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"Family Guy" Excellence in Broadcasting (2010)

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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Dull... yet again...

3/10
Author: Trevor Mcinsley from United Kingdom
25 November 2010

Family Guy is funny when it sticks to what it does best, stupid quick jokes, surrealist cut aways and a plot that is essentially irrelevant but serves the purpose. Understand that these are not criticisms of the show, since it can still manage to come up with some good situations and hilarious lines from time to time.

This episode however fails entirely for the fact that it seems to be trying to make some kind of political point, at the cost of humour. Whenever Family Guy attempts parody, satire or a vaguely serious theme it just falls flat on its face and gently suffocates in the mud. The writers need to stop trying to be like South Park and stick to what they do best.

With the first episode of series nine being an hour long yawn fest of a humour devoid parody and this episode being almost entirely boring I can only hope that this was just filler and the rest of the season picks up.

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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Good and bad

7/10
Author: trinity-destler from Canada
27 October 2010

The beginning and end of the episode were quick, funny, and genuinely sharp satire. The middle was bogged down with too much partisan mud-slinging and empty-headed rhetoric. This show really, really needs to stop preaching, because the comedy stops dead every time it does, it doesn't serve the issues it attempts to address even remotely competently and it's just not entertaining to watch. Either mock idiocy and extremism on both sides without lecturing the audience or stop harping on politics. Good satire needs to be egalitarian, if they're going to call themselves "equal opportunity offenders", they need to live up to it.

Overall, it was a an okay episode and was something of a step in the right direction, but seemed to take two steps back.

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