After 14 years, 7 seasons, and a series of improbable resurrections, Futurama—the animated series that embodied the 31st century (and arguably the 21st)—comes to an end this Wednesday, September 4th.
The end of the show comes with some amount of guilt. We can’t have been the only ones who cheered the show’s return and then...dutifully failed to watch it. Should we feel guilty that it’s being cancelled due to that neglect? Should we feel even more guilty that we still won’t get around to watching these new episodes until they’re available in a binge-ready package on Netflix?
Probably not. Futurama is not a show designed to instill feelings of inadequacy. Rather, it’s there to fire you gleefully out of a tube, past Hypnotoads, soap operas with all-robot casts, and the original cast of Star Trek in head-jar form. (Even if Zoidberg insists that our creative endeavors are bad and that we should feel bad.) So upon the eve of its final episode (for real this time!) let’s recount the Futurama moments that will stick in our head forever.
[My only regret is that I had...boneitis.]