Some surprises were expected in the Disney+ catalog with the arrival of Star, but not of this caliber: ‘Futurama’, the extraordinary sci-fi satire by Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, lands on the platform, in Star’s adult animation section, in its entirety. The vicissitudes of a pizza delivery boy in the present who is accidentally cryogenized and wakes up in the future, where he has to work in an intergalactic parcel delivery agency, has earned over the years a well-deserved cult status.
Star has included the seven complete seasons of the series, which include the four classic seasons aired between 1999 and 2003, the fifth formed by several feature films divided into episodes and the last two of its resurrection on Cartoon Network between 2010 and 2013, and very little seen. Disney has divided them into ten seasons, all with the same episodes to make them lighter, but you’ll want to check it out with the episode listing handy. Odd divisions aside, they’re all there.
‘Futurama’ has been partially overshadowed by the massive success of ‘The Simpsons’, but it’s not remotely a lesser series. Although it lacks the absurdist scale and popular culture appeal that decades of uninterrupted broadcasting have given the yellow family, its catalog of iconic characters and situations rivals that of Matt Groening’s most famous series. It is one of the funniest sci-fi comedies in history alongside ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, which is not exactly an easy accomplishment.
Get ready to be reunited not only with Fry, but with Leela, Bender, Professor Farnsworth and Dr. Zoidberg. And Zap Branigan, of course. If you missed the original DVD box sets, nowadays very sought after, you are in luck.