TV Club: Futurama: “Roswell That Ends Well”/“Anthology Of Interest II”

“Roswell That Ends Well” (season 3, episode 19; originally aired 12/9/2001)

In which Fry climbs his family tree..

In “Roswell That Ends Well,” Fry fucks his grandmother. Oh, there’s a lot of other stuff that happens, and all of it is great, but that’s the bit we tend to remember, right? It sticks in the memory. She’s not technically his grandmother at the time, since she hasn’t had any children yet (That we know of.), but that’s not the point. The point is that Fry fucks his grandmother, and in doing so, becomes his own grandfather. Which sounds like the punchline to a sick joke (and it basically is), but it’s also a key part of Futurama lore. Great storytelling often relies on breaking rules we’d assumed were so inviolable that they’re barely even recognized as “rules.” “Don’t fuck …

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