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

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13 November 2011 (USA)  »

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Trivia

When they return to the future for the second time, Brian has written the Harry Potter series. This would have been impossible seeing as they only went back to 1999 and the first Harry Potter book was released in 1997. See more »

Goofs

When Stewie is taking the dead Brian back to his return pad, it leaves a trail of blood, when the camera angle changes, the blood is gone. See more »

Quotes

Lois Griffin: [in the pilot] Oh, don't pout, honey. You know, when you were born, the doctor said you were the happiest looking baby he had ever seen.
Stewie Griffin: [in the pilot] But, of course! That was my victory day! The fruition of my deeply-laid plans to escape from that cursed ovarian bastille. Return the device, woman!
Brian Griffin: Jeez, what'd you carry a thesaurus around with you?
Stewie Griffin: Y'know, it's amazing I could speak at all with that circumcision still healing.
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References Apollo 13 (1995) 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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