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[[Image:Bender-TV.JPG|right|thumb|Bender, Calculon and the director in a creative dispute]]
{{Episode infobox|name=Bender Should Not Be Allowed on Television|image=[[image:Bender-TV.JPG|225px]]|number=4ACV06|caption=CONTROLLING YOU THROUGH A CHIP IN YOUR BUTT SINCE 1999|first aired=August 3<sup>rd</sup>, 2003|written by=Louis Morton|directed by=Brian Sheesley|title reference=Parent groups who spoke out against Futurama, particurlarly Bender.|chars=[[Philip J. Fry|Fry]] <br />[[Turanga Leela|Leela]] <br />[[Bender Bending Rodriguez|Bender]] <br />[[Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth|Professor Farnsworth]] <br />[[Hermes Conrad|Hermes]] <br />[[Dr. John Zoidberg|Zoidberg]] <br />[[Cubert Farnsworth|Cubert]] <br />[[Robot_Mafia#Donbot|Donbot]] <br />[[Dwight Conrad|Dwight]] <br />[[LaBarbara Conrad|LaBarbara]] <br />[[Tinny Tim]] <br />[[Calculon]] <br />[[All My Circuits#Monique|Monique]] <br />[[Linda]] <br />[[Morbo]] <br />[[Horrible Gelatinous Blob]] <br />[[Brett Blob]]<br />[[Hypnotoad]] <br />[[Macauley Culkon]] <br />[[Emote-atron jr.]] <br />[[Sal]]|debut chars=[[All My Circuits#Antonio Calculon, Jr.|Antonio Calculon, Jr.]] <br /> [[Execu-Bots]] <br />[[Directing Unit]]}}
'''Production Number''': 4ACV06<br />
'''First Aired''': August 3, 2003
==The Story==
==The Story==
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* The [[Execu-Bots]] are a spoof of the executives of every TV network and their weird policies that at times seem like random mental spasms.
* The [[Execu-Bots]] are a spoof of the executives of every TV network and their weird policies that at times seem like random mental spasms.
*[[Philip J. Fry|Fry]]
*[[Philip J. Fry|Fry]]
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*'''Debut:''' [[Execu-Bots]]
*'''Debut:''' [[Execu-Bots]]
*'''Debut':''' [[Director]]
*'''Debut':''' [[Director]]
==Episode Credits==
==Episode Cast==
**[[Louis Morton]]
**[[Brian Sheesley]]
*Voice Actors
*Voice Actors
**[[Billy West]]
**[[Billy West]]

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[[Season {{{season}}}]] episode
Bender Should Not Be Allowed on Television
Production number4ACV06
Written byLouis Morton
Directed byBrian Sheesley
First air dateAugust 3rd, 2003
Broadcast number{{{broadcast number}}}
Title referenceParent groups who spoke out against Futurama, particurlarly Bender.


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[[Category:Season {{{season}}} Episodes]]

The Story

Act I: For I have AMNESIA!

Cubert and Dwight are dreaming of imitating anything they see on TV, particularily anything on All My Circuits, like amnesia which seems to have every character in its grip. As Calculon is throwing a big birthday party on screen, Cubert wants to have a big party too - but do clones even have birthdays? Professor Farnsworth says no, but he concedes that they can celebrate the day he scraped the cells for the cloning process off his back - thirteen years ago next week. Around this time it will be Dwights birthday too, so Hermes has the idea of combining both events in one party at the office and writing it off as business expense. Meanwhile, on "All my Circuits", Antonio Calculon, Jr. is having a technical breakdown, instead the popular show "Everybody loves Hypnotoad" is put on. Dwights and Cuberts party is not a success, no one has turned up except the crew, their families and Tinny Tim, but Bender brings the news that All my Circuits is holding an open casting call for a child robot to replace Antonio Calculon, Jr. and that he is intending to take it. At the audition, Bender boos out every competitor which makes Calculon reject them, and when it is Benders turn, he is accepted because Fry and Leela are cheering madly, despite the fact that Bender can't act worth a damn.

Act II: Now my character has a British accent?

The first shooting in the studio starts with a disappointment for Bender, as his character is supposed to be in a coma. Bender, however, decides to do a little improvisation and does what he does best - singing, dancing, and smoking. Calculon decides to take the scene, as he never does two takes. After seeing the result, Calculon decides to fire Bender. But then, the Execu-Bots who run the network show up and decide that Bender stays on the show, for he stimulates the audience and is likely to make them rich. Bender becomes a TV star by doing the things he loves - smoking, drinking and stealing. Cubert, Dwight and even Tinny Tim embrace their new role model at once and imitate everything they see him do on TV. The Professor and Hermes are apalled and decide to form a protest group, Fathers Against Rude Television a.k.a. F.A.R.T.. Cubert, Dwight and Tim decide to rob Bender in a desperate effort to imitate him without throwing up from drink or cigars.

Act III: I once put a laugh-track on a show that had no jokes in it!

The burglary at Robot Arms Apts. goes as planned, and the three of them throw a huge party for all children they know with the cool stuff they nicked from Bender. The Professor and Hermes crash the party, and Farnsworth finds out with his Cool-O-Meter that Dwight and Cubert are exceptionally cool with all the stuff, and ask where it came from. Cubert and Dwight break down and confess, strenghtening their parents resolve to do something against their role model. At first Bender defends himself, but when he finds out the kids stole from him, he immediately does a 180° turn and now says that Bender should not be allowed on TV himself. Logically he joins F.A.R.T. and organizes a march on Hollywood. He wants to quit, but the network does not let him go and forces him to stay by force of arms. The Professor wants to resort to violence to solve the problem, bringing Bender between the fronts. He tricks both armed persons and seizes their guns so he can hold a climatic speech in peace. He states that violence, crime and drug abuse should not be shown to kids, but that a big share of the blame rests with the parents who just can't shut down the TV once in a while - by simply turning off the TV. With their differences solved, the crew has learned an important lesson - and congregates in front of the TV to celebrate this fact.

Additional Info


  • Fry: (watching Everybody loves Hypnotoad): This show has been going downhill since Season Three.
  • Bender: Stupid damn coma. I could have been British.
  • Leela: As unclean as it makes me feel, I agree with Bender. Kids don't turn rotten just by watching TV.
    Fry: Yeah. Give a little credit to our public schools.
  • Professor Farnsworth: Oh, I'm getting a reading of over forty Mega-Fonzies!
  • Bender: TV would stink if everyone on it was a positive role model.

Inside References

Outside References

  • All My Circuits is running up to new heights of soap opera in this episode, imitating just about every other soap opera. Especially the much-liked amnesia is omnipresent in the first two minutes.
  • The Execu-Bots are a spoof of the executives of every TV network and their weird policies that at times seem like random mental spasms.

Episode Cast