We're not in Springfield anymore. Or even in the present.
After more than nine highly rewarding years of "The Simpsons," now comes "Futurama," Matt Groening's new animated Fox series that zooms ahead to the year 3000.
It's here, in this futuristic New York, where someone from our time, a 25-year-old pizza delivery boy named Fry (Billy West), winds up after getting trapped inside a time travel machine. And where he hangs out with a robot named Bender (John DiMaggio), who fears being labeled a robosexual; a purple-haired Cyclopsian female named Leela (Katey Sagal); and his only living relative, an antique professor (also West) who has built a spaceship on which they will travel to a different planet each week.
The premiere has the wonderfully distinctive geekiness but not the toothy bite of "The Simpsons," which was something spectacular to behold from the moment Homer uttered his first "Dohhhhhh!" There are some nice bits of amusement here, however, and surely the potential for growth as Groening's space travelers expand their universe of experiences and Bender reveals more about his penchant for robot porn.