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This article is about the real-world TV series. For other uses, see Futurama (disambiguation).

Futurama is an animated science-fiction comedy show, that was also created by Matt Groening. Numerous references have been made to the show throughout the run of The Simpsons as well as Futurama making references to The Simpsons. Many people have compared the Futurama main and minor characters with The Simpsons main and secondary characters such as Bender Rodríguez is Futurama's Homer Simpson, Cubert Farnsworth is Futurama's Bart Simpson or Dwight Conrad is Futurama's Milhouse Van Houten.

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.

Both shows crossed over in the comic book 2 parter Futurama Simpsons Infinitely Secret Crossover Crisis, and again in the 2 parter The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis II.

The Season 26 episode "Simpsorama" is an official crossover between Futurama and The Simpsons.

Futurama in The Simpsons[edit]


Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
Burns' head.png 5 85 "Rosebud" 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.
Nerdlinger.png 86 "Homer Goes to College" 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). This episode aired 5 and a half years before Futurama started.
Kitty Carlisle.png 93 "Bart Gets Famous" Kitty Carlisle's head in a jar is in Bart's dream about his future. This episode aired exactly 5 and a half years before Futurama started.
THOHIX Futurama reference.png 10 207 "Treehouse of Horror IX" David X. Cohen's pseudonym is David "Watch Futurama" Cohen. This episode aired five months before Futurama started.
Mayored to the Mob Futurama.png 212 "Mayored to the Mob" Üter wears a Futurama T-shirt at the "Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con". This episode aired three months before Futurama started.
Missionary Impossible Bender.png 11 241 "Missionary: Impossible" Bender appears in a FOX telethon.
HOMR - couch gag.png 12 257 "HOMЯ" In the couch gag, the Simpsons come out from tubes are deposited onto the couch via tubes Marge, Homer, Lisa, Maggie and Fry come out but Fry is sucked up, with Bart put down in Fry's place.
Pikachu and Bender Cameo (Bart vs. Lisa vs. Third Grade).png 14 294 "Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third Grade" Bender is one of the TV characters Bart hallucinates and sees the kids turn into.
Helter Shelter PE Ship.png 296 "Helter Shelter" A model of the Planet Express Ship can be seen on Comic Book Guy's shelf. A Bender figurine can also be seen.
D'oh Bot Bender reference.png 15 322 "I, (Annoyed Grunt)-bot" Bender's name appears on a videotape fighting Killhammad Aieee.
Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con - Matt Groening with fans.png 330 "My Big Fat Geek Wedding" Matt Groening appears as himself at the Comic Book convention, billed as the creator of Futurama.
Catch 'Em if You Can - Futurama reference.png 331 "Catch 'Em If You Can" In the video store, there's a poster for Futurama in the background.
Fraudcast News - Futurama reference.png 335 "Fraudcast News" Squeaky-voiced teen yells: "Why did they have to cancel Futurama?!" before jumping off Geezer Rock.
16 350 "Future-Drama" The episode's title is a reference to Futurama.
Bender in Future-Drama.png Bender appears when Homer and Bart pass through the tunnel.John DiMaggio guest stars as the voice of Bender.
Moe's clone was made out of Moe's back fat, just like how Cubert was made.
Mel eating US flag.png 18 394 "Homerazzi" Sideshow Mel eats the American Flag just as Dr. Zoidberg did in "A Taste of Freedom".
19 411 "That '90s Show" Homer says that Matt Groening created Futurama at the time.
Somber String.png 20 424 "Treehouse of Horror XIX" Bart, when looking for a present for Lisa, picks up a bottle of Somber String with a picture of Fry being hanged on the front of it.
Hubert Wong.png 21 445 "Treehouse of Horror XX" Hubert Wong, a reference to Hubert Farnsworth and Amy Wong, is seen.
Love is a Many-Strangled Thing - title screen.png 22 481 "Love Is a Many-Strangled Thing" The title screen gag does a parody of the Futurama opening sequence where the Planet Express ship flies across the screen while a small piece of music from the Futurama opening theme is played before The Simpsons theme takes over.
Popular Robotics.png 23 490 "Replaceable You" Bender appears on an issue of Popular Robotics.
Iron Cook.png 491 "The Food Wife" Iron Cook is the name of a cooking show in the Futurama episode "The 30% Iron Chef".
New New York Teleport.png 495 "Holidays of Future Passed" A passenger travels to New New York via teleport at Heathrow Teleport.
Ultranet.png The Ultranet is very similar to and may draw inspiration from Futurama's Internet.
Ships in Bottles.png One of the ships Homer has bottled is the Planet Express ship from Futurama (see image, above Lisa's head).
Beware My Cheating Bart Futurama reference.png 504 "Beware My Cheating Bart" Fry and Leela are on a distant planet.
Stranded07.png The writing on the wall during the show Stranded is the alien language from Futurama. It translates to: "WATCH FUTURAMA THURSDAYS AT 10".
Slurm.png 24 513 "A Tree Grows in Springfield" A box with the Slurm logo is seen. Slurm is a soft drinks brand from Futurama.
Hubert Wong.png 522 "Black-Eyed, Please" Hubert Wong is seen again.
Hypnotoad.png 25 532 "Treehouse of Horror XXIV" The Hypnotoad appears in the opening sequence.
Futurama Blob and Hypnotoad.png 536 "The Kid Is All Right" The Hypnotoad and a Blob appear in the audience of Decision 2056.
Homer's head.png 548 "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.
Simpsorama promo 2.jpg 26 556 "Simpsorama" The whole episode is a The Simpsons/Futurama Crossover Episode
MFL Bender.png 566 "My Fare Lady" Bender appears at the end of a scene that parodies The Jetsons.
Rick and Morty Planet Express ship.pngRick and Morty Slurm.pngRick and Morty Brain Slug.png 574 "Mathlete's Feat" In the Rick and Morty couch gag:
27 576 "'Cue Detective" Bender is seen in the basement
578 "Halloween of Horror" Martin is dressed as Bender.
Scott Muller Futurama THOHXXVI.png 579 "Treehouse of Horror XXVI" Scott Muller's Halloween credit is "Scott Mulrrr! Ruler of the Planet Omicron Persei 8!", referencing Lrrr from Futurama.
584 "The Girl Code" A note card in the SWOT board's Weaknesses quadrant says "Have To Wake Up Bender".
Simprovised - Bring back futurama again.png 595 "Simprovised" During the "Homer LIVE!" segment, Bender appears with a sign that says "Bring Back Futurama (Again)"
Zoidberg Friends and Family.png 28 598 "Friends and Family" One of the faces Smithers changes the Simpson children to is Zoidberg.
Treehouse of Horror XXVII promo 3.png 600 "Treehouse of Horror XXVII" Homer dresses up as Bender.
THOHXVII Futurama logo.png One of the bad shows mentioned in "600" is Futurama.
29 638 "Throw Grampa from the Dane" Bender is seen floating through the flooded house.
30 640 "Bart's Not Dead" In the couch gag, there is a scene from Simpsons episode "Simpsorama" where Fry, Leela and Bender appear.
643 "Treehouse of Horror XXIX" The Planet Express Ship is seen, carrying a flag saying "Bring back Futurama".
Daddicus Finch - Futurama ref.png 648 "Daddicus Finch" In the Springfield Science Museum, Professor Farnsworth pushes a "The Science of Futurama" exhibit. On the exhibit is a picture of Richard Nixon's head, Hedonismbot and the Planet Express ship.
Treehouse of Horror XXX Farnsworth.png 31 666 "Treehouse of Horror XXX" Professor Farnsworth is one of the potential bodies Homer could have gone into.
Marge robots.png 673 "Hail to the Teeth" One of the Marge robots resembles Bender.
Comicalooza Futurama banner.png 32 691 "Three Dreams Denied" A banner for Futurama is seen at Comicalooza. Cosplayers are dressed as Morbo and Hypnotoad.


Picture Special Reference
Hedonismbot Planet of the Couches.png Planet of the Couches Hedonismbot appears outside of the jail.
The Simpsons: America's First Family Clips are shown.
Homer from the Green Room at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Bender appears holding up a sign saying "BRING BACK FUTURAMA (AGAIN)", referring to its second cancellation in 2013.


Picture Game Reference
Futurama in The Simpsons Wrestling.png The Simpsons Wrestling Early footage of gameplay shows Leela and Bender among the audience in Kang and Kodos' spaceship. However, they are not actually present in the final game, instead being replaced with generic aliens.
Futurama - The Simpsons Game.png The Simpsons Game Bender and Zoidberg appear as enemies in the level "Five Characters in Search of an Author".
Back to the Futurama.jpg
Back to the Futurama-Unlocked.png
At the end of the level, there is an achievement called "Back to the Futurama" with Bender as the picture. To unlock it, the player must defeat 30 enemies in 3 minutes or less.
Tapped Out Soylent Green and Slurm CBG.png The Simpsons: Tapped Out During the "Christmas 2013" update, Comic Book Guy mentions Soylent Green and Slurm.
Tapped Out Bender Icon.png During the "Clash of Clones" update, Bender turns up after hearing his name (though actually referring to a drinking bender).
Tapped Out Futurama Simpsons Babies CBG 1.png
Tapped Out Futurama Simpsons Babies CBG 2.png
During the "Simpsons Babies" update, Comic Book Guy mentions how the plot resembles the one from Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles and mentions the Youthasizer.


Picture Book Reference
CBGGQ-Futurama.png Comic Book Guy's Book of Pop Culture Bender's "Bite my shiny metal ass" line appears as one of the quotes listed in "CBG's Greatest Quotes of All Time!"
Bender Blender.png Comic Book Guy is shown to have a "Bender blender" in his kitchen.
SPD Evidence Locker - Flatscreen TV.png Chief Wiggum's Book of Crime and Punishment In "The Springfield Police Department's Evidence Locker!", one of the items seen is a flatscreen TV "used for reviewing pirated, cheap knockoff DVDs and games". Currently playing is an episode of "Future Guy" (a pastiche of Futurama and Family Guy) showing Brian Griffin as Nibbler and Peter Griffin as Zoidberg.
Lazy Man Type - Ol' Lazybones.png Homer Simpson's Little Book of Laziness In his list of types of lazy people, Homer identifies Matt Groening as "Ol' Lazybones", citing him as saying, "Let's do a Futurama episode where the whole universe takes a nap.


Picture Comic issue Story name Reference
Bongo Annual Corporate Report.png Simpsons Comics #85 Crap That No One Wanted Bender is shown on the cover of the Bongo Annual Corporate Report.
Bart Simpson 14 Futurama reference.png Bart Simpson #14 N/A There is an advertisement featuring Fry on the back cover of the comic book Homer is reading.
Hoop Schemes Fry and Leela.png Bart Simpson #69 Hoop Schemes Two of the basketball players resemble Fry and Leela.
Everything's Bartchie Futurama.png Simpsons Comics #183 Everything's Bartchie! Barchie was chased away from Memory Lane by Bender for he has looked too much into the future.
Walt.png Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror #5 Apu on Rigel 7 Walt is seen in a jar similar to the Head jars in Futurama.
Simpsons Comics #50 Wall or Nothing In the two-page picture of the town (where Rainer Wolfcastle is saying, "Because Lower Springfield is sucking!") on the Lower Springfield side of the wall, Philip J. Fry can be seen running in the background.
Simpsons Comics #99 Marge Simpson Living Bender can be seen eating and drinking wine at Rainer Wolfcastle's six hundred people party.
I Screwed Up Big-Time Nixon head.png The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror #16 Unleash the Glavin Richard Nixon's head can be seen in the background, based on his head-in-a-jar appearance on Futurama.
Simpsons Comics 200 full cover.png Simpsons Comics #200 N/A Zoidberg is seen on the back cover holding a sign that says "Will defect for cake!"
Shane.png Simpsons Comics #211 An Unconventional Romance Shane has a T-shirt for CyclopsBabes.com, with a picture of Leela on.
Worst Con Ever!.png Simpsons Comics #214 Worst Con Ever! Morbo appears in the crowd.
Simpsons Winter Wingding #7 Kiss Me, Bart Simpson! Groundskeeper Willie says "Me, Scots-manwich!", referencing Hermes Conrad's catchphrase "My manwich!"
Under the Dome Futurama.png Kang & Kodos #1 Under the Dome! Kodos' favorite TV show is Single Female Lawyer, a TV show in Futurama.
Brenda the Love Bot.png The Mighty Moe Szyslak #1 "Love Accurately!" Brenda the Love Bot looks very similar to Bender.
Police Commissioner Zordon.png Chief Wiggum's Felonious Funnies 1 Future Cop! In Chief Wiggum's dream of being a cop in the future, his boss Police Commissioner Zordon is a head floating in a jar.
Morbo - Future Cop.pngBender - Future Cop.png Zordon sends Wiggum to put down a riot at the space jail. Morbo and Bender are among the rioters.

The Simpsons in Futurama[edit]


Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
Blinky in Futurama.png 1 1 "Space Pilot 3000" When Fry passes through an underwater tube, Blinky briefly appears in the water below him. Also, in an early storyboard of this episode, Fry is watching The Simpsons.
Futurama - Homer on Bender's sash.png 7 "My Three Suns" One of Bender's badges at the bottom of his sash has a profile of Homer.
Futurama - Bart Simpson dolls.png 8 "A Big Piece of Garbage" On the trash asteroid, a pile of Bart Simpson dolls can be seen. Bender picks up one and hears Bart say his catchprase, "Eat my shorts". Bender complies and eat them and mimics Homer in saying "Mmm... shorts". Nancy Cartwright voiced the Bart Simpson doll.
Futurama - HS 4 MB.png 9 "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).
Futurama - Coney Island College prizes.png 11 "Mars University" Homer and Bart toys appear as prizes at the "Coney Island College".
Futurama - Making Face opening sequence.png 13 "Fry and the Slurm Factory" Bart, Lisa, and Maggie appear in the opening sequence on the TV screen in one the Tracey Ullman short, "Making Faces".
Futurama - opening subtitle reference.png 2 18 "Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?" The opening subtitle is "From the network that brought you 'The Simpsons'."
Futurama - Bart's head.png 3 36 "The Luck of the Fryrish" Bart's head appears on the shelf.
Futurama - human Bender.png 50 "Anthology of Interest II" Bender's human alter-ego bears a striking resemblance to Homer.
Futurama - Bart on a hot air balloon.png 4 56 "Leela's Homeworld" Bart is a part of the hot air balloon the main characters use to escape the sewers.
Futurama - miniature windmill.png 61 "Jurassic Bark" 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" in which Homer and Marge have sex at a mini golf windmill.
Futurama - Apu and Manjula heads.png Bender's Big Score Apu and Manjula's heads appear in the head museum.
Futurama - similar credits.png The Beast with a Billion Backs 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.
6 90 "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela" Bender mentions that a censor chip canceled shows like "The Pimpsons".
99 "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences" Bender asks Matt Groening's head when the second Simpsons Movie is coming out, and after being shot, he shouts "D'oh!", one of Homer Simpson's catchphrases.
Futurama - Simpsons jaundice.png 106 "The Tip of the Zoidberg" Fry develops a condition called "Simpsons jaundice", which turns his skin yellow. He then says "Ay carumba!", one of Bart Simpson's catchphrases.
T. The Terrestrial Futurama Blinky.png 7 130 "T.: The Terrestrial" Blinky is seen in a fish bowl in Jrrr's room.


Picture Game Reference
Blinky Futurama Game.png Futurama In Bogad Swamp Trail are a number three-eyed fish modelled after Blinky.


Picture Comic issue Reference
Futurama Conquers The Universe In Leela & Amy in Hostile Makeover, the wig Amy puts on Leela about halfway through the comic is the same style as Marge's.
Secret Santa In Secret Santa, while the Planet Express crew are browsing the internet, an image of Bart can be seen.

  • In reference to the longevity of the show, it was stated that in the year 3000 The Simpsons are still on the air and keep producing original episodes even over one thousand seasons.[citation needed]

The Simpsons Voice Actors/Actresses on Futurama[edit]

Bongo Comics Free-For-All[edit]

Though the Free Comic Book Day samplers were mostly centered around comics relating to The Simpsons, several issues contain a Futurama story/material or more:

Common Cast and Crew[edit]


Picture Name Role in Futurama Role on The Simpsons
Buzz Aldrin.jpg Buzz Aldrin Voiced himself in "Cold Warriors". Voiced himself in "Deep Space Homer".
David Cross.jpg David Cross Voiced Yivo in The Beast with a Billion Backs. Was interviewed in The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special – In 3-D! On Ice!.
Chris Elliott.jpg Chris Elliott Voiced V-GINY in "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela". Appeared in the special episode Springfield's Most Wanted.
John Goodman.jpg John Goodman Voiced Robot Santa Claus in "Xmas Story". Voiced Meathook in "Take My Wife, Sleaze".
Stephen Hawking.jpg Stephen Hawking Voiced himself in three episodes and the second straight-to-DVD film The Beast with a Billion Backs. Voiced himself in the season 10 episode "They Saved Lisa's Brain", the season 16 episode "Don't Fear the Roofer", the season 18 episode "Stop, or My Dog Will Shoot!", and the season 22 episode "Elementary School Musical".
Penn Jillette.jpg Penn Jillette Voiced himself in Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder. Voiced himself in "Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder" and "The Great Simpsina".
Lucy Liu.jpg Lucy Liu Voiced herself and the Liubots in "I Dated a Robot". Voiced Madam Wu in "Goo Goo Gai Pan".
Bob Odenkirk.jpg Bob Odenkirk Voiced Chaz in "The Why of Fry". Voiced the mob lawyer in "The Fat Blue Line".
Patton Oswalt.jpg Patton Oswalt Voiced the unattractive giant monster in "Benderama". Voiced T-Rex in "The Day the Earth Stood Cool" and Bart's guilt in "The Cad and the Hat".
Parker Posey.jpg Parker Posey Voiced Umbriel in "The Deep South". Voiced Becky in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge".
Sarah Silverman.jpg Sarah Silverman Voice of Fry's ex-girlfriend Michelle. Voiced Nikki McKenna in ""Stealing First Base" and "Moonshine River", herself in "Clown in the Dumps" and Rachel Cohen in "Treehouse of Horror XXVII".
Patrick Stewart.jpg Patrick Stewart Voiced the huntmaster in "31st Century Fox". Voiced Number One in "Homer the Great" and himself in "The Fabulous Faker Boy".
Robert Wagner.jpg Robert Wagner Voiced himself. Voiced himself in "Goo Goo Gai Pan".
Burt Ward.jpg Burt Ward Voiced himself. Voiced Robin in "Large Marge".

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