The Holiday season has reared its ugly head upon New New York and that means it’s time for The Futurama Holiday Spectacular! What is that you ask? Why The Futurama Holiday Spectacular is only the finest holiday tales ever to grace your tiny boob tube.

Everything from Christmas, to Robotukah, to Kwanzaa gets a nice punch right to the gut. And before you even think it, you must realize that there’s no where to run, no where to hide, and no place to stand a fight The Futurama Holiday Spectacular! Oh, and Al Gore might have a very devious plot for our beloved future dwelling characters.

It’s The Futurama Holiday Spectacular! Brought to you by Gunderson’s Unshelled Nuts.

What worked: At first I was really hating this episode because I thought the story line was really lame, but it took on a completely different light when it was revealed that this episode was going to be a collection of shorts. I’m always a fan of variety shows like this in animated series (Treehouse of Horror for example) and here’s hoping this is made into a yearly tradition for Futurama.

My favorite of the three shorts would probably have to be Robotukah since it’s a play on on my personal faith. I just found it very amusing the extent Bender went to, to keep the illusion of his fake holiday alive. And let’s be honest for a moment, who wouldn’t want to watch six and a half weeks of sexy robot oil wrestling?

What this episode shows best, is how Futurama like other animated sitcoms of its type, is an equal opportunity offender. They took on the big three December holidays in a single episode and did it with a sense of grace.

What didn’t: I wasn’t a huge fan of the first short. This probably has to do with the fact that the Christmas stuff has been done to death on the show already. We already know Fry hates X-Mas in the year 3000, we know that Sanata is now an evil robot out to obliterate all mankind. The only real funny moment of this short came at the end when the true nature of the entire episode is revealed.

I also feel that as a whole, this episode wasn’t the strongest of this season. Especially after the absolutely amazing set of episodes we got in the second half of the summer run. Don’t get me wrong, this episode was good, but it was more cute than gut busting funny like I was hoping it would be.

Final thoughts: A good but far from great episode of Futurama. As a said earlier, I would love to see this become a yearly tradition for the show.

Episode: “The Futurama Holiday Spectacular” (Season 6, Episode 13)

Airs: Comedy Central, Thursdays, 10pm

What’s next: Bender witnesses a crime committed by the Robot Mafia and goes into witness protection.

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