The streaming rights for Futurama might be in the midst of a shake-up, but you’ll soon be able to catch the animated sci-fi hit on SYFY. It might be an oldie, but it's still a goodie.
The network has acquired the non-exclusive rights to all 140 episodes of the long-running sci-fi comedy from Matt Groening, which originally ran from 1999-2003 (and was later resurrected for new episodes in 2007 and 2010), and is planning to make its network debut with a weekend programming event on Saturday, Nov. 11. Even better: The episodes will be in HD! The series will air regularly in prime time on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. ET/PT, and on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. ET/PT.
The acquisition comes in the wake of SYFY’s relaunch earlier this year, and finds the network beginning to dabble in animated fare for the first time in a very long time. For now, it’ll be the only animated show on the network, though fans likely agree it should be a great fit. The Futurama programming block will join originals like The Expanse, Channel Zero, 12 Monkeys, The Magicians, and a whole lot more on the schedule.
“We’re continuing to invest heavily to give our passionate fans the very best in genre programming, and I can think of no better addition to SYFY’s lineup than one of my personal favorites, Futurama,” Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks (USA and SYFY) for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, said in a statement.
Futurama has remained a fan favorite among genre fans. It's been a consistent performer on streaming for years, and the show’s approach to blending the absurd with the high-tech and human is as poignant and hilarious today as it was then. That’s probably why the show has won six Emmy awards and a boatload of fans along the way.
Are you glad to see Futurama coming to SYFY? Plan on tuning in to binge along with Bender and the gang?