While a good deal of well deserved praise is often lauded on Matt Groening’s first animated endeavor, The Simpsons, it’s a poorly kept secret that his second animated endeavor, Futurama, is also one of the most acclaimed cartoon series of all time. Futurama, which ran on both Fox and Comedy Central during it’s time on-air, had characters voiced by Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio and others, and told the story of Philip J. Fry, a boorish pizza delivery man who is accidentally frozen for one thousand years only to be awakened to a strange and often hilarious future. With his trusty best friend (a robot named Bender), a single-eyed love interest named Leela and a whole crew of odd aliens, Fry continues to navigate the future in the most interesting and absurd way possible. It’s a very funny show that also manages to mix in Groening’s signature heart and social commentary, and it’s this glorious combination of elements that left us feeling as though we ought to highlight the 10 Best Episodes of Futurama. Here they are.
10. A Fishful of Dollars (Season 1, Episode 6)
A thousand years is a long time to be frozen, and in “A Fishful of Dollars”, the sixth episode of Futurama’s first season, Fry quickly finds out that while he’s been frozen for quite a while, his bank account hasn’t been; apparently, the 93 cents Fry had in his savings when he was frozen has accrued significant compound interest over the years, and he’s now rich beyond his wildest dreams (to the tune of 4.3 billion dollars). Of course, what is money if you can’t buy long lost and extremely rare items? With his new found fortune, Fry sets his sights on buying the very last can of anchovies (they’ve long since gone extinct), but with a small hiccup along the way; the world’s leading robot manufacturer would also like the anchovies, as their oil represents a way to permanently lubricate robots (thus representing a huge threat to the business). It’s a funny set up made all the more hilarious by watching Fry accumulate significant 20th century artifacts (at one point, he buys Ted Danson’s skeleton).http://www.cc.com/episodes/28ykyd/futurama-a-fishful-of-dollars-season-1-ep-106 Via cc.com