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The Simpsons
TheSimpsons.jpg
The Simpsons logo.
GenreComedy
FormatAnimation
Created byMatt Groening
Developed byJames L. Brooks
Matt Groening
Sam Simon
Country of originUnited States
Production
Producer(s)Al Jean
James L. Brooks
Matt Groening
Sam Simon
RuntimeApproximately 22 minutes
Production company(s)Gracie Films
20th Century Fox Television
Broadcast
ChannelFox Network

The Simpsons is an animated television comedy created by Matt Groening and developed with James L. Brooks and Sam Simon. Originating as one-minute shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show, it debuted as a stand-alone series on 17 December, 1989 and has gone on to become the longest-running American prime-time entertainment series ever. Because Futurama was also created by Groening and developed jointly with then-Simpsons writer David X. Cohen, it is only natural that Futurama would include references to The Simpsons occasionally within the show, and vice versa. Not to mention that owning the copyright means not having to license material. Following is a complete list of connections between Futurama and The Simpsons.

Crew[edit]

There have been a number of people who work on both The Simpsons and Futurama.

Voices[edit]

Name Work in The Simpsons Work in Futurama Image
Hank Azaria He has voiced many characters (for a complete list see here), performed songs in 13 episodes and has appeared in many of the video games. He voiced Harold Zoid in "That's Lobstertainment!". Hank azaria.jpg
Nancy Cartwright She is best known as the voice of Bart Simpson, although she is the voice of many secondary and one-time characters as well (for a complete list see here) and she has performed songs in 17 episodes. She was credited for a soundbyte of Bart Simpson's line "Eat my shorts!" which was said by a doll on the garbage meteor in "A Big Piece of Garbage". Nancy cartwright.jpg
Dan Castellaneta He is the voice of Homer Simpson, although he is the voice of many secondary and one-time characters as well (for a complete list see here), he has performed songs in 43 episodes and has written 4 episodes. He voiced the Robot Devil in "Hell Is Other Robots", "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" (he also voiced the Grumpy Snail), "Ghost in the Machines" and The Beast with a Billion Backs, he performed songs in two of the episodes he appeared in. Dan Castellaneta.jpg
Dick Clark He voiced himself in "Treehouse of Horror X" (BABF01). He voiced himself in "Space Pilot 3000". Dick Clark.jpg
John DiMaggio He provided the voice of Bender in the season 16 episode "Future-Drama" (GABF12). He is the voice of Bender, but is also the voice of many secondary and one-time characters as well. John DiMaggio.jpg
John Goodman He played the biker Meathook in the season 11 episode "Take My Wife, Sleaze" (BABF05). He is the voice of the Robot Santa Claus in "Xmas Story". John goodman.jpg
Mark Hamill He voiced himself in the season 10 episode "Mayored to the Mob" (AABF05). Is the voice of the Chanukah Zombie in Bender's Big Score. Mark Hamill.PNG
Stephen Hawking He has voiced himself in "They Saved Lisa's Brain" (AABF18), "Don't Fear the Roofer" (GABF10), "Stop or My Dog Will Shoot" (JABF12) and "Elementary School Musical" (MABF21). He has voiced himself in "Anthology of Interest I", The Beast with a Billion Backs, and "Reincarnation". Stephen hawking.jpg
Jan Hooks She was the voice of Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon for 6 episodes from 1997-2002. She voiced Angleyne in the episode "Bendless Love". Jan Hooks.jpg
Maurice LaMarche He is a recurring actor, providing voices to some minor characters (for a complete list see here) Is a regular performer, voicing many secondary and one-time characters. Maurice LaMarche.png
Lucy Liu She voiced Madam Wu, the Chinese adoption official in the season 16 episode "Goo Goo Gai Pan" (GABF06). She voiced herself in "I Dated a Robot" and "Love and Rocket". Lucy Liu 2008.jpg
Tress MacNeille She is a regular performer, voicing many characters over hundreds of episodes (for a complete list see here) She is a regular performer, voicing many secondary and one-time characters. Tress MacNeille.jpg
Leonard Nimoy He has voiced himself in "Marge vs. the Monorail" (9F10) and "The Springfield Files" (3G01). He has voiced himself in "Space Pilot 3000" and "Where No Fan Has Gone Before". Nimoy.jpg
Conan O'Brien He has voiced himself in "Bart Gets Famous" (1F11), written 4 episodes, producer for 48, supervising producer for 6 episodes and wrote the "Monorail Song" in "Marge vs. the Monorail" (9F10). He voiced himself in "Xmas Story". Conan o brien.jpg
Parker Posey She voiced Otto Mann's fiancée Becky in the season 11 episode "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge" (BABF18). She voiced the mermaid Umbriel in "The Deep South". Parker Posey.jpg
Sarah Silverman She voiced the character Nikki McKenna in the season 21 episode "Stealing First Base" (MABF07). She is the regular voice of Fry's ex-girlfriend Michelle. Sarah Silverman.png
George Takei He appeared in four episodes from 1991-2013 "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish" (7F11), "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo" (AABF20), "A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love" (CABF18) and "What Animated Women Want" (RABF08), voicing four different characters including the first appearance of Akira. He has voiced himself in "Where No Fan Has Gone Before", Bender's Game, and "Proposition Infinity". George Takei 1996.jpg
Frank Welker He voiced Santa's Little Helper and other animals in 19 episodes. He has done a couple of voices, though he is best known for Nibbler. Frank Welker.png

Comics[edit]

Name Work in The Simpsons Work in Futurama Image
Ian Boothby He has written about 46 comics. He has written 24 comics. Ian boothby.jpg
John Delaney He has drawn 13 comics. He has drawn 11 comics. (N/A)
Mike Kazaleh He has drawn 3 comics. He has drawn 12 comics, as well as being a layout artist for the series. Mike Kazaleh.jpg
Tom King He has drawn 1 comic. He has drawn 6 comics, as well as being a layout artist for the series. (N/A)
James Lloyd He has drawn 19 comics. He has drawn 15 comics, including all of 'The Simpsons crossovers. (N/A)
Bill Morrison He was the co-founder for Bongo Comics and has been editor for all The Simpsons and Futurama comics. See left Bill Morrison by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Patric M. Verrone He has written 4 comics, 1 episode, and co-produced 2 episodes. He has written 4 comics and 10 episodes. Patric m verrone.jpg

Other[edit]

Name Work in The Simpsons Work in Futurama Image
J. Stewart Burns Is a current writer and producer for the series, composed "Merry Month of May" for the episode "Marge Gamer" (JABF10) and wrote "Holidays of Future Passed" (NABF18). Is a current writer and producer for the series, and composed the lyrics for "Bonanza" in "Where the Buggalo Roam". J Stewart Burns.jpg
David X. Cohen He did music/lyrics for "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show" (4F12), was writer for 35 episodes, story editor for 25 episodes, co-producer for 27 episodes, supervising producer for 15 episodes, co-executive producer for 10 episodes, producer for 9 episodes, consulting producer for 2 episodes and executive producer for 2 episodes. He developed and was executive producer for all episodes, voiced The Die of Power in Bender's Game, Fan #2 for the reading of "Futurama Returns" and the Computer in "Love's Labours Lost in Space", did music/lyrics for "Xmas Story" and "The Problem with Popplers", voice director for "Futurama (video game)" and designed one of the robots in the robot strip club. David X. Cohen.jpg
Matt Groening He is the creator and developer for all episodes, the movie and most games, executive producer for 418 episodes, creative consultant for 139 episodes and character designer for 133 episodes. He is creator, developer and producer for all episodes and films. Matt Groening.jpg
Ken Keeler He was a writer for 7 episodes, producer for 30 episodes, supervising producer for 24 episodes, co-producer for 2 episodes, and wrote original song lyrics for 5 episodes. He is a writer, co-executive producer, and executive producer for the series, and has written original song lyrics for the show. Ken Keeler.jpg
Bill Oakley Along with Josh Weinstein he was a writer for 13 episodes, story editor for 25 episodes, executive producer for 51 episodes, supervising producer for 47 episodes, consulting producer for 21 episodes, contributed to the soundtrack for 3 episodes, and was show runner for seasons 7 and 8. He was a consulting producer for 13 episodes during season 3. Bill Oakley.jpg
Richard Raynis He was a line producer for 23 episodes, executive in charge of animation for 23 episodes, and is a current producer for the series. He was a consulting producer for 55 episodes during the original run. N/A
Brian Sheesley He was an animation timer for three episodes in Season 7. He has directed nine episodes. Brian sheesley.jpg
Dan Vebber He wrote the season 23 episode "The Book Job" (NABF22). He is a current writer and producer for the series. N/A
Josh Weinstein Along with Bill Oakley he was a writer for 13 episodes, story editor for 25 episodes, executive producer for 51 episodes, supervising producer for 47 episodes, consulting producer for 21 episodes, contributed to the soundtrack for 3 episodes, and was show runner for seasons 7 and 8. Is currently a writer and co-executive producer for the show, and previously was a consulting producer on 22 episodes. Josh Weinstein.jpg
Eric Rogers He has penned about 8 comics. He has penned 16 comics, and is currently a writer for the show. EricRogers.jpg
Lance Kramer He has been a director since season 11. He has been a director since season 7. (N/A)
Kevin O'Brien He was a storyboard artist from season 2 to season 8. He was a storyboard artist from season 1 to season 2. (N/A)

The Simpsons in Futurama[edit]

The Simpsons has appeared in Futurama on many occasions:

Season 1[edit]

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"Space Pilot 3000" (1ACV01)
Episode
Blinky the Three-Eyed Fish from The Simpsons makes a brief appearance in an underwater section of tube-way Fry travels through. Blinky.png
The chef on the Panucci's Pizza box is very similar to the chef Luigi Risotto in The Simpsons. In the Simpsons episode Co-Dependent's Day (FABF10) he is actually posing for the cover of pizza boxes in a manner more or less exactly like the pizza box art in Futurama. Panuccipizzabox.jpg
In The Simpsons two part episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" (2F16 & 2F20), Waylon Smithers dreamt that Mr. Burns was in a race on the TV. The intro to the race was an information text saying "In Color", in the same font and color as in "Space Pilot 3000". "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" aired approximately four years before "Space Pilot 3000" did. Title Caption Episode 0101.png
In an early storyboard of this episode, Fry is watching The Simpsons on TV. This does not appear in the final episode. Spacepilotstoryboard.jpg
Other references: Rodney Dangerfield is drawn similar to his appearance in the Simpsons episode "Burns, Baby Burns" (4F05) as Larry Burns, there is a Ralph Wiggum-like character when Fry rides the tube and the music in the background, while the suicide booth is trying to kill Fry, sounds Simpsons-like in nature. (N/A)
"I, Roommate" (1ACV03)
Episode
The sequence in which Fry, Bender, and Leela look at new apartments is very similar to a sequence in "Lisa's First Word" (9F02), in which Homer and Marge search for places to live for their growing family. (N/A)
"Fear of a Bot Planet" (1ACV05)
Episode
The Ralph Wiggum-like character, first seen in "Space Pilot 3000", makes a reappearance; he can be seen in the background of Madison Cube Garden. (N/A)
"My Three Suns" (1ACV07)
Episode
The badge at second from the bottom of Bender's sash has a profile of Homer Simpson. Homeronsash.jpg
"A Big Piece of Garbage" (1ACV08)
Episode
Bart Simpson dolls appear on the garbage ball. When the cord on one is pulled by Bender, it says "eat my shorts", one of Bart's catchphrases. After Bender eats the doll's shorts, he says "Mmm...shorts" which is a reference to one of Homer Simpson's quotes. Bart Simpson doll.png
"Hell Is Other Robots" (1ACV09)
Episode
When Fry and Leela open the door to Robot Hell, in the bottom right side of the screen there is a heart with an arrow through etched on the wall, reading "H.S 4 M.B". This means Homer Simpson for Marge Bouvier. Hs4mb.jpg
Dan Castellaneta, a voice actor from The Simpsons, appears in this episode as the Robot Devil. Robot Devil.jpg
"Mars University" (1ACV11)
Episode
Bart and Homer dolls are prizes near Coney Island Community College. Also, a character looking a little like Professor Frink is biking past one of the college buildings. The same biker appears when Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth mentions Utah. Homerandbartdolls.jpg
"When Aliens Attack" (1ACV12)
Episode
Bender chokes Fry during Zapp Brannigan's briefing, and Fry's facial expression is similar to when Bart is being choked by Homer Simpson. Bender chokes Fry.jpg
"Fry and the Slurm Factory" (1ACV13)
Episode
The cartoon clip on the billboard in the opening credits is Bart, Lisa and Maggie in the Simpsons short "Making Faces" (on The Tracey Ullman Show). Opening Cartoon Episode 0113.png

Season 2[edit]

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"Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?" (2ACV05)
Episode
The title caption for this episode says "From the network that brought you "The Simpsons"" Title Caption Episode 0205.png
"The Lesser of Two Evils" (2ACV06)
Episode
After the atom goes missing, the crew immediately blame Flexo, thinking he is the "evil twin", however it turns out that Bender is in fact the evil one. This is similar to "Treehouse of Horror VII" (4F02), in which Bart's supposedly "evil twin", Hugo, turns out to be the good one of the two, and Bart is the in fact the evil twin. (N/A)
"Put Your Head on My Shoulders" (2ACV07)
Episode
Sewing a head on someone's shoulder was previously done in "Treehouse of Horror II" (8F02) with Mr Burns' head being sewn on to Homer's body. Headonbody.jpg
"Anthology of Interest I" (2ACV16)
Episode
The Professor calls the final story in this episode absurd, citing "Stephen Hawking in a pizzeria" as especially bad. Interestingly, in "Don't Fear the Roofer" (GABF10), Stephen Hawking buys a Little Caesars pizzeria. Hawkingsimpsons.jpg

Season 3[edit]

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"Parasites Lost" (3ACV02)
Episode
Fry tears off his shirt ala Groundskeeper Willie from the Simpsons in the episode "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song" (1F18).
"A Tale of Two Santas" (3ACV03)
Episode
While Leela is saying the logical paradox that is supposed to stop Robot Santa Claus, Bender covers his "ears" to not hear while humming. The tune he hums is The Simpsons. This crossover is unique to the Spanish version. (N/A)
"The Luck of the Fryrish" (3ACV04)
Episode
On the shelf in the basement of the old house, there is a head of Bart Simpson. Barthead.jpg
"That's Lobstertainment!" (3ACV08)
Episode
Hank Azaria, a voice actor from The Simpsons, appears in this episode as Harold Zoid. Harold zoid.jpg
"Insane in the Mainframe" (3ACV11)
Episode
Fry's "Battle droid" attack is like one used by Bart Simpson in "Lisa on Ice". David X Cohen and his sister used this when they were kids. (N/A)
"Anthology of Interest II" (3ACV18)
Episode
When Bender is human, his human alter-ego looks exactly like a 31st century version of Homer Simpson. Bender is overweight and is wearing a white shirt and blue trousers, although he has a lot more hair and no beard. Human Bender.jpg
"Roswell that Ends Well" (3ACV19)
Episode
One of the stores in the episode is called "Gil's Televisual Radios". Gil Gunderson is a character from The Simpsons who sold many different items. Gilstvs.jpg
One of the clocks they fly past and that ends up inside the ship is the 'Felix the cat' clock from The Simpsons. Another reference is the way Enos' sergeant yells "Enos!" is the same as the way Gary Chalmers yells "Skinner!". Catclock.jpg
"Godfellas" (3ACV20)
Episode
This episode is similar to a segment of "Treehouse of Horror VII" (4F02) in which Lisa become god of a tiny race. (N/A)

Season 4[edit]

Episode Reference Image
"Leela's Homeworld" (4ACV02)
Episode
Among the parts of parade balloons used in creating the hot air balloon that returns to the surface, is a Bart Simpson balloon. Bartballoon.jpg
"A Taste of Freedom" (4ACV05)
Episode
"Freedom Day" is a lot like "Do What You Feel Day" in "Bart's Inner Child" (1F05).
One of the booing people resembles Kent Brockman.
"Jurassic Bark" (4ACV07)
Episode
The hole of the miniature windmill is closed until further notice due to someone being inconsiderate and creating an unsanitary condition. This this is a reference to "Natural Born Kissers" (5F18) in which Homer and Marge have sex at a minigolf windmill. Unsanitarywindmill.jpg
"Where No Fan Has Gone Before" (4ACV11)
Episode
In the Head Museum, one of the heads appears to be that of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon from The Simpsons. Apu head.png
"The Sting" (4ACV12)
Episode
The scene where Leela is staring at the coffin is similar to what happened in the episode of The Simpsons where Homer was on a vibrating chair going so fast that during a scene, whenever he blinked, his eyes and skin changed to different colours. Both are references to 2001: A Space Odyssey Leela close up coffin.jpg
"Bend Her" (4ACV13)
Episode
The robot at the gender test can't wait for Coilette/Bender because he wants to go home to see "The Simpsons Zombies". In the original version says I have to get home to watch "The Zombie Osbournes". Similar to "A Tale of Two Santas", this crossover is exclusive to the Spanish version. (N/A)
"Obsoletely Fabulous" (4ACV14)
Episode
The scene where Bender sees the cymbal banging monkey after waking up is the same one from "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes" (CABF02) where Homer, after waking up from the drugs sees the monkey. Also, Cartridge Unit says WHAT?! and then sticks in the same tape and says WHAT?! The Simpsons have a similar joke where Homer writes on a chalkboard YES, then erases it and writes YES, in the episode "Jaws Wired Shut". (N/A)
"Three Hundred Big Boys" (4ACV16)
Episode
This episode is similar to The Simpsons episode "22 Short Films About Springfield" (3F18), which David X Cohen co-wrote. According to the DVD commentary, it is partially based on it. Also, In this episode when the gang hears about their tax refund Amy remarks "I'm slightly richer". This is similar to when Mr. Burns exclaims "We're slightly richer", when he and the "rich side of town" discover some gold in "A Tale of Two Springfields" (BABF20). (N/A)
"The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" (4ACV18)
Episode
Dan Castellaneta, a voice actor from The Simpsons, appears in this episode as the Robot Devil. Dhaipt.jpg

Films[edit]

Film Reference Image
Bender's Big Score
Film
When in Egypt, Bender says "Scarab forearm bird bird bird!", which, when translated to heiroglyphs, means "kheper d", then a, w, o, or m three times. In short, nothing. But, this is also the same version of the Egyptian used by Pharaoh Skinner in "Simpsons Bible Stories" (AABF14). Also, Apu, as a head, appears in this film. Scarabforearmscarab.jpg
The Beast with a Billion Backs
Film
The end credits show the actor's name, together with an array of pictures of the characters they voiced. This is similar to The Simpsons Movie. Creditsbwabb.jpg
Dan Castellaneta, a voice actor from The Simpsons, appears in this film as the Robot Devil. Devilbwabb.jpg
Bender's Game
Film
Morcs is also the name of the Moe orcs from The Simpsons Game. Another good reference is that Leela has to wear a shock collar. Nelson Muntz was forced to wear one in the Simpsons episode "Brother's Little Helper" (AABF22) and the collar also triggers when Nelson thinks about violence or sexual pleasure, like Leela's collar. (N/A)
Into the Wild Green Yonder
Film
After Brannigan and Bender overhear the conversation between Leela and Fry, using some sort of spying device, Brannigan orders Kif to set the coordinates to 36-24-36. This is Bart's locker combination from The Simpsons. (N/A)
Disco Stu is seen in the crowd, as is Matt Groening's head. Audience.png

Season 6[edit]

Episode Reference Image
"In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela" (6ACV02)
Episode
The V-Chip censored programs including The Pimpsons and Assarama V-GINY inside.png
"Attack of the Killer App" (6ACV03)
Episode
One of the people infected by the Twitt-Worm bear a striking resemblance to Krusty the Clown. Although the faux-Krusty previously appeared in the episode "When Aliens Attack" (1ACV12)
Episode
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"That Darn Katz!" (6ACV08)
Episode
Nibbler's revolver is a Smith and Wesson, the same revolver that Abraham Simpson owned in "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One)" (2F16).
"Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences" (6ACV11)
Episode
Matt Groening's head is presented as the creator of The Simpsons. Matt Groening's head.jpg
Bender asks when the second Simpsons movie is coming out, and when shot by Matt Groening, he shouts "D'oh!", Homer Simpson's catch phrase. Another Simpsons movie.png
"The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" (6ACV13)
Episode
The Holiday Spectacular is sponsored by Gunderson's Nuts, a possible reference to the Simpsons character Gil Gunderson, who had an idea for unshelled nuts. Gunderson's Unshelled Nuts.png
"The Tip of the Zoidberg" (6ACV18)
Episode
Fry develops a condition called "Simpsons jaundice", which turns his skin yellow. He then utters "Ay caramba!" Simpsons jaundice.jpg
"Ghost in the Machines" (6ACV19)
Episode
Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson, guest stars as the Robot Devil. Wikipedia.png
"Overclockwise" (6ACV25)
Episode
Bender reads Complete Simpson Episode Guide when he is overclocked. Complete Simpsons Episode Guide.png

Season 7[edit]

Episode Reference Image
"The Six Million Dollar Mon" (7ACV07)
Episode
Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson, guest stars as the Robot Devil. Robot devil six million dollar mon.jpg
Mark 7-G, the name of Hermes's replacement is a possible reference to Sector 7-G, the name of the area Homer Simpson works in at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.
"Fun on a Bun" (7ACV08)
Episode
Polka/rock band Brave Combo recorded two songs to be used in the Oktoberfest scenes during this episode, as well as a cover of the Chicken Dance.[24] The band have also appeared in the The Simpsons episode "Co-Dependent's Day".
"T.: The Terrestrial" (7ACV16)
Episode
Blinky, the three-eyed fish, is seen in Jrrr's fish bowl.

Comics[edit]

Issue Reference Image
"Monkey Sea, Monkey Doom!" (US#001)
Comic
Fry is bored and has carved a bust of Homer using plasticine. In addition, the package of Play-doh is rotated so that it reads the word "Doh", his famous quote. Playdohhomer.jpg
At the bottom of the panel, you can see the top of Barts head. Topofbartshead.jpg
"The Owner Of Mars Attacks!" (US#003)
Comic
At the market, an Omicronian is buying a Bart Simpson doll. Bartdollcomics.jpg
"Who's Dying to Be a Gazillionaire?" (US#005)
Comic
On the cover, Milhouse Van Houten is seen and Fry, Bender, Leela and Amy are on the couch, seen in The Simpsons. Futurama Comic 5.jpg
Fry strangling Farnsworth is similar to Homer strangling Bart in The Simpsons. Strangling.jpg
In the audience there are two heads reminiscent of Marge and Bart. Also, the head to the right could be Grampa. Lookhard.jpg
"Fry Me to the Moon" (US#015)
Comic
There is a nerd at the store who resembles Comic Book Guy. Comicbookguycomics.jpg
The director plans to go into pre-production of a live action The Simpsons. Liveactionsimpsons.jpg
"The Time Bender Trilogy: Part 2" (US#018)
Comic
Leela talks to the Greek poet Homer and she mistakes him for Homer Simpson. Homergreekpoet.jpg
"Rotten To The Core" (US#027)
Comic
Fry has a collection of The Simpsons comics, preserved in perfect condition. Fry argues that the comic is #122, which was published two weeks before this issue. Frysimpsoncollection.jpg
"Let's Twist Again" (US#028)
Comic
Fry watches The Simpsons on TV. Simpsonsontv.jpg
"Rust in Peace" (US#039)
Comic
There is a Bart Simpson doll at the fair. Bartdollcomicsrip.jpg
"Robot Santa's Little Helpers" (US#040)
Comic
The title may be a reference to Santa's Little Helper. (N/A)
"Futurama Returns" (US#S02)
Comic
Maude Flanders is seen outside the Carton Network building. Maude.jpg
A character resembling Comic Book Guy appears at Packagecon. Comicbookguyreturns.jpg
"Leela & Amy in Hostile Makeover" (Futurama Conquers The Universe-mini)
Comic
Leela gets a wig which resembles Marge Simpson's haur. (N/A)

Futurama/The Simpsons Crossovers[edit]

In 2002 and 2005, Bongo comics published four special crossover comics of The Simpsons and Futurama. They are considered non-canon. There are too many references too be listed here, so see individual pages for more information. The first series was called Futurama Simpsons Infinitely Secret Crossover Crisis and consisted of "Somewhere Over the Brain-bow!" and "Liquid Diamond Is Forever!". The second series was called The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis II and consisted of "Slaves of New New York!" and "The Read Menace!".

Other[edit]

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Zapp Brannigan is slightly based on Troy McClure as a tribute to Phil Hartman. Phil Hartman was the voice of Troy McClure, and was also scheduled to be the voice of Zapp Brannigan until his untimely death. He was instead voiced by Billy West. Also as a tribute to Phil Hartman, Fry's full name was as a tribute to Phil: Phillip J. Fry. Zapptroy.jpg
Nine looks faintly similar to Homer. Homernumber9.jpg
Helmut Spargle is very similar to Hans Moleman. MolemanSpargle.jpg
Smitty is faintly similar to Squeaky-Voiced Teen.
Ipgee looks faintly similar to Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. Apuipgee.jpg
Horrible Gelatinous Blob, and his species Blobs, are similar to the re-recurring "Space Mutants" of The Simpsons. Blobsspacemutants.jpg
The Fratbots resemble the characters Benjamin, Doug and Gary from The Simpsons: Both Gearshift and Benjamin are the tallest; Oily would be Doug and both Fatbot and Gary are the fattest. Also, they are all students at university. Fratbots.png
The Robot Mafia may resemble the characters Fat Tony, Legs and Louie from The Simpsons: Both Donbot and Fat Tony are the bosses and the fattest; Joey Mousepad would be Legs and Clamps's face looks similar like Louie's. Robot Mafia.jpg
Early versions of the characters in Futurama had five fingers to differentiate from The Simpsons, but it looked weird and was changed. Poster Guy still retains the extra finger. Poster Guy.jpg
Matt Groening mocked The Simpsons commentaries in the commentary for "Love and Rocket" and says that Futurama commentaries are a lot more lively. (N/A)
Fry's middle initial is J. This seems to be a popular choice for Matt Groening characters, having used it for Homer Simpson, Bart Simpson and Grampa on The Simpsons. Matt uses the "J." middle name, referring to one of his favourite shows, The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. (N/A)
Futurama, like The Simpsons, tends to poke fun at the Fox Broadcasting Company. An example of such would be the Box Network. Box Network.gif
Both of the Anthology of Interest episodes (and to a lesser extent, the Comics) are similar in nature to The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Halloween episodes. (N/A)
The AL1 message on Volume 4 refers to Futurama fans, and everyone involved in the show, as "Nerdlingers". This is a term that comes from a stereotypical nerd character in the movie School of Hard Knockers, a college film Homer Simpson is watching in "Homer Goes to College". (N/A)

Emmy Awards[edit]

Both The Simpsons and Futurama have been nominated several times for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour):

Year Futurama episode The Simpsons episode Result
1999 "A Big Piece of Garbage" "Viva Ned Flanders" (AABF06) Neither (King of the Hill)
2000 No nomination "Behind the Laughter" (BABF19) The Simpsons
2001 "Amazon Women in the Mood" "HOMR" (BABF22) The Simpsons
2002 "Roswell that Ends Well" "She of Little Faith" (DABF02) Futurama
2003 "Jurassic Bark" "Three Gays of the Condo" (EABF12) The Simpsons
2004 "The Sting" "The Way We Weren't" (FABF13) Neither (Samurai Jack)
2005 Cancelled "Future-Drama" (GABF12) Neither (South Park)
2006 Cancelled "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story" (HABF06) The Simpsons
2007 Cancelled "The Haw-Hawed Couple" (JABF02) Neither (South Park)
2008 No nomination "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind" (KABF02) The Simpsons
2009 No nomination "Gone Maggie Gone" (LABF04) Neither (South Park)
2010 No nomination "Once Upon a Time in Springfield" (LABF20) Neither (Prep & Landing)
2011 "The Late Philip J. Fry" "Angry Dad: The Movie" (NABF07) Futurama

Futurama in The Simpsons[edit]

Futurama has appeared in The Simpsons on several occasions:

Episodes[edit]

Season 5[edit]

Futurama had not yet premiered.

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"Rosebud" (1F01) In Burns's dream about the future, he appears as a head in a jar (with robotic body).
This episode aired approximately 5 and a half years before Futurama started.
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"Homer Goes to College" (1F02) The first use of the word "Nerdlinger" occurs when Homer is watching School of Hard Knockers and sees the same-named character (on the right in the picture).
The episode aired 5 years and 5.5 months before Futurama started.
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"Bart Gets Famous" (1F11) Kitty Carlisle's head in a jar is in Bart's dream about his future.
This episode aired approximately 5 years and a month before Futurama started.
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"Homer Loves Flanders" (1F14) Kent Brockman gives a report on the U.S. Army, which he describes as a "Kill-Bot Factory".
This episode aired exactly 5 years and 11 days before Futurama started.
Simpsons 1F14 Killbot Factory.jpg

Season 6[edit]

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"Itchy & Scratchy Land" (2F01) The robotic arms behind Professor Frink are very similar to the arms of Bender in form (even with three fingers) and colours.
This episode aired approximately 4 and a half years before Futurama started.
Frinkwithbenderarms.jpg

Season 8[edit]

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"Treehouse of Horror VII" (4F02) The city is built around the tooth Lisa keeps a resemblance to the city of New New York, especially the Tube Transport System. It is also similar to the Season 3 episode "Godfellas".
This episode aired approximately 2 and a half years before Futurama started.
Toothcity.jpg
Some of the ships leaving the miniature city are similar to the Planet Express ship. Shipsinsimpsons.jpg
"Homer's Phobia" (4F11) A Robot Santa Claus (similar to Futurama's) appears in this episode.
This episode aired approximately 2 years and a month before Futurama started.
Robotsantasimpsons.jpg

Season 10[edit]

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"Treehouse of Horror X" (AABF01) In the opening credits, David "Watch Futurama" Cohen appears as executive producer. Watchuturamacohen.jpg
"Mayored to the Mob" (AABF05) Üter Zörker is seen wearing a Futurama T-Shirt at the Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con.
This episode aired approximately 3 months before Futurama started.
Uterfuturamashirt.jpg

Season 11[edit]

Futurama had been premiered by this time.

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"Missionary: Impossible" (BABF11) Bender is seen working for Fox. Benderonpbs.jpg

Season 12[edit]

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"HOMR" (BABF22) The couch gag shows the family enter through tubes with Bart replaced by Fry, only for Fry to be sucked up and replaced by Bart. Fryonthecouch.jpg
"Trilogy of Error" (CABF14) Linguo bears a slight resemblance to Bender. For example in the shape of the head and antenna. Moreover, Homer gets Linguo to drink beer which again may be a reference to Bender. Linguia.jpg

Season 14[edit]

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"Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third Grade" (DABF20) Bart starts to hallucinate due to lack of sleep and sees Bender among other TV show characters. Bartvslisavs3rdgrade.jpg
"Helter Shelter" (DABF21) A model of the Planet Express Ship is on Comic Book Guy's shelf. Cbg'sshelf.jpg

Season 15[edit]

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"I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot" (FABF04) Bender's name appears on a videotape fighting Killhammad Aieee. Benderfighttape.jpg
"My Big Fat Geek Wedding" (FABF12) Matt Groening appears in this episode as the creator of Futurama, signing Bender dolls at the Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con. He also draws a sketch of Fry for a fan. Groeningpromo.jpg
"Catch 'Em If You Can" (FABF14) There is a Futurama poster on one wall of the store videos. Futuramaposter.jpg
"Fraudcast News" (FABF18) The Squeaky-Voiced Teen attempts suicide and, while jumping off a cliff, screams "Why did they cancel Futurama?" (N/A)

Season 16[edit]

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"Future-Drama" (GABF12) Bender appears in the hovercar Homer 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 is resembles one that Fry considers buying in "I, Roommate". The title, "Future-Drama", is an obvious reference to the title of Futurama itself. Bender on the Simpsons.jpg

Season 17[edit]

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"Bonfire of the Manatees" (GABF18) The song "Car Wash" plays towards the end of the episode when Mr. Burns and Smithers wash the manatee. It also plays in the cold opening of "My Three Suns". (N/A)

Season 19[edit]

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"That 90's Show" (KABF04) Homer mentions that Matt Groening was working hard to release Futurama during the 1990s. (N/A)

Season 20[edit]

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"Lisa the Drama Queen" (KABF22) The "Two-nicorn" belches out rainbows and then exclaims "I didn't know I could do that!" This is very similar to Stephen Hawking shooting lasers out of his eyes and then saying the same sentence in The Beast with a Billion Backs. (N/A)

Season 21[edit]

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"Treehouse of Horror XX" (LABF14) Hubert Wong, who looks similar to and has the same last name as Amy Wong and the same first name as Hubert Farnsworth is seen. Hubert Wong.png

Season 22[edit]

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"Love Is A Many Strangled Thing" (NABF10) The Planet Express ship appears on the title screen gag, and the Futurama theme song plays for a few seconds before the original Simpsons theme. Futurama-simpsons-opening.png

Season 23[edit]

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"Holidays of Future Passed" (NABF18) At Heathrow Teleport, a passenger in front of Maggie Simpson enters a teleporter to New New York. SimpsonsNNY.png
The Ultranet is very similar to, and may draw inspiration from, Futurama's Internet. Ultranet.png
"The Food Wife" (NABF20) There is a show called Iron Cook, a reference to the show of the same name in "The 30% Iron Chef". Iron Cook Simpsons.png
"Replaceable You" (NABF21) Bender appears on an issue of Popular Robotics. Popular Robotics.png
"Beware My Cheating Bart" (PABF11) Alien Language 1 appears on a rock, translating to "Watch Futurama Thursdays at 10". Beware My Cheating Bart 1.png
Fry and Leela appear on an asteroid in space. Beware My Cheating Bart 2.png

Season 24[edit]

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"A Tree Grows in Springfield" (PABF22) A Slurm logo is seen on a box in the "Logomania" segment. Slurm The Simpsons.png

Season 25[edit]

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"Treehouse of Horror XXIV" The Hypnotoad cameos in the couch gag. [1] Hypnotoad on The Simpsons.jpg
"The Kid is All Right" The Hypnotoad and a Blob appear in the audience for Decision 2056. Futurama Blob and Hypnotoad.png
"Days of Future Future" Homer becomes a disembodied head, similar to the heads in jars from Futurama, except he doesn't need to be in a jar to survive as it's his consciousness in a robotic head. His head can also be placed on a robotic body, similar to Richard Nixon's head, which sometimes goes on a robotic body. Homer's head.png

Season 25 or 26[edit]

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"Simpsorama"
Episode
Bart does something that affects the future in a really bad way, so Bender travels back in time to kill him. [2]

Video games[edit]

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"The Simpsons Wrestling" At the scene of the spaceship of Kang and Kodos, Leela and Bender are among the public. Simpsonswrestling.jpg
"The Simpsons Game" Bender and Dr. Zoidberg are characters at the end of Level 15 - "In Search Of an Author." Fry also appears in a painting from Matt Groening. Simpsonsgame.jpg

Comics and books[edit]

"Simpsons Comics"[edit]

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#11 There is an album that has a picture that looks a lot like Kif.
This issue was published approximately 3 and three quarter years before Futurama started.
Kifsimpsons.jpg
#46 The dialogue between Dolph and Nelson is clearly allusive to Futurama. Nelson says "I just wanted to draw robots and an alien girl with one eye which I saw on TV the other night". (N/A)
#50 There is a cameo appearance by Fry at the wall. (Top centre) Frysimpsonscomics.jpg
#84 On the cover the hair of Leela and Fry can be seen. (Centre right) Simpsonscomic84.jpg
#85 There is a cameo appearance by Bender on the cover of the "Corporate Annual Reports" of Bongo. Bongoreport.jpg
#95 Homer (nearly) exclaims "Bite my shiny metal ass", Bender's phrase. Homersma.jpg
#99 There is a cameo appearance by Bender. Bender99.jpg
#100 There is a cameo appearance by Bender. (Centre) Bender100.jpg
"Monkey Sea, Monkey Doom!"'s" cover appears in a pile of comic books. Msmd100.jpg
#128 Bender appears on one of the TV channels. Bendertvchannel.jpg
#145 There is a comic book entitled "Anthology of Interest" with a a Bender-like robot on the cover. Aoi145.jpg

Other[edit]

Publication Issue Reference Image
"Bart Simpson" #14 Space Boy in Outer Space and "Fry Me to the Moon" appear on the back cover of the comic that Homer is reading on the front cover. Bartsimpsoncomics14.jpg
#25 Someone wants to sell Bart a Futurama comic that has been peed on by a cat. Comicpeedon.jpg
#31 There is a cameo appearance by Bender at the Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con. Bendercomics31.jpg
"Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror" #5 There is a head inside a jar and Mr Burns is holding a head similar to that of Bender. Toh5burnshead.jpg
#7 Fry is seen in the crowd of people on the last panel. Toh7fry.jpg
"Radioactive Man" #7 The Sea Monkeys are similar to those seen in "Monkey Sea, Monkey Doom!". Seamonkeyrm.jpg
Dr Crab, one of Radioactive Man's enemies, is similar to Zoidberg. Drcrab.jpg
"Simpsons Super Spectacular" #6 The Planet Express crew appear at the end of this comic. Ssspec.jpg
"Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror Heebie-Jeebie Hullabaloo" Kang and Kodos are in the office of Matt Groening, surrounded by all kinds of articles from The Simpsons, along with a poster of Bender and the Planet Express ship hanging from the ceiling. Heebiejeebie.jpg
"The Simpsons Holiday Humdinger" There is a toy of Robot Santa Claus when Comic Book Guy is daydreaming of being Santa. Humdinger.jpg
"Simpsons Winter Wing Ding" There is a toy of Robot Santa Claus in this comic. Wingding.jpg
"Free Comic Book Day" 2005 The two covers for this comic include Futurama comics on them. This issue also has "The Bender You Say" among the comics inside it. This first cover has "The Owner of Mars Attacks!" on it. Fcbd1.jpg
2005 The second cover has "The Time Bender Trilogy: Part 3" on it. Fcbd2.jpg
"The Simpsons Library of Wisdom: Comic Book Guy's Book of Pop Culture" "Bite my shiny metal ass" appears in his personal greatest quotes of all time Bmsmasimpsons.jpg
A "Bender blender" appears in his best apartment ever. Benderblender.jpg

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Animation Domination (03 October 2013). Treehouse of Horror XXIV Couch Gag by Guillermo del Toro | THE SIMPSONS | ANIMATION on FOX. (YouTube.) Retrieved on 06 October 2013.
  2. ^ Dan Snierson (20 July 2013). 'The Simpsons' to join forces with 'Futurama' for crossover episode. (Entertainment Weekly.) Retrieved on 24 July 2013.