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'Simpsorama': 'Simpsons,' 'Futurama' Crossover Episode Was 'Meh'

By    |   Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 09:37 AM

"The Simpsons" aired its second crossover episode of the season Sunday, this time with canceled program "Futurama" in a television event dubbed "Simpsorama," which was met with mixed reviews from fans of both shows.

"Futurama," which had runs on Fox and Comedy Central and reruns on the Cartoon Network, was created by Matt Groening, who also created "The Simpsons," so it seemed only a matter of time before a fusion crossover episode.

But some felt "Simpsorama" left much to be desired, though it was a solid effort.

"'Simpsorama' wasn't a great episode of 'The Simpsons' or of 'Futurama' but it was a lovely little celebration, a tip of the hat from the class president to the kid who spends lunch breaks inventing new rules for 'Dungeons & Dragon,'" Entertainment Weekly's Darren Franich wrote. "Also, Homer twisted the necks off of little green Bart mutants, which isn't nothing."

Max Nicholson, of IGN.com, felt it was about time the two Groening series merged.

"Thus, it was probably only a matter of time (literally) before the Planet Express crew paid a visit to the Simpsons family in the 21st century. For 'Futurama' fans, 'The Simpsons'' sixth episode in Season 26, 'Simpsorama,' marks a highly anticipated return for Fry, Leela, Bender, and the rest of the crew, whose own adventures came to an end (again) last year on Comedy Central."

Dennis Perkins, of the A.V. Club, found the whole thing unnecessary.

"For two of the best and boldest animated series in TV history to combine to produce something so simply pleasant has to be counted as a failure," Perkins wrote. "At least the 'Family Guy' . . . crossover gave me plenty of nice, energetic anger to think (and write) about — 'Simpsorama's' benign niceness just evaporated like a losing racehorse hit by Bender's death ray while I was watching it."

The crossover "Simpsorama" event would have benefitted from being longer, Nicholson wrote.

"As crossovers go, 'Simpsorama' was poised to be a match made in heaven, and to some extent it is," he said. "The pairing of Homer and Bender, for instance, is one of the episode's strongest aspects . . . Unfortunately, the central conflict doesn't feel particularly dire, and part of that is due to time constraints. Honestly, this crossover probably would have benefitted from being an hour-long event."

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"The Simpsons" aired its second crossover episode of the season Sunday, this time with canceled program "Futurama" in a television event dubbed "Simpsorama," which was met with mixed reviews from fans of both shows.
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