken Keeler for "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings"||Nominated|
|Writing in an Animated Television Production||Patric Verrone for "The Sting"||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Animated Program||For "Jurassic Bark"||Nominated|
|Writers Guild of America Award||Animation||Ken Keeler for "Godfellas"||Won|
|2004||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Animated Program||For "The Sting"||Nominated|
|Outstanding Music and Lyrics||For the song "I Want My Hands Back" in "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings"||Nominated|
|Nebula Award||Best Script||David A. Goodman for "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"||Nominated|
|Writers Guild of America Award||Animation||Patric Verrone for "The Sting"||Nominated|
|2007||Annie Awards||Best Home Entertainment Production||For Bender's Big Score||Won|
|2008||Annie Awards||Best Home Entertainment Production||For The Beast with a Billion Backs||Won|
|2009||Annie Awards||Best Home Entertainment Production||For Into the Wild Green Yonder||Won|
|2010||Annie Awards||Best Animated Television Production||Futurama||Nominated|
|Outstanding Writing in an Animated Television Production||Michael Rowe||Nominated|
|2011||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Animated Program||For "The Late Philip J. Fry"||Won|
|Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||Maurice LaMarche as Lrrr and Orson Welles in "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences"||Won|
|Annie Awards||Best Writing in an Animated Television Production||Josh Weinstein for "All the Presidents' Heads"||Nominated|
|Editing in Television Production||Paul D. Calder||Nominated|
|Environmental Media Awards||TV Episodic – Comedy||For "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular"||Won|
|Writers Guild of America||Animation||Ken Keeler for "The Prisoner of Benda"||Won|
|Patric Verrone for "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences"||Nominated|
|2012||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Animated Program||For "The Tip of the Zoidberg"||Nominated|
|Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||Maurice LaMarche as Clamps, Donbot, Hyper-Chicken, Calculon, Hedonism Bot and Morbo in "The Silence of the Clamps"||Won|
|Annie Awards||Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production||Eric Horsted for "The Bots and the Bees"||Nominated|
|2013||Annie Awards||Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production||Futurama||Won|
|Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production||Lewis Morton||Won|
|Outstanding Achievement, Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production||Paul D. Calder||Nominated|
|2014||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Animated Program||For "Meanwhile (Futurama)"||Nominated|
|Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance||Maurice LaMarche as Calculon and Morbo in "Calculon 2.0"||Nominated|
- The Futurama Theorem
- Other honors
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|1 (1999)||Fox||Sunday at 8:30–9:00 pm (EST)|
(March 28 – April 4, 1999)
Tuesday at 8:30–9:00 pm (EST)
(April 6 – May 18, 1999)
|2 (1999–2000)||Sunday at 8:30–9:00 pm (EST)|
(September 26 – December 19, 1999)
Sunday at 7:00–7:30 pm (EST)
(February 6 – May 21, 2000)
|3 (2001–2002)||Sunday at 7:00–7:30 pm (EST)|
|5 (2008–2009)||Comedy Central||Thursday at 10:00–10:30 pm (EST)|
|6 (2010–2011)||Thursday at 10:00–10:30 pm (EST)|
|7 (2012–2013)||Wednesday at 10:00–10:30 pm (EST)|
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