Matt Groening’s sci-fi spoof Futurama has come to an end (again), but it remains beloved in the eyes of its many fans. Futurama was not only one of the funniest cartoons of all time, but it could also prove itself surprisingly deep and intelligent. Often, it could provide powerful emotion, inspirational messages, and mind-bending sci-fi concepts that would put the best of drama to shame. The following are the top ten Futurama episodes that will uplift your spirit, break your heart, or blow your mind.
When the subject of time travel comes up, certain theories are always mentioned, such as the idea that if you were to kill your own grandfather, you would prevent your birth and cease to exist.
When the Planet Express crew is accidentally sent back to Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, Fry becomes obsessed with protecting the man he believes to be his grandfather. Being Fry, his efforts only lead to the poor man’s death.
A confused Fry later finds himself comforting the woman he thought was his grandmother, and… one thing leads to another.
The end result is this absolute gem of a line from Professor Farnsworth: “Oh, a lesson in not changing history from Mr. ‘I’m my own grandpa!’ Screw history!“
In this episode, the professor creates a machine capable of producing two smaller but otherwise identical copies of anything. When Bender gets his hands on it, he uses it to create millions of micro-Benders to do his bidding, but they soon threaten all life on Earth by consuming the planet’s resources.
What may surprise you is that this is based on a popular sci-fi concept that could actually be a legitimate concern for the real world. The so-called “grey goo” scenario predicts that the rise of nanotechnology may create a plague of self-replicating nanobots that would consume the entire planet.