Fans have been clamoring for a crossover between Matt Groening’s venerable animated series The Simpsons and Futurama damn near since the latter premiered in 1999. Well now that Futurama has been cancelled for the second time in its lifespan, this team up will finally come to pass.
During a Television Critics Association panel as part of their summer press tour, long-time Simpsons producer Al Jean, revealed that the two fan-favorite shows will collide and tag team an episode this season. The crossover will air sometime in November.
The episode will feature all of your favorite Futurama voice actors, including Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Lauren Tom, and Tress MacNeille. Beyond the information about who will be involved, there aren’t any details currently available about the plot or nature of the episode. But to be honest, we don’t really care about that. The Planet Express crew could just show up and sit on the couch with Homer watching a football game and we’d be satisfied. That could actually be pretty awesome, Homer and Bender pounding beer and belching, which sounds like damn fine time to us.
Since the episode is slated to air in November, it’s possible that it could be this year’s installment of the “Treehouse of Horror.” It wouldn’t be the first time The Simspons have gone a little sci-fi for their annual Halloween episode—aliens have invaded more than once—and it would explain how a one-eyed badass, a drunk robot, and a Jamaican accountant from the future could all show up in a space ship and no one would bat an eye.
While that’s possible, I hope that’s not the route they go. I also hope that the Futurama team gets more than a brief cameo, I want to see the two shows come together for a proper episode. Because all of the cast members are involved, and it’s described as a “crossover” not just an appearance, it certainly sounds like they will be more involved, but who can tell.
During this same panel, Jean also indicated that a Simpsons character will die in an episode called “Clown in the Dumps.” While he didn’t say which one, he said did say that the voice actor has won an Emmy for his or her portrayal of this character.
Futurama began life on Fox in 1999, on the even of the millennium that plays such an integral part in the set up. The action follows Phillip J. Fry, a dim-bulb pizza delivery boy who is cryogenically frozen by accident on New Year’s Eve 1999. When he wakes up in the year 3000, he has to adjust to a world full of aliens, mutants, mad scientists, and the aforementioned alcoholic robots, and has a series of wacky adventures through the galaxy as part of an interstellar delivery crew. The network cancelled the show in 2003, but due to the popularity of reruns, Comedy Central picked it up and aired new episodes from 2008 to 2013, when it was cancelled again.