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Star Wars is a science fiction media franchise best known as a series of seven films, with the original Star Wars debuting in 1977. Created by George Lucas, it has gone on to become one of the most well-known and financially successful film franchises in history, spawning books, video games, and television series which comprise its "Expanded Universe". Futurama, being a comedy science fiction TV show, is bound to make references to the Star Wars series, while Star Wars has also made references to Futurama several times. Following is a complete list of connections between Futurama and Star Wars. Most references are to the original trilogy, though there are some to Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

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Note: Most of the external links go to Wookieepedia, The Star Wars Wiki


Mark Hamill

There have been a number of people who work on both Star Wars (primarily Star Wars: Clone Wars, it being an animated TV series) and Futurama:


Nathan Hamill


Scott Vanzo

Star Wars in Futurama

X-Wing Helmet

Star Wars has appeared in Futurama on many occasions:

Season 1

Star Wars 9 -- Yoda's Bar Mitzvah
Galaxy Wars
Palpatine reminiscent hologram

"Space Pilot 3000" (1ACV01)


"Love's Labours Lost in Space" (1ACV04)


"Fear of a Bot Planet" (1ACV05)

  • Hermes shows up in the form of a hologram, much like Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
  • Chapek 9 was colonised by radical robot separatists.

"My Three Suns" (1ACV07)

  • The entire scene in Little Neptune seems to be a somewhat vague reference to Chalmun's Cantina scene in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Both seem seedy, have a menagerie of robot and alien denizens, and both feature the main characters going into a place that sell food. Also, the scene where Fry is saved by Leela from the Organ Dealer and his accomplice is similar to when Obi-Wan Kenobi saves Luke from Cornelius Evazan and Ponda Baba.
  • Trisol's three suns and desert climate is similar to Tatooine.

"Hell Is Other Robots" (1ACV09)

  • The Robot Hell is somehow reminiscent of the Robot holding area in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope when C-3PO and R2-D2 are captured by the Jawas and see several Droids/Robots being tortured.
  • The lasers emitted by the moth-like robots who serve the Robot Devil have similar noises to those in Star Wars.

"A Flight to Remember" (1ACV10)

  • When the crew rush to an escape pod, the Professor is seen on the back of Fry, a reference to Yoda on Luke's back during his training in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

"When Aliens Attack" (1ACV12)

  • Fry wears a Rebel Alliance X-wing starfighter Pilot's helmet while flying the Planet Express Ship. (Image)
  • The battle planning session, the battle and it's destruction is based on the scene in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
  • During the attack on the mother-ship, you see a turret swivelling while trying to shoot down a fighter. This is exactly the same as a small scene in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, during the attack on the Death Star. (Image)

"Fry and the Slurm Factory" (1ACV13)

  • The translation of the AL1 is:
    • The following species are ineligible: space wasps, space beavers, any other animal with the word 'space' in front of it, space chickens, and the elusive yak-face.
  • Yak face is a rare Star Wars figure of Saelt-Marae not released in the USA. Mint figures have sold for thousands of dollars. It was added because David X. Cohen owns one.

Season 2

Near Death Star
Fry with a lightsaber
Star Tours

"Brannigan, Begin Again" (2ACV02)

  • At the start of the episode, Fry and Bender can be seen playing Dejarik, a game played by C-3PO and Chewbacca in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

"The Lesser of Two Evils" (2ACV06)


"Raging Bender" (2ACV08)


"A Bicyclops Built for Two" (2ACV09)

  • The Professor's head appearing as a giant blue hologram could be a reference to Palpatine's appearance in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. (Image)

"A Clone of My Own" (2ACV10)

  • The hologram is based on Princess Leia's hologram in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, especially the way Farnsworth turns it off.
  • Near Death Star parodies the Death Star. (Image)
  • The high-speed chase draws from each film of the Star Wars Original trilogy:
    • The start is based on the chase on the Moon of Endor in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
    • The central part echoes the dramatic stories on the surface of the Death Star in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
    • The end parallels the escape from Cloud City in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

"The Deep South" (2ACV12)

  • When the camera zooms in on Fry and Bender's bunks before Fry first talks to Umbriel, we see several things propped up against the wall. In the lower right corner, Fry's Rebel Alliance X-wing star-fighter Pilot's helmet appears, it was previously seen in "When Aliens Attack" (see above).

"War Is the H-Word" (2ACV17)

  • The Piñata lightsaber scene parodies the scene where Obi-Wan Kenobi trains Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. (Image)

Season 3

Martian Bow and Arrows - lightsabers
Giant Space Slug
Bender with a lightsaber

"The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz" (3ACV05)

  • After being thrown by the orca, Bender makes the same sound as R2-D2 from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back after being spit out of the water by a creature in a swamp on Dagobah. His subsequent landing in the ice references when R2 got stunned by Jawas.
  • Leela puts on a heavy jacket and goes searching for Bender on an ice planet in the midst of falling temperatures, a parody of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

"That's Lobstertainment!" (3ACV08)

  • Some of the main characters are riding a tour bus in Hollywood with the name Star Tours (a real-life Star Wars-themed Disney theme park attraction). Under the bus logo, a disclaimer reads "Note: Bus Does Not Leave Earth." (Image)
  • The head (in a jar) of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace character Jar Jar Binks is in the audience of the Oscars.

"Where the Buggalo Roam" (3ACV10)

  • When the Martians take out bow and arrows, the arrows look like lightsaber blades (with similar sound effects). (Image)

"The Route of All Evil" (3ACV12)


"A Pharaoh to Remember" (3ACV17)

  • While being carried shackled to a pole, Fry says to Leela "Call it a hunch but I've got a bad feeling about this." In Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, on Endor, Han Solo says almost the exact same thing while he and his friends are in a similar situation. "I have a bad feeling about this" is a line used in all the Star Wars films and some Expanded Universe.

"The 30% Iron Chef" (3ACV22)

  • Helmut Spargle teaching Bender to peel a hover-potato with an energy blade is a modeled after a scene from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, when Obi-Wan Kenobi was teaching Luke to feel The Force and use a lightsaber using a training device. (Image)
  • Spargel’s character and subsequent death are a parody of Yoda
  • Spargel also mentions the "Dark side of cooking".

Season 4

The Infosphere - Death Star
Kif - Darth Maul
Remote-controlled solid gold Death Star
R2-D2 appears among the treasure (top-right corner)

"Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch" (4ACV01)

  • Zapp says he "feels a very sensual disturbance in the force".

"Crimes of the Hot" (4ACV08)

  • One of the first robots Farnsworth designed at Mom's Friendly Robot Company was based on the droid C-3PO from Star Wars. It offers to kiss the professor on the forehead, then the professor destroys it by crushing it. As it is being crushed, it says "Oh Dear" several times. (Image)
  • Later in the episode, the professor says "Ooh, the Jedis are going to feel this one..."
  • When the mirror is being readied to fire the laser, the tracking system looks like the Death Star's tracking system.
  • The medal ceremony is very reminiscent of the scene in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

"Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles" (4ACV09)

  • The race was inspired by Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace's Podracers.

"The Why of Fry" (4ACV10)

  • The Infosphere resembles the Death Star from Star Wars. (Image)
  • The mission to destroy the Infosphere (and destruction of it) is reminiscent of the mission to destroy the Death Star.
  • Nibbler states "maybe she is the other" in reference to Leela, however nothing more about this statement is explained. It is likely it's a reference to Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back where Yoda mentions that "there is another" which too is never explained. It is also likely to assume he is referring to Princess Leia, however, it is doubtful that the writers of Futurama are trying to suggest that Fry and Leela are siblings.
  • Nibbler also says "Knows not does he!" Again, this seems to be a reference to Yoda messing up grammatical structures in Star Wars movies.

"Where No Fan Has Gone Before" (4ACV11)


"The Sting" (4ACV12)

  • When Hermes sees that Leela is awake, he exclaims, "Sweet Three-toed Sloth of Ice Planet Hoth! She's awake!", referring to the ice planet from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
    • There are some creatures in the Star Wars universe called Sloths that aren't similar to real Sloth's.
  • As Leela and Fry escape the Bee Hive a bee hits a wall, then explodes; the ensuing scene is similar to Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi when the Millennium Falcon escapes from the second Death Star.

"Obsoletely Fabulous" (4ACV14)

  • While Bender is playing with the scratch post, in the foreground we can see R2-D2 from Star Wars.

"Three Hundred Big Boys" (4ACV16)


"Spanish Fry" (4ACV17)

  • A vehicle resembling a Sandcrawler from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope can be found in the parking lot.


TIE Fighter
Greyfarn and Ignus Duel
V-GINY- Death Star

Bender's Big Score


Bender's Game


    Star Wars:
    Vader: Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.
    Luke: He told me enough! He told me you killed him.
    Vader: No. I am your father.
    Luke: No. No. That's not true! That's impossible!
    Vader: Search your feelings. You know it to be true.
    Luke: No! No! No!

    Ignus: Mommy never told you about my father.
    Greyfarn: She said he was a foul He-demon.
    Ignus: Exactly. You are my father.
    Greyfarn: No. No, that's impossible.
    Ignus: Search your feelings. You know it to be true.
    Greyfarn: No! No!

Into the Wild Green Yonder


Season 6

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Yoda the crane operator

"Rebirth" (6ACV01)


"In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela" (6ACV02)

  • The V-GINY resembles the Death Star from Star Wars. (Image)
  • The infiltration of the V-GINY is reminiscent to Death Star's invasion, including a mention of the Force and a voice similar of Obi Wan Kenobi.

"Proposition Infinity" (6ACV04)


"Lethal Inspection" (6ACV06)


"A Clockwork Origin" (6ACV09)


"Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences" (6ACV11)


Season 7

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"Zapp Dingbat" (7ACV05)


"Forty Percent Leadbelly" (7ACV14)

Adoy - Yoda




Video game

Futurama (video game)

  • In the end of Act I, the chicken walker is a reference to the All Terrain Scout Transport from Star Wars.
  • The initial meeting with Adoy (Image) on Bogad is a reference to a similar scene in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke Skywalker meets Yoda on Dagobah.
    • Additionally, the character and planet names in the game are the Star Wars names backwards.


Smitty with a lightsaber
Walt, Larry and Igner - Imperial Officers
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"Slaves of New New York!" (US#X03)

  • Comic Book Guy mentions wanting a "metal slave bikini like Princess Leia's from Return of the Jedi."
  • The first delivery the Simpsons tag along on is to "an ice planet in the Lucas galaxy", which turns out to be a parody of the Hoth sequence in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

"Robot Robin Hood" (US#025)

  • Yoda is parodied as a crane operator who lifts the ship out of the water, a reference to the scene in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. (Image)

"Attack of the 50-ft Amy" (US#033)

  • Bender took on the personality of Yoda when he ate the pirated movie collection.

"The Fry and the Furious!" (US#044)

  • The Millennium Falcon, Alderaan and R2-D2 appear.

"Anthology of Interest II" (US#045)

  • Fry and Leela's date montage has references to Star Wars during it.


January - 2001 Calendar
  • The police use sticks that resemble the lightsaber from Star Wars. See its page for more info. (Image)
  • The character of Elzar is a reference to Gormaanda from The Star Wars Holiday Special.
  • Mom's sons are dressed the same as Darth Vader's Imperial Officers from the original trilogy. (Image)
  • In the opening sequence, New New York is set out like Coruscant. The Planet Express Ship's entry, also seems to be a parody of the Millennium Falcon's entrance into Cloud City in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
  • January, in the 2001 Calendar, depicts Fry wearing a Slave Leia costume and has the Slurm Queen as Jabba the Hutt. (Image)
  • Alien Language 1 is similar to the Star Wars writing, Aurebesh.

Futurama in Star Wars

The 'Bender Droid' in Junkheap Hero.

Futurama has appeared in Star Wars (though no where near as much as Star Wars in Futurama) on several occasions:

See also