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"Family Guy" North by North Quahog (TV Episode 2005) Poster

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(2005)

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In the opening scene, Peter lists 29 shows that have been canceled by FOX after short runs in the last few years. Not only is this a joke at how FOX cannot keep many shows around (Peter says that "Family Guy" itself was canceled to make room for these "terrific shows"), but the last mentioned, Greg the Bunny (2002), is a reference to a short lived show starring Seth Green, the voice of Chris Griffin on "Family Guy". Also, That '80s Show (2002), another show mentioned, ran a few episodes and was based on That '70s Show (1998), which stars Mila Kunis, the voice of Meg Griffin. Peter also mentions The Tick (2001), where Patrick Warburton, who voices Joe Swanson, played the title character, and Titus (2000), in which Alex Borstein, who voices Lois Griffin, made an appearance during one episode.
In one scene, Brian, Stewie, Tom Tucker, and Jake Tucker are together in Tom's house. All four of these characters are voiced by Seth MacFarlane, so this scene is essentially MacFarlane talking to himself.
A joke about John Ritter's role in 8 Simple Rules (2002) was deleted from this episode because the writers found one of their own jokes too distasteful to broadcast, due to his death. It was replaced with a joke about George Lopez.
First episode after being canceled for bad ratings.
This episode was nominated for an Emmy.
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The 29 cancelled Fox shows listed by Peter in the first scene are, in order: Dark Angel (2000), Titus (2000), Undeclared (2001), Action (1999), That '80s Show (2002), Wonderfalls (2004), Fastlane (2002), Andy Richter Controls the Universe (2002), Skin (2003), Girls Club (2002), Cracking Up (2004), The Pitts (2003), Firefly (2002), Get Real (1999), FreakyLinks (2000), Wanda at Large (2003), Costello (1998), The Lone Gunmen (2001), A Minute with Stan Hooper (2003), Normal, Ohio (2000), Pasadena (2001), Harsh Realm (1999), Keen Eddie (2003), The $treet (2000), The American Embassy (2002), Cedric the Entertainer Presents (2002), The Tick (2001), Luis (2003) and Greg the Bunny (2002).
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WILHELM SCREAM: During the car chase through the mall. As the priests, who are chasing Peter and Lois, swerve and nearly hit the piano player in the mall.
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Starting with season 4, the characters no longer look totally to the left or right. They now look at an angle when looking at something
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The mall scene is a reference to The Blues Brothers
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The license plate of Brian's car is "Bri-Dog".
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While Peter listed a large number of shows cancelled by Fox, there are still many he left out. Among the cancelled Fox shows during the 2002-2005 era that Peter neglected to mention: Grounded for Life (2001), Method & Red (2004), Oliver Beene (2003), Quintuplets (2004), Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show (2005), 30 Seconds to Fame (2002), American Juniors (2003), Boot Camp (2001), The Chamber (2002), The Casino (2004), Forever Eden (2004), Invasion of the Hidden Cameras (2002), Joe Millionaire (2003), Married by America (2003), Mr. Personality (2003), My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss (2004), My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance (2004), Paradise Hotel (2003), Playing It Straight (2004), The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best (2004), Renovate My Family (2004), The Swan (2004), Temptation Island (2001), "Banzai" (2003)_, Boston Public (2000), John Doe (2002), Jonny Zero (2005), The Jury (2004), North Shore (2004), Point Pleasant (2005), and Tru Calling (2003).
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Music from this episode is featured on the CD soundtrack album "Family Guy - Movement 1".
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Mel Gibson turned down the chance to voice the parody version himself in this episode. He later admitted in an interview that he regretted the decision because he thought the episode was hilarious.
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When Mel Gibson is holding Peter and Lois at gunpoint, Peter tells its in "president Rushmore", the place they are at is Mount Rushmore and the presidents are Washington, Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Lincoln.
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