Forty Percent Leadbelly

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Season 7 episode
Broadcast season 10 episode
Forty Percent Leadbelly
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Dr. Beeler joins Bender inside of his file system.[1]
Production number7ACV14
Written byKen Keeler
Directed byStephen Sandoval
Title captionAny Resemblance To Actual Future Is Purely Coincidental
First air date3 July 2013
Broadcast numberS10E04
Title referenceA running gag and the late American musician Lead Belly


Season 7
  1. The Bots and the Bees
  2. A Farewell to Arms
  3. Decision 3012
  4. The Thief of Baghead
  5. Zapp Dingbat
  6. The Butterjunk Effect
  7. The Six Million Dollar Mon
  8. Fun on a Bun
  9. Free Will Hunting
  10. Near-Death Wish
  11. 31st Century Fox
  12. Viva Mars Vegas
  13. Naturama
  14. Forty Percent Leadbelly
  15. 2-D Blacktop
  16. T.: The Terrestrial
  17. Fry and Leela's Big Fling
  18. The Inhuman Torch
  19. Saturday Morning Fun Pit
  20. Calculon 2.0
  21. Assie Come Home
  22. Leela and the Genestalk
  23. Game of Tones
  24. Murder on the Planet Express
  25. Stench and Stenchibility
  26. Meanwhile
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"Forty Percent Leadbelly" is the one hundred and twenty-eighth episode of Futurama, the fourteenth of the seventh production season and the fourth of the tenth broadcast season.[2]


Bender meets his hero, a famous folksinger who has been in jail 30 times, and wants to duplicate his success. This means duplicating his guitar too, which he tries to steal from a maximum-security prison, but fails, so instead resorts to 3D-printing technology to duplicate the guitar — again resulting in horrible consequences.[3]


On 27 January 2012, assistant director Aimee Steinberger commented that she could not go to the FOX-lot screening of the first full-color animation for "7ACV01"[4] due to her work on this episode.[5] On 14 February 2012, she said that the animatic for the episode was "done" and would be screened "[on the next day] at the FOX lot".[6] On the next day, she stated that she thought that it had gone "pretty well".[7]

As late as 8 January 2013,[8] it was revealed[9] that the title "Forty Percent Leadbelly", which had been, in February 2012, added to the Copyright Catalog[10] and said by show writer Eric Rogers to be the title of something "supergood",[11] was the episode's title.

On 12 April 2013, a preview clip for the episode was revealed on a HuffPost Live interview with Futurama writer Patric Verrone, showing Bender using the help of Ben Beeler to bring a guitar image stored in his file system into reality by use of a large 3D printer-like device. The air date for the second half of season 7 was also revealed to be 19 June 2013.[1]

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Additional information


  • Bender's porn drive has a memory size of 100,000 Terabytes and his main drive has the memory size of only 1 Terabyte.



  • When Dr. Beeler accesses Bender's main drive in his file system, two folders can be seen within it, "Main Personality" and "Penguin Personality", a reference to when Bender was rebooted in Penguin mode in "The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz".
    • Funnily enough, his main personality file has a memory size of 3 MB, whereas his Penguin personality has a memory size of 150 MB.


    [A large 3D printer-like device called the Make-O-Matic begins to create a guitar downloaded from Bender's memory.]
    Ben Beeler: By laying down layer after layer of nano plastic, it can turn your wildest dreams into ordinary reality!
    Bender: Witchcraft! Sorcerer! Neat.

    [Bender has the rotating image of a guitar projecting from his eyes. He and Ben Beeler are looking at it.]
    Ben Beeler: Using my fancy technology, I can make an exact copy of this guitar. [He points to it.]
    Bender: Tell me Doctor Beeler, will I need to threaten you?
    Ben Beeler: Not at all! You see nowadays, we can take a unique and beautiful object, and easily reduce it to a formula for mass production! I call the process: science!



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  1. ^ a b 'Futurama' Writer Shares Exclusive New Clip. (HuffPost Live.) 13 April 2013. Retrieved on 13 April 2013.
  2. ^ Shows A-Z - futurama on comedy central. ( Retrieved on 26 June 2013.
  3. ^ Producer David X. Cohen on Futurama's Final Final Season. (Popular Mechanics.) 08 May 2013. Retrieved on 08 May 2013.
  4. ^ Aimee Steinberger (27 January 2012). aimeekitty. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 27 January 2012.
  5. ^ Aimee Steinberger (27 January 2012). aimeekitty. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 27 January 2012.
  6. ^ Aimee Steinberger (14 February 2012). aimeekitty. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 15 February 2012.
  7. ^ Aimee Steinberger (15 February 2012). aimeekitty. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 16 February 2012.
  8. ^ Eric Rogers (08 January 2012). EricRogersLA. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 15 January 2012.
  9. ^ FoxFast: Futurama. ( Retrieved on 09 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Just Fan" (08 February 2012). "Futurama: Futurama News after 6ACV26 (Reincarnation)" (page 18). (PEEL.) Retrieved on 15 January 2013.
  11. ^ Eric Rogers (08 February 2012). Kitchelfilms. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 15 January 2013.