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PEE Poll: Greatest Episode Titles
Love's Labours Lost in Space   -4 (6.6%)
I Second That Emotion   -4 (6.6%)
Put your head on my shoulder   -0 (0%)
The Day the Earth Stood Stupid   -11 (18%)
The Luck of the Fryrish   -4 (6.6%)
Roswell that Ends Well   -11 (18%)
30 % Iron Chef   -2 (3.3%)
Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles   -15 (24.6%)
The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings   -5 (8.2%)
Other   -5 (8.2%)
Total Voters: 61

Iron Chef
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« on: 01-16-2004 02:12 »

Futurama is the King of having top quality episode titles. They are often immensly clever in their manipulation of another famous show/movie or quote. This may seem like an odd topic but it is quite interesting seeing where the episode titles do appear from.

My personal favourite is Love's Labours Lost in Space, which is an astute combination of a William Shakespeare play and the famous 1960's TV show.
I am interested to hear other views on this vital and intriguing issue
Hip No Toad

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« Reply #1 on: 01-16-2004 03:15 »

Devils Hands -- the Firesign-esque inversion of that old saying strikes me as particularly clever; in fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the title was thought of first.

I also love The Day the Earth Stood Stupid. The fact that the word "stupid" doesn't scan with the original title, and is also ungrammatical, makes it particularly appropriate -- a sort of conceptual onomotopaeia, or however that's spelled.
Dolcelannah

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« Reply #2 on: 01-16-2004 05:02 »

I love 'The Luck of the Fryrish'. I love how the old Irish saying incorporates so fully and flawlessly with both Fry's name and the themes and content of the episode without having to change the original saying much at all.

Shadowstar

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« Reply #3 on: 01-16-2004 06:30 »

Gotta go with 'Luck of the Fryrish.'
David A

Urban Legend
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« Reply #4 on: 01-16-2004 06:33 »

"The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" really should have been called "The Devil's Hands Are Idol Playthings".

Speak softly. Drive a Sherman tank.
Professie

Bending Unit
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« Reply #5 on: 01-16-2004 10:28 »

Teenage mutant Leela's Hurdles, simply 'cause I love the Turtles.
hypknowtoad

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« Reply #6 on: 01-16-2004 13:39 »

Got to be "Day The Earth Stood Stupid." Perfectly descriptive of the episode, a great classic Sci-Fi reference, and the first appearance of the beloved Hypnotoad.
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #7 on: 01-16-2004 13:44 »
« Last Edit on: 01-16-2004 13:44 »

   
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Originally posted by Professie:
Teenage mutant Leela's Hurdles, simply 'cause I love the Turtles.

Same here, well, in a nostalgic sort of way. I think it's a really cloolsome title anyway though     cool

Mouse On Venus

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« Reply #8 on: 01-16-2004 16:45 »

I very much liked Love's Labours Lost In Space. Whilst most other titles are plays on famous sayings or film titles, this one was an amalgam of a Shakespeare play and a sci-fi series, so for me it stands out.
ActionLaPointe

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« Reply #9 on: 01-16-2004 17:14 »

gotta vote for tmlh, that requires alot of class and craft to think up. its close tho, roswell than ends well is a clever one aswell.
M0le

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« Reply #10 on: 01-16-2004 20:52 »

All of those titles are good, but 'Teenage Mutant Leelas Hurdles' really stood out for being a great title. Gotta love the turtles.
canned eggs

Space Pope
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« Reply #11 on: 01-16-2004 21:07 »

I like: I, Roommate; Hell Is Other Robots; How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back; Parasites Lost; Insane in the Mainframe; Bender Should Not Be Allowed On TV.
The Baz

Bending Unit
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« Reply #12 on: 01-16-2004 21:31 »

I went with, I Second That Emotion.  Not to set off any geekalarms but I use that title in conversation on occasion.

Space Pilot 3000 & The Series Has Landed I consider very clever!  Like the poster aboves suggestions too.
helpimchoking

Delivery Boy
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« Reply #13 on: 01-17-2004 02:37 »

question:

i hope i dont sound like an idiot, but why is 'spanish fry' called, well, ya know, ''spanish fry' ? it doesnt really have n e thing to do with spanish peeps, only no nosed people.
Iron Chef
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« Reply #14 on: 01-17-2004 06:35 »

There have been some good other suggestions for some further good Episode Titles, but I have tried to choose ones which did stand out as being particularly smart
MrBurns

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« Reply #15 on: 01-17-2004 07:04 »

The Day The Earth Stood Stupid  smile

@helpimchoking: "Spanish Fly" is an aphrodisiac. Look, I even found out there's a website www.spanishfly.com   laff  big grin
Bushmeister

Professor
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« Reply #16 on: 01-17-2004 11:25 »

Being a Trek fan, I always liked the title "Where No Fan Has Gone Before".
Gleno

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #17 on: 01-17-2004 12:10 »

The Day The Earth Stood Stupid....it made me laugh out loud the first time I saw it, and it's still funny.... big grin

Roswell That Ends Well makes no sense so it's also funny.... smile

Let me break....let me break you down....for your sake....I will break you down...."[/small]
Fryday

Bending Unit
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« Reply #18 on: 01-17-2004 13:01 »

I went with 'The Devils Hands Are Idle Playthings'
it's just so funny!
Jish

Delivery Boy
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« Reply #19 on: 01-17-2004 19:26 »
« Last Edit on: 01-17-2004 19:26 »

I think TMLH is the best as well, but I have a really stupid question. Where, besides in the DVD's, are the titles of the episodes ever shown? The only one I know is on the missle in Roswell that ends well. Is it in the ending credits, or what? I know the #ACV## number is.
Coop

Professor
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« Reply #20 on: 01-17-2004 19:44 »

"The Day the Earth Stood Stupid" I loved the reference to old science fiction.
fryfanSpyOrama

Urban Legend
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« Reply #21 on: 01-18-2004 03:08 »

The Day the Earth Stood Stupid is a good example of how clever Futurama had good title names.
Teral

Helpy McHelphelp
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« Reply #22 on: 01-18-2004 11:47 »

My top 5 is probably "Parasites Lost "Teeenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles", "The Birdbot of Ice-catraz", "Loves Labour's Lost In Space" and Roswell That Ends Well". Likely to change at a whim.

But they're all great, although I do think they could have come with something better for "Leela's Homeworld". Not very punny.
Jazzmonkey

Delivery Boy
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« Reply #23 on: 01-18-2004 14:41 »

Parasites lost...I just got that.


"Remember, what the doormouse said. Feed you head."
Mouse On Venus

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #24 on: 01-18-2004 15:10 »

 
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Originally posted by Teral:
But they're all great, although I do think they could have come with something better for "Leela's Homeworld". Not very punny.

True, but it's easy to remember though, as is "Mars University."
1 of the gang

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« Reply #25 on: 01-18-2004 15:48 »
« Last Edit on: 01-18-2004 15:48 »

I like Luck of the Fryrish...gotta stay true to the Irish in me!!!

SwanMan3000

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« Reply #26 on: 01-18-2004 17:20 »

gotta be Roswell that ends well i think thats the funniest and cleveriest, Spanish Fry is very good as well thanks Mr Burns they must have thought of that title before they wrote it. also im a little worried about the futurama writers what with spanish fly and that keibilmeister or whatever its called
Mouse On Venus

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #27 on: 01-18-2004 17:23 »
« Last Edit on: 01-18-2004 17:23 »

Kegelcizer? And why are you worried? I don't see why the Futurama writers can't make a few jokes about sexual organs once in a while.   wink

'cept in Spanish Fry where they beat the arse out of it.  no no
Gorky

Space Pope
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« Reply #28 on: 01-25-2004 14:07 »

I think it's a tie between Parasites Lost (I know it's not up there but...) and Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles. TMLH has the best parody title that still describes the ep, though.
PazuzuJr

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #29 on: 11-01-2006 14:49 »

The Birdbot of Ice-catraz 4ever!
x-number1fan-x

Starship Captain
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« Reply #30 on: 11-01-2006 14:52 »

the day the earth stood stupid; simply because, its a damn good title
Benders_Fan

Urban Legend
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« Reply #31 on: 11-01-2006 15:23 »

Ahh, a thread bumped from 2 almost 3 years ago. Ah well. I vote I second that emotion.
Dave B

Urban Legend
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« Reply #32 on: 11-02-2006 07:09 »

I personally think The Day the Earth Stood Stupid is quite clever  big grin so hence I voted it
mookie427

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #33 on: 11-04-2006 02:39 »

Devils hands gets my vote, great name, great episode
DrZoidberg112

Delivery Boy
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« Reply #34 on: 11-04-2006 09:00 »

30% Iron Chef was a very creative title. Most episodes are, but I like this one the most. The episode it's self is good too. Great, actually.
Writer unit32

Professor
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« Reply #35 on: 11-04-2006 09:31 »

i like Roswell that ends well.But the name of The Sting is kinda dramatic.
ZoidZoid

Bending Unit
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« Reply #36 on: 11-12-2006 00:32 »

Roswell that ends well is a good title.
bushes39

Delivery Boy
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« Reply #37 on: 01-18-2007 04:00 »

The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings, Roswell That Ends Well, and Love and Rocket.  The last because I like the band.

Yo.
Electerik

Starship Captain
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« Reply #38 on: 01-20-2007 01:52 »

"Roswell That Ends Well" is not only a clever title, but actually fits the theme of the episode rather well.

I'm also a big fan of the relatively simple "I, Roommate" (not listed).
RobotDevilRox

Starship Captain
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« Reply #39 on: 01-21-2007 11:28 »
« Last Edit on: 01-21-2007 11:28 »

Parasites Lost.   tongue

I haven't even seen it, but I like the title.

I also like The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings.
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