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planetcutie

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« on: 01-09-2004 07:12 »

Say you know someone who is absolutely unaware of Futurama, and they ask you to show them one episode (one only!) so they can pass judgment on its merits - what episode would you choose to convert...I mean, raise their awareness?    evil laugh

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« Reply #1 on: 01-09-2004 07:21 »

i would show antholgy of intrest 1  beacause it is funny and has all the three main characters  stories which would introduce them to the world of futurama.
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« Reply #2 on: 01-09-2004 10:32 »

This has been done before but don't ask me to search for it....What do I look like a guy who's not lazy....?
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« Reply #3 on: 01-09-2004 10:35 »

X-Mas Story, in a heartbeat.
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« Reply #4 on: 01-09-2004 10:42 »

 
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Originally posted by planetcutie:
Say you know someone who is absolutely unaware of Futurama, and they ask you to show them one episode (one only!) so they can pass judgment on its merits

Hmm.  If they're absolutely unaware of Futurama, they're hardly likely to be asking to see an episode, are they?
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« Reply #5 on: 01-09-2004 11:20 »

"Roswell That Ends Well" or "Xmas Story"
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« Reply #6 on: 01-09-2004 14:50 »

Amazon Women in the Mood.  You can't go with with the snoo-snoo.
John C
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« Reply #7 on: 01-09-2004 15:15 »

The episode that defines Futurama?
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« Reply #8 on: 01-09-2004 16:25 »

Parasites Lost.

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« Reply #9 on: 01-09-2004 16:49 »

 
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Originally posted by me, in that other thread:
Um, how about "Space Pilot 3000"?  Why not begin at the beginning?

Actually, I'd show "Space Pilot 3000" immediately followed by "The Series Has Landed".

I know that you said one episode only, but I'd claim it was a two-part episode.  We're talking about people who've never seen Futurama; it's not like they'd know it wasn't.

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« Reply #10 on: 01-10-2004 02:24 »

 
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Originally posted by Teral:
"Roswell That Ends Well" or "Xmas Story"

And Bingo was his name-o!



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Rover

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« Reply #11 on: 01-10-2004 14:55 »

I don't get it.

Anyways, It'd depend on the person I was showing it to, but probably Space Pilot 3000.
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« Reply #12 on: 01-10-2004 15:30 »
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I'd show "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid" It's got everything, including the Hypnotoad!!!


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« Reply #13 on: 01-10-2004 15:31 »

all of my friends who don't really like futurama like it after I showed them Jurassic bark
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« Reply #14 on: 01-10-2004 16:42 »

I'd show one that included the whole crew, like the titanic one or the 300 Hundred Big Boys one.
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« Reply #15 on: 01-10-2004 18:53 »

probably the sting...its got a clever, twist on the end there...
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« Reply #16 on: 01-10-2004 18:54 »

twist is what i should have said
John C
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« Reply #17 on: 01-10-2004 18:56 »

LaPointe, no offense but... You know about the edit button, right?
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« Reply #18 on: 01-11-2004 21:15 »

I'd probably show Insane in the Mainframe as a personal favourite, but most likely SP3K.
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« Reply #19 on: 01-11-2004 22:10 »
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Yeah the first two episodes are a good bet.  Then I'd show them my favorite The Lesser of Two Evils because that show is my personal favorite with all the great one liner quotes.

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« Reply #20 on: 08-27-2011 23:14 »

So this topic started in the chatroom and I thought it would be a great topic of discussion on here.

If you were introducing someone to Futurama who had never seen it before or heard of it (apparently people out there still exist!) which one(s) would you show (not necessarily the pilot episode)?

Roswell That Ends Well and anything from first season would be my choice.

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« Reply #21 on: 08-27-2011 23:20 »

My friend at school didn't like Godfellas at all when I showed it to my R.E. class, but we watched all of Season 4 and he was laughing at parts I didn't even find funny, so I guess it depends on the ep(s) and the person.
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« Reply #22 on: 08-27-2011 23:23 »

I have to second Roswell as a good choice. A Head in the Polls and The Farnsworth Parabox would be other good ones in my opinion.
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« Reply #23 on: 08-27-2011 23:24 »

Aslate brought up a good point in chat, that it depends on whether you want them to become a dedicated fan like us or just impress them with something amazing they'll enjoy. In either case, I think I would still pick Roswell That Ends Well. First season episode might be better after they got in a few second season episodes, because I keep forgetting how animated shows have changed over the last 12 years. They move much quicker than first season now.
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« Reply #24 on: 08-27-2011 23:27 »

I thought about Farnsworth Parabox Frisco, but I thought they might be more enjoyable once they got a few episodes under their belt and understood the dynamic between certain characters, like Fry and Leela.

If the person is a Star Trek TOS fan, I would say show Where No Fan Has Gone Before right from the start.
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« Reply #25 on: 08-27-2011 23:28 »

Bind them to a chair, pop in the first disc of Season one and don't let them go until after they saw all original 4 season, the movies and probably season 6 too.

Then start over with the commentaries.

If that doesn't impress them then I dunno what.
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« Reply #26 on: 08-27-2011 23:39 »

I recently did this with my sister. I started with the pilot and then Series Has Landed just to introduce the characters. Then I went on to Roswell, Parasites Lost, Fear of a Bot Planet, Problem with Popplers, TMLH, and Mutants are Revolting, in about that order.

I think I'll go back and go through at least the first two seasons back-to-back and then jump around from there.
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« Reply #27 on: 08-28-2011 00:02 »

I would have no problem showing the pilot to someone who's new to the show; it's a damn good first episode (one of my favorites of the series, actually), and it would introduce someone to the series' characters and premise and such.

But if I wanted to impress someone with the sheer hilarity of the show, I'd probably go with "The Problem With Popplers" or "Amazon Women in the Mood." If I wanted to introduce them to the show's sci fi, nerdy goodness, I would go with "Roswell that Ends Well" or "The Farnsworth Parabox." And if I just wanted them to be awed by the show's brilliance, I'd maybe go with "The Sting" or "The Late Philip J. Fry."

As for episodes that are loaded with crazy sci fi stuff, great gags, and heartstring-tugging emotion? "Parasites Lost" might be a good choice; I consider it the sort of quintessential Futurama episode, the show at its best.
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« Reply #28 on: 08-28-2011 00:13 »

I would probably start with Space Pilot 3000, but like others have said Roswell That Ends Well seems to be the perfect n00b ep. Then I would probably go with my personal favourite ep; Parasites Lost. I think next I'd pick When Aliens Attack because it's just hilarious, especially Zapp and Lrrr. I'd be tempted to chuck in The Sting next, although perhaps that needs a little more background knowledge of the characters first...

I wouldn't pick anything from Season 6 until later on, possibly around 15 or so eps in, then it would be The Late Philip J Fry, Cold Warriors and slightly later Möbius Dick...
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« Reply #29 on: 08-28-2011 00:57 »

I was sure we had this topic before.  Twice, if you count this thread.

Still don't know why you wouldn't begin at the beginning, but maybe that's just me.
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« Reply #30 on: 08-28-2011 01:03 »
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Man, how did you find those? I was certain it was already done as well, but my searches proved fruitless.

I think I'll merge this with that first thread. That second one wasn't quite exactly what I was looking for even though Hilly mentioned the question in her first post. There is an episode that defines Futurama to me, TLPJF, but I certainly wouldn't show that to someone new to the show immediately, they would need some character background first.
David A

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« Reply #31 on: 08-28-2011 01:35 »

Man, how did you find those? I was certain it was already done as well, but my searches proved fruitless.

It wasn't easy.  I finally just did a search for "Space Pilot 3000" with myself as the poster, since I knew that would have been my answer to the question.  wink

I agree that Hilly's thread isn't quite the same topic, but it turned up in the same search that found the first thread, so I thought I'd post a link to it as well.  It's what I do.
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« Reply #32 on: 08-28-2011 01:39 »

I think that "The Farnsworth Parabox"
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« Reply #33 on: 08-28-2011 01:48 »

I think that "The Farnsworth Parabox"

You "think that "The Farnsworth Parabox"" what?
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #34 on: 08-28-2011 02:07 »

Maybe they're from a parallel universe where that makes sense hmpf...
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« Reply #35 on: 08-28-2011 02:10 »

I would go with Future Stock.
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« Reply #36 on: 08-28-2011 02:17 »

Interesting choice. Why that one may I ask? That might be a good one a few episodes into the series, from my perspective.
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« Reply #37 on: 08-28-2011 02:32 »
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Maybe they're from a parallel universe where that makes sense hmpf...

exactly  wink laff
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« Reply #38 on: 08-28-2011 02:46 »

Interesting choice. Why that one may I ask? That might be a good one a few episodes into the series, from my perspective.
I suppose. It's one of my favourite episodes, for its pure hilarity.
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« Reply #39 on: 08-28-2011 02:50 »

My gf used to not like Futurama because of Fry's voice (whaaa?), then she liked Futurama despite his voice, and now it's her favorite show. I made her watch Season 4 when she was still on the fence, and Devil's Hands was the major turning point smile
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