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14 Shows Like Rick And Morty That Are Worth Your Time

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If you hit the long stretch between seasons of “Rick and Morty,” binge-watch “Futurama” for a funny sci-fi fix. In 1999, “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening took his signature overbite style into the far-flung future of the year 3000’s New New York, where commuters travel by tube, aliens open pizzerias, and robots electrify the red-light districts. Into this bewildering world stumbles Philip J. Fry (Billy West), a dopey delivery boy from the 20th century destined for interstellar shenanigans.

Fry soon joins forces with a surly robot (John DiMaggio), a butt-kicking cyclops (Katey Sagal), a mad scientist (West again), a perky heiress (Lauren Tom) from Mars, and a doofy doctor who looks like a man-sized lobster (also West!). Together, they face off against everything from war-loving space invaders and stab-happy robots to amorous Amazons and the preserved — but nonetheless pernicious — head of Richard Nixon. 

Pulling from decades of pop culture, “Futurama” gleefully parodies “E.T.,” “Star Trek,” “Titanic,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” and even “Iron Chef.” Yet, amid all these allusions, the series made a unique mark on science-fiction, spinning tales extraordinary, hilarious, and heart-wrenching in equal measure. Just say “Jurassic Bark” to a “Futurama” fan, and you’ll see what we mean.

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