Futurama debuted in 1999 and over the 140 episodes, it has been a blend of incisive cynicism with disarming sweetness. Being that it has exhibited a wide variety of quality and genres, getting a hold of on the show may be difficult. However, we have done our best to bring you the episodes which we think were teh best based on a number of factors. Even though they may be subjective to some extent, you remain representative of the overall greatness of the show. Here they are:
Hell is the Robot
This is one of the series that was over-enamored of bender-centric episodes, but it remains one of the best series you will ever come across in Futurama. It is rated as one of the best since it was the one that introduced the venerable character of Robot Devil and gave the fans the Dante-inspired Robot Hell.
When Aliens Attack
This is the season which saw the debut of Lrr and his friends from Omicron Persei. This was after the cancellation of the hit Single Female Lawyer. The episodes was cleverly dated back to the 1990s, which made it possible for the producers to play with the various tweaks that science-fiction can have in common parody. The future always seemed like a version of the present and it was always wrapped in various varying degrees.
The Luck of the Fryrish
This season took the fans to an early look into the twentieth century life of Philip. Fry was somehow affected and this helped in the development of a high concept series with small baby steps which prepared the way for future considerations of the character based dramedy.
Roswell and that ends well
Whatever Futurama lacked in the sexy teen alien drama was made up for in the history twisting and the time travel paradoxes as seen in this episode. It was episodes like these that saw Futurama get its first Emmy for outstanding animated program.
In this episode, Fry chooses a gas station snack which ends to be not a very bad choice when a group of space worms attacks his body and begins to change him. Allover sudden, he becomes stronger and smarter and begins to appeal more to Leela. But as the worms he begins to wonder if Leela really loves him or if it is the supposed love is instigated by the worms.
The Why of Fry
This was a fantastic follow up of the The Day The Earth Stood Stupid episode and it proved to be a game changer in the path of the Futurama verse. It was amazing to see how the show’s writers were able to cram an entire episode in just few 21 minutes as seen in this episode. Here we see Leela’s continued rejection of Fry, but Fry is not just in any position to give up. He is however blown away when he learns about Nibbler’s true identity and he is consequently taken to Nibblonian Planet where he is debriefed about the activities of the brains from the Day the Earth Stood Stupid and that he was the only person who could combat the brains and so it was entirely up to him to stop their reign.
It took almost three years before Leela was able to discover her true origin. Based on a note she was left at the time of birth, she has always believed that she came from a different world. But following and industrial accident, she takes the unpleasant trip in a sewer, where she meets someone who has been watching her grow up. She eventually locates her long lost parent to put the mystery about her past to rest.
The problem with the popplers
This is without a doubt one of the most hilarious episodes in the series. In it we find the Planet Express gang finding themselves on planet that is rich with sweet and seemingly inert animal life. They carry some of them home which they then sell to a fast-food chain and this immediately makes the Popplers to become a hit. But Leela soon discovers that the popplers are nothing but the larvae of the omicron race and she sets out to dismantle a food chain which she had helped to create.
The day the earth stood stupid
For most parts of the series, Futurama is essentially an episodic show. In this episode, however, a little twist is introduced Nibbler, which was Leela’s pet, is discovered to be part of a highly advanced ancient secret organization working to protect the universe. Nibbler attempts to recruit both Leela and Fry to help stop an invading brain species which could suck all the intelligence from anyone it came it close proximity with. It turns out that Fry was immune to the attacks and his mental duel with the brain pawns turn this episode into a particularly interesting one and earning it a place amongst the top episodes of the series.
This is one of the darkest episodes of Futurama and the surreal visual styling of the episode made it polarizing for a number of fans. This episode boasts of great skills and risk taking. We see Fry take a dangerous mission to a bee colony where he is stung and he dies. Leela is full of guilt due to how she handled the mission and she embarks on hallucinations during the day but is comforted by Fry’s memories as she sleeps at night. Ultimately, Leela will have to make a choice if she will continue living with the guilt and the misery or if she will take an overdose of honey and go to sleep to never come back.
The Devil hands are idle play things
The fourth season was Futurama’s last before it got cancelled in 2003, and though it came back four years later, The Devil hands are idle play things was the ultimate series finale. In this episode, Fry decided to learn the Holophonor hoping that he will be able to catch Leela’s heart through music. He therefore takes a journey to Robot Hell where he strikes a very lucrative deal with the Robot Devil that sees him take the devils dexterous hands. But the Robot Devil is not one to be short changed and so he plans on how to sabotage Fry’s happiness. The episode thus ends in an extravagant and funny opera parody.