List of references to Futurama in popular culture

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This article lists references to the show Futurama in popular culture, which are references made by other media to Futurama itself.

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Film[edit]

Animation[edit]

Attack of the Drones[edit]

Zoidberg appearing in Attack of the Drones.

Attack of the Drones (link) was the fourth Duck Dodgers short and was released in 2003, though not theatrically, due to the failure of the film Looney Tunes: Back in Action. Dr. Zoidberg makes a cameo appearance in the council, even as much as having a line: "Uh, what do we do?" Billy West voiced him in this appearances, due to his obligations as Porky Pig.

The buildings and animation (2D with 3D sequences) are similar to Futurama's, and this may be due to the involvement of Futurama staff Dwayne Carey-Hill, Eric Kaplan and Rich Moore.

Logorama[edit]

The Slurm logo appearing in Logorama.

In the 2009 short film Logorama, over 2,500 logos are used to tell the story. Among these is the logo for Slurm, which appears among others at KFC. The film's name is similar to Futurama.

Live-action[edit]

The Adventures of Pluto Nash[edit]

In the 2002 film The Adventures of Pluto Nash, a piece of music similar to the Futurama theme can be heard in some scenes set on the moon.

Comic Book: The Movie[edit]

The 2004 mockumentary film Comic Book: The Movie features a Futurama cutout. Some Futurama castmembers also appear in the film, including Matt Groening, Mark Hamill, Maurice LaMarche, and Billy West.

An Inconvenient Truth[edit]

A Futurama clip appearing in An Inconvenient Truth.

The 2006 documentary film An Inconvenient Truth is linked to Futurama in several ways:

Unfaithful[edit]

Futurama appears in the 2002 film Unfaithful. It is unknown where it appears in the movie, but Fox is credited for its use in the film. Christopher Tyng is also listed in the film's credits for the use of "Music from Futurama" in the film.

Internet[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Encyclopædia Dramatica[edit]

Through 4chan, Encyclopædia Dramatica claims that there are four memes associated with Futurama on its page:

Heroes[edit]

The Planet Express ship appearing in Heroes.

A supplement of the TV series, the 2010 Heroes graphic novel "The Trip, Part 1" (#160; link) features the Planet Express ship in a full page panel.

Know Your Meme[edit]

Know Your Meme, a website and web series documenting Internet memes, lists five confirmed memes sourced from Futurama: "Not Sure If X", based on a still of Fry from "The Lesser of Two Evils"; the Hypnotoad; "I Don't Want to Live on This Planet Anymore", based on a quote by Professor Farnsworth from "A Clockwork Origin"; "Shut Up and Take My Money", based on a quote by Fry from "Attack of the Killer App"; and "Why Not Zoidberg?".

Macromeme[edit]

Clamps appearing in Macromeme

Clamps appears in a Macromeme comic (link), where he is shown in a conversation with a robot who has a CAPTCHA tattoo.

Mozilla Firefox[edit]

Bender's catchphrase appearing in Mozilla Firefox.

In Mozilla's Firefox browser (version 3 or later), if one types "about:robots" in the address bar, a page will appear paying tribute to robots in popular culture. The last point is "Robots have shiny metal posteriors which should not be bitten." This is a reference to Bender's catchphrase, "Bite my shiny metal ass!"

Robot Hall of Fame[edit]

Bender was nominated for a place in the Robot Hall of Fame. He was in second place, garnering 30% of the votes.

xkcd[edit]

xkcd comic 233 with accompanying tooltip.

xkcd has made several references to Futurama:

  • The tooltip for comic 233 (link) says "They'd use that Futurama episode with Fry's dog, but even spambots cry at that". This references the CAPTCHA test to determine if a response is computer-generated, as well as the very emotional nature of the episode "Jurassic Bark".
    • Ironically, one of the possible captcha questions that are presented upon editing an Infosphere article is "Did you cry when Seymour Asses died?"
  • In comic 482 (link), the Planet Express ship is visible, and a word balloon proclaims "Hey, a heaping bowl of salt!" This references the episode "My Three Suns", where Fry mentions he once ate a heaping bowl of salt.

Video[edit]

ETC: Entertainment, Technology, Culture[edit]

The 58th episode of the Machinima-run show ETC: Entertainment, Technology, Culture (link) focuses on the return of Futurama to television.

Homestar Runner[edit]

Zoidberg appearing in Homestar Runner.

In the 2008 Homestar Runner Halloween episode "Most in the Graveyard" (link), the Poopsmith is dressed up as Zoidberg. The King of Town also says Professor Farnsworth's catchphrase, "Good news, everyone!", when one clicks the Poopsmith at the end of the episode.

RiffTrax[edit]

In the 2007 RiffTrax commentary for The Star Wars Holiday Special (link), Ackmena tells two aliens to finish their Slurm.

Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series[edit]

Bakura as Hypnotoad in Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series.

Two Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series episodes have referenced Futurama:

WTLNetwork[edit]

Two WTLNetwork videos make references to Futurama:

Music[edit]

Comedy[edit]

Josh Thomas[edit]

Australian comedian Josh Thomas, who has stated he is an atheist, says on the end of his track "Other Sexy Stuff", featured on his 2010 album Things That I Have Said Before, that he follows Oprah Winfrey instead. This could be a nod to Oprahism, a religion mentioned in the episode "Hell Is Other Robots".

Electronic[edit]

Bender vs. Flexo[edit]

The band Bender vs. Flexo takes its name from Bender and Flexo.

Bizzare Contact[edit]

Israeli electronic musician Bizzare Contact's track "Peaches on the Moon", featured on the 2006 compilation The Natural Waves of Sound 003, heavily samples dialogue from "The Series Has Landed".

Dickster and Tron[edit]

Electronic musicians Dickster and Tron's track "A Few Spoonful's", featured on the 2009 compilation Quantum Effects, samples two lines spoken by Professor Farnsworth in the episode "The 30% Iron Chef": "According to the spectrolizer, Spargle's magic ingredient was...water!" and "Laced with nothing more than a few spoonfuls of LSD."

Mike Modular[edit]

Electronic musician Mike Modular's track "Fry Through Space", a collaboration with fellow electronic musician Rinkadink featured on the 2004 compilation Wild Life - Jungle Juice, samples various lines from "Space Pilot 3000".

Rinkadink[edit]

Electronic musician Rinkadink's track "Anyone Seen Bender?", from his 2004 album Rabbit from Darkside, samples dialogue between Bender and the Galactic Entity from "Godfellas"; it also samples a clip of Fry looking for Bender and a clip of H.G. Blob responding to Fry, both from the same episode. "Fry Through Space", a 2004 track by him and Mike Modular featured on the 2004 compilation Wild Life - Jungle Juice, samples various lines from "Space Pilot 3000".

Hip-hop[edit]

DANGERDOOM[edit]

As well as featuring characters from fellow animated television series such as Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Brak Show, Family Guy and Space Ghost Coast to Coast, the song "El Chupa Nibre", from DANGERDOOM's 2005 album The Mouse and the Mask, references the monster El Chupanibre from Futurama in its title. The song "Space Ho's", also on the same album, features the lyric "Look Leela eyeball to eyeballs".

MC Lars[edit]

MC Lars referenced the show in the song "Space Game", from his 2006 album The Graduate, with the lyric "Hey Fry, look, we can still be friends. I won't ask Leela out again".

Beastie Boys[edit]

In 2009, the Beastie Boys released a song called "Too Many Rappers". In the song, there is a line where it is said that they will be rapping "until the year 3000 and beyond". (Click here for the lyrics.) This is likely a reference to Futurama - considering their appearance in "Hell Is Other Robots".

Rock[edit]

Atomic Raygun Attack[edit]

The band Atomic Raygun Attack released an EP entitled Atomic Raygun Attack Presents: The Sting (link) in 2007 which bases its six songs off the Futurama episode "The Sting".

The Devin Townsend Project[edit]

The title of the song "Bend It Like Bender!" by The Devin Townsend Project, from their 2009 album Addicted, references Bender. Additionally, the song contains the line "Game's over, losers! I have all the money!", spoken by Bender in the episode "A Head in the Polls".

Publications[edit]

Comics[edit]

52[edit]

Johnny Warrawa wearing a Bender mask.

In an issue of the comic series 52 (#21, published September, 2006), the Australian mechanic Johnny Warrawa wears a welding mask shaped like Bender's face whilst repairing the droid head of the Red Tornado.

Action Comics[edit]

Zoidberg and Kif appearing in Action Comics.

In Action Comics (#863, published May, 2008), a Legion of Super-Heroes comic, there is a plot involving aliens being sent to a prison camp. Among them is what appears to be Zoidberg and possibly Kif Kroker.

Deadpool / GLI - Summer Fun Spectacular[edit]

In the Deadpool / GLI - Summer Fun Spectacular, published July 2007, Bender can be seen on the television screen in the GLI headquarters.

FoxTrot[edit]

In the lower right corner.

Bender, R2-D2 (Star Wars), and Maximillian (The Black Hole) make a brief cameo appearance. Interestingly, Countdown to Futurama author Matt Tobey, who posted "Futurama Fanarama: Bender in FoxTrot", mistook R2-D2 for "C3PO from Star Trek" (actually from Star Wars) and Maximillian for "Dr. Zaius from The Matrix" (actually from Planet of the Apes). It is possible, however, that he did so knowingly.

Life in Hell[edit]

Bender appearing among rubbish and toys in Life in Hell.

In Matt Groening's comic, Life in Hell, a Bender-like doll appears in a 1999 Christmas strip.

Off The Mark[edit]

Leela (and others) appearing in Off The Mark.

The 17 September, 2009, issue of the single panel comic Off The Mark, created by Mark Parisi, features Leela trying to be chatted up by cyclops Mike Wazowski from the film Monsters, Inc., whilst his friend Sulley is at the bar with Fry and Bender.

Outer Orbit[edit]

The Planet Express Ship appears in an issue of the Dark Horse Comics miniseries Outer Orbit.

Top 10[edit]

In issue 11 of Top 10, a discoloured Fry, Leela, and Bender can be seen in the background of the first frame of page 11. Nibbler is also featured two panels later wearing a shirt saying "Slam", a reference to the DC Comics' Message Board poster who suggested Nibbler as an Easter egg.

Transmetropolitan[edit]

In Transmetropolitan #25, there is a billboard which depicts Leela and Bender.

Young Avengers[edit]

In Young Avengers Special #1 (published February, 2006), the logo for Slurm can be seen on a vending machine being thrown by the Hulkling.

Zits[edit]

Futurama mentioned on Zits.

In a Zits comic (published in the 2001 collection, Big Honkin' Zits), Jeremy is excited about a new Futurama episode.

Magazines[edit]

Cracked[edit]

Cracked was a humour magazine which based most of its material on popular culture. This gallery shows all appearances of Futurama in Cracked:

Forbes[edit]

Mom was included in the 2007 Forbes list of the richest fictional characters. She was ranked at #4 with an estimated net worth of $15.7 billion. MomCorp was also included in the list of "The 25 Largest Fictional Companies" which estimated its sales at $291.8 billion.

Mad[edit]

The Mad magazine parodies many popular culture things, including Futurama. This gallery shows all appearances of Futurama in Mad:

Mother Jones[edit]

Futurama appearing in Mother Jones.

Four panels of Futurama are featured on the back of the May/June, 2001 issue of Mother Jones.

Novels[edit]

Ark Angel[edit]

In the sixth book of the Alex Rider series, Ark Angel (published 1 April, 2005), the CIA hide behind the pseudonym "Creative Ideas Animations". In their SoHo office, they sell, among others, Futurama original drawings.

Television[edit]

Animation[edit]

Aqua Teen Hunger Force[edit]

In an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force called "Bible Fruit" (aired 23 March, 2008), Frylock, Meatwad and Master Shake have a discussion about watching Futurama. It is a joke about Futurama being removed from Adult Swim, as Comedy Central had bought the rights to the show.

    Meatwad: Why don't you ask that TV if he minds showin' me some Futurama. I like me some Futurama.
    Shake: Well now we're too damn cheap to receive it, so go the hell over to Carl Central and watch it to your heart's content.
    Meatwad: Carl gets Futurama?
    Shake: He didn't even want it until we started watching it.

The Cleveland Show[edit]

The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy[edit]

In the episode "Dream Mutt" (aired 17 June, 2005) of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Wiggy Jiggy Jed's line "So you can lick my Candy-striped..." may be a reference to Bender's line, "Bite my shiny metal ass".

Mad[edit]

In the episode "Real Veal / Celebrity Wife Swamp" (aired 5 March, 2012) of the show Mad, Bender makes a cameo appearance in the segment "Real Veal", a parody of the 2011 film Real Steel. He is seen in a robot boxing championship losing to "Real Veal", a robot-cow hybrid.

The PJs[edit]

Fry appearing on a milk carton in The PJs.

In the episode "Cliffhangin' with Mr. Super" (aired 18 August, 2000) of the show The PJs, Fry makes a cameo appearance on a wanted ad on a milk carton, referring to Fry's disappearance after being frozen. This was an act of reciprocation for The PJs being etched onto a manhole cover in the episodes "I Second that Emotion" and "The Luck of the Fryrish", like the The PJs' opening scene.

Shaun the Sheep[edit]

Dark matter appearing on Shaun the Sheep.

In the Shaun the Sheep episode "The Visitor", aired 4 September 2007, the alien's space ship can use sheep feces as fuel. This resembles Nibbler's waste.

South Park[edit]

In the South Park episode "Go God Go" (aired 1 November, 2006), Cartman is stuck in the snow and is buried by an avalanche and is defrosted 500 years later. Although not an explicit reference to Futurama, there is brief reference to cryogenics, and the name of the city "New New Hampshire" is familiar to other names of cities used in Futurama, like "New New York".

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt[edit]

Fry can be seen in the background.

In the second episode of this Japanese anime, several characters from other animes or cartoons can be seen in the background for a brief moment, including Fry.

Family Guy[edit]

See Family Guy.

Live-action[edit]

The Colbert Report[edit]

During the intro for the 22 June, 2009 episode of The Colbert Report, Colbert's interview with author Simon Schama was headlined "Future-Schama", a pun on the name for Futurama.

When talking about the U.S. government not shutting down, Colbert was dismayed in his 11 April, 2011 episode (clip available to all but Canadian and British audiences) that all the countdowns on news channels were unemployed. He even had his own countdown, which he decided to repurpose for a countdown to another Futurama rerun, where he further specified that it would also work for rebroadcasts of his show, as, on Comedy Central, people are never more than an hour away from a Futurama rerun.

The Comedy Central Roast[edit]

The Comedy Central Roasts are events hosted by Comedy Central, when a celebrity is made fun of by other celebrities. During the introduction to the Roast of William Shatner, clips of his appearances in movies and television shows were shown, including a clip of his appearance in the episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before". The same was done for Pamela Anderson, where a clip of her appearance from "A Fishful of Dollars" was used in her montage.

Countdown with Keith Olbermann[edit]

Countdown with Keith Olbermann is a news show hosted by Keith Olbermann who regularly uses catchphrases from The Simpsons and Family Guy, but has recently taken to common use of Professor Farnsworth's catch phrase, "Good news, everyone!"

Tosh.0[edit]

During the recent premiere of the episode "Rebirth", an ad for Tosh.0 came on, where Daniel uses Futurama as a reference to his show.

Doctor Who[edit]

Space-ship Titanic appearing in Doctor Who.

The relaunched Doctor Who contains a few possible references (or just similarities) to Futurama.

  • In the series 1 episode, "The Long Game" (aired 7 May, 2005), a character pretends to be a student at Mars University, to which a medical technician replies, "The Martian boondocks. Typical!"
  • The series 2 episode, "New Earth" (aired 15 April, 2006), which is set in the year five billion and twenty-three in the city of New New York. However, if the city had been more accurately named, it would in fact be "New New New New New New New New New New New New New New New New York" as it was the fifteenth New York.
    • New New York also appears in the series 3 episode, "Gridlock" (aired 14 April, 2007), which is set 30 years after "New Earth". It features a character called Thomas Kincade Brannigan, and has a similar skyline to Futurama. They also briefly refer to the regular New York as "Old New York", as do the 31st century characters in Futurama.
  • The series 5 episode, "The Beast Below" (aired 10 april, 2010), features a "Star Whale", a giant alien species living in the depth of space, and captured by the Starship UK to pilot it. The concept of a whale-like alien living alone in space is similar to that of the four-dimensional space whale in the 2011 Futurama episode "Möbius Dick". (A space whale-based episode was first proposed for Doctor Who in 1985.)

The Einstein Factor[edit]

Contestants in the Australian ABC1 quiz show The Einstein Factor choose a specialty on which to be quizzed during the first round. During episode ten of the 2005 season, a contestant chose Futurama as his specialty. He was the second placing of three contestants in the episode.

Gilmore Girls[edit]

Bender action figure in Gilmore Girls.

In the Gilmore Girls episode "Scene in a Mall" (aired 24 February 2004), Brian has a set of action figures from the show, which he and Zach discuss at length.

Good News Week[edit]

In an episode of Good News Week, broadcast 31st August 2009, Paul McDermott, the host, went to a commercial break saying "Stay tuned meatbags!" Meatbag is a word frequently used by Bender.

Journeyman[edit]

Futurama appearing on a TV in Journeyman.

In the series Journeyman, in the episode "Emily" (aired 19 November, 2007), Dan Vasser travels back in time to the year 2001, and enters his own house and at that time, on a TV screen, a clip from "Parasites Lost" is seen and heard (Professor Farnsworth saying "Come on, let's all give Fry some privacy."). This means that he probably travelled to 21 January.

Kenan & Kel[edit]

In season 4 of the sitcom Kenan & Kel, there is an episode named "Futurama" (aired 31 December, 1999) which is set in the year 3000.

Lost[edit]

Media Watch[edit]

On the 8 September, 2003 episode of Media Watch, a man called Jonathon complained about Futurama being broadcast on Channel Seven. The transcript can be read here.

Modern Family[edit]

In the episode "Manny Get Your Gun", Manny tries to make a prank call under the fake name Seymour Butts.

Stargate Universe[edit]

In the Stargate Universe episode "Earth" (aired 6 November, 2009), Eli Wallace goes under the alias of "Philip Fry".

Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation[edit]

The Australian quiz show, Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation, asks many popular culture questions.

  • On episode 9, aired 30 June 2009, in the round "Your Generation", a true or false question was asked: "Did Darren Shatner, the son of William Shatner, compose the theme song to Futurama?" Generation Y answered true and got the question wrong. Futurama's theme song was actually composed by Christopher Tyng.
  • On the episode aired 26 October 2010, Zoidberg was featured as a cut-out in the game "¡chronoloco!".

Warehouse 13[edit]

On the 8 September, 2009 episode of the Syfy series Warehouse 13 (episode 10, "Breakdown"), Claudia says, "Oh, we're boned!" This is one of Bender’s catch-phrases.

Video Games[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Contra 4[edit]

Bender's name appearing in the credits of Contra 4.

Bender appears credited with his full name on the Special Thanks section in the Contra 4 credits, released 13 November, 2007.

Gears of War 2[edit]

Boneitis appearing in the special thanks of Gears of War 2.

On Gears of War 2, released 7 November, 2008, in the special thanks section for the makers, Mikey Spano says That Guy's quote of "My one regret is that I have Boneitis!". John DiMaggio voices the franchise's main character Marcus Fenix and supporting character Franklin in the game.

Halo 3[edit]

In Halo 3, released 25 September, 2007, there is an easter egg called the "I Would Have Been Your Daddy" skull which makes characters say rare, weird, or uncommon dialog. One of the quotes that may be heard from the UNSC Marine Corps after killing an enemy is "He's pending for a bending!", a phrase which Bender has exclaimed on the rare occasion.

Team Fortress 2[edit]

Brain slugs appearing in Team Fortress 2.

In Team Fortress 2, released 10 October, 2007, an unlockable headgear called "Triboniophorus tyrannus" (released with the first community contribution update on 18 March, 2010) is modelled after the brain slugs on Futurama. It can be seen being made and used here.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2[edit]

In the multiplayer map "Carnival" there are several references to Futurama including:

  • Outside a fake Rocket Ship, there is a planet and in front of it the words "Planet Xpress".

Call of Duty: Black Ops[edit]

In Call of Duty: Black Ops, released 9 November 2010, Richard Nixon is a playable character in the zombie survival mode. Occasionally, he makes references to Futurama by saying things like "NIXON'S BACK!" and "AROOOO!"

TimeSplitters: Future Perfect[edit]

In the game TimeSplitters: Future Perfect, released 21 March, 2005, the Gingerbread Man says Bender's quote of "Bite my crunchy brown ass!" in the character select menu. It can be viewed here.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines[edit]

In the hospital, of the game Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines (16 November, 2004), a patient named D. Marsh is diagnosed with frequent bouts of Sexlexia.

In the bar, Arp Hole, if the player tries to seduce a woman in the bar, one of the dialogue options is, "I find the most erotic part of a woman is the boobies", referencing "Amazon Women in the Mood".

Fallout: New Vegas[edit]

In the Lonesome Road DLC (20 September, 2011), using the "Wild Wasteland" perk, a fossilised dog named "Seymour" can be found in the "Cave of the Abaddon", referencing Fry's dog, which was found by Fry fossilised in the future.

The Sims 3[edit]

The expansion pack Into the Future, released on 22 October, 2013, features three characters that resemble Fry, Leela, and Bender.

MMORPG[edit]

RuneScape[edit]

"Not the whole universe! That's where I keep my stuff!".
  • During the final dialogue of the quest Troll Romance (released 5 January, 2005), Arrg says "This concept of 'love' confuses and infuriates Arrg." This is a reference to a quote said by Lrrr in the episode "Love and Rocket".
  • In the 100th quest, Recipe for Disaster (released 15 March, 2006), when the player is informed by Gypsy Aris that the universe could be destroyed, the player exclaims, "Not the whole universe! That's where I keep my stuff!", a quote originally appearing in Futurama.

World of Warcraft[edit]

Slurm possibly appearing in World of Warcraft.
  • Outside The Exodar, a small black cat called Nibblet can be seen walking around. This is probably a reference to Nibbler from Futurama.
  • In the Apothecarium area. there is a large, stitched together thing that periodically excretes a load of the green goo that fills the Canals. This is vaguely reminiscent of the Slurm Queen's behind in the episode "Fry and the Slurm Factory".

Various[edit]

The Simpsons[edit]

Bender appearing on The Simpsons.

The Simpsons is Matt Groening's other TV show. It easily references Futurama the most of all media because of this connection. This is a small sample of the references. For more, see its main page.

  • In "Bart Gets Famous", there is a head in a jar in a dream about the future from Bart Simpson. This episode aired approximately 5 years and a month before Futurama started, on 3 February, 1994.
  • In Simpsons Comics #99 (published October, 2004), there is a cameo appearance by Bender.
  • In "Future-Drama", aired 17 April, 2005, Bender appears in the hovercar Homer Simpson and Bart are driving after crossing a "quantum tunnel". There are references to heads preserved in jars, Hovercars and cities similar to Futurama. Homer's under water house resembles one that Fry considers buying in "I, Roommate". The title, "Future-Drama", is an obvious reference to the title of Futurama itself.
  • In The Simpsons Game, released 30 October, 2007, Bender and Dr. Zoidberg are characters at the end of Level 15 - "5 Characters In Search Of an Author." Fry also appears in a painting from Matt Groening.

Star Wars[edit]

Bender appearing in Junkheap Hero.
    • The "Bender Droid" also appeared in the novel Death Star, published 16 October, 2007. It is unknown if they are related.
  • There are a few characters in the Star Wars Galaxy with names shared in Futurama, though these might just be coincidences. Among them are Bender, Farnsworth, Fry and Leela.
  • Xamar's species, Khil, has been jokingly referred to as being the same species of Zoidberg, Decapodian.

Transformers[edit]

Exalted[edit]

  • In the Exalted tabletop RPG supplement, Manual of Exalted Power: Alchemicals has a reference to Bender in its index, as part of a joking reference to loops.