Futurama: Season 1 (1999)


Season 1

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Good news, everyone! Futurama is an inventive, funny, and sometimes affecting look at the world of tomorrow.



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Air date: Mar 28, 1999

On December 31, 1999, deadbeat pizza delivery boy Fry (voice of Billy West) gets accidentally cryogenically frozen until the year 3000. When he emerges, cyclops alien Leela (voice of Katey Sagal) is ordered to implant a chip in his hand for a life assignment. When he finds out that he's ordered to be a delivery boy again, he escapes. He is rightfully baffled by the future world and mistakes a suicide booth for a phone booth, where he meets the lovably debauched robot, Bender (voice of John DiMaggio). Fry and Bender go underground to the ruins of old New York, but Leela catches up with them. When Fry gives himself up, Leela decides to take out her life assignment chip and join them. They find Fry's only living relative, Professor Farnsworth (voice of Billy West), and get new jobs making deliveries with the Planet Express company in the Professor's space ship.

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Air date: Apr 4, 1999

Fry, Leela, and Bender meet the rest of the Planet Express crew: boss man Hermes Conrad (voice of Phil LaMarr), intern Amy Wong (voice of Lauren Tom), and doctor John Zoidberg (voice of Billy West). With Leela as their captain, the first assignment is a delivery to the moon. Fry is really excited about his first trip to the moon, but everyone else thinks it's no big deal. The only thing on the moon is a big amusement park called Luna Park and it's all very commercial. They go on some carnival rides after they make the delivery, and Amy loses the keys to the ship. Leela and Fry take off on a rover ride to explore the other parts of the moon's surface away from the tourist traps. After hiding out at an oxygen farm, Amy rescues them.

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Air date: Apr 6, 1999

Everyone in the Planet Express offices is tired of sloppy Fry hanging around all the time and making messes. He tries to stay at Bender's place in Robot Arms Apartments, but it doesn't work out. He makes Bender look for a better apartment but his robotic characteristics keep ruining things. After a slight reenactment of The Odd Couple, Fry ends up living in the closet.

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Air date: Apr 13, 1999

While trying to save the animals on the dying planet Vergon 6, the Planet Express crew meet arrogant Zapp Brannigan (voice of Billy West), captain of the Nimbus. He tries to seduce Leela by taking her to his bedroom (called "the Lovenasium") while Fry and Bender go to jail. After spending a night with Zapp, Leela is disgusted and leaves with Fry and Bender. Zapp's underling Kif Kroker (voice of Maurice LaMarche) becomes Amy's boyfriend. They save all the animals on Vergon 6, where Leela meets her new pet, Nibbler.

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Air date: Apr 20, 1999

During a "blernsball" game, Bender gets upset about the mistreatment of robots, while Fry struggles to understand the rules of blernsball. The Planet Express crew gets a delivery request to Chapek 9, a planet ran by robots where humans are routinely killed. Bender tries to get out of it by claiming it's the robot holiday of Robannukah. He makes the delivery anyway, but he gets busted for working for humans. In order to save him, Fry and Leela dress up like robots and find Bender in a robot adult bookstore. The planet's rulers capture Fry and Leela, while Bender is ordered to kill them. The rulers eventually agree that humans are harmless, and killing them is only a way to distract the robot population from their real problems.

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Air date: Apr 27, 1999

Fry has a dream with a commercial in it, and everyone develops a strange urge to go shopping. Bender gets arrested for shoplifting, but the crew doesn't have enough money to bail him out of jail. Fry decides to look up his old bank account, which has since accrued billions of dollars in interest over the last thousand years. He spends his money frivolously and goes to a 20th century-style auction. He bids on a can of extinct anchovies and wins over the corporate tycoon Mom (voice of Tress MacNeille), known as "the world's most huggable industrialist." Needing the anchovy oil to run her robot oil business, Mom comes up with a scam to rob Fry by making him think it's really the year 2000. Pamela Anderson guest stars.

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Air date: May 4, 1999

When Hermes threatens to stop paying him if he doesn't get to work, Bender becomes the ship's cook. The crew has to make a delivery on Trisol 3 in the Galaxy of Terror. When Fry has to walk through the heat of the three suns in order to deliver a package, he gets thirsty and drinks a strange blue liquid. The liquid turns out to be the leader of a race of liquid aliens who make Fry their new leader and force him to recite an oath. That evening, the leader in Fry's stomach commands that they kill Fry in order to get him out. Leela comes up with a plan to beat him up until he cries, thereby draining out the liquid alien leader.

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Air date: May 11, 1999

Professor Farnsworth submits his Death Clock in the Academy of Inventors ceremony, but his old rival Wernstrom tells him that he already submitted it last year. The Professor quickly comes up with another invention called the Smell-O-Scope, a device which can smell any object in space. He doesn't win any awards, but he builds it anyway. Fry uses the Smell-O-Scope to detect a big piece of garbage left over from the 20th century. It seems to be hurling through space and headed right for New York City. The Professor comes up with an idea to knock out the garbage ball with another big piece of garbage. Since the year 3000 is trashless, it's up to Fry to teach the crew about the value of throwing things away. Ron Popeil guest stars.

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Air date: May 18, 1999

Bender becomes addicted to jolts of electricity at a "jacking-on" party. He goes on a jolt spree and almost kills the rest of the crew. A robot priest offers him the Good Book 3.0 and he kicks his addiction by finding religion. Fry and Leela want the old Bender back, so they take him out for a night of corruption and he ends up paying for his sins in robot hell. In the tradition of the song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," Fry and Leela try to win back his soul by battling the robot devil Beelzebot (voice of Dan Castellaneta) in a fiddle contest.

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The first series of this sharply satiric animated comedy cocreated by Matt Groening ("Simpsons") begins with pizza delivery boy Philip J. Fry (voice of Billy West) accidently falling into a cryogenic freezer on New Year's Eve 1999 and waking up exactly 1,000 years later. He, one-eyed Leela (voice of Katey Sagal) and alcoholic robot Bender (voice of John DiMaggio) become the crew of the intergalactic delivery service Planet Express in the 31st century. Their adventures include making a delivery to an amusement park on the moon, rescuing animals on the planet Vergon 6, and escaping from Chapek 9, a planet inhabited by human-hating robots.

Critic Reviews for Futurama Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (12)

But what makes this show sublime is how it takes pride in courting a little-served audience - the uber nerds - with involved references to math and science.

Jul 5, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's not quite the revelation that The Simpsons was, but Futurama contains enough inventiveness and heart to make it a worthy follow-up.

May 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Episode 7: While making a delivery to a planet of liquid beings Fry accidentally drinks the Emperor. Drinking the Emperor? I'd say the future of Futurama is pretty secure.

Dec 7, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It has taken Matt Groening a full decade to create a followup series to his reliably riotous series, The Simpsons, but his new effort which is called Futurama and premieres on the same network this Sunday is worth the wait.

Oct 25, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The most interesting thing about Fox's latest animated show, "Futurama," is that it's not very interesting.

Apr 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Maybe "subversive" isn't the write word to describe the ending after all. The show's writers aren't trying to change the way people approach the medium. They're just finding humor by acknowledging truths that typically go unspoken.

Apr 19, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

But for the dog episode alone, Futurama is an all-timer-and President Richard Milhous Nixon's pickled head in a jar elevates it into cynical, sharp art.

Aug 31, 2018 | Full Review…

It's now rightly recognized as one of the best animated comedies ever.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Jokes are funny, ironies are ironic, and all of the peripheral details offer bonus laughs -- even book covers, signs, newspaper headlines, and other bits of media featured in the background carry witticisms.

Apr 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I decided to embrace this show when Richard Nixon's disembodied head bit Fry on the arm.

Dec 7, 2017 | Full Review…

Futurama had it going on early. Not only does it look great, but the characters are well developed, the writing is solid and the jokes are funny.

Nov 1, 2017 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

"The Late Philip J. Fry" perfectly combined the best aspects of "Futurama": great sci-fi comedy and heart-rending emotions.

Sep 27, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Futurama: Season 1

  • Jan 05, 2020
    Obviously an iconic show like this is absolutely amazing and gives us the best
  • Nov 03, 2019
    It's simply my favorite TV show of all time. Check it out if you like sci-fi and comedy.
  • Sep 12, 2019
    Good start to a hilarious show.
  • Nov 28, 2018
    My favorite show of all time!!
  • Sep 28, 2018
    It was really enjoyable first season for a show but I wouldn’t make up my mind after the first episode especially since it’s the one episode that knows what it wants to do but doesn’t know how to do it I personally love this show more than the Simpsons it’s just really compelling and you don’t know what to expect and I think it was a solid first season
  • Sep 07, 2018
    The show gets off to a solid first season, including giving us one of the better versions of hell involving a musical number.
  • May 18, 2018
    It's like if The simpsons met Star Wars, and it is glorious.
  • Jan 07, 2018
    Futurama season 1 is a great with some interesting episodes that got me hook on the series. I don't think there is an episode in season 1 that isn't at least somewhat memorable to a fan like me
  • Aug 25, 2016
    Every Season In This show is brilliant!
  • May 26, 2015
    The aspects that make Matt Groening's second animated series so great, is that it's just so broad yet compact.

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