Futurama

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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The Jetsons meet The Simpsons.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 65 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 246 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Some characters are lewd and bizarre. Again, the show is unpredictable. Very diverse society with strong female characters.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

Some cartoon violence, but nothing torturous.

Sex

Unpredictable references; not for young kids.

Language

Very unpredictable. Bender in particular has a potty mouth.

Consumerism
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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byseto006 April 9, 2008

Better than the Simpsons, In my mind!

This show is very funny! Parents, if you child hasn't seen it, get them the DVD. Ok, There is some Iffy Sexual Content, Usually from Zap Branagin, but noth... Continue reading
Adult Written byBobbob17 August 2, 2010

Program for kids!

This Program is very,very suitable for any age. Its funny and humorous and has some brilliant jokes with no inappropriate language. Exactly the same as "th... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 9, 2010

A modern day classic

I've been watching this show since I was 8, and i've loved it ever since. It is a hilarious show with occasional innuendos (only moderate though) that... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 25, 2011

Not for under 11

Great show.However its unpredictable.Sometimes it's okay but sometimes its really inappropriate.I think 12+ or a mature 11 year old.

What's the story?

FUTURAMA's premise goes like this: Philip Fry (voiced by Billy West) is a 20th-century pizza boy who makes a delivery to a cryogenic institute, gets frozen, and wakes up in the year 3001. Fry immediately falls in with his distant nephew, Professor Farnsworth (West again); one-eyed ship captain, Leela (Katey Sagal); and their intergalactic delivery crew. He ends up living with kleptomaniac robot Bender (John Di Maggio) and patching together a rag-tag family.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what the "future" means and why so much hope is pinned to it. Futurama's fictional world is diverse -- one topic to raise is how tolerant the average Joe has to be to allow this vision of society to exist.

  • Can robots conceivably be part of human society?

  • How does this show compare to its TV "cousin," The Simpsons. How are the two shows alike? How are they different?

  • How do the characters in Futurama demonstrate perseverance? Why is this an important character strength?

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