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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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Series cast summary:
 Stan Smith / ... (217 episodes, 2005-2016)
 Francine Smith / ... (217 episodes, 2005-2016)
 Klaus / ... (217 episodes, 2005-2016)
 Steve Smith / ... (216 episodes, 2005-2016)
 Hayley Smith / ... (216 episodes, 2005-2016)
Mike Barker ...
 Terry Bates / ... (96 episodes, 2005-2014)


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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Did You Know?


The Japanese pop song in season 5 episode 12 "may the best Stan win" is "Monochrome Effect" by the Japanese group Perfume. See more »


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 »


Klaus: Can I come?
Francine Smith: Oh, what's the point, Klaus? You're a fish!
Klaus: Ah. Francine, could you hit that Boom Box on your way out?
Edie Brickell: I quit! I give up! Nothing's good enough for anybody else...
Klaus: Wah-ha-ha-hah!
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Flat Earth & Other Hot Potatoes: Episode #1.22 (2015) See more »


Good Morning U.S.A.
Composed by Walter Murphy, Michael Barker, Seth MacFarlane, Matthew Weitzman
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31 October 2007 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

This has to be one of the best adult cartoons ever created. It's hard for me to compare them with Southpark. I think that in many aspects, American Dad is way better than Southpark. Probably because it addresses to a much larger public, while Southpark contains jokes that sometime require some background knowledge, before you can fully understand them. Even for non-Americans, this series are equally funny and enjoying. Great job! I recommend this to anyone who enjoys some good humour. Now we can only hope that the American Dad Seasons will be longer and longer (from what I know a season of American Dad has more episodes than any of its "rival" shows). Once again, outstanding work and I hope to see this continue in the future and become a traditional show (and maybe see it promoted in other countries as well).

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