Standout episodes: "Jurassic Bark;" "The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings"
Unpopular opinion: the best of Futurama stacks up evenly with the best of The Simpsons. As Futurama approached the end of its first run, it found an incredible balance of emotion and comedy in the endless possibilities of its universe. Each week, a new planet and new rules provided a new dimension to the carefully established relationships between the characters. As characters were added to the show’s endlessly growing roster, they could be deployed again, but it didn’t hinder the writers from finding new, adventurous comic territory to mine.
The greatest relationship on the show is between Fry and Leela, and the finest episodes revolve around the hilarious pain of a man as dense and dull as Fry trying to make Leela recognize how special his love for her is. The apex of this relationship comes at “The Devil’s Hands Are Idle Playthings," an oddly appropriate finale to an odd series. The greatest sci-fi comedies are about small men dealing with the vast superiority of the universe. Fry is a small man, and the universe around him is unimaginably vast. —Brenden