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6 Insane Moments of Foreshadowing in Futurama

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Futurama is renowned for its hidden Easter eggs, some that even diehard fans couldn't have picked up on upon first viewing. That's because these little secrets foreshadow events and characters that wouldn't happen or appear until seasons later.

1. Leela's Parents in the Crowd

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Leela's mutant parents can be seen standing in a crowd in the season two episode "I Second That Emotion." At this point in the series, Leela's origins were still a mystery. The audience wouldn't learn the truth until the season four episode "Leela's Homeworld," when those same parents are formally introduced.

2. Nibbler's Shadow in the Pilot

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Nibbler's shadow can be seen underneath Fry's chair in the first episode, "Space Pilot 3000." Even though the character hadn't been introduced yet, Nibbler's presence in the pilot is explained years later in the season 4 episode ""The Why of Fry," when it is revealed that the critter pushed him into a cryogenic tank. In DVD commentary for the pilot, Matt Groening explains, "What we tried to do is we tried to lay in a lot of little secrets in this episode that would pay off later."

3. Killer Wasps and the Old Planet Express Crew

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Speaking of the first episode, Professor Farnsworth retrieves Fry, Leela, and Bender's new career chips from a package labeled "Contents of Space Wasp's Stomach," implying the old crew was killed by space wasps. This foreshadows the season four episode "The Sting," in which we find out that this did in fact happen to the old crew as the new Planet Express gang are almost killed by giant space bees.

4. The Mysterious Number 9 Man

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A man wearing a tunic that says "Number 9" appears in the background many times throughout the series. (Here he is in " Bender's Big Score," again in "My Three Suns," in "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back," and also in random crowd shots.) He first showed up in the pilot, but wouldn't play a pivotal role until the 2010 Futurama movie, Into the Wild Green Yonder, a full eleven years (and one series cancellation) after his initial appearance. In the movie, it's revealed that the Number 9 Man is the leader of the "Legion of Mad Fellows," a group of telepaths.

5. Futurama itself was predicted by The Simpsons

The creation of Futurama itself was foreshadowed in the 1993 episode of The Simpsons, "The Front." In the episode, a writer resembling Futurama co-creator David X. Cohen exclaims, "I'm gonna do what I've always dreamed of. I'm gonna write that sitcom about the sassy robot." Futurama (and sassy robot Bender) wouldn't premier on Fox for another six years.

6. The Omission of Fry's Grandfather is for a reason

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In "The Luck of the Fryrish," Fry's father tells Fry's brother Yancy that his name (Yancy) has been passed down for generations, from his father's grandfather, to his grandfather, to him, then down to Yancy. He leaves out his own father (Yancy and Fry's grandfather) implying he was named something other than Yancy. This is because in the next-season episode "Roswell that Ends Well," it's revealed that Fry becomes his own grandfather.

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The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day Marathon Is Back
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For many fans, Mystery Science Theater 3000 is as beloved a Thanksgiving tradition as mashed potatoes and gravy (except funnier). It seems appropriate, given that the show celebrates the turkeys of the movie world. And that it made its debut on Thanksgiving Day in 1988 (on KTMA, a local station in Minneapolis). In 1991, to celebrate its third anniversary, Comedy Central hosted a Thanksgiving Day marathon of the series—and in the more than 25 years since, that tradition has continued.

Beginning at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, Shout! Factory will host yet another Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day marathon, hosted by series creator Joel Hodgson and stars Jonah Ray and Felicia Day. Taking place online at ShoutFactoryTV.com, or via the Shout! Factory TV app on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and select smart TVs, the trio will share six classic MST3K episodes that have never been screened as part of a Shout! Factory Turkey Day Marathon. Here’s hoping your favorite episode makes it (cough, Hobgoblins, cough.)

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America's Favorite Reality Shows, By State
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From aspiring crooners to housewives looking to settle scores, there are plenty of reality shows out there for every interest. But which ones are currently the most popular? To answer this question, CableTV.com mined Google Trends data to measure the most-watched “real-life” programs in each state. They broke their findings down in the map below.

The results: Residents of sunny California and Arizona are still Keeping Up With the Kardashians, while Texans love Little Women: Dallas. Louisianans can’t get enough of Duck Dynasty and in Utah, viewers are tuning in to Sister Wives.

See which other shows made the cut below, and afterwards, check out CableTV.com’s deep data dive from 2016 to see how our viewing preferences have changed over a year.

A map breaking down each state's favorite reality show, created by the CableTV.com team.
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