Futurama: Season 5, Episode 15

Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV (3 Aug. 2003)

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Bender becomes a star on his favorite soap opera by forgetting his lines and reverting to character, but becomes concerned about the effect he is having on the audience.

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Philip J. Fry / Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / TV Announcer / Network President (voice)
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Turanga Leela (voice)
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Bender / Human Friend / Sal / Antonio Calculon, Jr. (malfunctioning) / Cool-o-Meter / Additional Voices (voice)
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Monique / Tinny Tim / Linda / Mombot / Emotitron Jr. / Macaulay Culckon / Executive Gamma / Children at Party (voice)
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Hermes Conrad / Antonio Calculon Jr. (voice)
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Cubert Farnsworth / Casting Director / Emotitron Jr. / Children at Party (voice)
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Bender becomes a star on his favorite soap opera by forgetting his lines and reverting to character, but becomes concerned about the effect he is having on the audience.

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In attempting to stop Bender's offensive influence on kids, Prof. Farnsworth and Hermes organize a group of like-thinking dads, calling their group to get rid of anything on TV that may be slightly over-the-top, Fathers Against Rude Television. In an acronym-obsessed world, it says enough. See more »

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Hermes Conrad: There's enough cool stuff here to furnish a happening pad. Where did it all come from?
Tinny Tim: Don't tell, comrades. All for one and one for all.
Dwight Conrad: We stole it!
Tinny Tim: Oh, crumb.
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A mediocre outing for Futurama
23 February 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The Futurama episodes weren't aired in order, and in fact, the show was aired as five seasons when actually just four were made. Considering the episodes in the order they aired, I can't say I'm big on the last four- Bend Her, Obsoletely Fabulous, Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV, and The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings (which really was the last episode, at least until the movies came out). I'd say Futurama had lost its magic, but in fact, considering the episodes in the order they were made, the makers of the show still had some magic- after all, Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV came before The Sting, Jurassic Bark and The Farnsworth Parabox.

In this episode, a robot child actor on TV malfunctions and Bender inexplicably auditions for the part and gets it. He soon breaks character and plays himself on TV, and becomes a sensation. (In depicting Bender as being popular, the makers of the show are complimenting their own efforts to make Bender cool.) But the Professor and Hermes begin to worry he's become a bad influence to their kids.

Setting aside the issue of whether the plot works- Bender's too old for his part- we can note the basic idea has been done before any way. Fear that television or movies are a bad influence on kids has been covered by other shows. The Simpsons did it with Itchy and Scratchy and Marge (season 2) and South Park did it with South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut. This might not be a problem, except Futurama doesn't really have much new to say on the matter. This episode also brings Hypnotoad back but he's not as funny as he was in the pet show, maybe because now he doesn't seem to work- Fry apparently doesn't like him any more. On the other hand, the cancer joke works because it's insensitive. This isn't a bad episode, but I wouldn't have cared if it were never made.


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