How many seasons did Futurama have

Will there ever be a new season of Futurama?

By Patrick Phillips / .1. November 2019, 3:03 p.m. EDT /. Updated: November 1, 2019, 3:04 p.m. EDT

For fans of Matt Groening's animated science fiction farceFuturamaIt seems like thousands of years have passed since we last saw the Planet Express crew in action. It's hard to believe that it has been a full 20 years since the show made its auspicious premiere on Fox, and that it has been barely six years since the beautifully bittersweet finale brought it to an end.

The series' broken run spawned a handful of Emmys, garnered an extremely dedicated following, and made a legitimate argument for being one of the best animated series of all time. The constantly-challenged show was also seen to be canceled after five glorious seasons by Fox, only to be reborn at Comedy Central almost a decade later and then canceled again after another four seasons. Ratings challenges and cancellations Apart from that, every step on their way, Gröning and company consistently made FuturamaThis rarest animated series that could make you laugh as easily as cry openly into the cosmos.

The mix of simple humor, high-minded insights, and raw, unabashed emotions on the show contributed to thisFuturamaa cult hit in its first run on Fox. It's a big reason the series' famous legacy (along with its fan base) only grew in syndication, which led Comedy Central to revive the show in 2010. And therefore - even after the unexpected gift of a resuscitation with 52 episodes -FuturamaFans are still craving for funnier cosmic adventures with Fry, Leela, Bender, Hermes, Doctor Zoidberg and the rest of the Planet Express gang.

Futurama may have disappeared, but it is far from forgotten

As you read this, you are probably wondering if there is a new season ofFuturamacould be on the horizon sometime. Well, the truth is, we can't say for sure - although with each passing day the prospect of new episodes filled with humor, heart, and mega-obscure pop culture references seems about as likely as breaking free of a brain snail of your own free will. (That is, not likely.)

As sad as this fact may be, we must also ask ourselves whether we really need new episodes of Futurama. This may seem a bit of blasphemy to those of you reading this article in the hopes of finding good news about how Groening is putting the band back together for another run FuturamaIt's insane, but when we ask him we're just trying to acknowledge that all good things come to an end - and the very best of things often ends a little faster than most others.

This, of course, is especially true of television shows, which tend to sparkle and fade with the intensity of a lightning bolt (see Joss WhedonsFirefly) or stay on the air long enough to become a self-parodying, pale shadow of his former self (see GröningsThe simpsons). Although Futurama not burned out as badly asFirefly (which was canceled by Fox before the end of its first season) it still feels like some kind of sparkle-and-fade affair that ensures fans will remember the series for all eternity, what about and what for Most of a gift is TV shows never received.

In any case, we can't help but feel about itFuturamaended exactly how it should be in 2013. This is in large part because Comedy Central's brass did something Fox couldn't do so many years ago - give Gröning and co-creator David X. Cohen a head-up that the end was indeed near. That inside information enabled the duo to make sure the series got a swan song to match, one that tickled the strands of the heart as much as it tickled the funny bone. The finale - simply called 'In the meantime' - more than achieved that goal when Groening and his company permeated the episode with all the wit, amazement, whimsy and insight you would expect Futuramaand the icing on the cake, with a ravishingly romantic slant rarely seen in the annals of animated television.

In all honesty, we can't help but feel so newFuturamaEpisodes would seem irrelevant after that finale. Not only because 'Meanwhile' was one of the best and most effective last series in television history, but also because such loving farewells are so rare in a time when networks and streamers always seem to have their axes ready. After all, one of the most important narrative threadsFuturamaThe great 140 episode run was that time is limited and no matter how many time-delayed devices and / or scenarios you encounter, it's important to appreciate what you have while you have it.

With that in mind, perhaps the best way to honorFuturamais not to keep begging for more, just to keep cherishing it for millennia to come - and given the series' continued success through syndication, streaming, and even a mobile gaming company, it seems certain fans will be flying to friendly skies Fry and the gang for the foreseeable future. Well, if you'll excuse us, we've got some work to do.