Futurama (season 4)

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Futurama Season 4
Futurama Volume 4.png
DVD cover art for the 2012 re-release of Volume Four
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 18
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Original run November 10, 2002 (2002-11-10) – August 10, 2003 (2003-08-10)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 August 24, 2004
July 17, 2012 (re-release)
Region 2 November 24, 2003
Region 4 February 18, 2004
March 13, 2013 (re-release)
Season chronology
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List of Futurama episodes

Futurama '​s fourth season began airing in 2002 and concluded after 18 episodes on August 10, 2003.

The complete 18 episodes of the season have been released on a box set called Futurama: Volume Four, on DVD and VHS. It was first released in Region 2 on November 24, 2003, with releases in other regions following in 2004. The season was re-released as Futurama: Volume 4, with entirely different packaging to match the newer season releases on July 17, 2012.[1]

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
Television
broadcast
55 1 "Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch" Wes Archer Bill Odenkirk January 12, 2003 4ACV01 S05E05
Amy's relationship with Kif leads to pregnancy... Kif being the pregnant one. But Amy fears that she will not be able to handle the burdens of motherhood, much to Kif's dismay.
56 2 "Leela's Homeworld" Mark Ervin Kristin Gore February 17, 2002 4ACV02 S04E05
When Bender disposes nuclear waste in the sewers, the angry mutants drag him, Fry, and Leela down to the depths to be mutated. As they attempt to escape, Leela goes after two hooded figures who may hold the secret as to Leela's true heritage and the whereabouts of her parents.
57 3 "Love and Rocket" Brian Sheesley Dan Vebber February 10, 2002 4ACV03 S04E04
After landing a major contract with a romance factory in Wisconsin and using the money to update the company, Bender falls deeply in love with the Planet Express ship autopilot's female voice setting (voiced by Sigourney Weaver). Meanwhile, Fry searches for the perfect candy heart to properly convey his feelings for Leela.
58 4 "Less Than Hero" Susie Dietter Ron Weiner March 2, 2003 4ACV04 S05E06
Dr. Zoidberg's mysterious miracle cream gives Fry and Leela superpowers. Teaming up with Bender, they form the New Justice Team, under the respective alter egos of Captain Yesterday, Clobberella, and Super King. But Leela's new duties as a superheroine put a strain on her relationship with her parents.
59 5 "A Taste of Freedom" James Purdum Eric Horsted December 22, 2002 4ACV05 S05E04
When Zoidberg publicly devours an Earth flag on Freedom Day, he is sentenced to death for his anarchic behavior. In protest, the Decapodians come to Zoidberg's aid by invading Earth, teaching the populace the true meaning of freedom.
60 6 "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV" Ron Hughart Lewis Morton August 3, 2003 4ACV06 S05E15
"All My Circuits" holds an audition to replace the part of Calculon's son after the original actor has a literal breakdown on-set, and Bender lands the part, despite not being a child robot actor. Soon, Bender's uninhibited behavior proves to be a bad influence on children, and an outraged Bender leads a protest group to get himself banned from the airwaves.
61 7 "Jurassic Bark" Swinton O. Scott III Eric Kaplan November 17, 2002 4ACV07 S05E02
Fry discovers his dog Seymour is being exhibited in a museum as a fossil, and takes it to Professor Farnsworth's lab to be revived. However, Bender is displeased with the lack of attention he has been receiving and becomes increasingly jealous of Seymour's fossil.
62 8 "Crimes of the Hot" Peter Avanzino Aaron Ehasz November 10, 2002 4ACV08 S05E01
The rapid increase in global warming is traced to a ventilation flaw that Professor Farnsworth failed to correct in his first robot prototype. As a result, all robots are ordered to be destroyed, but Bender refuses to go without a fight.
63 9 "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles" Bret Haaland Jeff Westbrook March 30, 2003 4ACV09 S05E07
The crew's attempts to de-age Professor Farnsworth result in everyone returning to their more youthful stages. While Farnsworth seeks out a way to re-age the crew, the newly-teenaged Leela takes the opportunity to experience the parental childhood she never had.
64 10 "The Why of Fry" Wes Archer David X. Cohen April 6, 2003 4ACV10 S05E08
Still unable to impress Leela, Fry sadly suspects that he has no importance in life - until Nibbler takes him on a mission to prevent the brains from destroying the universe. In the process, Fry learns what really happened when he was cryogenically frozen on December 31, 1999.
65 11 "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" Patty Shinagawa David A. Goodman April 21, 2002 4ACV11 S04E12
Fry leads the crew on a quest across the galaxy to regain the forbidden 79 episodes of "Star Trek: The Original Series", where they encounter the original cast of the show - as well as their captor, an obsessive energy being named Melllvar.
66 12 "The Sting" Brian Sheesley Patric M. Verrone June 1, 2003 4ACV12 S05E09
A mission to collect honey from deadly space bees apparently leads to Fry's sting-induced death. Leela is wracked with remorse, until Fry visits her in her dreams. As Leela's hallucinations intensify, she begins to suspect that she might be going crazy.
67 13 "Bend Her" James Purdum Michael Rowe July 20, 2003 4ACV13 S05E13
In order to compete in the Fembot's division of the 3004 Olympics, Bender is surgically rebuilt to become a woman. Her trashy behavior catches the eye of Calculon, with whom she develops a strong and confusing celebrity relationship.
68 14 "Obsoletely Fabulous" Dwayne Carey-Hill Dan Vebber July 27, 2003 4ACV14 S05E14
Bender is incompatible with Professor Farnsworth's new Robot 1-X, but rather than get an upgrade, Bender escapes to a desert island to start his life anew. There, he meets several other outdated robots and receives a downgrade, then leads his new comrades in a rebellion against technology.
69 15 "The Farnsworth Parabox" Ron Hughart Bill Odenkirk June 8, 2003 4ACV15 S05E10
Professor Farnsworth forbids the crew to look inside a mysterious box. Leela can't resist taking a peek, discovering the box to be a gateway to a parallel universe.
70 16 "Three Hundred Big Boys" Swinton O. Scott III Eric Kaplan June 15, 2003 4ACV16 S05E11
A $300 refund for all taxpayers results in a series of interconnected stories, following the Planet Express crew's endeavors to spend their money.
71 17 "Spanish Fry" Peter Avanzino Ron Weiner July 13, 2003 4ACV17 S05E12
Fry is abducted by aliens, who harvest his nose as an aphrodisiac. The crew traces Fry's missing nose to Lrrr, leader of the Omicronians, who decides that Fry's "lower horn" would be a much better aphrodisiac to jump start his stagnant marriage with Ndnd.
72 18 "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" Bret Haaland Ken Keeler August 10, 2003 4ACV18 S05E16
Desperate to learn how to play the holophonor in order to impress Leela, Fry swaps hands with the Robot Devil. He goes on to become a skilled holophonor player, winning Leela's heart and penning an opera about her life story, but the Robot Devil still has a trick or two up his sleeve.

Reception[edit]

The fourth season was met with critical acclaim and remains popular among the shows fanbase. Andy Patrizio of IGN had a positive review on the season.[2]

Home releases[edit]

The original Volume Four home release.
Futurama: Volume Four
Set details Special Features
  • Optional full-length commentaries on all 18 episodes
  • Deleted scenes from 16 episodes
  • Storyboards for "Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch"
  • Hidden feature with David Goodman and John DiMaggio
  • Unused title captions
  • Concept art still gallery
  • Hidden script table read
  • "How to draw Professor Farnsworth and Bender" featurette
  • International clips
  • Animatic and 3D models
DVD/VHS release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
August 24, 2004 November 24, 2003 February 18, 2004


Futurama: Volume 4
Set details Special Features
  • Optional full-length commentaries on all 18 episodes
  • Deleted scenes from 16 episodes
  • Storyboards for "Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch"
  • Hidden feature with David Goodman and John DiMaggio
  • Unused title captions
  • Concept art still gallery
  • Hidden script table read
  • "How to draw Professor Farnsworth and Bender" featurette
  • International clips
  • Animatic and 3D models
DVD release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
July 17, 2012[1] N/A March 13, 2013[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kyle Nolan (2012-08-06). "Cool new cover art on Futurama Vol. 1-4 DVD re-releases". Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  2. ^ http://dvd.ign.com/articles/536/536322p1.html
  3. ^ "Futurama; S4". Sanity. Retrieved August 19, 2013.