Like Family Guy, a rabid fan base has brought Futurama back to life. And like Family Guy, I have watched this show several times trying to understand what’s supposed to be so goddamn brilliant about it. Futurama comes on before The Daily Show, so I have had a ton of episodes playing in the background and know what’s going on, who the characters are, and what this show is aiming for. And I fucking hate it. Because it’s done by folks involved in The Simpsons, I figured there’d have to be something going for it, but no. It blows, and here are my reasons for hating the show:
This is supposed to be THE funny character. In fact, when the show debuted, my immediate thought was, “oh, so this is the Homer of the show.” Unlike Homer, there is nothing to like about Bender. He’s just a self-centered prick, and saying that that’s the whole point of the character doesn’t make him any less cringe inducing. His meanness is supposed to be funny, but it isn’t. It’s just annoying. This character is so unlikable that he makes more sense as part of the Family Guy universe. Also, "bite my shiny metal ass" is such a lame attempt at a catchphrase, it makes Cartman's "screw you guys, I'm going home" almost sublime by comparison.
This escaped me for a while, but then I realized that there are actually two Homers on this show. Bender’s the asshole Homer, and Fry is the retarded Homer. So basically what the show did is take the two most irritating aspects of a great character, strip away the humanity, and make them separate characters. There are some “touching” scenes with Fry, but for the most part his character is way too idiotic to care about, which is why Homer is such a shitty character now.
3. Pop culture
The moment I knew without a doubt that Futurama was going to suck ass was when they introduced the Celebrity Frozen Heads. I know that The Simpsons is to blame for the whole pop-culture humor thing, but in the past it was done intelligently. Also, when a celebrity would do a voice on the show, it worked best when they were playing a character. Instead, now whenever a character is introduced it’s preceded by their full name and description of what makes them famous. It’s like they forgot how to make this shit funny and now just do it because it’s expected. Just pointing at something and saying “look!” isn’t funny. There has to be a joke involved. The Futurama episode that got me to write this list had a beginning scene that took place at Comicon. There was a Futurama panel. There were references to Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams. It wasn’t funny.
4. The animation sucks
This may be odd coming from someone who loves South Park and King of the Hill, but Futurama really suffers from crappy animation. This is with regard to the new Comedy Central version, of course. I know there are budget issues, but still, it just looks bad now. The animation’s all cheap looking and choppy. I know that “adult” cartoons nowadays don’t really have great animation anymore, but this is the only one that suffers from it. At least it does to me, because I hate the show and this is probably just another excuse for me to talk shit on it.
5. I just fucking hate it
Everything is subject to taste. I know that a lot of people can’t stand King of the Hill but love The Cleveland Show. Me, I hate shows that rely on pop culture references to get their laughs, so I hate Fox’s Animation Domination. This is what’s popular now, and I don’t enjoy it. Therefore, if you’re into this kind of thing, then you probably love Futurama. I’m not, so I don’t. That doesn’t mean that the show is inherently unfunny, it just is to me. It’s the same reason why I can’t fully enjoy those early South Park episodes anymore. Futurama has a very good premise, and it’s pissed away by crappy writing and lame jokes. It’s something that I SHOULD love. I just wish it didn’t suck so much.