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"Futurama" I Dated a Robot (2001)

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Original Air Date:
13 May 2001 (Season 3, Episode 15)
Fry ignores the warnings of the Planet Express staff and starts dating a robot with the downloaded personality and holographic image of Lucy Liu... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Dating robots is wrong! See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Billy West ... Philip J. Fry / Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Sebastian Cabot / Trek Fan #1 / Propaganda Film Presenter / Old Billy Everyteen / Zapp Brannigan (voice)

Katey Sagal ... Turanga Leela (voice)

John DiMaggio ... Bender / Sal / Nappster User / Maintenance Guy (voice)

Tress MacNeille ... Mother / Mrs. Everyteen / Mavis / Nicole Kidman's Head / Madeline Albright's Head / Madeline Albright-bot / Cameron Diaz (voice)

Maurice LaMarche ... The Scary Door Narrator / eBay Auctioneer / The Being of Inconceivable Horror / Mr. Everyteen / George Michael's Head / Vampire in Coffin / Vampire Mayor / Luciano Pavoratti's Head (voice)

Lucy Liu ... Lucy Liu's Head / Lucy Liu-bots (voice)

David Herman ... Clyde Smith / Trek Fan #2 / Nappster Salesman / Nappster Owner (voice)

Phil LaMarr ... Hermes Conrad / Young Billy Everyteen / Cheech Marin's Head (voice)

Lauren Tom ... Amy Wong / Little Girl / Marilyn Monroe-bot (voice)

Frank Welker ... Tyranosaurus Rex / Pigs (voice)

Episode Crew
Directed by
James Purdum 
Writing credits
Matt Groening (created by)

Matt Groening (developed by) &
David X. Cohen (developed by)

Eric Kaplan (written by)

Produced by
J. Stewart Burns .... supervising producer
David X. Cohen .... executive producer
Brian J. Cowan .... producer
Claudia De La Roca .... co-producer
Matt Groening .... executive producer
Eric Horsted .... co-executive producer
Alex Johns .... co-producer
Eric Kaplan .... producer
Claudia Katz .... producer
Ken Keeler .... co-executive producer
Lewis Morton .... supervising producer
Bill Oakley .... consulting producer
Bill Odenkirk .... producer
Richard Raynis .... consulting producer
Mili Smythe .... co-producer
Geraldine Symon .... animation line producer
Geraldine Symon .... producer: main title sequence
Gregg Vanzo .... animation executive producer
Patric M. Verrone .... supervising producer
Josh Weinstein .... consulting producer
Original Music by
Christopher Tyng 
Film Editing by
Paul D. Calder 
Danik Thomas 
Casting by
Jill Anthony 
Julie Mossberg 
Art Direction by
Bill Morrison 
Production Management
Christine Shinn .... production supervisor
Lee Supercinski .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julianna Korsborn .... assistant director (as Juliana Korsborn)
Art Department
Elliot Blake .... design coordinator
Serban Cristescu .... designer
Tom King .... storyboard artist
Ira Sherak .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Peter Cole .... re-recording mixer
Bob Lacivita .... production sound mixer
Travis Powers .... sound effects editor
Louis Russell .... track reader
Visual Effects by
Gabriel Calderón .... digital camera and composite
Eddie Condes .... digital camera and composite
Matt Hamilton .... digital camera and composite
Chad Katona .... digital camera and composite supervisor
Steve Kellener .... digital camera and composite
Dan Larsen .... digital camera and composite
Conan Low .... 3D animator
Michael Nagle .... digital camera and composite
Rick Sevy .... 3D animator
Scott Vanzo .... 3D director: main title
Scott Vanzo .... director of computer graphics
Eric Whited .... 3D animator
Animation Department
Perfecto Badillo .... character layout artist
Tim Brock .... color key artist
Sandra Calleros .... color key artist (as Sandra Lee)
Sandra Calleros .... digital background painter (as Sandra Lee)
Dwayne Carey-Hill .... character layout artist
Crystal Chesney .... character layout artist
Ryan Donoghue .... background layout artist
Edgar Duncan .... background and prop designer
Eric Dunn .... background layout artist
Jim Feeley .... character designer
Doug Gallery .... animation timer
James H. Goldin .... animation accountant
Matt Groening .... original character designer
Samantha Harrison .... color key artist
Kent Holaday .... lip sync
Zeke Johnson .... background and prop designer
D.J. Kang .... background and prop designer (as DJ Kang)
Bari Kumar .... color supervisor
David Lee .... character layout artist
Sang Am Lee .... animation checker
Peter Maivia .... clean-up artist
Lisa Marriott .... digital background painter
Carlos E. Mendez .... clean-up artist
Jeffrey A. Mertz .... background and prop designer (as Jeff Mertz)
Kevin M. Newman .... character designer (as Kevin Newman)
Shannon O'Connor .... character layout artist
James Peters .... digital background painter
Debbie Peterson .... background and prop designer (as Debbie Silver)
Tom Pope .... character layout artist
Francisco Rosales .... clean-up artist
David Salvador .... character layout artist
Sean Sexton .... character layout artist
Mike Smith .... director: main title
Rachel Stratton .... color key artist
Poe K. Tan .... background layout artist
Celeste Mari Williams .... animation timer (as Celeste Pustilnick)
Jose Zelaya .... character designer
Editorial Department
Paul Mahotz .... assistant editor
Damon P. Yoches .... animatic editor
Music Department
Matthew Ferraro .... orchestrator
Scott Schirle .... music editor
Matthew Ferraro .... session producer (uncredited)
Other crew
C.J. Arabia .... talent coordinator (as C. J. Ceballos)
Erin Balderson .... production assistant
Elise Belknap .... production coordinator
Pete Benson .... assistant to producers
Stephen Chu .... production assistant
Joseph Timothy Conway .... assistant to producers (as Joseph Conway)
N. Vyolet Diaz .... assistant to producers
Evan Dwin .... assistant to producers
Aaron Ehasz .... executive story editor
Victoria Fye .... production assistant
Jason Gorbett .... assistant to writers
Kian Kaul .... assistant to producers (as Kian Ahmadian)
Michelle Long .... assistant to producers
Deanna MacLellan .... assistant to producers (as Deanna Maclellan)
Blake McCormick .... assistant to producers
Brad Mullen .... production assistant
Evan Rabins .... assistant to writers
Clara Ross .... production coordinator
Danielle Saunders .... production assistant
Carson Sciarrino .... production coordinator
Dan Vebber .... executive story editor
Ron Weiner .... executive story editor
Hyejoon Yun .... overseas liaison

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David X. Cohen  developed by
Matt Groening  created by

Sound Department
Alek Bromke .... adr assistant recordist: Toronto
Eric Shemkovitz .... adr recordist
Visual Effects by
Stephen Chu .... scanning operator
Animation Department
Roger Gonzales .... character layout artist
Dale Hendrickson .... original character designer
Bill Morrison .... original character designer
Mili Smythe .... original character designer
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Gregory Prechel .... orchestrator
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
Other crew
Greg Camilleri .... executive assistant to vice president of production
James Arnold Taylor .... background voice
Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Argentina:30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

When downloaded onto a blank robot, both Marilyn Monroebot and Lucy Liu bot have square pupills, as does every other robot in the series. However, when Madeleine Albright is downloaded, her pupils remain round like a human.See more »
Continuity: When Leela picked up Lucy Liu's head it set off a pressure alarm. But when she moved Madeleine Albright's head to that spot to suppress the alarm, Madeleine's pressure alarm did not activate.See more »
[Fry has purchased a robotic Lucy Liu]
Fry:Did you hear that? She likes me.
Professor Hubert Farnsworth:Well Duh, she's programmed to like you.
Fry:But this is Lucy Liu, perhaps the only good actress of the 20th century. She's more then just a piece of software.
Lucy Liu robot:Would you like to take a moment to register me?
Fry:Hmm, not right now.
Lucy Liu robot:[tussling Fry's hair] I'll remind you later, you hot stud you.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofs "The Twilight Zone" (1959)See more »
Love MachineSee more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Dating robots is wrong!, 5 June 2012
Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Having lived for a little while in the thirty first century Fry starts to wonder why people don't get excited about all the cool future-things around them; without stopping to thank that to them the twentieth century sounds exciting. Leela suggests that they should spend some time doing the things Fry always imagined doing in the future; like destroying a planet, going to the end of the universe, riding a dinosaur and finally dating a celebrity. In the final case he doesn't actually date a real celebrity; just a robot that has been programmed to look and act like one; in this case it has had the looks and personality of Lucy Liu installed. Fry quickly falls in love with his new robotic girlfriend; much to Bender's disgust. In an attempt to help Fry and others Leela, Bender and Zoidberg head to the offices of Nappster, the company he downloaded Lucy from, and make a shocking discovery; the company has kidnapped the celebrity heads and is offering the downloads illegally! They rescue the real Lucy Liu's head but find themselves pursued by an army of robotic Lucy Lius hell-bent of retrieving the head.

This episode started well; Fry's ideas of what to do proved entertaining; particularly his desire to ride a T-Rex... in a children's park! The downloading of Lucy Liu was entertaining enough but the joke about Nappster hasn't aged well; making jokes about events happening at the time a show is made always risks nobody getting them several years later; a mistake Futurama rarely made in its 'pre-cancelation' days. The old style public health film about the dangers of dating robots was funny precisely because it was mocking old fashioned films of this type. The story was entertaining and Lucy Liu made a good guest star providing the voice for both her own head and the various 'Lucy Liu Bots'. Overall it was a decent episode where the good jokes far outnumbered the one stale joke.

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