TV.com Top Ten: The best Futurama episodes

Good news everyone! The Futurama DVD Into the Wild Green Yonder was released today! The bad news? It may just be the last new Futurama anything ever. While we say goodbye to one of the most creative shows on television, we also take a look back at our favorite Futurama episodes.

10. The Problem With Popplers

(season 2)
When the Planet Express crew discovers tasty little whatchamacallits on a planet, they bring them back to Earth, call them Popplers, and sell them to a hungry public. The problem with the Popplers? They're actually the young of Omicronians. Oops. To solve the problem, the Omicronians agree to eat Leela, but end up eating a hippie.

9. Roswell That Ends Well

(season 4)
After an incident with metal in a microwave, the crew is transported back to the 1940s and become the center of the Roswell UFO controversy. In one of the funniest stories the series ever concocted, Fry accidentally kills his grandfather but does the deed with his grandma, becoming his own grandpappy.

8. A Bicyclops Built For Two

(season 2)
Leela discovers another cyclops, Alkazar, and leaves Earth to repopulate her species. Soon Alkazar is treating Leela like dirt, and a jealous Fry investigates what's really going on. Highlights of the episode include a nod to Married With Children and the coolest rendition of the Internet ever.

7. I, Roommate

(season 1)
I'm a sucker for sappy buddy episodes, and Bender and Fry moving in together and Bender making the ultimate sacrifice for his new best friend--cutting off "little Bender"--gets me every time.

6. The Why of Fry

(season 4)
This episode unravels like an episode of Lost, with Fry going back in time and learning his destiny from Nibbler. One of the smartest Futurama scripts, "The Why of Fry" shows us what really happened the night Fry was frozen.

5. Parasites Lost

(season 3)
After eating a rotten sandwich, Fry becomes super smart thanks to parasites. Though Futurama is known for its geeky slapstick, "Parasites Lost" was unabashedly romantic, with Leela falling for the "new" Fry. The good guy he is, Fry reverts back to his old, stupid self at the cost of losing Leela's affection because he wanted to be loved for who he really was.

4. War is the H Word

(season 3)
When aliens declare war on Earth in Starship Troopers fashion, only one man can save them: Zapp Brannigan. Plenty of classic lines from Zapp, and plenty of jokes about balls.

3. Mars University

(season 2)
Fry returns to college to drop out, Bender helps his old frat become popular, and the Professor makes a monkey named Guenter super-smart with a hat. The ode to Up the Creek, the Dean's screams of "Rooooobot House!!!", and a monkey trying to wear a hat on its butt make this a classic. Plus, this episode has the ultimate Fry line: "Banana! Banana! Banana!"

2. Jurassic Bark

(season 4)
A tale of man's best friend has never been told better. Fry discovers the fossilized remains of his beloved pet pooch Seymour and wants to clone him, much to the chagrin of Bender. But realizing that Seymour lived to the ripe old age of 15, Fry thinks his dog would barely remember him. In flashbacks, we see otherwise in one of the most moving scenes in cartoon history. A real tearjerker.

1. The Luck of the Fryrish

(season 3)
Hands down the best episode of Futurama ever. Flashbacks show Fry's competitive relationship with his brother Yancy, who is constantly stealing Fry's ideas and passing them off as his own. But when Fry finds a seven-leafed clover, his luck changes. Meanwhile, in the future, Fry finds out that his brother stole his name and clover, becoming world-renowned for becoming the first person on Mars. I dare anyone to watch this episode without sobbing like a little baby.

Billy West, who does the voices for The Professor, Zoidberg, Fry, and more, told us that Futurama still has a shot at coming back. Let's hope Fox comes to its senses and decides to give this wonderful program another shot--it's too good not to be on the air. All glory to the Hypnotoad!

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Number 1 & 2 are so good, but so sad, that I have never seen them again because I´m going to cry....
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I say Fry's best line is "I did the nasty in the past-y."
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Plenty of great entries on this list (as well as some questionable ones), many of which would be in my top five, but "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" definitely earns the top spot on my list.
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Mostly good top 10! I would also add "The Sting" and "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"
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what about the episode about god?! Godfellas?! The episode won the first Writers Guild Of America Award for animation. And it one of the best episodes ever!
(and Jurassic Bark shoud be in the first place. Very good and very very sad episode)
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And the episode withthe cast of Star Trek did NOT make this list! For shame!
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I am surprised "The Sting" isn't on the list, but I don't really know which episode I'd take out.
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Luck of the Fryrish definatly deservs to be #1. It is definatly the best episode ever.
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They are all good episodes but there is one episode that was left out from this list, "The Devils Hands are Idle Playthings". It is a great show. Pity that they won't make more episodes.
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Great list there is one really good episode you left out "Godfellas" but its no biggie and I have to say every episode of this show is great :D
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With regard to there being no more episodes, I recently read somewhere that there are "a bunch more episodes in the can". I wish I could remember where I read that. Oh well let's just hope it's true.
To the Fox network execs (once their medication wears off) kiss my shiny metal @$&*.
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There is a reason that Fox network will never be one of the big networks.
That reason is shows like Futurama. Clearly Futurama is a mould-breaker-show so what do the eegits at Fox do? Yeah, they cancel it. Meanwhile we have to put up with some real rubbish filling our networks whilst the fabulous Futurama is off air.
Somebody somewhere kick the collective you-know-whats of those Fox network fools and lets get Futurama back.
My fave was either the Roswell episode or Time keeps slipping.
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As a Futurama FANATIC, I am surprised that "Hell is other Robots" and "The Devils Hands are Idle Playthings" aren't on this list.
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Guenter is WAY too smart to be President of the Fox network.



Nice choices in episodes.
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All good episodes. But how 'The Sting' and 'The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings' got left out is beyond me! These mentioned eps should trade place with "3. Mars University" and "8. A Bicyclops Built For Two".
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I cast my vote for The Sting, the The Luck of the Fryrish, The Devils Hands are Idle Playthings, Amazon Woman in the Mood,Time Keeps on Slipping, Jurassic Bark, How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back, Parasites Lost,The Why of Fry and Hell is Other Robots
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#1 was so good, i cried when the dog was waiting for him
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"Citizen SNIIIIIIIIIIIIIP!" ftw.
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Haha, how convenient this is...my worst episode is the one that won this list! It's rubbish!
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How did "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" not make the list. Not only is that great for the Robot Devil's antics to get his hands back, it has one of Bender's best lines, "Hmmm... I don't recall ever fighting Godzilla, but that is so what I would have done." Don't get me started on Hedonismbot...
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I completely agree with "The Luck of the Fryish" being the best Futurama episode. It was always my favorite and when I saw the stories on the right I didn't think that it would be #1, but it truly is the best Futurama episode.....
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I think the Farnsworth Parabox episode was the best episode personally but this is a pretty accurate list of good eps.
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also, i really have to agree with some of the comments. all the episodes listed are really top notch but, the anthology of interests episodes are prob my fave because theyre even more ridiculous than the show already is. The Popplers episode comes in close second lol
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Interesting, The Luck of the Fryrish is the only episode I don't like, what with it ruining Fry's character and generally wasn't very funny, but thats just me. Roswell that Ends Well is probably my favourite, although I would definately put The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings up there.
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Time Keeps On Slipping needs to be on this list.
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Great list, some awesome episodes. I've always loved the popplers episode - it's great that it's up there.
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I hate to be one of those "YOU MISSED ONE" people but has absolutely everyone forgot about "Time Keeps On Skipping"? I thought that was easily the best episode in the series- also the running gag with time continuously fast-forwarding led to some of the greatest and most unpredictable jokes in the show. "I hope we all have this much fun at MY birthday!" *time skip* "...Aaaaawwww". Well...you have to watch it for that to make sense. IT WAS FUNNY DAMMIT.
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Definitely agree with you on most of them, but I would have added Less Than Hero or The Farnsworth Parabox. Those are my all time favorites. Or maybe Godfellas. God damn Futurama kicks ass. 5. Kiss
4. My
3. Shiny
2. Daffodil
1. Ass

heheheh.
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i have all the seasons on dvd and the futurama dvd movies. I just hope everyone gets them too. Hopefully Futurama will pull a Family Guy
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i love this show, bring it back!
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FOX network really has gotta learn to stop screwing with the audience...
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Roswell That Ends Well is definitely my favorite, and The Why of Fry and Parasites Lost are up there, but where are the 2 Anthology of Interest episodes (the What If machine), Less Than Hero (with Captain Yesterday and Clobberela, The Farnswell Parabox, The Day the Earth Stood Stupid, and Godfellas. Well, I guess its hard to pick just 10 since the worst episodes of Futurama are better than any Simpsons/Family Guy/American Dad episode.

Bring it Back!!!
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Great list, definitely the best episodes. I love any episode with Zapp Branigan, but Roswell That Ends Well would top my list. The Luck of the Fryrish is an awesome episode, but it makes me teary :(
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I dont like the monkey episode that much, but i TOTALLY agree that those are the two best episodes!
Maybe the Spacial Bees episode should be in number three.
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Agreed Water78. "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" is my favorite episode. Though I love anything involving the Robot Devil. I can't believe it didn't make the list.
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i liked the episode were he gets the devils hands
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i like the list and especially enjoyed the excellent descriptions ie: "to solve the problem, the Omicronians agree to eat Leela, but end up eating a hippie." great job!
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mistakes were made, and mistakes were corrected! as far as episodes left out, cutting down to ten favorite is darn near impossible. I love all the episodes mentioned below as well...
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The Luck of the Fryish was pretty good, but Jurassic Bark will always be my absolute fave. Glad it got such a high spot too. Makes me cry every time. But I just realized it has those 2 eps as the same season episode number.
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There was a line Bender said in "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" that's true to this show:
"Another classic science-fiction show canceled before its time."
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Another show that was cancelled far too early. :(
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I will miss it.
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Futurama is WAAAAAY better than the Simpsons and should never have been cancelled...yes I am still bitter it isnt on.
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I agree with the list, but the only Season 5 was the 4 movies, if you check the production codes. And Fry drank 100 cups of coffee.
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I agree with 'The Why of Fry' and 'Parasites Lost' but I think there were many others better than the rest of the list, like these;
Devils Hands
The Farnsworth Parabox
Loves Labors Lost in Space
Where No Fan Has Gone Before
The Day the Earth Stood Stupid but even the worst of Futurama is better than most other stuff :)
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I'll just say it to hammer it home... Devil's Hands!
And possibly my favourite, three hundred big boys- when fry drinks 300 cups of coffee... hahaha
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Definately missing out The Sting, Devils Hands, Teenage Mutant Leelas Hurdles and Leelas Homeworld to name a few. But then there are so many classic episodes thats its really hard to list them as a top ten.

I really hope they bring Futurama back, it was and still is so much funnier than some other things on tv.
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All good episodes but theres other clasics that didnt make the list
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What about the Star Trek episode? And the last episode? This list isn't right! Though I agree that Roswell That End's Well was a great episode! And you never know there might me a Futurama Movie in the works (just like the Simpsons). Oh please!
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I think I might have to start watching.
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