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Every episode includes at least one instance of one character saying "What the hell..." to another.
Brian's voice is simply Seth MacFarlane speaking normally. In addition, many of Brian's personal beliefs, including his generally liberal political views and his atheism, are shared by MacFarlane.
Seth MacFarlane has admitted that the family's constant abuse of Meg is a result of "a bunch of male writers not knowing how to write for a teenage girl".
By 2 May 2003, there was an online petition with over 111,000 names on it, to save the show.
George Lucas occasionally gives the producers clearance to do "Star Wars" gags because he's a fan of the show.
Seth MacFarlane based the voice of Peter Griffin on a security guard he knew while going to college.
The big chicken that always fights Peter is named Ernie.
Brian Griffin was named "Stoner of the Year" by High Times magazine in 2009.
Every time someone is dead or is unconscious the person lies on his front with one hand on his back while the other on the ground
The show has been canceled twice, once following the second season, which caused the show to not air a new episode for a year, and the second (and longest) being between the third and fourth seasons, from 2002 to 2005.
Numerous cutaway gags involve characters from the Jetsons and the Flintstones, who are arguably Hanna-Barbera's most famous characters. This is because Seth MacFarlane was a writer for Hanna-Barbera before creating Family Guy.
Chris' full name is Christopher Cross Griffin.
Seth Green reveals in the commentary for Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (2005) that the voice of Chris is based on Ted Levine's performance as Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
Bonnie Swanson would seemingly be pregnant throughout the entire series. Peter even mentions in Season 4, Episode 3, "Bonnie, you've been pregnant for like six years, alright? Either have the baby or don't." She finally gave birth to a girl, Susie, in Season 7, Episode 7.
Stewie's voice is based on Rex Harrison.
The re-runs on Cartoon Network's late night "Adult Swim" schedule are often shown uncut with curse words mostly uncensored and even with scenes cut from the Fox broadcast re-inserted.
Stewie's full name is Stewart Gilligan Griffin.
Was voted No. 5 in a British TV poll to find the "100 Greatest Cartoons".
Lois was originally drawn as a blonde. After much debate, the creators decided to make her hair red.
The characters of Peter and Brian are very similar to Larry and Steve from the shorts The Life of Larry (1995) and What a Cartoon: Larry & Steve (1996), which feature a moronic man who adopts a talking dog and puts the dog through hell, and were both written and directed by Seth MacFarlane
When the series was first pitched to Fox, William H. Macy had auditioned for the role of Brian.
The first part of the opening credits, where Lois plays the piano and sings with Peter, is a spoof of Edith playing the piano and singing with Archie during the opening credits of All in the Family (1971)
Glen Quagmire is left handed, but plays guitar right handed.
Peter's phrase of choice when climaxing during sex is "Shazam!" Cleveland's phrase of choice in the same situation is "...and boom goes the dynamite." (albeit spoken in an unexcited monotone voice as Cleveland usually speaks.)
When Drew Barrymore was preparing the documentary Choose or Lose Presents: The Best Place to Start (2004), she contacted Seth MacFarlane to appear on it and besides asked him to do a guest voice on the show. MacFarlane enjoyed so much her work as Mrs. Lockhart on season 4 that offered Barrymore the regular role of Jillian.
The show's Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2009 marked the first time since The Flintstones (1960) that an animated series earned such a nomination.
Glen Quagmire's facial features are modeled after Bob Hope. Stewie acknowledges this is in "Baby Not on Board".
The running gag with Mr. Herbert is that his name rhymes with "pervert" which pertains to his creepy demeanor regarding young boys.
Seth MacFarlane is a fan of the Star Trek franchise, explaining the frequent references to Star Trek in the show. In fact, MacFarlane even appeared in two episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) during Enterprise's final two years of production.
Brian is a struggling novelist. Throughout the series, everyone in the family has made jokes about his "unfinished novel". In the episode "Movin' Out (Brian's Song)", it is revealed that the title of Brian's novel is 'Faster Than The Speed of Love'. When he describes the story to Lois, it turns out to be a rip-off of the film Iron Eagle (1986).
Joe Swanson originally had a son named Kevin, who was eventually written out of the series. His disappearance was later explained in "Stew-Roids" (#7.13) as that he had died in Iraq, though he was later brought back into the series in "Thanksgiving" (#9.04) where it's revealed that he faked his own death in order to escape from the war.
"Quahog," the name of the Griffin's hometown, is also the name of an edible clam. The bar the characters frequently visit, "The Drunken Clam", is a reference to this.
Almost all episodes begin with the family sitting on the couch.
Brian drives a Toyota Prius, with a license plate that says "BRI DOG" on it, and a Kucinich bumper sticker.
Like real-life children, Chris and Meg share the facial/body features of their parents, Peter and Lois. Meg has the same hairstyle, nose, and mouth as Lois (although Lois is considered very attractive and Meg very ugly in the show's universe) and has brown hair and wears glasses like Peter. As for Chris, he has eyes like Lois and a nose, mouth and dimpled chin like Peter. Chris has one attribute he shares with neither parent: His blonde hair. However in the early pre-production stages of the series, Lois was supposed to have blonde hair but the creative team decided to make her a red head (See IMDb trivia elsewhere on page). Despite the change, they chose to leave Chris' hair blonde.
The character of Neil Goldman, the boy who perennially chases Meg, is named after one of the show's writers.
Brian has a tattoo of the comic character Ziggy.
Believing the series to be cancelled after season 2, many of the writers took on other jobs for different shows. The show was renewed for a third season at the last minute; many new writers were used for the new series.
According to the British TV programme 100 Greatest Cartoons (2005), Seth MacFarlane's favorite Family Guy moment is the scene from Family Guy: Da Boom (1999) where Peter is feeding Tom Selleck.
In the early seasons in the opening credits, the pictures on the wall of Chris, Meg and Stewie, in the background, have blurred faces. Later on however, their faces appear normally.
Lacey Chabert left the show during the second season in order to focus on her schooling and other projects, not because of objections to the show's content as some have claimed.
Seth MacFarlane graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I. The shell of the quahog clam (Mercenaria mercenaria) is the official Rhode Island State shell. A quahog is a pretty standard looking clam, except that it's big - about the size of a grown man's hand. Rhode Islanders like to eat them in clam chowder (not white chowder, but clear, made without milk). They also stuff the clams with a bread and clam stuffing and serve them for dinner. The area's Indians, the Narragansetts, called them "quahog" which means simply "clam". They used the purple part of the shells to make wampum, which was traded by Indian tribes throughout North America.
Before Seth MacFarlane created the idea of a regular half-hour series, he conceived of the Griffin family appearing as characters in animated shorts to appear on MADtv (1995). Many of the regular voice actors (including Alex Borstein, Phil LaMarr, Debra Wilson and Nicole Sullivan) are "MADtv: alumni. Alex Borstein was the first cast on this show and is the only "official" cast member as the voice of Lois Griffin.
The series began airing in high definition with Family Guy: And Then There Were Fewer (2010). However, Family Guy: Excellence in Broadcasting (2010) is the first episode to acknowledge the transition to the new format.
All of the high-end hotels seen on the show have Barrington in their name. Series creator Seth MacFarlane has stated they are named after the city of Barrington, Rhode Island, a very upscale community.
The original idea for titles of episodes were supposed to be based on 1940s Mystery Radio shows. This is why the first few episodes have some sort of reference to death in them. Eventually the writers of the show had to start describing the episodes to one another (rather than simply using the titles), so that idea was dropped.
Brought back an unprecedented second time after its amazing DVD sales (record for best selling TV show on DVD), and its popularity on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, which a few times had a higher Nielsen rating than broadcast television at that time slot.
Meg goes to James Woods Reqional (with a "Q") High School, and Chris goes to Buddy Cianci Junior High in fictional Quahog, RI. James Woods is from Warwick, RI, and Vincent "Buddy" Cianci, Jr. is the former mayor of Providence, RI.
Ranked #12 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Top Cult Shows Ever!" (30 May 2004 issue).
Peter's drink of choice is Pawtucket Patriot Ale.
All of the characters only have 4 fingers on each hand.
In Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary on page 963 you'll find the word quagmire. The very next word is quahog, which is where the show takes place.
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In an interview with MaD Radio in September 2012, Rachael MacFarlane debunked an Internet rumor that she voiced the character of Meg Griffin in the pilot. She did not.
In season 11 the opening credits in some episodes are replaced with parodys of the opening credits of King Of The Hill and Modern Family.
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Quagmire has a daughter named Anna Lee
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In some episodes the family pokes fun at "robot chicken" and Chris gets mad this is because Seth Green (Chris Griffin) is a producer of the series
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Lacey Chabert was originally the voice of Meg Griffin until 2000, when Mila Kunis was given the job.
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Before Season 8 began, the character of Cleveland Brown left Quahog with his son Cleveland, Jr. to star in his own spin-off, he later reappeared in season 12 when the cleaveland show ended. The Cleveland Show (2009).

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