The first episode of Futurama aired in 1999 when the concept of the 2000s seemed so futuristic and foreign. Thirteen years later, the show brought more emotional moments than any cartoon ever should. The finale is no exception. Even though the Cartoon Network revival was often less than stellar, the show earned its place in pop culture as one of the best cartoons ever.

The heart of the show has always been Fry and Leela. When Fry was transported to the future, Leela was his ticket into learning about the new world. Fry’s love for her was a reoccurring plot in the original series. When the show was revived, it did so with them as a couple. So it’s only fitting that they spent the final episode exploring the entire world together, alone, and happy.

While the episode could have used more callbacks and less of the repetitive 10-second time jokes, it was still a fitting end to a beautiful series. I would have loved to see more about the relationship between Fry and Bender, the other heart of the series, but as finales go “Meanwhile” is pretty great.

Other Musings:

  • The finale credits tag is “Avenge Us” written in red.
  •  “Poor Leela I never even told her I loved her.” “What? You told her like 140 times.” “Yeah, but she paid very little attention to me.”
  • “Bad news? Your wife is dead.” “She wasn’t my wife!” “Oh, then there is no bad news.”
  • Seeing Bender’s apartment was a great callback. It would have been awesome to see more things like that.
  • The Professor says “G N, E” instead of “Good news, everyone.” Funny play on a reoccurring joke.
  • Leela’s reaction to Fry’s marriage proposal: “This is all so sudden…after 13 years.”
  • When Fry throws himself off the building and finally lands, he becomes a puddle of flesh, bones, and blood. Leela’s reaction? “He sure has a lot of blood for a skinny guy.”
  • I liked the cameos of Zaff, Kip, Mother, and, of course, the Harlem Globetrotters.
  • “I’d marry you even if you weren’t the last man on Earth.”