The Griffin household includes two teenagers, a cynical dog who is smarter than everyone else, and an evil baby who makes numerous attempts to eradicate his mother. Heading up this eclectic household is Peter Griffin. Peter does his best to do what's right for the family, but along the way, he makes mistakes that are the stuff of legends. Written by
Brian drives a Toyota Prius, with a license plate that says "BRI DOG" on it, and a Kucinich bumper sticker. See more »
In "No Chris Left Behind", the Morningwood Academy sign has "NO IRISH" crossed out and "IRISH OK" written under it. The next time we see the sign, there is no trace whatsoever of either line of the Irish text. See more »
Come on, I'll show the channel Lois doesn't know about.
[turns on TV]
Brian what... Chris go to your room. Meg take Stewie upstairs.
Wait. That man seems to have suffered a rather serious snake bite.
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In the new HD seasons intro, the generic dancers on the stairs are replaced by actual characters from the show. See more »
I am a fan of South Park and The Simpsons, so I thought I would give Family Guy a shot. So far, I have not been impressed. I can appreciate the shock/entertainment value of being politically incorrect, but there are some things that just are not funny. Period.
Family Guy, like South Park, seems to insult everyone and everything equally. But at least South Park is making a point with the show's insults. As someone on another blog put it, South Park is "doing it as cultural satire in some attempt to criticize aspects of our society that make no sense or go too far." Family Guy, on the other hand, makes jokes about rape, domestic violence, ableism and racism, among other things, simply to shock and offend viewers for absolutely no reason. The nature and frequency of certain jokes ---- jokes about rape, molestation and violence towards women in particular ---- serves to glamorize, rather than condemn, things that should not be taken lightly. I was appalled to read a posting from an individual in response to last week's Aquaman episode that said, "RAPE is funny!" This only goes to show that Family Guy's use of sensitive subject matter to make a joke is not only easy for ignorant viewers to take out of context, but flat out tactless and inappropriate.
If Family Guy is going to insist on on glorifying or minimizing things like sexual assault on a regular basis, then they should at least make a point. Until then, I'm done watching the show.
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