Family Guy: Season 10, Episode 5

Back to the Pilot (13 Nov. 2011)

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Brian and Stewie travel back in time to January 31, 1999 and witness the events that took place in the very first episode of Family Guy, "Death Has a Shadow".


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Episode cast overview:
Lois Griffin (voice)
Chris Griffin (voice) (archive sound)
Meg Griffin (voice) (credit only)
Cleveland Brown (voice)
1999 Meg Griffin (voice) (archive sound)
George W. Bush (voice)
Dog in the Window (voice)
Joyce Kinney (voice)
Judge (voice) (archive sound)
John Madden (voice) (archive sound)
Terrorist / Tech Guy (voice)
Joe Swanson (voice)


Brian and Stewie travel back in time to January 31, 1999 and witness the events that took place in the very first episode of Family Guy, "Death Has a Shadow".

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While all of the present day and future scenes are animated in 1.78:1 (16:9) widescreen, all of the 1999 scenes are animated in 1.33:1 (4:3). This is because the events shown in the 1999 scenes are from the first episode of Family Guy, entitled "Death Has a Shadow", which was originally animated in 1.33:1. See more »


After all of the Stewies and Brians have arrived at the house and start arguing, just after the shot pans past the barber poles, one of the Stewies' feet are missing. See more »


[Brian and Stewie travelled back in time to January 31, 1999, the day that Family Guy first premiered]
Brian Griffin: That's odd, that's our house but something looks a little different.
Pilot Meg: [from inside the house] Mom, my lips are too thin. Can I please get collagen injections?
Pilot Lois: Meg, you don't need to change the way you look. You know, most of the world's problems stem from poor self-image.
Stewie Griffin: Oh, my God, what's with Meg's voice? She sounds like someone who's about to give up a huge opportunity.
Brian Griffin: That's nothing, look ...
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Edited from Family Guy: Death Has a Shadow (1999) See more »

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Family Guy scores a big win with their next in a long series of time-traveling episodes
6 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This has been the gem of the 10th season so far. In the episode, Stewie and Brian go back in time to find an old tennis ball of Brian's. Things become more complicated when Brian has the urge to tell the past Brian about 9/11 in an attempt to prevent it.

There are tons of jokes at the expense of the old animation and even one hilarious poke at the actress who used to voice Meg. We have the perfect opportunity in this episode to see how much these characters have evolved, as Stewie and Brian come face to face with their old selves from the pilot.

The 9/11 piece of this episode, which I won't give away, was heavily criticized, despite this episode garnering positive reviews from critics. I didn't lose anyone on that day, but I spent a good chunk of my life afterward in the foreign wars that followed, and look, this is an animated show for adults. They're not looking for anyone's approval.

Give this episode a watch. The jokes are here. A glimpse of the past and the Family Guy we loved so much is here.

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