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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31 January 1999 (USA)  »

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Brian sits down like a dog in this pilot. Later in the series, he sits like a human. See more »

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When Peter is having ice cream in a flash back, his eyes constantly change size. See more »

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Glenn Quagmire: Hey, who wants to play "Drink the Beer"?
Peter Griffin: Right here.
[chugs a can]
Glenn Quagmire: Heh, you win!
Peter Griffin: All right! What do I win?
Glenn Quagmire: Another beer!
Peter Griffin: Alright, I'm goin' for the high score!
Glenn Quagmire: Well, actually *Charlie's* got the high score.
[pan right to a man with his pants down standing in front of a grandfather clock]
Charlie: Hey, man, your clock won't flush!
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Featured in Family Guy: Fifteen Minutes of Shame (2000) See more »

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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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