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Seth MacFarlane, the show's creator, was booked to fly from Boston to Los Angeles on American Airlines Flight 11 on Sept. 11, 2001. But his travel agent had mistakenly told him that the flight left at 8:15 a.m., not 7:45 a.m. "And I had a hangover from the night before" he said. He missed the flight, having turned up late. The plane crashed into the World Trade Center fifteen minutes after takeoff. Mark Wahlberg was also supposed to be on this flight.
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George Lucas officially gave the producers clearance to do "Star Wars" gags because he's a fan of the show.
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By May 2, 2003, there was an online petition with over 111,000 signatures on it to revive the show.
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Seth MacFarlane based the voice of Peter Griffin on a security guard he knew while going to college.
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Seth MacFarlane has admitted that the family's constant abuse of Meg is a result of "a bunch of male writers not knowing how to write for a teenage girl."
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The show has been cancelled twice, once following the second season, which caused the show to not air a new episode for a year, and the second (and longest) being between the third and fourth seasons, from 2002 to 2005.
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Brian still insists on being an atheist, even though he's personally met God and Jesus Christ on several occasions. Seth MacFarlane, who uses his natural speaking voice to voice Brian; is an atheist.
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Meg's friends assumed her name was short for Megan. In actuality, when Lois hands Meg's birth certificate, to Peter, he alters it. Meg's birth name is Megatron Griffin.
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Angela, Peter's boss, is based on Joanna, Rachel's boss on Friends (1994).
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Brian's voice is simply Seth MacFarlane speaking normally. In addition, many of Brian's personal beliefs, including his generally liberal political views and his atheism, are shared by MacFarlane.
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The show's Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2009 marked the first time since The Flintstones (1960) that an animated series earned such a nomination.
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Chris' full name is Christopher Cross Griffin.
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In some episodes, the family pokes fun at Robot Chicken (2001) and Chris gets mad. This is because Seth Green (Chris Griffin) is a producer, lead voice actor, and co-creator of the series.
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In season eleven, the opening credits in some episodes are replaced with parodies of the opening credits of King of the Hill (1997) and Modern Family (2009).
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When Drew Barrymore was preparing the documentary Choose or Lose Presents: The Best Place to Start (2004), she contacted Seth MacFarlane to appear on it, and besides asked him to do a guest voice on the show. MacFarlane enjoyed her work so much as Mrs. Lockhart in season four that he offered Barrymore the regular role of Jillian.
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Seth Green reveals in the commentary for Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (2005) that the voice of Chris is based on Ted Levine's performance as Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
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Nearly every time someone is dead or is unconscious, the person lies on his front with one hand on his back while the other on the ground.
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Stewie's voice is based on Rex Harrison.
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Glenn Quagmire's facial features are modelled after Bob Hope. Stewie acknowledges this in season seven, episode four, "Baby Not on Board", when he states "Oh no, it's Cleveland and Bob Hope."
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In 2009, Brian and Stewie quip about "Bruce Jenner's vagina." This joke seemingly foretold Caitlyn Jenner's actual gender-reassignment six years later.
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Lois was originally drawn as a blonde. After much debate, the creators decided to make her hair red.
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The re-runs on Cartoon Network's late night "Adult Swim" schedule are often shown uncut with curse words mostly uncensored, and even with scenes cut from the FOX broadcast re-inserted.
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The big chicken that always fights Peter is named Ernie.
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Brian Griffin was named "Stoner of the Year" by High Times Magazine in 2009.
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Seth MacFarlane is a fan of the Star Trek franchise, explaining the frequent references to Star Trek in the show. In fact, MacFarlane even appeared in two episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) during its final two years of production.
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The saying "What the hell?!" is said in almost every episode.
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Stewie's full name is Stewart Gilligan Griffin.
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The Griffins always seem to have the same thing for dinner: three pieces of some kind of beef, mashed potatoes and peas. This is similar to the television show Daria (1997), where the Morgendorffer family will usually have lasagna. Coincidentally, this show and Daria (1997) have characters named "Chris Griffin".
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When the series was first pitched to FOX, William H. Macy had auditioned for the role of Brian.
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The first part of the opening credits where Lois plays the piano and sings with Peter is a spoof of Edith playing the piano and singing with Archie, during the opening credits of All in the Family (1971).
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Was voted No. 5 in a British television poll to find the "100 Greatest Cartoons".
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Lacey Chabert left the show during the second season in order to focus on her schooling and other projects, not because of objections to the show's content, as some have claimed.
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Joe Swanson originally had a son named Kevin, who was eventually written out of the series. His disappearance was later explained in season seven, episode thirteen, "Stew-Roids", as that he had died in Iraq, though he was later brought back into the series in season ten, episode six, "Thanksgiving", where it's revealed that he faked his own death in order to escape from the war.
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The characters of Peter and Brian are very similar to Larry and Steve from the shorts The Life of Larry (1995) and What a Cartoon: Larry & Steve (1997), which feature a moronic man who adopts a talking dog and puts the dog through hell, and were both written and directed by Seth MacFarlane.
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Peter's white shirt is a woman's shirt. The right side (his right) buttons over the left. On men's shirts it's the other way around.
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Believing the series to be cancelled after season two, many of the writers took on other jobs for different shows. The show was renewed for a third season at the last minute. Many new writers were used for the new seasons.
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"Quahog", the name of the Griffins' hometown, is also the name of an edible clam. Clams are referenced elsewhere in the show. Some examples: The bar the characters frequently visit is called "The Drunken Clam", and the strip club the guys visit on occasion is called "The Fuzzy Clam".
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According to the British television program 100 Greatest Cartoons (2005), Seth MacFarlane's favorite Family Guy moment is the scene from season two, episode three, "Da Boom", where Peter is feeding Tom Selleck.
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Lacey Chabert was originally the voice of Meg Griffin until 2000, when Mila Kunis was given the job.
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Every episode contains cutaways, starting off with "Like that time I..." or "This is worse/better than..."
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Throughout the series, references have been made to the fact that some characters voices sound similar due to them being voiced by the same person. In season six, episode four, "Believe It or Not, Joe's Walking on Air", Peter tells Dr. Hartman that his voice sounds similar to Carter Pewterschmidt (both voiced by Seth MacFarlane). In season fourteen, episode three, "Guy, Robot", Carl does an impression of Archer from the television series Archer (2009), and Bob from the television series Bob's Burgers (2011), who are all voiced by the same person, H. Jon Benjamin.
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Like real-life children, Chris and Meg share the facial or body features of their parents, Peter and Lois. Meg has the same hairstyle, nose, and mouth as Lois (although Lois is considered very attractive, and Meg very ugly in the show's universe) and has brown hair and wears glasses like Peter. As for Chris, he has eyes like Lois and a nose, mouth, and cleft chin like Peter. Chris has one attribute he shares with neither parent: His blond hair. However, in the early pre-production stages of the series, Lois was supposed to have blonde hair, but the creative team decided to make her a redhead. Despite the change, they chose to leave Chris' hair blond.
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Brian is a struggling novelist. Throughout the series, everyone in the family has made jokes about his "unfinished novel". In season six, episode two, "Movin' Out (Brian's Song)", it is revealed that the title of Brian's novel is "Faster Than The Speed of Love". When he describes the story to Lois, it turns out to be a rip-off of Iron Eagle (1986).
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Stewie's favorite song is "Hungry Eyes" by Eric Carmen.
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Brought back an unprecedented second time after its amazing DVD sales (record for best selling television show on DVD), and its popularity on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, which a few times had a higher Nielsen rating than broadcast television at that time slot.
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All of the high-end hotels seen on the show have Barrington in their name. Series creator Seth MacFarlane has stated they are named after the city of Barrington, Rhode Island, a very upscale community.
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Brian has a tattoo of the comic character Ziggy.
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Glen Quagmire is left handed, but plays guitar right handed.
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Brian has driven a Toyota Prius since the fourth season, with a license plate that reads: "BRI DOG" on it, and a Kucinich bumper sticker.
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Seth MacFarlane graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. The shell of the quahog clam (Mercenaria mercenaria) is the official Rhode Island State shell. A quahog is a pretty standard looking clam, except that it's big, about the size of a grown man's hand. Rhode Islanders like to eat them in clam chowder (not white chowder, but clear, made without milk). They also stuff the clams with a bread and clam stuffing, and serve them for dinner. The area's Native Americans, the Narragansetts, called them "quahog", which means simply "clam". They used the purple part of the shells to make wampum, which was traded by Native American tribes throughout North America.
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Peter's phrase of choice when climaxing during sex is "Shazam!" Cleveland's phrase of choice in the same situation is "...and boom goes the dynamite." (albeit spoken in an unexcited monotone voice as Cleveland usually speaks.)
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Almost all episodes begin with the family sitting on the couch.
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The series began airing in high definition with season nine, episode one, "And Then There Were Fewer". However, season nine, episode three, "Excellence in Broadcasting", is the first episode to acknowledge the transition to the new format.
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The character of Neil Goldman, the boy who perennially chases Meg, is named after one of the show's writers.
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Originally, this was going to be a kids show on Cartoon Network called "Larry and Steve".
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Angela, Peter's boss was voiced by Carrie Fisher, most famously known for the Star Wars saga, and when this show decided to air their own Star Wars parodies, in season nine, episode eighteen, "It's A Trap!", she played Mon Mothma, ironically, for her role as Princess Leia.
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Takes place in the same universe as The Simpsons (1989), as seen in season thirteen.
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Meg goes to James Woods Reqional (with a "Q") High School, and Chris goes to Buddy Cianci Junior High in fictional Quahog, Rhode Island. James Woods is from Warwick, Rhode Island, and Vincent "Buddy" Cianci, Jr. is the former Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island.
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Starting with season four, the characters no longer look totally to the left or right. They now look at an angle when looking at something to their sides.
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The running gag with Mr. Herbert is that his name "rhymes" with "pervert", which pertains to his creepy demeanor regarding young boys.
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In the early seasons, in the opening credits, the pictures on the wall of Chris, Meg, and Stewie, in the background, have blurred faces. Later on, however, their faces appear normally.
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In early episodes of the series, the rest of the family can seemingly hear what Stewie says. In more recent episodes, this becomes ambiguous: at times it's unclear altogether, other times (when it's convenient for plot development) they seem to somewhat understand.
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The original idea for titles of episodes were supposed to be based on 1940s Mystery Radio shows. This is why the first few episodes have some sort of reference to death in them. Eventually the writers of the show had to start describing the episodes to one another (rather than simply using the titles), so that idea was dropped.
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Throughout the series, almost all of the main characters have been in the hospital due to injury by either their own or Peter's carelessness.
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The fancy French restaurant featured in multiple episodes is named L'espèce D'andouille. This name, when translated into English, is "Dumbass".
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In the Griffins' house, the calendar on the wall in the kitchen next to the refrigerator has a picture of the same buildings that you see behind their house when they show the cutaway of their house.
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Before Seth MacFarlane created the idea of a regular half-hour series, he conceived of the Griffin family appearing as characters in animated shorts to appear on MADtv (1995). Many of the regular voice actors and actresses (including Alex Borstein, Phil LaMarr, Debra Wilson, and Nicole Sullivan) are MADtv alumni. Alex Borstein was the first cast on this show, and is the only "official" cast member as the voice of Lois Griffin.
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Despite the fact Peter makes fun of Robot Chicken (2005) (especially during the Star Wars episodes), Seth McFarlane voiced The Emperor in the Robot Chicken Star Wars specials.
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Seth McFarlane admitted in an interview that the opening song was re-recorded in later seasons, mostly due to Stewie's line. Too many people thought Stewie's lyrics were "Effin' cry" when he was actually singing "laugh and cry". McFarlane redid it to better enunciate "laugh".
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After the shows first cancellation in 2002, many of the shows writers went on to create the hit Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender (2003), including Avatar's Creator Michael Dante DiMartino.
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The show consistently makes fun of itself for not winning or being nominated for an Emmy. Even creating an entire episode based on Peter trying to make the show more like popular Emmy-winning series. In real life, the show has won seven Emmys.
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Quagmire's voice is loosely based on 1950's ad men.
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Ranked #12 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Top Cult Shows Ever!" (May 30, 2004 issue).
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John G. Brennan (Mort Goldman) originally read for Peter Griffin, because creator Seth MacFarlane is a big fan of "The Jerky Boys".
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In Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary on page 963 you'll find the word "quagmire". The next word is "quahog", which is where the show takes place.
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In season seven, episode fourteen, "We Love You, Conrad", Stewie tells Brian that Bruce Jenner is a woman. The show was prescient, because (now) Caitlyn's gender reassignment happened several years later, around season twelve.
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Chris' birthday is February 8th, as is Seth Green's, who voices Chris.
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In one episode, Party of Five (1994) is mentioned, and Peter asks if that's a porno. Lacey Chabert, who voiced Meg in early episodes, appeared on the show.
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In earlier seasons, Brian, Chris, or Stewie can be heard seperate from the other's voices when they dance and sing "He's our family guy!" In later episodes, all voices seem to be blended together.
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In season two, episode five, "Love Thy Trophy", Stewie's ABC blocks pyramidally spell REDRUM, a reference to Stephen King's novel and Stanley Kubrick's movie The Shining (1980), where REDRUM was MURDER spelled backwards, which is what Stewie plans to do to Lois.
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Peter Griffin and Cleveland were born on November 11.
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The street behind Cleveland Brown's house is named MacFar Lane, which is an homage to show co-creator Seth MacFarlane.
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In 2014, shortly after season ten, episode twenty-two, "Family Guy Viewer Mail 2" was rerun on BBC3, Robin Williams committed suicide. In season ten, episode twenty-two, "Family Guy Viewer Mail 2", everyone and everything that Peter touches turns into Robin Williams. The episode also depicted Robin Williams making a failed suicide attempt, which foreshadowed the real-life death of the comedian.
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In the episode "Family Goy", Lois finds out that her mom is a Holocaust survivor. In real life, Alex Borstein, who voices Lois, has a mother who is a Holocaust survivor.
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Many of the KEN conference attendees in Dumb and Dumber To (2014) were played by writers of this show.
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In the intro, because Joe is disabled and unable to move his legs, he lifts them with his hands.
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Quagmire has a daughter named Anna Lee.
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Cleveland Brown's name is a reference to the NFL team Cleveland Browns.
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In season four, episode eighteen, "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Fonz", Stewie placed blocks to read "mad". Other episodes show this running gag of his expressions on blocks.
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On at least one occasion, Quagmire references a porno channel called "Skin-A-Max" (a nickname for Cinemax, due to their late night "Adults Only" programming). The name "Skin-A-Max" was first used by Seth Green in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) , who, of course, plays Chris Griffin on this show.
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Cyndi Lauper is considered a possible influence behind Lois Griffin. Mostly the voice of the character.
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In an interview with MaD Radio in September 2012, Rachael MacFarlane debunked an Internet rumor that she voiced the character of Meg Griffin in the pilot. She did not.
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In most scenes when a character talks, every other character stops moving and remains perfectly still.
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Homer Simpson, from the long-running animated comedy series The Simpsons (1989), appeared in two episodes, with Dan Castellaneta providing the voice.
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Mr. Herbert's first name is John.
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In season three, episode five, "And the Weiner Is...", it becomes known that Peter wears corduroy pants. Stewie mentions this while in the grocery store.
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In the episode that Chris reveals his crush, Sarah Palin claimed she was hurt by a remark made by the character, as she has a child with Down Syndrome.
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All of the characters only have three fingers and a thumb on each hand, which is typical of animation.
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The song the marching band plays is very similar to (almost note-for-note), and likely based on, the theme song to Coach (1989).
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Two Kraft Foods (now Kraft Heinz Company) products are the subjects of running gags on the show. The Kool-Aid Man, mascot for the beverage Kool-Aid, often breaks through a wall after multiple utterances of the phrase "oh no!", whereas he says "oh yeah!" Also, Cool Whip whipped cream is continually pronounced as "Cool Hwip" by Stewie. Additionally, before the original Kraft split into two companies, the Nabisco subdivision's Wheat Thins had an advertisement series featuring Brian and Stewie. Nabisco is now part of Mondelez International.
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The Griffins live in the town of Quahog, which is a fictional suburb of Providence, Rhode Island. If you look carefully at the exterior shots of the Griffin residence, you can see various tall buildings in the distant background, which look identical to buildings in downtown Providence.
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As of 2019 four celebrities have been memoralized on the show they are Partick Swayze, Frank Sinatra Jr, Carrie Fisher and Adam West.
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Stan Smith from American Dad! (2005) (another show created by Seth MacFarlane) appeared in season six, episode five, "Lois Kills Stewie".
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Quagmire's deaf brother is named Gary.
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Glenn Quagmire has a sister named Brenda.
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Peter's drink of choice is Pawtucket Patriot Ale.
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Rex Harrison is considered to be a major influence behind Stewie Griffin. More specifically, certain scenes featured in My Fair Lady (1964).
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Dr. Hartman's first name is Elmer.
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With the exception of fantasies, season ten, episode two, "Seashore Seashell Party", takes place entirely indoors, as the Griffins are stuck inside the house, due to the hurricane.
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Rupert has been dead since season ten, episode sixteen, "Killer Queen". He was killed in an interrupted suicide pact.
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The label on Brian's whisky bottle that he keeps in his safe deposit box resembles the real-life brand, Glenfiddich.
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Mr. Burns from The Simpsons (1989) is considered to be a possible major influence behind Stewie Griffin.
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Quagmire's transgender mother is named Ida Davis, formerly Dan Quagmire.
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In season eight, episode twelve, "Extra Large Medium", there is a nod to the premise of the show Psych (2006) when Peter claims to be a psychic, and helps Joe and the police force.
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Meg Griffin is considered to be the Leopold "Butters" Stotch of this show, due to both characters being abused by their families. Butters is featured on South Park (1997).
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Season 16, episode 17 - "Switch the Flip", when everybody switches bodies, Stewie switches bodies with Peter, and this is the first time in the entire series run that Lois has actually hears Stewie's real voice, as she is one of the characters in the show who can't understand Stewie when he speaks normally.
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Despite playing the older sibling, Mila Kunis (Meg) is actually 10 years younger than Seth Green (Chris)
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Lois' maiden name is Pewterschmidt.
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Brian has a son named Dylan.
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Seth McFarlane dated Emilia Clarke in real life, and she never made a guest appearance on the show.
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Quagmire has a sister named Brenda, whose boyfriend Jeff abuses her.
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Chumbawumba is the name of a band.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Before season eight began, the character of Cleveland Brown left Quahog with his son Cleveland, Jr. to star in his own spin-off, The Cleveland Show (2009). He later reappeared in season twelve when the show was cancelled.
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Peter had a mother named Thelma, who dies in season twelve, episode twelve, "Mom's the Word".
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The running joke throughout most of the series is that every time there is a court scene and the phrase "oh no" is uttered multiple times the Kool-Aid Man randomly bursts in and shouts "oh yeah" in one episode the judge gets annoyed by this.
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