Family Guy + Microsoft: Does not Compute

This news passed through our inboxes late last week, but we're only now picking our jaws up off the ground and formulating coherent thoughts about the situation. Fox is teaming up with Microsoft by letting the computer giant sponsor 30 minutes of a Family Guy special that features live (as in non-animated, not LIVE live) performances of Family Guy musical numbers and plenty of Microsoft jokes in an effort to promote their new Windows 7 operating system.

Fox is treating the situation like we should all feel freakin' blessed about the whole thing, touting a commercial-free thirty minutes of Seth MacFarlane and his overflowing pockets prancing about a stage and introducing video clips of Peter Griffin virtually fellating a computer operating system. Here's an excerpt from Fox's press release:

"While the way people watch TV has evolved, their desire to be entertained, and marketers' need to deliver compelling content, hasn't changed. Microsoft and FOX are joining forces to showcase how the power and simplicity of Windows 7 can enhance blah blah blah..." Okay we added the blahs, but you get the idea.

MacFarlane is walking a tightrope here. A few years ago, he had a ton of "cred" among the kids and was hailed by many as one of television's greatest new forces. Remember his stance on the writers strike? He fought the power (Fox) and called them "dicks." Awesome stuff.

But we all love to tear our idols apart as quickly as we push a pedestal underneath them, and the backlash has been in full effect. Yes, his shows are still doing well in the ratings on Sunday nights, but overexposure is unkind and with Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show dominating Sundays, well, that's a heck of a lot of Seth.

Selling out to Microsoft (and let's not pretend that this stunt is anything other than selling out) may be the last straw, even for stoners who normally wouldn't have enough sense to pick up the remote and change the channel. Check the clip below and get ready to be underwhelmed!

Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show airs November 8 on Fox.

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Seth MacFarlane is clearly on step 4.... Screwing it all up. He's politicized Family guy, made it all spoofs, then created a spin off where one was not necessary. He's riding high and going to crash hard unless Fox ignores the weakness of his show. Overall, This is just another in a long line of steps for Seth MacFarlane's decline and this one barely surprises me. Well except for Microsoft's involvement.
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shoot me
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wow i can't decide if family guy is just that much of a seell out or if windiws is ust that desperate
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Seems like another forgettable episode to me.
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Family Guy hasn't been funny for almost a decade. It used to be clever and unconventional. Now all it does is think of the first thing that comes to mind that would piss of the PC crowd then humorlessly milks it for half an hour with uninspired grossout jokes and the n-thousandth identical 'Quagmire likes sex' or 'Meg is mediocre' joke.
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What is wrong with selling out? Are you expecting me not to watch it because I am an apple or linux user? I haven't read much of your articles, but do you have a problem with Seth's politics leaking into the show? This is nothing more than a 30 minute commercial for MS. Much like the seinfeld/gates commercials (which i enjoyed). I don't care whether Seth is telling me to buy windows 7, or dont shop at walmart. It's a damn entertaining tv show.
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Well, no one likes selling out... But at leat McFarlane made it funny.
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I DO NOT APPROVE! ESPECIALLY OF THAT VID!
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Another trajedy of modern entertainment.
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@TDMe -- Their job is to write their thoughts, and you are coming to a site in which you read the thoughts of others in regards to television shows. Why would you visit a community-driven, editorial-driven site about television programs, and then be surprised to read--gasp--an opinion about a television show?

It strikes me that you could apply your own statement to yourself. If you dislike finding out what others think about TV shows, why are you visiting TV.com? Just as a TV channel can be changed, so too can a web browser be directed elsewhere.
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add a comment who cares if you TV.com writers dislike it. You of all people should learn to CHANGE THE CHANNEL. anyone got a problem with this then PM me...
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I wonder what would happen if they teamed up with Apple or Linux. I think the same reaction for Apple except with a lot more lovers of the idea. Linux they would just be like...wait...what?
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Would it kill you to be a little more objective in your reporting?
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Words fail me...
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why all the hate, that was pretty funny
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I agree that it's selling out for the sake of money. On the other hand the past couple of seasons of Family Guy have been pretty poor so having a topic to make fun of might help out. I often think that he's running out of ideas for great new episodes so this might start a nice trend in specific topic episodes. If it turns out to be funny then I don't care how much money he gets for doing it!
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hit head againest key board gnhodfoihba
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Holy cow! It's time to bash Microsoft and call anyone who supports anything related to them a sell out. Yes, I type this from my linux machine running firefox, but that's beside the point. How about you laugh at jokes for 30 (free) minutes and go about your day. Or better yet, be all hip and cool (it's cool to bash Microsoft still right?) and gee, don't watch! Way to stick it to the man!
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I'm not supposed to swear in these comments right...ok
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I don't like to tear "idols" down--unless they've earned it. And congrats Seth, you're now eligible. I'm with you on this one. McFarlane was wearing out his welcome even before the Cleveland spin-off. Now, a combination infomercial/cartoon show. Yeah, that says sell-out in big letters. We need a new term for this type of stunt. How about Sell-o-tainment?
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I prefer Macs so I don't really care about the whole Windows thing but I'll make sure to see that Family Guy special. It might turn out to be funny, you never know.
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something new, can't w8 to see it.
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What an absolute garbage article! So, let me get this straight, we get a 30 minute, commercial-free Family Guy special that does something different then the Family Guy norm (if there is such a thing), and because it's sponsered by Microsoft it's a bad thing?



Tim, you are a sad piece of work and need to find a new job. I hope the powers that be here at TV.com see this useless article and fire your ass!
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I don't think anyone was really missing the point that you were after, and I completely agree with you. I don't think this half hour infomercial ( more or less) will change anyone minds on wether they are going to buy windows 7 or not. But I do think this not only falls on the shoulders of macfarlane and company, but Microsoft as well. This is clearly an unneeded addition to the Sunday night lineup on November 8th.
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The point is: I don't need cartoon characters telling me what to buy, whether it's something that I do or don't need.
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"Commercial-free" Yeah, right. The whole thing's a commercial. I never have liked Family Guy, but the clip they showed at the Emmys really went too far for me.
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maybe it's gonna be funny
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can some one say "jump the shark?"



on a related topic... don't you love how Apple spends all kinds of money making commercials that complain that Microsoft spends all kinds of money bashing Apple.
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And that clip was funny how...? I have to say the last time I found an episode Family Guy really and truly hilarious (in my opinion) was PTV. I bailed on this show right after the 100th episode shenanigans and haven't really looked back. Every now and then I'll catch a mildly humorous part flipping through the channels, but for the most part I just don't care anymore. Maybe if they get rid of American Dad! and the Cleveland Show (still have trouble believing that that one is a reality), and put all the creative energy back into Family Guy it might be really awesome again. But then again, maybe not. MacFarlane's wallet it overflowing so what does he care anymore.
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Familyguy was a hilarious show until they decided to make it all about politics and there own political agendas.Personally i could care less what the hell seth does with microsoft as long its entertaining but some how i dont think seeing him frollick across a stage singing in cartoon voices will be anything other than a disaster.
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the funny thing is that the Family Guy staff use Macs
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Is it me or is Family Guy kind of oversaturated? I mean you can't go anywhere without seeing Family Guy, and now they sponsor Microsoft. Seth, your show rules but your kind of selling out.
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yep i'm not looking forward to 2 and a half hours of him in november DX.
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Author seems to be terribly hurt by something that's not incredibly new in entertainment land. Mac Fanboy much? @aaronfilm; if MS commercials are crap I can't imagine the trouble we are in when the ultra dumb Mac commercials come on. MS seems to trump Mac's pathetic skinny dude commercials each time.
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So many people love to dump all over Microsoft, yet virtually everyone uses their products. If everyone hated them as much as you would have us believe, they would go bankrupt and the world would all be using Macs. But they don't, do they?
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I'm a total family guy freak so it might be cool, who knows...and I think I agree...Stewie seems to have lost a little bit of his spunk. His not as angry as he use to be =)
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Oh Stewie, what happened to you? you used to be cool!
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Eh, this could be the beginning of the end.
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aaronfilmltd obviously can't buy a clue but i gotta agree with the article, it does scream sell-out and wasn't stewie orginally using a mac in that clip?
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I fail to see the problem. I mean, the special is a one-time thing, isnt it? It's not like it's a Family Guy episode made to plug Windows. (Then again, an episode of Family Guy advertising something wouldnt be new. Look at how they advertised "The Hills" last season.)
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Looks awsome!!



XO XO



:):):):)
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@MrBlueEyes88



I didn't know that. I'm kind-of new. It's good to know though. 'Most articles on TV.com are sh*t'--got it!
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Looks great! And Windows 7 works great! So, yes I am sure this will work out great. But we all know by now the most articles on tv.com are bullsh*t.
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Family Guy is complete crap. Microsoft's commercials are complete crap. Crap + crap DOES NOT equal anything good. If anything, it equals double-crap. I honestly don't understand how an infomercial in the template of Family Guy would get ANYONE excited.
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I feel so bad for the author of this article. He's totally a Mac fanboy. Who cares if Family and MS are teaming up. Don't get your panties in a bunch over it. It's more family guy. Microsoft really isn't that bad. I'm not an MS fanboy. I'm not even a fanboy. Of anything. But I do recognize one when I see one. And you, sir, are a Mac fanboy. Probably wrote this article on your Mac notebook. As for me, I'm happy to see the franchise helping out Microsoft with their Windows 7 release. Good luck.
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The author of this article is obviously a Mac fanboy. It's an extra episode of Family Guy, commercial free, that no one has seen yet. At least wait until you see the whole thing before you judge it.

We all know that Coca Cola pays for the judges on American Idle to have their logo'ed glasses on the show. Does that hurt anything? What about when they'd have the contestants sing a Ford ad, did that hurt anything? Or did it just kill some time and add a little entertainment to an hour of BSing?
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It could still be funny. It is, after all, Family Guy.
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