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Proof That Futurama Is the Smartest Show on Television

Good news, everyone! It's the Futurama appreciation episode. We pay tribute to our favorite moments in the series, and talk about other scifi comedy TV shows you can watch when you've watched every Futurama episode twelve times. Bay Area Science Festival director Kishore Hari helps us (and several volunteers) act out the solution to the math theorem created by Futurama writer Ken Keeler! Plus, would you want to survive the collapse of civilization?


All this and more on io9's weekly show, We Come From the Future!

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Red Dwarf is probably the second geekiest sci-fi comedy out there, when it comes to basing episodes (at least partially) around scientific theory, unless you count the other British sci-fi comedy that nobody has heard about, simply called Astronauts.

It was produced by the guy who did Fawlty Towers, scripted by the writing team behind The Goodies, and based in part upon the real life complaints of the NASA astronauts aboard Skylab, which should have been the perfect recipe for far out space comedy with a scientific twist. (Spoilers: Ehhh.... not so much)

Admittedly, I've only watched the first two episodes, (Right now I'm working my way through a much better forgotten British sci-fi series called Undermind created by Robert Banks Stewart and written by David Whitaker, Bill Strutton and Robert Holmes) but I can already say that while it's pretty scientifically accurate (not counting the incredibly Earthlike gravity on the space station), it's also rather hit-and-miss when it comes to humor, and a lot of the jokes just kind of float uncomfotably around the room like turds in zero gravity.

Still, while it's nowhere near as funny as Red Dwarf or Hyperdrive, at least it's not so ungodly horrible as to be another Come Back Mrs. Noah, widely recognized as one of the worst British sitcoms ever.