The random escapades of Stan Smith, a conservative C.I.A. Agent dealing with family life, and keeping America safe, all in the most absurd way possible.
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Series cast summary:
Seth MacFarlane ...  Stan Smith / ... 304 episodes, 2005-2021
Wendy Schaal ...  Francine Smith / ... 304 episodes, 2005-2021
Scott Grimes ...  Steve Smith / ... 304 episodes, 2005-2021
Rachael MacFarlane ...  Hayley Smith / ... 304 episodes, 2005-2021
Dee Bradley Baker ...  Klaus / ... 304 episodes, 2005-2021


Stan Smith, who works for the C.I.A. and is constantly on the alert for terrorist activity, will go to extremes to protect his beloved America from harm; as evidenced by the terror-alert color code on his fridge, and his frequent knee-jerk reaction of shooting holes in the toaster whenever the toast pops up. In addition to Stan's wife and teenage children, the Smith household has two rather unconventional members. There's Roger, the sarcastic space alien who rescued Stan from Area 51, who deeply resents the fact that he's not allowed to leave the house, and therefore, has been reduced to drinking wine and smoking cigarettes, and Klaus, a lascivious, German-speaking goldfish; the result of a C.I.A. experiment gone seriously wrong, where the C.I.A. tried to give a fish a German man's brain. Stan's son is a dorky teenager who tries to be cool. His wife has had a past life of sex and drugs.

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From the creator of "Family Guy" comes a man who will stop at nothing to protect his country.


Animation | Comedy


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Roger's voice is based on Paul Lynde. See more »


In the Smith house there's a window at the stair landing that appears through most of season one, but is never seen again in subsequent seasons. See more »


Klaus: There's an old German saying: "Don't blame the fish!" There are other sayings, but they mostly involve genocide...
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Crazy Credits

As of the 2008-2009 season, the intro sequence has been completely redone with more modern animation. There are a few minor changes to what happens during the sequence. For instance, Haley puts a peace sign post-it on Stan which Francine subsequently removes, and Klaus kicks Stan his car keys. The old "different newspaper" gag is removed, and instead each intro features Roger in the car with Stan, wearing a different outfit in each episode. See more »

Alternate Versions

There are 2 different versions of almost every episode. The original airing on tbs and syndication airings on adult swim bleeps the work Fuck, while the DVDs have the language uncensored. See more »


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Good Morning U.S.A.
Composed by Walter Murphy, Michael Barker, Seth MacFarlane, Matthew Weitzman
[Main Title Theme]
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30 January 2020 | by tylercullenSee all my reviews

I've never done a review, but I think I should just drop one in here for my favorite show ever. I've watched endless amount of shows, movies, and most people's all time favorites. NOTHING beats American Dad. Also, Family Guy is great, but American Dad is a different world! It has everything you can imagine and enjoy and the amount of happiness I get from it is just unexplainable. You could describe it in a million ways and it's still not enough. Always being surprised by what comes next and what Roger is up to. Can't wait for season 15!

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6 February 2005 (USA) See more »

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