Futurama: Season 6 Review

The bottom line is this: Futurama is back. That fact alone almost qualifies Season 6 for a rating of 10. Resurrecting a series from the depths of cancellation is not easy or common, so let us thank the rerun rating gods (and I imagine DVD sales) for convincing Comedy Central to bring back new episodes of this utterly fantastic animated series. Of course, bringing the series back to simply be abysmal and ruin its cult stature would have nullified all the joy of Futurama's return. Though there were some shaky moments early on, the new episodes of Futurama ultimately reminded us why we wanted the series back so badly in the first place.

Basically picking up where Into the Wild Green Yonder left off, the series returned with a great, self-referential opening sequence. Strong though this scene was, the remainder of "Rebirth" felt like middle-of-the-road material, with recycled jokes and storylines. A number of the first episodes from this season, though successful overall, lacked a certain sense of freshness. Storylines alluding to gay marriage controversies ("Proposition Infinity") and jokes built around atrocious Susan Boyle puns ("Attack of the Killer App") gave you the sense that the series was playing catch up. Instead of truly picking up where their last stories left off, these episodes felt like they were taken from scripts pieced together with jokes written during the time the series was off the air.

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