Season 1 Episode 9

Hell Is Other Robots

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 18, 1999 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

Bender gets addicted to electricity but tries to escape from the addiction by joining the church of Robotology. When he goes back to his old ways he is sent to the Robot Hell.

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  • Imagine there's no heaven: no hell below us.

    A really funny episode, with a very clever sarcastic critic over religion. Plus an awesome song to be remembered, as good as none since the good old Simpsons time. This is what I call a successful episode.
  • great

    it was pretty funny from start to end. i loved the robot hell song and usually i hate songs in shows or movies but it was good and funny. it had a few hilarious parts and a lot of parts that made me laugh. :) one of the best episodes of season one.
  • The Robot Hell song is still awesome after all these years...

    "Hell Is Other Robots"

    Grade: A*

    One of my favourite episodes of the series. Hell Is Other Robots is extremely funny and well written, with the introduction of the Robot Devil, plus its probably the best Bender-centric episode in the entire series. I can't really think of anything bad about it, as even the cameo appearences of the Beastie Boys were funny too. What makes this episode stand out the is the Robot Hell song. So witty, funny, and cleverly sung out. Plus I like how it turns into a Devil Went Down to Georgia parody at the end haha! For those reasons, this episode may be the best one of the first 10 episodes of the series, though its a tough call.moreless
  • Perfect Episode!!!!!!!!!!!

    When Bender becomes hooked on using electricty, he becomes more angry and short tempered then before. He decideds to fix himself, and goes to the church of Robotolgy. He becomes much nicer, too nicer. Everybody is sick of his too nice personality, so they bring him back to his old ways. He violates his religion, which sends him to an eternity in Robot Hell. Fry and leela must rescue him from Robot Hell.

    This is one of my favorite episodes. There were so many great scenes, such as Leela beating everybody up in the mosh pit, Bender saying he dosn't have an addictive personanality(then drinking and smoking), the beastie boys concert, The Robot hell song, and much, much, more.

    Overall Grade: 100%/A+++++moreless
  • Perfect, Personal favorite of mine

    In this episode, Bender gets hooked on electricity abuse(jacking on) and becomes grumpy, angry, and endangers the crew on occasion. Then, Bender realizes the error of his ways, and joins the church of Robotology, and begins being pleasant. Too plesant, to the point where Fry and Leela take him to Atlantic City to bring back the old Bender. It works, but then the Robot Devil comes to take Bender to Robot Hell. Will Fry and Leela be able to save him? This episode was one of the best of season 1 I thought, very memorable and funny throughout. Overall, I give it a perfect grade. 10/10 A+moreless
Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal

Turanga Leela

Billy West

Billy West

Philip J. Fry/Professor Hubert Farnsworth/Dr. Zoidberg

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Amy Wong

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Female Robotologists / Hookerbot 5000 / Woman with Purse

Frank Welker

Frank Welker


Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Hermes Conrad / Reverend Preacherbot

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (25)

    • According to the song "Robot Hell" there are at least 6 levels of hell, because after the 5th level, they took the elevator down once more. Also, Robot Hell is located in a New Jersey theme park.

    • Near the end of the "Robot Hell" musical,and while describing various tortures, the Robot Devil mentions electric slime. This really wouldn't work as a torture seeing as how Bender enjoys electricity.

    • When Fry and Leela enter "The Inferno" on the bottom wall you see a heart shape with the initials H. S. (Homer Simpson) plus M. B. (Marge Bouvier) inside it, which is a reference to Matt Groening's other show "The Simpsons".

    • The songs performed by The Beastie Boys are "Intergalactic" and an acappella version of "Sabotage." "Super Disco Breakin" can be heard during the mosh pit scene.

    • Opening theme promotion: CONDEMNED BY THE SPACE POPE.

    • LOOK HARD: Dan Castellanetta has his own head in a jar in this episode.

    • Robot Hell has an above ground entrance with a sign that says "The Inferno."

    • The episode title "Hell Is Other Robots" is also the name of the pamphlet that Beelzebot gives to Bender in Robot Hell.

    • Lady Luck's Array of Tortures: Parboil, Fricasee, Saute, Pleasant Massage, Deep-Fry, Bake.

    • The Robotology symbol is the resistor symbol from a circut diagram.

    • You can actually see a crate with the label "Replacement Robot Legs" beside the meeting table after Bender was unstuck from the ship.

    • The "Good Book" (ver. 3.0) is on a 3½-inch floppy disk. In the present, floppy disks are obsolete.

    • Fender who makes 20th century musical instruments and amplifiers are apparently still in business.

    • When the Planet Express people are talking to Bender about almost killing Fry and Leela, Fry isn't there in the room. A few seconds later, Fry has suddenly appeared to talk about how he found out his friend was taking drugs.

    • The guy who pushes the Beastie Boy's heads onto the stage is Scruffy, whom we also know as the Planet Express janitor.

    • When Fry, Bender and Leela are "assigned" to deliver a piece of wrapper to a mailbox, Leela takes Nibbler with her. A few second later, when Fry, Bender and Leela are in front of the robot strip joint, Nibbler is gone. Not even his leash is there!

    • When Bender was rolled into a cigar, the animators didn't account for his body. The width of Bender's body versus his head is larger. But when in the cigar paper, his body (in the paper) was the same width as his head.

    • Whenever Bender is putting his new religion sign on the space ship his isn't on him. In the next clip it appears again.

    • When Fry is outside waiting for Bender, the clock changes from 8.30 to 8.00.
      The "Millennium" ticker is not there at first, and then suddenly appears.
      Millennium is spelt wrong, with just one "n".

    • When Bender quit drinking in "I, Roommate," he developed a five O'clock rust, but here it has little effect on him.

      EDIT: In "I, Roommate", Bender stopped drinking altogether, but in this episode, he had simply switched to mineral oil. Thus his alcohol level was maintained, just not in a 'sinful' way.

    • Beelzebot says Bender has a soul, but in X-mas Story, we learn robots have no souls.

    • After Fry and Leela rescue Bender from robot hell, they forget Nibbler and leave him behind!

    • In "The Bird-Bot of Ice-Catraz," it is revealed that robots must keep their alcohol above a certain level, as Bender got arrested for not drinking enough. But here, Bender states he is quitting drinking. Isn't he worried he will malfunction and get arrested?

      Reply: Bender was only arrested because he was driving sober, just like with humans, just being drunk (or in his case sober) is not illegal.

    • After Fry and Leela slide down the slide there is one frame where Fry's eyes aren't colored in.

    • There are actually two consecutive goofs, both during the musical number.

      1. For some reason, after Bender is deep-fried, he actually moves from level 2 to level 5, even though he had progressed from level 1 to level 2 initially.

      2. After he steals the devil's wallet, his arm is ripped off, but in the next scene with the Beastie Boys, he has both arms.

      EDIT: Both of these is most likely because the musical number had originally been longer, but had to be cut due to time constraints.

  • QUOTES (45)

    • Leela: (as the hatch out of hell is closing) We're not gonna make it! Can't you go any faster?
      Bender: Well I could if someone would drop the stupid gold fiddle!
      Leela: Oops, sorry. (drops the fiddle which falls on the Robot Devil)

    • Robot Devil: (As Leela plays the golden fiddle poorly) Haha pathetic!
      Leela: Time for the drum solo! (Bashes him with the fiddle)

    • Leela: (knocks on the restroom door) Bender, why are you spending so much time in the bathroom? Are you jacking on in there?
      Bender: No! Don't come in!

    • Bender: Hey, what kinda party is this? There's no booze and only one hooker.

    • Leela: (hanging on to Bender while flying out) Hurry, Bender!
      Bender: I could, if you dropped that stupid gold violin!
      Leela: Oh, sorry. (lets go of the gold fiddle and it lands on the Robot Devil)

    • Robot Hell Song:

      Robot Devil: Cigars are evil,
      You won't miss 'em,
      We'll find ways to simulate that smell,
      What a sorry fella,
      Rolled up and smoked like a donnetela,
      Here on Level One of Robot Hell.

      Robot Devil: Gambling's wrong and so is cheating,
      So is forging phoney IOU's,
      Let's let Lady Luck decide,
      What type of torture's justified,
      I'm pit boss here on Level Two.

      Robot Devil: Ooo, deep-fried robot!
      Bender: Just tell me why...
      Robot Devil: Check out this 55-page warrant.
      Bender: There must be robots worse than I...
      Robot Devil: We've checked it out; there really aren't.
      Bender: Then please let me explain,
      My crimes were merely boy-ish pranks...
      Robot Devil: You stole from boy scouts, nuns, and banks!
      Bender: Ah, don't blame me;
      Blame my upbringing!
      Robot Devil: Please stop sinning while I'm singing!

      Robot Devil: Selling bootleg tapes is wrong,
      Musicians need that income to survive.
      Beastie Boys: Hey, Bender, gonna make some noise,
      With your hard drive scratched by the Beastie Boys!
      That's whatcha, whatcha, whatcha get on Level Five!

      Fry: I don't feel well...
      Leela: It's up to us to rescue him.
      Fry: Maybe he likes it here in Hell...
      Leela: It's us who tempted him to sin.
      Fry: Maybe he's back at the motel...
      Leela: Come on, Fry, don't be scared,
      I'm sure at least one of us will be spared,
      So just sit back, enjoy the ride.
      Fry: My ass has blisters from the slide!

      Robot Devil: Fencing diamonds,
      Fixing cockfights,
      Publishing indecent magazines,
      You'll pay for every crime,
      Knee-deep in electric slime,
      You'll suffer till the end of time,
      Enduring tortures, most of which rhyme,
      Trapped forever here in Robot Hell!

    • Bender: Don't worry, guys. I'll never be too good or too evil again. From now on, I'll just be me.
      Leela: Uh... Do you think you could be a little less evil than that?
      Bender: I don't know... Do you think you could survive a seven-hundred foot fall?
      Fry: (chuckles) Good ol' Bender.

    • Leela: What happens if we lose?
      Robot Devil: You'll only win a smaller, silver fiddle. Also I guess I'll kill one of you, uh, him. (points to Fry)
      Leela: We'll do it.

    • Leela: Do you know how to play the fiddle?
      Fry: No. Do you?
      Leela: No, but I used to play the drums. They're sorta similar.

    • Leela: Alright, Beelzebot... What'll it take to get our friend back?
      Robot Devil: Sorry, but I hold all the cards here. There's nothing I can do. (pulls out a pen and sheet of paper) Now, if you'll just sign this fiddle contest waiver...
      (Fry reaches out for the pen and Leela slaps it out of his hand.)
      Leela: Wait. What fiddle contest?
      Robot Devil: (sighs roughly) The Fairness In Hell Act of 2275 requires me to inform you that if you can best me in a fiddle contest, you win back Bender's soul... as well as a solid gold fiddle.
      Fry: Wouldn't a solid gold fiddle weigh hundreds of pounds and sound crummy?
      Robot Devil: Well, it's mostly for show.

    • Fry: Bender, are you alright?
      Bender: No! Oh, they're tormenting me with up-tempo singing and dancing.

    • Robot Devil: We know all your sins, Bender! And for each one we've prepared an agonising and ironic punishment! (turns head) Gentlemen...
      (A robot band plays up-tempo music.)
      Bender: Ah, crap. Singing... Mind if I smoke?

    • Fry: Unbelievable. It's an actual, factual Robot Hell.
      Leela: Who would've thought hell would really exist? And that it would be in New Jersey!

    • Bender: Um, I'm only hallucinating this, right?
      (The Robot Devil cracks his whip; Bender yelps.)
      Robot Devil: No, Bender! Robot Hell is quite real! Here's our brochure. (hands Bender a brochure entitled "Hell Is Other Robots")
      Bender: But I don't belong here! I don't like things that are scary and painful!
      Robot Devil: Sorry, Bender. You agreed to this when you joined our religion. If you sin, you go to Robot Hell... (evilly) for all eternity!
      Bender: Aw, hell... I mean heck!
      Robot Devil: It's alright, you can say that here.

    • Leela: What in hell happened to Bender?
      Fry: Well he didn't check out. The ashtray's still here. Look, Nibbler's caught the scent of vodka and motor oil!

    • Bender: Y'know, as a major Hollywood director, I'll be holding auditions tonight for my next movie. And even though you're all young and naive, I think you might just have what it takes.

    • Bender: Stop tempting me! For once in my life, I have found inner peace!
      Fry: (scoffs) That's for losers. C'mon, sin your heart out!

    • Fry: Come on, it'll be fun! Maybe we could even drink a little fortified wine.
      Bender: What? Drinking wine is a sin. Even if it is deliciously fortified.
      Leela: Hey, Bender, look at that woman's purse. It's hanging by a spaghetti strand.
      Bender: Thou shalt not snatch.
      Fry: And there's Hookerbot 5000. She's got a heart of solid gold!

    • Fry: Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait, Bender. So long as we're here why don't we take in some exotic dancing?
      Leela: Hey, great idea!
      Bender: But... those girls don't wear cases. You can see their bare circuits.

    • Fry: We've got to get the old Bender back.
      Leela: And I think I know a way to do it. We have to reacquaint him with a little thing called "sleaze".

    • Fry: Bender's stupid religion is driving me nuts.
      Leela: Amen.
      Farnsworth: If only he had joined a mainstream religion like Oprah-ism or Voodoo.

    • Bender: Friends! Friends! Surely you're not going to eat before we say Robot Grace? In the name of all that is good and logical we give thanks for the chemical energy we are about to absorb. To quote the prophet Jerematic: 1000101010101... (Time Lapse)... 010110012. Amen.

    • Hermes: Mon, I'm hungrier than a green snake in a sugar cane field!

    • Leela: If this helps Bender clean up his act then I think we should be supportive.
      Farnsworth: Yes.
      Amy: Oh, yeah.
      Hermes: Oh, yes!
      Zoidberg: Oh, yeah.
      Bender: Wonderful. Then you'll all come to my exceedingly long, un-air-conditioned baptism ceremony!

    • Fry: Great! He's whacked out on electricity again.
      Bender: No, I'm whacked out on life. My friends, I found religion.
      Fry: Religion? Is this another scam to get free yarmulkes?

    • Hermes: And as a further cost-cutting measure, I have eliminated the salt-water cooler.
      Zoidberg: This is a witch hunt!

    • Preacherbot: I see a lot of fancy robots here today, made of real shiny metal. But that don't impress the Robot Devil, no, sir!
      Vergerbot: No, sir!
      Preacherbot: 'Cause if you're a sinner, he's gonna plug his infernal modem in the wall, belchin' smoke and flame. And he's gonna download you straight to Robot Hell!

    • Leela: But this electricity abuse crossed the line. You almost killed us.
      Fry: And you made me feel like a jerk for trusting you. Just like when my friend Richie swore he wasn't taking drugs and then he sold me my mom's VCR and then later I found out he was taking drugs.

    • Leela: Bender, we didn't mind your drinking, or your kleptomania, or your pornography ring.
      Zoidberg: In fact, that's why we loved you.

    • Fry: You OK, Bender?
      Bender: None of your business! Get off my back!

    • Fry: I know Big Vinnie said he was giving me the kiss of death but I still think he was gay.
      Leela: Did he use his tongue?
      Fry: A little.

    • Farnsworth: Good news, everyone! Today you'll be delivering a crate of subpoenas to Sicily 8, the Mob Planet!

    • Amy: Good morning, Bender.
      Bender: None of your business! Get off my back!

    • Fender: Easy, baby. You don't wanna get hooked on this stuff.
      Bender: Eh, no need to worry. I don't have an addictive personality.

    • Fender: Come on, Bender, grab a jack. I told these guys you were cool.
      Bender: Well, if jacking on'll make strangers think I'm cool, I'll do it!

    • Fender: Hey, Bender, why don't we ditch these organ sacks and hit the real party?
      Bender: Count me in! I'm gonna drink till I reboot!

    • Fry: Wow! I love you guys! Back in the 20th century, I had all five of your albums.
      Ad-Rock: That was a thousand years ago. Now we got seven.
      Fry: Cool! Can I borrow the new ones? And a couple of blank tapes?

    • Fender: Hey, fellas, hey. I want you to meet my friends, Bender, Fry and Leela.
      Ad-Rock: Y'know, we're really not that interested in meeting them.

    • Fender: Hey, Bender!
      Bender: Hey, Fender! Man, I haven't seen you since high school. You still workin' at Jack In The Box?
      Fender: Not anymore, buddy! I'm with the band!

    • Fry: Wow! An old-fashioned mosh pit! Come on, guys. Tonight we're gonna party like its 1999 ... again.

    • Leela: Impressive. They're busting mad rhymes with an 80% success rate.
      Bender: I believe that qualifies as ill. At least from a technical standpoint.

    • Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, here to lay down some old, old, incredibly old school beats: The Beastie Boys!

    • Fry: This is awesome! I've been waiting a thousand years to see a Beastie Boys show.

    • Fry: Who was that guy?
      Bender: Your momma. Now shut up and drag me to work...

    • Bender: Do I preach to you while you're lying stoned in a gutter?

  • NOTES (11)

    • Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch was unavailable during the recording of the episode, so Adam Horovitz filled in and voiced Yauch's only line, "It's a mirage," sung during the a capella "Sabotage."

    • The "Robot Hell" song was originally much longer, but verses were cut due to time restrictions.

    • The animatic for this episode is on the Monster Maniac Fun Collection DVD.

    • In this episode, David X. Cohen clearly stated that John Dimaggio and Billy West's voices changed for doing Bender and the professor in this episode.

    • One of the deleted scenes in this episode shows Bender stealing a radio to get high on electricity. Another shows Bender doing a stage dive during the Beastie Boys concert in the beginning of the episode.

    • This episode is the point where the production seasons and the aired seaons differed

    • This episode is one of the four best episodes of Futurama, according to Matt Groening and David X. Cohen. It is also on the Futurama Monster Robot Maniac Fun collection DVD.

    • This is the first time there has been a big musical song on Futurama.

    • Deleted scenes in this episode included a short scene at the carnival, where Fry offered to teach Leela about 'The Tunnel of Love', but was blown off. It also included Bender rigging a fruit machine to win big, using a magnet.

    • First appearance of Preacherbot and the Robot Devil.

    • Dan Castellaneta who voices The Robot Devil is more famous for the voice of Homer Simpson.

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • The style of the song "Robot Hell" and the visuals accompanying it reflect the old Betty Boop cartoons that featured swing numbers by Cab Calloway, with demonic imagery flying behind him.

    • Monty Python's Flying Circus
      The part where Bender is forced to sit in the Comfy Chair and take pleasant massages is a play off the Spanish Inquisition skit from Monty Python's Flying Circus.

    • In Atlantic City, Bender stays in a hotel called Trump Trapezoid. This is an allusion to the Trump Organization and its famous hotels.

    • Professor Farnsworth refers to Oprahism as a current mainstream religion. This is a clear allusion to Oprah Winfrey, the TV superstar and richest woman in the world.

    • Fry's line "Tonight, we're gonna party like its 1999" is from the Prince song 1999.

    • The Berenstain Bears
      When Fry talks about seeing an "actual, factual" Hell. In the Berenstain Bears books and series there is an Actual Factual Bear who dispenses educational tidbits.

    • Red Dwarf
      In an homage to Red Dwarf the robots (or mechanoids) are programmed to believe in silicon heaven because if it didn't exist "where would all the little calculators go?"

    • Sign in Church: 10 SIN 20 GOTO HELL
      Above the alter in Bender's baptism ceromony there is a sign that reads:
      10 SIN
      20 GOTO HELL
      This is very similiar to the syntax used in the programming language BASIC, where you put a line number on the left and a statement on the right. In other words, it's a very basic script that says if you sin you goto hell. SIN is often used to indicate the Sine function in trigonomtery.

    • Beelzebot: First I need you to sign this fiddle contest waiver...
      In "Devil Went Down To Georgia", a human is challenged to a fiddling contest by the devil. If the devil wins, he gets the man's soul. In the end, the man wins, and the devil goes back to hell in shame. In this episode, the fiddle contest is the only means of escape from Robot Hell... of course, since none of the Planet Express people play the fiddle, they must cheat.

    • Title: Hell is Other Robots
      This episode's title is playing off Jean Paul Sartre's great existentialist play "No Exit", in which one of the actors says "hell is other people." Hence the title, "Hell Is Other Robots", which is also the title of Robot Hell's brochure.