Futurama is an American animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series follows the adventures of slacker Philip J. Fry, who is cryonically preserved for 1000 years and is revived in the 31st century. Fry finds work at an interplanetary delivery company. The series was envisioned by Groening in the mid-1990s while working on The Simpsons; he brought David X. Cohen aboard to develop storylines and characters to pitch the show to Fox.
Futurama in Family Guy
- In "Blue Harvest", Bender and Zoidberg make background cameos at the alien bar.
- In "The Splendid Source", The Beer Bar Buddies trace the origin of the joke back to many people, including Bender from Futurama.
- In "Boopa-Dee Bappa-Dee", Peter used his TV remote to transform Stewie into Bender.
- In "You Can't Handle the Booth!", Peter got his head stuck in the stair bars and asked Bender to bend the banister slacks, so he could get free. Bender was shown, lousing around on the couch, telling him to "Bite [his] shiny metal ass." In the commentary, Lois mentioned how expensive it was to hire Bender's actor and said that it wasn't worth it for that one joke, that wasn't even all that funny.
- In "Throw It Away", Lois accidentally activated Stewie's time machine, turning the environment around her into a futuristic version of itself. When she did, Chris turned into Bender.
- In "New Phone, Who Dis?", a repeat of the gag from "You Can't Handle the Booth!" happened, sans the commentary.
Family Guy in Futurama
- In the movie "Bender's Big Score", Fry went back to the present, at the turn of the new millennium. He hung up a Family Guy calendar, depicting Peter and Stewie Griffin. From 1999 to 2000, is when Family Guy first aired on television, making this a very timely reference. The calendar offers 12 laughs a year, implying that the show is really, really unfunny, with it's only hard-hitting jokes being scarce and far between.
- In "Game of Tones", Seth MacFarlane provided the voice of Seymour Butts in Fry's dream. Fry's dream had him living at home with his family, with the addition of Seymour as a sophisticated talking dog. This may have been a subtle allusion to Brian Griffin from Family Guy, as he is also a sophisticated talking dog in a family environment, voiced by Seth MacFarlane.