Peter tries to smooth things over with Lois after he "innocently" defrauds the government out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.


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Episode cast overview:
Lois Griffin (voice)
Diane Simmons / Nancy the Postal Lady (voice)
John Madden (voice)
Butch Hartman ...
Various (voice)
Various (voice)
Judge (voice)
Various (voice)
Dick Clark (voice)
Mr. Weed (voice)


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 <>

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Animation | Comedy


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31 January 1999 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Good start to a classic series
24 September 2016 | by (Johannesburg, South Africa) – See all my reviews

Watching the first episode of Family Guy is like taking a time machine back to the Clinton administration. Not only does it give the world a snapshot of the grotesque underbelly of American culture as it stood just before the turn of the millennium, but it also establishes Family Guy as a television sensation.

All the show's trademark comedic devices are here: the random cutaway sequences; the grotesque slapstick American jokes; and the oddball socio-political commentary. Many of the tropes evident in Seth McFarlan's later work are here, too. The use of animals, freakish characters, and inanimate objects as major plot devices which pop up again in American Dad and Ted and its sequel, and the strong male archetype with a warped sense of patriarchal control over his family, present in American Dad, are examples of this trend.

The animation in the first episode is crude for the period, which is a disappointment. And the voice acting is inconsistent with later seasons, a problem seen in other adult animated series such as The Simpsons. The humour offsets these problems to a large extent, although it doesn't entirely eliminate them.

Overall, this is a solid start to what later became a fixture of American Television Culture, despite some strange flaws and a strange obsession with death that hangs over the rest of the season. I strongly recommend it to anybody with an interest in American animated adult television.

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