The Best Episodes Directed by Peter Avanzino
#1 - Born to Be Wild
The Wild Thornberrys Season 1 - Episode 20
When Eliza sneaks out ahead of her parents in order to find a rare Sumatran rhino, she discovers that to expose his life would only lead extinction of the species. Now instead of taking the prized rhino to her parents, she must try to keep them from filming it. And the bad news is, Nigel's already on its trail!
#2 - Blood Sisters
The Wild Thornberrys Season 1 - Episode 12
With Nigel and Marianne off exploring bat caves, Eliza and Debbie are left at the ""eerie"" residence of colleague Dr. Renfield. Eliza becomes bent on spooking Debbie, but when her imagination gets the best of her the tables are slowly turned. By the time their parents return, the girls are convinced that the absent-minded Renfield is a vampire out to get them!
#6 - My Feral Lady
Duckman Season 4 - Episode 20
Duckman purchases a mail-order bride, from Tetzloff; however, she's really a jungle savage. With Cornfed's help, they attempt to civilize her a'la My Fair Lady. He asks for her hand in marriage on a ""Surprise Proposals"" episode of Leeza and things go awry when the flashbulbs go off.
#7 - Aged Heat 2: Women in Heat
Duckman Season 4 - Episode 3
Duckman is imprisoned for killing Fluffy and Uranus, again. However, he is accidentally sent to a women's prison. A dream of his comes true! In fact Duckman fits in quite well and becomes the star attraction in the warden's side business, a dance ring. Everything's going great until Suzy comes along.
#9 - Naimina Enkiyio
The Wild Thornberrys Season 1 - Episode 11
Challenging an ancient Maasai legend, Eliza marches into a ""haunted"" forest to prove her bravery. Now, with night falling, Eliza must place her trust in the mysterious legends of the Maasai in order to find her way safely through the dark forest.
#10 - Parasites Lost
Futurama Season 3 - Episode 4
When Fry becomes infested with parasitic worms that make him stronger and smarter, he finally finds the perfect way to profess his feelings to Leela. Meanwhile, the rest of the crew goes on a journey into Fry's body to eradicate the worms.
#11 - A Room With a Bellevue
Duckman Season 3 - Episode 6
Duckman gets placed in a mental institution after pleading temporary insanity to a charge of public ranting. He likes the strict regimentation of the institution (compared to the anarchy and choas of outside the institution) so much that he decides to have himself permanently commited. Cornfed comes to rescue Duckman from the institution, but is to late as he has already been given shock treatment. Luckily Cornfed has a book on brain surgery and gets Duckman back to 'normal'. [note: the original version of this episode has a small section where Duckman is being dragged through a room where some residents are being given a test, and Dr. Stein asks them about seeing Duckman and a question of time. For some strange reason this scene is usually cut.]
#12 - The Once and Future Duck
Duckman Season 3 - Episode 12
Ajax opens a rift in the time/space continuum with his clock radio. Duckman discovers from a future version of himself that his future hinges on Charles and Mambo's tuba recital. Unfortunately Duckman tries to use these visits from his future selves to make a his decisions and suddenly discover every little decision he makes has a big impact on his future.
#13 - Helen and Sue's High School Reunion
Sit Down, Shut Up Season 1 - Episode 10
When Larry plans Knob Haven High School's reunion, he persuades Alanis Morissette to attend so that Helen and Sue's all-girl band, the "Knob Girlzz," can reunite for a special performance. Meanwhile, Andrew plots revenge against Jose Canseco, Larry seeks his long lost mermaid love and Ennis tries to stop Happy from planning what he thinks is a terrorist attack.
#14 - Das Sub (a.k.a. Class Warfare)
Duckman Season 4 - Episode 26
Convicted of fraud, Duckman is sentenced to 5,000 hours of community service. He is sent to a dangerous inner-city high school, located a half a block from his house, where he becomes a substitute teacher and it turns out that his is the most ""Dangerous Mind.""
#16 - The Series Has Landed
Futurama Season 1 - Episode 2
After joining Planet Express, Fry, Bender, Farnsworth's assistant Amy and Captain Leela must deliver their first package to the moon. Fry imagines himself walking on the moon, but he finds out that there is an amusement park on the moon - Luna Park. While lowering the package, Amy drops the ship keys inside it. Fry is the only one who wants to walk on the real moon, so he goes with Leela on an educational trip, yet he goes off the road and they are now marooned on the moon with almost no oxygen. Amy and Bender discover that the key that fell inside a crane game machine. Bender is thrown out of the park after putting his hand inside the machine. Fry and Leela arrive at a farm in the middle of the moon where they have to work for oxygen. After Bender sleeps with one of the robo-daughters of the farmer, the farmer starts chasing Fry, Leela and Bender. Amy appears just in time to save them.
#17 - A Flight to Remember
Futurama Season 2 - Episode 1
The Planet Express crew take a space cruise vacation. Leela tells Captain Zapp Brannigan that Fry is his boyfriend and Amy tells the same thing to her parents. Bender falls in love with a rich female robot. Problems start when the spaceship approaches a black hole.
#20 - The Other Cousin
Drawn Together Season 1 - Episode 5
Clara's special cousin, Bleh, comes to visit the Drawn Together house, and Captain Hero bets Spanky that he'll sleep with her for 50 bucks. Meanwhile, Xandir, Toot, and Wooldoor enjoy the immense high that the fur of a depressed Ling-Ling can provide.
#21 - Miscarriage Return Policy
Shin Chan Season 2 - Episode 3
“Tot for Teacher?” – When Shin catches Miss Anderson shopping for baby clothes and Penny sees her at the lady parts doctor, the kids put two and two together and end up with… The completely wrong answer! They decide to be the first to congratulate their teacher, quickly spreading the dirty little secret around town. But they’d better hurry, in case she misses the baby carriage?!? “Nice Day for a Whitey Wedding” – Whitey’s got a girlfriend and Shin doesn’t want to hear the pitter patter of little feet. Since Mitzi says that happens when people are happily in love, the tyke decides to marry the pair… For no one’s unhappier than the hitched! But Whitey doesn’t care, he’s just hoping that if he’s fast enough, she’ll think it’s a dream. Let’s do it people-style! “Little Kids Drinking Beer!” – Warning: The makers of Shin chan do not endorse attempts at underage drinking. Hiro bought some beer off of e-bay and the kids are dying to get a taste, but Shin’s plans are foiled even before fully formed and the cheapskate doesn’t believe in spilling one for the homies… Or does he? Hima, it’s time for our night cap!
#22 - Fear of a Bot Planet
Futurama Season 1 - Episode 5
At Madison Cube Garden watching a blernsball game, Bender complains about the poor treatment of robots. They're only there to clean up, polish the balls or water the fields. They never get any respect. Later, Bender must deliver a package to a planet inhabited by murderous robots that kill humans on sight. He discovers a robotopia - a land where the robot is king! However, when Leela and Fry are captured, Bender must choose between protecting his celebrity status or saving his friends.
#23 - Crimes of the Hot
Futurama Season 5 - Episode 1
The rapid increase in global warming is traced to a ventilation flaw that Professor Farnsworth failed to correct in his first robot prototype. As a result, all robots are ordered to be destroyed, but Bender refuses to go without a fight.
#25 - Dances with Dingoes
The Wild Thornberrys Season 2 - Episode 18
Debbie discovers Eliza ""talking"" to dingoes and threatens to tell her parents. Eliza, concerned about the possibility of being shipped back to the United States as a science experiment, seeks help from nearby Aborigines. Together they confuse Debbie into thinking it was just a bad dream.
#26 - Spanish Fry
Futurama Season 5 - Episode 12
Fry is abducted by aliens, who harvest his nose as an aphrodisiac. The crew traces Fry's missing nose to Lrrr, leader of the Omicronians, who decides that Fry's "lower horn" would be a much better aphrodisiac to jump start his stagnant marriage with Ndnd.
#28 - Double Fried Flavor!
Shin Chan Season 2 - Episode 1
“The Drinky Hiro Show!” – It’s after hours and Hiro’s home… Drunk! After amusing himself with his sleeping family, the wasted wastrel decides it’s time for a midnight snack. Mmm! Steak pancakes! Alerted by the danger to his food supply, Shin is soon drafted in the cause. Gross quickly dissolves into disgusting. Hiro, that smear better be chocolate mashed potatoes! “Trading Faces!” – Take one worn out mother and add one boy, desperately dashing for the potty, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster! Shin and Mitzi find their roles reversed… Literally! And their first problem: Plumbing! You’re sure you know how to use that thing, Mom? Hmm, it can’t be that hard! Uh oh, Shin, I need you to breastfeed your little sister! “Trading Faces! Part 2!” – Things only get weirder as Hiro comes home… This is not what was meant by role playing! Hima’s not the only one freaked out as Mitzi/Shin cares for her/his daughter/sister at school, while back at the house Shin/Mitzi is getting busy stuffing face. Boy, this is getting confusing! And when Shin/Mitzi leaves the house against orders, embarrassment will be redefined for the neighborhood!
#29 - From Brad to Worse
Duckman Season 4 - Episode 5
Duckman finds an old high school classmate who's been homeless due to something Duckman did to him 20 years ago. Duckman's attempts to help only make things worse.
#30 - Ajax and Ajaxer
Duckman Season 4 - Episode 8
Duckman and Cornfed are hired to perform surveillance on a laboratory that is performing experiments on intelligence formulas. Cornfed accidentally swallows a ""Get Dumb"" formula, that falls in with the plans of the scientist who created it. If Cornfed gets cured, will Ajax lose his first true friend?
#31 - Lost In Parking Space (1)
Drawn Together Season 3 - Episode 7
Clara annoys her housemates by preaching about the upcoming rapture. When her housemates head off to the mall, Clara mistakenly thinks they've been taken off to heaven. In the mean time, the other housemates get themselves trapped in a compact parking space in the mall with little or no means of escape.
#33 - Super Nanny
Drawn Together Season 2 - Episode 7
Upon seeing the reality TV show Super Nanny, Captain Hero purposefully acts bad so he can summon Super Nanny and challenge her once and for all, because he thinks anything called super is a challenge to him. Meanwhile, Ling-Ling tries to get his driver's license. When he fails miserably, Wooldoor helps him become more "Americanized" so he can pass.
#34 - Your IQ's Like 5, Right?
Shin Chan Season 1 - Episode 23
“Mom’s Supervillain Super Crush!” - While watching "Action Bastard", Mitzi falls for The Deflowerer! A girl's first supervillain crush always hurts the worst. “Girls Just Wanna Have Husbands” - Penny and Ai fighting for Shin's hand in marriage on the playground? That's a lot of pretend tampons to buy in the middle of the night. “Melvin’s Coming to Dinner” - A category 12 typhoon looms and the Nohara family is whipped into an emergency preparedness frenzy.
#35 - Duckman and Cornfed in 'Haunted Society Plumbers'
Duckman Season 4 - Episode 14
Duckman and Cornfed become plumbers and their first job takes them to a society gathering in a mansion. While not doing his job, Duckman discovers that the cursed ""Sharon Stone"" is missing; he and Cornfed try to recover the diamond before the hostess discovers the theft. After the diamond is revealed to be missing, its curse comes into play and traps them in the mansion.
#36 - Gratuitous Child Nudity
Shin Chan Season 1 - Episode 20
"Bed, Bath and Pooed On!" - Hiro returns home from another ball-bustin' day of work, but the busting's far from over! Charged with overseeing the weekly bath night, he's gonna be hard pressed as Hima makes a break for it. The culprit caught and all three incarcerated, the family relaxes in Mitzi's absence and shares in a little potty humor… But some potty's not so funny! "Planet of the Dogs!" - Unaware that he's drawn intergalactic interest, Shin's mistreatment of Whitey is about to turn against him! Abduction takes a twist as the misdemeanant minor finds himself in the custody of extraterrestrial curs, answerable for his crimes against dogkind. It's a weird feeling at first, being a pet… Threatened with euthanasia, Shin's four-legged friend proves his only comfort! "Planet of the Dogs 2: Holy Shih Tzu!" - Shin and Whitey are set to escape when they learn of their new master's plan to take over the canine-infested planet… Snoop Doggy, Doggy style! Their freedom foiled by Shin's stomach, the big dogs are sicced on the ugly pink raisin and his British-breed cohort as they flee to the castle. But when the guards are overpowered, Shin's olfactory overload might be their last hope!
#37 - The Girls of 34C
Shin Chan Season 1 - Episode 18
"Break Yo Mama's Back" - In her search for pleasure, Mitzi finds only pain! Throwing out her back before the chores are done, she's throwing in the towel… Or maybe not. Her apprentice Summer has come over to play house, now if only they can play nice! Incompetent even by teen mother standards, the young homemaker may just unmake Mitzi. It's a good thing sleeping pills work wonders! "Hellion Crawler Baby" - Ignored as Mitzi settles in for her morning soaps, Hima turns hell cat and decides to redistribute the family funds. The toddling tyke's really been acting up lately! At wit's end trying to stay a step ahead, Mitzi's beginning to think it's hopeless. Shin's demon seems to have found a new home… Or replicated! This calls for drastic measures! "Guess Who's Slumming to Dinner" - Aged beef and semi-fresh veggies - It's dinner à la ebay! And not just any dinner… The Noharas are escaping this hell hole at last! But they'll have to move quickly and tread soft, for if their "friends" catch wind they'll want a taste of the action. Giving neighbors milk, sugar or tampons is one thing, but sharing the beef is going too far!
#38 - The Emperor’s Love
Shin Chan Season 2 - Episode 11
“The Boy Scouts of Japan” – While out in search of aliens, extraterrestrial or illegal, the gang comes across an even stranger phenomenon… The Imperial Scouts of Japan! “The Not-So-Last Temptation of Hiro” – When Hiro unintentionally rescues a woman from a pervert on the train, it’s an instant commuter romance… “Cupid’s a Slut!” – When Penny recruits Shin to deliver her tokens of love… Warning: Those offended by classical Greek love, please look away!
#39 - Gratuitous Grandparent Nudity
Shin Chan Season 1 - Episode 26
"The Grandfathers Part I" - It's a battle of wills between Shin's Grandpas. One is more zany. The other is more reserved. Both… smell like old people. "The Grandfathers Part II" - Which of Shin's Grandpas can be more doting? The duel between the doddering duo continues. So does the old man nudity. "The Grandfathers Part... Sofia Coppola Can't Act" - Awkward moments continue between the dueling Grandpas. Only a life and death encounter with Shin's butt can finally bring them together.