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Futurama [Season 1, Episode 1]
Space Pilot 3000
Shown 28 Mar 99
Pizza delivery-boy Philip Fry gets cryogenically frozen, and wakes up in the year 3000.
Fry is meant to get a career-chip, to tell him what job he should do. But he wants free will, so he runs away. Leela, the purple-haired one-eyed career counsellor gives chase.
Fry befriends a robot, Bender. Together they try to find Fry's only surviving relative, The Professor. He runs an interstellar delivery firm, and offers them jobs ...
Fry meets the rest of the company - Hermes the rasta accountant, Amy the intern, and Zoidberg the doctor lobster. Then the team go for their first delivery mission. Their destination? The Moon!
Fry is unhappy with the was the Moon has been turned into a theme park, so he takes Leela on a joyride to see the real moon. As a result they end up on a redneck's farm.
Bender gets thrown out of the theme park for being a thieving bastard. Can Amy save the day?
Fry has been sleeping at the Planet Express office. The others kick him out, so he crashes with Bender.
Bender and Fry both love the robo-soap opera, All My Circuits. But their co-tenancy has problems, so Fry has to hunt for a new place.
Leela can't find herself a boyfriend.
The crew are sent to rescue animals from a planet that's about to implode. En route they are stopped by the space patrol, led by Zap Brannigan.
Leela gets herself some action. And a pet, Nibbler.
In y3k, baseball has been replaced with Blurnsball. Played in Madison Cube gardens. But at least hot-dogs are the same.
The team take a package to a planet of human-hating robots. Fry and Leela are hunted down, but Bender fits right in.
Fry has a thousand years of interst in his bank account. This means he is a billionaire. He tries to live the Y2k lifestyle again.
Fry buys the only anchovies in existance. Mom wants Fry's anchovies, and will do anything to get them.
Guest-Starring Pam Anderson .
Bender's cooking. Well, everyone needs a hobby. Unlike Reese in Malcolm in the Middle, he doesn't have any natural talent at it!
Fry becomes Emperor of the liquid people.
The Prof's smell-o-scope detects an asteroid about to crash into New New York.
It's made of 20th century garbage, including Bart Simpson dolls! Fry, Leela and Bender are sent to blow it up.
Bender gets addicted to electricity.
To become reformed, be becomes uber-religious.
The religious Bender is worse than the evil one! The others try to corrupt him, making him vulnerable to the Robot Devil!
This is the first appearance of the Robot Devil, who becomes a central character in the final ep.
The team get a trip on the Starship Titanic, captained by Zap Brannigan. In the inevitable parody of Titanic, Bender has a fling with an aristocratic lady-bot.
Fry has to pretend to be boyfriend to both Amy and Leela. This foreshadows future events ...
Fry wants to update his education as a college drop-out, so he enrolls at Mars Uni. His room-mate is a monkey with a special hat that makes him super-intelligent. Naturally, the 2 fight.
Bender visits his old robot frat, and discovers it's full of robo-nerds. He makes it his mission to get them to par-tay!
Amy's still at Uni, too. Since her parents financed most of the facility, it's hardly a surprise.
It's a holiday, so the gang all go to the beach.
The Earth is attacked by Alien couch-potatoes who want to watch a show called Single Female Lawyer [a nice parody of Ally McBeal].
It's Fry's fault. And he's the only one alive who watched the show. So he has to organise the gang into re-enacting the show!
Fry is addicted to Slurm, the ultimate Y3k soft drink. He manages to win a competition, and the team get a tour of the Slurm factory.
This is the Futurama take on Willie Wonka , naturally. With giant green slugs instead of people.
The team discover the disgusting secret of how Slurm is made. Not so surprising, really. Problem is, it's highly addictive ...
Bender is jealous of all the attention everyone gives to Leela's pet, Nibbler. He flushes the damn thing, so the others fit him with an empathy chip that makes him share whatever emotion Leela is feeling.
Bender goes down the sewers to find Nibbler, so Leela and Fry go to look for Bender.
Watch out for Calculon the acting robot.
Zap is court martialled, so he joins Planet Express.
Leela finds Zap's machismo annoying. But Kif's ass-kissing is even funnier!
Zap leads the crew in a mutiny. His plan - to carry on his vendetta against the Neutral people.
When titanium prices go up in value, Bender hocks his body.
Nixon buys Bender's body, and enters himself into the Presidential elections. The body guarantees him the Robot vote, and since the 2 other candidates are clones with identical policies, he looks like a shoo-in.
This is a great satire on US politics. A bit heavy-handed, perhaps, but this show isn't renowned for subtlety.
It's Xmas time. Fry tries to cheer Leela up by getting her a present. Either one 500-dollar parrot, or 500 one-dollar stink-lizards.
Santa Claus (John Goodman) is coming to town. Only he's an indestructable killer robot on a rampage.
Zoidberg gets a surprising mention. Interesting foreshadowing of his part in the final ep.
The crew take Doctor Zoidberg to his homeworld so he can fulfil his role in the breeding cycle.
Valentine Day again, and Fry still hasn't got a girlfriend. He and the Chinese girl find they have a lot in common, but he soon realises that hanging out and doing stuff is too close too commitment!
Then they're in a crash, and end up with their heads on the same body.
The crew visit a 20th Century theme park and meet Bender's twin, Flexo. The twin has a goatee beard, TV shorthand for eeeevil ...
They are tasked with taking a valuable atom to the Miss Universe Beauty pageant, where a wide selection of alien species compete against each other. Including the Crushinator and an Amazon Woman!
Bender accidentally KOs a robo-wrestler, and becomes an Ultimate Robot Fighter.
Then he has to throw a fight ...
Leela's a kick-ass babe because she learned Arcturan Kung-Fu as a kid. Her teacher was a sexist asshole, and she bears a grudge against him. Now she gets a chance to even the score!
Leela meets another Cyclops. She plans to marry him ...
The company gets audited by a female bureaucrat.
Hermes loses his job. But Fry, being a total slob, arouses the female bureaucrat's fetish ...
Fry's nephew, the Professor, turns 160 and is shipped off to the Near-Death Star.
The replacement is Hubert, a clone of the old man. An annoying wee git who points out all the illogical and unscientific things about Futurama.
The guys go on a fishing vacation. Fry thinks he sees a mermaid ( Parker Posy ).
The crew discover the lost city of Atlanta.
The guys have dinner at Elzar's.
Bender joins the Robot Mafia, where he really belongs. He is send on a big mission, space piracy - but their target is Fry and Leela's ship!
Leela discovers a new species that turns out to be very tasty. But after the fast-food corporations move in and mass-market the new species, Leela discovers that the creatures are actually sentient.
She conscripts Fry and Bender into helping her. But things go from bad to worse. Luckily, help is on hand.
Zapp Brannigan, of all people, is the only one who can save her! His plan's incredibly stupid [what do you expect?], but it's the only one available. Poor old Zapp never gets the appreciation he deserves.
The old scientist dude develops a what-if-atron. The team use it to see what would have been if:
This allows cameos by Al Gore, Stephen Hawking, Gary Gyrax and Nichelle Nichols.
Bender gets knocked over by a were-car, so every night at midnight he turns into a were-car himself and seeks out unwary victims.
Fry and Bender join the military in order to get 5% discount on all their purchases. However, war is declared and they are sent off to invade a remote and worthless planet. Odd how a parody of Starship Troopers can mirror current events so well.
Leela isn't allowed to join, because the army no longer accepts female recruits. However, the crew are joined by a blue-haired fellow with sunglasses that conceal his eye[s].
Fry and Bender manage to get fired from their jobs. They wind up getting Leela's old job, as a cryogenics counsellor. Pauly Shore [ Biodome ] gets a cameo as himself.
Fry defrosts his old girlfriend, and she can't adapt to the year 3000. Instead they step into a cryogenics pod and set the timer for Y3K!
Fry eats a dodgy sandwich and becomes infested with parasitic worms. The guys create miniature robot duplicates of themselves, then send the robots on an Incredible Journey through Fry's body.
However, these worms are super-intelligent. Also, when Leela distracts Fry by taking him on a Date she learns that the new Fry is her perfect man.
Kif and Zap double-date Amy and Leela. Thanks to Zap's spoken-word filksong of Lola they crash-land on a planet. Fry and Bender come to rescue them. Everyone knews where to go, without any specific destination being mentioned.
They are captured by Amazonian women ruled by fem-puter [Bea Arthur - Star Wars Holiday Special ]. The men are sentanced to death by snoo-snoo! Can Bender save the day?
Bender has bending urges, and starts sleep-bending. To calm them he applies to work in a bending factory. It's subject to a stike run by the robot Mafia, so scab labour is earning ten times normal pay!
Other scabs working at the factory include Flexo [no longer in prison] and a fembot named Angleena, who Bender falls in love with.
Bender's relationship with Angeleena gets complicated, and the Robot Mafia hatch an evil plot.
Earth is invaded by giant floating brains. They make everyone stupid, so they can absorb all Earth's knowledge.
Leela discovers the truth about Nibbler.
Only Fry can save the world! Yes, he seems so stupid the brains can't affect him.
Zoidberg wants to get into showbusiness. Since he lacks talent, he heads to Hollywood. His Uncle, former movie star Harold Zoid, has an opportunity for them ...
Bender cons Calculon into helping them. As ever, the deal goes bad on them.
Fry and Leela sit most of this ep out. After watching Zoidberg's stand-up comedy, they get stuck in the La Brea tar pit and miss the Academy Awards ceremony!
The team are hired to tow a supertanker of starship fuel [dark matter ore - nibbler's poop!] past a penguin colony on Pluto. Leela resigns in protest and joins the environmentalists, so Bender is made Captain in her place.
Bender ends up in the penguin colony, thinking he is a penguin.
The spill causes the penguins to over-multiply. The hippies must go on a killing spree to prevent overpopulation.
Meanwhile, Fry and Zoidberg are left to do all the work on the delivery ship.
Fry has terrible luck. Cue flashbacks to his childhood, when he found a 7-leaf clover that brought him luck. And introduce Fry's jealous elder brother, Yancy.
This is one of the most touching eps of the show.
Leela meets a surgeon who gives her a second eye, and decides to settle down with him. Fry tries to make her see that she's made the wrong decision.
Bender adopts a bunch of brats from Leela's Orphanarium.
Fry and Bender are wrongly arrested for bank robbery. They plead insanity, and get sent to a home for insane robots.
Fry is cured - he is released as a perfectly sane ... robot!
Bender gets crippled in an accident, and decides to follow his lifelong dream of being a musician. He organises a concert to raise funds for Broken Robots.
Guest starring Beck.
The old scientist guy creates a time-warp to gather mutant basket-ball players for a match against the Harlem Globetrotters. However, this causes a rip in the space-time continuum.
Fry manages to get Leela to fall in love with him. But due to the time-slips he doesn't know how, and when he finds out it's too late to do it again!
Fry buys an illegal copy of Lucy Liu from Nappster.
The crew manage to crash-land at Roswell in 1947. Bender's limbs get scattered around the crash site and recovered by the US military. Zoidberg gets captured ...
Fry meets his own grandfather. Things take a turn for the worse, and Fry turns out to be more in-bred than we suspected.
The crew make a delivery to Santa's lair. One thing leads to another, and Bender replaces Santa.
However, since Santa is wanted for murderous crimes, Bender gets punished instead.
We get another trilogy of what-if stories.
I, Meatbag - What if Bender became human?
What if Earth was invaded by aliens from video games, and only Fry can save the world?
Wizzin' - What if Leela found her homeworld? Unfortunately she gets concussed, and hallucinates a Wizard of Oz parody instead.
Bender sets himself up as a toxic waste disposal engineer. He flushes it all down the sewers, which enrages the Sewer Mutants.
Meanwhile, Leela tries to discover who her parents are.
Amy the Chinese girl takes the team to meet her parents. The parents own half of Mars, but the buggalo on their ranch get rustled. Amy's BF Kiff must save the day.
Bender is unhappy because he wants to be remembered after his death. But all his attempts to grab peoples' attention are ignored.
The team deliver a sandstone block to planet Osiris IV, where they are enslaved and forced to build monuments to the pharoh.
Naturally, Bender ends up pharoh. He has the slaves build him a mile-high statue in his likeness. But it's intended as his tomb!
The ship is attacked by space pirates. Unfortunately, Bender's taking a nap in the torpedo tube. He gets fired, and ends up in the middle of nowhere.
Bender-world has a liliputian society evolve on him. He is their God, and issues the One Commandment ... God Needs Booze!
Fry is lonely without Bender. Unfortunately, the smell-o-scope can't detect him. Only some Monks have a telescope powerful enough.
Fry teaches aliens how to make good pizzas, and Leela becomes a famous player of futuristic baseball.
Leela struggles to become NOT the worst player ever!
Fry and the crew end up on a bleak planet ruled by an energy cloud named Melllvar. The energy cloud is an uber-Trekkie, and has captured the cast of Star Trek: The Original Series . Yes, they are voiced by the real actors!
This must be the ultimate episode of the show, parodying not only TOS itself but also the actors and the fans. Melllvar holds Trek Con 3002, which has some marvelous events - Shatner performs a spoken-word version of Slim Shady, and Fry competes with Melllvar in a quiz to find out which one is the Ultimate Trekkie!
Finally, there is the final battle ...
Earth is suffering from extreme Global Warming. Prez Nixon holds a scientific conference in Kyoto.
The Prof confesses that he designed robots to be inefficient alkies [like Bender]. He was having an affair with Mom at the time, so it's no surprise.
Nixon and Wurnstrom want to destroy all robots, with the aid of a giant space-mirror. Bender, meanwhile, pities a poor defenceless tortoise.
Fry tries to clone his fossil dog. Bender gets jealous, and tries to stop him.
Leela and Amy practise their hand-to-hand combat. Wrestling in skimpy costumes ...
Hilarious as ever, this is also an ep with a very touching ending.
Turns out that Bender's 40% Dolomite, which comes in useful.
The Prof's clone and the Rasta's son are in trouble at school. Their punishment - they must start their own company and earn their own living.
The kids choose the delivery company business. They start on a newspaper round, and soon expand.
Meanwhile, Leela and Fry help Bender brew his own beer.
Amy takes the ship to see her alien BF, Kif. Unfortunately Kif gets pregnant.
Amy can't handle the stress of parenthood at such an early age.
Leela, Fry and Bender become Superheroes - Captain Yesterday, Clobberella and Super-King!
The local Supervillain, The Zookeeper, tries to steal a gem.
Leela's parents visit, and she wants to impress them.
The Prof's pet gargoyle runs away from home. He tries to catch it, but is too old, so he is taken to be Youth-enised.
The others accidentally reduced to teenagers, only Leela adjusts well [she lives with her Parents].
The Prof tries to re-age them, via the fountain of aging.
The team must try to do what their predecessors do - take on a giant Space Bee (not a wasp, as the pilot ep indicated). Fry and Leela get stung, and she realises she won't be happy without him.
The Prof orders the crew to destroy a cardboard box that contains a mysterious experiment. He refuses to allow them to look ...
Everyone ends up in a parallel universe. With not a goatee in sight!
Zap Brannigan defeats the peaceful spider-people, so President Nixon's head gives all Earthoids a 300 dollar tax rebate. Everyone wastes theirs on something trivial, except Zoidberg who can't make up his mind.
Fry, meanwhile, becomes addicted to Coffee.
The team go on a camping holiday, to see Bigfoot. Unfortunately Fry gets abducted by aliens, who steal his nose!
Turns out, Human Horn is a much sought-after aphrodisiac.
The crew go to the Olympics to cheer Hermes on his limbo-dancing. Bender enters the Fembot bending event, and has a gender reassignment.
The gender-Bender ends up about to marry Calculon. The others must fake Bender's death during the wedding!
Planet Express gets a new Robot. Bender gets jealous, but the only way he can compete with the new rival is by getting an upgrade. Problem is, the upgrade will alter his personality!
Bender runs away, and ends up on the Island of Lost Robots.
Bender cons his way into an acting role on Calculon's TV show, All My Circuits.
Unfortunately, Bender's not a good role-model. His glamourisation of drinking, swearing and violence means that impressionable youngsters copy him.
Fry tries to play a holographic flute. Naturally, he's terrible at it. He wants to get good without practising, so he makes a deal with the Robot Devil.
Fry ends up getting the Robot Devil's hands, musically gifted from all the fiddling contests. He writes the best Opera ever, about Leela.
The Robot Devil wants his hands back, and pulls a nasty trick. Fry must choose between his new musical skills and his love for Leela.
The crew get conned by an alien trio of Spammers. The monsters take over Planet Express, and start to con everyone else on Earth.
This is sent a couple of years after the end of Season 5. Leela and Fry have evidently split up, because she gets a new BF named Lars. Hermes ends up as a head in a jar, so his wife starts to cheat on him.
The aliens discover the secret of time travel. They send Bender back to steal everything. Fry escapes back to Y2K, and tries to pick up where his old life left off.
Amy gets married to Kif. Fry gets a new GF, Colleen. Bender wants to join the fabled League of Robots.
A space anomaly turns out to be a gateway to another universe. Farnsworth teams up with his arch-enemy Wurmstrom, while Stephen Hawking admits that despite writing a book on the subject he's still clueless. Zap tries to destroy the other universe, putting Kif in harm's way. Fry, upset at the state of his love life, goes exploring.
A giant talking squid from outer space (!) invades from the other universe. It uses its tentacles in an attempt to brainwash the entire population. Fry becomes tentacle-Pope of the new religion. Leela, Amy and Zap try to escape the tentacles.
The population of the universe must decide whether or not to accept the space-squid. Bender and the league of Robots taken on the Space-Kraken, pirate-style!
The galaxy is facing a fuel shortage, because Mombil (run by the owner of Mom's friendly Robot Company) is stockpiling Dark Matter. Professor Farnsworth is developing a new fuel source.
Meanwhile, Bender tries playing Dungeons and Dragons. Once he kick-starts his imagination, he actually BELIEVES he is his RPG character.
When the two plot-lines collide, the crew find themselves inside Bender's imaginary world ... where instead of Sauron they must face Momon!
The team visit Amy's dad's new construction, on the site of the old Mars Vegas. Fry gets the ability to read minds. Bender falls for the Moll of the Robot Mafia's Don.
Amy's dad wants to build an interstellar Miniature Golf game, destroying 12% of the galaxy to do so. Leela joins the Feministas to stop him. Fry is intended for a great destiny.
The climactic battle of good versus evil comes to a head.
The team get reduced to mulch, and have to be re-grown from their DNA. Leela gets revived as a robot duplicate, which leads to jealousy and confusion.
As in Star Trek: The Motion Picture , a giant space-probe approaches Earth.
Leela and Zapp Brannigan must save the universe. But they end up trapped together like Adam and Eve. Will Leela fall for Zapp's charms again?
Mom-Corp releases the Eye-Phone. Fry and Bender compete to get a million followers on the Tweeter App.
Kif and Amy split up, thus making a waste of the previous few Seasons. Amy shacks up with Bender instead, and they introduce Proposition Infinity to legalize Robosexual marriage.
The Planet Express crew discover that Leonardo Da Vinci built a wooden robot. They decide to go chasing after Da vinci's lost treasures.
Bender discovers he is defective. Unlike the Cylons in BSG 2003 , he won't download to a backup drive when he dies. This technology was never mentioned til this episode, but who cares?
Bender and Hermes go to find the Inspector who let Bender slip through the Quality Control net. The result is the show's most touching ending since Futurama [Season 3, Episode 10] Luck of the Fryrish.
Fry is always late for his dates with Leela. He gets pulled into helping test the Professor's Time Machine. Unfortunately, the Time Machine only goes forward, not back ...
Nibbler get replaced as the loveable pet ... by a cat. But the Cats seem to have mind-control powers (like Hypno-toad or the brain Slugs). What is their eeeevil plan?
Nibbler talks openly to Leela in this episode. Did he forget to wipe her memory?
Professor Farnsworth proves that Evolution is fact and that Creationism is hoakum. However, the Creationists have taken over from real scientists, so he decides to go live on an asteroid instead. Then he seeds the polluted water with nanites ...
The nanites evolve into Dino-bots, and the crew get trapped. They re-enact scenes from 1 Million Years BC . The robots evolve a humanoid civilisation, and have an Evolutionist/Creationist debate of their own. Farnsworth witnessed the Evolution, but he is also the originator of their intelligent design ...
This is a nice take on the USA's ever-going Evolution debate. Of course, it takes the side of science - but is not overly damning of the Creationist side.
Would Fry and Leela still be a couple if they were not physically attracted? The Professor invents a mind-swop device. And hilarity ensues.
Lurr, ruler of Omicron Perseii 8, tries to invade Earth. But this is not enough to save his marriage. The Planet Express crew try to sort out his love life with their helpful advice.
Leela's identity as a mutant is revealed, and she is sent back to the sewers. yes, the mutants are an oppressed minority. But without them, nobody will run the sewer system ...
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