Family Guy

Season 7 Episode 15

Three Kings

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 10, 2009 on FOX
7.0
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When Peter reads some of Stephen King's works, he imagines his family and friends in three of King's stories. First, Peter, Quagmire, Cleveland and Joe act out Stand By Me where as 12-year-olds, they travel along a railroad track on a journey of self-discovery. Second, Peter's take on Misery puts an injured Brian being rescued by his "number one fan," Stewie. And lastly Peter envisions his own version of The Shawshank Redemption, where he and Cleveland become friends in prison.moreless

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  • Superb

    9.5
    When Peter reads some of Stephen King's works, he imagines his family and friends in three of King's stories. First, Peter, Quagmire, Cleveland and Joe act out Stand By Me where as 12-year-olds, they travel along a railroad track on a journey of self-discovery. Second, Peter's take on Misery puts an injured Brian being rescued by his "number one fan," Stewie. And lastly Peter envisions his own version of The Shawshank Redemption, where he and Cleveland become friends in prison.

    I loved how Joe was crippled in different ways in each story



    9.5/10moreless
  • Stephen King Family Guy episode

    7.5
    When Peter reads some of Stephen King's works, he imagines his family and friends in three of King's stories. First, Peter, Quagmire, Cleveland and Joe act outStand By Mewhere as 12-year-olds, they travel along a railroad track on a journey of self-discovery. Second, Peter's take onMiseryputs an injured Brian being rescued by his "number one fan," Stewie. And lastly Peter envisions his own version ofThe Shawshank Redemption, where he and Cleveland become friends in prison. This episode was great.

    Stand by Me: This was the most hilarious segment ever. It was funny when the voices were stuck on Joey's (Joe) head. It was funny when Peter yelled Train and then Joey got crippled. Overall, a funny segment, but what's with the weird ending of it? (It shows some weird wah wah music with some guy.) 9/10

    Misery: It was my least favorite segment, but still funny. It was funny when Paul (Brian) ran into Stephen King. It was funny that theSheriff (Joe) got shot by Stewie. The funny was funny as well when it ended withMagnum, P.I.music opener (not sure). 7/10

    Shawshank Redemption: Second funniest segment. It was funny when Bops (Joe) got crippled (again), Peter calling Carteracuteand obtuse, and then Peter played Hollback Girl. 8.5/10

    Overall, the episode was good, but some parts bored me. 7.5/10moreless
  • Peter Griffin tells the three stories from author Stephen King

    7.5
    I thought that this was an overall good but not great episode of "Family Guy". Peter telling all three stores that were from author Stephen King was an interesting idea but all three stories were kind of dull to me. I'm gonna split in three stories to tell you my opinion for each of the Stephen King stories. (Stand By Me): This was a good story and probably the best of the three. I thought it was funny that Peter, Joe, Cleveland, and Quagmire are four 12-year old boys setting out to find the dead body in the woods and that dead body is Meg. I thought it was funny when Stewie was Old Man Pressman and Brian was Old Man Pressman's dog Chopper. Mayor West being the town bully was also funny. The train running over Joe's legs was hilarious. Kind of lousy how they ended this story though. Best segment of the three Stephen King stories. (Misery): This was probably the weakest of the three... it wasn't bad but it could have improved a little more. Brian as writer Paul Sheldon was funny. Stewie as Stewie Wilkes was funny. Lois as Paul Sheldon's agent Marcia was also funny and it was funny when Joe was the local marshall. The story to the whole thing was pretty weak and I think I only laughed when Stewie shot Joe in the legs and then he shot Joe. The weakest segment of the three Stephen King stories though.

    (The Shawshank Redemption): It was a little better than "Misery" but not as good as "Stand By Me". I thought it was funny that Peter is Andy Dufresne, Cleveland is Red, Carter is Samuel Norton, and Joe is crippling Bogs. I thought Cleveland's narration in this story was absolutely hilarious. It was also funny when there was a David Cassidy poster which was behind the hole that Peter made to escape from prison. It was also funny when Peter called Carter obtuse and then acute. The story was pretty good but could have been a little better and kind of ended this story in a very weak note.



    All in short, "Stand By Me" was the best segment of the three Stephen King stories, "Misery" was the weakest of the three Stephen King stories but still kind of good, and "The Shawshank Redemption" was great but could have been a little better. Overall, a good but not that great episode of "Family Guy". 7.5/10moreless
  • It was one of the best Family Guy Parodies!

    9.5
    Peter reads three Steven King Novels after Lois continually complains about how he doesn't read enough books and watches too much TV. After reading them he decides to retell them to the audience.



    Stand By Me: Peter, Quagmire, Joe and Cleveland go on a journey of self-discovery while searching for a body in the woods. They have to over come many obstacles, such as a short-cut through cranky Old Man Pressman's junk yard, Joe's legs getting run over by a train, and returning to the junk yard to get Joe a wheelchair. Eventually they find Meg's gnarled body in the woods, only to be confronted by Mayor West who then steals the body. After returning home the boys go there septate ways. Joe remains crippled and invents a new wheelchair game called "Don't Feel Sorry for Us" Ball. Cleveland grows up to marry Rebeca Romijn. Quagmire becomes an Famous Hollywood Actor, who dies of a drug overdose. Over all a great parody.



    Misery: Brian finishes the last addition of his children's book series "Snugly Jeff", Where he kills off the title character. While trying to drive through a snow storm Brian hits Steven King with his car, causing him to swerve off the road. He is then rescued by Stewie Wilkes, his self-proclaimed number 1 fan. Stewie takes Brian back to his cabin where he finds the last addition of "Snugly Jeff" Manuscript. Upon discovering the main character is dead, Stewie forces Brian to rewrite the ending, holding him hostage until he dose so. After sending Stewie to town to get him some more paper, Brian finds several news paper articles that imply that Stewie is actually a Serial Killer. Just then the town's sheriff, Joe, appears and is surprised to find Brian there. Just then Stewie walks in and shoots Joe in the spine, crippling him. When Joe complains about having to live in a wheelchair for the rest of his life, Stewie shoots him in the head. Brian finishes the book and demands to be let go but Stewie says he'll have to kill him because Brain would go to the police and tell them that he was kidnapped, held hostage and that Stewie had fondled him in his sleep. The best of the Three.



    Shawshank Redemption: Peter and Cleveland become friends in prison, but after Peter get's sentenced 2 months in the hole by the Warden, Peter intends to escape. He tells Cleveland about a gift he'll have hidden away in a hayfield in Maine. Not worth reviewing.moreless
  • Peter reads three of Steven Kings stories. The Family Guy cast play the charaters.

    7.5
    I thought this would be a great episode. I was looking forward to it for a long time. The only story I liked the were the first two Misery being my favorite but the third bored me to tears. I thought Joe being injured in every episode was stupid and not at all funny. Again Meg gets a terrible rule playing a dead girl. They could have at least cast her in a Carrie skit. Meg would have made a good Carrie. The Misery ended up being dissapointing. I was expected Stewie to break brian's ankles with a mallet like Annie did in the original.moreless
Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

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

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein

Lois (and various)

Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)

Chris (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)

Richard Dreyfuss

Richard Dreyfuss

Himself

Guest Star

George Wendt

George Wendt

Norm

Guest Star

Roy Scheider

Roy Scheider

Himself

Guest Star

Patrick Warburton

Patrick Warburton

Joe

Recurring Role

Adam West

Adam West

Mayor Adam West

Recurring Role

John Viener

John Viener

Various

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Stewie blows both the Sheriff's legs off with a shotgun)
      Sheriff (Joe): Now I'll have to spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair!
      Stewie: No, you won't. (shoots him in the head)

    • Peter: We'll begin with Stand By Me, a story about a group of boys who go looking for a dead body, and ended up finding themselves... and the dead body.

    • Peter: Now stay tuned to whatever FOX is limping to the barn with.

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  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • During the "Stand By Me" parody, Peter mentions that Quagmire's character grows up to be "a famous Hollywood actor who eventually dies of an overdose." Quagmire play's River Phoenix's character in "Stand By Me" and Phoenix eventually did die of an overdose.

    • Hollaback Girl

      This is the second time Family Guy has alluded to the 2005 song by Gwen Stefani where Cleveland (in the form of Red) mentions how he does not understand what Stefani is singing about.

    • Friends

      The scene where Peter escapes through the hole in the prison wall, the theme tune to the popular 1994 sitcom, Friends can be heard as the Warden watches it on TV. Incidentally, Peter uses the theme tune to escape.

    • The Shining

      At the beginning of the third act, Peter misleads the audience by describing the plot of the 1977 novel The Shining.

    • Caddyshack

      The scene where Peter and the warden are trying to see each other around a lamp until it's thrown to the ground is straight out of Caddyshack.

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