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The Saddest Futurama Episodes That Legit Made You Cry

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List RulesVote up the saddest 'Futurama' episodes that made you feel all the feels.

For a show that's supposed to be funny, Futurama sure does have some sad moments. In fact, it's hard to think of any animated show that has ever been as emotional as Futurama, even if you stack it side-by-side with The Simpsons. Hell, the saddest Futurama episodes are probably more likely to make you cry than almost any other show on television, animated or not.

We all know "Jurassic Bark" is super sad, and everyone loves Seymour the dog, but there are at least eight other really sad episodes of Futurama just as likely to make you cry. Take "Game of Tones" for example, in which Philip J. Fry finally reconciles with the loss of his family. Other episodes, like "Leela's Homeworld," give a lot of backstory to characters and really drive their development in the series forward.

Which sad episode of Futurama made you cry like a baby? Vote up the emotional Futurama episodes below that you enjoyed the most.

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    Season 6, Episode 7

    One of the most critically acclaimed episodes of Futurama, "The Late Phillip J. Fry" received an Emmy Award in 2011 for Outstanding Animated Program. The episode again advances the story line between Fry and Leela.

    Fed up with Fry's habitual lateness, Leela begins to doubt his ability to be a good partner in their relationship. Fry makes dinner plans for Leela's birthday at a fancy restaurant called Cavern on the Green to make it up to her, and promises not to be late. Right before leaving to meet her, the Professor forces Fry to try out his newly invented one-way time machine, and although they are supposed to go only one minute into the future, Fry Bender, and the Professor end up traveling to 10,000 AD.

    In the present, Leela assumes Fry blew her off to go to a party. There's an explosion at the party, and Leela believes Fry is dead. In actuality, Fry is in the future with Bender and the Professor, trying to find a way home. The Professor declares they must keep traveling forward until they find someone who has invented a time machine that can take them back. They encounter countless civilizations during this time, until they end up at the year One Billion, and find all life is extinct.

    Meanwhile, forty years have passed on earth, during which time Leela has turned Planet Express into a successful business. She still misses Fry, though, and is bitter about him standing her up on the day of his "death." However, in the year 2050, she finds the birthday card Fry recorded for her the day he went missing, and she realizes he didn't abandon her after all. Leela goes back to Cavern on the Green and shoots a message into the ceiling. Fry reads the message one billion years in the future; it says the time she spent with him was the best of her life.

    Fry, Bender, and the Professor realize they can make it home after realizing that at a certain point, the history of the universe repeats itself exactly. After slightly overshooting their goal, they finally make it back, and Fry makes it to his date with Leela on time. He apologizes for losing the card; she shrugs it off and tells him she will always remember their time together.

    • Original Airing: Jul 29 2010
    • Season: Futurama - Season 6
    • Episode Number: 7
    • Series: Futurama
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    Season 4 Episode 12

    "The Sting" is the least sad episode on this list, but it has its moment at the end. It begins with Fry, Bender, and Leela on a mission to collect honey from giant space bees, a mission that killed the Professor's last crew. It of course goes wrong, and Fry ends up stepping in front of a bee's stinger to save Leela. He is impaled, and Leela is struck by the tip of the stinger. Leela wakes up to a minor wound on her body, and dead Fry laying on the floor next to her.

    Blaming herself for Fry's death, Leela eats the space honey, which has a weird effect on her. She has dreams in which she sees Fry. At the end of each dream, he begs her to wake up. She begins to go insane, and in one of her dreams attempts to dig up Fry's corpse. Convinced she has lost her mind, Leela eats three scoops of space honey - a lethal dose. Fry appears in her dream and urges her not to do it, begging her to wake up.

    Cut to the real world, where Leela wakes up in the hospital. Fry is by her side, crying and begging her to wake up. Turns out that only Leela was affected by the bee's poison since she was struck by the tip; Fry was fine after getting a new spleen, even though he was impaled. Leela discovers Fry waited by her side every minute she was in a coma. The two embrace at the end, advancing their relationship in the overall story. 
    • Original Airing: Jun 01 2003
    • Season: Futurama - Season 5
    • Series: Futurama
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    Season 4, Episode 2

    "Leela's Homeword" is an important episode in Futurama canon, as it unveils Leela's origin story. Previous to this episode, the audience is led to believe, given Leela is a cyclops who grew up at the orphanarium, that she's an alien with no memory of her parents or home planet.

    In "Leela's Homeworld," after being captured by mutants and dragged into the sewers with Fry and Bender, Leela is saved by two mysterious, hooded figures. After some digging by Fry, it's revealed that these people are Leela's parents; mutants who look just like her. They tell her that, since mutants aren't allowed on the surface, they disguised her as an alien and left her on someone's doorstep, so she didn't have to live a life in the sewers as a social outcast.

    The final sequence of the episode contains random memories from Leela's childhood, with each one revealing that her parents were watching and helping her all her life, even if she didn't know it. The song that plays during this montage is "Baby Love Child" by Pizzicato Five, and it contributes to the overall emotion of what you're seeing. Don't be ashamed if this episode made you cry; you're certainly not the only one.
    • Original Airing: Feb 17 2002
    • Season: Futurama - Season 4
    • Episode Number: 5
    • Series: Futurama
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    Season 4, Episode 18

    If Futurama never got renewed to Comedy Central, "The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings" would have served as the series finale, and was written as such.

    The beginning of the episode shows Fry trying to learn how to play the holophoner, a futuristic oboe-type instrument that creates artistic visions in the air. He is terrible at the instrument, and at Bender's suggestion makes a deal with the robot devil to improve his skills, which entails Fry switching hands with someone. The robot devil spins a wheel to determine who Fry will change hands with, and to his chagrin, it lands on the robot devil himself.

    The robot devil begrudgingly trades hands with Fry, who now has the perfect mitts to compose a holophoner symphony for Leela, a symphony he will perform at a theater, to a sold out crowd.

    Through a tragic turn of events, Leela goes deaf. Not wanting Fry to know she won't be able to hear his symphony, Leela sits through the first half of his performance unable to hear. At intermission, she trades one of her hands to the robot devil for better ears. The robot devil, sly machine that he is, tells Fry he will take Leela's hand in marriage unless he gets his hands back. Fry makes the trade, and is him unable to finish his symphony.

    The theater clears out, leaving only Leela to listen to Fry's music. He plays and improvised finale, and produces a crude,  sweet, drawing of him and Leela, kissing and walking off into the distance holding hands. It's a cute, bittersweet moment that would have seen Fry and Leela never truly getting together. Fortunately, for fans, their relationship continued on Comedy Central.
    • Original Airing: Aug 10 2003
    • Season: Futurama - Season 5
    • Episode Number: 72
    • Series: Futurama
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