After 14 years and seven seasons, it looks like the Planet Express crew is about to make their final delivery.
Comedy Central has decided not to renew Futurama for an 8th season.
This isn’t the first time Futurama has been cancelled. The futuristic animation originally aired on FOX from 1999-2003. After multiple time-slot moves, FOX executives simply stopped ordering more Futurama episodes. The show went on hiatus until 2007 when Comedy Central picked up four direct-t0-DVD movies, which ran as half-hour specials on the channel. Success of the specials compelled Comedy Central execs to order a 26-episode sixth season and a subsequent seventh season. The show even won an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program in 2011.
But the ratings game seems to have been the cause of the end of Futurama. Fry and gang averaged 2.6 million viewers in 2010, 2.3 million in 2011, and 1.7 million in 2012, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Creator Matt Groening expressed gratitude but optimism about the cancellation.
“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,” said Groening.
Maybe Futurama will come back in the form of a full-length movie? Maybe emerging channels like the revamped comedy-geared FXX will pick up the space explorers?
If this is the end of Futurama, we’re grateful for somehow making a one-eyed purpled-hair girl look incredible and we’ll always remember Bender’s foul-mouthed one liners.