Futurama season 8: Release date, cast, plot as first trailer revealed

The revival is heading to Disney+

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Futurama fans prepare yourselves because Fry, Leela and Bender are coming back to a small screen near you.

Yes, that’s right Matt Groening’s iconic sci-fi animated series is getting the reboot treatment, and viewers will get to return to New New York for a whole host of new galactic adventures.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that the show has been resurrected as it was previously brought back when Comedy Central rebooted it in 2008 following its initial cancellation by Fox in 2003. The show’s original release was from 1999 to 2003, and its second run lasted from 2008 to 2013.

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Here is everything you need to know about the show’s latest reboot.

Futurama season 8 release date

Futurama returns for S11 on Disney+. (Disney+)
Futurama returns for S11 on Disney+. (Disney+)

Futurama will premiere on Disney+ (Hulu in the US) on Monday, July 24, with new episodes airing on a weekly basis thereafter.

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The reboot is being billed as season 8 and it will consist of 20 episodes in total, the first part will have 10 episodes and will air from 24 July to 25 September. It has not yet been revealed when the second half of the season will be airing.

Futurama season 8 cast

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The Futurama line up. (Alamy)

The cast for the Futurama revival was the subject of much debate when it was first announced, with Bender voice actor Joe DiMaggio’s return up in the air over a pay dispute.

However, DiMaggio has since reached an agreement with Hulu and is indeed returning as the foul-mouthed robot, while Billy West and Katey Sagal will also reprise their roles as Fry and Leela, respectively. West also voices characters like Professor Farnsworth and Dr. Zoidberg.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11:  Voice Over Actors Troy Baker and John DiMaggio  participate in a Q&A at the Turtlebeach booth at the 2014 E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo - Day 2 held at Los Angeles Convention Center on June 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
Voice actors Troy Baker and John DiMaggio at the 2014 E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. (Getty Images)

Other cast members expected to return include Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr, and David Herman.

Futurama season 8 plot

Hulu has promised that there will be something for everyone in the Futurama reboot, newcomers to the franchise will be able to start with season 8 while longtime viewers will also have plenty to enjoy including payoffs for decades-long storylines.

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It has been teased that there will be several new adventures for Fry and the gang, one of which is quite topical as New New York will have to deal with a pandemic.

Futurama season 8 trailer

Our first proper glimpse at Futurama's return landed in late June 2023, when Disney+ and Hulu debuted the full trailer for the show's latest outing.

Packed full of visual gags (“From the people who brought you Futurama”), the nearly-two-minute trailer sees Fry welcome the Planet Express crew to a new home, continuing the show’s fondness for poking fun at its own bumpy lifespan.

Elsewhere, we find Professor Farnsworth sharing a familiar-looking pandemic remedy and Bender continuing to invite folks to bite his shiny metal ass.

Also, Zoidberg.

Meanwhile, a teaser trailer was released for the Futurama revival when Hulu announced the release date for the new season.

Watch the trailer for Futurama season 8 below:

It began with DiMaggio’s familiar voice declaring that they “were back” as several fan favourite characters were shown in different amusing scenarios.

Futurama season 8 premieres in the US on Monday, 24 July on Disney+, or Hulu in the US.