American Dad! (2005– )

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The random escapades of Stan Smith, an extreme right wing CIA agent dealing with family life and keeping America safe, all in the most absurd way possible.

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 Stan Smith / ... (194 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 Francine Smith / ... (194 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 Klaus / ... (194 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 Steve Smith / ... (193 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 Hayley Smith / ... (193 episodes, 2005-2016)
Mike Barker ...
 Terry Bates / ... (96 episodes, 2005-2014)
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Stan Smith, who works for the CIA and is constantly on the alert for terrorist activity, will go to extremes to protect his beloved America from harm; as evidenced by the terror-alert color code on his fridge, and his frequent knee-jerk reaction of shooting holes in the toaster whenever the toast pops up. In addition to Stan's wife and teenage children, the Smith household has two rather unconventional members. There's Roger, the sarcastic space alien who rescued Stan from Area 51 who deeply resents the fact that he's not allowed to leave the house, and therefore, has been reduced to drinking wine and smoking cigarettes, and Klaus, a lascivious, German-speaking goldfish; the result of a CIA experiment gone seriously wrong where the CIA tried to give a fish a German man's brain. Stan's son is a dorky teenager who tries to be cool. His wife has had a past life of sex and drugs. Written by Anonymous

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From the creator of "Family Guy" comes a man who will stop at nothing to protect his country.

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Originally Klaus was going to be French and named François. When Dee Bradley Baker auditioned he told the producers that his French wasn't very good and that he would read the lines in German instead, they liked his performance so much they retooled him so he was German instead. See more »

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In one episode Toshi marries the Russian mail order bride. Yet he claimed in an earlier episode he had an arranged marriage waiting for him in his homeland. See more »

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Stan Smith: You know, son, the great thing about First Love is that it's the first of many
Steve Smith: But how will I forget my feelings for Akiva?
Stan Smith: Well you see son, as time goes by you'll find- Amy! Amy why won't you love me! Bwah-ha-ha! I don't wanna live!
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Up to and including the 2007-2008 season, each episode would include a different Langley Falls Gazette headline, each of which was comical and satirical (examples include "President finally gets joke about last name" and "Israel pulls out of Gaza, Gaza not pregnant." See more »

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Good Morning U.S.A.
Composed by Walter Murphy, Michael Barker, Seth MacFarlane, Matthew Weitzman
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American Dad lays out Family Guy? You bet.
28 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I always liked Family Guy. What it lacked in plot it made up for in outrageous non-sequitur humour and Peter Griffin's ubiquitous laugh. The juxtaposition of random jokes and standard plots made for some hilarious moments. But after season four it got old. It was a great one-dimensional concept while it lasted, but the appeal of a show with wafer-thin plots just to produce set-pieces can't last forever. Enter American Dad and his huge chin.

It started off pretty good. The thirteen episodes on the first DVD (technically not the whole first season if the production numbers are anything to go by) get stronger and more likable as they go by. 'A Smith In The Hand' which satirises the supposed taboo of masturbation and 'All About Steve' which demystifies geek culture are personal favourites.

Then it got better - MUCH better. Around the time of the episode 'It's Good To Be The Queen' things really started to come together. Seth knows how to draw his characters in ways that suit the initial ideas he had when he started the show and leaves plenty of opportunity for comedy as he fleshes them out. He's really got a feel for how to pace his episodes and how to write great stories, still retaining his trademark for outlandish humour. Certainly there are a few episodes in the whole run so far that are weak, but they are more than made up for by the best ones. Family Guy has more consistency but it doesn't have the sheer brilliance of American Dad when it's at it's best.

What we have here is an animated show that is nearly as strong as my personal favourite, Futurama. In other words, Seth MacFarlene's best work to date.


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