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Lil Kis
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« on: 05-30-2012 04:06 »

Well what is everyone's favorite top 10 list of Futurama and why? I have yet to see all the episodes so I can post...but I would like to see everyone's opinion...thanks
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #1 on: 05-30-2012 04:20 »
« Last Edit on: 05-30-2012 04:23 »

For general opinions on the best episodes, this thread may be of interest.

And to answer your question, my top 10 are:

10) The Prisoner of Benda
9) The Farnsworth Parabox
8) Love and Rocket
7) Insane in the Mainframe
6) The Luck of the Fryrish
5) The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings
4) Roswell That Ends Well
3) The Late Philip J. Fry
2) Future Stock
1) The Why of Fry
El-Man

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« Reply #2 on: 05-30-2012 06:21 »

This has been debated over and over (and over and over)... there are many such threads like this. Search and you shall find.

Welcome to PEEL, Lil Kis. I suggest you read The Manual before someone suggests it in a not so polite way.
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #3 on: 06-01-2012 01:27 »

My favourite top 10 list is my top 10 list.
Tofu_Lion

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« Reply #4 on: 06-20-2012 21:32 »
« Last Edit on: 06-20-2012 21:34 »

I specifically remember making a thread identical to this that was locked within minutes...Oh well, here's my top 10 as of today:

1) TLPJF
2) Devil's Hands
3) The Why of Fry
4) Jurassic Bark
5) The Prisoner of Benda
6) Roswell That Ends Well
7) The Luck of the Fryrish
8) Time Keeps on Slipping
9) A Fishful of Dollars
10) The Sting

Edit: lol @ cyber_turnip's "favorite top 10 list"
Nixorbo

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« Reply #5 on: 06-27-2012 06:01 »

2 days since the last thread hit 20 pages and was closed and nobody started a new one?  PEEL, I am disappoint.

For the record, any episode mentioned that isn't Luck of the Fryrish is wrong.
Xanfor

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« Reply #6 on: 06-27-2012 06:13 »

The man's got a point.
Tastes Like Fry

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« Reply #7 on: 06-27-2012 06:26 »

Always has been, always will be, the episode that got me hooked in the first place - The Sting.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #8 on: 06-27-2012 06:51 »

I guess now's a good time to refresh my top ten...

1) The Why of Fry
2) Future Stock
3) The Late Philip J Fry
4) The Luck of the Fryrish
5) The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings
6) Insane in the Mainframe
7) Love and Rocket
8) The Farnsworth Parabox
9) A Flight to Remember
10) Jurassic Bark

Given that we've got an ongoing season, this is subject to change. However I don't think any of the upcoming episodes will break into the top 10.
Imy

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« Reply #9 on: 06-27-2012 07:01 »

Wow, I share the exact same list as UnrealLegend. Cool, dude!
totalnerduk

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« Reply #10 on: 06-27-2012 09:49 »

For the record, any episode mentioned that isn't Luck of the Fryrish is wrong.

I think UrL has a decent enough list.

Personally, I would have trouble choosing between my top twenty, let alone choosing a favourite. Althought if I had to, I would be picking between TLPJF, RTEW, MTS, and TLoTF by the end. No. I can't boil it down any further than those four.

Alright, maybe MTS is number four. Maybe. Perhaps TLPJF is three, TLoTF and RTEW are tied for first. But you put me on the spot there, and I reserve the right to change my opinion at a moment's notice and without telling you. It's hard!
SpaceGoldfish fromWazn

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« Reply #11 on: 06-27-2012 14:54 »

1) Neutopia
2) Yo Leela Leela
3) The Futurama Holiday Spectacular
4) Attack of the Killer App
5) In A Gadda Da Leela

Not really, but I would love to say this at a Peel meet in real life, just to see the look on everyone's faces.
Tastes Like Fry

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« Reply #12 on: 06-27-2012 15:44 »

You forgot That's Lobstertainment!
DannyJC13

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« Reply #13 on: 06-27-2012 18:01 »

You forgot That's Lobstertainment!

Upon multiple rewatches of this ep, I've come to the conclusion that it isn't that bad.
TheAnvil

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« Reply #14 on: 06-27-2012 21:18 »

Favorite episode is SPACE PILOT 3000, probably. It changes all the time, but it was the first episode I watched and got me hooked.

For the record I thought Yo Leela Leela was a good episode. All The President's heads was way worse.
TheMadCapper

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« Reply #15 on: 06-28-2012 16:19 »

It was the first episode a lot of us watched, as it was the first episode ever.
futuRAmaMA

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« Reply #16 on: 06-30-2012 07:22 »
« Last Edit on: 06-30-2012 19:38 »

I was going to do it a couple of days ago, but since Nixorbo locked the other I was afraid he'd ban me or something (thinking he wasn't pleased with me for some reason).  Anyhow, here is my list:

In season order my favorites include (using full title names, not initialisms - with a few fave quotes thrown in).  This list merely indicates the ones that I deem superior (in the 9/10 range) and which I could watch again and again and never tire of them. :

Season 01:
Space Pilot 3000
I, Roomate
Hell is Other Robots ("who would've thought Hell would really exist?  And that it would be in New Jersey!")

Season 02:
*When Aliens Attack ("camera one. camera two. camera three.") *technically Season 01, but was broadcast during Season 02
The Problem with Popplers

Season 03:
Parasites Lost
The Luck of the Fryrish
The Day the Earth Stood Stupid
Anthology of Interest 2 ("but he just said 'woo!'")

Season 04:
Jurassic Bark
The Why of Fry
The Sting
The Farnsworth Parabox ("I am not evil.  My loan officer said so." and "Bite my glorious golden ass!")

Season 05 (the movies):
They were alright, but none of them make my favorites list.  The first movie, Bender's Big Score, has a sentimental value though, but this is because it was the first new Futurama in almost four years.

Season 06:
The Late Philip J. Fry
Benderama ("All that and a small weiner?  This guy's got it goin' on!")
Reincarnation

Season 07:
nothing yet

If I were forced to pick a top three, they would be:

  • 1st – The Sting
  • 2nd – The Luck of the Fryrish
  • 3rd (tie) – The Day the Earth Stood Stupid / Parasites Lost

Except for Love's Labours Lost in Space I strongly dislike episodes which feature Zapp Brannigan.  The character irritates me to no end, probably because I know someone in real life who is very much like Zapp.  It would be great to see him knocked down a dozen notches and Kif given the respect he's due (since he is the real hero, Zapp's merely taking credit for what Kif has done), even if for only a few episodes.
Louiswuenator

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« Reply #17 on: 06-30-2012 19:51 »

Too bad you dislike Brannigan so much, because you are missing out on possibly the greatest Futurama episode ever, "Brannigan, Begin Again".
futuRAmaMA

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« Reply #18 on: 06-30-2012 19:53 »

Too bad you dislike Brannigan so much, because you are missing out on possibly the greatest Futurama episode ever, "Brannigan, Begin Again".

Nah, I hate that episode because of how he treats Kif and that he gets away with it.  When he undergoes the Court Martial he is sentenced by a jury, yet all he had to do was say that it was "mostly Kif's fault" and he gets thrown out too?  Nah, I can't stand that.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #19 on: 07-01-2012 02:10 »

That's the reason it's hilarious though.
futuRAmaMA

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« Reply #20 on: 07-01-2012 02:17 »
« Last Edit on: 07-01-2012 02:20 »

That's the reason it's hilarious though.

Not to me.  I don't like "humor" that conveys the abuse or exploitation of another person, especially if that person is the good guy.  It's not funny to me, even though it's just a cartoon.  There really are a lot of people like Zapp in the world and it should make people cry not laugh.

Wacky humor or slapstick is of a different order.  The Three Stooges, for example, is abuse but it's outlandish, just like watching a Bugs Bunny cartoon.  There Wile E. Coyote gets beaten up and even killed but he's always right back where he started one second later.  But Futurama is of a different caliber, and many on the staff are lettered men.  It's a cartoon, and silly, but of a higher character.
totalnerduk

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« Reply #21 on: 07-01-2012 02:32 »
« Last Edit on: 07-01-2012 02:37 »

How is Kif "the real hero"? Zapp takes credit for what others do, regularly. That's fine. Lots of people do that.

But Kif never actually does anything. All he does is follow Zapp around and sigh exasperatedly, or occasionally point out when Zapp is saying something stupid/impossible. Oh, and to fetch the powder.

Zapp, I've already made several arguments in favour of. Most of which are cromulent. Sort of.

This post and this post, for example. This one, too. Oh, and this one (sort of) as well. I suppose this one counts, too. Yeah, there are people like Zapp in the real world and I'm not too happy about that. But in the setting and context of the show, Zapp Brannigan is fucking magnificent. He's a blend of arrogance, incompetance, charisma, and selfishness. Of course that's a horrible mixture in real life. But in a show like Futurama, it's hilarious. So quit yer bitchin'. Zapp adds a rich flavour to the Futuramaverse. It wouldn't be quite the same without him - and yes, I mean that it would be diminished by his loss.

He's a fan favourite. The people who don't "get" it are very much the ones with a problem here.
futuRAmaMA

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« Reply #22 on: 07-01-2012 02:40 »

He's a fan favourite. The people who don't "get" it are very much the ones with a problem here.

Calm down.  I'm allowed to hate him as much as you love him.  I've been watching this show for over a decade and my opinion is just as valid as yours.  Many fans like him because it's a "love to hate him" kind of thing.
totalnerduk

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« Reply #23 on: 07-01-2012 02:53 »

He's a fan favourite. The people who don't "get" it are very much the ones with a problem here.
Calm down.


I'm allowed to hate him as much as you love him.
No, you're not.

I've been watching this show for over a decade and my opinion is just as valid as yours.
Not really. Y'see, your opinion is that Zapp should be "knocked down a dozen notches", which shows that you really don't get what's funny about him. The show has already produced that episode, by the way. BBA focused on Zapp being discredited, his idiocy exposed for the world to see. But, he managed to turn it around. He concocted a plan to rise again (as stupid as it was, you have to admit that it worked, even if it didn't go quite as intended), and ended up back on top. We've seen that in the Futuramaverse, Zapp will only ever rise higher. If you "knock him down a notch", he's going to end up a notch above his original position. He might be incompetent, gullible, foolish, and cowardly. But he's not stupid. Or rather, he's got something in there that allows him to outsmart people despite being dumber than them - he's charismatic and manipulative. Characters like Zapp will always end up on top, both in the Futuramaverse and in real life. They may not be the best at what they're meant to be doing. But they're the best at what they actually do, which is play the system. They play everybody around them to get to where they feel they deserve to be.

Knock 'em down, and they'll not learn from it. Knock 'em down, in fact, and nobody will call you a hero. It's likely that people will see you as the bully, the one in the wrong. Partly, they might even be right.

The most common root cause for not "falling for" the charisma of these people and ending up resenting it is one of the most basic emotions: envy. You're not quite as good as them, and you resent them for being a better "player" than you are.

I'll sum this up for you in seven words:

Don't hate the player. Hate the game.
futuRAmaMA

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« Reply #24 on: 07-01-2012 03:01 »

The most common root cause for not "falling for" the charisma of these people and ending up resenting it is one of the most basic emotions: envy. You're not quite as good as them, and you resent them for being a better "player" than you are.

I'll sum this up for you in seven words:

Don't hate the player. Hate the game.

Sorry Zapp. *ungh*
Mongo

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« Reply #25 on: 07-01-2012 03:26 »

Wow, totalnerduk is bordering on trolling IMO.

And I despise using those giand GIFs as if they add intellectual weight to an argument.

Of course futuRAmaMa has every right to dislike a character (especially Zapp, he is funny in small doses but I find him infuriating when he takes over the episode).

Speaking of Zapp, he bears a remarkable resemblence to Captain Sternn from the first Heavy Metal Movie.  Both of them are highly decorated Starship Captains who are smug, self-important yet ethically challenged.

totalnerduk

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« Reply #26 on: 07-01-2012 04:36 »

Wow, totalnerduk is bordering on trolling IMO.

And I despise using those giand GIFs as if they add intellectual weight to an argument.

Jezzem

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« Reply #27 on: 07-01-2012 05:02 »

Tnuk does have good point about Kif, though. The only time Kif's ever actually been "the real hero" was in Where the Buggalo Roam which wasn't even a real mission, so I'm not sure where you're getting this idea that Kif needs to get credit for all the times he's been the real hero.
Tachyon

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« Reply #28 on: 07-01-2012 05:11 »


Speaking of Zapp, he bears a remarkable resemblence to Captain_Lincoln_F._Sternn...


Yes, I love the Stern character.  Especially where the prosecutor is enumerating the charges against him ("You once sold dope - disguised as a nun!") .  So yeah, I like Zapp, too, but would enjoy seeing him get his comeuppance every once in a while without bringing down the people around him.


My favorite line from HM that I use from time to time is "You die.  The girl dies.  Everybody dies." smile

Louiswuenator

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« Reply #29 on: 07-01-2012 05:16 »

"... and one moving violation." laff

I agree with tnuk and Jezzem about Kif.  I'm sure he could be a capable commander on his own, but he seems to be unwilling or incapable of leaving Brannigan's shadow.  If he really wanted his own command, he would have it by now.  I actually think that Kif is in love with Brannigan at some level that he may not even be conscious of.
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« Reply #30 on: 07-01-2012 16:15 »

24 replies and still not a single mention of Amazon Women in the Mood (possibly the funniest of Season 3), The Prisoner of Benda (the best of Season 6A), or Law and Oracle (the best of Season 6B)? I'm shocked! Shocked and appalled! And a little turned on...
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« Reply #31 on: 07-01-2012 16:52 »

24 replies and still not a single mention of Amazon Women in the Mood (possibly the funniest of Season 3), [...]

You must have a pretty low opinion of season three.
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« Reply #32 on: 07-01-2012 17:21 »
« Last Edit on: 07-01-2012 17:22 »

I'll steal the top-three-episodes-by-season idea from futuRAmaMA, since I find it impossible to compile any sort of Top Twenty-Five Episodes Ever list. (And, actually, judging by my need to add parenthetical honorable mentions to almost every season, even the Top Three Episodes stuff doesn't work too well for me. But whatever.)

Season One
  • Space Pilot 3000
  • The Series Has Landed
  • I, Roomate
(Yes, the first three episodes of the series also happen to be, in my opinion, the strongest episodes of that season. I'm not a huge fan of the first season at all, really; I find Fry kind of unbearable, and the other characters aren't well-developed enough yet to make me care much about their wacky (mis)adventures. (And, yes, I get that this is a problem with the first season of most shows. It bugs me in those instances, too.) This underdeveloped characters thing is sort of a problem with season two, actually, though not to as great an extent. I think the series hits its stride, in terms of characterization and humor and emotion and everything else, midway through the second season--with seasons three and four being damn-near brilliant on a consistent, episode-by-episode basis.)

Season Two
  • Xmas Story
  • A Bicyclops Built for Two
  • The Problem With Popplers
(Also, honorable mentions to "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" and "War is the H-Word.")

Season Three
  • Parasites Lost
  • Insane in the Mainframe
  • Roswell That Ends Well
("Time Keeps on Slipping" and "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid" are also fairly brilliant. Oh, and "The Luck of the Fryrish," of course.)

Season Four
  • Leela's Homeworld
  • Less Than Hero
  • The Sting
(Honestly, it would be easier to list episodes from this season that aren't among my favorites of the series. So, basically, everything but "A Taste of Freedom," "Crimes of the Hot," "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV," and "300 Big Boys" would make it on my, like, Top Twenty-Five list. That's how much I love season four.)

Season Five
My favorite of the movies is "Into the Wild Green Yonder," so that's four episodes right there.

Season Six (A)
  • Lethal Inspection
  • The Late Philip J. Fry
  • The Prisoner of Benda

Season Six (B)
  • Law & Oracle
  • Cold Warriors
  • Reincarnation

I'd make some kind of troll-y comment about how I cannot think of any honorable mentions from season six, but in honesty I think season six is on-par with season two, quality-wise (with S2 edging S6 out just slightly for me). But it doesn't compare to seasons three and four...which I'm okay with, actually. Season seven seems like an improvement on season six already, so I have high hopes for it perhaps someday displacing some original run episodes from my impossible-to-actually-compile Top Twenty-Five List.
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« Reply #33 on: 07-01-2012 18:10 »
« Last Edit on: 07-01-2012 18:15 »

I might as well expand my one-episode per season list to the now-standard three-episode-per-season list:

PRODUCTION SEASON 1
I, Roommate
When Aliens Attack
Hell Is Other Robots

PRODUCTION SEASON 2
The Problem With Popplers
War Is the H-Word
A Head in the Polls

PRODUCTION SEASON 3
The Luck of the Fryrish
Roswell That Ends Well
Parasites Lost

PRODUCTION SEASON 4
Where No Fan Has Gone Before
The Farnsworth Parabox
Leela's Homeworld

No production season 5 (the movies) as I honestly do not regard any of them as being good enough to make this list.

PRODUCTION SEASON 6
The Late Philip J. Fry
The Prisoner of Benda
Law & Oracle

Taking production season 6 as a whole, I feel that its top three episodes are just as good as those from any other season.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #34 on: 07-01-2012 19:01 »

No production season 5 (the movies) as I honestly do not regard any of them as being good enough to make this list.

no no
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #35 on: 07-01-2012 20:01 »

Me, me, me!

Season One:
1. When Aliens Attack
2. A Flight to Remember
3. Hell is Other Robots

Season Two:
1. Anthology of Interest I
2. War is the H-Word
3. Bender Gets Made

Season Three:
1. Roswell that Ends Well
2. The Luck of the Fryrish
3. Parasites Lost

Season Four:
1. The Farnsworth Parabox
2. Where No Fan Has Gone Before
3. Jurassic Bark

Season Five:
1. Bender's Big Score: Part 4
2. Bender's Big Score: Part 3
3. The Beast with a Billion Backs: Part 3

Season Six:
1. The Late Philip J. Fry
2. A Clockwork Origin
3. Law and Oracle
Tedward

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« Reply #36 on: 07-04-2012 05:00 »

Although it is agonizing to try to decide the rest of the episodes that would make up my top ten or fifteen or whatever (and almost as agonizing to pick the episodes below when there are so many other ones that deserve mentioning), upon contemplating the matter I’d have to say that my top five are “Xmas Story,” “Insane in the Mainframe,” “Teenage Mutant Leela’s Hurdles,” “The Sting,” and, oh, probably “Parasites Lost.” I still mentally divide the original run and the new episodes, with “Reincarnation” dominating the latter group for me, but if you use your relentless logic to point out that since they’re all part of the same show I might as well consider all its episodes to be in the same category of selection, then I’d have to give “Reincarnation” a spot in my top five at the expense of “Parasites Lost.”

Anyway, it occurs to me (and I think it’s neat that this is the case) that these episodes all have some shippiness in common, besides their utter hilarity of course.
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« Reply #37 on: 07-04-2012 06:10 »

24 replies and still not a single mention of Amazon Women in the Mood (possibly the funniest of Season 3), The Prisoner of Benda (the best of Season 6A), or Law and Oracle (the best of Season 6B)? I'm shocked! Shocked and appalled! And a little turned on...

I'd have to agree with most of this.
But seriously, what about Parasites Lost? How could you look over Season 3 and not think about that?
And while I loved Prisoner of Benda, The Late Phillip J Fry deserves a mention at least.

Also, I will do an entire list when I have enough time to think about it....
Inquisitor Hein
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« Reply #38 on: 07-04-2012 22:52 »

24 replies and still not a single mention of Amazon Women in the Mood (possibly the funniest of Season 3)
Big okay to "not being mentioned once", big nope to the phrase in brackets wink
The Prisoner of Benda (the best of Season 6A),
Certainly the best in whackyness.
As serious story, TlPJF is a serious contender. (Although -as I stated before- TlPJF does imhO not gain as much as other episodes on repeated viewings).
or Law and Oracle (the best of Season 6B)?
I consider LaO as one of Futurama's best "spot-on" parodies.
Sometimes, you should not spoof to much, but stick to a classical plot. LaO worked brillantly that way.
Louiswuenator

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« Reply #39 on: 07-05-2012 02:19 »

Amazon Women in the Mood - Best/funniest Futurama ever tongue
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