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: Best and Worst Futurama Guest Stars  (Read 14620 times)
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Arachno-Spores

Bending Unit
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« #160 : 04-19-2009 15:43 »

I think that Coolio as Kwanza Bot and Mark Hamill as Hanuka Zombie were good. I think Beck was the dullest.
leelasbluehair

Bending Unit
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« #161 : 04-19-2009 17:58 »

I agree I absolutely didn't like the song that bender sang
Turanga, Rae
Poppler
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« #162 : 05-22-2010 01:35 »

Best Female: Britany Murphy (I loved the character, and she played it so well!)
Best Male: John Goodman (no need for explanation)

Worst Female: Sarah Silverman (not a fan of her anyway, and hated the character, whiny, just plain annoying)
Worst Male: Pauly Shore (it's Pauly Shore. Period.)
Tom-3010

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« #163 : 05-22-2010 11:43 »

worst .. Beck as himself
best... Pamela Anderson as herself..
Jezzem

Urban Legend
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« #164 : 05-22-2010 12:05 »

I think you've got best and worst mixed up...
KurtPikachu2001

Urban Legend
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« #165 : 05-22-2010 13:21 »
« : 05-22-2010 13:25 »

I would have to say for worst, Coolio.   I don't care for rap.  Beck was a better guest on the show.   Also, Pauly Shore was bad, too.    It was cool to see the cast of Star Trek make guest appearences, though.  

Best for me would be Brittany Murphy, Rich Little, Pen Jillite, Lucy Liu, Donovan, and Howard Cosell!   Even though I didn't like Wild Green Yonder, it was cool to see Penn Jillite.  Howard Cosell was in Bender's Game, BTW. 
Jezzem

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« #166 : 05-22-2010 13:47 »

I don't like rap either but I fail to see how that makes Kwanzaa Bot any less funny.
SpaceCase

Liquid Emperor
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« #167 : 05-22-2010 14:43 »
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... Best for me would be Brittany Murphy, Rich Little, Pen Jillite, Lucy Liu, Donovan, and Howard Cosell!   Even though I didn't like Wild Green Yonder, it was cool to see Penn Jillite.  Howard Cosell was in Bender's Game, BTW.  

Sorry Kurt, Howard Cosell passed away on April 23rd, 1995.  :cry:

Rich Little did his impression of Howard Cosell in 'Raging Bender', and 'Benders Game'.
But don't take my word for it: Please check IMDB, or the Infosphere.

Ill just... ooze... back out under the door now...

Frisco17

DOOP Secretary
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« #168 : 05-22-2010 22:24 »

I have to go with Rich Little and George Foreman. Their commentary was one of the best parts of "Raging Bender" in my opinion.

Foreman: "This could be the most one-sided fight since 1973 when Ali faced an 80-foot tall mechanical Joe Frazier. M-My memory's not what it used to be but I think the entire Earth was destroyed."

Little: "Interesting, if true."
seattlejohn01

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« #169 : 05-23-2010 00:48 »

That just proves how great the Futurama writing was; you read the dialog and it's hilarious as is.

I've got to go with the cast of Star Trek TOS as the best guests; WNFHGB is one of my favorite episodes.  Worst by far for me was Beck.
hobbitboy

Sir Rank-a-Lot
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« #170 : 05-23-2010 10:57 »

When it comes to guest starts that I don't rate I'm never sure whether it's actually the guest star or the episode itself.
Aki

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« #171 : 06-06-2010 19:54 »

As with many others I don't like guest stars who are there just because they're famous, this including for example Beck and Pauly Shore. They're not bad actors per se, but they had really annoying parts in the episodes - ofcourse I don't know if that was their demand or it was the writers trying to highlight them to get more audience. I don't mind guests playing themselves, but it's better when it's worked into a good plot, like Lucy Liu in "I Dated a Robot" or Al Gore in "Anthology of Interest II" or "Bender's Big Score".

Why does everyone hate Hank Azaria? Sure, the episode is not among my favorites, but I actually like Azaria's voice in that one.
Jezzem

Urban Legend
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« #172 : 06-07-2010 02:24 »

What? How is Beck not important to the plot of Bendin' In The Wind?
SpaceMaN

Urban Legend
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« #173 : 06-07-2010 04:04 »

"Ye-Yeah-Eee!"
Aki

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« #174 : 06-07-2010 10:58 »

Jezzem: It could just as well have been any other musician, and it would have been much more logical if it was some alien band.
Jezzem

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« #175 : 06-07-2010 11:07 »

Yeah, but Lucy Liu could have been any other popular female actor, so I don't get the logic in saying that Beck wasn't important in Bendin' In The Wind but Lucy Liu was important in I Dated A Robot.
Aki

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« #176 : 06-07-2010 11:52 »

It was important in Bending in the Wind that Beck was still popular. The reason Fry wanted Lucy Liu was because he remembered her from 90's movies, not because she was a great 31st century actor. Sure, it could have been any celebrity, but it couldn't have been a made-up actor, because then Fry would barely know her.
Bigboysdontcry

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« #177 : 06-07-2010 18:35 »
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I loved the episode "Bendin in Wind". I thought Beck was a great guest star. As for a worst, I guess Pauly Shore was not that great, but none the less ok.
Yeah, but Lucy Liu could have been any other popular female actor, so I don't get the logic in saying that Beck wasn't important in Bendin' In The Wind but Lucy Liu was important in I Dated A Robot.
It was important in Bending in the Wind that Beck was still popular. The reason Fry wanted Lucy Liu was because he remembered her from 90's movies, not because she was a great 31st century actor. Sure, it could have been any celebrity, but it couldn't have been a made-up actor, because then Fry would barely know her.

Also I fail to see how you answered his question Aki.
Aki

Professor
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« #178 : 06-07-2010 18:36 »

I don't think any guest stars have been that bad, however some have had very bad roles.
cyber_turnip

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« #179 : 06-16-2010 16:27 »
« : 06-16-2010 16:30 »

I'm going to say the entire cast of Star Trek bar Bones and Scotty in Where No Fan Has Gone Before for best. I'm usually not a fan of episodes being written around a guest star, but given how much of an iconic show Star Trek is and how much of an influence it had on Futurama in the first place, I think it was justified for them to do an episode dedicated to it. Especially as the episode is great and all of the cast get to deliver some brilliant jokes specific to each of them. Add on to that that they're professional actors that have experience voice-acting and so the performances themselves were pretty damn good, plus they all have fairly unique voices which in animation is always a bonus.
I also really like Dan Castellaneta as The Robot Devil, Sarah Silverman as Michelle (I didn't like the episode, character and I'm not a fan of Sarah either, but I think she was wonderfully cast as the character she played if that makes any sense -and the way she delivers "Really? That's a dumb name, ewww" in Bender's Big Score does make me laugh) and David Cross as Yivo.

As for the worst, I think Hank Aaron is by far the lamest guest star to appear on the show so far.
The biggest problem I have with The Simpsons' overuse of guest stars nowadays is that they keep casting people who can't act to save their lives. Hank Aaron turned out the worst performance in the show's history in my opinion and it wasn't helped that the episode is one of the weakest to date.
Pauly Shore was also pretty bad. His performance wasn't great and his role in the episode was completely unwarranted and unfunny. At least Hank Aaron was relevant to the plot. I'm also not a fan of Snoop Dogg in Into the Wild Green Yonder.
Aki

Professor
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« #180 : 06-17-2010 08:55 »

I agree with cyber turnip about Star Trek, the cast was just awesome. Leonard Nimoy is truly the best when he appears in both Futurama and The Simpsons.
TheSLIP

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« #181 : 06-17-2010 09:09 »

Worst Female: Sarah Silverman (not a fan of her anyway, and hated the character, whiny, just plain annoying))

I have to agree there.

As for best, it's hard to decide.  I think John Goodman definitely deserves a nod, as do the Star Trek folks, but there's been such a number.

The Beck episode is far from my favorite, but I think it fits well.

In a moment of forgetfulness, I wondered if Lucy Liu's appearance was an attempt to promote the Bond flick "Tomorrow Never Dies"...then I looked it up and realized that movie came out in '97....ah, mixing years up in childhood.
Aki

Professor
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« #182 : 06-17-2010 09:15 »

Worst Female: Sarah Silverman (not a fan of her anyway, and hated the character, whiny, just plain annoying))

What's wrong with Sarah Silverman? Sure, Michelle is whiny and annoying, but that's the point of the character.
TheSLIP

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« #183 : 06-17-2010 12:16 »

Worst Female: Sarah Silverman (not a fan of her anyway, and hated the character, whiny, just plain annoying))

What's wrong with Sarah Silverman? Sure, Michelle is whiny and annoying, but that's the point of the character.

Oh, no, I understand that that is how the character is, but I think the characters Sarah Silverman plays are always whiny and annoying.  I never cared much for her comedy either, hence my dislike.
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