A blend of slapstick and fantasy, Seth MacFarlane's FAMILY GUY -- resurrected for network broadcast after being cancelled and then becoming a huge hit on DVD -- is a television show within a television show.
Often, viewers see patriarch Peter Griffin (voiced by MacFarlane) having visions that look like flashes of TV shows -- almost like animated channel surfing. As a plot device, this can serve as a distraction, which ultimately disrupts what might be a storyline. On the other hand, the constant cross-references to musicals, literature, plays, and other TV shows might amuse some viewers. Of course, if viewers don't get the references, they might come across as offensive -- but then again, viewers might get offended anyway. Don't expect consistent content from this show.
since the networks and cable channels have decided to go cheap on us and make 99 percent REALITY TV shows, wrestling (on sci-fi!!) and are always cancelling great shows... i have cancelled my cable and no longer watch any tv... i download all my shows i like off the internet and have started watching alot of bbc shows from england. I'll not sit in front of the box and watch crap in the evenings after working all day. I want quality or nothing at all from the networks / cable channels. I SUGGEST WE ALL BOYCOTT THE TV for one week each month until the REALITY CRAP is taken off the air. That crap causes brain damage... it's totally unacceptable. No one is stupid enough to enjoy that crap except some inbred bigfoot half-breed. They want to produce the cheapest crap possible and still retain the ratings to get sponsors and advertising dollars. Don't give them the appearance of ratings by watching at all. Turn off you cable / sat and download... NO Commercials!!! and only watch what you want to watch when u want to watch it... been doing this for 4 years now and it's great. Only problem is, running out of shows to watch. Sci-Fi channel, now si-fi (junk now) sold out and became a cess-pool putting on fantasy and wrestling crap... was once the best channel on cable... anyways,
boycott cable / networks and download from internet...
watch ur shows without commercials or interuption...
hope the networks realize they're loosing their loyal viewers because we're NOT dumbing down and
we HATE reality TV crap...
screw u a-holes... you're idiots and you're gonna kill ur networks/channels if you keep on this way
This show is WAY BETTER THAN South Park! I hate that show. But this is good. Even though it makes fun of people and religion it has a boundary line. South Park doesn't even care. And to all you saying Family Guy has deteriorated, I honestly don't see it. I've seen the old and new episodes and it still seems like the same family guy to me. But everyone has their own opinions I guess.
Family Guy was a Great Show Back in it's Old Days. Every Episode had a Plot & All of The Characters were Likable. Peter was once a very Naive & Goofy Father that cared for his Family Deep Inside but now He is a Total Jackass to Everyone & Everything around Him including his Family & Especially Meg plus He causes so much Damage around Quahog & doesn't pay the Consequences for it plus He Killed some People & doesn't even Care. Lois was a Hard House Working Wife but now She is just a Whore & used as a Space Occupier. Chris was a Dumb Weirdo (A Different Kind of Dumb from his Father Peter) but was also Likeable with Talent but now He seems like a Normal Kid with no Talent also The most Underrated Main Character of All Time. Stewie used to be an Evil Baby bent on World Domination & taking the Head of Her Mother Lois but now He is just a Jolly Gay Wad who says Random Shit at Times that's not any Funny. Meg hasn't really changed that much She is the only Character that I appreciate besides Adam West however all She is used for is being The Punching Bag of The Family & that is just Wrong. I Actually Feel Bad for Meg at Times. Now Brian is The Worst of them all, He use to be a very Calm yet sophisticated Dog & was also The Voice of Reason but He Slowly became The Most Pathetic Character in the Whole Series. Brian is now a Liberal-Douche that doesn't give two Shits about others opinions plus He is a Rude, Disrespectful, Spoiled, Selfish, Racist, Immature, Hateful, Antisemitism, Abusive, Pretentious, Cruel, Psychological Manipulative, Irresponsible & Self Centered Jerk that Dates Bimbos for there Sexy Bodies & nothing more. Quagmire used to be a Friendly Sex-Driven Man but Now He is just a Rapist with a Terrible Attitude plus He tries to have Sex with his Friends Wives. Joe used to be all about Action but Now is just so Boring, Quiet & Out of Character. Cleveland use to have a very Unique Personality but now he is just a Second Peter Griffin but not as Bad. Family Guy's Jokes use to have Wit & Creativity but now there Jokes are just plain Awful & not Funny the least bit. There Jokes Now contain Racism, Toilet Humor, Drugs, Abusive Jokes, Diseases, Making Fun of Actors & 9/11 Terrorist Attacks. Once in a While is Fine & Dandy but they Repeat these Jokes over & over again. Plus they won't stop repeating the Same Jokes over & over again that were only Funny the First Time, They never try something New. There use to be a Story or Plot in each of there Episodes but now there is just constant Cut Away Jokes that take way to Fucking Long & yet again not Funny. Plus Conway Twitty Jokes were never Funny & One of them took like Five Fucking Minutes. & even if The New Episodes have a Plot there either Ridiculous or just a Copy of an Original Family Guy Episode. I for One am getting so Fucking Sick & Tired of Stewie & Brian Episodes. Like 45% of there Episodes Feature a Stewie & Brian Episode & there just on some Gay Ass Adventure or some Shit & It's getting so Mother Fucking Old that it's not even Funny. They might as well just call it The Stewie & Brian Show! There Computer Animation is Good for The Background but they Computerize The Characters as well & that makes it look Lazy, Very Shitty & just Plain Bad. The First 3 Seasons of Family Guy were Amazing & The Golden Age of The Show also it's The True Family Guy but after it got Cancelled a Second Time, it returned but that's when it started going Downhill However Season 4 still had some Good Moments & Good Episodes. Family Guy Started turning into Shit once it reached Season 5. Original Family Guy is Awesome!!!
Personally, not bad! I used to not like this show, and I will say that some episodes do piss me off (the racist thing is the main thing that'll piss me off) and as of a different religion, they have enough jesus christ stuff to make it funny. They bring shitty real life and policatical issues and do what most people would only bring to light in the privacy in their homes.
When this show came out it was to me a laugh riot. I mean I never saw a show like this. Its randomness, its clever jokes, taking pop culture and turning on its head and yes I liked the fart jokes. I was actually eager to see a new episode each week. I bought the dvds annually. I would repeat these joke on the playground every Monday at recess. I would go out of my way and have my family members tape episodes that I would miss.
Now a days I can't say that its the same show I fell in love with. You probably heard this countless times but I"m jut going to have to say it again. It has lost its magic. The lazy writing, the pointless references, the one sided political views, the dramatic change in characters, the recycled jokes, the constant references to pop culture that are flat, the need to us violence and musical numbers to fill in the space,the recycled jokes, the God Dam preaching, the anti-religious bigotry, the recycled jokes, and I must say the over all flow is kind of stale.
Truly I would rate this as one of the worst shows on tv right now for all theses reasons, I'll admit the come up with a good joke now and then but after all the other stuff. Pffffff, I say!
in the last few episodes like halloween on spooner street stewie is pushed around i dont like that stewie doesnt take any bull crap also i didnt know how to list ideas for an episode but i think that chris and peter should go on the biggest loser
...and it could be better. Some of the things that happen in this show are funny, and most have potential. But some of the things that happen (such as obvious inhumane acts against people and animals who are undeserving of that treatment) are completely out of place and innapropriate.
What bothers me most is the way they fill so much time with stupid flashbacks and annoyingly long songs that nobody in modern society listens to.
Something else that bothers me is how often they make fun of other TV shows, music, people, movies, and life in general. While most if it is undoubtedly funny (and true!) I don't care much to watch a recap of the News on a cartoon. I'd much rather watch something to take my mind OFF of it!
The subject of this review is mayor west. This character has always been funny and creepy and perfect Family Guy material. However, a lot of people have been wondering why he has never mentioned having been Batman. Not one reference or comment or insane fit about the subject. Someone should really take care of this.
I'm one of those annoying people who always quote family guy. Recently though i had just watched the first episode of season 11.. and i have got to say.. it is terrible its not funny its just every family member pointing out the obvious of a awkward situation, or making one.
When did it get so shit? Seth you need to get back to the roots and make the family members more lovable!! Why doesnt any animation show make the characters get older? wouldnt that give them more to work on.. rather than having like 10 birthdays but still staying the same age?.
Also i totally agree with Adam Privett!! you spelled it all out!!!
Admittedly, it's not as good as it used to be BUT it's still funny for the right reasons. I originally liked this show because it had blunt, raw and offensive humor and was (for me) a turning point in animation comedy. OK, it has some 'bad' episodes here and there but are they that bad...really? If anything, I like and respect the fact they are still pushing the boundaries and welcome more. Family Guy...do not change a thing :)
I feel it's not right to compare it to the Simpsons, Futurama or South Park, It delivers the crude jokes that make it loved or hated in a good fashion most of the time, character development is decent but not perfect and the cutaways are bizarre and a lot of the time are the best part of an episode (although they do get tiring sometimes).
There are episodes which have storylines that really don't work and rely purely on the jokes to make it work but the great majority of episodes keep me laughing. Some more original jokes and less Celebrity mockeries would be good, also it would be neat if they did Viewer Mail Episodes more often rather than messing about with an Idea the writers have that just doesn't work.
There are plenty good things I could say about it. I really don't think the humour took as much of a fall as others are saying here but that is my opinion. Just short of a 9 in my opinion, easily (oh god they're gonna kill me for this) among the greatest comedy shows on TV.
I used to love this show. First few seasons were awesome, with the clever humour, likable characters, and overall decent plots. Cutaway gags were occasional, and usually not much longer than 10-30 seconds.
Unfortunately after it was uncancelled it started to lose my interest. While my main beef with season 4 was that it was just raunchier than the earlier seasons, Season 5 onwards was when it really made a turn for the worse.
Characters retooled so that Peter is now an insufferable ***, Lois is now just an irresponsible mother whos just there for milf appeal, Brian is now essentially Seth MacFarlane, Stewie is no longer bent on world domination, Chris no longer has any talents whatsoever, and Meg....they didnt change her personality, but shes pretty much now the family's chewtoy.
Now onto the actual plot and jokes....Plot is pretty much nonexistent in most eps now, due to the cutaways having more prominence. The jokes are no longer clever, sometimes a joke will drag or even get reused for no reason (something i like to call "forced running gag") and in general, the humour gives the impression that a 5 year old writes this crap.
I'm sorry Family Guy, but the direction you've been going for the past 5-6 years just isn't for me.
Family Guy was once a show that pushed the envelope and made very crude, yet funny jokes. Everyone has seen it, and whether you liked it or not, it got people laughing. As the show went on, it got funnier but somewhere along the show, something went wrong and the show has lost its comedy and interest. In the first 4 seasons, there was a great amount of humor and it had variety to it, but now on the recent seasons, the jokes are repeated too much and there is not as much variety as before. I know shows have a tendency to repeat their own jokes, but Family Guy does it too much. Compare it to The Simpsons, they use a lot of the same jokes again and again, but they bring in new humor in almost every episode so it shows that The Simpsons is trying to get new humor in. In Family Guy, the same jokes are used to much and there is very little new humor added to the show. The plots themselves are still pretty good but not as good as the first 4 seasons, these new ones are stories that have been done before on other shows or recycled episodes with more humor in it. The cut away gags aren't even as funny anymore and just don't seem to be as interesting or charming like in the first 4 seasons. Another problem with this show is that almost every character is now out of character with who they once were. Peter was a goofy, funny, and wacky character who would get into trouble by accident and was a loving person to his family. In the recent seasons, he has become less distant from his family, he is not as goofy and funny, and seems to be arrogant. Brian was a funny and witty dog who excelled at dry humor in the early seasons and was likable since he had a crush on Lois and did his best to control his love for her. In the new seasons, he is a cold hearted person who puts down everyone and everyone's ideas, he is a hypocrite, he wants to be with Lois now and every girl he dates is a bimbo and he doesn't care as long as he has a woman to bang. Quagmire was a funny, warm and friendly sex driven person who always provided hilarious sex jokes in every episode. Now he is just obsessed with wanting Lois, he doesn't really provide as many sex jokes, and he is not as warm and friendly like before. Joe used to be all about action, but now he is quiet and not as energetic as before. Stewie though was the biggest change, he used to want to take over the world and made great jokes, but now he is not interested in world domination, and is used for a lot of gay jokes and is closet gay I have absolutely no problem with gays, but Stewie makes gays look really bad and he is not funny like before. Everyone else had little to no change in character. But why did a majority of the main cast change personalities? Family Guy was a good show while it lasted and while some of the new episodes still make me laugh here and there, it's not enough for me to really watch this show anymore. Seth has been going down hill since airing The Cleveland Show and he needs to get it together. It's a shame to see this series has gone down hill, and maybe it's time that Seth cancel this show and put all his effort into his only watchable show, American Dad, or postpone this show to get new ideas and humor going. If you want to really enjoy Family Guy, watch the first 4 seasons and avoid every other season.
Family Guy is a very funny show. The show can deliver laugh after laugh after laugh. I dont mind the random flashbacks after all they are very funny, Seasons 1-3 were really great and funny, Meg was treated like a human in the family even. Seasons 4- now are still funny but not as good as the show used to be.
This show is so hilarious! I do have to say though that i dont really like how it forces liberal views on me, im conservative and i dont mind some healthy liberal/conservative banter but i think that this show is just the wrong place for it. Like when Lois freaked out on Brian when he became a Republican. That kind of stuff is just annoying and i think it is increasing so that is why i just a gave it a nine. Aside from all of that, this show makes me laugh out loud! I think what makes this show so great is that it sticks with you long after you've watched the episode, me and my friends are ALWAYS quoting family guy because there are just so many every day things that you can relate to the show so i just love it!
I love to watch Family Guy and I watch it almost every day and catch the new episodes on FOX. I have to say that this show had gone downhill just a little bit. Also, this show isn't the same without Cleveland. I don't know why the creators made Cleveland leave "Family Guy" and work on "The Cleveland Show". It's great that Cleveland makes cameo appearances in new episodes sometimes though. I also think that this show has been offensive to some people in this world and it has gone a lot more violent. Peter is very funny so no problems with him but he can get a little annoyng trying to be funny in the emotional and serious situations in some episodes, Lois is still pretty much the same but doesn't act like a mom anymore, same thing with Chris and Meg, Brian has a lot more experiences in his life than he had in the older episodes of "Family Guy" but has turned into a jerk though which made me lose my respect for him just a little, but Stewie I feel like sometimes he turns gay and that's the talking baby that I love. Overall, this is a great show to air on FOX but I hope Seth MacFarlane makes the jokes funny and not offensive. Overall, Family Guy is still a great show BUT I hope it gets better as the show continues to air.... it's still a hilarious show so please give this show a break "Family Guy" haters. 8.5/10
Yes, in the more recent episodes the show perhaps hasn't been quite as good as it once was. Though there is still a moment in at least every episode that will make you laugh out loud. When creating Family Guy Seth MacFarlane took elements from two short films he had made about a middle aged man and his dog. You can also see a bit of The Simpsons' influence in Family Guy, though in all honesty I think that Family Guy is funnier. Another big plus for this show is that Adam West often makes appearances as Mayor West. Now if that's not awesome I don't know what is!
I have Volume 1, Volume 8 and Volume 9 on DVD. All containing very great episodes. So, I decide if I watch it on DVD why not watch the episodes before they're released on DVD to see if they're good. Unfortunately for me, I tuned in on Season 10. One of the worst in the shows history. Just...wow. Some of the episodes were just hard to finish watching, which is sad considering this is Family Guy. But thankfully, it gets a positive review because it was still a very clever, crude show that had lots of jokes that you can rewatch episodes for and not remember the joke so when you see it you laugh out loud. Really, the only show that truly keeps me laughing.
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