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  • Never thought i would like this show.

    8.0
    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.
  • No great shakes, but not the worst thing ever done, either.

    6.0
    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.
  • This show is a really crazy, smart, slightly inappropriate, and funny show!

    8.3
    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!
  • stan smith works for the CIA and is hiding a alien in his house

    8.5
    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
  • Not great, just good!

    8.5
    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.
  • a very good it is just brilliant

    9.4
    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.
  • It was about a whole-hearted family... in America!

    8.4
    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?
  • Almost as good as Family Guy

    8.8
    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.
  • THis is is becomeing better then Family Guy, Thats how good this show is.

    9.9
    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
  • This is definately one of the greats!

    10
    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.



    10/10.
  • amaerican dad is the funniest show ever

    10
    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.
  • Great show the comedy is getting better than family guy

    10
    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.
  • Although I think American Dad started off horribly, it has since improved and even shows Family Guy up sometimes.

    8.3
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    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.
  • Love it.

    10
    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 like Family Guy Better.

    7.0
    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
  • The adventures of the smith family led by their dad CIA agent Stan

    7.0
    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!!

    8.0
    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!!
  • Patriotic, American, hates abortion and marrying of same sex couples? What?

    10
    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.
  • love this show, i would have to give it a slight, slight edge over family guy!!!

    9.4
    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 of the best funniest dumbest

    10
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  • Good Morning USA! American Dad is a crazy classic.

    8.0
    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 funny and better than Family Guy. But, like "Family Guy" its funny but, trys to hard for emotion.

    6.4
    "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.
  • this is a hit

    9.1
    There's been a lot of anticipation for American Dad, the new animated series from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. In 1999, Family Guy earned a following large enough to make it one of television's hottest properties but not large enough to sustain the ratings Fox wanted, resulting in its cancellation. However, the record-setting sales of the show's DVD sets and its excellent ratings as part of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim lineup led Fox to return it to the network's midseason Sunday night lineup. Since all that, everyone's been wondering what else MacFarlane had up his sleeve. The answer, unfortunately, is not much.

    Stan Smith (voiced by MacFarlane) is a true-blue American hero, a clean-cut, square-jawed, supremely earnest saluter of Old Glory. He's also an important cog in the War on Terror, a decorated CIA operative responsible for keeping the U.S. safe and freedom on the march. On the home front, he's somewhat less successful. His daughter Hayley (Seth's daughter Rachael) is a crunchy granola community college lefty who looks for every opportunity to challenge Dad. He has trouble relating to his son Steve (Scott Grimes), a pasty pre-pubescent loser with a Shazam t-shirt and no luck with the ladies. And his wife Francine (Wendy Schaal) is mostly supportive, but lacks enthusiasm about brandishing her machetes when Stan suspects a late-night attack by Osama bin Laden (Stan screams, "If I die, you must protect the clan!").

    Rounding out the family are Klaus (Dee Bradley Baker), a talking goldfish with the mind of an East German alpine skier (the CIA switched his brain during the fictional 1986 Winter Olympics to ensure American victory) and the hots for Francine; and Roger (MacFarlane again), an alien that saved Stan's life at Area 51 and whose necessary house arrest has acclimated him to Earth's simpler pleasures, like cigarettes, daytime television, and Chocodiles.

    If this sounds familiar, you've been watching your Family Guy DVDs. MacFarlane has recycled all of his previous show's personalities, touching up each with a slight accent, a simple inversion, or a specific political agenda. Follow me here: Klaus is Stewie gone Oedipal, trying to elbow Stan out of the picture so he can nail Francine; Roger is Brian with a Paul Lynde accent; Steve, sadly, combines Meg and Chris into a frumpy oddball whom nobody really gets or likes; Francine plays the same ancillary role as Lois; and Stan is a jacked-up action junkie/goofball dad who can't relate to his kids and screws up huge -- a non-paralyzed, über-Republican mash-up of Peter and Quahog cop Joe Swanson right down to the oversized cleft chin). The only character without a clear Family Guy analog is Hayley, who is cooler, smarter, more politically aware, and more self-assured any of MacFarlane's previous characters... which pretty much makes her an 18-year-old Lisa Simpson.

    In an interview with TVShowsonDVD.com, MacFarlane acknowledges these similarities, calling American Dad "sort of a Family Guy meets All in the Family kind of show" (the All in the Family nod presumably comes in Stan's conservative patriarchal attitudes, although he's nowhere near as dynamic as Carroll O'Connor's Archie Bunker) and describing Klaus and Roger as "oddball characters in the vein of Brian and Stewie." The major division in MacFarlane's mind comes in the programs' tones and subject matters. "Where Family Guy is a very pop culture-oriented show," he says, "American Dad is going to be a bit more politically satirical, socially and culturally satirical."

    Unfortunately, when MacFarlane plumbs the depths of the U.S. political system for American Dad, all he manages are weak shots at conservative caricatures. Steve asks his parents to buy him a dog to improve his chances of scoring a date with head cheerleader Lisa Silver (voiced by Aerobic Striptease guru Carmen Electra); Stan returns with a decrepit 19-year-old hound because "this dog was alive for the Reagan Administration; it knows how things are supposed to be." The dog (named Thor, which I must admit, I found pretty funny) doesn't help Steve with the ladies, so Stan offers to help sabotage the student council elections and make Steve class president, saying, "I work for the CIA. Rigging elections is my bread and butter." And when Steve tells his father that Francine had offered contradictory advice, Stan smiles and says, "Steve, I'm going to tell you something, and I know this from years of experience: women are never right." These lines are good for a chuckle, but don't match Family Guy's best moments, partly because they're not as "universal" as that show's offensives, and partly because MacFarlane never really rears back and lets it rip with this "political comedy."

    American Dad's most successful jokes come out of the Family Guy playbook in the form of that show's famous non-sequiturs. The best of these comes in a phone conversation between President Bush and God: "Uh, hey, George, it's God... Hey, listen, big favor: is there any way that you could, uh, from now on, sort of downplay our relationship a little more in your public addresses? I mean, to give you an example, like when you make comments like, 'God wanted me to be President,' you know, that would be an example of something to just kind of keep to yourself." There are also a couple of fantastic throwaway lines, like when a high school student leaving the bathroom tells his friend, "Man, your stream is so powerful." Whether you like bathroom humor or not, you can't deny that MacFarlane's great at it; unfortunately, in the pilot episode, he marginalizes it in deference to political comedy, and the drop-off in his show's quality is severe.

    In a recent interview with The Onion A.V. Club, MacFarlane discusses the specific problem he faces in President Bush's second term: the ethical dilemma of an artist who wishes the election had gone the other way, but realizes that the outcome means he's getting four more years of free material. "There are people on staff who have made that point, that the upside to a second Bush term is that it makes American Dad work better," MacFarlane says. "[But] to me, the price is too high. I would gladly give up the comedy to have a President Kerry. But you work with what you have." Viewed in that context, American Dad is MacFarlane's personal protest, and for using whatever soapbox he has to speak his mind, he should be commended. I just wish he had done it with more unique characters, stronger story construction, and a better class of dialogue. But he didn't, causing American Dad's post-Super Bowl debut to feel like a lame halftime show designed to keep us busy until the main event on 1 May. If he doesn't come up with better material by then, America might respond to his series the way it does to most halftime shows: by turning it off.
  • This is possibly the best TV show that has hit the airwaves!

    10
    I started watching American Dad when I first got the first volume/season set on DVD back in Christmas 2006 and when I got it, didn't think it was that good surprisingly but then I watched a couple of more episodes and was then hooked on it and then I watched even more episodes when the second volume came out(I don't watch it on TV, as I you know like to watch these things on DVD because it makes it seem more fun in my opinion) and I thought it was even more hilarous than it was before and now I'm a huge fan of this show, my favourite has to be Roger since he is the funniest in the whole show like when he's watching certain TV shows(eg Cagney and Lacey and the Simple Life), it always seems hilarous for some reason and I hope they keep this show on because it just gets even funnier every episode.

    I rate this: 10.
  • Where do I start on this program?.................

    2.5
    Well this show isn't exactly a good show but tiny tiny bits of it can make me chuckle. This show is very inapropriat and I am surprised they even let it go on public TV. Even so it is on at like 8:oo PM what about the 5 year olds that are learning swear words?! Then again 5 year olds shouldn't be up so late. Over all rating: 2.5. Yet there are some people who enjoy these shows. I stand by my rating and it isn't so bad that it is worse than South Park. And thanks to anyone who agrees with me.
  • American Dad; brother of Family Guy, evil cousin of The Simpsons and best friend of me

    8.0
    American Dad is Seth Macfarlane's second animated TV series after Family Guy, it debuted in 2005. It revolves around Stan Smith; a staunch Republican working for the CIA and is a talented combatant despite being overweight. His family consists of trophy wife Francine, hippy daughter Hayley, impressionable son Steve and pets; effeminate alien Roger and German fish Klaus. Although comparisons are bound to be made between this show and Family Guy; in a sense they're similar with the zany family which share the same traits in both TV shows and many of the jokes are the same political, racist, cultural and sick ones but deep down American Dad is quite unlike the first show.

    American Dad is a lot more politically charged than the former with a majority of the episodes revolving around it and the characters are a lot more complex in American Dad and have a developed structure that characters in Family Guy can't boast.

    As far as humour they're pretty much the same but American Dad goes out of their way not to have flashbacks. The plots for episodes are often less wittier in American Dad and they fall flat on some occasions but on the whole it has very good writing.

    The show has the same look as Family Guy; bright, larger than life animation with surreal effects and whatnot but this show contains a lot more violence and action than Family Guy and requires more rapid - fire transition.

    The audio is somewhat wackier than Family Guy and calls for really over - the - top vocal performances; Seth Macfarlane voices Stan and Roger and although he doesn't deviate from his vocal work in Family Guy, he is pretty consistent. His sister Rachel as well as Scott Grimes and Wendy Schaal make up the rest of the family and never disappoint. The show's have an equally catchy theme song although American Dad channels The Simpsons by having something different in each opening. As a father; Stan Smith is superior to Peter Griffin. He's more rational, optimistic and aware than the latter although Stan does get fewer emotional moments with his family but when it comes to obnoxiousness and naivety; the two are identical. American Dad is a fresh and very entertaining watch that is recommended to any fan of Family Guy. At this point it hasn't progressed beyond cult status but sooner or later it'll be right up there on primetime.
  • American Dad not Family guy

    7.7
    Good morning usa and all the other countries wake up becouse the show of a true american is here. its about a guy named stan who is the greatest american well thats what he thinks in this show him and his hole family have wierd adventures every single episode. Weather its in a computer game or in the city. Theres only one bad thing about this show and that is its a bit racest but i dont really care about dat becouse its just as funny as family guy.

    I have a fealing im gona have a wonderfull day. From Brodie
  • The funny adventures of a CIA agent and his dysfunctional family

    10
    Created by the creator of 'Family Guy', another great classic cartoon, Seth MacFarlane, American Dad features the life of a CIA agent whose duty is to protect America from terrorism, and his family who are hardly prime candidates for a typical American family. Instead of a dog this family has an alien and a german goldfish, the daughter is a rebel who is leftist in her political views and is prone to disagree with her fathers ideas, the mother is fairly normal but becomes involved in many antics, and the son is fairly intelligent and seems to be headed for success. Unlike Family Guy whose humour is derived as much from Peter's memory gags as Stewies antics, this shows humour is mostly based on the fathers constant alertness for terrorist activities, and the whole 'protecting America' thing- as well as that the America he is protecting- whilst seemingly oblivious to him- is not as worthy of protection as he likes to think. The fish and the alien are also major stars in the shows humour. Very entertaining show. For those who say it is excactly like Family Guy only worse, i'd argue that the style is somewhat different and that it is still a very entertaining and amusing cartoon.
  • American Dad is written by the same writers as Family guy so i thought if they made it, it was worth watching

    8.9
    American Dad is written by the same writers as Family guy so i thought if they made it, it was worth watching and that was when i first saw it on channel 7 in Australia just after family guy had been on.

    I watch this show when ever it is on but i don't need to download it as it is not the best show every. i still like the show and rate it pretty high because it is funny and it makes the American family look stupid at some time. eg when Stan send his so to "camp refuge" which is really "Refugee Camp".
  • Is to Family Guy what Futurama is to the Simpsons

    8.8
    On first glance, American Dad looks like a carbon copy of Seth MacFarlane's "other" show Family Guy. The animation is near identical, the lead character Stan Smith's knuckle headed optimism and in-your-face presentation doesn't so much recall Peter Griffin as grab you by the throat and scream in your face and Roger the alien and Klaus the goldfish work in much the same way Stewie and Brian do in the previous show. So far so very familiar, as though MacFarlane dressed up his fourth FG series with different characters when it was initially cancelled so as to stay on the air but stick with it, and American Dad will eventually reveal itself as a superior cartoon to it's predecessor.

    Sure, the humour is once again a mixture of insightful witticisms, biting satire and odd bursts into toilet humour but rather than the chaos of Family Guy where the plot seems to revolve round the jokes, here the opposite is true. The flashbacks are almost totally absent and instead each episode features a structure and character development that is normally missing from the first show. Okay some of the episodes fall a bit flat but nevertheless, there are considerably more hits than there are misses and when it's good, it's brilliant. "A Smith In The Hand" for example is in this writer's humble opinion, the funniest thing MacFarlane and his team have ever produced.

    What's more, American Dad is considerably more politically-orientated and everything you could conceive about the USA's current state of fear mongering and distrust is put beneath a microscope and parodied mercilessly. Stan Smith is a boorish depiction of all that paranoia rolled into one and some of his outbursts and overreactions are hilarious. Take the scene where he locks up his new Arab neighbours in his back garden for instance in a moment that scarily recalls the nightmarish conditions of Guantanamo bay yet still manages to be side splittingly funny or any of his numerous conceited one-liners ("only women have emotions son, they come from their ovaries").

    Only time will tell if American Dad can outlive the shadow of it's far more successful big brother, but like the relationship between Futurama and the Simpsons beforehand, it's often a far funnier and considerably more focused show that deserves a wider audience
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