10 Soon-to-Be Classic 'Futurama' ClipsHead writer David X. Cohen relives the best moments from Matt Groening's 'other' long-running show
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Slurm's Secret Ingredient Is Revealed
In "Fry and the Slurm Factory" (which first aired on November 14th, 1999), Fry becomes enamored with Slurm, a neon-green beverage touted for its "highly addictive" qualities. When the gang wins a free trip to the Slurm Factory, Fry, Bender and Leela do some digging to discover that the drink is actually the anal excretion of a giant worm dubbed the "Slurm Queen." And yet, despite his disgust, a thirsty Fry keeps on drinking Slurm.
"I certainly drink my share of caffeine every day," says Cohen, "and there were all these other variants of caffeinated, alcoholic beverages. Slurm is our version of all that kind of heavily-marketed, addictive stuff. That episode is kind of memorable to me generally because we were starting to loosen up about our material a little bit. We had been trying maybe a little too hard before that point to tell [viewers] that the crew is all family that sticks together and blah, blah, blah, and that episode I think is a little more fun."