Fry Becomes His Own Grandpa
In the Emmy-winning "Roswell That Ends Well" (December 9th, 2001), Cohen and Groening break the rule they set down while devising the show – no time travel! – to send the Planet Express crew to Roswell, New Mexico, circa 1947. In an episode crammed with indelible scenes and allusions to sci-fi films like Back to the Future and The Terminator, Fry creates the ultimate time-travel paradox as he accidentally gets his grandfather nuked and then sleeps with his grandmother, thereby becoming his own grandpa.
"We're all in hysterics in the writer's room about it – but then having that sobering moment of, 'I don't know if we can do that on TV,'" Cohen recalls. "The scene of the character sleeping with his grandmother – you haven't seen that a lot on television. It's a little disturbing. So we had to address it very carefully and make sure, obviously, Fry didn't realize it was his grandmother."