Season 5 Episode 10

The Farnsworth Parabox

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 08, 2003 on Comedy Central

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  • Farnsworth creates a box with an alternative universe inside it which Leela and the others enter.

    The Whole "Alternative universe" thing is probably the number one thing that every science fiction show has a stab at and is the most out there thing that they all try to do something with. It was only a matter of time till "Futurama" tried it out so here it finally is in season 4.

    This episodes alot of fun if not as hilarious as some of the earlier or newer episodes. Most of the laughs come from Bender, again living it up with another version of himself.

    As I wrote above, the whole other universe thing has been done lots of times before, but its the first time this show has used the idea, and they get some cool if predictable use out of it.
  • Yay! A proper comedy ep, and a fantastic one at that

    Three romantic ones in a row would have really annoyed me. Anyway, this was the most enjoyable bit of television I've seen in a long time. An insane but satisfying and interesting plot, excellent jokes, great use of all the characters, and the kind of insane scientific explanation that Futurama excels at. The beginning was great, with Fry and Leela arguing about their relationship (as always) as the Professor screamed for the help of various deities, and this standard was kept up throughout. In fact, I really can't think of anything I didn't like here, and that's saying something for this season. I loved Leela-1 and Leela-A fighting, Fry's reaction to the fact that Leela had been lying to him, all the scenes with the two counterparts bonding (especially Zoidbergs and Amys), and the whole thing was just a lot of fun. Poor Zoidberg, even getting bossed around by himself. Hermes' long deliberation over whether to send his friends to a fiery death was just hilarious. The best scenes were the ones with the chase through the various universes, that was absolutely brilliant, especially the hippy versions of Amy and the Professor. I liked that Leela and Fry finally went out on a date at the end, without the whole episode being taken up by that plotline. The ending was pretty cool. I was laughing out loud for most of the time, even on second viewing, and the show hasn't been that good in a while.
  • When the Professor conducts an experiment so hideous that he wants his apparatus destroyed in the thermonuclear inferno of the sun,Leela gives in and opens the box. Leela is thrown into a parallel universe, which has duplicates of the Planet Express gang.

    When the Professor conducts an experiment so hideous that he wants his apparatus destroyed in the thermonuclear inferno of the sun, he has Leela guard the two-foot cubic box overnight so that no one opens it and sets it off. Fry and Bender try their best to sneak a peek but it is Leela who finally gives in and opens the box. Drawn into the power of the box, Leela is thrown into a parallel universe, which has duplicates of the Planet Express gang - including Leela.
  • A funny and well written episode

    "The Fansworth Parabox"

    Grade: A

    So this was an interesting episode which dealt with Parallel Universes and their many different outcomes in terms of simply flipping a coin. Filled with good quotes and memorable moments, The Farnsworth Parabox is one of the best episoes of Season 4/5 as a result.

    The episode begins with Farnsworth doing an experiment whilst Fry keeps trying to ask Leela out. Leela's excuses for not wanting to don't work on Fry, and in the end Farnsworth finishes the experiment.
    The professor tells the crew about the object he used for his experiment, which is a Parallel Universe box (though he only tells the crew about the box and not what's inside). He tells no one to look inside, and in the end he lets Leela guard it from the others. Leela successfully fools the others from taking the box by switching it, in which Fry and Bender fall for it.
    Leela gets through the whole day without anyone peeking the box, and gets annoyed on not being able to have even a slight peek on what's inside. Whilst heading for a coffee vending machine, Leela gets a coin out and decides to flip it whether to look inside it or not, she gets Heads so she decides to look in, only to be sucked into the box.
    Leela comes out of the other side, and realises she's in a different universe, noticing the many changes in the crew and the environment. The 2nd Leela forces the crew from the original Universe into the new one, and as a result they are assumed to be the evil crew.
    Both crew Universes discuss on what has just happened, and conclude that both boxes have Parallel Universes. The 2nd Farnsworth has hidden the box for the time being, and when convinced that their parralel selves are not evil, they will let them go back as a result. The original Leela also finds out that their Parallel Fry and Leela selves are also married together as well.
    With having to live in the Parallel universe for a while, the crew try to get along with each other. Bender meets his Golden opposite, in which he realises that there's someone as equally as great as him, whilst the two Zoidbergs are annoyed at how their crew treats them as losers, when one of them knows where the box is and should keep it hidden away from them. Meanwhile, Fry and Leela learn more about how their secondary selves got together, in which resulted in a positive coin flip, in where it was negative for the original Leela, preventing her from dating Fry, in which annoys him.
    Both Farnsworths' have been working together and conclude that neither of them are evil, and that they can return to their own universe as a result. The 2nd Professor goes into a fish tank and finds in the clam its not there, and they then find out that the Zoidberg's took it. To make things worse, the Hermes from the original universe has been sent to destroy the original Parallel Universe box, by sending it into the sun.
    With the Zoidberg's running away and jumping into another random Parallel Universe box, the crew tether wire on them so that they can get back to the correct universe when they find them. After finally cornering the Zoidberg's off in the Hippie universe due to lack of boxes, the crew quickly jump back before Hermes releases the cargo lock. Farnsworth tells Hermes not to do it, in which he hesitates for a few seconds and lets them out.
    The episode ends with both crews switching boxes from each universe, and as a result they both have their own existing universes with them. Everyone is watching the TV, and Fry comes in and sits on it, stretching the whole universe as a result.

    So overall, a very funny and excellent episode of Futurama, using the multiple universes as a good set of jokes, and telling out the interesting outcomes of a simple coin flip. I think this episode also cleverly twisted catchphrases too, like Golden Bender's "Bite my glorious golden ass!" so that was pretty awesome. Overall, a decent episode not to be missed!
  • Another universw is created in box.

    Prof. Farnsworth accidentaly created a parrallel universe. Fry and Bender attempt to see what is in the box as no one knows what it is until Leela decides to flip a coin, the coin tells her to look in the box. As she puts her head into the box she get's sucked into the parrallel univers. After both universes agree that they are both not evil they have to try and find the box with the original universe in it which both Zpidbergs have took. After they find it they manage to go back to their own univeres and all is well...Or is it? Nah all is well.
  • This is a sweet episode.

    This episode is really funny. This episode is written really well. The professor create a whole other parallel universe in a box.

    The professor creates a box with something in it. He demands to hurl it into the sun. He doesn't tell anyone, which makes them want to know. Leela gaurds the box so no one will touch it. When it's about time to hurl it into the sun, she flips a coin to look in it. She gets tails and she looks. She falls into it. It is a parallel universe. Everyone else goes into it, except Hermes. Bender in the parallel universe is gold. Leela's hair is black and there is a bunch of other differences. They wonder why Leela went into the box and the other Leela didn't. They figure out that coin tosses are the oppisite of what they are in the other universe. That's why everyone is different. In the parallel universe, Fry and Leela are married. It's becuase Leela fliped a coin to see if they would go out and it came up tails and they went out. A year later they got married. The professor in the parallel universe won't let them go back because he thinks once they get there, they will just destroy the parallel universe. It's confusing. They figure out that none of them are evil. Then Hermes comes in and asks to throw the box into the sun. They say no, but they realize, if Hermes wants to throw the box in the sun, then the other Hermes already will be. They have to stop him, but both of the Zoidberg's stole the box. The Zoidberg's run away. Once everyone finally catches them, they go into the box. Hermes is right about to hurl the box in the sun. They stop him. Then, at the same time, the professor and the parallel professor both pull there own box at the same time. They have there own box, containing there own universe. They have to be careful with it (they don't).

    I give this episode a 9.5 out of 10.
  • Wooo!!! Futurama has one more great episode!!!

    This was one hell of a episode, the whole parrelal universe thing was hilarious!! I like the characters from universe B and I also like all the universes the characters visit, like the hippy one and the boggle head one, not to mention the robot one-Robot Fry: Will You Go Out With Me?
    Leela: Ah... Access denied. (Fry's head blows up.)
    Also the thing with the gold Bender was really good, it's always good to see Bender happy and he was, plus the two Zoidbergs was great and also how Hermes isn't curious about there being two of everyone was just funny.

    I really like this episode and it's in my top five, deffinately!
  • Another Universe created in a box by Pro. Farnsworth.

    This episode is probably one of the best in the whole series. It was hilarious at all times in the show and even had an amazing storyline. the main theme in this episode is that Prof. Farnsworth creates a parallel universe while simultaneously another Prof. Farsworth creates the Planet Express' universe. The Prof. tells everyone not to look in the box, and nobody does until Leela looks in the box because of a coin flip. You come to find out that the only thing different about the two universes is that coin flip outcomes com-out differently. In the parallel universe Leela fliped a coin and it came out heads so she went out a date with Fry and they got married. In the universe we are used to vice-versa. The two crews soon find out that the real Hermeis is going to toss the universe everybody is in the sun. Can both Planet Express crews save everyone by stopping Hermies? Watch the episode and find out.
  • The Crew finds a universe parallel to theirs

    In this episode, Pr. Fransworth gives Leela the duty of watching over a very important box, but that no one (including Leela herself) was allowed to look into it. Eventually, Leela grows so very bored, and disobeys Fransworth's orders and opens it, and then some kind of switch-a-roo happens and Leela is back... or she? It is eventually shown that there is a parallel universe inside the box, and the main difference is that if one gets heads, the other gets tails. I found this episode hialrious throughout, with universe B, all the other dimmensions, and the confusion that led to their universe being in the box(?) Overall, a very classic episode, easily one of the best of the series. 10/10 A+
  • Clever

    Parallel Universes, including one of the Planet Express crew? It's a good, clever, funny episode, especially near the end with all the universes they travel to. That is one of the funniest parts of the entire series, I think so anyways. Anyway, this is a really strong offering from the show, it's probably in my top 5 or so for the series, it is just such a good episode throughout and the resolution was good, as was the rest of the episode. It definitely gets an A+ from me, it is just such a joy to watch when I do
  • Another brilliant episode.

    Wow yet another clever and creative idea for there to be more than universe and some hillarious parts are when bother Benders hugged and stole each others walets and when Hermes hesitated on whether to destroy everyone in the sun. Also it was very funny when after both Zoidbergs stole universe 1's box and regular Zoidberg was bowing down to universe 1's Zoidberg and regular Zoidberg says how about letting me have a try and universe 1's Zoidberg says the box says no. Overall an episode that should be remebered as briiliant for a long time and it is highly recomended.
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  • great episode

    Prof. Farnsworth accidentaly created a parrallel universe. Fry and Bender attempt to see what is in the box as no one knows what it is until Leela decides to flip a coin, the coin tells her to look in the box. As she puts her head into the box she get's sucked into the parrallel univers. After both universes agree that they are both not evil they have to try and find the box with the original universe in it which both Zpidbergs have took. After they find it they manage to go back to their own univeres and all is well...Or is it? Nah all is well.
  • This is definitely one of the best episodes of the series. Nice and clever, funny, and also can be confusing(in a good way)!

    This is definitely one of the best episodes to one of few good shows out there. It's just perfect for everyone! You've gotta love the look to the alternate universe and the alternate characters themselves. It starts out with the proffessor with a box. He tells leela to gaurd so nobody will look to see what's in it and that they will burn it later. But leela was curious and looked in to find an alternate universe. The second universe is the same as the real one eccept coin flips are always opposite. The alternate versions of them go to the normal universe and take them prisoner, thinking they are evil versions of themselves. If you want to find out the rest, you need to watch it. It'll be worth it!
  • Profeesor Farnsworth creates a alternate dimension

    Professor Farnsworth urges his crew to hurl his latest invention a seemingly ordinary box into the sun and claims only that will be able to destroy it and forbids anybody to look inside.

    Fry and Bender attemp to steal the box and look inside but their plan is thwarted by Leela, but it is eventually Leela herself who succumbs to the temptation and looks inside. She is pulled inside the box and into another dimension inhabited by other versions the crew with slight differences.

    Overall a top episode of Futurama with each character having many great lines that leaves you laughing time after time after time.
  • Introduction of Universe 1

    This parallel episode was brilliant and creative, with Universe 1 and Universe A's major differences being decided by coin flips. Observe:

    Leela 1: One year later, Fry proposed and gave me a diamond scrunchie.
    Fry A: One year later, I got beat up at at Neil Diamond concert, by a guy named Scrunchie.

    Bender 1: Bite my glorious golden ass!

    There is also a blue Zoidberg and a Farnsworth that did brain surgery on himself. The other universes was a great ending with hilarious versions of the unlimited Frys, Leelas, Benders and Farnsworths.
    This whole episode was very well planned out and Hermes A hesitating before letting the crews in was a great scene. I love the impossibility at the end where Farnsworth has their own universe in the box.
    A seriously good episode with every scene carefully written with many jokes. Yet again, there is a teaser that Fry and Leela would end up together when Leela decides the coin is heads but it never happens which is frustrating yet understandable.
  • This is the best episode!

    I believe that this is the best episode of Futurama! The plot is interesting, creative, and very funny. If you pay close attention there are so many jokes and quirks to the storyline. I bet that if more Futurama episodes were like this one the series would never have been cancelled. Each of the individual universes in this episode was creative and unique; it showed the skill of the writers and editors of Futurama. This episode in the quintessence of creative storytelling and excellent humor. I truly believe that this is the best episode of Futurama that has ever been made!
  • The Farnsworth Parabox

    This is the best episode of Season 5. It is real exciting. You get to see the opposite world in this episode examples you see a Blue Zoidberg, A brain removed Farnsworth, A Golden Bender, A black haired fry and so on. It is another well thought out episode. This is the best of Season 5.
  • The professor creates an experiment, that he finds so revolting, he asks leela to guard it, all it seems like is a box, though leela gives into temptation and discovers that it is in actuality a paralell universe. Much hijinks ensue.

    This episode is great, with all the references to old sci-fi shows, or how the universes are thought out, though another thing nobody caught was, the earth 1 and earth 2 was a reference to the old DC univereses before the crisis on infinite earths, before crisis earth 1 was our universe, and earth 2 was like our universe but with some minor, and some major differences between the two, there wasalso an infinite amount of other universes just like this one.
  • Another Great Episode for the Fans!

    The Farnsworth Parabox. A great episode. Not only for the fans, but for anyone who wants to get into Futurama. This Episode is incredibly exciting and really funny. It also gives a very strong Sci-Fi feeling for anyone who loves the Sci-Fi parts of Futurama. I thought that the Plot and Script were very cleaverly thought out. I really liked the way that the Parallel Characters interacted with eachother. With a mixture of honestly Great looking Animation and CGI, all of these ingredients make this episode of Futurama one of my Favourites. The Scene where they all go into the different Parallel Universes is so funny!