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Blood Crieth Unto Heaven 

A stage production version of the showing dealing with Stan's repressed childhood memories of his father abandoning the family.

Directors:

Joseph Daniello (as Joe Daniello), Ron Hughart | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Seth MacFarlane (created by), Mike Barker (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Dee Bradley Baker ... Klaus (voice)
Scott Grimes ... Steve Smith (voice)
Swoosie Kurtz ... Betty Smith (voice)
Rachael MacFarlane ... Hayley Smith (voice)
Seth MacFarlane ... Stan Smith / Roger the Alien (voice)
Daran Norris ... Jack Smith (voice)
Wendy Schaal ... Francine Smith (voice)
Patrick Stewart ... Avery Bullock / Patrick Stewart (voice)
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A stage production version of the showing dealing with Stan's repressed childhood memories of his father abandoning the family.

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Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-14
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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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16:9 HD
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Soundtracks

Strange Fruit
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Music by
Written by Lewis Allan
Performed by Billie Holiday
Record briefly plays at Stan's surprise birthday party
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American Dad! honoring and subverting the rich tradition of the staged drama
5 April 2015 | by lance20000See all my reviews

First: please stop referencing Seth Macfarlane when talking about American Dad!; Macfarlane hasn't had any creative direction in this series since season 1 and only provides voices for two and the main characters. The true creative forces have been Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman.

Okay, American Dad! Blood Crieth Unto Heaven; this is probably the best creative departure from the norm the series has done. Not as fun as the hot-tub episode, better thought out than the hurricane episode. This is subtle humor at its best.

If you haven't, at the very least, seen a staged performance, or read a play, then you probably wont understand the amazing amount of love that went into animating every little nuance of a stage performance. There is "mistakes", live action introductions, act breaks, curtain calls, multi-layered stages, confetti, all of which are usually unnecessary in a televised production, let alone an animated one.

This episode is brilliant for honoring an under appreciated genre now days, and it needs to be noted for that. This isn't Roger shoving things up his ass American Dad!, this is thought provoking, genre pushing American Dad!. It's really nice to see a long running series trying new things, failing sometimes (not here), and trying to not stagnate... Like Family Guy (I said it, sue me.)


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