Editor's note: This feature is in honor of the "Futurama" series finale, airing Sept. 4 at 10/9c. Coverage blasts off with "Futurama Live!" -- a pre and post-show live-stream chat with creator Matt Groening and executive producer David X. Cohen at 9:30 EST/6:30 PST, and following the finale at 10:30 EST/7:30 PST. It will stream on Comedy Central's "Futurama" page.
As discussed in the past, the Matt Groening series "Futurama" is one that not only tickles your funny bone, but can also occasionally play your heartstrings like a fiddle. Being that "Futurama" is coming to an end this Wednesday, September 4th on Comedy Central, we figured it was time to pick the ten episodes of the series that made us laugh the most. It wasn't easy, and there is sure to be some disagreement, but fans would hopefully agree that these were some of the series' best in terms of comedy gold. And for those who have never seen the show, these episodes would be a good place to start. Click ahead for the top ten most hilarious episodes of "Futurama."
No. 10 - "The Prisoner of Benda" (Season 6, Episode 10)
One thing fans and casual viewers of "Futurama" pick up right away no matter what episode they watch is that while it can be extremely hilarious, it is also very smart in a scientific sense. This episode is arguably the best of both worlds, as it dealt with the crew of the Planet Express switching bodies with each other, only to discover they couldn't switch back without involving a third person. The process of everyone getting back into their original bodies was so complicated, it actually required episode writer Ken Keeler to formulate and incorporate a mathematical theorem into the plot to solve the crisis. How many animated TV shows can say that?
Funniest Moment: Scruffy and his wash bucket (inside the body of Amy) share a tender moment.
No. 9 - "Insane in the Mainframe" (Season 3, Episode 12)
To love this show, you simply have to be a fan of its main character, Fry. And this is one of his finer comedic outings, as he is forced to plead insanity on a bank robbery case he was framed for, and ends up in an insane asylum for robots due to overcrowding in the human asylums. This ends up driving him mad, eventually causing him to believe he is actually a robot himself.
Funniest Moment: Fry meets Malfunctioning Eddie for the (technically) second time.
No. 8 - "Space Pilot 3000" (Season 1, Episode 1)
This pick may be a bit debatable, considering the fact that there are probably way more than ten episodes that fans would consider funnier than the pilot. However, we had to factor in the fact that it is still one of the most quotable of the series, and is without a doubt among the best pilots out there in terms of establishing the show and its characters while not getting bogged down with story, keeping the jokes coming at breakneck speed.
Funniest Moment: When Bender puts his arms back on after they have fallen off from bending the barred up window.
No. 7 - "Murder on the Planet Express" (Season 7, Episode 24)
As you will be able to tell from this list, many of the later season episodes of "Futurama" (post-revival) pale in comparison to the days before its original cancellation. However, an episode like "Murder on the Planet Express," which centers around the crew being gradually picked off by a shape-shifting monster, is sure to go down as a classic. Not only is it the funniest episode since the show's move to Comedy Central, but also had one of the biggest surprise endings the show has ever done, both in terms of being shocking, and hilarious.
Funniest Moment: The introduction of "Frender."
No. 6 - "Put Your Head on My Shoulders" (Season 2, Episode 10)
Exploring relationships between characters who normally don't have much interaction can make for great comedy if done right. For instance, in "Put Your Head on My Shoulders," Fry begins to date Amy after Leela gives him the shaft, and hilarity ensures. Of course, this being "Futurama," eventually Fry ends up with his head being sewn onto Amy's body after a tragic accident, which only makes things funnier, especially when Fry gets the brilliant idea to break up with Amy while still attached.
Funniest Moment: When Fry realizes that Amy's date is trying to convince her to come home with him while Fry is still attached to her shoulder, you should already be laughing pretty heavily by the time the slo-mo "NOOOOOOO!" takes place.
No. 5 - "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" (Season 4, Episode 12)
This episode has everything, and we mean EVERYTHING, a sci-fi nerd could ask for. By that, of course we mean that it had all of the actors from the original '60s "Star Trek" series (minus the guys who played Scotty and McCoy) playing themselves in an adventure that had them interacting with the Planet Express crew while trying to escape the clutches of a cosmic nerd. While fans of "Star Trek" were the target audience for this episode, it wasn't necessary to know all the references to enjoy.
Funniest Moment: William Shatner singing a karaoke version of "The Real Slim Shady" should just about do it.
No. 4 - "Fry and the Slurm Factory" (Season 2, Episode 4)
This one is considered one of the classics for a reason. Not only do you get a superb parody of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" here, but there are enough side characters introduced in this episode to fill an entire Slurm warehouse. One of those side characters, Slurms McKenzie, was so effective and hilarious, he has gone down as one of the best "Futurama" side characters, even though this is his only appearance.
Funniest Moment: The sight of Fry and Bender holding the Professor's F-Ray in their hands while giggling menacingly to each other is always good for a laugh.
No. 3 - "Less Than Hero" (Season 5, Episode 6)
A sure-fire way for a superhero story to also be hilarious has always been for said superheroes to be completely inept at their jobs. Therefore, giving Fry and Leela superpowers and teaming them up with Bender, easily the most crooked of all the cast, is a recipe for success. The fact that the three of them go from masked vigilantes to museum robbers in the span of one 30-minute episode should tell you the kind of story you are in for here, without ruining any of the outstanding jokes and gags in between.
Funniest Moment: Fry and Leela getting mugged, which leads to them discovering their newfound abilities, is the show in top form. To be fair, if we were being held at gunpoint, we'd probably be so nervous that we'd begin taking off our pants, too.
No. 2 - "Anthology of Interest I" (Season 2, Episode 20)
"Anthology of Interest I" set the standard for the series' anthology-structured episodes so well that they were actually never able to top it. The fact that "Futurama" is set 1000 years in the future already gives it nearly limitless potential for outlandish storylines, as long as they don't involve killing the characters. However, with the introduction of the Professor's "What If" machine, even that limitation was lifted, and the result was among the funniest episodes the show has ever done, with each segment hitting its mark while never focusing too heavily on one character, even if that was who the story was about.
Funniest Moment: Fry's random acts of impulsiveness which set off the second story, "Dial 'L' fir Leela," are simply impossible not to laugh at, especially once Bender chimes in to cheer him on.
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No. 1 - "Roswell That Ends Well" (Season 4, Episode 1)
For those unfamiliar with this Emmy Award-winning episode, try to imagine a story premise where the main character, through a series of time travel related events, winds up becoming his own grandfather. It sounds disgusting, and trust us - it is, but it is executed to such perfection here that you are too busy laughing your butt off to mind the absurdity of it all. No other show could pull off such a feat in such a hilarious fashion, and that's why it's at the tip-top of our list. Plus, time travel is what "Futurama" does best.
Funniest Moment: When you realize that Fry has just done the thing that everyone warned him not to do, and all while trying his best not to do it.