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FistfulOAwesome

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« Reply #600 on: 06-15-2009 08:11 »
« Last Edit on: 06-15-2009 18:17 »

Gorky and Fishy Joe: Thanks for adding other reasons why Future Stock is a great episode. I kinda got tired of typing out a lot by the end so I kept it simple. I love the episode for all the reasons you guys stated too.

Gorky: Thanks for adding on to the other two.

i_c_weiner: I was waiting for someone to mention BWABB. I think that episode is in a weird position. It is simultaneously underrated and overrated. There's a vocal group of fans who think it's a major disappointment and another group who think it's among the funniest the shows ever done. The major difference between the groups seems to be acceptance and style of humor. Beast rids itself of a lot of character development and has overall crude humor. If you can accept that stuff then you probably think it's great. If you can't then you thinks it sucks. It is the most dividing episode of the series.

Oh, and I also like That's Lobstertainment wink.
stocker08

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« Reply #601 on: 06-15-2009 22:20 »

Luck of the Fryish or Future Stock.

"My only regret is that, i have boneitis"
PatchChord_Adams

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« Reply #602 on: 06-17-2009 02:37 »

ign rated the top episodes of futurama

http://tv.ign.com/articles/716/716663p1.html

Frisco17

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« Reply #603 on: 06-17-2009 04:35 »

They chose "Amzon Women" as number 1? It's good but not that good.

"The Sting", 24th in deed. no no
FishyJoe

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« Reply #604 on: 06-17-2009 04:36 »

1. The Sting is only at 24? Somebody should be fired!

2. 25 episodes listed on 8 freaking pages? I know they have to make money off of ads, but holy crap. Somebody should be fired.

3. But seriously, even though I don't agree 100%, it's fun to look at lists like these. Good show.

I sure hope the new season can live up to the first 72 episodes. I remember most of us fans being kind of whiney with most of the late-season-3 and season 4 episodes, but looking back on it, the show was pretty solid from beginning to end.
Local Jerseyan

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« Reply #605 on: 06-17-2009 15:24 »
« Last Edit on: 06-17-2009 15:31 »

Yeah, it's definitely great to see all the interest people have at the show, even though the Sting and Leela's Homeworld should be rated much higher. Maybe they didn't make it higher because they're not as funny as a typical Futurama episode, even though it's not appropriate or necessary for them to be humorous.

Anyway, as for favorite episodes, I really have a hard time picking. I've always liked some of the more serious, if somewhat tragic, episodes, such as the ones I mentioned, Jurassic Bark, Time Keeps On Slipping, Devil's Hands. But if I had to choose some less common picks, I'd say:

1- Less Than Hero- I love the absurdity of this one. Plus it shows a little more of the relationship between Leela and her parents, which we barely got to see in the original run. But most importantly, New Jersey gets a mention. smile

Fry: "There's no bus to Jersey City!"

2- How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back- Not only do I love the Fry sideplot (it's more often funny than not watching him get tangled up in romantic affairs), but the song at the end as well. And Zoidberg's song... "Ohhh... frown"

On a side note, I just saw A Clone Of My Own last night and thought it was great. I used to hate that one because I couldn't stand Cubert. Now that I've come to appreciate the fact that he's *supposed* to be obnoxious, I can come to find this episode funny. Plus, who could forget this quote?

Fry: "When I was asked to make a video about my nephew, Professor Farnsworth, I thought: "Why should I make a video?". Then later, Leela made the video. But if I *had* made it, you can bet there'd be a lot more topless women on motorcycles!"

Anyway, I have high hopes for the new episodes. Twenty-two minute episodes seem to work best for the show's crew.
TheZapper3000
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« Reply #606 on: 06-20-2009 12:40 »

Mine has to be the one where Zapp kiff and Fry have to have sex with all the amazon women "

"Jurassic Bark" has to be mentioned aswell
Zergy

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« Reply #607 on: 06-21-2009 07:30 »

Best Tearjerker episode: The Sting
My favorite: Teenage Mutant Leelah's Hurdles or 30% iron chef
I.C. Weiner

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« Reply #608 on: 06-23-2009 08:08 »

Also in "Future Stock" Fry: Hey Mom look at my butt!
CoiletteUSA

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« Reply #609 on: 06-26-2009 16:10 »

Where No Fan Has Gone Before (I became a Futurama fan because of this episode).
BellaxxAudacity

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« Reply #610 on: 06-27-2009 10:24 »
« Last Edit on: 06-27-2009 10:25 »

That is tough...

Hmmm. In no perticular order:
Godfellas
Teenage Mutant Leelas Hurdles
The day the earth stood stupid
The devils hands are idle playthings
Three hundred big boys

KickPants

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« Reply #611 on: 06-30-2009 23:11 »

Amazon Women in the Mood for laughs.  Zapp's unstoppable in that episode.  "You win again, Gravity!"

In terms of balancing humor and emotion I've got to go with Parasites Lost and Love's Labours Lost in Space.
seattlejohn01

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« Reply #612 on: 07-01-2009 04:21 »

They chose "Amzon Women" as number 1? It's good but not that good.

"The Sting", 24th in deed. no no
Agreed.  I can think of at least 10 other episodes I'd put in front of "Amazon Women". 
x.Bianca.x

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« Reply #613 on: 07-01-2009 04:24 »

Amazon women is a pretty medium episode, not really a stand out.
FistfulOAwesome

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« Reply #614 on: 07-01-2009 04:32 »

I've got some pretty weird (for the average fan) tops for comedic episodes. The Route of All Evil, Spanish Fry, Future Stock, When Aliens Attack, War is the H-Word, and ITWGY occupy my top spots for laughs (those last two are less unconventional). Series favorites Amazon and Roswell are B episodes for me.
seattlejohn01

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« Reply #615 on: 07-01-2009 05:10 »

Hmmm... not so sure about that.  Roswell is one of my faves; very witty & sharp (it won an Emmy), with great dialog. 

Farnsworth: Start the ship, Leela. Let's just steal the damn radar dish and get back to our own time.
Fry: But- But won't that change history?
Farnsworth: Oh, a lesson in not changing history from Mr. I'm-My-Own-Grandpa! Let's get the hell out of here already! Screw history!
Gorky

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« Reply #616 on: 07-01-2009 14:52 »

I've got some pretty weird (for the average fan) tops for comedic episodes. The Route of All Evil, Spanish Fry, Future Stock, When Aliens Attack, War is the H-Word, and ITWGY occupy my top spots for laughs (those last two are less unconventional). Series favorites Amazon and Roswell are B episodes for me.

I agree with "Spanish Fry", "Future Stock", and "War is the H-Word." And I'd add "The Problem with Popplers", "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid", "Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch", and "Bend Her" to a list of (less conventional) funniest episodes.
KickPants

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« Reply #617 on: 07-01-2009 23:13 »

Problem with Popplers is great, especially when Waterfall Junior shows up and the crowd boos and Lrrr looks around, "what's going on, I'm losing them?"  Also Bender "trying" to stop the crowd from going into Fishy Joe's.

Kif gets knocked up a notch is another great one.  We have the holo deck with evil Lincoln and then getting through the swamp, and Amy's parents joy at her having children and the zeal in converting all her stuff into parent things.

Argh, why am I at work and not home watching these episodes.
FistfulOAwesome

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« Reply #618 on: 07-02-2009 01:42 »

I agree with "Spanish Fry", "Future Stock", and "War is the H-Word." And I'd add "The Problem with Popplers", "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid", "Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch", and "Bend Her" to a list of (less conventional) funniest episodes.

I don't disagree with those. Those are also really funny episodes. What about adding Crimes of the Hot, 30% Iron Chef, Any episode with a Waterfall, and 300 Big Boys to that list?

P.S. It seems like all we're trying to do is remind people that most episodes of Futurama are funny.
Freako

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« Reply #619 on: 07-02-2009 01:49 »

I can't pick a one favorite episode, its just impossible.
Tedward

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« Reply #620 on: 07-02-2009 11:44 »

P.S. It seems like all we're trying to do is remind people that most episodes of Futurama are funny.

That's just the thing...even though choosing an all-around best episode is pretty much up to opinion, it seems that there are laughs to be had in every episode. Yes, certain ones come to mind which are absolutely filled with excellent jokes, but looking back there are things to smile about in every episode.

I can't pick a one favorite episode, its just impossible.

I know I can't.
FistfulOAwesome

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« Reply #621 on: 07-02-2009 19:16 »

@Tedward: I couldn't agree more- http://www.peelified.com/index.php?topic=17904.msg1042190#msg1042190
Tedward

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« Reply #622 on: 07-02-2009 23:40 »


Ah. I'll say; I seem to have inadvertently taken the words right out of your mouth. Now that I look at it, I even remember reading that post...but no harm done, I guess. The sentiment we expressed is worth repeating.

I actually like "The Honking." I can't say that it's the best or my favorite episode, but to me it has a certain charm (and the bits you mentioned are quite good). I will admit that its plot is too farfetched, and it is probably one of the strangest episodes of the series.
Jezzem

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« Reply #623 on: 07-02-2009 23:53 »

I just watched Fry And The Slurm Factory and even though I've seen it so many times I couldn't stop laughing! Especially at "Tell them I hate them" and at how Fry just keeps drinking that can of Slurm after seeing where it comes from.
FistfulOAwesome

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« Reply #624 on: 07-02-2009 23:58 »

Quote from: Tedward
I actually like "The Honking." I can't say that it's the best or my favorite episode, but to me it has a certain charm (and the bits you mentioned are quite good). I will admit that its plot is too farfetched, and it is probably one of the strangest episodes of the series.

Since it's been mentioned, I'd like to bring up a weird point in 218 to me: Fry was kinda dumb about his friendship with Bender. The gypsy mentioned that Bender's attacks would escalate to the point that one day he would kill his best friend (Fry). When I first saw this episode I was confused by Fry's reasoning. It seemed obvious to me that Leela is Bender's second closest friend, and that his attack on her meant that he was next. I know that it was only for some jealousy jokes, but it always bothers me that Fry doesn't connect the dots (I know his joke in S1 and S2 was primarily that he is dumb, but it still gets to me).
Tedward

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« Reply #625 on: 07-03-2009 00:08 »

I actually had noticed that too, but I wasn't too terribly bothered by it, not because Fry isn't too smart but because his friendship with Bender has jealousy throughout, with Bender's feelings being hurt in "I, Roommate" and much later in "Jurassic Bark" or even BWAAB and Fry's feelings being hurt previously in "The Lesser of Two Evils," to name just a few examples (I know you've mentioned the series' development of that friendship before...maybe that's part of the reason).
FistfulOAwesome

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« Reply #626 on: 07-03-2009 00:52 »

Maybe I should post this in the Shippy thread, but how badly Beast handles F/L's relationship overshadows how badly it handles F/B's relationship. Most episodes that focus on their friendship set it up and focus on it, but it comes out of the blue in Beast and is barely focused upon. It's also unnecessarily cruel to Bender ("Sorry, Robots can't go to Heaven").
Gorky

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« Reply #627 on: 07-03-2009 04:29 »

Well, both the inconsistencies in the Fry/Leela relationship and the Fry/Bender relationship in TBWaBB are both easily attributable to this fact: Fry's character was written horribly. Leela wasn't so out of character (in terms of the series as a whole, that is; I do, however, find it strange that she'd be so dismissive of Fry after the events of BBS), and Bender was totally in-character (I love how his friendship with Fry kind of, well, humanizes him). Fry's shoddy characterization is my biggest hang-up with TBWaBB--even more so than the shippy inconsistencies (though the former sort of facilitates the latter).
FistfulOAwesome

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« Reply #628 on: 07-03-2009 05:09 »

I don't disagree with that.

I should bring this back On-Topic.  You know what are two really good, rarely talked about episodes?: The Christmas ones. Because most would only normally watch them around the holidays we don't seem to mention how funny they are.

The first one is one of the better episodes of the series (it has all the elements I love to see too: Good use of all the characters, great comedy, good lampooning, and even some touching F/L bits) and the second is one of the best Dark Humor episodes of the series (those letters the kids sent are the best (especially the kid who still has his Grandfathers corpse).

P.S. Why are negatives more fun than positives (i.e. I agree vs. I don't disagree)?
Gorky

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« Reply #629 on: 07-03-2009 05:21 »

"Xmas Story" is definitely in my Top Ten. I was actually kind of pulling for it to win that episode survivor thing we did a few months ago. It's a stand-out episode, especially in terms of season two (which, generally speaking, was more gag- than character-driven).

And "A Tale of Two Santas" has, in my opinion, the best musical moment of the series (with the possible exception of the opera in Devil's Hands). Plus--and this is really dorky--I think the animation is particularly striking and dynamic. But maybe I'm just weird.

You know what other episode is kind of underrated (or at least not talked about much)? "A Head in the Polls." Comedy Central aired it last night, and while vaguely listening to it in the background, I realized that it has some of my favorite quotes ever ("I was gonna vote for you one time. But voting isn't cool, so I stayed home and got trashed on Listerine", "Bodies are for hookers and fat people", "I spent most of my teen years loving my body. 'Course, it was tough love, but..."). It's one of those episodes that really is hilarious, but that I don't often think of when I'm popping my DVDs in for some, y'know, Futurama time.
FistfulOAwesome

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« Reply #630 on: 07-03-2009 06:04 »

Plus it introduced the Scary Door and Nixon!
Freako

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« Reply #631 on: 07-03-2009 06:09 »

Plus it introduced the Scary Door and Nixon!

Nixon was in the pilot.
FistfulOAwesome

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« Reply #632 on: 07-03-2009 08:22 »

Um...
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Oh, I got it! I obviously meant as President of Earth! (Shifts Eyes)
Freako

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« Reply #633 on: 07-03-2009 11:31 »

Um...
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Oh, I got it! I obviously meant as President of Earth! (Shifts Eyes)

I forgive you, just don't let it happen again.
Tedward

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« Reply #634 on: 07-03-2009 23:48 »

Plus it introduced the Scary Door and Nixon!

Nixon was in the pilot.

Well, "A Head in the Polls" is the first episode in which Nixon's character gets to shine, anyway. The whole episode is good, but the entire third act is just brilliant.

"Xmas Story" is definitely in my Top Ten. I was actually kind of pulling for it to win that episode survivor thing we did a few months ago. It's a stand-out episode, especially in terms of season two (which, generally speaking, was more gag- than character-driven).

It's definitely one of my favorites too, and I was sad to see it go from the survivor thread. It is indeed a fantastic episode with an excellent mixture of hilarity and heart. In fact, on the very rare occasions when I have the opportunity to show an episode to someone who's never seen Futurama before, "Xmas Story" is my choice.

I have mixed feelings about "A Tale of Two Santas," though. I do love the song and, as always, there are some good laughs, but something about it seems off to me; it could be that it's more dark in its outlook and stark in its quick jokes and animation, but I don't really know. One thing that I can directly identify that I don't like about it, though, is the change in Robot Santa's presentation. In "Xmas Story" he's a sort of bogeyman who is told of in lore but only makes his presence (no pun intended) known to an unlucky few. The Planet Express crew is one of only a small number who can claim that they encountered him and made it through the encounter unharmed. In "A Tale of Two Santas," however, Robot Santa is much more public and all-inclusive in his murder and mayhem, and it seems implausible that, despite the incompetence of certain military or police officials, there has not been any large-scale effort to stop this invader who flies into the city at the same time every year!
WigWamBam

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« Reply #635 on: 07-05-2009 11:19 »

anyones faviourt episode Jurassic Bark?

Jurassic Bark was definately one of my favourite episodes and it was even kind of emotional. I think that episode may have even won an award or something if I'm not mistaken?

The Roswell episode was also brilliant. And episodes like the Farnsworth Parabox pretty much summed up Futurama's diversity
roosevelt

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« Reply #636 on: 07-08-2009 14:47 »

the bee's one.. cant think of the name... the one that proves that leela loves fry...

close calls are the seven leaf clover one, the roswell one, the dog one, the one where fry gets worms, and many others
x.Bianca.x

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« Reply #637 on: 07-08-2009 14:52 »

the episodes you are thinking of:
The sting, luck of the fryrish, roswell that ends well and parasites lost.
dano

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« Reply #638 on: 07-10-2009 21:41 »

luck of the fryrish chokes me up.
PatchChord_Adams

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« Reply #639 on: 07-14-2009 20:15 »

by DVD seasons

1: My Three Suns
2: Put Your Head on My Shoulder
3: Luck of The Fry-rish
4:The Why Of Fry

Overall: The Why Of Fry
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