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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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Why does Prof. Farnsworth run Planet Express?

The Professor is clearly a physicist and inventor. Is it ever shown why he is running a small scale shipping company with only a handful of employees, instead of (for example) working in a government ...
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How was the cryogenization of Fry not discovered sooner?

I can't find any logical explanation of the key point that makes all of the Futurama series run, at least in the episodes I've seen. I guess that at least Fry's family reported his disappearance to ...
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How do they travel so fast in Futurama?

The speed in which they can travel in spaceships seems way higher than lightspeed, despite it being stated in one episode that their spaceship can only travel up to 99% of the speed of light. For ...
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Does Springfield still exist in the Futurama future?

Does Springfield still exist in the Futurama future? I don't expect to see the characters travel to the future, but if Fry's descendant could survive, so could the Simpsons.
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Why does Planet Express employ Dr. Zoidberg?

For the most part, the Planet Express crew seems to actively dislike Zoidberg, and Professor Farnsworth and Hermes aren't exactly warm fuzzy balls of sympathy and compassion. They have to be employing ...
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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 Simpsons a cartoon or live-action show in the Futurama universe?

It is established here Does Springfield still exist in the Futurama future? that the Simpsons is a show in the Futurama universe. Is it live-action or animated ?
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Why is Zoidberg so poor?

Dr. Zoidberg is known to be very poor. He lives in a dumpster and eats garbage. But wouldn't he be paid similar amount to say, Fry, Bender, Leela, and Scruffy? Fry, Bender, Leela, and Scruffy all ...
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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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How many different versions of Fry are frozen in the Cryogenics Lab in Futurama?

In a number of episodes of Futurama, Fry and other characters travel back in time numerous times, to freeze and unfreeze themselves, and do various other actions in the cryogenics lab. How many ...
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Why does Nibbler's poop only get super heavy after he has pooped it?

Nibbler appears to weigh a normal amount (seen when being picked up, etc.), but then takes a poop and his dark matter excrement is so dense that it has a colossal weight for its size. Where does all ...
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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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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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Why doesn't Fry return to his original time?

Though he's certainly built a life for himself in the future, Fry still has a life (though it's pretty lame) back in the year 2000. Why doesn't he go back in time and stay there? What's keeping him ...
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In the original airing of the pilot, was Nibbler's shadow drawn under the desk in the cryogenics lab?

Space Pilot 3000 was aired on TV the other night, and during the scene where Fry first falls off his chair, you can see Nibbler's shadow on the underside of the desk. This surprised me, as I never ...
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What is the complete list of ships in the Futurama Mobius Dick graveyard for us die hard scifi fans?

In the episode Möbius Dick, the Planet Express crew travel trough a spaceship graveyard in Bermuda Tetrahedron. You could watch a video of this scene on comedycentral.com. We have confirmed 13 of the ...
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Does Leela's lack of depth perception ever affect her adversely?

Leela, as a Cyclops, does not have Binocular vision, therefore she is incapable of depth perception through Stereopsis. Has this ever been mentioned as a weakness, or ever played against her?
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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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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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What kind of Medicine did Doctor Zoidberg study?

He has a Ph.D. and wears a labcoat, but what kind of Medical education did Dr. Zoidberg have?
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Why is Nibbler's name so close to the species name of the Nibblonians?

In the episode "Love's Labours Lost in Space" the Planet Express crew goes to Vergon 6. There they find Nibbler, who was named that by Leela. Ahhh, I'll call him Nibbler -Leela So why is the name ...
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What are Bender's computational specifications?

As in, what kind of processor, how much RAM, and how much hard drive space does Bender have? Also, what operating system does Bender run? Has this been referenced in any episode of Futurama (or in ...
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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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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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Why didn't the DNA scanner find Fry to be the Professor's (great)ⁿ grandfather?

In Futurama, Fry did the nasty in the pasty, so he's his own grandfather. This means he's also the grandfather to his brother, Yancy Jr. In the pilot episode, Space Pilot 3000, the DNA scanner that ...
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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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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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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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What does Leela have on her right forearm?

I checked Wikipedia, Futurama Wiki, and The Infosphere: None of them mentions what the device she has on her right forearm is. What is that?
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Does Bender's Big Score contradict Luck of the Fryrish?

In the Futurama season 3 episode "Luck of the Fryrish", we learn that Fry's brother Yancy had a kid named Philip, after his lost brother. However, in the movie Bender's Big Score, we see Fry travel ...
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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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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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What percent of Fry's DNA comes from his Grandfather in Futurama?

In the episode Roswell That Ends Well Fry's abnormal parentage is revealed. During the commentary David X Cohen challenges viewers to describe that parentage. I would expect to see all possible ...
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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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Who ordered the pizza Fry delivers when he gets frozen?

Was it ever revealed who ordered the pizza Fry delivered for "I.C. Wiener"?
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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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How did they assemble the head collection at New New Yorks Head Museum?

I love the Head Museum! How did they manage to get their lively pre 30th century exibits?
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Why didn't Fry wake up in the evening?

In the pilot episode of Futurama Fry falls into the cryogenic machine just at the stroke of midnight. 1,000 years later Fry awakens from his cryogenic sleep in what appears to be the middle of the ...
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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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What happened to the Planet Express crew Leela and Fry replaced?

Fry and Leela join Planet Express as replacements. What happened to the old Planet Express crew?
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How many people were needed to get back to their original bodies using the mind switching machine?

So in episode "The Prisoner of Benda" broadcast in season 7, the staff switch minds but they can't switch back with each other, so they have to use MATH! Yes, that horrible thing... But to the point, ...
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How many battleships has Zapp Brannigan lost?

How many starships/battleships has Captain Zapp Brannigan lost that were under his direct control, throughout the course of Futurama's seasons and films?
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Does Morbo ever make good on his statements?

Morbo refers to himself as 'the Annihilator' and frequently threatens mankind. Has he or his species ever made good on his threats? Or is Linda right in dismissing him?
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How is Bender able to return to the exact point in spacetime after travelling thousands of years into the past?

In the first Futurama movie "Bender's Big Score", Bender travels back in time to ancient Egypt in order to steal gold and other expensive valuables from pharaoahs. A few seconds later, Bender is seen ...
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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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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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Do the internal inconsistencies of Futurama ever cause it to suffer?

There are some universes which claim or pretend to be consistent and aren't (Star Wars), some which try but know they can't and do their best (Star Trek), some that are consistent, but likely due to a ...
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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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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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What was on the whiteboard during the Futurama Live Q&A?

During the Futurama Live Q&A, there was a message written in one of Futurama's alien languages in the background. What does it say?
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