As I explained in my Sci-Fi Month intro post, Futurama was possibly the first piece of sci-fi that I'd ever seen at the tender age of probably too young to really be watching Futurama. Seriously, I was going around saying "bite my shiny metal ass" before I was old enough to really know what Bender was saying. Out of all of the sci-fi shows that I've watched, Futurama is the one that has stuck with me the most. Even now I still quote the show constantly and will more than likely watch reruns on TV as well as on DVD. Unless Sky1 has decided to show the movies in a million parts for the hundredth time this decade... I'm not too fussed about the later seasons because I haven't watched them that often, so I tend to stick to the first four seasons. So, without any delay, I shall begin to show my favourite Futurama episodes!
If there's one thing I wish Futurama did more of, it's these anthology episodes. There's only two of them and while I do like both of them, I love the second one more than the first. This episode features mini imaginary stories about Bender being turned into a human (which is probably the most horrifying thing ever), life being a video game (my personal favourite of the three), and Leela finding her true family in a parody of The Wizard of Oz. I have quite a huge love for non-canon stories that can go completely off the wall (like the Treehouse episodes of The Simpsons and DC's Elseworlds series) and these imaginary stories work so wall because Futurama is already a pretty off-the-wall show, so it's incredibly fun to see it turn that up to eleven.
PARALLEL UNIVERSES ARE FUN, M'KAY? I love the idea of parallel universes where things are either the complete opposite or even the same just with certain things switched around (which would arguably be scarier than a universe where everything is the exact opposite). In this episode, the Professor creates a box that contains a parallel universe, and orders the Planet Express crew to not look inside of it before Hermes destroys it. So what happens? Leela flips a coin and looks inside the box. Good job. This episode is particularly wacky because we get to see just how different things would be if coin flips had a different outcome: Bender is gold, Fry and Leela are married, the Professor performed a lobotomy on himself, and so on and so forth. The amount of different universes that are shown in this episode is so vast that I wish there were episodes exploring them, but that obviously will never happen.