At first glance, American Dad! seems like a rip-off of the popular TV show, Family Guy. Which, incidentally, is also from the same creator, Seth MacFarlane. With all the similarities between both shows, American Dad! is often referred to as Family Guy's counter-part. With that being said, 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?
After viewing the Pilot episode, most people will be quick to judge and compare every aspect of the show to its counter-part, Family Guy. For the most part, American Dad! did have its funny moments, but they were quickly overshadowed by the constant attempt at generating more humor. But overall, I enjoyed all the humor that the show was trying to get across.
Now, as for the disadvantage, it would definately have to be the strong similarities between the characters for both shows. They're just too similar to Family Guy, but that's to be expected since they're both from Seth MacFarlane. The Pilot episode can't really be compared to all 3 seasons of Family Guy, as most people seem to do quite often. But when compared to just the Pilot of FG, American Dad! truly does stand out, and in my opinion, even surpasses FG's Pilot.
Based on the Pilot, it's very difficult see which direction the show and characters will take throughout the series. Hopefully, the characters will stand out more as the series goes on. More specifically, Francine and Klaus. As they seem to serve no real purpose in the Pilot episode.
In conclusion, I'd rate the Pilot episode a 7/10. Overall, the episode was pretty good considering it was only the Pilot. I truly believe American Dad! has a lot of good potential to become a great series, if taken in the right direction.