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The highest-rated episode of Futurama according to IMDb

With 140 episodes under its belt Futurama has no shortage of entertaining episodes. Created by Matt Groening the same man behind The Simpsons and Netflixs Disenchanted Futurama retains that countercultural comedic style that Groening is known for. At the same time its litany of deep references to science fiction fantasy math and pop culture make it relatable to many people. At its best an episode of Futurama is equal parts intellectual comedic and emotional and gives its viewers a reason to care about its characters.

That much can be said for its highest-rated episode according to IMDb. With an overall rating of 9.6 out of 10 Season 4 Episode 7 Jurassic Bark has its fair share of gut-busting gags like Fry using The Hustle as an example of his peoples native dance. However its biggest strength lies in its emotional impact. With very few contenders the episode may just be the saddest story in the chronicles of Phillip J. Fry. Jurassic Bark is the most heart wrenching episode in Futurama history Seymour waiting for Fry


Nothing gets tears flowing like the tale of a dead dog. In the case of Futurama that tale is made even more bitter by its association with Frys lost past as the out-of-time delivery boy is reminded once again that everything he once knew and loved is dead including his old dog Seymour. When Fry hears that the old pizzeria he worked at has now been uncovered as an archeological site he travels there only to find the calcified corpse of his canine companion. Remembering the good times he spent feeding the mangy mutt pizza and teaching Seymour to sing Walkin on Sunshine Fry lobbies to have his dogs remains returned to him.

Following Seymours successful retrieval the Professor reveals that he can extract the last remnants of Seymours DNA to resurrect him via cloning. Fry is ecstatic and prepares for Seymours return. Meanwhile Benders jealousy over the matter heightens. Moments before the cloning process begins Bender throws Seymours remains into the molten core of the Earth only to immediately retrieve it in a fit of regret. It seems like Fry is all set to get his dog back but decides not to go through with it after learning that Seymour lived a full life span and probably forgot about him. In a flashback to the 20th century we see that Seymour actually spent the rest of his life waiting outside the pizzeria for Fry to come back home.
Dont believe its that sad Just ask the fans
Seymour falling asleep


We arent the only ones who value Jurassic Bark for its ability to make us cry. Futurama fans also recognize just how tragic Fry and Seymours story is. The fact that the show plays a tear-jerking rendition of Connie Francis I Will Wait For You per IMDb to a montage of Seymour waiting for a master who will never return doesnt help. In either case fans have been more than candid on Reddit about how the story affected them.

Its too bad 95% of Jurassic Bark is such a very funny episode because the last part of the episode keeps me from ever putting it on wrote urocksauce. Another person ugrein posted Jurassic Bark is devious in the way that the sadness just sneaks up and slaps you in the face

Thankfully Jurassic Bark turns out to not be the final word in Fry and Seymours story. During the first Futurama movie Benders Big Score an alternate version of Fry returns to the 20th century and resumes his life working at the pizzeria. So even though the original episode shows a much more tragic version of Seymours life. In reality the dog actually did spend his last years with his beloved master.

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