Creator: Matt Groening
Years: 1999-2003, 2008-2013
Good news everyone!
The creator of Simpsons somehow had more ideas in his head and created another show with a similar brand of humor. I found it more consistently funny and more dramatic as well. Many people identify Jurassic Bark as one of the few moments on TV that made them genuinely cry and there are other great dramatic moments with the character Kif.
The show does a great job at reeling you in with the easily accessibly humor of the perpetually drunk robot Bender but develops every character and works on larger jokes that take entire episodes to set up. Roswell That Ends Well is an all-time favorite. Also, any episode that has Zapp Brannigan is probably good. He was going to be voiced by Phil Hartman (FUCK!), but the amazingly versatile Billy West took on yet another voice and nailed it, imitating Hartman’s voice the best he could. The inept surgeon crab Zoidberg is a great supporting character (and isn’t so great when he’s featured), and I’ll never forget the line “And I’m his friend Jesus!”
Four movies were made during the 5 year hiatus after leaving Fox. They’re okay, some better than others, but all seem to run a little long. I admittedly haven’t seen all of the episodes from the past couple seasons.