The Best Episodes of Futurama

Last Updated: Aug 18, 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.

Directors: Peter Avanzino
star 8.63
1,350 votes
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 8.38
689 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.

Directors: Peter Avanzino
star 8.33
1,007 votes
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.

Directors: Chris Louden
star 8.27
680 votes
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.

Directors: Brian Sheesley
star 8.25
578 votes
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.

Directors: Ron Hughart
star 8.25
649 votes
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.

Directors: Rich Moore
star 8.23
554 votes
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.

Directors: Susie Dietter
star 8.17
678 votes
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.

Directors: Raymie Muzquiz
star 8.15
736 votes
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 8.12
1,880 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.

Directors: Peter Avanzino
star 8.12
819 votes
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.

Directors: Wesley Archer
star 8.10
585 votes
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.

Directors: Frank Marino
star 8.07
1,087 votes
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.

Directors: Edmund Fong
star 8.07
1,100 votes
Writers: Michael Rowe
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The Day the Earth Stood Stupid

#15 - 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.

Directors: Mark Ervin
star 8.04
708 votes
Writers: Jeff Westbrook
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Time Keeps on Slipping

#16 - 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.

Directors: Chris Louden
star 8.03
641 votes
Writers: Ken Keeler
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Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles

#17 - 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.

Directors: Bret Haaland
star 8.02
567 votes
Writers: Jeff Westbrook
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Leela's Homeworld

#18 - 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.

Directors: Mark Ervin
star 8.02
624 votes
Writers: Kristin Gore
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Fun on a Bun

#19 - 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 8.02
1,044 votes
Writers: Dan Vebber
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Fry and Leela's Big Fling

#20 - 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.

Directors: Edmund Fong
star 8.02
1,069 votes
Writers: Eric Rogers
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Cold Warriors

#21 - Cold Warriors

Season 6 - Episode 24

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

star 8.02
691 votes
Writers: Dan Vebber
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Roswell That Ends Well

#22 - 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.

Directors: Rich Moore
star 8.01
787 votes
Writers: J. Stewart Burns
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Amazon Women in the Mood

#23 - 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".

Directors: Brian Sheesley
star 8.00
751 votes
Writers: Lewis Morton
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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 7.99
763 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.

Directors: Pat Shinagawa
star 7.98
578 votes
Writers: David A. Goodman
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