Futurama: Season 1 [VHS] 
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All 13 episodes from the first season of Matt Groening's futuristic animated comedy. The show follows 20th-century slacker Philip J. Fry (voice of Billy West) in his adventures as a 31st-century interstellar delivery boy along with cyclopean Captain Leela (Katey Sagal) and Bender the boozy robot (John DiMaggio). The episodes are: 'Space Pilot 3000', 'The Series Has Landed', 'I, Roommate', 'Love's Labours Lost in Space', 'Fear of a Bot Planet', 'A Fishful of Dollars', 'My Three Suns', 'A Big Piece of Garbage', 'Hell Is Other Robots', 'A Flight to Remember', 'Mars University', 'When Aliens Attack' and 'Fry and the Slurm Factory'.
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-gawping existence. Groening himself distinguishes his two series thus: "The Simpsons is fictional. Futurama is real."
The opening series (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 (x30) nephew Professor Farmsworth and work in his intergalactic delivery service. Hyper-real yet strangely recognisable situations ensue--Fry discovers he is 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
On the DVD: As with the earlier Fox release of The Simpsons, Season 1 this otherwise excellent three-disc set is let down by clunky menu navigation. There are way too many copyright warnings, no "Play All" facility, and you have to click back and forth to begin each new episode or find the additional features. By way of compensation, the menus look great and there's a goodly selection of extras on each disc. The entertaining commentaries are by Matt Groening and various members of his creative team, including producer David X Cohen and John DiMaggio (the voice of Bender) and Billy West (Fry). There are a handful of deleted scenes for certain episodes, plus the script and storyboard for the very first episode and an interactive stills gallery. The 4:3 picture is pin-sharp as is the Dolby 2.0Surround.--Mark Walker --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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Futurama is Simpsons creator Matt Groening's second animated show, crashing together the worlds of Star Trek and Springfield in a fast-paced comedy that combines social satire, farce, movie spoofs and hot alien chicks. Loser delivery boy Fry is accidentally frozen on New Year's Eve 1999, getting thawed out a millennium later just in time to see in the year 3000 - in his new job as, you guessed it, a delivery boy. Hooking up with cyclops space captain Leela and surly robot Bender, as well as the other misfit employees of the Planet Express delivery service, Fry gets to experience all the malfunctioning wonders of the 31st Century.
At its best, Futurama is easily as funny as a top-whack episode of The Simpsons - hardly surprising, since many of its writers moved over from Groening's first show. The jokes come just as fast and are every bit as sharp, and each episode stands up to multiple viewings because of the sheer number of sight gags and hidden details tucked away in the background. The writers all appear to be huge science fiction fans as well - spotting every reference, from the obvious to the obscure, is an almost impossible task, but if you get them it's yet another layer of comedy to enjoy.
This boxset actually contains more than the 'official' first season of the show - the four episodes on disc three were held back until the show's second year. Their inclusion here is a definite bonus, bringing the total up to 13.Read more ›
I think that Futurama is better than The Simpsons but only a little bit. I'm also very happy that it contains all 13 episodes rather than just the 9 which aired followed by a gap before the remaining episodes aired at the begining of season 2. Here is a list of the episodes included in this 3 disc set:
01) Space Pilot 3000
02) The Series Has Landed
03) I, Roommate
04) Love's Labour's Lost In Space
05) Fear Of A Bot Planet
06) A Fishful Of Dollars
07) My Three Suns
08) A Big Piece Of Garbage
09) Hell Is Other Robots
10) A Flight To Remember
11) Mars University
12) When Aliens Attack
13) Fry & The Slurm Factory
I can't wait for this DVD set to arrive, surely the best DVDs money can buy. I hope that subsequent seasons are also released just like The Simpsons, One Month to wait!
The pilot episode ('Space Pilot 3000') is the introduction of loveable loser delivery boy Fry, the suicidal alcoholic renegade bending robot Bender, the morally upstanding cycloptic alien Leela and Fry's 164 year old nephew Professor Farnsworth. The pacing of the first show is utterly superb and any budding comedy writers like myself will be extremely impressed by the sheer amount of plot that is stored in these 23 minutes.
The season continues at such a high pace, but the viewer is never left wondering what just happened. The other main appeal of Futurama is that it being set 1000 years in the future allow the writers the freedom to alter standard Sci-Fi plotlines. In particular, the episodes, 'Love's Labours Lost in Space' (the introduction of my favourite character, Zapp Brannigan), 'My Three Suns' and 'When Aliens Attack' give novel spins on old Sci-Fi ideas.
The amount of features is equally excellent. There is an insightful commentary to each episode, an animatic for the Pilot episode, and a couple of featurettes. The only criticism perhaps is the slightly clunky menu system.
It's well worth buying whether you're a Sci-Fi fan or not. Fans of good comedy would be well advised to buy this now.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Only negative is that there is no 'play all' option so after each episode you have to go back to the main menu to pick the next one.Published 4 months ago by Keith Treble
box was missing it's sleeve cover but apart from that the box itself and the discs are all in good condition and this was a great way to start my collection, delivery was quick tooPublished 7 months ago by Ms. C. Armstrong
Box set is way too big, takes up way too much space on the shelf!Published 8 months ago by Florentin
Brought it second hand from zoverstocks which I usually buy off and there copies have always been in decent condition for me expect this one, the sleeve was torn down the side... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Chantelle