The Jonas Brothers claim that they’ve been to the year 3000. According to them, not much has changed, but “they” live underwater. In the case of Futurama, “they” refers to the students of Brown University. Well, sort of.
Featured in the Futurama episode “The Mutants are Revolting,” Brown University is the “premiere institution of lower learning” for Sewer Mutants who maintain the sewers of New New York, the futuristic concrete jungle in which the show is set. This time-consuming and grotesque task is intended to prevent the mutants from protesting for equal rights.
Alright, 1) gross. And 2) stereotypes are definitely at work here. We get it. IvyGate claims that one of the writers of Futurama hates us (it’s all good, IvyGate — we hate you), but this isn’t the first animated sitcom to poke fun at Brown. In The Simpsons episode “Lisa Gets an A,” Lisa fears that she will bomb a test and that Harvard will pass off her application to Brown where Otto, the inherently lazy bus driver, claims he almost got tenure… and we all know that Seth MacFarlane, the man behind Family Guy, can’t help but make references to the fine institution up the hill from his very own alma mater.
[Writer’s Note: I will never watch a show as absurdly ridiculous as Futurama… but Family Guy is totally fair game.]