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Anthology of Interest I 

The Professor's "What If" machine answers 4 questions.


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Episode cast overview:
Turanga Leela (voice)
Bender / Mr. Panucci (voice)
IBM Deep Blue (voice)
Narrator (voice)
Al Gore (voice) (as Vice President Al Gore)
Stephen Hawking (voice)
E. Gary Gygax ...
Gary Gygax (voice) (as Gary Gygax)
Amy Wong (voice)
Hermes Conrad (voice)
Scruffy (voice)
Nibbler / Giant Anteaters (voice)


In this episode of Futurama the Professor creates a What If machine that answers every question. The first question is what if Bender was 500 feet tall, the second is what if Leela was more impulsive, and the third is what if Fry never came to the future. Written by Adam-Harrison

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Release Date:

21 May 2000 (USA)  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The guns that the military are shooting at 500' Bender have three-pronged electrical plugs on the end of them. See more »


In the second story, when Leela starts killing her friends, when she kicks the Professor into the hole of man-eating anteaters, the Professor was holding a plate. When he falls in, he is not holding it. When Hermes shows Leela the video will of Leela kicking the Professor in, the plate isn't even there. See more »


Al Gore: If we don't go back there and make that event happen, the entire universe will be destroyed... And as an environmentalist, I'm against that.
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References The Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963) See more »


Written and Performed by Hanson
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The One With The "What If" Machine...
15 October 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this episode. It is completely different to any other episode of Futurama, except for the other Anthology Of Interest episode.

In this episode, Professor Farnsworth reveals that he invented a "What If" machine, where you ask it any "what if" question, and it shows you what the answer would be. So of course, the crew decide to use it. Bender asks what it would be like if he were 500 feet tall, which leads to disaster. Leela ask what it would be like if she was more impulsive, which also ends bad, as she ends up murdering the crew. And Fry asks what it would be like if he never came to future, and it turns out it was better to be frozen.

Title Card: Painstakingly Drawn Before A Live Audience

Fun Fact: Scruffy the janitor is named for the first time.

Best part of the episode: The Leela segment, and Zoidberg.

Overall, I give this episode an 8 out of 10, which in my ratings book is: Awesome.

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