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Delivery Boy
« on: 06-29-2004 12:36 »

I truly believe this poll is of interest to SOMEBODY, so I'm gonna see if more people notice it this time, since Marc thought it was real good.  I have done a study on who the greatest Futurama writer is based on the ratings of the episodes they have written at gotfuturama.com
Here are some rules:

1.) You must've written 2 or more episodes. No David Goodman, Kristin Gore, Brian Kelley, etc.

2.) AOI episodes, which have shared credits, will have their rating go to all writers.

Based on my study, the greatest Futurama writer is....

David X. Cohen

The 5 episodes he has written for (Pilot, Xmas Story, AOI1, AOI2, The Why of Fry) have averages 89.4% approval rating here at gotfuturama.com.

Based on my study, the worst writer of all time is...

Ron Weiner

Despite having writen the #1 rated episode (The Luck of the Fryish) the other 3 episodes he has written have lowered his average rating to 76.2%.

Here are the entire rankings:

#1. David X. Cohen (5 episodes) 89.4%
#2. Ken Keeler (8 episodes) 86.0%
#3. Lewis Morton (9 episodes) 85.6%
#4. Eric Kaplan (7 episodes) 83.7%
#5. Bill Odenkirk (5 episodes) 83.2%
#6. Eric Horsted (8 episodes) 82.6%
#7. Aaron Ehasz (2 episodes) 82.5%
#8. Dan Vebber (4 episodes) 80.0%
#9. J. Stewart Burns (7 episodes) 79.5%
#10. Patric M. Verrone (7 episodes) 77.4%
#11. Ron Weiner (4 episodes) 76.2%

Starship Captain
« Reply #1 on: 06-29-2004 12:41 »

That's an interesting study. Looks like you put a lot of work into it.  :)
Otis P Jivefunk

DOOP Secretary
« Reply #2 on: 06-29-2004 12:42 »

Interesting stats. Ken Keeler is my personal fave...

Delivery Boy
« Reply #3 on: 06-29-2004 12:44 »

Thank you.  I did work atleast 3 times checking numbers and coming up with who should be included.  I knew if i posted this a 2nd time someone would enjoy it because is the type of thing PEELers love.

Urban Legend
« Reply #4 on: 06-29-2004 13:07 »

Ken Keeler had some fantastic storylines and plot twists in his episodes, but the characters were all far too melodramatic in his episodes. Then we have Ron Weiner, who gave us the most surprise ending of all with Luck Of The Fryish. People rag on this guy a lot, but remember, he wrote what is considered the best episode of the show by many. Lew Morton was inconsistent, but when he hit, he hit hard, and episodes like Fry and the Slurm Factory and Amazon Women In The Mood can't go unnoticed. Also, I like seeing a David Cohen episode, just because he goes very in-depth.

Of those guys? I can't pick one. But those are the guys that come to mind when I think of the better writers.

Bending Unit
« Reply #5 on: 06-29-2004 13:17 »
« Last Edit on: 06-29-2004 13:17 »

Originally posted by TheLampIncident:
 Then we have Ron Weiner, who gave us the most surprise ending of all with Luck Of The Fryish. People rag on this guy a lot, but remember, he wrote what is considered the best episode of the show by many.

Yes but I think end was team decision, not his own so his credit lies only for script itself.

Bending Unit
« Reply #6 on: 06-29-2004 17:36 »

If only conan o'brian was up to it.

Liquid Emperor
« Reply #7 on: 06-29-2004 18:15 »

good one on the conan thing seeing that he did write for the simpsons for a few years before getting his own show. Anyway... I think that Cohen and Keeler are the best 2. but Weiner did write my favorite ep (Luck of the Fryish).

Delivery Boy
« Reply #8 on: 06-29-2004 20:00 »


Urban Legend
« Reply #9 on: 06-30-2004 04:59 »

I love all of DXC's eps, but Ken Keeler wrote my most favourite episode... Go man, go! Ack, I'm torn!
Besides these two, I reckon all the writers had their off days... they just didn't always pan out the best.
And of course, the fact that one writer is credited for an ep is a little misleading. What with those crazy writers rooms and all...
Mr Fuzzywuvems

Bending Unit
« Reply #10 on: 06-30-2004 11:55 »

Shouldn't they get some kind of extra credit the more episodes they've written.
It seems that DXC has an advantage because he's only written 5 episodes which seems kinda stupid.
Marcetron 4000

« Reply #11 on: 06-30-2004 13:04 »

I don't think you can really say what writer is better than the others and who is the worst, I mean all the writers really had a hand in everything. Plus, as everyone's said, Ron Weiner wrote The Luck of the Fryrish which is thought to be the best episode by many of the fans. They all had their good and bad.

Bending Unit
« Reply #12 on: 07-01-2004 10:43 »

And ´am saying one more time, that episode is good becouse of STORYLINE, which wasn´t Weiner´s invention.
Mouse On Venus

Liquid Emperor
« Reply #13 on: 07-01-2004 15:50 »

The thing is that with Futurama, some of the writer's individual style does shine (well...) through in their episodes. If you look at episodes by Lew Morton, Ken Keeler or Ron Weiner for example, they all have a similar sort of style to them. And I think Ken Keeler's style is the most inventive one, which is why he's my favourite writer.

 Similarly, Ron Weiner's clunky, poorly paced style is why he's my least favourite writer.

Liquid Emperor
« Reply #14 on: 07-02-2004 17:19 »

Cool list. Personal favorites are Bill Odenkirk David X, but other than that, I agree.
canned eggs

Space Pope
« Reply #15 on: 07-03-2004 00:23 »

I like DXC but I think Horsted is unjustly neglected.

Honorary German
Urban Legend
« Reply #16 on: 07-04-2004 10:20 »

Horsted lost his way in season 3. The Beck episode and the Freedom Day episode were both weak, I thought. Still, he hit comedy gold with War Is The H-Word, and all of his episodes before that were funny.

« Reply #17 on: 07-04-2004 10:23 »

I'd go with Keeler or Cohen, although for giving us AWITM and one of my favourites, FATSF, I very much like Lew Morton as well.
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