MY TOP 10 FAVOURITE EPISODES OF FUTURAMA
Having seen every single episode multiple times, I thought I'd write this list to showcase my love for one of my all time favourite television shows. Honourable mentions: 'Hell is other robots', 'Space Pilot 3000', 'A big piece of garbage', 'Future stock' and 'A Pharaoh to remember'. I wish I could put them all in.
- 1.S04E07: 'Jurassic Bark' (2002)I won't ever not cry at this episode. I know it's the popular choice, but damn if that ending doesn't just pull at every one of my heartstrings. Essentially, it's about what happened to Fry's dog Seymour after Fry was frozen, told retrospectively over the course of the episode.
- 2.S03E19: 'Roswell that ends well' (2001)The first ever episode of Futurama that I saw, inspiring a decade long captivation with the show. After the crew are sent back in time to 1947, Fry becomes his own grandfather and Bender is reconfigured into a UFO. What can I say? I was hooked from that point onward.
- 3.S04E18: 'The Devil's hands are idle playthings' (2003)Fry trades hands with the robot-Devil and becomes a master at the holophonor. Attempting the use his new skills to win Leela's heart, Fry is thwarted by beelzebot who deafens her with an airhorn and attempts to steal her hand in marriage. The episode's musical numbers aren't quite as great as "Hell is other robots', but I find it far more heartwarming.
- 4.S07E07: 'The Late Philip J. Fry' (2010)After Fry agrees to travel one minute into the future with Doctor Farnsworth, he is sent hurtling forward into the distant future. They witness the end of the universe, prove that time is cyclical, fail to kill Hitler and make it back just in time for Fry's birthday date with Leela. This is one of the few newer episodes that manages that crucial balance between humour and heart, and I love it.
- 5.S04E15: 'The Farnsworth Paradox' (2003)Professor Farnsworth creates a portal to another dimension in the form of a yellow box that Leela inevitably falls through. Encountering similar versions of herself and the crew, both versions of the characters begin travelling to multiple dimensions, including a bobblehead dimension, in order to catch Zoidberg and prevent Hermes from shooting the box into the sun. It's ridiculous and wonderful.
- 6.S04E12: 'The Sting' (2003)Another episode that pulls at your heartstrings, though it's difficult to talk about this one without spoiling it.
- 7.S04E11: 'Where no fan has gone before' (2002)A beautiful tribute to Star Trek that any fan of the original series will love. The crew of the planet express are held hostage by a inter-dimensional being named Melllvar after attempting to track down the 'sacred tapes of the 79 original episodes'. Melllvar, revealing that he has also captured the cast of the original series, forces them to perform his screenplays and compete in trivia contests for his endless amusement.
- 8.S01E05: 'Fear of a bot planet' (1999)Fry and Leela disguise themselves as robots in order to save Bender from a planet of human hating robots only to discover that he has become famous due to his outlandish claims to have killed over a billion humans back on Earth. Again, one of the first episodes I ever saw.
- 9.S02E04: 'Fry and the Slurm factory' (1999)Essentially a retelling of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but with Slurm. After Fry finds a golden bottlecap inside his can of Slurm, he wins a free trip to Wormulon and a tour of the Slurm factory. He quickly discovers a sinister conspiracy surrounding his favourite soft drink, but ultimately decides to do nothing about it.
- 10.S02E19: 'The problem with Popplers' (2000)'Pop a Poppler in your mouth when you come to Fishy Joe's. What they're made of is a mystery, where they come from no one knows. You can pick 'em, you can lick 'em, you can chew 'em, you can stick 'em. If you promise not to sue us, you can shove one up your nose'. Enough said.
- 11.S04E10: 'Leela's Homeworld' (2002)I've decided to add this episode because it also has a tendency to make me cry. I couldn't just leave it on the honourable mentions.