Brand new Futurama on Sky One

Matt Groening’s Futurama was cursed with the whole ‘it’s not as good as The Simpsons’ thing, which, taking a step back, is the most unfair comparison you can fling at a show. I mean, you don’t point at John Lennon’s solo work and puke in a bucket because it’s not as good as ‘I Am The Walrus’ do you? You do? Idiot.

Anyway, Futurama is every bit as good as The Simpsons, even if it’s completely different. It’s well written, tight as a drum and so funny at time that it can turn your insides into pâté. Pâté that keeps repeating on you and making you laugh all over again.

Well Futuramafans, the show is returning to our screens with brand new shows and brand spanking gags on Sunday 30th August at 6pm on Sky1.

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet (aka, those of you who have been living underground in a disused badger set), Futurama is set in the 31st century and stars Fry, the 20th century pizza delivery poindexter who awoke in the year 3000. There, he teams up with Leela (who most humans will have a weird crush on, despite the fact she’s a cyclops) and the astoundingly good Bender, who is crude and usually hammered on scotch.

First new episode, ‘ Bender’s Game’, we see that fuel prices have skyrocketed and the Planet Express crew set off on a dangerous mission: to infiltrate the world’s only dark-matter mine, source of all spaceship fuel.

Naturally, things don’t go to plan and they end up in a medieval land of dragons and sorcery and intoxicated knights who look suspiciously like Bender. Leela is transformed into a centaur and the gang soon become embroiled in a Lord of the Rings-esque mission…

The new shows, as ever, feature guest appearances from a whole host of celebrities including George Takei (Star Trek), Snoop Dogg and Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy). It should be great. It always is.

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