Watch Now

on Amazon Video

ON TV
ON DISC
ALL
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.
Reviews
Popularity
247 ( 2)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



13   12   11   10   9   8   7   6   5   … See all »
2016   2015   2014   2013   … See all »
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 22 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Family Guy (TV Series 1999)
Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

In a wacky Rhode Island town, a dysfunctional family strive to cope with everyday life as they are thrown from one crazy scenario to another.

Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green
Futurama (1999–2013)
Animation | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Fry, a pizza guy, is accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out New Year's Eve 2999.

Stars: Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal
The Simpsons (TV Series 1989)
Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner
South Park (TV Series 1997)
Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado.

Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes
The Cleveland Show (2009–2013)
Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The adventures of the Family Guy (1999) neighbor and deli owner, Cleveland Brown.

Stars: Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson
Bob's Burgers (TV Series 2011)
Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Bob Belcher, along with his wife and three children, try to run their last hope of holding the family together, which is running Bob's dream restaurant.

Stars: H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman
Archer (TV Series 2009)
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Covert black ops and espionage take a back seat to zany personalities and relationships between secret agents and drones.

Stars: H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash
King of the Hill (1997–2010)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A straight laced propane salesman in Arlen, Texas tries to deal with the wacky antics of his family and friends, while also trying to keep his son in line.

Stars: Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon
Scrubs (2001–2010)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

In the unreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, intern John "J.D" Dorian learns the ways of medicine, friendship and life.

Stars: Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke
Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A gifted young teen tries to survive life with his dimwitted, dysfunctional family.

Stars: Frankie Muniz, Bryan Cranston, Justin Berfield
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After Homer accidentally pollutes the town's water supply, Springfield is encased in a gigantic dome by the EPA and the Simpson family are declared fugitives.

Director: David Silverman
Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright
Two and a Half Men (2003–2015)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A hedonistic jingle writer's free-wheeling life comes to an abrupt halt when his brother and 10-year-old nephew move into his beach-front house.

Stars: Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Stan Smith / ... (220 episodes, 2005-2016)
...
 Francine Smith / ... (220 episodes, 2005-2016)
...
 Klaus / ... (220 episodes, 2005-2016)
...
 Steve Smith / ... (219 episodes, 2005-2016)
...
 Hayley Smith / ... (219 episodes, 2005-2016)
Mike Barker ...
 Terry Bates / ... (96 episodes, 2005-2014)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Dad  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(as Dolby Surround)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Steve's middle name is "Anita" See more »

Goofs

In the Smith house there's a window at the stair landing that appears through most of season one, but is never seen again in subsequent seasons. See more »

Quotes

Klaus: I'll tell you something, though. You've just eaten all the potato salad Francine made for the Deacon's Wake! Ha ha ha!
Roger the Alien: And you didn't stop me? How could you do that?
Klaus: Yeah, still German...
See more »

Crazy Credits

As of the 2008-2009 season, the intro sequence has been completely redone with more modern animation. There are a few minor changes to what happens during the sequence. For instance, Haley puts a peace sign post-it on Stan which Francine subsequently removes, and Klaus kicks Stan his car keys. The old "different newspaper" gag is removed, and instead each intro features Roger in the car with Stan, wearing a different outfit in each episode. See more »

Connections

Featured in 5 Second Movies: X-Men: First Class (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Morning U.S.A.
Composed by Walter Murphy, Michael Barker, Seth MacFarlane, Matthew Weitzman
[Main Title Theme]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Is to Family Guy what Futurama is to the Simpsons
9 May 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

On first glance, American Dad looks like a carbon copy of Seth MacFarlane's "other" show Family Guy. The animation is near identical, the lead character Stan Smith's knuckle headed optimism and in-your-face presentation doesn't so much recall Peter Griffin as grab you by the throat and scream in your face and Roger the alien and Klaus the goldfish work in much the same way Stewie and Brian do in the previous show. So far so very familiar, as though MacFarlane dressed up his fourth FG series with different characters when it was initially cancelled so as to stay on the air but stick with it, and American Dad will eventually reveal itself as a superior cartoon to it's predecessor.

Sure, the humour is once again a mixture of insightful witticisms, biting satire and odd bursts into toilet humour but rather than the chaos of Family Guy where the plot seems to revolve round the jokes, here the opposite is true. The flashbacks are almost totally absent and instead each episode features a structure and character development that is normally missing from the first show. Okay some of the episodes fall a bit flat but nevertheless, there are considerably more hits than there are misses and when it's good, it's brilliant. "A Smith In The Hand" for example is in this writer's humble opinion, the funniest thing MacFarlane and his team have ever produced.

What's more, American Dad is considerably more politically-orientated and everything you could conceive about the USA's current state of fear mongering and distrust is put beneath a microscope and parodied mercilessly. Stan Smith is a boorish depiction of all that paranoia rolled into one and some of his outbursts and overreactions are hilarious. Take the scene where he locks up his new Arab neighbours in his back garden for instance in a moment that scarily recalls the nightmarish conditions of Guantanamo bay yet still manages to be side splittingly funny or any of his numerous conceited one-liners ("only women have emotions son, they come from their ovaries").

Only time will tell if American Dad can outlive the shadow of it's far more successful big brother, but like the relationship between Futurama and the Simpsons beforehand, it's often a far funnier and considerably more focused show that deserves a wider audience. Highly recommended.


122 of 160 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
roger has a baby? baldwinarginia
Principal Lewis is beyond psychopathic DavidSKS
The New Noah's Ark Episode letsgetclashin
Shell of what it once was danielledip10
Golden Turd bdbj_7
Jeff sucks DavidSKS
Discuss American Dad! (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page