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Episode Reviews

Short Summary

Space Pilot 3000
First aired 03/28/99
Rank: 42/124
Reviews: 547
Rating: 86%

It's New Year's Eve 1999/2000. Pizza delivery boy Fry is having a bad evening being dumped by his girlfriend and having to work. His midnight delivery is going to change his live forever.

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#11 by coolkid
the first episode defantly deservs
a 5,the story fits in great and introduces the charecters brilliantly,undoubtadly a classic

coolkid gave 5 points

#12 by Teral
A great start to a fantastic cartoon.

Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Not the best Futurama episode ever, but it did a fantastic job of introducing us to the main characters, the 31 century and the humor of the show, without feeling crammed or forced. Must pilots have a tendency to want to do to much, to fast. "Space Pilot 3000" took the smart way, IMO, introduce Fry, and then quickly get him to NNY. Introduce Leela and Bender, as part of a not too complicated plot. And then concentrate on theese three. Farnsworth was thrown in at the dying minutes. They established the basics of the 3 main characters, and left it at that.

The little tidbits we saw of NNY, was also well written. The headmuseum, the tubes, the peace officers etc., all used for quick laughs, and introductions, without any drawnout explanations. Good work.

I liked the Fry I saw in this episode a lot better than the way he is portrayed in some latter eps, and I first saw the pilot about halway through season 2. He is a genuine guy, with emotions and believable reactions. His horror at being labelled a delivery boy, his escape, the friendship with Bender, his final realisation that he has no where to run, and everything he ever knew or cared for is gone, just makes him that more likeable. great writing.

Leela, well I liked her from the start. Welldrawn, intelligent, independent, resourceful and with a kind heart. Her discovery that she was unhappy with her job, was also good. And she is one goodlooking drawing, I'll say that.

Bender, great character. It isn't often you see a robot drink, steal,cheat etc. Nice twist. And his discovery that he could develop beyond his programming, although standard robot-fare, was good too. Although he did get help from a lightbulb.

The heads in jars, great idea. Good thing they didn't overuse it, to introduce celebrities in every episode (like another unnamed FOX-cartoon).

Great episode, not the best, but great. Rating, well do I even have to say it.

Teral gave 5 points

#13 by Ming
Quite good series opener. It sets the style for the rest of the shows perfectly :)

Ming gave 5 points

#14 by Just Chris
It's a nice start. I really like how Bender got in the whole mix.

Just Chris gave 5 points

#15 by Wesley
WOW! This is one great tv pilot episode.
Beating "The Simpsons" pilot by miles,
doing the same with Malcolm in The middle,
this is classic TV.
The suicide booth scene is excellent (perhaps one
of the best scenes ever on TV,and,quite frankly this
episode is fantastic!
5 stars,10/10,100%!

Wesley gave 5 points

#16 by Chris Parker
Genuinely hilarious. Starts more like the beginning to a huge scaling movie, and leaves various threads and hints of future series around the place. Exactly how the year 3000 could feasibly be. Nice jokes, one or two laugh out loud - certainly more so than the Simpsons pilot episode.
In hindsight, as Futurama has now been cancelled - the episode really couldn't be improved. Stunning stuff from one of the 20th Century's most famous cartoonists.

Chris Parker gave 5 points

#17 by SIlver Light
There's nothing to say really. The pilot to the best American animation series ever. What more can be said? The Simpsons simply are no match, as they turned sarcastic criticism into mere "humour". Futurama's concept, drawings, writing are superior in all aspects; and I'd much rather see Futurama's smart, funny characters to The Simpson's stagnated, dumb and alienating characters. All hail Futurama!

SIlver Light gave 5 points

#18 by Robin
There is no such thing as a better pilot episode for Futurama ;)

this one goes into my top 5!

you have a clear view to every presented character and the humour is fantastic.

Robin gave 5 points

#19 by DaWolf
Good opening. Still one of the best episodes. Good jokes and and interesting story(everything so new..).
I gave 5 POINTS !

DaWolf gave 5 points

#20 by Code_Green
I definintely thought this was a great opener episode. It was well planned out and everything. I also liked how it wasn't something stupid like Fry went into a time machine and went to the future. I thought it was a bit weird seeing Nibler's shadow before Fry fell into the freezing chamber, but it was cool. I give it 5 points.

Code_Green gave 5 points

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