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Futurama Confirms The Simpsons and Disenchantment Timeline


In its 11th season, Futurama has finally clarified the details of the Matt Groening animated universe.

Futurama -- "I Know What You Did Next Xmas" - Episode 1106 -- Bender and Zoidberg travel through time to attack Robot Santa.
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This article contains spoilers for Futurama season 11 episode 6.

The Matt Groening-verse just got a little bigger. The latest episode of Futurama, “I Know What You Did Next Xmas,” finally confirms that The Simpsons, Futurama, and Disenchantment are connected by more than just writers and producers. But the timeline’s probably not what – or should we say when – you’re thinking.

Disenchantment is Matt Groening and Josh Weinstein’s medieval fantasy-skewing follow-up to Futurama and The Simpsons. Originally sold as an episodic comedy similar to those shows, Disenchantment is actually a coming-of-age adventure series, following Princess Bean (Abbi Jacobson) as she reckons with her future place in the kingdom of Dreamland, and her complicated past. Something that the trailer for the recently announced fifth and final season is much less coy about than previously.

Despite the vaguely Middle Age trappings, the show’s timeframe has always been somewhat nebulous, leading fans to speculate about where exactly it fits in the Groening-verse. Early seasons had just enough anachronisms to cause viewers to think it wasn’t strictly set in the past, while the later addition of another realm, this one based around steampunk science, only furthered the notion.

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