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Space Pilot 3000 

A down-on-his-luck pizza delivery guy is accidentally frozen on New Year's Eve 1999, and wakes up in 2999.

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Turanga Leela (voice)
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Dick Clark (voice)
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Suicide Booth (voice)
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Terry / Lou / Tube User (voice) (as Dave Herman)
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Michelle / Rude Boy / Head Museum Feeder (voice)
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On New Year's Eve 1999, Pizza Delivery boy Philip J. Fry accidentally falls into a cryogenic chamber and is frozen for 1,000 years. Finally unfrozen, he explores New New York, meets his new best friend (a kleptomaniacal robot named Bender) and goes to work for his great-great-great-great-grand-nephew's space delivery business. Written by Jeff Lindstrom

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28 March 1999 (USA)  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This episode is the highest rated pilot episode in the history of the Fox Broadcasting Company. See more »

Goofs

The sequence where people all over the world count down to midnight on New Year's Eve in their native languages is at least edited a bit misleading, since they of course all live in different time zones, so their countdowns are spread over the whole day. See more »

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Fry: [offscreen] Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you.
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30th Century Fox Television. See more »

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Featured in Futurama: Bender's Big Score (2007) See more »

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It's hard to believe this was the pilot.
2 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Yes, this is the one that kick-started the Futurama franchise. Looking back, now the show is halfway through it's fifth season, it is amazing how well it has aged. The characters are on-model, the voice acting is nearly spot on (the Professor's would later change) and most of all, the trademark Groening animation style and spoof-heavy humour are all in check.

Pilot episodes lay out the premise that forms the backbone of the show. Sometimes they suffer from a weak plot, trying too hard to throw the main characters together without giving you a feel for the world the show is set in. In "Space Pilot 3000" quite the opposite is true; great writing helps things flow naturally, setting up character quirks and catchphrases that become staple running gags of later episodes. In fact, Bender's first line is now his oft-used insult.

This outing is several notches above standard pilot fare, and stacks up to any other 'classic' episode of Futurama thus far. For those thinking about delving into the franchise, this tells you all you need to know. Great work!


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