This fall season we have seen not one, but two different The Simpsons crossover episodes. “Simpsorama” is the second episode featuring our favorite yellow family meeting up with the characters of the other Matt Groening-created show, Futurama, which recently aired its final episode. For fans of the recently departed series, “Simpsorama” is a highly anticipated episode because it is the first time we see the Planet Express crew return to the small screen. The crossover begins in present day Springfield where Bart Simpson’s class is putting items into a time capsule that will be opened 1,000 years in the future. Later that night in the Simpsons home, Futurama’s Bender fall from the sky and comes into the house. The reason for Bender’s presence is slowly revealed as we learn that there is a crisis in the future that would be solved by killing Homer.
The Simpsons are sucked into the world of Futurama, albeit way too late in the episode to be interesting. Some of the other Futurama cast get almost no screen time and only a few lines of dialogue. The Futurama aspect of the show felt short and didn’t take full potential of the material. The episode could have benefited from using an hour run time.
All in all “Simpsorama” is a crossover that delivers on almost all of its promises for an entertaining crossover story. Although the run time was too short and the spectacular Futurama material wasn’t utilized to its full potential, this crossover is well worth the watch for fans of either The Simpsons or Futurama.