|Original run||28 March, 1999 —|
14 November, 1999
|No. of episodes||13|
|Special guests||See here|
|On DVD(s)||Volume One|
Production Season 1 was the first season of Futurama and the first of the original run. It consisted of 13 episodes, making it the shortest production season so far. It is also the only season to be aired exclusively before the year 2000.
Broadcast wise, the first 9 episodes are considered part of broadcast season 1, while the remaining episodes of the production season are considered part of broadcast season 2, along with episodes from season 2.
Production season 1 deals with perhaps the most important plot development in entirety of Futurama, yet it only takes place during the cold opening of "Space Pilot 3000". Philip J. Fry being frozen and waking up a thousand years later in 2999 sets the setting for the entire show.
Fry meets the people who are to become his closest friends, even if their friendship are largely complicated, Turanga Leela and Bender Bending Rodríguez. Luckily, he has a distant relative in the future, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, who owns a package delivery company, Planet Express. He gets a job there along with his newly found friends. And the setting for the rest of the show is placed.
Leela makes the mistake of sleeping with the famed captain Zapp Brannigan, but on a cruise on the Titanic, Amy manages to start a communication with Kif Kroker, something season 3 would later deal with. In addition to that, season 3 also picks up on Bender's dreams.
As with any first season, there were a lot of ideas to be tested, and some never made it to the subsequence seasons, such as the Professor's PJs-line or Hermes' accent, but also had ideas kept until later seasons, such as Cubert Farnsworth. Matt Groening and David X. Cohen also wanted to introduce a lot of concepts for the future. Ideas of a caste system, which later turned into the gag character Number 9 Man, were also tossed around.
A first season's purpose is always to establish the show about what it is, and where the audience can expect it to go. Despite the intentions, the people at Fox were pretty scared of the show, such as why people were queueing to kill themselves on New Year's Eve.
Animation-wise, the 3D of the show were initially set up late at Rough Draft Studios, as such, the animators first knew late how the Planet Express ship looked like, and as such, most of the drawings of the ship in the early episodes were drawn based on concept drawings, rather than the 3D models.
For the writing staff, the first season saw the biggest number of credited contributors to a Futurama season, with a total of 11 credited writers. Writers such as Evan Gore and Heather Lombard only appeared credited for a single episode (in this case "Fear of a Bot Planet").
In addition, Cohen seems to suggest that this season was one of the hardest seasons to write, due to the initial pressure with coming up with ideas and the limited time they were given.
|Production code||TV Broadcast||#|
|Space Pilot 3000||28 March, 1999||1ACV01||S01E01||1|
|The Series Has Landed||4 April, 1999||1ACV02||S01E02||2|
|I, Roommate||6 April, 1999||1ACV03||S01E03||3|
|Love's Labours Lost in Space||13 April, 1999||1ACV04||S01E04||4|
|Fear of a Bot Planet||20 April, 1999||1ACV05||S01E05||5|
|A Fishful of Dollars||27 April, 1999||1ACV06||S01E06||6|
|My Three Suns||4 May, 1999||1ACV07||S01E07||7|
|A Big Piece of Garbage||11 May, 1999||1ACV08||S01E08||8|
|Hell Is Other Robots||18 May, 1999||1ACV09||S01E09||9|
|A Flight to Remember||26 September, 1999||1ACV10||S02E01||10|
|Mars University||3 October, 1999||1ACV11||S02E02||11|
|When Aliens Attack||7 November, 1999||1ACV12||S02E03||12|
|Fry and the Slurm Factory||14 November, 1999||1ACV13||S02E04||13|
- ^ a b Cohen, David. Commentary for "The Series Has Landed" on Volume One, disc 1.
- ^ Cohen, David. Commentary for "A Big Piece of Garbage" on Volume One, disc 2.
- ^ Cohen, David. Commentary for Bender's Big Score on the DVD.
- ^ Groening, Matt. Commentary for "The Series Has Landed" on Volume One, disc 1.
- ^ Groening, Matt. Commentary for "Space Pilot 3000" on Volume One, disc 1.
- ^ Moore, Rich. Commentary for "I, Roommate" on Volume One, disc 1.
- ^ Cohen, David. Commentary for "Fear of a Bot Planet" on Volume One, disc 2.