The animated cartoon series Futurama is the creation of Matt Groening, who also brought us The Simpsons, the longest-running animated show on television. Futurama was introduced in 1999, and was set in the year 3000. Characters on the show include Phillip J. Fry, who was cryogenically frozen just before New Year, 2000, and thawed out in time to usher in the year 3000; Leela Turanga, a one eyed alien woman who works with Fry at the Planet Express Delivery Service; Professor Hubert Farnsworth, Fry's great-great-...-great grand-nephew who runs Planet Express; Bender, a foul-mouthed, hard drinking robot ("bite my shiny metal ass"); Hermie (Hermes Conrad), a Jamaican bureaucrat with a flair for filing; Dr. Zoidberg, a lobster-like alien who provides spurious medical advice for the crew; intern Amy Wong, heir to an unbelievable fortune; and many side characters who have been introduced.
The people doing the voices in the series include, Billy West, Katey Sagal, John Di Maggio, Maurice LaMarche, Lauren Tom, Phill LaMar and Tress MacNeille.
As of the end of 2001 the show is in its 3rd season on Fox Television, although Fox have indicated that they are not going to commission any further seasons. However, due to numerous preemptions and other schedule shuffles, Fox has enough new episodes backlogged for a full year of shows; the fate of Futurama remains somewhat indeterminate.
Unique Development Studios is working on a Futurama video game.