Futurama has no bad episodes, but some stand out from the rest as the most classic, hilarious and sometimes even beautiful and breathtaking. The show has a lot of heart, and isn’t afraid to make you cry.
5. The Luck of the Fryrish- Speaking of Futurama‘s ability to make you cry, this episode is nothing short of a masterpiece, exploring the complex and competitive relationship between siblings. Just like The Simpsons has always been able to get away with social commentary, Futurama often really says something about matters of the heart. If you don’t tear up in the final moments of this episode, you don’t have one!
4. Godfellas- Another great thing about Futurama is its ability to ask, and even answer, some big philosophical questions while still being silly and strange. When Bender is set adrift in space, we see him both become a god and talk to what might be God (with a capitol G). “Godfellas” might make you feel oddly zen about existence.
3. Parasites Lost- This episode does its own version of the Fantastic Voyage trope in sci-fi. And as you can imagine, it does it in all the grossest ways possible. While we are seeing pretty much all of Fry’s bodily fluids, we are also learning a lesson about love and self-respect. Also, this episode features the line “I got nervous and started thinking about neck bolts.”
2. The Day the Earth Stood Stupid- If anything could beat the hilarity of “Parasites Lost,” it is “The Day the Earth Stood Stupid” which is side-splitting from start to finish. The enemy in this episode is stupidity, and the cure is reading! And somehow that doesn’t come across as preachy, but merely as pure levity.
1. Roswell That Ends Well- When Futurama answers the question of what happened in Roswell in the forties, you know it’s going to be good. “Roswell That Ends Well” episode won an Emmy, and the award is well-deserved. It also teaches us an important lesson about “doing the nasty in the past-y.”