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Futurama: Volume 1

Billy West , John DiMaggio    Unrated   DVD
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Set in the year 3000, Futurama is the acme of sci-fi animated sitcom from Simpsons creator Matt Groening. While not as universally popular as The Simpsons, Futurama is equally hip and hilarious, thanks to its zippy lateral-thinking contemporary pop cultural references, celebrity appearances (Pamela Anderson and Leonard Nimoy are among a number of guest stars to appear as disembodied heads in jars), and Bender, a distinctly Homer Simpson-esque robot. Part of Futurama's charm is that with decades of sci-fi junk behind us, we've effectively been living with the distant future for years and can now have fun with it. Hence, the series stylishly jumbles motifs ranging from Lost in Space-style kitsch to the grim dystopia of Blade Runner. It also bridges the gap between the impossible dreams of your average science fiction fan and the slobbish reality of their comic reading, TV-watching existence. Groening himself distinguishes his two series thus: "The Simpsons is fictional. Futurama is real."

The opening season (premiered in 1999) sees nerdy pizza delivery boy Fry transferred to the 31st century in a cryogenic mishap. There, he meets the beautiful, one-eyed Leela (voiced by Married with Children's Katey Sagal) and the incorrigible alcoholic robot Bender. The three of them join Fry's great (great, great, etc.) nephew Professor Farnsworth and work in his intergalactic delivery service. Hyper-real yet strangely recognizable situations ensue--Fry discovers he's a billionaire thanks to 1,000 years' accrued interest, Leela must fend off the attentions of Captain Kirk-like Lothario Zapp Brannigan, and Fry accidentally drinks the ruler of a strange planet of liquid beings. --David Stubbs

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lived up to it's expectations Feb. 13 2003
Obviously, with 'Futurama' being made by Matt Groening, the same creator of probably the most popular animated show in the world, 'The Simpsons', expectations were high for 'Futurama'. It had to be an instant hit, and I have to say it's not as popular as 'The Simpsons', but it is definitely worth watching, and the first season is definitely worth buying.
1. Space Pilot 3000
A 25-year-old pizza delivery boy named Fry spends New Year's Eve 1999 lamenting his lame existence. That night, he accidentally freezes himself in a cryogenics lab and awakens at the dawn of the year 3,000! With the past 1,000 years behind him, Fry decides to make a fresh start. He tracks down his great-great-great-great (etc.) nephew, Professor Farnsworth, and gets a job with his intergalactic delivery service. With the help of his two new friends, a beautiful one-eyed alien named Leela and a degenerate robot named Bender, Fry prepares for the ride of his life in this bizarre new millennium.

2. Episode Two: The Series Has Landed
When one of his first deliveries takes him to the moon, Fry can hardly contain his excitement. For the others, it's just a routine trip, but Fry is shocked to discover a giant lunar theme park! He convinces Leela to go exploring and search for the original moon-landing site, but their excursion soon becomes a matter of life or death! Meanwhile, Bender puts the moves on a moon-farmer's daughter and suffers the consequences!

3. I, Roommate
Everyone is sick of Fry so he has to get his own apartment. He decides to become Bender's roommate. The only catch is that Bender's apartment has a volume of 2 cubic meters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars futurama v1 June 15 2014
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Futurama is made by the creator of the Simpsons it was expected to be exactly like it. Futurama had its own brand of comedic flair, which is absolutely hilarious. Bender, Fry, Leela, Hermes, Zoidberg, all of these characters are well thought out and work incredibly well together, on top of the fact that situations and anecdotes from previous episodes are brought up all the time, adding continuity to an already excellent series. I'll admit that I too was among the people crying foul when Futurama first came out, I didn't grow to truly appreciate it until it was put in syndication on adult swim, and more so later as I bought all the episodes on DVD. I don't think the world was ready for what futurama had to offer when it first came out, and everyone should give it another shot through adult swim or by DVD rental. It has solid entertainment value, and a unique comedic style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super ! June 6 2012
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La personne qui a reçu mon cadeau s'est dite très satisfaite et m'a mentionné que l'article est arrivé chez elle en très bon état.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tasty Treat for Science Fiction Fans April 15 2004
[note: This is a review of the entire series, not just season one]
Immensely satisfying in both style and substance, 'Futurama' is not only funnier and better written than 'The Simpsons', it also succeeds grandly in depicting a convincingly complex future setting - in fact one of the most balanced and believable ones in all of science fiction (neither a utopia nor a dystopia), filled to the brim with fantastic but faulty technology, humdrum pop culture items and hilarious products and commercials ("Arachno Spores - The Fatal Spores With the Funny Name", "Fishy Joe's Extreme Walrus Juice - Ride the Walrus").
Being a huge science fiction enthusiast, the many inside jokes contained in this show alone could keep me entertained for weeks. Every single bit of alien language and binary code means something hilarious, there's obscure math references such as the Alive-Null-Plex (a majority of the staff writers have advanced math degrees), there's nods to Clarke, Asimov, Lem, Sturgeon, Foster, Dziemianowicz, Orwell, Dick and many, many more. Not to mention 'Soylent Green', 'The Twilight Zone' (Bender's "To Serve Man" apron, 'The Scary Door'), 'Blade Runner'... the list is practically endless. To quote David X. Cohen: "[We're] the most overqualified writing staff on television."
Then there's Christopher Tyng's fantastic scores (especially `A Clone of My Own' and `Roswell that Ends Well' are superb), the too-good-for-TV computer animation, and some of the most memorable and hilarious characters ever, especially the deliciously evil, free-associating Professor Farnsworth and Dr. Zoidberg, a combination of a lobster, a vaudeville comedian, and Curly from The Three Stooges ("It's good cholesterol, but it spreads like bad cholesterol!").
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best cartoon series ever? Indubitably! June 18 2003
It must be said: 'Futurama' urinates from a great height over pretty much everything else there is. Brilliant stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Futurama Sept. 24 2010
My son loves Futurama so I am starting to collect the Volumes for him. This product was in excellent condition and arrived on time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must own for fans Aug. 21 2006
By Tommy Sixx Morais TOP 100 REVIEWER
Futurama was made by matt groening who also made the simpsons so it has to be funny and it did.the set contains 3 discs ,13 episodes ans deleted scenes ,and lots of laffs.the show is a cool prediction of the future even if it wont be the future you can imagine it being the future because nobody saw it.the first season introduce us to the gang of planet express ,a good begenning for the crew.highlights;the series has landed wich is real funny,i rommate one of my personnal fav of the show,hell is other robots when bender gets sent to hell,the titanic one is great and the special features are good with comentaries on every episode wich many fans like.lowlights;the lack of episodes is pretty much for every first seasons(simpsons 13,family guy 7..anyway there will be a futurama movie next year(good chances at least)the dvd is now prety chaep around 25 bucks so if you like futurama consider buying this set if you dont have it .a must for all fans of the show you cant go wrong with the show s first season.great stars for a great serie!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Start, but...
The other volumes are better. In spite of this, it still remains a smart buy. The Good News: There are four hilarious episodes: "Love Labours Lost in Space," (featuring... Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Big Erik
5.0 out of 5 stars written by David Laing
Futurama is a very creative series that shouldn't have been cancelled, in the following is an episode guide for the first season. Read more
Published on June 13 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better Than The Simpsons
That title may be biased since I'm a science fiction fan. The Simpsons is great. But Futurama tickles a funny bone in me that only a crazy, fantasy-based, anything-goes series... Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by Keith Doyle
4.0 out of 5 stars Good show, but no where near as good as "The Simpsons"...
A few years ago, I first saw Futurama appear on FOX in 1999 or so. I was quite impressed with the awesome compter graphic visuals and the smooth silky animation. Read more
Published on May 1 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Futurama is awesome, HANDS DOWN!!!
Now, I always enjoyed Matt Groening's work from his comics to his fab animated TV sitcoms.(Like "The Simpsons" for example! Read more
Published on April 17 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever and interesting
I am taking a big chance here, but I can't resist expressing an honest opinion, if I think it will help someone else. Read more
Published on April 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Show Ever
Futurama is one of the best shows ever. If you like the Simpsons you'll love futurama (created by the same guy). Read more
Published on March 29 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars FOX, you've released a winner!
I've always loved this show, though I missed most of the first season. Now getting to watch these, this show ROCKS! Read more
Published on March 16 2004 by Twiddles42
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