10 Best Episodes of Futurama

Futurama is a classic animated comedy show created by Matt Groening, the same person behind The Simpsons. Set in the year 3000, the show follows the adventures of Philip J. Fry, a pizza delivery boy who wakes up after being cryogenically frozen for a thousand years. The show originally aired on Comedy Central in 1999, and ran for 8 seasons. With its witty dialogue, colorful characters, and hilarious storylines, Futurama has become one of the most beloved animated shows of all time. In this article, we will be looking at some of the best episodes of Futurama, ranked from top to bottom.

The episodes of Futurama run the gamut from serious to silly, as they explore a wide range of topics such as politics, philosophy, and science fiction. But no matter what the topic is, each episode is sure to include plenty of laughs. From the hilarious robot Bender to the loveable Professor Farnsworth, there is something for everyone in this show.

Whether you are a long-time fan of Futurama or just discovering it for the first time, this list of the best episodes of the show has something for everyone. So sit back, relax, and enjoy as we countdown the top episodes of Futurama.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 10, 2024.

PS: The following content contains spoilers!

PPS: I will admit that parts of this page was written with the help of AI - it makes my work so much easier to not start from a blank page!

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#15 - Amazon Women in the Mood (Season 3 - Episode 5)

This classic episode of Futurama follows Fry, Zapp, Kif, Amy, and Leela on a double date to an orbiting restaurant. Unfortunately, the restaurant crashes on the planet Amazonia, inhabited by hulking women. The Femputer, the omniscient ruler of the planet, sentences the three men to death by "snu-snu."

The episode is commended for its creativity, playing with gender stereotypes and tropes from *Star Trek*. It also serves as a commentary on the double standards between men and women. Kif is the only one who is saved and rewarded for his decency, while Fry and Zapp are punished for their oafishness. Furthermore, the episode is filled with hilarious lines and quotes, such as the Femputer sentencing the men to death for laughing, or Bender's quip about being a femputer in a manbot manputer's world. In addition, the C-plot with Zoidberg choosing a new shell provides some gross out humor.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 1066 votes.

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#14 - Murder on the Planet Express (Season 7 - Episode 24)


In the episode "Murder on the Planet Express" of Futurama, the Planet Express crew embark on a team building exercise to try and strengthen their bonds as a team. However, their mission quickly goes awry when they become stranded on the ship with a horrific alien creature. This creature has the power to take on the shape of any of the crew members and it is up to them to find out who the creature is before it's too late.

The crew members are all forced to confront the reality of the situation that they are in and the episode takes an intense turn as they start to suspect each other of being the creature. Throughout the episode, the crew must learn to trust each other in order to survive and make it off the ship alive. They must use their wit and teamwork to outsmart the creature and find a way out of the ship. In the end, the crew realize that they must work together in order to survive and they manage to make it off the ship alive.

The episode was rated 7.98 from 1187 votes.

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#13 - Game of Tones (Season 7 - Episode 23)

In the episode Game of Tones of the animated show Futurama, the Planet Express crew embarks on an adventure to journey inside Fry's dreams. It is the year 1999 and their mission is to pull off a dangerous mission in Fry's dreams.

The episode starts with Fry telling Leela and the rest of the Planet Express crew about a dream he had the night before. Leela is intrigued by what Fry tells them and suggests that they go on a mission to enter his dream and help him figure out what it means. Despite being a bit hesitant, Fry agrees and the whole crew hops on the ship and take off for Fry's dream.

The episode was rated 7.99 from 1180 votes.

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#12 - Leela's Homeworld (Season 4 - Episode 5)


In the episode, Leela's Homeworld, Bender, Fry and Leela are dragged down to the depths of the sewers by angry mutants, after Bender disposed nuclear waste. Here, Leela makes a discovery about her true heritage and meets her parents for the first time. The episode is filled with jokes, such as Bender stomping whale-shaped detritus from Free Willy 3 into the sewers or Fry’s premature reactions to the paper analyzer or the jabs at the poor leg-shaped mutant. In addition to these comedic moments, the episode also delivers a heartfelt storyline, as Leela discovers the mystery of her parents and her own fragile emotional state of being an orphan. The climax of the episode is the beautiful reunion between Leela and her parents at a moment when they’d rather die than scar her with the truth about where she comes from. This episode showcases Futurama's ability to not only deliver laughs but also to tug at the heartstrings.

The ending montage of Leela’s parents being a part of her life is especially moving. It is clear that a show like Futurama is trying to do more than just tell an exciting story and deliver big laughs. There is an emotional thread that ties it all together and brings the episode to a beautifully sentimental conclusion. This episode proves that Futurama is more than just a comedy show, it is also able to deliver emotional character work and tug at the heartstrings. It is an example of the show’s ability to be both wry and cynical and sentimental and hopeful at the same time.

The episode was rated 7.99 from 889 votes.

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#11 - Parasites Lost (Season 3 - Episode 4)

In the Futurama episode "Parasites Lost," Fry is infested with parasitic worms that give him increased strength and intelligence. With newfound confidence, he finds the courage to finally express his feelings to Leela. Meanwhile, the rest of the crew embarks on a journey into Fry's body to get rid of the worms.

Fry's newfound strength and intelligence allow him to do things that he previously could not do, such as expressing his love for Leela. His newfound confidence also allows his friends to face the challenge of entering his body to get rid of the worms. The crew's journey into Fry's body is filled with adventure and danger as they battle the worms and try to keep Fry safe. In the end, Fry is able to express his feelings for Leela and the crew manages to successfully rid him of the parasites.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 1100 votes.

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#10 - The Why of Fry (Season 5 - Episode 8)


In "The Why of Fry," Fry's continued attempts to impress Leela make him question his importance in life. Nibbler takes Fry on a mission to prevent the brains from destroying the universe, where Fry learns the truth of what happened when he was cryogenically frozen on December 31, 1999. This episode is one of the show's best, combining scifi elements, a great theme, excellent character work, and series mythos with plenty of humor.

Fry's mission with Nibbler serves as an exploration of Fry's importance and how that relates to Leela. As Fry goes on his journey, he discovers more about himself and his place in the universe. Meanwhile, Leela's feelings for Fry are shown more clearly, as she recognizes Fry's bravery and determination. This episode also introduces a lot of key mythos, such as the reason Fry came to the future and the origin of Nibbler.

The episode was rated 8.10 from 837 votes.

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#9 - Space Pilot 3000 (Season 1 - Episode 1)

The episode "Space Pilot 3000" was the first episode of the TV show Futurama. It follows the story of Fry, a 20th-century New-York pizza delivery boy, as he receives a prank call that leads to him being frozen in a capsule and waking up in the year 2999. Fry meets Leela, an alien who wants to assign him a permanent career as a delivery boy, but Fry refuses and the two of them and Bender, a robot who likes to drink and has suicidal tendencies, run away. They eventually meet Prof. Hubert Farnsworth, Fry's only living relative, and become his new space crew.

The episode was met with great reviews from viewers, who appreciated the insight into Fry's past life, as well as the introduction of the characters and their different personalities. The episode was praised for its great humor, with the irony of the suicide booth being particularly memorable. It was also considered to be one of the most solid TV pilots of all time, with a natural way of setting up the main cast and the world that left viewers excited for the rest of the show. The only issue with the episode was its rushed third act, but this was not enough to take away from its overall greatness.

The episode was rated 8.11 from 2468 votes.

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#8 - Godfellas (Season 4 - Episode 8)


In the Futurama episode "Godfellas," Bender is accidentally shot out of the ship's torpedo tube and is lost in space. Bender is inhabited with tiny alien life forms, but finds it difficult to be their God. This episode is full of hilarious jokes, thought-provoking philosophy, and a great story.

The episode is filled with witty humor, with Bender’s trademark sarcasm shining through. It also contains a great message about free will and the power of belief. This episode is considered one of the best in the series, with viewers loving everything about it. From the story and jokes to the thought-provoking messages, this episode is a great one to watch.

The episode was rated 8.14 from 950 votes.

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#7 - The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings (Season 5 - Episode 16)

In the Futurama episode 'The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings', Fry is desperate to learn how to play the holophonor in order to impress Leela. He then swaps hands with the Robot Devil and is able to become a skilled holophonor player, and even goes on to write an opera about Leela's life story. However, the Robot Devil still has a trick or two up his sleeve.

Overall, the episode received mixed reviews. While many praised the great humor and the sweet last minute of the episode, some felt that the storyline was a little too tidy and pat. Moreover, some viewers felt offended by the sexism portrayed in the episode, which was seen as inappropriate for the modern age. If the show had ended with this episode, it would have been an appropriate departure.

The episode was rated 8.15 from 801 votes.

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#6 - The Sting (Season 5 - Episode 9)


Futurama's episode "The Sting" takes viewers on an unforgettable journey of mystery and emotion. The crew embarks on a mission to collect honey from deadly space bees, but Fry is stung and dies in the process. Leela is wracked with guilt and begins to suspect she's going crazy as her hallucinations intensify. The episode has a Twilight Zone-esque vibe, complete with creative animation and a superb score that captures the bee's presence and dreamscapes. The emotional core of Leela's guilt and fear is calibrated to perfection, and the little callbacks throughout the episode make it feel almost like a series finale. While funny as ever, this mind-bending episode keeps the audience in suspense until the very end.

The episode was rated 8.17 from 840 votes.

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#5 - The Farnsworth Parabox (Season 5 - Episode 10)

Farnsworth Parabox is an episode from the cult classic animated series Futurama. In this episode, Professor Farnsworth forbids the crew to look inside a mysterious box, but Leela cannot resist peeking inside. As it turns out, the box is a gateway to a parallel universe.

This episode is a great example of classic science fictiony fun. It has plenty of humor to keep viewers laughing, but it lacks any real character moments. However, the sheer ridiculousness of the situation more than makes up for that. There are plenty of moments of hilarity as the characters explore the parallel universe and its strange inhabitants.

The episode was rated 8.19 from 885 votes.

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#4 - The Late Philip J. Fry (Season 6 - Episode 7)


Futurama's episode "The Late Philip J. Fry" is a zany adventure full of twists and turns. The Professor invents a one-way time machine and Fry, Bender, and the Professor travel forward 1,000 years. In the future, they keep travelling forward in time until a backwards time machine is invented. During their travels, they encounter some wild and wacky characters, and they must use their wits and ingenuity to survive in the future. Along the way, they find out more about themselves, their relationships, and the consequences of their actions.

The Professor's invention is a powerful plot device that propels the characters through a variety of dangerous and exciting situations. Fry and Bender's friendship is tested to its limits as they are forced to confront the consequences of their actions. Fry in particular must grapple with his feelings of guilt and regret as he grapples with his past and the consequences of his actions. The show provides an interesting exploration of the human condition as well as a thrilling adventure story.

The episode was rated 8.29 from 1118 votes.

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#3 - The Luck of the Fryrish (Season 3 - Episode 10)

In the Futurama episode "The Luck of the Fryrish", Fry goes on a quest to regain a treasured seven-leaf clover from his childhood. However, Fry soon discovers that his brother Yancy had stolen not only the clover, but Fry's identity as well. Fry then sets out to exhume his brother's body, only to find a startling truth.

Critics have praised this episode highly, noting that the show sets up the twist with great detail and emotional impact. Through Fry's assumptions and the clever use of the Breakfast Club soundtrack, the show builds up to an emotionally powerful ending. The episode is also full of the show's classic comedy and witty gags, making it a thoroughly entertaining experience. Moreover, the details in the episode, such as the match cuts between the rocket and the clover or the mirrored scenes of Fry's dad talking to him as a baby with Yancy talking to his son, add an emotional resonance to the proceedings. This episode is considered to be one of Futurama's very best, earning the highest of accolades from fans and critics alike.

The episode was rated 8.29 from 1029 votes.

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#2 - Jurassic Bark (Season 5 - Episode 2)


In the Futurama episode "Jurassic Bark," Fry discovers his beloved dog Seymour preserved as a fossil in a museum. Fry decides to take the fossil to Professor Farnsworth's lab to be revived, but Bender is jealous of the attention Seymour is receiving and becomes increasingly hostile. Fry eventually decides it might be best to keep Seymour as a fossil, a decision that has an emotional impact on viewers.

The episode is surprisingly heart-wrenching, with the final scene having viewers in tears. The unexpected emotional impact of the episode is a testament to Fry's deep bond with Seymour. Fry's decision not to revive Seymour and keep him as a fossil is a touching reminder of the importance of the connection between humans and animals.

The episode was rated 8.40 from 1002 votes.

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#1 - Meanwhile (Season 7 - Episode 26)

In the series finale of Futurama, Professor Farnsworth creates a time-traveling button that can take a person 10 seconds back in time. The consequences of this invention are major and cause chaos in the group's lives, leading to a dramatic and unexpected ending. The finale, titled “Meanwhile”, is a sweet and heartfelt goodbye from the show and its cast.

The finale serves as a great way to say goodbye to the show, with its characters experiencing funny and emotional moments that leave the audience with a warm and satisfying feeling. The episode features some of the show’s best moments, including Professor Farnsworth’s invention and Bender’s heartfelt goodbye to the group. The episode is full of heartwarming moments, funny gags, and an ending that will leave viewers feeling satisfied.

The episode was rated 8.60 from 1492 votes.

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