Who are the best Futurama guest stars? Good news, everyone! You can find out on this list. From our favorite sci-fi characters to a few surprising sexy stars, this is a look back at the best guest stars of Futurama in honor of the upcoming new episodes:
Leonard Nimoy – You would think that one of Futurama’s best guest stars from one of the most popular sci-fi series would have a really important role in the first episode of Futurama, ‘Space Pilot 3000’, but Leonard Nimoy’s head just welcomes newcomer to the future Fry to the Head Museum, where Fry asks him to “do the thing” (the Vulcan salute). Of course his bodiless head can do no such thing, and informs Fry that he and the heads at the museum live a life of quiet dignity, sharing their wisdom with those that seek it (and they eat like goldfish). But his small role would pave the way for many Star Trek references to come in future episodes of Futurama (as well as more heads in jars, famous guests stars, and sci-fi characters).
John Goodman – I love that everyone’s favorite tubby hubby of TV finally gets to take out his frustration with listening to Roseanne (who also guest stars in an episode) yak in his ear for all those years as the evil Robot Santa, a defective bot that brings the gift of holiday fear instead of holiday cheer. He’s the reason that Xmas is celebrated in the future instead of Christmas, as he comes on his sleigh to punish those on his naughty list (everyone) in the most merry, murderous way. So for getting to play one of the best Futurama characters, John Goodman is definitely one of the top guest stars (and ‘Xmas Story’ is also one of the best Futurama episodes; it makes a Conner Christmas seem enjoyable).
Sigourney Weaver – And here’s one of the sexiest guest stars of ‘Futurama’, a sci-fi queen who lends her seductive voice to the Planet Express ship in ‘Love and Rocket’. Love is in the air in this Valentine’s Day-themed episode, as Bender falls for the ship’s new voice and personality. However, things get all ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ on Bender when he betrays the possessive and scorned computer program. When it comes to guest stars with a sci-fi past, this was definitely one of the most creative uses of a voice on the show, and one of the most romantic episodes (the Planet Express crew actually turns those annoying candy hearts into something romantic: beautiful radiation).
Parker Posey – This actress seems like one of the oddest Futurama guest stars (although she did star in the sci-fi classic, ‘Coneheads’), but she got to voice one of the best Futurama characters, little mermaid Umbriel. This beautiful Southern belle from the lost city of Atlanta tempts Fry to stay with her beneath the waves, and he almost takes her up on it. Then he gets a little lesson on how merpeople reproduce. And this is why ‘The Deep South’ is definitely one of my favorite Futurama episodes; it finally takes on why mermaids aren’t the best fantasy creatures when it comes to romance.
Pamela Anderson – And here’s another of Futurama’s sexiest guests stars, as well as one of the show’s repeat offenders. The Baywatch babe lent her voice to the episode ‘Fry and the Slurm Factory’, but she really got to shine in ‘A Fishfull of Dollars’ as one of the shows’ heads in a jar. Evil Mom’s sons attempt to fool Fry into thinking he’s gone back in time by sending Pamela Anderson’s head on a not-quite-right-looking body to order a pizza from him in a mock-up of his old shop. It’s not one of my favorite Futurama episodes, but it is funny to see Pamela Anderson preserved without what she’s most known for.
Al Gore – The man who wants to be the voice of the future stars in one of the best episodes of Futurama, ‘Anthology of Interest I’. Thanks to one of Professor Farnsworth’s inventions that’s actually pretty amazing, the What-If machine, we get to see what would have happened if Fry would never have been frozen. It’s a good thing he did, because Al Gore and the rest of the Vice Presidential Action Rangers would try to kill him, fail, and end up in an alternate dimension where they would spend eternity playing Dungeons and Dragons (could you imagine listening to Al Gore’s voice that long?). However, it’s Al Gore’s snooze-inducing tone that helps make him one of Futurama’s best guest stars. Oh yeah, we also learn the inconvenient truth from him in ‘Crimes of the Hot’ (that he tries his hand at writing a Harry Potter book in the future), and we get even more Gore in ‘Bender’s Big Score’.
Lucy Liu – Imagine a world where you could turn your favorite celebrity into a realistic-looking fembot. Unforunately, nappster.com won’t exist until far into the future, then you can do what Fry does in ‘I Dated a Robot’ and download your own Lucy Liu girlfriend. Unforunately, Lucy Liu’s head is being copied without her permission, and pirate Fry pays for his unnatural relationship by being hunted down by an army of Lucy Liubots. It’s not one of the best Futurama episodes, but it was a creative use of one of Futurama’s biggest guest stars.
George Takei, William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, Jonathan Frakes, and Walter Koenig – Along with Leonard Nimoy above, this group of guest stars brings us the ultimate fanboy tale in one of Futurama’s most star-studded episodes, ‘Where No Fan Has Gone Before’. Family Guy tried it’s hand at a Star Trek episode, but it didn’t touch Futurama’s ode to the ultimate fan, a glob of energy living on a planet with members of the Star Trek cast (whom have been granted eternal youth as long as they stay there). It’s really not one of my favorite Futurama episodes personally, but it’s one of the best at poking fun at obsessive sci-fi fans.
Beck – When it comes to guest stars, there has been only one musical one thus far, although this folk singer will soon be joined by the band from another planet, Devo. Still, it’s going to be hard to beat one of Bender’s best Futurama episodes, as the robot pursues his love of folk music with a little help form his idol in ‘Bendin’ in the Wind’. Of course the episode wouldn’t be complete without Bender scamming one of the men he admires most, but it’s still fun to see the bot finally get to live his dream.
Stephen Hawking – When it comes to guest stars with iconic voices and a connection to a future where science fiction could become reality (as well as a voice straight out of a sci-fi film), is there a better Futurama guest star than this great mind? Stephen Hawking joins Al Gore in ‘Anthology of Interest I’ as a member of the Vice Presidential Action Rangers in charge of protecting the space-time continuum, and the super scientist also makes an appearance in ‘The Beast with a Billion Backs’ as one of the graet minds trying to figure out what “the anomaly” Bender has created in space really is.
So will the future guest stars of Futurama be just as amazing as those on this list? Only time will tell, but with Devo making an appearance in the 100th episode, I have a feeling the new guest stars will be out of this world.