The fans have spoken! The roaring tidal wave of support for classic geek-haven animated series "Futurama" has resulted in Comedy Central’s announcement that 26 new episodes are on order, to begin airing this year!
To celebrate, we’re running through the Top 9 Futurama Moments of all time, so we can all get a little reminder of the awesomeness about to blast off once again!
We’ll begin with a tough one, because this entire episode is very memorable – but for heartbreaking reasons. After Fry discovers the fossilized remains of his old dog Seymour in a 20th century museum, he plans to use the professor’s cloning machine to reanimate him. Plans go awry when the wayward savior discovers that even after he was frozen for 1000 years, Seymour had lived a long life, and perhaps its best to leave the little guy alone in peace. Cue flashback to the 20th century, where we watch as Seymour sits out front of Penucci’s Pizza, waiting for Fry to come back until he eventually dies of old age. A sad and utterly crushing moment for any dog lover, and a powerful gut punch for anyone with more than charcoal for a heart. It’s moments like this that separate "Futurama" from the rest of the pack.
"Time Keeps on Slipping"
Time is going buckwild, causing people to arrive at points in the future without warning of explanation. Oddly, Fry marries Leela, but can’t figure out how he got her to love him. Split seconds before it’s sucked into a black hole, he’s able to nearly glimpse the answer. It’s one of far too many moments where the little guy gets kicked down at the moment of possibility for his dreams to come true, but this one has a twisting cruelty to it that stands out in the ranks.
“Roswell that Ends Well”
Fry tears a hole in the space-time continuum and the Planet Express is taken back in time to Area 51 circa 1947, all because the goofball forgot to remove the metal from the microwave popcorn. After discovering his grandfather is stationed there, Fry does all that he can to save his doomed life, killing him in the process. The memorable part? Fry impregnating his grandmother while consoling her, thus unknowingly becoming his own grandfather, is certainly something that sticks to the brain. Unless you’re into that kind of thing.
Surrealism and existentialism hits a high note as Bender meets God while floating through space. The fascinating part of this episode is the fact that, through Bender’s interstellar experience, the show deals directly with the needlessly controversial concept that God can be mighty and caring without the invisible friend/ruthless Old Testament monster tags attached.
"Fry and The Slurm Factory"
In an awesome parallel story to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fry and Bender cheat to win a contest thrown by Fry’s favorite soda Slurm, resulting in a tour of the Slurm factory, accompanied by the Willy-Wonka-as-a-slug-on-even-more-acid Glurmo and party animal mascot Slurms McKenzie.
Soon Bender & Fry discover a sinister secret to the delicious gut-rot beverage, and the crew’s mission becomes to discover the super-classified ingredient in Slurm. The result is atrociously gross…
"A Tale of Two Santas"
Santa’s an evil robot who gets frozen by the Planet Express crew on the worst of all nights: Christmas Eve. Bender tries to step up, but ends up in jail awaiting execution by magnexecution. The crew rallies to his aid, each posing as Santa Claus in a valiant rescue attempt. Unfortunately Zoidberg didn’t quite get the concept right:
"I’m his friend Jesus!"
Didn’t you know? Jesus was actually a Jewish space lobster doctor who goes by Zoidberg every other day of the year. Amen.
"Put Your Head On My Shoulder"
Bender sees the potential for profit in human companionship, and sets out to be a pimp. Too bad it’s illegal.
"Stupid anti-pimping laws."
Bender’s pimp-strut out of the courtroom left us screaming – and rewinding the DVD over and over again.
"Raiders of the Lost Arcade"
While Bender wonders what it might be like to be human in one of the single greatest "Futurama" episodes ever, Fry wonders what life would be like if it were more like a video game. And wouldn’t you know it, the world he sees happens to present itself just as President of Earth Richard Nixon is preparing to sign a treaty with Ambassador Kong of planet Nintendu 64. Ambassador Kong attacks Nixon, and a state of war erupts, leaving only Fry to save the world.
The rest of the segment is a brilliantly presented nod to ’80s video games, sending squeals of glee through the uber-geek community.
"Amazon Women in the Mood"
Arriving on a planet with a primitive Amazon culture, Zapp and Fry immediately ruin a very promising vacation by insulting the native women. They’re sentenced to death by Snoo – which, as anyone can tell you, is the Amazon women’s word for sex.