The opening season (premiered in 1999) sees nerdy pizza delivery boy Fry transferred to the 31st century in a cryogenic mishap. There, he meets the beautiful, one-eyed Leela (voiced by Married with Children's Katey Sagal) and the incorrigible alcoholic robot Bender. The three of them join Fry's great (great, great, etc.) nephew Professor Farnsworth and work in his intergalactic delivery service. Hyper-real yet strangely recognizable situations ensue--Fry discovers he's a billionaire thanks to 1,000 years' accrued interest, Leela must fend off the attentions of Captain Kirk-like Lothario Zapp Brannigan, and Fry accidentally drinks the ruler of a strange planet of liquid beings. --David Stubbs
1. Space Pilot 3000
A 25-year-old pizza delivery boy named Fry spends New Year's Eve 1999 lamenting his lame existence. That night, he accidentally freezes himself in a cryogenics lab and awakens at the dawn of the year 3,000! With the past 1,000 years behind him, Fry decides to make a fresh start. He tracks down his great-great-great-great (etc.) nephew, Professor Farnsworth, and gets a job with his intergalactic delivery service. With the help of his two new friends, a beautiful one-eyed alien named Leela and a degenerate robot named Bender, Fry prepares for the ride of his life in this bizarre new millennium.
2. Episode Two: The Series Has Landed
When one of his first deliveries takes him to the moon, Fry can hardly contain his excitement. For the others, it's just a routine trip, but Fry is shocked to discover a giant lunar theme park! He convinces Leela to go exploring and search for the original moon-landing site, but their excursion soon becomes a matter of life or death! Meanwhile, Bender puts the moves on a moon-farmer's daughter and suffers the consequences!
3. I, Roommate
Everyone is sick of Fry so he has to get his own apartment. He decides to become Bender's roommate. The only catch is that Bender's apartment has a volume of 2 cubic meters.
Immensely satisfying in both style and substance, 'Futurama' is not only funnier and better written than 'The Simpsons', it also succeeds grandly in depicting a convincingly complex future setting - in fact one of the most balanced and believable ones in all of science fiction (neither a utopia nor a dystopia), filled to the brim with fantastic but faulty technology, humdrum pop culture items and hilarious products and commercials ("Arachno Spores - The Fatal Spores With the Funny Name", "Fishy Joe's Extreme Walrus Juice - Ride the Walrus").
Being a huge science fiction enthusiast, the many inside jokes contained in this show alone could keep me entertained for weeks. Every single bit of alien language and binary code means something hilarious, there's obscure math references such as the Alive-Null-Plex (a majority of the staff writers have advanced math degrees), there's nods to Clarke, Asimov, Lem, Sturgeon, Foster, Dziemianowicz, Orwell, Dick and many, many more. Not to mention 'Soylent Green', 'The Twilight Zone' (Bender's "To Serve Man" apron, 'The Scary Door'), 'Blade Runner'... the list is practically endless. To quote David X. Cohen: "[We're] the most overqualified writing staff on television."
Then there's Christopher Tyng's fantastic scores (especially `A Clone of My Own' and `Roswell that Ends Well' are superb), the too-good-for-TV computer animation, and some of the most memorable and hilarious characters ever, especially the deliciously evil, free-associating Professor Farnsworth and Dr. Zoidberg, a combination of a lobster, a vaudeville comedian, and Curly from The Three Stooges ("It's good cholesterol, but it spreads like bad cholesterol!").Read more ›
Space Pilot 3000- After being cryogenically frozen, Fry is transported to the year 3000 where he meets the cyclops Leela, the robot Bender, and gets a job at Planet Express. 5/5
The Series Has Landed- After delivering a package to the moon, Fry, Leela, Bender, and Amy visit an amusement park on the moon where Bender is chased by a farmer for romancing one of his daughters, and Fry and Leela find the original lunar landing site.4/5
I, Roommate- For being such a slob, Fry is forced to move in with Bender, but since Bender's house is too small, Fry and Bender move into a new house, but Fry eventually moves into Bender's closet. 5/5
Love's Labours Lost In Space- After being picked up by the legendary Zapp Braniggan, Leela realizes what a moron he is, but ends up sleeping with him. 3/5
Fear of A Bot Planet- After making a delivery to a planet ruled by human hating robots, Bender becomes their leader, forcing Fry and Leela to pretend their humans to to rescue Bender.5/5
A Fishful of Dollars- Fry becomes rich due to the money in his account that his been getting higher over the years, and uses it to buy a can of unopened anchovies, the only anchovies left in the galaxy. 5/5
My Three Suns- After delivering a package to a planet with three suns, Fry drinks the leader of the country, and becomes the new leader. 4/5
A Big Piece of Garbage- The Planet Express crew must destroy a big piece of garbage launched into space in the 20th century. 4/5
Hell Is Other Robots- Benders joins the Temple of Robotology, but after he sins, he is forced to go to robot hell.Read more ›