During its nine-season run, the writers of Futurama dropped in as many pop culture references as humanly possible. The show was full of quips, jokes, and observations that related to everything from Doctor Who to obscure science fiction references. It didn't hurt that the writing room was filled with PhDs and sci-fi nerds.
While many of the pop culture references shown throughout the series are obvious, far more are considerably more obscure. You'll only understand a few of these pop culture references if you grew up playing Dungeons & Dragons, reading Isaac Asimov, and watching Space: 1999. Even if you did all of that, there are likely a few obscure references you missed along the way.
Find your favorite obscure pop culture reference below, and vote up the ones that are particularly clever. Check back to see which of Futurama's obscure pop culture references made it to the top of the list!
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A Spaceship Graveyard In The Bermuda Tetrahedron Is Littered With Famous Ships
Reference: Many of the most famous ships from science fiction make an appearance as derelict versions.
Episode: 21, "Möbius Dick"
Details: In "Möbius Dick," Leela undertakes an adventure that proves too perilous for the crew, and when they arrive at a spaceship graveyard, the Planet Express ship flies by a bunch of derelict crafts. The ships include vessels from other science fiction works and album covers, as well as a real lunar lander. The visible ships consist of the following:
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- Discovery One (2001)
- Event Horizon (Event Horizon)
- Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 (Lost)
- The Satellite of Love (Mystery Science Theater 3000)
- The Jupiter 2 (Lost in Space)
- The spaceship from Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space
- An Apollo Lunar Module
- Spaceships from the album covers of ELO, Journey, and Boston
- 2517 VOTES
There Is A Drink Made Of Humans Called 'Soylent Cola,' A Reference To 'Soylent Green'
Reference: There are numerous references throughout the series to Soylent food products.
Episode: 4, "Fry and the Slurm Factory"
Details: Soylent Green is a 1973 dystopian film starring Charlton Heston, who plays a detective who discovers something terrible going on in the massively overcrowded world he lives in. SPOILER: He discovers that the people who volunteer to end their lives end up being processed into a delicious ration the government has labeled Soylent Green. Hence, Soylent Green is people... it's people! In the episode, Leela tells Fry that there's a soda called Soylent Cola. When Fry asks her if it's any good, she replies, "It varies from person to person."Is this awesomely nerdy?
- 3389 VOTES
Tim The Enchanter From 'Monty Python And The Holy Grail' Appears In A Crowd
Reference: Tim shows up in a conference of scientists.
Episode: 1, "Crimes of the Hot"
Details: In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, King Arthur and his knights come upon a wizard played by John Cleese. When they approach, he is pointing in various directions, causing explosions, but eventually appears next to the king, where he introduces himself as Tim the Enchanter. The same wizard pops up in "Crimes of the Hot," where he's sitting among a group of scientists at a world scientific forum. When Al Gore offers up a bag of Moon Sapphires to anyone who can solve the global warming problem, he shows particular interest.Is this awesomely nerdy?
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A Beholder From 'Dungeons & Dragons' Works At The Central Bureaucracy
Reference: The Beholder is sleeping on the job.
Episode: 14, "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back"
Details: When Hermes needs to get back into the Central Bureaucracy, the team sneaks in as a Beholder from Dungeons & Dragons snoozes lazily nearby. They accidentally wake him up, and his eyestalks immediately blast off rays of white light as if an alarm has been sounded, but he is just startled. He then asks that they don't tell his supervisor he was sleeping on the job. In D&D, Beholders are immensely powerful magical creatures, so D&D fans may assume the group is in for a world of hurt... at first, anyway.Is this awesomely nerdy?