Midway into Futurama‘s fourth season (the show ran on Fox from 1999 to 2003), the network decided to cancel the show, which centered around a group of humans, aliens, and a robot who work for a futuristic space delivery service, according to The Daily Beast.
In 2005, Cartoon Network began airing the show in syndication, and the show then reappeared as straight-to-DVD films, which were then turned into TV episodes that aired on Comedy Central. The show’s producers David X. Cohen and Matt Groening continued to hang on to hope that the show might eventually be revitalized. In 2009, their wish came true.
20th Century Fox announced that Comedy Central had picked up the show for 26 new, half-hour episodes. “When we brought back Family Guy several years ago, everyone said that it was a once in a lifetime thing — that canceled series stay canceled and cannot be revived,” 20th Century Fox TV Chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden said to Entertainment Weekly. “But Futurama was another series that fans simply demanded we bring back, and we couldn’t have been happier when Matt and David agreed that there were many more stories yet to tell.”
After multiple seasons, cancellations, syndication, DVD’s, and renewals, Futurama was re-canceled in 2013.