10 Times Futurama Predicted The Future (And 10 Times It Missed The Mark)

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  • Published: 17 June 2019
  • Here are 10 times Futurama failed at predicting the future, and 10 times they were right on the money!

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    What’s with animated shows and the ability to predict the future? Well...specifically Matt Groening shows. The Simpsons spent years predicting events like the Disney and Fox merger, Donald Trump being elected President, and even showcased Lady Gaga in a very similar performance to her Super Bowl halftime show five years before it actually took place. And now today, we will look at another Groening show -- the cult hit Futurama. Set in the 31st Century, the show has made some BOLD predictions about our future on Earth. Some of the predictions were SPOT ON while others -- not so much. So let’s hop aboard the Planet Express and decipher their factual predictions from ones that were WAY off.

    Do you love Fry and other characters travel through the Tube Transport System? Well, we are well on our way to having the same type of technology transport us through some MAJOR cities. Remember Baywatch: The Movie? Yep, Futurama called that one years ago and even predicted one of its stars! There is a lot of future talk about robots in the city and while some of these are completely true, others miss the mark and are way off. Watch with us as the Planet Express travels across Earth and showcases some crazy visions of the future, including a possible title for Star Wars: Episode 9. Another predicted remake on Futurama? Shaft! And While Samuel L. Jackson is definitely returning to the role, it’s not quite the same title as we remember. Let’s travel to the future to see if the show and the animators were correct about the possible past.

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Comments • 446

  • Iollan Odinspire
    Iollan Odinspire  22 hours back

    Highly doubtful that the problem is to big for owls.

    • Shark Snack
      Shark Snack  4 days back

      Hemp is a plant that was used for manufacturing. Rope used as sea is made from hemp and it is different than what we smoke. So they did get it right showing a guy stoned and pushing for the entire plant to be used as is only makes sense. Right now, there is legislation in the House right now trying to legalize hemp manufacturing in the US

      • Nicktoon Maniac
        Nicktoon Maniac  6 days back

        We need artificial intelligence to be used to make sure that robots do NOT take over the world a la Terminator.

        • JusticeGraceful
          JusticeGraceful  6 days back

          Omg never wrestle an octopus underwater you WILL lose and you WILL die.

          • JusticeGraceful
            JusticeGraceful  6 days back

            Zap brannigan didn't READ the wrong name, he hadn't even looked at the card or opened the envelope. He heard her talking, saw her, said her name to her and for some reason everyone thought he picked her like she was even part of the competition. As zap himself said- what are you all idiots?

            • Dirty boot- item shop vids

              16:24 i guess they never miss hUh?

              • Uganda Knuckles
                Uganda Knuckles  3 weeks back

                5:42 dave’d buster are putting virtual games

                • Janja Hyena 2
                  Janja Hyena 2  4 weeks back

                  Oh great a Cartoon is predictin what our future's gon look like.

                  • Pippa Mcevoy
                    Pippa Mcevoy  4 weeks back

                    What if everything they "predicted" was just copied for example the Tesla car could have been made to hit the robot

                    • Gumpy Old Bugger
                      Gumpy Old Bugger  4 weeks back

                      Right off the bat, they got it wrong......the Hypertube is a joke.....as is Elon Musk....

                      • Leah Skidmore
                        Leah Skidmore  4 weeks back

                        Two Words: Suicide. Booths.

                        • Tim B
                          Tim B  4 weeks back

                          What about how bender turned into a fembot to win the Olympics

                          Kinda like the transgenders getting medals and smashing records today

                          • Recon.777
                            Recon.777  4 weeks back

                            8:30 Where did you get that saluki photo? Saluki races are typically held in the middle east and they don't wear muzzles.

                            • AliveC4t
                              AliveC4t  4 weeks back

                              Why did it sound like he had a really hard time saying owls the first time

                              • Zooshee Studio
                                Zooshee Studio  4 weeks back

                                I don't think you can count the marijuana being illegal as a miss. Laws change all the time. Currently its legal. But in 1000 years? Maybe not?

                                • Wolf-the lunar archbishop

                                  7:43 you mean our PEROGItive

                                  • Ace Diamonds
                                    Ace Diamonds  4 weeks back

                                    we're owl exterminators.

                                    • ajax201
                                      ajax201  4 weeks back

                                      "Grenning"

                                      • Faith
                                        Faith  4 weeks back

                                        Illuminati Confirmed

                                        • adam kiely
                                          adam kiely  4 weeks back

                                          i go hannah baker now

                                        • Sam Silberman
                                          Sam Silberman  4 weeks back

                                          What if the shows don’t just predict events but by showing them they actually influence the events to happen

                                          • Esoteric Emissary
                                            Esoteric Emissary  4 weeks back

                                            Sorry, I gotta give this video a thumbs down, because the Hyperloop is absolutely 100% fail.

                                            • Yngvar Følling
                                              Yngvar Følling  4 weeks back

                                              The previous big ebola outbreak was in 1995, so it's not as if it was so unknown in 1999. It was almost certainly the source of that joke.

                                              • Razar Campbell
                                                Razar Campbell  4 weeks back

                                                @ScreenRant
                                                Before you hype up the Hyperloop, you might want to look into the science behind it. I HIGHLY recommend watching Thunderf00t's series on the Hyperloop to demystify the loopy hype. He's a chemist who also has a very good knowledge of physics and all his videos are freely available on youtube. If you want to know if group 'x' developers and their idea have their feet firmly planted in the ground, with sound science to back them up, or if their feet are firmly planted in the air with only pseudoscience and woo to back them up, the place you need to go to, to dissipate the Fog of Woo is hunderf00t's channel.

                                                • Razar Campbell
                                                  Razar Campbell  4 weeks back

                                                  Matt has been VERY clear about this on numerous occasions;
                                                  His surname is pronounced as "Gray-ning"

                                                  • Iceferno Pro
                                                    Iceferno Pro  4 weeks back

                                                    The Lucy Liu bot prediction kind of came true, as you can get sexbots from certain places, which can be built to the customers' specifications, although not to a specific celebrity.

                                                    • abrr2000
                                                      abrr2000  4 weeks back

                                                      Hyperloop solves NONE of the massive engineering and safety problems with the hundred year old idea of sticking a train in a long vacuum tube.

                                                      • Garry Courtney
                                                        Garry Courtney  4 weeks back

                                                        the scooby doo one was actually done before futurama ever aired. There was a whole series of scooby adventures with guest stars of the time, including batman, the 3 stooges and sonny and cher. Even the globetrotters showed up.
                                                        The series you mention happening seems to be a reboot of that.

                                                        • Matthew Hodges
                                                          Matthew Hodges  4 weeks back

                                                          I guess you dont know theres already a Sequel for Pretty Woman its called Runaway Bride

                                                          • Jabaylin Looy
                                                            Jabaylin Looy  4 weeks back

                                                            Same as the simpsons

                                                            • Laceykat66
                                                              Laceykat66  4 weeks back

                                                              5:15 - But Dude, we have ALWAYS been told that hemp and Mary Jane were unrelated and that they just want Hemp legalized for all the bitch'n stuff we can do with it. They dudes at the college quade said they NEVER were interested in pot.

                                                              • Blake Carpenter
                                                                Blake Carpenter  4 weeks back

                                                                I call BS The Simpsons did not predict Trump presidency. The escalator clip was created after the fact.

                                                                • Martin Patella
                                                                  Martin Patella  4 weeks back

                                                                  13:55 look who’s talking

                                                                  • Weirdest Chick Here
                                                                    Weirdest Chick Here  4 weeks back

                                                                    Ummm, Ebola had happened before ‘13-‘14. Also this list is a little bit convoluted.

                                                                    • Weirdest Chick Here
                                                                      Weirdest Chick Here  4 weeks back

                                                                      I’m sorry but, “Car hits robot” is the funniest thing I’ve heard all day😂

                                                                      • Combatgod Gaming
                                                                        Combatgod Gaming  4 weeks back

                                                                        You can't get high off of hemp. Hemp is different from marijuana

                                                                        • Ferdinand Cesarano
                                                                          Ferdinand Cesarano  4 weeks back

                                                                          9:40 - "Alien Over*load* & Taylor"? Try "Overlord".

                                                                          • megarone
                                                                            megarone  4 weeks back

                                                                            S01-E01. Stop and dropp Americas favorite suicide booth since 2008, did not happen

                                                                            • Dusty Boot
                                                                              Dusty Boot  4 weeks back

                                                                              How is it possible that Screen Rant could make something this interesting so boring?

                                                                              • TayoEXE
                                                                                TayoEXE  4 weeks back

                                                                                5:54 An "Oculus" isn't a device. It's a company. You're likely thinking of an Oculus Quest, but whatever.

                                                                                • TayoEXE
                                                                                  TayoEXE  4 weeks back

                                                                                  It's not called PASTarama, after all. Wait.

                                                                                  • BLOOPsuperjuice
                                                                                    BLOOPsuperjuice  4 weeks back

                                                                                    the creator is a time traveler

                                                                                    • Jefferson Metzen
                                                                                      Jefferson Metzen  4 weeks back

                                                                                      A lot of the predictions seem like they would realistically be available by the year 3000, like the whole drone cameras, yeah there were drones in the early 90's so that wouldn't be unrealistic in 1000 years, virtual reality was around in the early 90's as well and plenty of movies had them prior to that episode, and a host getting something wrong in a 1000 years again completely realistic. Some of them they dismiss like the robots in entertainment vs holograms, to me that seems too gimicky and doesn't respect those who have passed away.

                                                                                      • k
                                                                                        k  4 weeks back

                                                                                        I had really liked this a lot until the "pretty middle-aged women" remark. Shallowness is not cool. :/

                                                                                        • jacob kobald
                                                                                          jacob kobald  4 weeks back

                                                                                          You know hemp doesn't get you high right...

                                                                                          • DietDrBob_ 2025
                                                                                            DietDrBob_ 2025  4 weeks back

                                                                                            Jesus man, their thumbnails.

                                                                                            • James Booth
                                                                                              James Booth  4 weeks back

                                                                                              Here's two things that people might've missed. And I find them very interesting.
                                                                                              In one of the Episodes, the crew has discovered an ancient artifact from a painting that a man might've been a robot from the 1700's and could still be alive, and the Professor mentioned something about the second coming of Jesus Christ.
                                                                                              And Sex robots is pretty obvious.

                                                                                              • Jose Gaytan
                                                                                                Jose Gaytan  4 weeks back

                                                                                                Jet packs might replace ladders as seen on Futurama.