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Futurama is an animated science-fiction comedy show, which was also created by Matt Groening. Numerous references have been made to the show throughout the run in The Simpsons as well as Futurama making references to The Simpsons. Many people have compared the Futurama main characters with the main Simpsons characters such as Bender is Futurama's Homer. A running joke is that on The Simpsons, Futurama is a fictional cartoon show. On Futurama, however, it is The Simpsons that is a fictional cartoon show. The show originally aired new episodes on Fox until cancellation, but moved to Comedy Central (as well as reruns) when it was un-cancelled. However, it was canceled again.

Futurama in The Simpsons

  • "Mayored to the Mob": Üter wears a Futurama T-shirt at the "Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con". This episode aired three months before Futurama premiered.
  • "HOMЯ": In the couch gag, The Simpsons come out from tubes, like in Futurama, and a yellow Fry comes from one of them.
  • "Future-Drama": Bender appears when Homer and Bart pass through the tunnel with John DiMaggio reprising his role. The episode's title is a reference to Futurama itself.
  • "Treehouse of Horror XIX": Bart, when looking for a present for Lisa, picks up a bottle with a crude picture of Fry hung on the side of it.
  • "Bart Simpsons comics": In an issue, Bart has taken over Comic Book Guy's stall at the comic book convention. Suddenly the doors open and  thousands of kids rush towards Bart's booth, asking him to trade their comics with him (since the stall was a kinda Comic trade center). One of them being a kid who wants to trade his Futurama comic which his cat "peed on".
  • At Comic-Con 2013, an official Simpsons/Futurama crossover was announced, in which Bender would come back in time to try to kill Bart in order to prevent him from making the future look bad. The episode is an episode in Season 26. The crossover episode was aired on November 9, 2014 and is titled "Simpsorama."
  • "Homer the Heretic": Zoidberg's wooping can be heard in the television show Homer is watching while staying home from church. This is actually referencing The Three Stooges. Futurama was not in production or had even been conceived when Homer the Heretic was produced.
  • "Cue Detective": Marge grabs a bag full of money from Bender's deactivated body. Also a reference to Simpsorama, where Bender earns the money by betting on horse races.
  • "Simprovised": During the Live broadcast, Bender walks past the screen holding a sign that reads "Bring back Futurama (again)".
  • "Treehouse of Horror XXIX": Fry's spaceship has the banner "Bring Back Futurama" during the scene where the spores are headed to Earth. The ship is promptly blown up by the Orville shortly thereafter.

The Simpsons in Futurama

In return, there have been a few references to The Simpsons on Futurama.

  • "Space Pilot 3000": when Fry passes through an underwater tube, Blinky briefly appears (albeit differently coloured)  in the water below him. Also, in an early storyboard of this episode, Fry is watching The Simpsons.
  • "My Three Suns": one of Bender's badges at the bottom of his sash has a profile of Homer.
  • "Hell Is Other Robots": when Fry and Leela open the door to the Robot Hell, a heart with an arrow through reads "H.S. 4 M.B.". This means "Homer Simpson for Marge Bouvier" (later Simpson).
  • "Leela's Homeworld": Bart's face appears in as part of the hot air balloon the main characters use to escape the sewers.
  • "Jurassic Bark": the hole of the miniature windmill is closed until further notice due to someone being inconsiderate and creating an unsanitary condition. This is a reference to "Natural Born Kissers" in which Homer and Marge have sex at a minigolf windmill.

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