Family Guy: Season 1, Episode 1

Death Has a Shadow (31 Jan. 1999)

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Peter loses his job, but ends up getting rich off welfare.

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Lois Griffin (voice)
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In this pilot episode to the series, Peter goes out to a friend's bachelor party, but first promises Lois that he won't get drunk. He does, of course, and the resulting hangover causes him to lose his job the next day. After several unsuccessful attempts to get a new job, Peter applies for welfare, only to discover that a clerical error has now made the family rich. Things spin further out of Peter's control, while Lois is still unaware that her husband has been fired. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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In the original pilot, Lois was a blonde. See more »

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When Brian is smacking Peter in the head with the newspaper, it clearly reads "Daily Informant". Afterwards, as they talk, it reads "Daily Times". The paper also changes position; the word "Daily" sometimes faces Brian and sometimes not. See more »

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Mr. Weed: Griffin! Are you sleeping on the job?
Peter Griffin: No. There's a bug in my eye and I'm trying to suffocate him.
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So Offensive.....It's Funny!
10 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Family Guy is perhaps the most offensive animated series on network television when this first aired. But the show is a hilarious satire on the classic American way of life and I love how brutal some pop culture media are depicted. This came out right after the Super Bowl in 1999 and apparently lots of people enjoyed it.

This first episode, "Death Has a Shadow" is a good kickoff. We meet the Griffin family led by the patriarch, Peter. We meet the typical housewife, Lois, daughter Meg, son Greg, talking dog Brian, and diabolical baby Stewie. Peter loses his job after sleeping at work, but he decides to go on welfare to support his family. But of course, the law will catch up.

This show came out when Seth McFarlane wasn't even famous yet, but of course this show gave him headlines. He is a very talented voice actor. I love how he doesn't allow mercy. He made some pretty funny but offensive references to Adolf Hitler, the film "Philadelphia", and "Casablanca." But, the jokes were pretty darn funny. All in all, this is a good first episode. I rate it 9/10.


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