Oh, it’s still airing (and they are making new episodes, as far as I know). But I think I’m done watching any more episodes on Comedy Central. I won’t go into how bad the new seasons are on Comedy Central (they are pretty bad). But now I can’t watch the syndicated episodes from the first four seasons because Comedy Central has started modifying the episodes.
I just watched “The Day the Earth Stood Stupid” and realized that they cut the entire bit at the beginning with Bender and Zoidberg entering the pet show. It’s annoying that they cut out a little of the episode to increase the commercial time, but that has been standard syndication practice for a very long time with other shows so it’s not surprising. But then later in the episode, after everyone on Earth became stupid and Fry’s coworkers were suggesting what they should do, Bender said, “Hey, let’s all join the Tea Party!”
What?!! The original was, “Hey, let’s all join the Reform Party!” They are changing dialogue now? Updating the jokes to make them more relevant? I am not outraged because they chose the Tea Party (frankly, they deserve to be made fun of), I am outraged that they are modifying the original jokes for no real reason. Doesn’t the Reform Party still exist?
Time to find my Futurama DVDs, I guess.