Family Guy

Sunday 9:00 PM on FOX Premiered Jan 31, 1999 Between Seasons





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  • Family Guy is amazing, but it needs better writers.

    The show is great but all the old writers need to go. Seth needs to hire smarter writers with actual college education to write the characters out well. The humor should be subjective and subtle all the time. The cutaway gags need to disappear out of the show forever. The fans of the show should write higher quality episodes that are millions times better than the actual writing staff. Serializing the show would be refreshing for a change and intellectual humor is what the show deserves. The show has to stop being 100% fart jokes and try something new. The characters need actual character development and story arcs to rebuild their status and popularity. Come on Seth, you need to step up and fix every flaw in the show before it's completely condemn itself to hell. The show should drastically change its content into something else entirely. For example, action-adventure with psychological thriller and sci-fi drama. Family Guy should reboot itself into a higher quality Anime without any overused cliches. Seth needs to fire his current staff and hire new people to write the show.
  • Even at what is known as their darkest days, Family Guy still is more entertaining and has more wit than The Simpsons.

    I cannot believe that people are trashing this show yet praising that borefest of a cartoon they call "The Simpsons". I mean, it is true that the show does resort to offensively gross jokes that go too far so I understand, but would you rather watch 30 minutes of that or 30 minutes of Lisa and others talking too much going "BLAHBLAHBLAHBLAH"? To all of those who choose the former, I think you are making the right choice.

    To all of those who hated it the first time, have you heard the phrase "If you didn't like it the first time, watch it again and you'll enjoy it"? I do admit that I used to hate Family Guy for being like The Simpsons all over again but after I gave the show a second watch, I started to admire all of the characters like Peter and Stewie. They certainly have more character and nuance unlike The Simpsons, the polar opposite of the superior Family Guy.

    So with all that being said, I hope all of you haters give Family Guy another chance after you read this review and give the show a 10 on this site and please give The Simpsons a 1.
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  • This show lost its touch

    Seriously, all the new episodes have weird and unfunny jokes.
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  • Could Be Better

    Show Has Some Good Humour, Some Dark, Some Offensive

    However, With The Newer Seasons Thr Jokes Have Run Dry
  • stupid and boring

    The show outlived itself
  • Unfortunately, it's gone downhill and become unwatchable.

    In 1999, Fox saw the debut of another family-centric animated sitcom called Family Guy. Similar to The Simpsons, Family Guy centers around the misadventures of the Griffin family in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island. The main cast consists of Peter, the obese, moronic father, Lois, the housewife, Meg, the insecure, chew toy teenage daughter, Chris, the obese, slow-witted, socially awkward teenage son, Stewie, the football-headed evil mastermind baby with the intention of matricide, and Brian, the sane, intelligent, political, martini-slurrping talking dog. The show brimmed with brilliant storylines and clever humor. Although bearing many similarities to The Simpsons, the show had its own style and wasn't a one-by-one ripoff.

    Unfortunately, the greatness that once came of this show has drastically disintegrated, and the show has become nothing more than a desperate plea for humor and the charm it once had.

    Peter was once the goofy, loveable idiot of the family who provided plenty of laughs to go around episode by episode. While his decisions were questionable, he was still loving and caring of his family nevertheless. Nowadays, he has become less funny and more annoying, as well as less caring for his family, arrogant, selfish, and purely sticks to things going his way than what his family and friends know what is best. Stewie was once the evil mastermind with goals of world domination and matricide, but now he is used as the subject of homosexual jokes. His depictiction of gay people makes them look bad and is far too overused. Brian used to always be one to bring in dry humor, but nowadays he is nothing but a political-mouthed soapbox who looks over others with his views, brings them down, and only cares about women for the sole purpose of banging them.

    The humor was really clever in the first five seasons. I don't know what happened afterward but I guess things just really fell apart. Most of it nowadays is really forced and the cutaway gags lost their taste; most of them occasionally drag on too long and are pure filler. Heck, some of them are just music videos rather than actual gags. There are still a few funny moments here and there though this is a rare occurrence nowadays.

    While the plots are still good, their execution falls really flat with the watered down character personalities and humor. Plus, a moderate of them center around political rants or the writers trying to go off limits.

    Another problem I have with the show nowadays is that there's too much Brian and Stewie. Literally, they pretty much take up the amount of screentime in an episode or at least subplot (with the main plot usually belonging to Peter and the guys) that it often puts other characters out of the spotlight. This often so happens to Chris and Meg, who tend to take a backseat to Brian and Stewie, but especially Chris; there was even an episode where Joe thought Chris' name was "Caleb".

    Speaking of Meg, while it's nice to see her being less mistreated by Peter in the newer seasons for a change, she falls victim to bullying at her school so much that you can't help but feel bad for her. Yes, Meg is basically the butt monkey of the show, but when it was done in the earlier seasons it was played for laughs, but now it's actually mean-spirited with little to no humorous intentions.

    I think it's time for Seth to put this show to rest. It has run its course. It was fun while the first five seasons lasted, but now it's unfortunately gone downhill and I think it would be best to end the show to prevent it from becoming any worse. I heard that the series will be receiving a theatrical film adaptation around 2019, so let's hope that will be the series finale.
  • This Show Has Ran Its Course, American Dad IS REALLY Better Then This (Updated AGIAN)


    It was a really funny show, the last seasons have been lacking in humor though. Family Guy should have retired with positive nostalgia while it was still on top, now every season its reputation shrinks more and more and its too late. It's humor is massively stretched now and the producers seem to just copy and paste older gags into the plots in recent episodes. They continued to follow this trend with there recent seasons without noticing that even using those older gags over and over makes the show less enjoyable (especially with the cutaway gags). So even when they don't do that they go overboard on the shock humor and it can't even be called "shock humor" anymore because they will somehow make it overly disturbing than it has to be, it does not work anymore, this type of formula just does not work, its time to stop! I used to be a big fan of the show, but the writers seem to not care anyways. Its been so many years and the show has not been back on track yet. I recommend any new comer to try to watch some of the older episodes and avoid any modern day episode altogether. UPDATE So i decided to watch this show years later and it still hasn't improved, its just not what it used to be. American dad is still pretty great and strangely offers better comedy these days!
  • The best show on Television.

    Family Guy is my favourite animated serie ever! A perfect series, with awesome characters, all the episodes are great and today the show is still a masterpiece!
  • Family guy is awesome

    I like family guy because I can watch it anytime. I can tune out and then if I want I can watch for 5 minutes and have a bunch of laughs rather than having to watch a regular tv show and have to always watch the entire thing to keep up with. Awesome funny show haha with good lessons and sweet family values.
  • The Show is losing its taste

    I am a big fan of family guy and i have being seeing the show since 2007, and i must say the show is amazing. Its funny, entertaining and has a way of making your day great. but the last few seasons of the show has being stale. its lost its taste, i mean i can almost predict what would happen at the end of each episode and seriously i am beginning to lose interest in the sitcom. But i have a suggestion; sometimes, the show copies real life event and cartoonised it and create amazing episodes. why not the producers consider to copy another tv series concept and make a full season with its concept. for example AMC's the walking dead, i think the producers of family guy should dedicate a whole season to creating a zombie world of family guy, with a story line centering on how the griffins and friends would survive a zombie apocalyse. it will be fun and people would gain interest in the series again. fill the season with suprises, maybe lois gets to be bitten by a zombie or quagmire or meg. Anyways thats my suggestion and i hope it will be considered. thanks #KingPrechy
  • Fmlyg

    Anyone getting tired of Lois being a bitch in season 13 and 14
  • Bets adult show ever made

    i fucking love this show
  • This show is still going strong.

    While the plot of the episodes may have gotten mediocre, Family Guy always seems to make me laugh. The jokes are fresh and relevant with pop culture these days and are reeling in a new audience. This is where the Simpsons fail ; one can argue that Family Guy's beloved characters have changed (Peter's more dumb, Lois is bland, Stewie's gay, Brian is a liberal) But most of them are just amplified versions of the old characters. Overall the jokes are still funny and Family Guy is much still relevant.
  • i will watch faithfully even reruns

    love family guy yaaaaa netflex
  • Overall a good show but it really has been going downhill lately, with boring episodes, bad jokes, and the characters have all negatively changed.

    Before I begin, I will say that Family Guy is my favourite show of all time. I would definitely consider myself a "die-hard" fan of the show, and nearly all of the time, it really amuses me. Even as one of the show's devoted fans, I can say for certain that the show has definitely gone downhill lately. Jokes became dry, flat, lazy or offensive (which usually doesn't bother me, but offensive jokes is what causes a lot of controversy for the show lately) and most the character's personalities changed for the worst. But what REALLY has become a major problem for Family Guy lately is the overuse of boring and stale cutaway gags that have no relevance to the plot whatsoever, and that actually make me lose interest in the episode. These cutaways weren't used much in the earlier seasons, but for the past few seasons they're honestly a regular occurrence and they're the reason I kind of dislike a few of the later seasons (as well as the flat jokes and some bad plots) Some people think Family Guy started to run out of steam after it was put back on air in 2005, others think it was at Season 7, and some people think it went downhill but went back uphill in the later seasons. Here is MY personal opinion.

    Season 1- Good season, the episodes were funny and it was a great start to the show. Of course, it's underrated due to being badly animated and only having 7 episodes, which I agree with. But it was still a good beginning for the show nonetheless.

    Season 2- Even better season. HILARIOUS episodes, and the characters were lovable and funny, and had good personalities. Some of my favourite episodes are within this season.

    Season 3- Same as above, though I don't have a lot of favourites in this season, but it was still brilliant.

    Season 4- My favourite season by far. The funniest episodes ever are in this season IMO, and since it was the first season after a 2-3 year cancellation, the animation improved. Seasons 1-4 is the golden era of Family Guy, I think.

    Season 5- Not as good as the first 4 seasons, but was still funny and had great episodes.

    Season 6- Same as above.

    Season 7- Kind of a hit or miss. Some episodes were humorous, others were a little dumb and stale. Still decent enough though.

    Season 8- Decent, though not brilliant, a few brilliant or even funny episodes, but some were kind of boring.

    Season 9- Pretty good, better than 7-8. Definitely a lot of gore/raunchiness compared to other seasons, but the episodes were fairly enjoyable or intense.

    Season 10- This is where Family Guy started to go downhill. Too many jokes or even whole episode plots revolved around domestic abuse, rape, child abuse, pedophilia, etc, and even too much shock humour. The episodes that didn't involve those jokes were either decent or mediocre. The humour found it's way out of the show in this season. Definitely one of my least favourite seasons.

    Season 11- Good enough, better than 10. Some episodes were GREAT, some were only fair. But the show was still declining and less funny or smart.

    Season 12- A great season I thought! The only good RECENT season of Family Guy which made up for the show getting staler. Besides two AWFUL and disgusting episodes, the season was still brilliant and had good plots.

    Season 13- This put the show in a pit of fire again. The show was already getting tedious and repetitive since Season 10, but this season made everything 100x worse. Jokes were awful, lazy and lacked any intelligence, cutaway gags became an even bigger problem here, Peter acted like a misogynist and the plots were boring, poorly written or tasteless. Only a handful of episodes were actually good.

    Season 14- Really bad. A bigger slump after 13. The most awful season of Family Guy. The worst, poorly written, most boring plots and jokes ever, many continuity errors, and EVEN MORE cutaway gags just to fill up time. This season had a lack of effort put into it, and it proves how much this show took a turn for the worst since 2011.

    It's still my favourite show, but it started to lose it's touch at Season 10, and even more at Season 13 - 14. Season 14 almost made me quit the show. The writers are just running out of ideas and jokes at this point. But overtime, the characters have changed dramatically. Peter went from a dumb father but still very loving to his family and had some common sense (like Homer) to an arrogant, abusive, disrespectful, careless prick with NO common sense at all, who is even more ***ed than ever, who treats his wife, daughter and friends terribly and who just acts like an immature baby all the time. He annoys me a lot. Lois went from the voice of reason to a pretty hypocritical character and a bad/irresponsible mother who likes to put other people down for her own superiority. But she is sweet and loving to Peter considering he's awful to her, so that's where I feel sympathy for her. Meg was once a normal stereotypical "geeky" teenage girl who just wanted to be accepted by everyone and wasn't abused by her family, but rather EMBARRASSED by them, which is pretty normal, but now she is a depressed, suicidal punching bag who is physically and emotionally bullied by Peter (which I hate most about the show) and is put down and teased by the rest of the family. I notice that they always fat-shame her and pick on her weight, it really isn't that funny. I know it's a cartoon, but I really don't find the Meg-bashing that amusing. It's milder now, but there's still the occasional insult. Chris is just a cardboard cut-out of Peter, but his worst change is that he's no longer funny like he used to be. Episodes centered around Chris are just boring and dull these days. Although hes sweeter and nicer than Peter so that's a plus, but he's still the most bland character on the show. Stewie went from an evil genius to a gay sterotype who has shown feelings for Brian. Although I still have Stewie as my favourite character so even if I miss his evil behavior I can still tolerate him. And lastly, Brian went from the sarcastic dog, but the voice of reason, the smart one and the one saving Peter from his shenanigans with Lois, to a pompous, somewhat selfish character who takes advantage of others and likes to show his views as better than everyone else's. Yes the character's have changed really dramatically, but I can still love most of them (Stewie and Brian are my favourites when they're paired together and go time travelling and all) but I still want to see a change.

    This is a great and funny show overall, but the last 5 seasons just haven't been the same (besides Season 12 being mostly amazing). Season 10 and 13 were terrible, but Season 14 was by far the worst and was a huge dip for Family Guy. I didn't laugh much during the season and I almost quit watching until I realised that I am a hardcore fan and I didn't want to give up. But it really lacked humour or sense, the writers really aren't trying anymore. Season 15 is starting in September and I hope to see some improvement. I heard this is going to be the final season. If this happens to be true, I'll be sad because it's still my all time favourite show, but I know it'll be ending for the better, because the show is just worsening, and airing it for any longer wouldn't be worth it if it was going to keep going downhill. But I still love the show and I can say that Seasons 1-4 are the best, while 10 and 13-14 are the decline in the show. But hopefully soon we'll get the long awaited movie. I will forever love Family Guy though, no matter what.
  • good good

    a good series has some boring episodes but devastates
  • Very funny but bring back old writers back

    Every once in awhile what the deuce should be there. Maybe once a as many smartass comments. Not as many cut aways as used to. Still love the show
  • This show is an nothing more than a cancer.

    If you want to see what show started the trend of people make terrible shows, especially animated ones, look no further than THIS one. I. HATE. THIS. SHOW. with every fiber of my being.

    It's not funny, it's not creative. It's not even clever. It's just horribly made, horribly offensive and lazy as heck.

    And the characters? Other than Meg and maybe Lois, they all should be shot or put in a mental institution. They are sick bastards who are a poison to audiences everywhere.

    Stewie? That kid needs to be locked up in a padded cell and never let out. Who in their right mind thought it was funny to see him kill his Mom? No seriously, WTF is wrong with you?! I don't care if it wasn't real. It doesn't change the fact he is a disturbing psychopath.

    Quagmire, or whatever the heck his name is. That guy should be castrated and put in jail. There is nothing funny about a pervert, especially one who is as vile as he is.

    And don't even get me started on Peter Griffin. This guy is one of the worst, if not THE WORST male characters in the history of cinema. He is cruel, sadistic, uncaring, selfish, and just flat out a horrible monster.

    It'd be one thing if he was a villain, then his behavior would be more justified. But he's not. He's supposed to be the father of the main cast, and he's just sick. He even laughed at his how daughter when she confronted him about his abuse. I was like, "You sick SOB!"

    If any fictional character deserved brutal torment before being killed, it is him. Peter Griffin IMHO is the WORST father character ever.

    Ugh, I'm rambling on now... all I can say now is, Seth Mcfarlane, I despise you with every fiber of my being. It's because of you we have this abomination, and because of you, other shows are now copying it.

    You have forever shamed the name of cinema with your filth as far as I'm concerned,, and I hope you go down in history as one of the most reviled people of creators of animated shows. YOU. SICKEN. ME.
  • Not my cup of tea

    I think it makes light of serious issues such as rape, domestic violence, and sexism. Most of the fans seem like 13 year old boys who think they're edgy or something for watching it. The older episodes were better, and I actually used to be a big fan of the show when it first came out. Over time, the show just got tedious and stale. I just don't find it very funny anymore. If you have a kid, I don't advise letting them watch this show.
  • ideas for cutaways

    Like that time Peter got lost in Africa Peter is left in Africa and is adopted by a family of tigers. Peter, now acting and painted like a tiger is in the grass hunting a gazelle. Eventually Peter violently kills the


    Like that time Peter got raped Peter is in a dress walking down an ally and is being pursued by a tall, dark figure. Peter takes out and blows his whistle, which turns out to be a dog whistle, the tall figure falls down and out come 3 dogs (or he starts crying

    Family guy can be funny when its not trying to make pop culture references, preach a message or be raunchy it does this most of the time so it is very boring or gross . most of the cutaway gags aren't funny at all they are either a popculture reference i don't get,lazy, or weird and boring. The animation is very dull all they do is stand still and make the same hand gestures over and over again it is hard to beleve this show has a big budget i've seen better animation on youtube . In the new episodes they use alot of cgi for some reason its just a waste of why don't they use it to improve the animation, the art is kind of dull even artists on the show complain about it, tit is fuist when they try to do slapstic or do absurd things not when t jokes the older episodes are much better than the new ones but even those are bad
  • Seth MacFarlane is a GENIUS

    Seth MacFarlane NEVER disappoints!! This show is hilarious
  • Dear Snottmyfault

    I created this account to let you know that this show is not going to cancel after this season just because you want it to. I understand that you disliked the 13th season of this series and hardly ever laughed in it at all. That, mister/miss, is YOUR loss. TV shows cancel when their ratings are really low and hurt; not when people who get easily bored with things like you quit watching the show (just because you don't like it anymore). So don't get your hopes up on this show canceling in a couple months from now. And don't get upset. Besides, this show has nothing to do with you.
  • Dear Seth Macfarlane

    I normally don't give my opinion because I know for a fact that it doesn't matter and I know whatever I say won't make a difference but I created this account simply to encourage Seth Macfarlane not to do a season 15. For years I have been watching your show happily but season 13 was a huge slap in the face for my years of patronage. I am very displeased and I don't think I laughed more than twice at the entire season, and those 2 possible laughs were at the sheer stupidity shown by you and your staff. Your show has become tired and it's rather obvious that you don't give a fuck anymore. Please don't make a 15th season. No one in their right mind would pay good honest money to see you throw ridiculous words on paper as if they are jokes. Quit while your ahead. My family and I will not be watching season 14.
  • The Best Acid Humor You Can Get on TV Nowdays

    Family Guy is the best of it's kind, always funny and clever throughout it's 14 amazing seasons, I just hope it don't get cancelled again because of some "fans" who thinks that the show is on downhill (sorry, english isn't my native language)
  • Never liked the Family Guy, but an episode did save my husbands life

    My son (currently 20 y/o) loved watching the Family Guy. I would hear him laughing from the other room and I would just yell out, "that show is dumbing you down!" A little over two weeks ago, while out of town, I called to chat with my husband and asked how his day went. He said, "Well, started with getting a flat tire on the truck, then later I cooked a steak and almost choked. Sean had to do the Heimlich maneuver twice to dislodge the steak, fractured my ribs in the process, but I'm alive, breathing and no brain damage due to lack of Thinking Sean learned it in school or some other after school activity, we asked him where he learned it as we wanted to call and give whoever credit for sharing this knowledge. Imagine our surprise when Sean said, "The Family Guy". Soooo... If anyone can direct me on who/where to contact I would so appreciate it. I still don't like the show and will never sit and watch it, but i must give credit where it's due.
  • Sometimes it works, other times it just fails :/

    Family Guy is an adult cartoon that people either love or hate; I've sat through several adult cartoons and most of them were just okay while some failed miserably. Family Guy is in the okay category; there are some jokes I actually find funny, but most of the time the humor is just so blandly executed it makes you wonder why it's still on the air. Then there's the matter of the characters; Homer Simpson- I mean Peter Griffin is an idiot, but unlike Homer at least he has a sense of reason in some episode. Lois is Peter's wife who tries to keep things in order, Chris is the typical teenager that watches porn and is as dumb as his father, Stewie is the evil baby and Brian is the straight dog. I'm going to talk about Meg separately from her family because she's every teenage daughter we've seen before; she's belittled, she's humiliated, she's abused, she's harassed etc etc. And what's worse is that she just puts up with it and we as the audience are supposed to laugh at her torture. That's not how it works, if you're going to make torturing someone funny, they need to deserve it. Squidward is a jerk to SpongeBob, he gets hurt, the audience laughs. That's what we call slapstick, when a character gets his comeuppance for being a jerk. Meg never acts like a bitch to anyone, unless they treat her like shit; having her tortured for no reason isn't good comedy. Let's talk animation; it's not bad, but I've seen much better. The character designs have this really awkward look to them, especially with their heads; but like Hey Arnold, the rest of the animation is find and it's really a nitpick. The animation itself moves rather quickly, so quickly in fact that when they move a frame or two of animation is missing. Then there's the writing for each episode and---ughhhhh---it is just bad. For the plot of each episode doesn't pick up until several minutes in and when it does pick up, it is executed very poorly with pointless cut aways and annoying gags. So, yeah Family Guy has its moments, but there are much better shows than this; it's now gotten to the point where the people that were demanding the show be brought back after it was cancelled in 2003 are now the same people who want it to die. Maybe the should've been content with what they got instead of acting like a bunch of spoiled brats; then they wouldn't complain as much
  • A good show overall, but there are things in this show that I'm starting to dislike.

    Family Guy is a good show. Seasons 1-3 were really good, season four and season five were pretty decent, and season six was alright. However, in season seven, the show went downhill. The storylines got worse, the characters started to annoy me, and the jokes just weren't as funny. Fortunately, the show went uphill in season eight, but there are still a few things in this show that I don't like.

    Gross-out gags- I'm getting sick of the writers overusing gross humor. It's okay once in a while, but I'm getting tired of the characters vomiting all the time. I remember in one episode where Brian had to "clean" Stewie's diaper. It wasn't funny in the least.

    Violence- Is it me, or are the characters getting really violent towards each other? Seriously, they just beat each other up for the worst reasons. I remember last night's episode where Quagmire barged into the Griffin's house, and mercilessly beat Brian. Scenes like that are unnecessary, and they're being used too often.

    Lois- My new least favorite main character. She's extremely judgmental and rude to everyone. Also, she's really mean to Brian, and that's why I hate her character.

    Racist humor- Family Guy is a funny show, but it definitely isn't funny when it blatantly makes fun of other groups of people. Things like people assuming that black people are robbing them just aren't funny.

    Despite the bad, there are definitely some things in this show that are improving and keeping me watching this show.

    Brian and Stewie- I know some people think these two characters are taking over the show, but I like seeing them in most episodes. They're my favorite characters in the show, as they're both hilarious, and they bring emotion into the show.

    No Meg bashing- Meg getting picked on by the Griffin family got annoying after a while, but it's finally stopped. I like seeing Meg stand up for herself, and not be a punching bag.

    Good humor- Despite some of the bad jokes in this show, there are still parts that make me laugh. The humor is still occasionally witty, and can be hilarious.

    Overall, Family Guy has its flaws, but its still a good show. It had a bad run for a while, but it's improving, and I still like it.
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