Futurama: Season 1, Episode 9

Hell Is Other Robots (18 May 1999)

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Bender joins a robot church after fighting an addiction to electricity, but reverts to his pre-addictive behavior of cigars, booze and robot hookers, leading to a musical confrontation with the Robot Devil.




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Episode cast overview:
Turanga Leela (voice)
Bender / Fender (voice)
The Robot Devil (voice)
Himself (voice) (as Mike Diamond)
Himself (voice)
Hookerbot 5000 / Lady with Purse (voice)
Amy Wong (voice)


Bender joins a robot church after fighting an addiction to electricity, but reverts to his pre-addictive behavior of cigars, booze and robot hookers, leading to a musical confrontation with the Robot Devil.

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The title is a paraphrase of "Hell Is Other People", from the 1944 Existentialist play "Huis Clos" ("Closed Door" or "No Exit"), by Jean-Paul Sartre. See more »


Bender gets a symbol welded on to his body. When he welds something on to the spaceship, the symbol disappears, but reappears in the next scene. See more »


Fry: C'mon guys, tonight we're gonna party like it's 1999... again.
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During the closing credits, the Beastie Boys give shout-outs to various characters from the show, while clips from the episode play. See more »


References The Godfather (1972) See more »


Super Disco Breakin'
Performed by the Beastie Boys
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Bender goes to Hell!
6 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode opens with Leela, Fry and Bender going to a concert performed by the heads of the Beastie Boys after which one of the speakers invites Bender to join him and some friends for their after show party; here Bender is introduced to 'jacking on' which entails electricity abuse. He is soon addicted to Electricity and is endangering his friends. Ultimately there is only one way out of it for him; he finds religion. The Church of Robotology doesn't just demand he stops electricity abuse; he must also stop smoking, drinking, gambling, stealing etc. It isn't long before his friends decide this Bender is even more of a drag than the old one. Something has to be done; they take him to Atlantic City and in no time he is up to his neck in debauchery again. He is having the time of his life until the Robot Devil turns up and drags him to Robot Hell; it will be up to Fry and Leela to rescue him.

This was a great episode; I'm not usually a fan of musical interludes but those in Futurama are usually pretty good and the 'Robot Hell' song was pretty catchy and showed that the voice cast can sing. The story was pretty good and contained plenty of laughs. Fans of the Beastie Boys should enjoy this as they voice their own characters and don't just appear to perform one song. This episode sees the introduction of occasional characters Preacherbot and the Robot Devil; both are fairly entertaining although the latter is the better character in my opinion.

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