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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 based the voice of Peter Griffin on a security guard he knew while going to college.
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 May 2, 2003, there was an online petition with over one hundred eleven thousand names on it to save the show.
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.
The show has been cancelled 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.
Angela, Peter's boss, is based on Joanna, Rachel's boss on Friends (1994).
Brian still insists on being an atheist, even though he's personally met God and Jesus Christ on several occasions.
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.
Brian Griffin was named "Stoner of the Year" by High Times magazine in 2009.
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
Lois was originally drawn as a blonde. After much debate, the creators decided to make her hair red.
Chris' full name is Christopher Cross Griffin.
The big chicken that always fights Peter is named Ernie.
In 2009, Brian and Stewie quip about "Bruce Jenner's vagina." This joke seemingly foretold Caitlyn Jenner's actual gender-reassignment six years later.
When the series was first pitched to FOX, William H. Macy had auditioned for the role of Brian.
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).
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.
Glenn Quagmire's facial features are modelled 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.
In some episodes, the family pokes fun at Robot Chicken (2001) and Chris gets mad. This is because Seth Green (Chris Griffin) is a producer, lead voice actor, and co-creator of the series.
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.
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).
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).
Was voted No. 5 in a British television poll to find the "100 Greatest Cartoons."
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 its final two years of production.
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.
Stewie's full name is Stewart Gilligan Griffin.
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 (1997), where the Morgendorffer family will usually have lasagna. Coincidentally, this show and Daria (1997) 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.
The saying "What the hell?!" is said in every episode.
Originally, this was going to be a kids show on Cartoon Network called Larry and Steve.
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).
Like real-life children, Chris and Meg share the facial or 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 cleft 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 redhead. Despite the change, they chose to leave Chris' hair blond.
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.
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.
"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".
Brian drives a Toyota Prius, with a license plate that says "BRI DOG" on it, and a Kucinich bumper sticker.
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.
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.
Almost all episodes begin with the family sitting on the couch.
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. 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.
Brian has a tattoo of the comic character Ziggy.
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.
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.
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.
The running gag with Mr. Herbert is that his name "rhymes" with "pervert" which pertains to his creepy demeanor regarding young boys.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Angela, Peter's boss was voiced by Carrie Fisher, most famously known for the Star Wars saga, and when this show decided to air their own Star Wars parodies, in "It's A Trap!!!" She played Mon Mothma, ironically for her role as Princess Leia.
Stewie's favorite song is "Hungry Eyes" by Eric Carmen.
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.
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.
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.
Ranked #12 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Top Cult Shows Ever!" (May 30, 2004 issue).
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.
Quagmire's voice is loosely based on 1950's ad men (giggity!).
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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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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 season seven, episode fourteen, "We Love You, Conrad", Stewie tells Brian that Bruce Jenner is a woman. The show was prescient, because (now) Caitlyn's gender reassignment happened several years later, around season twelve.
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 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, who 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.
Chris's birthday is February 8th, as is Seth Green's, who voices Chris.
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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After the shows first cancellation 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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Many of the KEN conference attendees in Dumb and Dumber To (2014) are played by writers of the series.
On at least one occasion, Quagmire references a porno channel called "Skin-A-Max" (a nickname for Cinemax, due to their late night "Adults Only" programming). The name "Skin-A-Max" was first used by Seth Green in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) , who, of course, plays Chris Griffin on this show.
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In one episode, Party of Five (1994) is mentioned, and Peter asks if that's a porno. Lacey Chabert, who voiced Meg in early episodes, appeared on the show.
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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 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.
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.
The fancy French restaurant featured in multiple episodes is named L'espèce D'andouille. This name, when translated into English, is "Dumbass".
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All of the characters only have three fingers and a thumb on each hand, which is typical of animation.
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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In season four, episode eighteen, "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Fonz", Stewie placed blocks to read "mad". Other episodes show this running gag of his expressions on blocks.
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The song the marching band plays is very similar to (almost note-for-note), and likely based on, the theme song to Coach (1989).
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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In season three, episode five, "And the Weiner Is...", it becomes known that Peter wears corduroy pants, Stewie mentions this while in the grocery store.
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Stewie was born at 11:35 a.m.
Peter's drink of choice is Pawtucket Patriot Ale.
Glenn Quagmire has a sister named Brenda.
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Cyndi Lauper is considered a possible influence behind Lois Griffin. Mostly the voice of the character.
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In most scenes when a character talks, every other character stops moving and remains perfectly still.
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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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Mr. Burns from The Simpsons (1989) is considered to be a possible major influence behind Stewie Griffin.
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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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Chris shares a birthday with his voice actor, Seth Green; February 8th.
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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 dated Emilia Clarke in real-life, and she never made a guest appearance on the show.
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Meg Griffin is considered to be the Leopold "Butters" Stotch of Family Guy (1999), due to both characters being abused by their families. Butters is featured on South Park (1997).
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C. Montgomery Burns from The Simpsons (1989) is considered to be a major influence behind Stewie Griffin.
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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.
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.
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.
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, season ten, episode two, "Seashore Seashell Party", takes place entirely indoors, as the Griffins are stuck inside the house, due to the hurricane.
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Mr. Herbert's first name is John.
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Dr. Hartman's first name is Elmer.
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Quagmire's deaf brother is named Gary.
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Peter had a mother named Thelma, who dies in "Mom's the Word".
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Quagmire's transgender mother is named Ida Davis, formerly Dan Quagmire.
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Brian has a son named Dylan.
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Quagmire has a sister named Brenda, whose boyfriend Jeff abuses her.
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Mort Goldman is Jewish.
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