American Dad started out unoriginal and awful, a Family Guy clone with less spark than a damp toothpick. Thankfully, it has built itself up and is now the best cartoon on television, thanks in part to the declining quality of Family Guy and the Simpsons. American Dad's characters started out generic and uninvolved, but they've come a long way and now are all individual and interesting. I can't wait for the fourth season to start, and hope it won't be cancelled. As many may know, it's ratings are quite low and un-impressive. Hopefully this trend will end, and American Dad will get it's much-deserved glory day.
American Dad is written by Seth McFarlane so you obviously know that it is going to be a quality show, the standard of episodes just gets better and better. Sometimes the storyline goes a bit overboard but the jokes don't. It is quite similar to Family Guy just instead of Two kids and a baby its two kids and an alien and theres barely ever any flashbacks. Series 3 & 4 are the best because the storylines are original. American Dad is a great show and if they keep making new episodes and the quality keeps rising i think this show is going to be just as good as Family Guy if not better.
The biggest source of comedy is the tension between Stan (a member of the CIA) and his liberal daughter Hayle. Other sources of funny-ness are the talking fish Clouse and Roger an alien that live in the family's attic.
American Dad is created by the same people that brought us Family Guy, and it has a lot of the same feeling to it. The characters are very different, and look very different, but the same art style used in Family Buy is used here. It isn't just a carbon copy of Family Guy, it has its own merits and stands on it's own. The biggest source of comedy is the tension between Stan (a member of the CIA) and his liberal daughter Hayle. Other sources of funny-ness are the talking fish Clouse and Roger an alien that live in the family's attic.
Since this show is from the same creator as Family Guy, comparisons between Family Guy and American Dad are bound to be drawn. Especially since this show aired the year Family Guy returned to television. Creating a second show is a risk, and what it requires is hit-or-miss. It's either a success as with Angel was to Buffy, or it could be a cult hit like Futurama was a second show to the Simpsons creator. And the creators can decide to either replicate the first show's formula and/or make the second show a spinoff, or go in another direction entirely and have absolutely nothing to do with the first show. Witness again shows like Angel and Futurama. With American Dad, Seth MacFarlane prefered the former approach. He replicated his tried-and-true format of story in which a nuclear family is thrust into impossible situations with an occasion scathe at modern life that might possibly take place in the Family Guy setting the Griffins inhabit. The story this time: an idiotic and inept CIA agent Stan Smith leads his family into impossible situations. It's not quite a spinoff of Family Guy but the two are pretty similiar in certain ways. Some of the Family Guy "archetypes" return: Stan's a fill-in for Peter, his wife is a hornier and more impossibly clueless, shrillier Lois, Steve is Chris except slightly smarter, and the daughter is Meg. The only difference is that there is no diabolical baby or talking dog; instead, there is a talking alien that loves to drink (nod to Brian) and a talking. . .fish. But where Family Guy succeeds, American Dad fails. The show should be able to work: it scathes the American government plenty, it has a workable formula, and Stan's last name is a sharp, but blantantly obvious nod at the many Smiths occupying secret government programs. Part of the problem is that the characters in American Dad. . .are just not that likeable. Family Guy characters have at least a sensitivity, character quirk, or wonderful trait about them that make them likeable. It's not noticeable in American Dad. Lead character Stan Smith is the worst. Stan's no Peter Griffin. It's hard to explain but Peter Griffin is likeable. He's an everyman, clueless in the ways some people know but still being a normal guy, and has many grossly uninformed opinions but he's not arrogant. A little bit of a jerk at times, but not an arrogant one and he somewhat learns a lesson in the end, and his heart is usually in the right place. Stan Smith is a clueless jerk. He's not an everyman like Peter but in a rank above normal people and he knows it and flaunts it whenever he can. He's so cheerfully clueless, he flaunts his knowledge and/or his grossly misinformed opinions. And while Peter's cluelessness endears him, it does nothing for Stan. Next problem is that American Dad is an obvious cut-and-paste of Family Guy. However, although Family Guy humor is often racy and rude, it's at times extremely smart and a smart insight on everyday life. American Dad. . .is just plain dumb. It doesn't stand for much of anything. It lacks the brains Family Guy has shown time and time again. And as the characters prove, it lacks the heart. The show is occasionally funny but overall, without brains or heart, it can't really go anywhere or to the elaborate lengths of satire it could be capable of. Do I wish it could be different? Yes. And as much as a Family Guy fan that I am, I just can't like American Dad, no matter who created it or how funny it can sometimes be. Some of the Family Guy fanbase has transferred to American Dad and it's been on for three years now. Unfortunately, it shows no sign of improving and it will most likely stick in the format it has now. How long it will go, it's up in the air, but no matter how long it goes, no matter what it does, and no matter how close it resembles the show, American Dad will never be Family Guy.
this show is great to watch i love the theme song the story plots and the characters even though thweir just like the griffin family.luckily seth put different characters to make it more interesting.Good morning USA! I got a feeling that it's gonna a be wonderful day! The sun in the sky has a smile on it's face and a shinyness salute to the American race!.....Oh boy it's swell to say,good morning USA!.....Good morning USA!!!!american dad is so funny since stan acts stupid and roger is just crazy,weird,and nasty looking but my favorite character is steve since he's like nerd kid quagmire.
American Dad is highly underrated. The reason for this is that people are comparing it to it's sister show Family Guy. The two shows have many differences. American Dad has subtle humour whereas Family Guy delivers laugh-out-loud humour. You're bound to be disappointed if you expect a second Family Guy. So, if you're thinking of watching it, don't listen to any poor reviews and see for yourself whether you like it or not.
It is based around the Smith's, a normal family with abnormal happenings. The main character, Stan Smith the dad, is a CIA agent working to keep America safe. Francine Smith the mother, a housewife. Steve Smith, the geeky teenager. And Hayley Smith, the forever meddling hippy daughter. The characters in this show are really weird. For example, the camp alien Roger, a well kept secret from the government who lives in the Smith's House and Klaus, a talking fish whose previous body was inhabited by a goldfish. They both help to make the show funny.
For sure I would rather watch Family Guy or The Simpsons if I had the choice and not all the episodes are perfect but it still satisfies the viewer and gives you a hunger for more. I'm sure most people love this show for what it is. American Dad, not Family Guy.
it is a decent show usually will not make you laugh out loud but will make you giggle. My main problem is at least half of the epsiode of is based on stan family guy has all brian and stewie episodes simpsons(best show)has lisa amrge and bart episodes but this cannot survive without stan(who isn't the best character on the show).It looks like family gu and acts osmewhat like family guy but this show is more far out with an alien and a tlaking fish . how is francine so innocent but such a whore? how did such a dumbass get in the cia? wouldn't the cia notice an alien gone? after famliy guy and koth and the simpsons so i watch it.
American Dad is a pretty good show. It is about Stan Smith and his family's adventures. On the show they have some strange characters such as an alien from outer space and a talking fish, who used to be a Nazi. These characters maybe strange, but they are funny non the less. In fact I think that Roger (the alien) is the funniest character on the show! Stan is the main character of the show, he works for the CIA. As you can imagine, he's a pretty wacky character, but he's still pretty funny. I'll have to admit that Stan is a crazy guy but still one of my favorite characters.
A show about a pretty typical American Family. The father works for the CIA and he is byfar the funniest character next to that Alien XD. I personally enjoy the show. I never thought i would like it because it looked way too much like my all time favorite show Family guy but one day i pressed info on one of the episodes and the plot looked really interesting. After watching it i realized that this show isn't that bad. The comedy in it is pretty straight forward not really many jokes that i saw that I had to think about for a while. Only problem i have is like i already said it resembles Family guy a bit too much.
For anyone who hasn't seen the show i would recommend that they at least check it out and see how it goes from there.
This is an amusing variation on the theme of spies and international intrigue. It's like a funnier version of "Get Smart" as a cartoon. Here is an agent who freaks out when kitchen appliances go off, and who must keep up with the Homeland Security updates that keep everybody else on edge. He is constantly checking to make sure even his friends, neighbors and own children don't try to pull something on him. Then there's the alien he saved from Area 51, and the goldfish with a transplanted brain... I am not making this up. It's not as crass as "Family Guy," and it does come up with a few laughs.
When I unwrapped the gift that my younger brother gave me I was kinda confused at his choice of present. Not only am I open about NOT being a Family Guy fan, I was kinda disappointed that he would get me such a movie knowing that! I decided to not get upset and to pretend that I was happy about my gift, thanked him and went home. The next day the weather was snowy and the satellite wasn't working. I was a bit bored so I decided to put the DVD in and try to watch it, thinking that any entertainment is better than none. I actually smiled during the intro song and was quite shocked that the show was funny, even witty! Who would have thought the creator of Family Guy could have made a show this great? I should have thought considering King of the Hill (one of my favorite shows) was created by the maker of Beavis and Butthead. I guess next time I won't judge a DVD by it's cover!
awsome show If you like family guy you will probebly like this show but it is less joke oriented and is more about plot and episode development but all the characters are funny and add alot to the episodes Roger the alien and the goldfish are really funny But one thing I should point out is the show sometimes has the tendencey to drag on and somethimes has boring episodes unlike family guy that drills out jokes left and right but this does not happen to often most of the time the show is really funny the CIA stuff is really cool
I love The Simpsons and Family Guy. Can't miss either one of them. This show is not in the same ballpark as either of those but it is still a fun watch with lots to like. Not sure aboue the talking fish and alien but Family Guy has a talking dog and baby so who cares. Don't watch looking to think too much. It is mindless entertainment and something I look forward to watching with ny DVR. Just like Family Guy this IS NOT a show for children and most of the humor hits for someone over the age of 25.
brilliant it's about a man who works at the cia , stan smith , who gives his family good protection every second of every minute of every day of every year he never stops when on the lookout but its not just him its also his wife francine his daughter hayley his son steve his talking goldfish klaus and his alien roger they always get into wacky situations like when stan swaps lives with roger and when steve and roger compete against being the best detective and when stan tries to get francine to meet up with her parents who she hadn't seen for ages.
This show is awsome! And not because it was made by Seth MacFarlane, oh no! It has action, comedy, drama, and.... wait for it.... yes! Aliens! And brain transplant! This is a good show! Okay, back to reality. The characters are sorta original, the voice acting is not like half the cast is Seth (only two people in the Smith family, but...)and it's decent, and the plotlines are entertaining, and some, though boring, makes me think harder. The theme song is decent, I would love to recite it as our Pledge of Allegence. But not for the National Anthem.
Now, you are ALL wondering why it's a 9? Because, where are the new episodes?
American Dad was created by the same guy who made Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane. So if you like Family Guy, you'll probably like American Dad. Though I wasn't very impressed with the first season the second season came back and was much better. The show is about a dad named Stan who works for the C.I.A. He has two kids named Steve and Haley, a wife named Francine, an alien friend named Roger, and a talking pet goldfish named Klaus. Now the show is a lot like family guy minus the random flashes. It is a great show but I still prefer Family Guy.
The first episode of this show was kinda stupid, but every other episode is very good, im starting to like American Dad better then Family Guy. American Dad has great story lines and great Charactors. I dont see any faults about this show. I cant wait to see future episodes, its going be great. Family Guy had boring episodes in the first 2 seasons. After seeing the first season of American Dad i knew this would be a very good show, no dout about it. So this is the end of my review. Yep i still need to type 100 words
When American Dad first came out in 2005, people were not very fond of it and called it a "cheap rip off of Family Guy" and it didn't really have a big fanbase like Family Guy did(Family Guy's fanbase was starting to grow, and look at it now) and although some little parts of the episodes made people chuckle a bit, it's humour wasn't superior to Family Guy's.
However, when season 2 came out! Things changed a little, the characters seemed more noticeable and they even seemed more likeable as the episodes went on, not only that but the episodes became funnier and funnier due to the fact that they came up with funnier jokes as months went by.
I basically think that American Dad has come on alot since it first aired on TV, and I think it just keeps getting funnier and funnier every episode although it's on very rare occasions now that they're actually unfunny and don't try and entertain us viewers of the show, in fact it's almost becoming funnier and as popular as Family Guy.
for those of you who love family guy you will love this crazy and jacked up shows its just like famly guy only, its better man you have just got to watch this super weird and funny show its about a dad that works for the c.i.a and just has to kill someone because well he's a jacked up,american dad. so please just try it out it comes on at 10:30 back to back so uuuhhh try it out and dont write anything bad about it because its a cool show if you give it a good chance. trust me you will love it.
Seth McFarlene has brought back the original Family Guy in terms of an actual storyline and jokes that aren't random spoofs from nowhere. But, with different characters. I hope family Guy can get out of that rut and return back to it's old ways. American Dad has been getting better and better over time it's been on and maybe some day will pass family guy. Roger is easily my favorite character on the show. I like how he is almost bi-polar in a way and how he shows his sexuality kinda like stewie just alittle bit more mildly. Stan is my second favorite because he just blurts out random things that usually don't make sence.
American Dad! well back when this started and I was addicted to Family Guy I was looking forward to this show, however after the first two episodes I stopped watching it. I didn't have any comedic factor that you would expect from a comedy that Family Guy had.
After the second season began I started to watch it again and noticed the improvement, I was finding it funny. I gradually began loosing interest in Family Guy since it was on and American Dad wasn't, recently I stopped watching it altogether.
The characters are quite amusing, especially Roger and his Kevin Bacon impersonation. Steve is a bit typical in terms of the younger brother in a nuclear family (in comedy TV shows not the real thing!)
Sadly some of the plots are a little boring but the jokes are getting better. If your not a fan of Family Guy it doesn't mean that American Dad! isn't for you, in fact you may even prefer it. Keep in mind that the first season isn't the best although the Smiths do have their moments.
This show is totally amazing. It is similar to Family Guy but they are both funny. Family Guy and American Dad have so many similarities and I prefer Family Guy more but still this is a totally good amazing show. Steve is the main character who works for the FBI and has one child. His child has a friend that is an alien and they both live in there own little world and have there own adventures. This show is really funny and in my opinion it is a really great show that alot of teenagers and adults would want to watch alot of times.
I do like this show, but I like Family Guy way better.
I find Family guy more Hilarious. That dosen't mean I hate this show though. It has it's moments once in a while.
That's about it. If American Dad was more funny, I'd watch it probably every day. The characters are good, the show's plots are good. The humor I just don't find as funny as Family Guy. That's It. American Dad is a decent show, and it's surely worth watching. That's my review for American Dad, thanks for reading my review. - a n d e r s o n 5 8 7
This is an ok show but at times feels repetidive andf a little boring. The up sie of it is it is hard to tell Family Guy creaters made this show to. It has strong points and weak points but I own the first season of it and it seems to be a great show beyond that. So the saudi arabia episode was my favorite and this kind of opened up to me how much Stan is dedicated top Patrism. He is the last man you might expect to comit treesone which can get very very annyoing at some times.
While not being genially original the punchlines hit your laugh muscles hard and your conscience even harder for laughing.
If your humor is as dark as mine, and you love political and social satire: watch this show!!
American Dad is of course the lovechild of family guy and well... family guy :P Seth Mc Farlane is (not surprising) the producer of both and gives the shows their dirty, dark humor.
like Family Guy, American Dad pushes the limit of taste and political correctness almost every episode, and sometimes walks right over it without looking back. I admire the show for it's courage to insult every sentient being on the planet once a week and getting away with it :)
While not being genially original the punchlines hit your laugh muscles hard and your conscience even harder for laughing. If your humor is as dark as mine, and you love political and social satire: watch this show!!
I'm going to post my most latest review of the show and also the one I posted on IMDB, so be ready. First, here's my old review. My latest review isn't as long though.
First time I saw this show, I thought this show was not funny and that Seth MacFarlane has lost his unique style of writing. Just recently, I have decided to give this show a chance and watch another episode. By rewatching the first episode, I was hooked. I guess opinions can change after two years.
Recently, I've been trying to watch new shows and it took me a season to get everybody's names and what's about them except Kenan and Kel because their names were in the title. But by the first episode of this show, I knew that the man who works for the CIA and is too patriotic and would do anything for his country is Stan Smith. I know that his wife who has no job and Stan Smith seems to take advantage of her is Francine Smith. Hayley is the ultra-liberal "hippie" who wants to help the homeless. Steve Smith is the virgin who wants to be popular but yet he has no friends. He wants to have sex. Klaus is an East German olympic athlete who is now a fish because the CIA switched his brains with a fish. Roger is the alien who saved Stan's life in Area 51 and now he lives with the family, not to have anyone know about him. He seems to be interested in designing as far as I know.
This show is almost similar to Family Guy, except Stan is stupid but smart and Peter is stupid and dumb and doesn't seem to be very much patriotic. Peter doesn't seem aware of where he lives and Stan does. I recommend this show for everyone who has seen Family Guy because this is ultra funny and entertaining.
Now, here's my latest review.
Patriotic, Overprotective, an American Hero, CIA. These are words to describe Stan Smith. His family thinks he's crazy. Through the pilot episode and the latest episode, you'll see the crazy things Stan does and become overpatriotic. He thinks abortion is wrong, he thinks gays marrying and having children are wrong, but hell does he does crazy and entertaining things! Seth Macffarlane's new show is crazy.
stan: "well you know wat i say to that hayleigh?" ................pause.......stan: oh hmm thought i was gonna fart!!!! ledgend!!!! ok let me start by saying well done mr. seth mcfarlane. first he creates one of animations all time greats in family guy, and now he has out done himself with an even better show....American Dad! yes my opening line to this review is the kind of humour you will get!! Stan Smith is a top CIA agen, living with his family in Langley Falls, Virginia. his famiy include a nature loving, politic hating daughter Hayleigh, a desperate ladies man wanabe, geek, Steve, his blonde (lives up to her hair coulor) wife Francine, a talking German goldfish, Klaus, and a pansy, cross dressing alien, Roger!! yes week in week out, Stan has diferant problems within his family he has to deal with and in his spare time he has the minor problems down the CIA. so that about sums up my short summary of this hillarious show. it is not as good as king of the hill but it beats rival family guy and thrashs the ever ageing Simpsons.......Good Morning USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Where do I start from here? American Dad is one of the few current shows that actually manages to give me a laugh. The characters are wild.
Stan, who seems to learn his life lessons a little too late. Roger the alien, who only seems to care for himself and gets the last laugh. Klaus, who may be confined to his goldfish bowl but wants to be included. Steve and Hailey, your typical kids who argue. Steve's a huge nerd and Hailey is a college girl who knows how to push her dad's buttons. And Francine, the housewife who seems to want things right and has to help.
While sometimes the humor is a hit or miss, it seems typical from the creator of Family Guy. Though unlike Family Guy, there's always a bit of a lesson to take from it.
Especially for poor Stan, who is just doing things as he's been taught. Such as gay parents are not right. I hope to see more of this in the future, and hope it lives a nice long life. The jokes may be a bit bad sometimes, and other times it seems that the writers try too hard, but there's always a punchline, whether you miss it or see it.
"American Dad!" is the popular hit animated series on FOX. Created by the people who brought you "Family Guy"
"American Dad!" is another show about a dysfunctional family. But this time, it's much more original. "American Dad!"s characters are Stan Smith, the CIA father who cares about his family. He is married to Francine who is a nagging wife and also cares about her family. Hayley is the smart daughter and is ultra liberal. Steve is a young son of the family and is the nerd of the family. Roger is the alien who is often drunk and very sarcastic. And finally Klaus is the pet fish and is very in love with Francine.
"American Dad!" has potential and is funny. And unlike "Family Guy" it doesn't steal from 'The Simpsons". And better than "Family Guy" in my opinion. I wished that "American Dad" also didn't try hard to show emotion. But, I do give it a recommendation.
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