Futurama (season 6)

The sixth season of Futurama originally aired on Comedy Central from June 24, 2010, to September 8, 2011, and consisted of 26 episodes. The season marks the change of networks from Fox to Comedy Central.[1]

The first 13 episodes (known as Season 6-A[2]) aired during 2010, and the remaining 13 episodes (known as Season 6-B[2]) aired during 2011.[3] This makes the episode "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" the mid-season finale, despite airing almost twelve weeks after Futurama's 100th episode.[4] The final episode of the season, "Reincarnation", aired on September 8, 2011 as a three-segment non-canonical special after the official season finale.[5]

The first 13 episodes of the season have been released on a box set called Futurama: Volume 5, on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. It was released in the United States and Canada, on December 21, 2010, and on UK DVD on boxing day 2011.[6] The remaining 13 episodes are available on a box set called Futurama: Volume 6, which was released in the United States and Canada on December 20, 2011.[7] Both volumes have all episodes ordered in production order as was the case with Volumes 1–4.

Futurama (season 6)
Futurama Volume 5
Futurama Volume 6
DVD cover for Volume Five (left) and Volume Six
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes26
Release
Original networkComedy Central
Original releaseJune 24, 2010 –
September 8, 2011
Season chronology

Production

With the future of the series uncertain at the time of production, the final of the four film releases Into the Wild Green Yonder was designed to stand as the final episode of the Futurama series. However, both Matt Groening and David X. Cohen had expressed a desire to continue the franchise in some form, including as a theatrical film.[8] In an interview with CNN, Groening said that "we have a great relationship with Comedy Central and we would love to do more episodes for them, but I don't know... We're having discussions and there is some enthusiasm but I can't tell if it's just me."[9]

On June 9, 2009, 20th Century Fox announced that Comedy Central had picked up the show for 26 new half-hour episodes that began airing on June 24, 2010.[10][11][12] Due to budget concessions, the number of returning writing staff had to be reduced.[13] Initial voice actor contract talks resulted in a dispute, with 20th Century Fox reportedly refusing to meet the cast's demands for $75,000 per episode.[14] The claim was strenuously denied by members of the cast, and on July 17, 2009 Fox announced that auditions would be held to recast the characters.[15] Groening and Cohen had no part in the discussions, with the former stating "we hope that Fox and the actors can come to an agreement as soon as possible."[16] It was speculated by some in the media that this was merely a ploy in order to get the cast to agree to Fox's offer, citing a similar situation with the cast of The Simpsons as a previous example.[17] The dispute resulted in the voice cast being unable to attend the Futurama booth at Comic Con 2009. However, a deal was struck and on July 31, 2009, it was announced that the full original voice cast would be returning.[18]

Groening, Cohen and the cast expressed extreme optimism for the return of Futurama, with Katey Sagal and Phil LaMarr claiming that the new season's episodes are "hysterical" and "the best yet".[19] Commenting on the revival, Groening revealed that several plots for the upcoming episodes had actually been devised during or even before the original run of the series.[13] Groening has also explained that he had been inspired by J. J. Abrams' Star Trek film, and had even considered rebooting Futurama, before opting for a "rebirth".[13][20]

"Overclockwise" was originally written to serve as an open-ended series finale, much in the way that the season 4 episode "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" and the film Into the Wild Green Yonder were produced, in case the show did not get renewed.[21][22] It was eventually announced on March 24, 2011, that the show was renewed by Comedy Central for a seventh production season.[23]

Episodes

Comedy Central chose to air the second half of this season out of the intended production order. This list is depicted in production order as this is the order used in Volume 6 and intended by the producers.[24]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
Part 1
891"Rebirth"Frank MarinoStory by : David X. Cohen & Matt Groening
Teleplay by : David X. Cohen
June 24, 20106ACV012.92[25]
Set after the events of Into the Wild Green Yonder, Fry finds his body covered in severe burns but cannot remember why. Professor Farnsworth reveals that the wormhole the Planet Express crew flew through to escape Zapp Brannigan led them back to Earth, where both ships crashed and killed everyone else. Farnsworth uses a birthing machine and resurrects everyone except Leela, who emerges in a supposedly irreversible coma. Devastated, Fry creates a robot replica of Leela with all her memories uploaded into it to continue their newfound relationship. However, the real Leela reawakens from her coma and gets into a fight with the robot Leela over Fry. Fry refuses to shoot either Leela when given the choice and accidentally shoots himself instead, and is revealed to be a robot as well. Farnsworth explains that the real Fry died protecting Leela in the crash and could not be resurrected in the then-incomplete birthing machine, so Leela made a robot replica of him that malfunctioned, killing her and leaving the robot Fry's body burned. Suddenly, the real Fry emerges from the birthing machine as it turns out the process was merely delayed for him. The robot Fry and Leela become a couple since they are already in love with each other, as do the real Fry and Leela, and the Planet Express crew celebrate their complete return.
902"In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela"Dwayne Carey-HillStory by : Carolyn Premish & Matt Groening
Teleplay by : Carolyn Premish
June 24, 20106ACV022.78[25]
A rogue death sphere called the V-GINY, bent on censoring and destroying planets it deems to be indecent, is headed for Earth. Leela volunteers to destroy the death sphere, and reluctantly allows Zapp to come along. Their attack is disrupted and they crash land on an unknown planet similar to the Garden of Eden. Zapp shows his concerns for Leela's safety, causing Leela to gradually grow attracted to him. The two witness Earth's apparent destruction and decide to repopulate the human race à la Adam and Eve. At this point, however, Leela notices that some "fruit" Zapp had given her was actually trail mix Fry gave her, and Zapp confesses that everything was merely an elaborate scheme, including the Earth's destruction which was faked using a holographic projector from their ship, for her to think better of him and have sex with him. Furthermore, the two are actually on an island serving as the last unspoiled spot of nature on Earth. The V-GINY arrives at Earth and decides to spare it if "Adam" (Zapp) and "Eve" (Leela) have sexual intercourse, which they do much to the horror of the Planet Express crew.
913"Attack of the Killer App"Stephen SandovalPatric M. VerroneJuly 1, 20106ACV032.16[26]
Everyone in New New York buys the latest, state of the art eyePhone, a device developed by Mom which is implanted in a person's eye that allows users to record videos and post them online. Fry and Bender challenge each other to see who can gain one million followers on their Twitcher accounts, with the loser having to dive into a pool of goat vomit and diarrhea. With Bender in the lead, Fry resorts to posting an embarrassing video of Leela revealing she has a singing boil on her rear named Susan, gaining him enough followers to end the bet with a tie. However, Leela is humiliated, so Fry posts a video of himself diving into the pool out of guilt, which everyone watches and causes them to forget about the video of Leela. Fry and Leela reconcile, completely unaware that Mom has infected all of Fry and Bender's followers with a virus that turns them into mindless zombies to make them buy more eyePhones.
924"Proposition Infinity"Crystal Chesney-ThompsonMichael RoweJuly 8, 20106ACV042.01[27]
Kif breaks up with Amy when she begins showing interest in "bad boys", which leads her to become attracted to Bender. The two engage in a secret robosexual relationship, a taboo romantic relationship between a robot and a human, much to the prejudice of Farnsworth since one of his girlfriends from his youth left him for a robot. With the support of the rest of the crew, Bender and Amy become engaged and hold a ballot proposition called Proposition Infinity, which they hope will lift the ban on robosexual marriage, with Farnsworth representing the opposing party. While arguing against Bender, Farnsworth suddenly remembers that his old girlfriend was also a robot. Not wanting to lose the debate after revealing he too was robosexual, Farnsworth has a change of heart and supports Proposition Infinity, which is passed as law and legalizes robosexual marriage. However, Bender leaves Amy and begins dating fembots again when he realizes that robosexual marriage is monogamous. Fortunately for Amy, she gets back together with Kif after discovering that he has by now adopted a "bad boy" attitude for her.
935"The Duh-Vinci Code"Raymie MuzquizMaiya WilliamsJuly 15, 20106ACV052.20[28]
Fry discovers a drawing of Leonardo da Vinci's fabled lost invention hidden in the inventor's beard that Farnsworth had kept. Farnsworth examines The Last Supper and discovers that the image of Saint James was painted over that of an ancient robot. The Planet Express crew go to Rome, enter Saint James' crypt and find the robot, Animatronio, who seemingly dies before he can reveal any information. Further clues and investigation lead the crew to the Pantheon, where they uncover Leonardo's secret workshop filled with all his inventions. Animatronio suddenly reappears, having faked his death, and tries to kill the crew to keep the discovery a secret, but unwittingly reveals that all of Leonardo's inventions assemble to form a spacecraft. Fry and Farnsworth enter the craft and are taken to Vinci, a planet inhabited by humanoid intellectuals including Leonardo himself, who came to Earth as a means to escape being bullied as the stupidest among his peers, but became infuriated by how much more stupid its inhabitants were. Leonardo uses his missing drawing to build a giant machine designed to kill his tormentors, but Fry sabotages it before it can do so. As a last resort, Leonardo pulls a lever on the machine which drops a giant cog on him and crushes him to death. Fry and Farnsworth then take the spacecraft back to Earth.
946"Lethal Inspection"Ray ClaffeyEric HorstedJuly 22, 20106ACV061.92[29]
Bender learns that he was never given a backup unit that allows the memories of robots to be uploaded into new bodies when they die, meaning he is not immortal as he always thought. With the help of Hermes, Bender decides to confront his inspector from when he was first manufactured, known to him only as Inspector 5. All information on Inspector 5 turns up missing at the Central Bureaucracy where he worked, so Bender calls Mom's Friendly Robot Company to report his fatal defect. Not wanting a flawed robot to roam around in public, Mom sends killbots after Bender. Bender's and Hermes' escape takes them to Tijuana, Mexico, where Bender was manufactured. Bender goes to Inspector 5's home to find once again that he is not there, and is forced to accept his own mortality. The killbots continue to try and kill Bender until Hermes fakes his death by accessing Inspector 5's database and labels Bender as "terminated", ending the pursuit. Bender returns home with Hermes with newfound pride in his mortality, oblivious as Hermes pulls out Inspector 5's missing profile and burns it, revealing himself as Inspector 5. A series of flashbacks then show how Hermes overrode the baby Bender's defect and quit his job because he could not bring himself to dispose of him, and how he kept all information on his identity a secret during the search with Bender.
957"The Late Philip J. Fry"Peter AvanzinoLewis MortonJuly 29, 20106ACV072.05[30]
Fry arrives late for lunch with Leela on her birthday and promises to make it up to her by taking her to Cavern on the Green that evening. Before he can leave to meet her for their date, Farnsworth forces him and Bender to test his new time machine by sending it forward in time by one minute, so Fry decides to make a birthday video recording card apologizing to Leela for being late again. Unfortunately, Farnsworth accidentally sets the machine to send them into the year 10,000 AD, and the card is lost in the time vortex outside. Because their time machine can only travel into the future, Fry, Bender, and Farnsworth continue traveling through time until a backwards time machine is invented. Meanwhile, Leela assumes Fry stood her up again to go a robot strip club which is reported to have been destroyed in an accident, leading her to believe he is dead until she reads his card, which reappears in the year 3050. Realizing Fry did not mean to stand her up, Leela goes back to Cavern on the Green and leaves a message in stalagmites for Fry to find, reading how she cherished their time together. Fry finds the message in the year One Billion, when all life is extinct. With no hope of finding another time machine, Fry, Bender, and Farnsworth watch the end of the universe together, which leads to a second Big Bang after which all time repeats itself. The time machine returns to the point in time before it first left, crushing the new universe's Fry, Bender, and Farnsworth beneath it in the process and allowing Fry to reach his date with Leela on time.
968"That Darn Katz!"Frank MarinoJosh WeinsteinAugust 5, 20106ACV081.95[31]
Amy applies for her doctorate in applied physics by presenting a thesis for harnessing the power of Earth's rotation, but is interrupted due to her allergy to the committee chairman Professor Katz's cat and rejected. The cat follows the Planet Express crew home and summons a group of other cats in a flying saucer to brainwash the rest of the crew except for Amy and Nibbler, who discover Katz's cat to be the chairman's true identity and all cats to be a hyper-intelligent alien race from Thuban 9, a planet that lost its rotation and led to extreme temperatures on both eastern and western hemispheres. Katz uses Amy's thesis to build a machine powered by the brainwashed crew that transfers Earth's rotational energy to Thuban 9. Free from the cats' control, the crew is unable to reverse the process when Amy suddenly realizes they can instead continue it until they restore the planet's rotation, albeit in the opposite direction. The plan is successful, once again halting the rotation of Thuban 9, and Amy receives her doctorate for her efforts.
979"A Clockwork Origin"Dwayne Carey-HillDan VebberAugust 12, 20106ACV091.96[32]
Farnsworth tries to prove the theory of evolution to creationist orangutan Dr. Banjo by discovering and presenting the final missing link between ape and man, but is dismissed when Banjo becomes the curator of the museum where Farnsworth displays his archeological find. Farnsworth decides he would rather not live on Earth anymore and has his crew relocate him to a distant, lifeless asteroid, using nanobots to turn the toxic minerals present into a habitable landscape. In mere hours, the nanobots evolve into robotic trilobites and devour the Planet Express ship. While trying to survive over the next few days, the crew witnesses the trilobites evolve into mechanical dinosaurs, which are wiped out by a solar flare and allow robotic mammals to evolve into modern-day humanoids. The crew is discovered by a robot naturalist who brings the discovery of intelligent, carbon-based life forms to the attention of the robot society, but Farnsworth is put on trial when he reveals the creationist-like fact that he is the source of their society. By the time the court reaches a verdict the next day, the robots have evolved into energy-based life forms and abandon the issue altogether, deeming it beneath them. The crew returns to Earth using a ship made from robot dinosaur parts and, in the wake of Farnsworth being the catalyst of robot evolution, Farnsworth and Dr. Banjo reconcile their differing beliefs.
9810"The Prisoner of Benda"Stephen SandovalKen KeelerAugust 19, 20106ACV101.77[33]
Farnsworth switches his body with Amy's using his latest invention so that he can relive his youth and Amy may gorge out like she always wanted. Upon doing so, they find they cannot switch their bodies back with each other, so they try to see if they can return to normal by switching their minds with the rest of the crew. Bender volunteers to switch minds with Farnsworth so he can use Amy's body to rob the yacht of Robohungarian emperor Nikolai, while Farnsworth joins a circus in Bender's body. Bender is caught by Nikolai, but tricks him into switching bodies with a robot bucket so he can live the life of an emperor. However, he discovers that Nikolai's wife and cousin are plotting to kill him, but is rescued by Farnsworth. Meanwhile, Leela switches bodies with Amy in Farnsworth's body when she comes to believe that Fry only loves her for her body, which leads to Fry switching bodies with Zoidberg to get back at her. To prove neither of them are shallow, the two go on a date and try to gross each other out until they ultimately make out and have sex. Amy, who switched bodies with Hermes after overeating in Leela's body so he may slim it back down, witnesses them making out and loses her appetite for good. In the end, everyone returns to their original bodies by adding the bodies of two Globetrotters who deduced the solution to the equation.
9911"Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences"Crystal Chesney-ThompsonPatric M. VerroneAugust 26, 20106ACV111.98[34]
Lrrr becomes unmotivated in his conquering of planets due to a midlife crisis. He tries to take over Earth to appease Ndnd, but fails when he arrives at Comic Con where he is mistaken for a costume contest participant, and is subsequently kicked out of his home by Ndnd. He moves into the Planet Express building and decides to take up dating again, falling in love with a female Omnicronian named Grrl until he discovers her to be a human in a costume who saw him at Comic Con. Lrrr decides to follow Leela's advice to win back Ndnd by staging an invasion of Earth broadcast by Orson Welles à la the 1938 "War of the Worlds" broadcast, which not only fools Ndnd, but also tricks Earth into actually surrendering. Leela scolds Lrrr and demands he tell Ndnd the truth, but he is unable due to her renewed romantic interest in him. Lrrr is later caught with Leela by the suspicious Ndnd and admits he faked the invasion and had an affair with Grrl, but Ndnd disregards those facts as she is only upset that he is letting Leela nag him. Lrrr is forced to prove his love to Ndnd by shooting Leela with a disintegration ray, but as he fires, Fry takes the shot and sacrifices himself to protect Leela. Ndnd gets back together with Lrrr since he was at least willing to shoot Leela, and Fry is found to be alive since the "disintegration ray" turns out to be a novelty teleportation ray.
10012"The Mutants Are Revolting"Raymie MuzquizEric HorstedSeptember 2, 20106ACV121.79[35]
After making their 100th delivery, for which Bender organizes a huge party, the Planet Express crew is invited to a fund raiser for giving sewer mutants the needed donations to keep them away from the surface. Seeing how upset Leela is by this, Fry publicly lets slip that she is a mutant living illegally on the surface, causing her to be banished to the sewers for life. Feeling guilty for ruining Leela's life, Fry and the Planet Express crew appeal to the mayor to let her live on the surface again, but they are instead banished to the sewers for two weeks for knowingly harboring a mutant on the surface, minus Bender, who is enjoying the party. To appease Leela's anger and understand the life of a mutant, Fry jumps into a pool of toxic waste and emerges as a hideous blob. Leela is moved by Fry's sacrifice and decides to lead a mutant rebellion against the surface people by getting Bender, who ends up stopping the party after realizing it is no fun without the rest of the crew, to bend the giant sewer pipes together, thus backing up all the pipes around the city and flooding the surface with sewage. The mayor complies to the mutants' demands for equal rights, allowing them to finally live on the surface. Furthermore, it is revealed that Fry had not mutated, but was merely stuck in the body of another mutant. Afterwards, the Planet Express crew has a second "100th Delivery" party since they missed out on the first.
10113"The Futurama Holiday Spectacular"Ray ClaffeyMichael RoweNovember 21, 20106ACV131.30[36]
A holiday special featuring three holiday-themed segments, following the same structure as the episodes "Anthology of Interest I" and "Anthology of Interest II." The three segments are based around the three winter holidays previously featured on Futurama: Xmas, Kwanzaa and Robanukah.
Part 2
10214"The Silence of the Clamps"Frank MarinoEric RogersJuly 14, 20116ACV141.41[37]
Bender goes into witness relocation after testifying against the robot Mafia.
10315"Möbius Dick"Dwayne Carey-HillDan VebberAugust 4, 20116ACV151.46[38]
While picking up a memorial statue of Planet Express's first crew, Leela becomes dangerously obsessed with catching a space whale, à la Captain Ahab from Moby Dick.
10416"Law and Oracle"Stephen SandovalJosh WeinsteinJuly 7, 20116ACV161.55[39]
Fed up with his go-nowhere job, Fry joins the police force and is promoted into the Future Crimes Division, where he must choose between his job and his friend, Bender, after seeing him commit a future crime. Meanwhile, the Planet Express office gets a lot less funny during Fry's departure.
10517"Benderama"Crystal Chesney-ThompsonAaron EhaszJune 23, 20116ACV172.47[40]
Bender creates duplicates of himself to get out of doing work, but the clones end up replicating and causing mass intoxication when they reach atomic level and manipulate the water molecules into alcohol. Meanwhile, an ugly space giant (voiced by Patton Oswalt) invades Earth.
10618"The Tip of the Zoidberg"Raymie MuzquizKen KeelerAugust 18, 20116ACV181.38[41]
The Planet Express crew learn the truth about Farnsworth and Zoidberg's pasts.
10719"Ghost in the Machines"Ray ClaffeyPatric M. VerroneJune 30, 20116ACV191.92[42]
Bender commits suicide (actually gets murdered, since the suicide booth is still bitter over Bender dumping her) after Fry saves a human during the Parade Day parade instead of a robot, and the only way out of being a wandering spirit is to scare Fry to death by haunting him.
10820"Neutopia"Edmund FongJ. Stewart BurnsJune 23, 20116ACV202.50[40]
Gender roles and sexuality get turned on their heads when an alien traps the men and women of Planet Express on an abandoned planet and conducts experiments on how men and women interact.
10921"Yo Leela Leela"Frank MarinoEric HorstedJuly 21, 20116ACV211.41[43]
After failing at telling a story to the children at her old orphanarium, Leela comes up with a new story about weird aliens who laugh, sing, and learn important life lessons, which makes her the creator of the Tickelodeon Network's newest show -- until Bender learns the secret behind Leela's success.
11022"Fry Am the Egg Man"Dwayne Carey-HillMichael RoweAugust 11, 20116ACV221.46[44]
Disgusted over the state of fast food, Leela decides to put everyone on an organic diet, and Fry nurtures a farmer's market egg housing a bone vampire.
11123"All the Presidents' Heads"Stephen SandovalJosh WeinsteinJuly 28, 20116ACV231.49[45]
Fry takes a second job as a head museum janitor, and a late night party leads to a trip back in time where the Planet Express crew's meddling leads to the British defeating America during the American Revolution.
11224"Cold Warriors"Crystal Chesney-ThompsonDan VebberAugust 25, 20116ACV241.52[46]
Fry inadvertently reintroduces the common cold (which died out 500 years before Fry was revived) to the 31st century, while flashbacks tell the story of how Fry adopted a guinea pig for a school science project.
11325"Overclockwise"Raymie MuzquizKen KeelerSeptember 1, 20116ACV251.57[47]
Bender is overclocked by Cubert, gradually becoming more powerful in computing ability, until eventually becoming omniscient and clairvoyant. Meanwhile, Fry and Leela worry about their future together and Mom sues Farnsworth over abusing Bender's warranty.
11426"Reincarnation"Peter AvanzinoAaron EhaszSeptember 8, 20116ACV261.48[48]
An episode featuring Futurama animated in three retro styles: "Child Labor Syndicate Presents: Colorama in Glorious Black and White" has Futurama as a black-and-white, rubber-hose cartoon from the 1930s, "Future Challenge 3000" has the show as an early 1980s low-resolution video game, and Action Delivery Force has the show as a 1970s Japanese cartoon.

Home releases

Futurama Volume 5
Set details[49] Special features[6]
  • Optional commentaries for all 13 episodes
  • Deleted and extended scenes
  • "Bend it Like Bender" featurette
  • "Previously On..." featurette
  • "Fry's Crudely-Drawn Comic Book – The Crudely Animated Edition" featurette
  • "Behind the Fungus: Makin' a Hit Song" featurette
  • "The Prisoner of Benda" table read
  • Hidden Concept Drawings Of "Delivery-Boy Man" Easter egg (media)
  • Hidden Bender audio outtake Easter egg (media)
Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
December 21, 2010[6] December 26, 2011[50] November 2, 2011[51]
Blu-ray Disc release dates
Region A Region B Europe Region B Australia
December 21, 2010[6] December 26, 2011[52] March 28, 2012[53]
Futurama Volume 6
Set details[7] Special features[7]
Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
December 20, 2011[7] June 24, 2013[54] December 21, 2011[55]
Blu-ray Disc release dates
Region A Region B Europe Region B Australia
December 20, 2011[7] June 24, 2013[56] March 28, 2012[57]

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External links

A Clockwork Origin

"A Clockwork Origin" is the ninth episode of the sixth season of the animated sitcom Futurama. It aired on Comedy Central on August 12, 2010. In the episode, Professor Farnsworth leaves Earth after being frustrated by anti-evolutionists' belief in "Creaturism", a form of Creationism. He and the Planet Express crew arrive at a lifeless planet and the Professor introduces nanobots into the environment. The nanobots rapidly begin evolving into mechanical organisms, allowing the crew to witness a whole new evolutionary history that unfolds before their eyes.

The episode was written by Dan Vebber and directed by Dwayne Carey-Hill and received mostly mixed reviews from critics.

All the Presidents' Heads

"All the Presidents' Heads" is the twenty-third episode of the sixth season of the animated sitcom Futurama, and originally aired July 28, 2011 on Comedy Central.

Attack of the Killer App

"Attack of the Killer App" is the third episode of the sixth season of the American animated sitcom Futurama. It originally aired on Comedy Central in the United States on July 1, 2010. The episode focuses on the release of the new eyePhone, resulting in Fry posting a viral video of Leela on the Internet. Craig Ferguson, host of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, guest stars as Leela's singing boil, Susan.

Benderama

"Benderama" is the seventeenth episode of season six of the animated sitcom Futurama, and originally aired June 23, 2011 on Comedy Central. The episode was written by Aaron Ehasz and directed by Crystal Chesney-Thompson. American comedian Patton Oswalt guest stars in the episode, voicing an "unattractive giant monster". In the episode, Bender duplicates himself into two smaller copies in order to avoid work. However, the duplicates also want to avoid work, so they create their own smaller duplicates, resulting in a vast number of increasingly smaller copies of Bender ultimately threatening to consume all of the matter on Earth.

The premise of "Benderama" is the grey goo theory, an end-of-the-world scenario in which out-of-control self-replicating robots consume all matter on Earth while building more of themselves. "Benderama" received mostly positive reviews from critics, many of whom praised Patton Oswalt's guest appearance and noted that it was an improvement over the preceding episode "Neutopia".

Cold Warriors

"Cold Warriors" is the twenty-fourth episode of the sixth season of the animated sitcom, Futurama, and originally aired on August 25, 2011 on Comedy Central. American actor Tom Kenny guest stars in the episode, voicing recurring character Yancy Fry, Jr., as well as astronaut Buzz Aldrin, voicing himself.

In the episode, Fry inadvertently reintroduces the common cold to the 31st century. The situation links to Fry's past, and flashbacks are shown depicting his entry in a NASA science competition and his relationship with his father.The episode was written by Dan Vebber and directed by Crystal Chesney-Thompson. On June 5 and June 6, as part of its "Countdown to Futurama" event, Comedy Central Insider, Comedy Central's news outlet, released two preview materials for the episode; a storyboard of Leela trying to escape the Planet Express building and a character design of Fry's guinea pig dressed in a spacesuit. "Cold Warriors" received generally positive reviews from critics, who enjoyed its emotional ending and felt that it recaptured the feel of the show's original run.

Fry Am the Egg Man

"Fry Am the Egg Man" is the twenty-second episode of the sixth season of the animated sitcom Futurama, and originally aired August 11, 2011 on Comedy Central. The episode was written by Michael Rowe and directed by Dwayne Carey-Hill. In the episode Fry nurtures an egg purchased at a farmers' market, which later hatches into a living creature, which he names Mr. Peppy. However, upon learning of Mr. Peppy's identity and dangerous nature, Fry and the Planet Express crew decide to set him free into its home planet. They do this, only to discover that the planet's inhabitants experienced problems with Mr. Peppy's species, hunting them to extinction and intending to do the same with Mr. Peppy. The episode's title is a reference from The Beatles song I Am the Walrus.

In May and June 2011, as part of its "Countdown to Futurama" event, Comedy Central Insider, Comedy Central's news outlet, released various preview materials for the episode, including storyboards, concept art and a preview video clip of the episode. "Fry Am the Egg Man" received generally positive reviews from critics.

In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela

"In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela" is the second episode of the seventh season of the animated sitcom, Futurama. It originally aired directly after "Rebirth" on June 24, 2010 on Comedy Central. In the episode, Zapp Brannigan and Leela end up on a Garden of Eden-like world after fighting a planet-destroying satellite called V-Giny.

The episode was written by Carolyn Premish, who created the story for the episode with Futurama creator Matt Groening. Dwayne Carey-Hill directed. It features references to Adam and Eve, and Matt Groening's other show, The Simpsons, along with self-parody. The episode received positive reviews from critics.

Notably, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela" is the first of several episodes to use a significantly shortened intro sequence this season, and consequently is the first episode in the series not to show a brief clip of a classic cartoon before the opening credits.

Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences

"Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences" is the eleventh episode of the sixth season of the animated sitcom, Futurama and is the 99th episode overall. It aired on Comedy Central on August 26, 2010. In the episode, the ruler of the planet Omicron Persei 8, Lrrr, experiences marriage trouble with his queen, Ndnd. He departs for Earth, invading it in an attempt to overcome his mid-life crisis and reignite his marriage.

The episode was written by Patric M. Verrone and directed by Crystal Chesney-Thompson and guest stars Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff and cartoonist Sergio Aragonés. Series creators and producers Matt Groening and David X. Cohen make cameos in the episode.

Neutopia (Futurama)

"Neutopia" is the twentieth episode of the sixth season of the animated sitcom Futurama. It aired on Comedy Central in the United States on June 23, 2011.

Overclockwise

"Overclockwise" is the twenty-fifth episode of the sixth season of the animated sitcom Futurama, and originally aired September 1, 2011 on Comedy Central. The episode was written by Ken Keeler and directed by Raymie Muzquiz. In the episode, Bender is overclocked by Cubert Farnsworth, gradually becoming more powerful in computing ability, until eventually becoming omniscient and able to foresee future events. Meanwhile, Cubert and Professor Farnsworth are tried in court by Mom for violating Bender's license agreement, and Fry's relationship with Leela takes a turn for the worse.

The episode was originally written by Keeler to serve as an open-ended series finale, in case the show did not get renewed for another season. In June 2011, as part of its "Countdown to Futurama" event, Comedy Central Insider, Comedy Central's news outlet, released various preview materials for the episode, including storyboards, concept art and a preview video clip of the episode. "Overclockwise" received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its premises and humor, but felt that the episode was not completely capable of holding its plots together.

Reincarnation (Futurama)

"Reincarnation" (originally titled "Resurrection") is the 26th and final episode of the sixth season of the animated sitcom Futurama. It originally aired on Comedy Central on September 8, 2011. This is one of the only episodes not to be animated in its regular animation style, instead featuring three different segments which each showcase Futurama "reincarnated" in a different style of animation. The plot of each segment forms part of an overall story arc, revolving around the discovery and subsequent destruction of a diamondium comet. A running joke for the episode involves a key plot point in each segment being obscured by the specific animation style, though the characters themselves express amazement over what they see.

The episode was written by Aaron Ehasz and directed by Peter Avanzino. Stephen Hawking guest stars during the second segment. David Herman voices Professor Farnsworth in the third segment, in place of regular voice actor Billy West.

That Darn Katz!

"That Darn Katz!" is the eighth episode of the sixth season of the animated comedy show, Futurama. It first aired on Comedy Central on August 5, 2010. In the episode, Amy's rejected doctoral dissertation—a device to harness the Earth's rotational energy—is used by evil invading space cats to fix their own slowing planet. Since the invention will cause the Earth to stop turning, Amy and Nibbler must team up to stop them while their co-workers have fallen under the thrall of the cats' cuteness.

The episode was written by Josh Weinstein and directed by Frank Marino. This was the first episode since "Rebirth" to use the full intro sequence, and as a result, includes a classic cartoon before the opening credits. "That Darn Katz!" was generally well received by critics, who enjoyed another unexpected pairing, this time between Amy and Nibbler, and the character development for both that arose from it.

The Duh-Vinci Code

"The Duh-Vinci Code" is the fifth episode of Futurama's sixth season. It originally aired on Comedy Central in the United States on July 15, 2010. In the episode, Fry finds a drawing of a lost Leonardo da Vinci invention which leads him and Professor Farnsworth to planet Vinci.

The episode's title and plot is a parody of The Da Vinci Code. It received positive reviews from critics and went up one-tenth in the 18-49 demographic from the previous episode, "Proposition Infinity".

The Futurama Holiday Spectacular

"The Futurama Holiday Spectacular", originally titled "Holiday Val-U-Pak", is the thirteenth episode of the sixth season of the animated sitcom Futurama and is the 101st episode of the series. It originally aired as a holiday special on November 21, 2010, before the remaining episodes of Season 7 were broadcast in 2011. The episode features three self-contained segments, sponsored by the fictitious product "Gunderson's Unshelled Nuts". The first segment is based on "Xmas" (pronounced as "eks-mas"; a version of Christmas present in the 31st century), in which the long-extinct pine tree species is revived, but due to seed contamination grow out of control. The second segment is based on "Robanukah" (a holiday based on Chanukah, made-up by Bender to avoid work), in which Bender leads the crew on a search for petroleum oil in order for him to celebrate the holiday. In the third and final segment, the Planet Express crew go in search of beeswax, in order to create traditional beeswax candles for Kwanzaa.

Each segment features recurring elements, including an environmental theme, a song, and ending in which most or all of the main characters either die or face certain death. Al Gore reprises his role as his own head in a jar in all three segments. Coolio reprises his role as Kwanzaabot in the third segment. Series producer David X. Cohen has compared the episode to The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" series.

The Late Philip J. Fry

"The Late Philip J. Fry" is the seventh episode of the sixth season of the animated series Futurama. It originally aired on Comedy Central on July 29, 2010. In the episode, Fry attempts to make it on time to a birthday dinner date for Leela. He is sidetracked by Professor Farnsworth and Bender, who force him to test out the Professor's time machine, which only goes forward in time. After overshooting and thus going forward to the year 10,000 AD, they must keep traveling forward in time until a backwards time machine has been invented.

The episode was written by Lewis Morton and directed by Peter Avanzino. From June 16 to June 23, as part of its "Countdown to Futurama" event, Comedy Central Insider, Comedy Central's news outlet, released various preview materials for the episode, including a storyboard of the time machine and character designs for the aged Planet Express crew. The episode was met with critical acclaim from critics and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in 2011. In 2013, fans ranked it the fourth best episode in the history of the series.

The Mutants Are Revolting

"The Mutants Are Revolting" is the twelfth episode of the sixth season of the American animated sitcom Futurama and is the 100th episode of the series. It aired on Comedy Central on September 2, 2010 as a mid-season finale, with remaining episodes broadcast in November 2010 and in 2011. In the episode, the Planet Express crew celebrate their 100th delivery. Leela's status as a mutant is exposed to the public and she is deported from the surface and forced to live with other mutants in the sewers. She recognizes the inequality with which mutants are forced to live and rallies them together in an equal rights revolt against the surface dwellers.

The episode was written by Eric Horsted and directed by Raymie Muzquiz. Mark Mothersbaugh of the band Devo guest stars as himself, while the band appears as future mutated versions of themselves. Having the 100th episode as the sixth season finale was a coincidence. The production team sought to focus the episode's subject matter on a topic with roots in the series' history. They eventually chose to write about Leela's mutant heritage, which had been one of the series' longstanding storylines. "The Mutants Are Revolting" received generally positive reviews from critics. Although recognized as an unlikely landmark for Futurama by critics due to its previous cancellation, the episode was criticized for failing to live up to its status as the series' 100th episode. Devo's guest appearance is one of co-producer and head writer David X. Cohen's favorite moments in the series.

The Silence of the Clamps

"The Silence of the Clamps" is the fourteenth episode of the sixth season of the animated sitcom Futurama, and originally aired July 14, 2011 on Comedy Central. The episode was written by Eric Rogers and directed by Frank Marino. In the episode, Bender witnesses a brutal "clamping" committed by the Robot Mafia and is forced into witness protection after his identity is accidentally revealed. Meanwhile, Clamps, a member of the Robot Mafia, takes Bender's old job at Planet Express in an attempt to get information as to Bender's whereabouts.

From May 22 to May 23, and again on June 17, as part of its "Countdown to Futurama" event, Comedy Central Insider, Comedy Central's news outlet, released various preview materials for the episode, including storyboards, concept art and a preview video clip of the episode. "The Silence of the Clamps" received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the use of Dr. Zoidberg's character, but criticized the choice of Clamps as its main focus.

The Tip of the Zoidberg

"The Tip of the Zoidberg" is the eighteenth episode of the sixth season of the animated sitcom Futurama. It aired on Comedy Central in the United States on August 18, 2011. A pivotal episode, it reveals Dr. Zoidberg's backstory. This episode was nominated for the 2012 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour).

Yo Leela Leela

"Yo Leela Leela" is the twenty-first episode of the sixth season of the animated sitcom Futurama. It aired on Comedy Central in the United States on July 21, 2011. The title is a reference to the Nickelodeon kids' show Yo Gabba Gabba!. The show is also parodied within the episode: Leela’s show is similar, featuring people dressed up in fanciful costumes as its main characters.

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