Futurama: Season 2, Episode 7

A Head in the Polls (12 Dec. 1999)

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Richard Nixon's head runs for President of Earth.

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Richard Nixon's head runs for President of Earth.

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In the library in "Twilight Zone" spoof at the beginning of this episode, books visible behind "the last man on Earth" include "Robot Run," "The Preppy Handbook" and "The Newer Testament," among others. See more »

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When Leela jumps on the sofa between Fry and Bender, Fry's arm goes through Leela's body as it moves down. See more »

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[Fry is at the Voter Apathy Party booth]
Fry: Now here's a party I can get excited about. Sign me up!
Voter Apathy Party Man: Sorry, not with that attitude.
Fry: Okay then, screw it.
Voter Apathy Party Man: Welcome aboard, brother!
Fry: All right!
Voter Apathy Party Man: You're out.
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Strange is good
16 March 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Where else but Futurama could you have an episode about Nixon's head on a robot's body running for the presidency of Earth in the year 3000? It's an odd portrayal of a dead president whose corruption in real life makes him a ideal villain in a cartoon. In Futurama, as we know, historic figures can be preserved alive indefinitely as heads in jars. How this is possible is never explained, and in fact, this is done even for people who are already dead, like George Washington, and of course, Richard Nixon, who died five years before Futurama began. Perhaps they've been cloned. At any rate, when Bender sells his body, Nixon buys it and runs for the presidency, but Bender, Fry and Leela try to get the body back.

This episode allows for some political satire, about lack of variety among electoral candidates, elderly voters, and voter apathy. But it also becomes a treat for those of us who know American history, with jokes about Ford and voting, Bill Clinton and sex, and Nixon and Cambodia and Watergate. We have an exaggerated portrayal of Nixon as evil, someone who might steal candy from a child, who might sell children's organs, who might break into private homes. It's a personal attack on a dead guy but one we don't have to feel particularly bad about since Nixon really was corrupt. The icing on the cake is a masturbation joke about Fry. This is an episode worth watching.


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