Ever since Futurama first appeared on television screens as the brainchild of The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, it has been adored by fans. This is because it effortlessly managed to combine interesting and much-loved characters with a science-fiction setting and a great deal of comedy that most other shows could never even dream of pulling off. This sci-fi theme and the science or math background of many of the writers have provided plenty of opportunity for them to include Easter eggs or secrets that only the most avid fan has caught, while the whole development of Futurama is an interesting tale.
The Writers Were Pretty Clever
Considering the subject matter they were often tackling involved mathematical problems and complicated scientific concepts, it is no wonder that many of the staff were highly educated themselves. In fact, the writers held three Ph.D.s, and seven master’s degrees between them. This prompted series writer Patric M. Verrone to state during an interview that “we were easily the most overeducated cartoon writers in history.”
They Even Came Up With A New Mathematical Theorem
The writers needed that sort of intelligence though. In one episode where the characters all swap bodies, they needed to come up with a factual way of having them get back to their original bodies again. The problem proved so difficult that they actually had to develop a completely new mathematical theorem to allow the plot to work.