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George Lucas officially gave the producers clearance to do "Star Wars" gags because he's a fan of the show.
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."
Seth MacFarlane based the voice of Peter Griffin on a security guard he knew while going to college.
By May 2, 2003, there was an online petition with over 111,000 names on it to save the show.
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.
Meg's friends assumed her name was short for Megan. In actuality, when Lois hands Meg's birth certificate, to Peter, he alters it; Meg's birth name is Megatron Griffin.
Brian Griffin was named "Stoner of the Year" by High Times magazine in 2009.
Angela, Peter's boss, is based on Joanna, Rachel's boss in Friends (1994).
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.
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.
Brian still insists on being an atheist even though he's personally met God and Jesus Christ on several occasions.
Nearly 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
Seth Green reveals in the commentary for 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).
Chris' full name is Christopher Cross Griffin.
Lois was originally drawn as a blonde. After much debate, the creators decided to make her hair red.
The big chicken that always fights Peter is named Ernie.
When the series was first pitched to Fox, William H. Macy had auditioned for the role of Brian.
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 her work so much as Mrs. Lockhart on season four, that he offered Barrymore the regular role of Jillian.
In 2009, Brian and Stewie quip about "Bruce Jenner's vagina." This joke seemingly foretold Caitlyn Jenner's actual gender-reassignment six years later.
Glenn Quagmire's facial features are modeled after Bob Hope. Stewie acknowledges this in Family Guy: Baby Not on Board (2008). when he states "Oh no, it's Cleveland and Bob Hope."
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.
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 voice is based on Rex Harrison.
In some episodes the family pokes fun at "Robot Chicken" and Chris gets mad. This is because Seth Green (Chris Griffin) is a producer, lead voice actor, and co-creator of the series.
Bonnie Swanson would seemingly be pregnant throughout most of the series. Peter even mentions in Family Guy: Blind Ambition (2005), "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 Family Guy: Ocean's Three and a Half (2009).
Was voted No. 5 in a British television poll to find the "100 Greatest Cartoons."
In season eleven, the opening credits in some episodes are replaced with parodies of the opening credits of King of the Hill (1997) and Modern Family (2009).
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.
Stewie's full name is Stewart Gilligan Griffin.
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.
The Griffins always seem to have the same thing for dinner: three pieces of some kind of beef, mashed potatoes and peas. This is similar to the television show "Daria", where the Morgendorffer family will usually have lasagna. Coincidentally, both Family Guy and Daria both have characters named "Chris Griffin".
Every episode contains cutaways, starting off with "Like that time I..." or "This is worse/better than..."
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).
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.
Believing the series to be cancelled after season two, 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 seasons.
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).
Originally, this was going to be a kids show on Cartoon Network called Larry and Steve.
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 blond 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. Despite the change, they chose to leave Chris' hair blond.
"Quahog," the name of the Griffin's hometown, is also the name of an edible clam. Clams are referenced elsewhere in the show. Some examples: The bar the characters frequently visit is called "The Drunken Clam" and the strip club the guys visit on occasion is called "The Fuzzy Clam".
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.
Brian drives a Toyota Prius, with a license plate that says "BRI DOG" on it, and a Kucinich bumper sticker.
Almost all episodes begin with the family sitting on the couch.
According to the British television program 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.
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.)
Glen Quagmire is left handed, but plays guitar right handed.
Seth MacFarlane graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. 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 Native Americans, the Narragansetts, called them "quahog" which means simply "clam". They used the purple part of the shells to make wampum, which was traded by Native American tribes throughout North America.
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.
Brian has a tattoo of the comic character Ziggy.
Lacey Chabert was originally the voice of Meg Griffin until 2000, when Mila Kunis was given the job.
The character of Neil Goldman, the boy who perennially chases Meg, is named after one of the show's writers.
The saying "What the hell?!" is said in every episode.
Throughout the series, references have been made to the fact that some characters voices sound similar due to them being voiced by the same person. In "Believe it or not Joe's Walking on Air" (2007), Peter tells Dr. Hartman that his voice sounds similar to Carter Pewterschmidt (both voiced by Seth MacFarlane). In "Guy, Robot" (2015), Carl does an impression of Archer from the television series Archer (2009), and Bob from the television series Bob's Burgers (2011), who are all voiced by the same person, H. Jon Benjamin.
The running gag with Mr. Herbert is that his name rhymes with "pervert" which pertains to his creepy demeanor regarding young boys.
Brought back an unprecedented second time after its amazing DVD sales (record for best selling television 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, Rhode Island. James Woods is from Warwick, Rhode Island, and Vincent "Buddy" Cianci, Jr. is the former mayor of Providence, Rhode Island.
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 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.
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.
In early episodes of the series, the rest of the family can seemingly hear what Stewie says. In more recent episodes this becomes ambiguous: at times it's unclear altogether, other times (when it's convenient for plot development) they seem to somewhat understand.
Throughout the whole series, almost all of the main characters have been in the hospital due to injury by either their own or Peter's carelessness.
Starting with season four, the characters no longer look totally to the left or right. They now look at an angle when looking at something to their side.
Ranked #12 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Top Cult Shows Ever!" (May 30, 2004 issue).
Stewie's favorite song is "Hungry Eyes" by Eric Carmen.
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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.
Angela, Peter's boss was voiced by Carrie Fisher, most famously known for the Star Wars franchise, and when Family Guy decided to air their own Star Wars parodies, in "It's A Trap!!!" She played Mon Mothma, ironically for her role as Princess Leia.
On Family Guy: Love Thy Trophy (2000)", Stewie's ABC blocks pyramidally spell REDRUM, a reference to Stephen King's novel and Stanley Kubrick's movie "The Shining (1980)" where REDRUM was MURDER spelled backwards. Which is what Stewie plans to do to Lois.
In the intro, because Joe is disabled and unable to move his legs, he lifts them with his hands.
Peter Griffin and Cleveland were both born on November 11.
In season seven, episode fourteen, "We Love You, Conrad", Stewie tells Brian that Bruce Jenner is a woman. The show was prescient, because Bruce's gender reassignment to Caitlin Jenner happened years later around season twelve.
In 2014. Shortly after a repeat of Viewer Mail (#10.22) was broadcast on BBC3. There was a news report announcing the death of comedian Robin Williams whom had committed suicide. In Viewer Mail (#10.22), everyone and everything that Peter touches turns into Robin Williams, which also depicted Robin Williams making a failed suicide attempt. (#10.22) foreshadowed the real life death of the comedian.
Many of the KEN conference attendees in Dumb and Dumber To (2014) are played by writers of the series.
Chris's birthday is February 8th, as is Seth Green's, who voices Chris.
In the episode that Chris reveals his crush, Sarah Palin claimed she was hurt by a remark made by the character, as she has a child with Down Syndrome.
Quagmire's voice is loosely based on 1950's ad men.
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Peter's white shirt is a woman's shirt. The right side (his right) buttons over the left. On men's shirts it's the other way around.
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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.
All of the characters only have four fingers on each hand.
The song the marching band plays is very similar to (almost note-for-note), and likely based on, the theme song to Coach (ABC, 1989-97).
The fancy French restaurant featured in multiple episodes is named L'espece D'andouille. This name, when translated into English, is a type of sausage. The French meaning is "a stupid fool".
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In Season three Episode five, it becomes known that Peter wears corduroy pants, Stewie mentions this while in the grocery store.
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Homer Simpson, from the long-running animated comedy series The Simpsons (1989), appeared in two episodes, with Dan Castellaneta providing the voice.
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Peter's drink of choice is Pawtucket Patriot Ale.
Stewie was born at 11:35 A.M.
In the episode "The Father, the Son and the Holy Fonz" Stewie placed blocks to show he displayed the blocks to read "mad". Other episodes show this running gag of his expressions on blocks.
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On at least one occasion, Quagmire references a porno channel called "Skin-A-Max" (a parody of Cinemax). The name "Skin-A-Max" was first used by Seth Green in the first Austin Powers film, who, of course, plays Chris Griffin on this show.
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Two Kraft Foods (now Kraft Heinz Company) products are the subjects of running gags on the show. The Kool-Aid Man, mascot for the beverage Kool-Aid, often breaks through a wall after multiple utterances of the phrase "oh no!", whereas he says "oh yeah!". Also, Cool Whip whipped cream is continually pronounced as "Cool Hwip" by Stewie. Additionally, before the original Kraft split into two companies, the Nabisco subdivision's Wheat Thins had an advertisement series featuring Brian and Stewie. Nabisco is now part of Mondelez International.
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Glenn Quagmire has a sister named Brenda.
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Mr. Burns from The Simpsons (1989) is considered to be a possible major influence behind Stewie Griffin.
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Chris shares a birthday with his voice actor, Seth Green; February 8th.
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In most scenes when a character talks, every other character stops moving and remains perfectly still.
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Cyndi Lauper is considered a possible influence behind Lois Griffin. Mostly the voice of the character.
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John G. Brennan (Mort Goldman) originally read for Peter Griffin, because creator Seth MacFarlane is a big fan of "The Jerky Boys".
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In one episode the show Party Of Five is mentioned, and Peter asks if that's a porno. Lacey Chabert who voiced Meg in early episodes was a star of the show.
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In the Griffin's house, the calendar on the wall in the kitchen next to the refrigerator has a picture of the same buildings that you see behind their house when they show the cutaway of their house.
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In earlier seasons Brian, Chris, or Stewie can be heard seperate from the other's voices when they dance and sing "He's our family guy!" In later episodes all voices seem to be blended together.
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Out of all of Peter's close friends (Brian, Cleveland, Quagmire, Joe), Cleveland is the only one that Peter's daughter, Meg, has never been infatuated with at some point.
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In Family Guy: Extra Large Medium (2010), there is a nod to the premise of the show Psych (2006) when Peter claims to be a psychic and helps Joe and the police force.
If the George R.R. Martin that Brian was talking to was an imposter, and not the real George R.R. Martin, then the imposter could have been giving Brian bad advice about his writing.
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Lois' maiden name is Pewterschmidt.
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Seth McFarlane admitted in an interview that the opening song was rerecorded in later seasons, mostly due to Stewie's line. Too many people thought Stewie's lyrics were "Effin' cry" when he was actually singing "laugh and cry". McFarlane redid it to better enunciate "laugh."
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Seth McFarlane dated Emilia Clarke in real life and Emilia Clarke never made a guest appearance in the show.
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After the shows first cancelation in 2002, many of the shows writers would go on to create the hit Nickelodeon cartoon "Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005)". Including Avatar's creator Michael Dante DiMartino.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Seth MacFarlane, the show's creator, was booked to fly from Boston to Los Angeles on American Airlines Flight 11 on Sept. 11, 2001. But his travel agent had mistakenly told him that the flight left at 8:15 a.m., not 7:45 a.m. "And I had a hangover from the night before" he said. He missed the flight, notorious for its role in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
Joe Swanson originally had a son named Kevin, who was eventually written out of the series. His disappearance was later explained in Family Guy: Stew-Roids (2009) as that he had died in Iraq, though he was later brought back into the series in Family Guy: Thanksgiving (2011) where it's revealed that he faked his own death in order to escape from the war.
Takes place in the same universe as The Simpsons (1989), as seen in season thirteen.
Before season eight began, the character of Cleveland Brown left Quahog with his son Cleveland, Jr. to star in his own spin-off, The Cleveland Show (2009). He later reappeared in season twelve when the show ended.
Despite the fact Peter makes fun of Robot Chicken (2005) (especially during the Star Wars episodes), Seth McFarlane voiced The Emperor in the Robot Chicken Star Wars specials.
Quagmire has a daughter named Anna Lee.
Cleveland Brown's name is a reference to the NFL team Cleveland Browns.
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With the exception of fantasies, the Season ten Episode two "Seashore Seashell Party" takes place entirely indoors, as the Griffin are stuck inside the house, due to the hurricane.
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Quagmires deaf brother is named Gary.
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Dr. Hartman's first name is Elmer.
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Mr. Herbert's first name is John.
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Peter had a mother named Thelma, who dies in "Mom's the Word".
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Quagmire has a sister named Brenda, whose boyfriend Jeff abuses her.
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Quagmire's dad/mom is named Dan Quagmire/Ida Davis.
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Brian has a son named Dylan.
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Mort Goldman is Jewish.
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