Futurama

Space Pilot 3000

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 3/28/99
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  • Episode Description
  • A pizza delivery boy by the name of Philip J. Fry is cryogenically frozen by mistake on December 31, 1999 and is unfrozen in the year 2999, where he meets a cyclops career counselor named Leela, an alcoholic and bad tempered robot named Bender, and his future nephew, Professor Farnsworth.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Katey Sagal

    Leela

  • Billy West

    Fry/The Professer/Smitty/Richard Nixon

  • Tress MacNeille

    Suicide Booth

  • John DiMaggio

    Bender/Mr. Panuchi/URL

  • Kath Soucie

    Michelle/Kid at Pizzaria

  • Fan Reviews (73)
  • a perfect way to start a series

    By mahesh2001, Dec 03, 2011

  • Great first episode.

    By Spongeyfan, Aug 30, 2006

  • An excellent start to an excellent show called "Futurama"

    By tigerdude22, Aug 21, 2011

  • Great to start!

    By gopink, Oct 22, 2007

  • A really good episode.

    By animebender, Feb 04, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (30)

    • Terry: (Dramatically) Welcome to the WORLD OF TOMORROW!!
      Leela: Shut up, Terry.

    • Leela: (Trying to catch Fry to implant his career chip) Hold still, damn it! I don't have good depth perception!

    • Leela: Look, I know it's not much consolation. But, I understand how you feel. Fry: No, you don't. I've got no home, no family. Bender: No friends. Fry: My whole world is gone. You can't possible understand what it feels like to be so alone. Leela: I understand. I'm the only one-eyed alien on this whole planet. My parents abandoned me here as a baby and I don't even know what galaxy they were from. I know how it feels to be alone.

    • (after he freezes Leela) Fry: See ya' in a thousand years. (Is about to leave, then comes back and switches it from 1000 years, to five minutes) Fry: You owe me.

    • Fry: So I guess without jobs, we'll be fugitives forever. Prof. Farnsworth: Not necessarily. Are you three, by any chance, interested in becoming my new spaceship crew? Bender: New crew? W-What happened to the old crew? Prof. Farnsworth: Oh, those poor sons of - but that's not important. The important thing is I need a new crew.

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    Notes (12)

    • It took the cartoonists over 2 years to come up with the look of the characters on the show.

    • The 30th Century Fox logo at the end of this and every episode almost didn't happen as FOX didn't approve of the idea. Matt Groening then commissioned it at his own expense, and seeing the results, FOX gave the go-ahead and reimbursed Groening.

    • There are many characters introduced in this episode including Philip J. Fry, Leela, Bender, Professor Hubert Farnsworth, President Richard Nixon, Leonard Nimoy, Smitty, URL, and the Cryogenics staff.

    • Fry, Leela, Bender, Professor Farnsworth and Richard Nixon are the only characters to appear in both this episode and the finale, 'The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings.'

    • In the first and second network airings on FOX, the man who entered the pneumatic tube, just before Fry, asked the tube to take him to "J.F.K. Junior Airport." After the plane crash death of J.F.K. Jr., the line was changed to "Radio City Mutant Hall" for the subsequent airings, and on the DVD. Although the animatic (found on the DVD) still has the JFK jr line.

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    Trivia (58)

    • In the scene in Old New York, where Leela quits her job and Bender steals her ring, she clearly puts the ring back on her finger. However, when her hand reappears after being hidden behind her leg, the ring is gone.

    • In the beginning of the episode, The Cryogenics building stays on the Old New York surface. But afterwards, the building's on the surface of New New York!

    • In the Hall of the U.S. Presidents, there are actually two heads of Grover Cleveland. This is a reference to the fact that Cleveland is the only person to serve two non-consecutive terms as President, and is numbered as both the 22nd and 24th President of the U.S.

    • It turns out Bender is the one who destroyed the city while Fry is frozen in the year 2308, as seen in Futurama: Benders Big Score.

    • Opening theme promotion: IN COLOR Opening theme cartoon: Little Buck Cheeser (1937) (MGM)

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    Allusions (30)

    • Matt Groening In the head museum if you look fast enough, a head of a man with brown hair and glasses can be seen, with the name Matt Groening written underneath. Matt is the creator of Futurama, as well as the popular cartoon sit-com The Simpsons.

    • The Watergate Scandal When the head of Richard Nixon says "You just made my list!", this is a reference to the Watergate Scandal. Nixon kept an 'enemies list' of over 200 people whom he believed were part of a conspiracy against him.

    • Daffy Duck The 'Suicide Booth' is based on a Daffy Duck cartoon where he went into the future and played numerous coin-op devices which injured him severely.

    • Sleeper The premise for the series is similar to the movie Sleeper, and the concept of the 'Suicide Booth' is similar to 'Sleeper's Orgasmatron.'

    • Life in Hell A sign outside that reads 'Akbar.' Akbar was the name of a gay character in Matt Groening's comic-book series Life in Hell.

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