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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show is unpredictable but presents a very diverse society with strong female characters.
Positive Role Models
Just like The Simpsons, it's the characters' failings that make them so lovable. The robot Bender may be a beer-guzzling rascal, but he's soft-hearted and incredibly loyal. Fry makes boneheaded mistakes, but his motivations are pure. Leela's strength, smarts, and bravery make for good role-model material, but she pines for love. Villains typically get their comeuppance. The cumulative effect of all this is that while individually the characters are flawed, together they can conquer all obstacles. Characters frequently demonstrate perseverance.
Violence & Scariness
Some cartoon violence, but nothing torturous.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Unpredictable references; not for young kids.
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Very unpredictable. Bender in particular has a potty mouth.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bender needs to consume alcohol in order to function, so he's a steady drinker, though not having alcohol actually makes him drunk. Robots … go figure.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that because Futurama's content can be unpredictable, it's not meant for younger kids. The language can be crass, there are allusions to sex, characters drink and make drug references, and there is some cartoon violence. In general, characters don't cross the line when it comes to disrespecting each other, which would put the show into a more menacing sci-fi genre. Instead, this is a successful comedy that keeps you wanting more.
Is It Any Good?
Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, is also the mind behind this series, so you never really know where this show is going, but you can expect a great ride. Though his involvement with Futurama wasn't as consistent as it was with The Simpsons, Groening's influence is undeniably felt. Homer and Bart fans will enjoy seeing characters with familiar features; also familiar are the quick wit and unique plot lines.
The characters have a lot of character, which can make watching this series very entertaining. 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. But parents should watch out: Anything and everything can happen, and the series' unpredictable nature results in a broad range of potential red flags.
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