Family Guy

Season 10 Episode 6

Thanksgiving

5
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 20, 2011 on FOX
5.9
out of 10
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145 votes
10

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Lois cooks a big Thanksgiving meal and invites the whole crew over for dinner, and Joe is shocked when his formerly M.I.A. son, Kevin Swanson, returns from Iraq.

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  • family guy thanksgiving

    10
    this was a good episode not as good as last weeks but pretty good kevin returns to quohog it was great seeing him in the series again i found it funny when chris said if you think i'm gonna masterbate after this tonight then you are so right and when brian predicted was kevin was gonna say in his poem so he wouldn't read it that was pretty funny good but not as good as last weeksmoreless
  • This is the first time family Guy has ever had a Thanksgiving episode. It was very good and it was nice to see characters giving their opinions but I wished that it wasn't so one sided. If there had been two sides talking, it would have been better.moreless

    7.5
    Joes' son comes home after he was assumed dead. Kevin said that he faked his death to get out because he doesn't believe in the war. Joe called him a traitor and should go to jail. Kevin helps Joe to remember a situation when Joe helped a homeless man keep the food to feed his family. Having a change of heart, Joe forgives Kevin.

    This was entertaining. It was nice to see Kevin back and how his family and friends would react as he explained why he was M.I.A. I'm glad some characters had their opinions on why Kevin left and there was some heart in it.

    What I didn't like was:

    1. Brian insulting Ida after Ida gave an honest opinion. I thought Quagmire was going to give him a second beating.

    2. Lois telling Ida to use the yard. Hey Seth!! You said you were for gays and transgender people. It doesn't look like it.

    3. Peter telling tasteless jokes when Kevin was trying to be serious and throwing the football at Chris drunk.

    4. Kevin calling Mega skank. I thought those 2 would get back together and Meg was being nice. Thanks alot Seth!!

    Overall, it was very good. It proves you can be serious without violence like Quagmires' sister episode. There should be more like this.moreless
  • family guy is going downhill

    1.0
    i watched this episode yesterday and dont remember laughing once...come to think about it, were there even any jokes in it?
  • After showing us how Family Guy started last week, this episode is a returns back to a rather half-version of what we like and what we hate about the show, but in the end: the episode is still preachy with a one-sided message.moreless

    5.0
    Okay. I had doubts about this episode... and some of them were filled.

    But I will give credit where it is due. 1st of, the story is actually well written. Most of Family Guy episodes now a days are a bunch of plot points with random jokes stuck between them, leaving to be shallow rip-offs South Park and the Simpsons. Here, it is a real story with real pacing and raising and falling actions. This one thing I missed about the show, and it kinda made me mad at the people who did that lousy job and went on strike for money a few years back.

    The jokes were kinda good to. The Stewie blimp was funny, same as the mix up for Peter's Cutaway, and this episode had a long build up joke that actually pays off at the end, very rare for my taste.

    But then we hit the low part of the episode. We learn of Kevin's desertion. It wasn't the part that he went AWOL that got me down, but rather the part where he just talks about the war being wrong while everyone else's opinion, save for Quagmire's father, seemed dumb down, like "Letting them get away for 9/11" and "The Moments of Silence at Sport Games pointless". This is pretty much like those shows/movies that preaches it opinion of a subject, like how Twilight's Breaking Dawn is about Abortion, that the people who against the "heroes" are wrong, and here it is basically how a writer makes himself as a smart man in a room filled with idiots. Shows like South Park make fun the subject, either of it is in a nutshell or people's reaction to it, Family Guy on the otherhand have been doing WAY too much. Back to SOuth Park, they say that Family Guy is a show that's "Just for laughs without any messages or morals". That Family Guy they're talking about as been gone for a LONG time now. They have become preachy with their political messages rather than just try to make some laughs. And that part is one of them. In fact, when the show drop Kevin without any word and fans pointed out, they had him mentioned to killed in the war as a blunt way of saying people close to home are getting killed, even though the creators said they drop him because he was "boring" and now they bring him back to restate the same message AGAIN!

    There, I made my statement without being too political. It's not that it is a liberal message that got me upset, it's just how it executed. There was even a simile to Soldiers in service to Nazis, and then followed up with a justification of said simile even though it is "Instant Fail" for anyone to use in any situation or argument.

    Another scene I hated was the very last scene of the episode, proving that Family Guy can't end an episode at all, even on a emotional and sentimental one at that.moreless
  • Great Thanksgiving FG episode.

    8.5
    I thought it was a great Family Guy episode. It could have been better in some, but I liked the episode. Kevin Swanson returning from Iraq was good. It wassurprisingthat Kevin faked his death although I kind of predicted that. The parts I liked/laughed were the news at the beginning, Stewie balloon, Bonnie saying "this turkey's ----ing good," flashback when Joe has an Afro and a few others. As the for the stuffs that lowered my score...I was really irrated at Peter calling Kevin tomato son (something like that). I don't know why, but Peter has been doing ok in this season. The only episodes that might give me laughs from Peter were Screams of Silence and Back to the Pilot. Also, the gang judging Kevin wasirritatingas well. Last, the ending is a bit rushed and lame like Stewie goes for a drive. Overall, despite those things that ruined it, it was a great Thanksgiving episode of Family Guy. 8.5/10moreless
Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

Peter / Stewie / Brian / Quagmire / Tom Tucker (and various)

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein

Lois (and various)

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

Meg (Production Season 2+)

Mike Henry (VI)

Mike Henry (VI)

Cleveland/Herbert/Performance Artist/Greased-Up Deaf Guy (and various)

Patrick Warburton

Patrick Warburton

Joe Swanson

Jennifer Tilly

Jennifer Tilly

Bonnie Swanson

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