November 14 in Sci-Fi History: The debut of Futurama

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It was on this day in 1999 that you first saw this:

 

Futurama premiered on this day in 1999 on Fox as Matt Groening's follow-up to The Simpsons. It featured such memorable characters as Bender:

 

Professor Farnsworth:

 

And the Hypnotoad. All Glory to the Hypnotoad!:

 

And weirdly, one of its best characters, Richard Nixon's head:

 

The show has been nominated for 12 Emmy Awards and has won six. It's known for its guest appearances (Al Gore, George Takei, John Goodman as Robot Santa, the list goes on …)

 

Switching gears somewhat, a strange little movie called Santa Claus Conquers the Martians premiered on this day in 1964.

 

Couple of weird things about this movie: 1) It's the first time Mrs. Claus ever appeared on film; 2) Someone made this movie; 3) It was largely ignored until the 1990s, when people went nuts after it was featured on an episode of Mystery Science Theatre 3000.

 

Celebrating a birthday today is Patrick Warburton, who was famously The Tick. Warburton remains a producer on the new Amazon version, and man … just blue gold, that guy.

 

Tomorrow: Ed Asner, gang.