The Best Episodes of Futurama

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2018

A late 20th-century New York City pizza delivery boy, Philip J. Fry, after being unwittingly cryogenically frozen for one thousand years, finds employment at Planet Express, an interplanetary delivery company in the 31st century.

Meanwhile

#1 - Meanwhile

Season 7 - Episode 26

Professor Farnsworth invents a button that can take a person 10 seconds back in time, inadvertently causing major consequences.

star 8.63
1,368 votes
Directors: Peter Avanzino
Writers: Ken Keeler
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Jurassic Bark

#2 - Jurassic Bark

Season 5 - Episode 2

Fry discovers his dog Seymour is being exhibited in a museum as a fossil, and takes it to Professor Farnsworth's lab to be revived. However, Bender is displeased with the lack of attention he has been receiving and becomes increasingly jealous of Seymour's fossil.

star 8.37
711 votes
Writers: Eric Kaplan
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The Late Philip J. Fry

#3 - The Late Philip J. Fry

Season 6 - Episode 7

The Professor invents a one-way time machine. He, Fry and Bender go forward 1,000 years accidentally, and keep traveling forward in time until a backwards time machine has been invented.

star 8.33
1,034 votes
Directors: Peter Avanzino
Writers: Lewis Morton
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The Luck of the Fryrish

#4 - The Luck of the Fryrish

Season 3 - Episode 10

After a string of bad luck, Fry ventures into the decaying ruins of Old New York to regain his lucky seven-leaf clover from his childhood, only to find that his brother Yancy Fry had stolen not only the clover, but Fry's identity as well. Fry sets out to exhume his brother's body, but discovers the startling truth about Yancy instead.

star 8.25
707 votes
Directors: Chris Louden
Writers: Ron Weiner
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The Sting

#5 - The Sting

Season 5 - Episode 9

A mission to collect honey from deadly space bees apparently leads to Fry's sting-induced death. Leela is wracked with remorse, until Fry visits her in her dreams. As Leela's hallucinations intensify, she begins to suspect that she might be going crazy.

star 8.24
601 votes
Directors: Brian Sheesley
Writers: Patric M. Verrone
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The Farnsworth Parabox

#6 - The Farnsworth Parabox

Season 5 - Episode 10

Professor Farnsworth forbids the crew to look inside a mysterious box. Leela can't resist taking a peek, discovering the box to be a gateway to a parallel universe.

star 8.24
673 votes
Directors: Ron Hughart
Writers: Bill Odenkirk
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The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings

#7 - The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings

Season 5 - Episode 16

Desperate to learn how to play the holophonor in order to impress Leela, Fry swaps hands with the Robot Devil. He goes on to become a skilled holophonor player, winning Leela's heart and penning an opera about her life story, but the Robot Devil still has a trick or two up his sleeve.

star 8.21
581 votes
Directors: Rich Moore
Writers: Ken Keeler
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Godfellas

#8 - Godfellas

Season 4 - Episode 8

Bender is accidentally shot out of the ship's torpedo tube and becomes lost in space. Floating through the ethereal darkness, Bender becomes inhabited with tiny alien life forms, but has trouble playing God to their unyielding prayers.

star 8.14
704 votes
Directors: Susie Dietter
Writers: Ken Keeler
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Overclockwise

#9 - Overclockwise

Season 6 - Episode 25

Bender is overclocked, gradually becoming more powerful in computing ability, until eventually becoming omniscient and able to foresee events in the future.

star 8.12
758 votes
Directors: Raymie Muzquiz
Writers: Ken Keeler
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Space Pilot 3000

#10 - Space Pilot 3000

Season 1 - Episode 1

Fry, a 20th-century New-York pizza delivery boy receives a prank call and is frozen in a capsule and wakes up in year 2999. He meets an alien named Leela that wants to assign his permanent career... delivery boy. Fry refuses, so he escapes. He then meets Bender, a robot who likes to drink and has suicidal tendencies. Together, they start running away from Leela, arriving to the ruins of old New York. Leela finds them, but instead of inserting the permanent chip on Fry, she removes her own. All three go to Prof. Hubert Farnsworth's house, Fry's only living relative, becoming his new space crew.

star 8.11
1,940 votes
Writers: Matt Groening, David X. Cohen
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Parasites Lost

#11 - Parasites Lost

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.

star 8.10
846 votes
Directors: Peter Avanzino
Writers: Eric Kaplan
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The Why of Fry

#12 - The Why of Fry

Season 5 - Episode 8

Still unable to impress Leela, Fry sadly suspects that he has no importance in life - until Nibbler takes him on a mission to prevent the brains from destroying the universe. In the process, Fry learns what really happened when he was cryogenically frozen on December 31, 1999.

star 8.09
606 votes
Directors: Wesley Archer
Writers: David X. Cohen
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Murder on the Planet Express

#13 - Murder on the Planet Express

Season 7 - Episode 24

During a team-building exercise, the crew get trapped aboard the Planet Express ship with a horrific alien creature.

star 8.07
1,107 votes
Directors: Frank Marino
Writers: Lewis Morton
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Game of Tones

#14 - Game of Tones

Season 7 - Episode 23

The Planet Express crew journeys into Fry's dreams to pull off a mission in the year 1999.

star 8.05
1,119 votes
Directors: Edmund Fong
Writers: Michael Rowe
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Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles

#15 - Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles

Season 5 - Episode 7

The crew's attempts to de-age Professor Farnsworth result in everyone returning to their more youthful stages. While Farnsworth seeks out a way to re-age the crew, the newly-teenaged Leela takes the opportunity to experience the parental childhood she never had.

star 8.01
593 votes
Directors: Bret Haaland
Writers: Jeff Westbrook
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The Day the Earth Stood Stupid

#16 - The Day the Earth Stood Stupid

Season 3 - Episode 7

Earth is invaded by super-intelligent flying brains, who sap the Earth's populace of their intelligence. Leela is taken to Nibbler's home planet Eternia, where the Nibblonians explain that only one human is immune to the brains' powers - Fry.

star 8.01
735 votes
Directors: Mark Ervin
Writers: Jeff Westbrook
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Cold Warriors

#17 - Cold Warriors

Season 6 - Episode 24

Fry inadvertently reintroduces the common cold to the 31st century.

star 8.01
707 votes
Writers: Dan Vebber
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Fry and Leela's Big Fling

#18 - Fry and Leela's Big Fling

Season 7 - Episode 15

Fry and Leela's romantic getaway goes awry when their vacation spot turns out to be an alien zoo.

star 8.01
1,086 votes
Directors: Edmund Fong
Writers: Eric Rogers
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Amazon Women in the Mood

#19 - Amazon Women in the Mood

Season 3 - Episode 5

A double-date for Kif, Amy, Zapp, and Leela ends in disaster when their orbiting restaurant crashes on planet Amazonia. The hulking female inhabitants of the planet take their male captives to the omniscient Femputer, who orders Fry, Zapp, and Kif to death by "snu-snu".

star 8.01
781 votes
Directors: Brian Sheesley
Writers: Lewis Morton
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Leela's Homeworld

#20 - Leela's Homeworld

Season 4 - Episode 5

When Bender disposes nuclear waste in the sewers, the angry mutants drag him, Fry, and Leela down to the depths to be mutated. As they attempt to escape, Leela makes an incredible discovery about her true heritage, finally meeting her parents for the first time.

star 8.01
642 votes
Directors: Mark Ervin
Writers: Kristin Gore
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Fun on a Bun

#21 - Fun on a Bun

Season 7 - Episode 8

Fry is the victim of a sausage-making accident during the crew's visit to Oktoberfest.

star 8.00
1,062 votes
Writers: Dan Vebber
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Time Keeps on Slipping

#22 - Time Keeps on Slipping

Season 3 - Episode 14

While creating a team of mutants to play the Harlem Globetrotters, the Professor accidentally causes a disruption in time that threatens the existence of the universe. Meanwhile, Fry tries to win an unreceptive Leela's heart.

star 8.00
659 votes
Directors: Chris Louden
Writers: Ken Keeler
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Roswell That Ends Well

#23 - Roswell That Ends Well

Season 4 - Episode 1

The combined explosions of a supernova and Fry putting metal in the microwave hurtle the Planet Express crew back in time to 1947. They land at Roswell, New Mexico, where a shattered Bender is mistaken for UFO debris, Zoidberg is taken in for an alien autopsy, and Fry accidentally kills his grandfather, Enis, in a nuclear explosion.

star 8.00
814 votes
Directors: Rich Moore
Writers: J. Stewart Burns
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Law and Oracle

#24 - Law and Oracle

Season 6 - Episode 17

Fed up with his go-nowhere job, Fry joins the police force.

star 7.98
787 votes
Writers: Josh Weinstein
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Where No Fan Has Gone Before

#25 - Where No Fan Has Gone Before

Season 4 - Episode 12

Fry leads the crew on a quest across the galaxy to regain the forbidden 79 episodes of "Star Trek: The Original Series", where they encounter the original cast of the show - as well as their captor, an obsessive energy being named Melllvar.

star 7.97
604 votes
Directors: Pat Shinagawa
Writers: David A. Goodman
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