Futurama: "Rebirth" Review

Advance Review: Seven years after being cancelled by Fox, Futurama makes a return to broadcast television this Thursday night. Well, seven years and four straight-to-DVD movies. When you have a show as smart and hilarious as Futurama, it's difficult to keep it down. I cursed the day the series was cancelled and was thrilled to learn Comedy Central would be bring the show back. But will it be worth it? After watching the first of two new episodes, the answer is "maybe."

A good series in its original run usually has a decent, propelling momentum going. It may take a little time, but that series will eventually find its groove and its unique voice and really start producing its best episodes. Futurama had found that groove and was seemingly at the top of its game when Fox gave it the boot. It's those episodes that fans have watched and loved over and over again on Adult Swim and Comedy Central. The four movies were an extension of the series, but aren't as revered as those original episodes. I found them to be hit and miss, enjoying them as a visit with old friends that never quite lives up to the good times we once had. So Futurama no longer had that momentum. Trying to reclaim it or restart it may be a fruitless effort, but we fans can't help but hope the return of Futurama might actually mean the return of Futurama.

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