‘Futurama’ Canceled Again; Finale to Air in Fall 2013

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 22nd, 2013 at 7:23 pm,

Futurama Cancellation Fry Reacts Futurama Canceled Again; Finale to Air in Fall 2013

All good things must come to an end – though in the case of the cult science-fiction comedy Futurama, “an end” hasn’t necessarily meant “the end.” Facing cancellation by Fox after only its first season, the series managed to eke out a few more season orders before getting the axe in 2003.

Despite the finality of Futurama‘s dismissal from Fox, the show saw resurrection on Comedy Central in 2007 with direct-to-DVD movies and (eventually) full seasons of new episodes. Unfortunately, it looks as if Futurama may finally, truly, end later this year, as the cable network has decided to not renew the series.

EW shares the news that Comedy Central has declined to order further episodes of Futurama. The show has faced steadily declining ratings since its return, dropping the comparatively budget-heavy production below the level where it would be profitable to continue. Thirteen final episodes – constituting the second half of season 7 – will air beginning June 9th. As a result, the last episode of Futurama will appear sometime in September.

Futurama creators David X. Cohen and Matt Groening (both of The Simpsons) responded to the news of the series’ (re-)cancellation with good humor. Cohen commented:

“I felt like we were already in the bonus round on these last couple of seasons, so I can’t say I was devastated by the news… It was what I had expected two years earlier. At this point I keep a suitcase by my office door so I can be canceled at a moment’s notice.”

When asked whether Futurama would seek yet another broadcaster to continue the series, Groening responded:

“We’ve been in this situation before and it’s tempting when you’re doing episodes that are as good or better than anything you’ve ever done to continue doing it… We’re catching our breath and seeing what the fans have to say. The experience of this show has been so much fun from the very beginning to now – everybody is so happy to work on this show – that it’d be a shame if we all went our separate ways… We would love to continue. We have many more stories to tell. But if we don’t, this is a really great way to go out… I think these episodes are the best ones we’ve ever done.”

Futurama Fry and Leela Wedding Futurama Canceled Again; Finale to Air in Fall 2013Appropriately enough, the now-final episode of season 7 will apparently feature an event the entire series has been leading up to – the wedding of Philip J. Fry (Billy West) and Turanga Leela (Katey Sagal). This could end up working in Futurama‘s narrative favor while also deterring any further interest in continuing the show. After all, culmination of such a long-running “will they/won’t they” romance has been the end-point of many a television series. The episode sounds as if it could usher the show out on an outrageous high note, as Cohen refers to it as, “…a tasteful, emotional gorefest.”

Whether or not Groening and Cohen decide to pursue an eighth season of Futurama, the series’ fans can look back on its run with gratitude and something approaching astonishment. Futurama‘s repeated death and rebirth was nearly unprecedented, allowing the series creators to continue what was a largely unresolved story. At its height, there was nothing quite like Futurama on television – a smart, crass, visually ambitious comedy that nonetheless could pack one heck of a dramatic punch. If the autumn of 2013 does end up being Futurama‘s last swan song, we can only hope that it goes out on a note that does justice to its finest moments.


The (perhaps) final run of Futurama episodes will begin airing on Comedy Central on June 9th, 2013.

Sources: EW

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  1. The new eps werent as good as the old seasons, I gave them a try though but they just felt meh, so I guess its for the best.
    Now if only the simpsons could get cancelled.

    • why should the simpsons get cancelled. If you don’t want to watch the simpsons then don’t watch them, there a lot of people who wanna watch them

      • I can see where he’s coming from. When I occasionally watch some newer episodes it really feels like they’re phoning it in. I hardly chuckle with new episodes, so it’s a shame to see how a such a classic, endlessly quotable show has turned into something that seems to be just coasting on its previous glory.

        Maybe I’m watching the wrong episodes, but it almost seems better for the show to end than just make itself look bad by being a shadow of its former self.

        If you still think it’s great, then good for you. As a fan that watched it since the beginning and sees how it has declined, it’s kind of a disappointment and a realization of Troy McClure’s promise that the producers will make the show drag on until it becomes unprofitable.

      • So theyll replay old eps obviously.
        Seasons 1 through 14 are great, anything season 15 and onward, blegh.

        • Also simpsons, family guy, futurama and south park have declined in quality of recent, and obviously one of the reasons is due to the fact that they are series that have been forced to be prolonged farther than they probably should have and have had the creators running out of ideas. Id like some new animated comedies to get made such as archer appeared around 3 years ago.

          • Family Guy is the only one that has declined in quality. It’s just too repetitive. The others you mentioned still hold up.

            • I disagree. All of them have clearly had a decline, though how bad, and for how long is another question. Family Guy had several awful aps Ina row, and the worst by far ever when Meg fights back against her tormentors (Seashells something is the title). Since then, FG has stabilized, and likewise the Simp and Futurama crowds rebounded from their worst eps to a medium quality series. They may have each earned cancellations, but I would prefer any of them improve rather than get cancelled.

  2. Well that sucks! I just hope they end it on a high note. It’ll be a sad day :(

  3. That’s unfortunate. I’ve been watching the newer episodes on Netflix. I’m part of the problem, a fan who doesn’t watch their network. Maybe Netflix will save it…probably not though.

  4. I think FOX or Netflix might pick it up.

    • Why would FOX, the network that originally had it when it first ran back in 1999, pick it up? They’re not going to pick up a show they cancelled in the first place.

      • Fox brought Family Guy back after a few years off the air. If The Cleveland Show is canceled then why not give Futurama another shot at their animation slot on Sundays? If Futurama goes out on a high note with this possible finale with Fry and Leela getting married then I say let it be.

        • But they had a good reason to bring that back. They don’t have a reason at all to bring back Futurama, and that’s why they didn’t. That’s why Comedy Central did.

      • If you’ve seen the intro to the first Futurama movie, since then, the network executives responsible for that decision have been, as part of the writers sometimes twisted sense of humour, transformed into an all-purposed powder than can do everything from soothe an itch, unclogg your WC, and contitute a part of a balance breackfast… last one I’m not too sure though… ;)

  5. you have to be kidding me… furturama is better than the simpsons now. simpsons is well past its prime and even though i dont want it to be cancelled this show deserves the spot more than the simpsons. i really hope another channel pcks it up if its possible.

    i REALLY hope its not american dad next because that is the best cartoon show on tv right.

  6. Honestly, I never thought Futurama was all that funny except for the episode with the videogame characters so maybe it’s for the best.

    In fact, I honestly think that Family Guy and American Dad have been the only funny animations in the last 13 years.

    • I would beat you with my metaphorical South Park/Futurama/Archer/Drawn Together/Robot Chicken stick but I’m too busy watching Teen Titans.

  7. This is one of my favorite shows on television. Even more than the Simpsons and Family Guy. Darn. At least we get to see AN end instead of no end at all.

  8. This is entirely fault of Comedy Central. The seasons were too short, less than 20. Nobody really knew when it was on. And the mid season break threw people off, and people lost interest. The same applies for the other big time shows on television.

  9. Kickstarter time Matt. I’ll help fund that!

    • Ain’t nobody got time for that.

  10. It’s probably best if ‘Futurama’ ends now, it’s clearly run it’s course, and I certainly wouldn’t want it to end up like SOME other long-running animated shows that will remain nameless… long past they’re sell-by date and only still on because they’re profitable for the studio!

    If ‘Futurama’ had only lasted for four seasons, plus the four television movies to wrap everything up, it would be legendary now, as it is, it’ll be seen henceforth as Matt Groening’s OTHER show that really never fully caught on the way ‘The Simpsons’ did.

    It’s high time ‘The Simpson’s was also cancelled, it hasn’t been worth watching since about 1998/99 anyway…

    • Oops, I posted that before I had a chance to read through it properly and revise any mistakes or clarify any points, both of which I’ll do right now;

      I still think it’s probably a good thing for ‘Futurama’ to end now after seven glorious seasons, if they feel the recent episodes are the best they’ve done, it’s definitely time to quit while you’re ahead and go out on a high, yes they probably have more stories to tell, but it just feels like a natural end has come to the show, it feels like it’s run it’s course, and it feels like time to close the book. Like any series (whether animated or live-action), it had it’s peaks and valleys, but always kept a consistently high quality… and that in itself is something remembering!

      If they are indeed going with a big emotional finish, I would hope they have the good sense to leave it with that, DON’T bring it back even if the opportunity to do so presents itself, end it the way it should be ended and leave it to the ages.

      RIP ‘Futurama’… gone but never forgotten.

  11. Please don’t let the end be a dream in which Fry dreamt the whole thing.

  12. Please don’t let it be a dream in which Fry dreamed the whole thing.

    • Please don’t let it be a dream inside a dream inside another dream…

  13. I’d really like to see this show go out with a bang. Perhaps one last movie that really ends the series…ends it in a way that honors Futurama: everyone dies except Bender, because Bender is great and you can kiss his shiny metal a$$

  14. too bad the simpsons didn’t end after 7 seasons. it would have been one of the best shows of all time.

  15. I’m going to miss this show

  16. It would be interesting to see what would happen if another network were to save it, the politics involved if any, and what could they do with the property that hasn’t been done. Probably in the 1st couple of episodes, the tone would set the freshness/lifespan . . . but this is probably the end of Futurama. Oh wait, maybe Disney buys it up and start mixing their properties into this . . . ah Wookies and Buzz Lightyear.

  17. Cleveland show cancelled – no biggie

    Futurama cancelled – truly sad.

    Fox should pick it up and put it in cleveland’s slot on sundays.

  18. I agree with some people saying The Simpsons should’ve ended a long time ago. The movie could’ve been a great goodbye. Newer episodes aren’t terrible, but they aren’t good enough for me to even watch The Simpsons anymore.

    Futurama, on the other hand, managed to bring something different to the table each time it was on IMO. I love it more than The Simpsons and I’m sad to see it go :(

  19. Meanwhile, the VERY tired Simpsons continue on and on and on..

  20. These series could continue if they would simply evolve…

  21. Sweet zombie Jesus!!! Again?? How’s about Simpsons gets the ax instead. That way Futurama gets more money for better quality episodes, I mean I’ve been watching Simpsons since Tracey Ullman Show and now I hardly laugh. But with Futurama I can’t stop. I guess, sadly, it’s a good way to end it. But I wouldn’t mind an actual theatrical full length feature from the Planet Express crew. Now if it were Family Guy and American Dad I wouldn’t care cause Seth McFarland can’t come up with anything new, all his shows are the same.

  22. Bring back The Critic!!! =P

  23. Futurama, by far, had the best “heart” out of all the animated series over the past 15 years. Some memorable episodes that almost make you cry.
    especially The luck of the Fryish and Jurrasic Bark.

    • Yeah, Jurassic Bark totally made be cry.

  24. hm, i totally miss that it continued after the “first” cancelation………


  26. Sad day for me personally… it this truly is the end, it is one of the great stories in television. Perhaps they’ll do that theatrical film they’ve been talking about on and off?

    I’ve been pondering what other networks could possibly pick it back up. I’ve come up with Fox, FX, TBS, and Netflix.