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The Hopes and Horrors of the Future: An Analysis of Futurama

This post is going to contain spoilers for Futurama. If you don't want major points of the show spoiled, then it might be a good idea to avoid this post. * I'm not sure I'm going to think of the future more than I have this year. With things seemingly getting more and more bizarre, imagining how humanity is going to progress in, say, 1000 years can be a fun or, alternatively, absolutely terrifying experiment. Fortunately, I don't have to imagine too much for myself because Matt Groening already did all the thinking for me in the late 90s when he thought up Futurama, an animated science fiction sitcom set in the year 3000. Futurama is not just an excellent show. It almost feels revolutionary. I've never seen a cartoon for adults that is able to interrogate both the tropes of the sitcom and the tropes of the episodic sci-fi show before, and I'm not sure I'm going to see one again. Watching it has a child and rewatching it again as an adult living through world