American Dad!

Pilot (American Dad!)

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 2/6/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Stan Smith uses his CIA skills to help 13-year-old son Steve win class president and the heart of the hottest girl in class, Lisa Silver. But when being class president makes Steve mad with power, Stan must jump in to save the day. Meanwhile, Roger, the alien Stan saved from Area 51, helps 18-year-old Hayley with her school paper. In return, she hooks him up with boatloads of junk food to curb his sweet tooth. Unfortunately, some Chocodiles send him over the edge and a sugar crash prohibits him from finishing one of her papers, forcing Hayley to pick up the pieces. And Klaus, the goldfish with the brain of a German guy, pines after mother Francine. Unfortunately for Klaus, the closest he'll ever get to a date with her is the spin cycle with her sports bra.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Wendy Schaal


  • Scott Grimes


  • Dee Bradley Baker


  • Seth MacFarlane


  • Rachael MacFarlane


  • Fan Reviews (25)
  • An OK start for American Dad

    By fsaenz0125, Dec 16, 2011

  • Why do people hate this?

    By jmbsonic555, Oct 13, 2011

  • A really horrible start to an awesome show.

    By johnofempires34, Aug 21, 2008

  • mediocre

    By futuramarama, Jun 12, 2011

  • Will American Dad! live up to the hype that has been circulating, and more importantly, will the show be given a chance by the network to generate a large enough audience to keep it on the air?

    By TVTome_Shadow, Jun 03, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • Klaus: I used to have a dog. And legs. And arms. I was an Olympic skier before the CIA switched mein brain with ein goldfish. Stan: What were we supposed to do? Let East Germany win gold? Not on my watch.

    • Stan: Do you know how many votes George Bush actually received on the first election? 7.

    • Stan: (To Roger) If my superiors at the C.I.A. found out you were living here, we'd have our memories erased. Did you see Memento? It's not as good the second time.

    • Stan: You like shaving your armpits, Hayley? Huh? 'Cause if the terrorists take over this country, that's the first thing to go!

    • (Steve is dragging his dog on the sidewalk, and a car comes by) Girl in Car: Hey, dumbass, your dog's half-dead!

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    Notes (30)

    • This episode first premiered during the Super Bowl (in 2005) like Seth MacFarlane's other animated series, Family Guy (in 1999). FOX removed a gag from this premiere that it later restored for all future airings on FOX and [adult swim]. This was, after Stan's comment about rigging elections being his specialty, that he implied he made sure George Bush won the 2000 Presidential election, and that Bush actually only got 7 votes.

    • In the German dubbed version of American Dad!, Klaus speaks in a Saxon dialect, which is seen as a stereotype for East Germans in general.

    • This episode was written October 2003.

    • Premiered after the Super Bowl XXXIX game.

    • Channel 7 (AU) airdate: December 15, 2005.

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    Trivia (10)

    • Goof: Shelly, the girl running against Steve for student president has her name misspelled on one of her signs in the background.  Her name is spelled correctly in the 1st scene when Stan rushes her with the photo of her and the Jack-in-th-Box Man.  However, the 2nd scene with the sign hanging spells her name, Sheely...

    • The shirt Steve wears is called his Shazam shirt. However, considering Steve is supposed to be a geek, he would know that the word Shazam only applies to the title of the comic book, not the character; the character is named Captain Marvel.

    • When Roger enters the basement to find the Jack-in-the-box Man tied up, they are both startled and shout. However, the Jack-in-the-box Man emits Roger's voice and Roger emits the Jack-in-the-box Man's voice.

    • Goof: When Steve is having dinner with Hilary Duff, the door is to his right, but when Hilary runs off, Steve's then facing the door.

    • During the scene where Klaus chides Stan for having his body switched with that of a goldfish, there is a flashback to the Olympic skier who received the fish's brain. The sign at the top of the ski jump reads "1986 Winter Games." There were no Winter Games in 1986! The writer or animators made this mistake because up until 1992, the Summer and Winter Games were held in the same year and not 2 years apart from each other as was done later. Thus, the writer/animators intended for this to most likely be the 1984 Winter Olympics but forgot NOT to adjust for the 2 year's difference. In addition, Stan said that the brain switching was done to prevent East Germany from winning the gold medal. But, East Germany DID win a gold medal in Ski Jumping - Normal Hill in 1984; they did not win gold in Large Hill, but did get silver. So, Large Hill might have been the event animated for the scene. (If they meant 1988 instead, East Germany didn't win the gold, but did win a medal in Nordic Skiing - Men's.)

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    Allusions (11)

    • Roger: Holy Toledo! This is a favorite quote of Maxwell Q. Klinger from the television series M*A*S*H.

    • Jack in the Box The Jack in the Box man is the mascot for the West Coast based Jack in the Box restaurant chain.

    • Hilary Duff Stan sets his son up on a date with Lizzie McGuire star Hilary Duff (who is held at gun point).

    • Dan Rather Dan Rather - the popular CBS News anchorman - makes an appearance as he talks about Bush's call from God.

    • Thor: Name Steve named his dog "Thor" after the Norse god of thunder.

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