Ten years ago, after seven years running, Futurama aired its series finale on Comedy Central. Now, it's been announced that the show will be making a return with the eighth season of twenty episodes, set to be streamed on Hulu! The Emmy award-winning animal sci-fi comedy series had a large and passionate fan base during its time. That being said, fans are divided about its return, with many arguing it should be left in the past as it is. Others are more curious about the direction the show will be taken, concerned it may not hit the same in today's world. Here's everything we know so far...
The new season of Futurama came into fruition as part of a deal between 20th Century Fox Television Distribution and Hulu. With Disney and Fox as majority shareholders, this reboot seemed almost inevitable, especially considering the show's significant popularity and high ratings. On Rotten Tomatoes, season 7 had been given a 92% rating.
The series finale ending left plenty of openings for season eight to pick up on in terms of storyline. The last scene saw the broken time machine activated by Professor Farnsworth, restarting Futurama back to before the pilot and erasing everyone's memories of subsequent events. This allowed season eight to start from the very beginning, perhaps on a new timeline. At present, however, no synopsis has been confirmed, and other than the first ten-episode titles, we have little indication of the direction the series will be heading.
Die-hard Futurama fans will be pleased to hear that the entire cast will be returning for the reboot. This includes John DiMaggio, Billy West, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille, Phil LaMarr, Lauren Tom, and Maurice LaMarche. Although no official release date for the new season has been announced, it has been predicted based on the announcement date that the first episode, titled "The Impossible Stream," will be available in Spring 2023. In a matter of months, we will be reunited with all the Planet Express gang! Until then, stay tuned and catch up on all seven seasons on Hulu now.