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 / ... 301 episodes, 2005-2021
Wendy Schaal ...  Francine Smith / ... 301 episodes, 2005-2021
Scott Grimes ...  Steve Smith / ... 301 episodes, 2005-2021
Rachael MacFarlane ...  Hayley Smith / ... 301 episodes, 2005-2021
Dee Bradley Baker ...  Klaus / ... 301 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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The season four openings changed from different newspaper headlines, to Roger in a new disguise at the end. See more »


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Stan Smith: We need to have a talk about point of view. Every villain is the hero of his own cinnamon apple monkey toaster.
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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

Up until the '08-'09 season, the opening credits featured a shot of Stan looking at a newspaper headline, which would be a joke headline relating to recent events. Episodes shown on Adult Swim have the headlines blanked out, leaving Stan looking at just white space. The credit sequence for new episodes for '08 - '09 eliminate this sequence altogether. See more »


Good Morning U.S.A.
Composed by Walter Murphy, Michael Barker, Seth MacFarlane, Matthew Weitzman
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One of the most consistently smart and funny comedies of the last 20 years
9 March 2020 | by grubbytomSee all my reviews

They are currently in season 14 and this show somehow still makes me laugh out loud more than almost any other show on TV.

I took a break from the show a couple of years ago, as around season 11 it seemed to be showing signs of wear, but wow did they course-correct.

Seasons 13 and 14 are among some of the best ever, and the writing is outstanding. They are still packing every episode with an insane amount of jokes, even on the level of <10 Simpsons. Also, this show somehow manages to tackle very common and complex human behavior in the most outlandish ways.

The fact that this show has been hilarious for 14 straight years is a feat I don't think any other show outside of South Park has achieved.

I really hope time helps more people find this absolute gem of a show.

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6 February 2005 (USA) See more »

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