Futurama was the quirky, off-beat, bizarre and loved cartoon helmed by the creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening. But there were still plenty of people who didn’t like the show, or didn’t think it was as good as The Simpsons. How could something so not like Groening’s most famous show get such a cult following that it was able to come back for another several seasons? What was so great about Futurama anyway?
1. The heart. Futurama has a ton of heart. It was positively brimming with emotions. Yes, the same can be said about The Simpsons, but Futurama seemed to have more heartful episodes that made loyal fans cry. Whether it’s Seymour the dog waiting for his owner for years, or Leela leaving fry a message in stalagmites, Futurama didn’t just move us. It made us cry as hard as we had laughed earlier.
2. The characters. Part of the reason that the show managed to connect with viewers is the characters were interesting and wonderful. There are many great Simpsons characters too, but Futurama managed to create characters that were more than the cliched bumbling husband, silly housewife and their kids model. Because it was set in the future, they had to create very original characters, and that they did. The show rewarded you for getting to know them with little jokes that you would only notice if you watched.
3. The subtlety. Futurama made The Simpsons funnier because its humor was subtle. The Simpsons has plenty of subtle humor too, but there is also a lot of very out there humor that everyone can appreciate. The subtle humor of Futurama makes going back to The Simpsons a hilarious experience, because one becomes so atuned to that subtle humor that they notice jokes that they hadn’t before. Both shows will make you laugh at different jokes each time you watch.