The Opening Credits always appear at the beginning of a Futurama episode.
The opening credits begin with the Futurama logo and a caption that is different every time (sort of like the show's wquivalent of the "couch gags" from The Simpsons). The Planet Express ship flies through the logo into New New York. There, the camera goes past Transport Tubes, billboards and other parts of the city showing Hover Cars and buildings. The camera then stops at a big screen showing a classic cartoon (sort of like the show's equivalent of the "couch gags" from The Simpsons). However, in the later seasons a classic cartoon being seen in the giant screen was done less frequently, and a lot of episodes from the show's last two seasons don't have it. It then shows the producers names, Matt Groening and David X. Cohen. The Planet Express Ship crashes into it. The music is inspired by French composer Pierre Henry's Psyché Rock, by Christopher Tyng.
- The three Alienese signs read “rent a human”, "3D Rulez" and "tasty human burgers".
There are many billboards throughout the sequence. Some are:
- Bachelor Chow
- Mom's Old Fashioned Robot Oil
- DEF-CON Owl Traps
- Mass Hypnosis Hour
- Flesh-o-poid Dating Service
- Girls, Girls, Aliens
- Robot Wash
- All-Tentacle Massage
- Entire Main Cast
- Man with hook for hand with headphones on
- Man reading paper headlined "MOON PIE FIGHT IN MARS BAR"
- Lady with pink hair
There have been some variations to this. These are:
- In Bender Should Not Be Allowed on Television, John DiMaggio and Billy West beat box throughout, with Zoidberg saying his name.
- In Spanish Fry beat boxing with a singing by Bender.
- In Bender's Big Score, there were Planet Express crew introductions and title cards.
- In The Beast With A Billion Backs, instead of crashing into the screen, the ship turns into a Steamboat Willie parody.
- In Bender's Game, instead of crashing into the screen, the ship turns into a Yellow Submarine parody.
- In Into the Wild Green Yonder, the opening credits take place in Mars Vegas to a tune sung by Seth MacFarlane.
- In Viva Mars Vegas the entire intro is a real-life diorama-like recreation using cardboard and wires. The screen at the end of the intro featured paper cutouts of the "Colorama: In Glorious Black and White" portion from the episode Reincarnation.
In season six on Comedy Central the title credits are shortened in length removing the cartoon shown on the screen that the ship crashes into (or out of in The Beast with a Billion Backs and Bender's Game). The only episodes to have the full opening sequence are Rebirth, That Darn Katz!, and Benderama.
In the season 7 episode The Duh-Vinci Code, the crew travels to Rome through "FutuROMEa" letters, just like "Futurama" in the opening sequence.