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An animated science-fiction TV series [1999-2003, continued 2010-2013], showing the adventures of a 20th century man (Philip J. Fry) woken from a cryogenic sleep into a retro-futuristic 31st century, with strong absurdist leanings.

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If a Niblonian can erase Fry's memories but the Brains can't, does that mean the Niblonians are more powerful than the Brains? [closed]

In season 3 episode 7 "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid" and season 4 episode 10 "The Why of Fry," the Brains' psychic attacks have no effect on Fry, but at the end of The Why of Fry ...
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Is there behind-the-scenes information on which came first, Bender's name, function or alcoholism?

Bender's name is a nice bit of wordplay because he is a bending unit, and also alcoholic (goes on benders). But this reference[1] in Wikipedia says he was named after the character John Bender from ...
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What is Bender made of?

What is Bender (from Futurama) physically constructed out of? He mentions several times that he is "XX% titanium/lead/etc" but I don't recall the specific materials and proportions. This question ...
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Why doesn't killing Hitler and Eleanor Roosevelt change the future?

In The Late Philip J. Fry (S06E07), the professor invents a forward time machine which causes an adventure through future years in order to find a backward time machine (after the professor overshoots)...
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Does Bender ever kill a human?

One of Bender's best known phrases, and a running joke of the series, is that he wants to 'Kill All Humans'. Does he ever even kill one human? I ask because I saw Does Bender Ever Actually Kill A ...
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Why is Leela 'The Other'?

In 'The Why of Fry' when Fry is finding out why the Nibblonians froze him, he finds out that Leela is worth saving in the Future. Nibbler refers to Leela as 'The Other'. What does that mean?
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Was Bender originally a slave?

Bender Bending Rodríguez is a Robot, he was built as Bending Unit 22. But what was he built for? I mean, did Mom's Friendly Robot Company sell him to another organization for profit? This is what a ...
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Why doesn't dirt need luck?

Out of all the obscure jokes and references in Futurama, this one puzzles me the most: In The Luck of the Fryrish, the professor says that "dirt doesn't need luck" and looks very content. What does he ...
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What's the supposed pun behind the name I.C. Wiener?

I don't understand the supposed pun in the name "I.C. Wiener". The best explanation I’ve read is that “I.C.” is like “Icy”, referring to the cryogenically frozen people, but this looks too ...
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What is the "Sexateria"?

In Futurama episode two "This Series Has Landed", Bender says this about Fry: You're the kind of guy who visits Jerusalem and doesn't want to see the "Sexateria." What is this referring to?
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What did Zapp Brannigan do to earn his post?

Zapp Brannigan is repeatedly shown to be incompetent. However, he is the captain of the Nimbus and a rather high ranking officer in DOOP. Is there anything that would indicate what he did to get to ...
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What is the lifespan of Humans in Futurama?

As you see in Futurama, people can be very old and still function. The Professor is over 150 and you even see Werstrom passing 120(?). Mom, from Mom's Friendly Robot Company is even older. When ...
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With how many beings has Fry had "relations"?

Fry had a convoluted love life, if his relation with Leela wasn't complicated enough, he also managed the outstanding feat of being his own grandfather. I lost the count somewhere and his Love life ...
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Shouldn't Leela's parents' mailbox say "Leela" instead of "Turanga"?

How did the writers not notice that the mailbox of Leela's parents says "Turanga," and not "Leela"? Turanga Leela is Leela's proper name, with Leela being her surname, so shouldn't it follow that her ...
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In Futurama, how many beings has Leela slept with?

How many different beings has Leela slept with in Futurama? So far I count only 3 (Fry, Zapp and Bender), am I missing some? "You were like a machine!" Leela in Ep. 7ACV16 T.: The ...
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What was the equation shown in Benderama?

In the S8E2 episode of Futurama, Benderama, The Professor generates an equation to track the number of Benders that will be generated. It was shown on the screen for a few seconds. Can someone ...
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Is the Lamprey Vivant dish in Disenchantment related to the creature in the Futurama movies?

Is the Lamprey Vivant dish in Disenchantment in any way related to the creature in the Futurama movies? Disenchantment: Season 1 Episode 6 - 14:30
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Was there a common influence for the characters Leela on Futurama and Aeryn on Farscape

I recently started watching the series Farscape and something that struck me were the similarities between the character Aeryn and Leela from Futurama, detailed below. Both shows were made in 1999, ...
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Was Zoidberg a competent doctor before the Yeti crushed his skull?

In "The Tip of the Zoidberg" we see a fairly well adjusted Zoidberg get his head crushed by the Yeti. Was the Yeti injury the cause of his incompetence?
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Planet Express Ship Blueprints

Is there a blueprint for the Planet Express Ship? We've seen most of the ship but it's not defined where all the rooms are. Currently we've seen the deck, loading dock, the hallway, the kitchen, the ...
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Which Bone is Leela Missing?

In Season 8, Episode 9 of Futurama, called "Fry Am the Egg Man", Leela says that she has 205 bones in her body. A normal human has 206 (at adulthood), so what bone is Leela missing?
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How many parallel universes exist in Futurama?

In the first season, Fry is taken to and shown the edge of the universe, which looks onto a parallel universe. Fry turns to the Professor and asks, "Is there an infinite number of universes?," and the ...
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Is Yancy Fry Sr able to emit Delta Waves?

So Philip J. Fry's brain is unable to produce delta waves because Fry Yet, Yancy Fry Sr. is still Philip's father. So Fry is also And thus, Yancy is So, is Yancy Sr able to emit Delta Waves ?
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Which alien destroys Old New York?

In the first episode, whilst Fry is in the cryo-tube, we see New York is destroyed (several?) times. Which aliens were these? Or do we not know due to records being destroyed?
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Futurama, birther movement parody and a southern border wall reference

I'm rewatching this season of Futurama. In Futurama Season 7, episode 3, aired on June 27th, 2012, there is episode, and a part that I copied from subtitles: "Decision 3012" is the third episode of ...
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Why does Bender need to sleep?

Why does Bender need to sleep? He does this at least in a couple of episodes, like Godfellas, Bendless Love, and The Honking. I believe other robots also sleep, so I don't think this is unique to him? ...
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What is the basis for Zapp Brannigan's uniform?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes "Encounter at Farpoint" and "Lonely Among Us", we see guys in miniskirts: Did those miniskirts inspire Zapp Branigan's outfit?
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Why does Kif appear at the end of "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"?

In the closing credits of "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" (Futurama Season 4, Episode 11) we are shown a collection of stills that appeared in the show, to the sound of a variant of the Star Trek theme....
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Why didn't Zoidberg die after having sex with the professor when Fry and Leela were in their bodies?

Why didn't Zoidberg die after having sex with the professor when Fry and Leela were in their bodies? Maybe it's mass psychological trauma that causes his people to die after copulation?
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How did Cubert not know the speed of light?

In the Futurama episode "A Clone Of My Own", Professor Farnsworth creates a clone of himself, Cubert, to carry on his research after his death. Cubert doesn't share all the Professor's knowledge - it ...
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Why didn't Zoidberg know that Leela wasn't an alien?

In "The Tip of The Zoidberg" both the Professor and Mom claim that Zoidberg is an excellent doctor for aliens. But if that is true why didn't he know that Leela wasn't an alien before she found her ...
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What happened to the bomb in Bender?

On Futurama in the episode "War is the H-Word", Bender was fitted with a bomb that when Bender utters "Ass", would blow up an 'enemy' planet. The bomb was modified to activate under a different word ...
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Was Bender programmed to be evil?

The character Bender Rodriguez in Futurama is a robot. He was built and programmed by Mom Corp. When he popped off the assembly line, was he programmed to be evil (i.e. his adorably greedy, ...
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How Deep Are Bender's Insides?

Bender often pulls large objects from his torso cupboard, but how deep or how much empty space is he capable of storing? Can he bend space around the perimeters of the frame of his torso's door? If ...
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Are there more bending units named Bender?

Bender is a bending unit. Bender was given the name Bender, same as Flexo was given his name. Under the assumption that bending units are given names having to do with bending, are there other ...
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How old is Bender?

In Rosewell That Ends Well, Bender is left behind in 1947 Roswell and is eventually recovered in 3002. Source: Wikipedia In Bender's Big Score, Bender uses the paradox-correcting time travel code to ...
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Why didn't Zoidberg die in Bender's Game?

In Bender's Game, when they arrive in the D&D universe, Greyfarn the Wizard explains that if they're killed in that universe, they'll be killed in the regular universe too. Later, Leegola kills ...
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Why do Turanga Leela and her family put their surname first?

What I know already: When stating her name, Turanga Leela's surname comes first (her parents' names are Turanga Morris and Turanga Munda). Some cultures put the surname last, others put it first. ...
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How old are Mom and her children?

In one of the earlier episodes the Professor is going to be taken away by the Reapers to go to a retirement community in space at the age of 150(?). And from one of the movies we learn that the ...
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Are the owls in Futurama a backwards reference to Blade Runner and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Owls in Futurama are so numerous and plentiful that they are considered a pest. Conversely, the electric owl in Blade Runner represents something beautiful that no longer exists. And in a larger sense,...
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Significance (or otherwise) of the Headless Spiro Agnew

There have been many disembodied heads depicted on Futurama, some of which have obtained some form of body at one stage or another (e.g. Nixon procuring 1st the body of Bender then of a Transformer, ...
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How did Dr. Zoidberg get his degree in medicine? [duplicate]

Dr. Zoidberg is a terrible doctor. How did he manage to pass his course?
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Does the Nibblonian excrement, 'Dark Matter', have anything to do with real life 'Dark Matter'?

When the Nibblonians eat their food it is digested and it comes out as dense black balls known as 'Dark Matter'. I've also heard of 'Dark Matter' in real life, and was wondering if has anything to do ...
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What was written on the paper Bender gave Leela and Fry that said what would happen if they ended up together?

Season 6 episode 12, overclockwise. What was written on the paper Bender gave Leela and Fry that said what would happen if they ended up together?
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When did Earth stop selecting jobs for its inhabitants?

In the pilot episode of Futurama, Fry doesn't want his pre-selected job, a delivery boy. Leela informs him that: You're assigned the job you're best at. There are severe punishments for not doing ...
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Does the Futurama TV show have jokes relating to the 1939 Futurama exhibit?

I’m curious about the relationship of the TV show Futurama and the original Norman Bel Geddes exhibit from which it took its name. Are there any specific jokes or Easter eggs in the show relating to ...
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How Does Bender Store Everything? [duplicate]

Bender Rodriguez. The lovable robot with a SERIOUS alcohol problem. One thing always perplexed me, though. How does he store everything? How did he get all these treasures? He stored them in his ...
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What is the story behind the Thug Life tattoo?

In one Futurama episode, Farnsworth makes a remark about Fry's small Bender tattoo, just saying it's a little ink. Then Farnsworth left showing a large tattoo of the words "Thug Life". In other ...
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What is the current main source of power in Futurama?

What kind of power do the people of Futurama use currently? In the film Bender's Game, Farnsworth rendered all dark matter inert with his anti-backwards crystal. After that, he "invented" a new ...
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Did Bender grow or did he replace his shell?

At the end of the Lethal Inspection episode of Futurama, we could see a baby Bender exiting from production for inspection. This unit is significantly smaller than the Bender we know. How does he get ...

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