For All the Futurama Fans

by Souped_up_on_Jihad on September 21, 2004 · 3 comments

in Miscellany

imageI know that a few of the Transbuddha crowd appreciates a good episode of Futurama. I’ve personally witnessed several of the members of this site discuss the merits of this show against the merits of other animated classics that appear (or appeared on Fox). While I have only seen a couple episodes of this show, I have gained much knowledge about it. This site highlites the 25 greatest moments on the show. So, without futher ado, I give you:

The 25 Greatest Moments of Futurama

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  • .alphamonkey.

    Best Animated Series….ever.

  • .alphamonkey.

    Futurama suceeds beyond every other network animated show for a couple of reasons:

    a) Continuity. What happens in one episode effects all the others.  That’s a big step in creating an emotional attachment to characters and story lines. While a state of grace is fun (a la the Simpsons and Family Guy), it makes for less powerful stories because you know there will be no longterm consequences for any characters actions.

    b) Futurama managed to find the line between touching and funny. The Simpsons attempts at emotional storylines always play off as forced and contrived. It’s like a random nugget of syrup in a bowl of chili. Jurassic Bark and the series finale are perfect examples on how you can make bittersweet touching, funny, and powerful all at the same time without stooping to sentimentality or pablum.

    c) The author of the article points out that the characters are cruel and callous with each other, but overall the humor on Futurama is much more good-natured than on Family Guy. Call it satire vs. parody. Or Monty Python vs. Mad TV.

    d) Fry is an idiot who is fine with being an idiot. And while he does some boneheaded things, at heart he’s a good guy wrapped in the skin of a colossal goof.  Peter Griffin however, is a mean-spirited, bigoted, misogynistic, self-centered jerk. And while I’m sure the pitch was that he’s supposed to be making fun of that behavior, most of the time it just comes off as cruel behavior for the sake of a cheap laugh.  I probably wouldn’t mind that so much if it wasn’t for the fact that the writers of The Simpsons have decided to make Homer more like him.

    Don’t get me wrong..I do think that the Family Guy is sporadically a very clever and funny show, but held-up to Futurama it’s an infinitely less pleasing show all around.

    Now if I have to compare Futurama with Home Movies…that’d be a tough match. Futurama would probably still come out on top, but it’d be a much closer race.

  • Shadow Stalker

    Peter Griffin is supposed to be like Archie Bunker, but Archie Bunker worked because he had real emotions; you could see why things bothered him, and he could admit when he was wrong.  The Family Guy should have focussed on Stewie and Brian.  That would have made a great show.

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