TV Club: Futurama: “Fry And The Slurm Factory”/“I Second That Emotion”

“Fry And The Slurm Factory” (season 1, episode 13; originally aired 11/14/1999)

In which Fry visits a world of pure imagination, and does not like what he finds there

As comedy trios go, Fry, Leela, and Bender are as good a team as one could hope for. Actually, let’s clarify that: as narrative comedy trios go, etc. Because the story part is as important as the joke part, really. I’m sure the writers could come up with a clever “Who’s On First” style routine for Fry, Leela, and Bender if they put their minds to it (and you could probably cobble together a fun, if lumpy, comedy sketch from their various conversations over the run of the series), but what makes them such useful characters in the context of the show is their ability to both generate and resolve plot in a variety of unexpected …

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