Family Guy: Season 2, Episode 12

Fifteen Minutes of Shame (25 Apr. 2000)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Animation, Comedy
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Meg's plan to embarrass her family backfires.


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Episode cast overview:
Peter Griffin / Brian Griffin / Stewie Griffin / Glenn Quagmire / God / Announcer / Bob Ross / Captain Von Trapp / Hawkeye / Kevin Swanson / Magic Clam / Ned / Ronald McDonald / Skeleton / Trapper / Vaudeville Guy (voice)
Chris Griffin (voice)
Meg Griffin (voice)
Diane Simmons (voice)
Cleveland Brown (voice)
Molten Man / Tom Arnold (voice)
Danny Smith ...
Bonnie Swanson (voice)
Joe Swanson (voice)
Mayor Adam West (voice)
Sexy Meg / Lisa McDonald / Beth (voice)


Fed up with constantly being embarrassed by her father's behavior, Meg decides to turn the tables by getting them ambushed by a trashy shock-talk TV show. After the show, a TV producer makes the family an offer to set up cameras in their house and create a reality show around their home. The experience is interesting for them at first, but eventually they all want out of the project. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Animation | Comedy



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First appearance of Mayor Adam West. See more »


At the end of the episode, when Peter is holding the Bible, the title of the book is on the wrong side. This is because the show is animated in Korea, where they read right to left, rather than left to right. Mentioned on the commentary. See more »


Meg Griffin: [irate after being replaced on a Griffin Family reality show] How could you let them replace me?
Peter Griffin: Believe me, Meg, it was better than Plan B.
[Cut to the operating tent from M*A*S*H]
Peter Griffin: [Brian walks in] Brian, put a mask on!
Brian Griffin: I have an announcement: The plane carrying Meg Griffin was shot down over the Sea of Japan. It spun in. There were no survivors.
Stewie Griffin: [enters wearing a dress] Who do I see about a Section Eight?
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Spoofs M*A*S*H: Abyssinia, Henry (1975) See more »

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One of the best episodes from season 2
29 June 2011 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

In "15 Minutes of Shame", Meg is hosting a slumber party with her friends, only to be embarrassed by her family who drive her friends away before morning. Her plan to get back at them backfires however, when she gets them onto a talk show where Peter flips out and a reality show presenter offers Peter a contract to have the family under camera surveillance for six months for a reality TV series. Peter of course signs the contract without even consulting Lois or the rest of the family about it first. The show, entitled "The Griffins", becomes extremely popular, and when Meg has had enough and quits, the show replaces her with a more attractive and popular blond character that gets the shows ratings up. It isn't long before the rest of the family begins to get enough of this too...

"15 Minutes of Shame" is one of the best episodes from the superb season 2 of "Family Guy". It's incredible to think that the show is still going now, entering into its 11th season. Something I don't think Seth MacFarlene would have even dreamed off back in 1999 and over the next few turbulent years that followed when ratings for the show dropped significantly causing the show to be cancelled a few times. A brilliant episode from a series that included the equally and even better episodes "Da Boom", "Love Thy Trophy", "Death is a Bitch", "Let's Go to the Hop" and "Wasted Talent".

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