Philip J. Fry is a twenty-five-year-old pizza delivery boy whose life is going nowhere. When he accidentally freezes himself on December 31, 1999, he wakes up one thousand years in the future, and has a chance to make a fresh start. He goes to work for the Planet Express Corporation, a futuristic delivery service that transports packages to all five quadrants of the universe. His companions include the delivery ship's Captain, Leela, a beautiful one-eyed female alien who kicks some serious butt, and Bender, a robot with very human flaws.
The future is here!
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Did You Know?
According to Matt Groening
, viewers were able to decipher the alien language that is sometimes seen in the background the same night as the pilot episode aired. The only primer for the code in that episode was a sign that read "Drink Slurm". The sign appeared once with the word "Drink" written in the alien code and once in plain English. This resulted in the producers creating a second, more complex alien code to be seen in the background of later episodes. See more
Fry is frozen in New York; 1000 years later he is unfrozen above ground despite old New York being built over. See more
Bite my shiny metal ass!
The production company logo shown at the very end of the show is "30th Century Fox". See more
The series was cancelled after season 5, but was revived several years later on a different network. First, the 4 direct-to-DVD movies that had been made following the cancellation were split into 4 episodes each and shown as 16 episodes forming season 6. The "season 6" listed here was shown as season 7, and the "season 7" listed here was shown as season 8.
After that, in syndication and some streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, the split-up movies were still labelled as season 6, but the following 2 seasons were themselves split into 4 seasons of 13 episodes each, and called seasons 7 through 10.
Each of the 4 parts split from a single movie had its own credits with unique features, such as the 1930s cartoon and the slogan at the end of the opening credits, were new and different for each episode. See more
Referenced in Escape from Planet Earth