Bite My Shiny Metal Facts, ‘Futurama’ Meatbags
FOX’s Futurama famously traded in nerdy math and science gags, but did you know multiple writers had actual PhDs and Harvard diplomas, even creating a real-life proof for one episode? Or that Simpsons creator Matt Groening nearly pulled the plug over FOX’s nerves about Bender? Set your cryo-tubes for the 31st century, as the 32nd episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?’ blasts off with the Planet Express crew for some sci-fi facts from Futurama.
Groening and executive producer David X. Cohen pitched the series in 1999, developing dozens of characters early on, though FOX took their sweet time agreeing to a number of ideas, including Bender’s attitude, or the infamous Suicide Booth. In fact, FOX denied Groening the same carte blanche he’d enjoyed from creating The Simpsons, a rift that nearly ended development of the series then and there.
‘You Think You Know TV?’ is a ScreenCrush original series that dives deep into the worlds of your favorite TV series and freeze frames a few tidbits you might not have known, as with our other installments for Louie, Charlie Brown, Tales From the Crypt, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Twilight Zone, American Horror Story, The Sopranos, Vikings, Twin Peaks, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, LOST, Seinfeld, Batman: The Animated Series, House of Cards, Power Rangers, Family Guy, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Breaking Bad (x2!), True Detective, Empire, The Simpsons, Hannibal, Star Wars Rebels, Better Call Saul, The X-Files, The Flash, Arrow, Mad Men, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.
Our companion series ‘You Think You Know Movies?’ has already tackled everything from Inside Out to Django Unchained, but now we’re kicking back with some Slurm and Bachelor Chow to bite into shiny metal facts from Futurama.
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