Futurama is one of those shows that I started off liking but felt was a little bit average – not quite up to The Simpsons. Then The Simpsons nosedived in quality, whereas Futurama became more and more surefooted as it went along. Which makes it all the more sad that it was cancelled after just four years of production (aired as five “seasons”).
I’ve since come to love Futurama at least as much as its yellow-skinned predecessor. A large part of my conversion was due to catching the seemingly endless repeats on Sky, and finally getting under the show’s skin. There’s a gleefully crazed edge to the series which starts to make a disturbing amount of sense once you’ve seen episodes back to back. Moreover the show capitalises on its SF premise with a surprising amount of affection and invention (as well as satire and derision.)
It seems I’m not the only one who feels this way, since there’s now a rumour that the show may go back into production. Although I’m generally in favour (with the calming influence of hindsight) of shows being cancelled before the long downward slide into mediocrity, in Futurama’s case this can only be a good thing.