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Family Guy -- It's Like the Simpsons if they lived too close too the Nuclear Power Plant







I'm glad I'm over 18 because I can watch great stuff like the Family Guy. I can't exactly watch it with the family because it's like the Simpsons for adults.

Peter and Lois, the parents, and their kids try to live a normal life but then Peter pokes the bear while he's sleeping. Peter would not only poke the bear but he would pour honey all over himself so the bear would be angry and have a snack waiting for him.

Family Guy

The Griffin Family:(from the left) Brian, Lois, Peter, Stewie, Chris, and Meg

Category: Cartoon Animation

Category: Adult Humour

Rating: 18 years of age and above

Created By: Seth MacFarlane

Developed By: Seth MacFarlane and David Zuckerman

Voices: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, and Mike Henry

Theme music composer: Walter Murphy

Composers: Walter Murphy and Ron Jones

Number of Seasons: 6

Episodes: 108

Orginal Airing: January 31, 1999-February 14, 2002 & May 1, 2005 to present

Family Guy

Griffin family

Peter · Lois · Meg · Chris · Stewie · Brian

Family Guy Recurring characters

Cleveland Brown · Joe Swanson · Glenn Quagmire · Mort Goldman · Tom Tucker · Mayor Adam West · Neil Goldman · Herbert · Pewterschmidt family

Family Guy Cast

Seth MacFarlane · Alex Borstein · Seth Green · Mila Kunis · Mike Henry · others



Family Guy was cancelled in 2000 and again in 2002 but strong DVD sales and a big viewing of the reruns on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim convinced Fox to resume the show in 2005. It is the first cancelled show to be resrurrected based on DVD sales. Peter Griffin is the main character. He is not-so-smart but well-meaning blue collar worker father. He is an Irish American Catholic with a thick Rhode Island/Eastern Massachusetts accent. His wife Lois has a similar accent. She is a stay-at-home mother and piano teacher. She comes from a rich family.

Peter and Lois have three children. They have a teenage daughter named Meg. She is frequently the target of ridicule because she is homely and not popular. They have a teenage son named Chris. He is overweight, stupid, and basically like his father. They have an infant son named Stewie. He is adult-like in his actions and speaking. He always speaks in an upper-class English accent. He always uses phrases that mad scientists and villains would use including "Victory will be mine." He says many funny, adult-like things like "Hey, baby."

Once Stewie is on a plain and the stewardess asks if he wants a hot towel. He says yes and pulls down his pants and presents his butt for the stewardess to put the towel on.

Other characters on Family Guy include Glenn Quagmire, a mild-mannered deli owner who people should always keep at a safe distance because he is hornier than well someone who is very horny.

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Two other characters is Joe Swanson, a paraplegic police officer and his perpetually pregnant wife Bonnie.

There is an old man named Herbert who is a creepy old gay pedophile. One time when Chris doesn't deliver Herbert's newspaper Herbert comes to his home to confront him. Herbert starts out politely stating that he didn't get his newspaper but end up getting into a frustrated tyrade basically insulting Chris for "ignoring" Herbert.

There are two TV news anchors Tom Tucker and Diane Simmons who show up regularly. They tell a bit of the news and include some polite banter but soon they are inserting made up news and indirectly insulting each other. Sometimes they fight physically.

There is a field news reporter who is Asian. Her name is Tricia Takanawa. She is often sent to "suicide mission" news events. Adam west provides the voice of another character, Mayor Adam West. He is a care-about-nothing type character.

There is a meteorologist named Ollie Williams. He does the Blaccu-Weather forecast

Family Guy Words and Phrases

The show has coined several words and phrases for humorous effect. Some words have only been used in one episode (such as "hic-a-doo-lah" in "Fore Father" and "festisio" in "The Thin White Line"), while a few have been used in several episodes. Quagmire's exclamation has been used in many episodes. A single "giggity" followed by "awwwright..." was the number 3 ring tone for the week ending February 7, 2007. Seth MacFarlane does the voices for Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin, Glenn Quagmire, and Tom Tucker.

Alex Borstein does the voices for Lois Griffin, Loretta Brown (until the character was retired in season four), and Trisha Takanawa.

Seth Green does the voice of Chris Griffin.

Mila Kunis does the voice of Meg Griffin.

The main cast of Family Guy does voices for other recurring characters and they impersonate celebrities and pop-culture icons from time to time.



Recurring cast members

Patrick Warburton as Joe Swanson

Mike Henry as Cleveland Brown

Adam West as the mayor Adam West

Jennifer Tilly as Bonnie Swanson

John G. Brennan as Mort Goldman

Nicole Sullivan as Muriel Goldman

Carlos Alazraqui as Jonathan Weed

Adam Carolla as Death (excluding his first appearance, during which the character was voiced by Norm MacDonald) (until the character was killed off in season three)

Lori Alan as Diane Simmons

Lacey Chabert voiced Meg Griffin for the first production season (15 episodes); however, because of a contractual agreement, she was never credited. She was eventually credited at the end of The Family Guy 100th Episode Special, which featured clips of her work.

Some episodes are not aired in full in their initial broadcast because of profanity or cultural references. Scenes are either re-edited or removed entirely from the episode. Some cut material is restored for later broadcast on other venues, such as Adult Swim. DVD releases also contain the uncensored material.

Crossovers with American Dad

The show has periodically featured the inclusion of certain elements from American Dad!, another animated comedy series created and produced by Seth MacFarlane. These cameos seem to imply that the two shows share the same fictitious universe.



Appearances include:

"Meet the Quagmires" – Roger, the alien who lives with the Smiths, makes a last-minute cameo in this episode, asking the Griffins, "Who ate all the Pecan Sandies?" His line is a reference to a line he said early in the American Dad! pilot episode, asking Francine if she bought Pecan Sandies while she was out shopping. He was voiced by Seth MacFarlane, who also voices him in American Dad!."Blue Harvest" – Roger can be spotted conversing with one of the alien bar patrons while holding a glass of wine during the cantina scene."Lois Kills Stewie" – CIA agent Stan Smith, the main character of American Dad!, as well as his supervisor Avery Bullock and the CIA Headquarters, are featured in this episode. Though the story is non-canon, these elements play a more prominent role in this episode, thus making it more of an actual crossover. Stan and Bullock were voiced by their usual American Dad! voice actors, Seth MacFarlane and Patrick Stewart, respectively.During the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, official production of the show was halted for most of December of 2007 and various periods afterwards. Fox continued producing episodes without creator Seth MacFarlane's final approval which he termed as "a colossal dick move," in an interview with Variety. Though MacFarlane refused to work on the show, his contract under Fox required him to contribute to any episodes it would subsequently produce. Production officially resumed after the end of the strike, with episodes airing regularly from February 17, 2008, onward.





Title Sequence

The normal title sequence in Family Guy parodies TV programs like All in the Family with its nostalgic longing for values of days past. The sequence has had only small changes since the first episode in 1999:

Stewie, Meg, and Chris' pictures in the background originally contained simple outlines, but beginning with "A Picture Is Worth a 1,000 Bucks", the pictures have shown the actual characters.

Because so many people thought Stewie sang "effin' cry!" instead of "Laugh and cry" in the opening sequence (to the extent UK broadcaster Channel 4 would edit the line so Stewie would only be heard saying "Cry", and some versions of subtitles stating "F-in' cry!"), Seth MacFarlane resang that line to make it clearly "laugh and cry". The rerecording first appeared at the beginning of "The Kiss Seen Around the World" and remained through the end of season three, but the original recording returned when the show resumed airing on Fox in 2005, and has remained since.

Starting Season 4, all main characters' vocals during the part "He's a family guy!" have been muted.



Unique Title Sequences

Some title sequences are completely unique to select episodes. They are as follows:

The three "Road Trip" episodes ("Road to Rhode Island", "Road to Europe", "Road to Rupert") each has instead a sequence of still drawings representing that episode's road trip over an introductory musical fanfare taken from Road to Morocco. "Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High" – title sequence replaced with a parody of the series Law & Order."PTV" – title sequence replaced with Osama Bin Laden going through various bloopers while trying to record a terrorist video before being beaten up by Stewie, followed by a Naked Gun parody going through familiar movie scenes, and finishing with a parody of The Simpsons title ending."Stu and Stewie's Excellent Adventure" – title sequence replaced with a parody of the series 24 recapping events from the previous two episodes along with an unrelated clip from The Chevy Chase Show. This opening is only featured in the edited-for-television version of the episode."Whistle While Your Wife Works" – same as the normal title sequence until the "musical stage" sequence, where Peter trips and falls down the stairs, rolling over Lois and Meg and crushing one of the dancers.

Peter, oblivious to the suffocating dancer, complains he'll have a swollen foot. Stewie then pops up in front of the camera, awkwardly suggesting to the operator that he should turn it off."Blue Harvest" – title sequence replaced with a parody of the opening crawl of Star Wars IV: A New Hope, utilizing the same fonts and music as that of the original film.

Awards

Family Guy and its cast have been nominated for 8 Emmy awards, with three wins:

2000: Outstanding Voice-Over Performance – Seth MacFarlane for "Stewie Griffin"2002: Outstanding Music and Lyrics – Walter Murphy (composer), Seth MacFarlane (lyricist)2007: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation – Steve Fonti (storyboard artist)The show has also been nominated for nine Annies, and won twice, both in 2006. The show has also been nominated for a Golden Reel Award three times, winning once.

Family Guy has been panned by certain television critics, most notably from Entertainment Weekly, which was in turn attacked by MacFarlane during a scene in Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story.

 





Criticism

The show is criticized for using story premises and humor similar to those used in episodes of The Simpsons, another animated series on the Fox network. The Simpsons depicts Peter Griffin as a "clone" of Homer Simpson in a Halloween special, and as a fugitive accused of "Plagiarismo" (faux-Italian for plagiarism) in the episode "The Italian Bob".

Family Guy is also mocked in a two-part episode of South Park, in which characters call the show's jokes interchangeable and unrelated to storylines; the writers of Family Guy are portrayed as manatees who write by pushing rubber "idea balls" inscribed with random topics into a bin. Seth MacFarlane responded to the criticism on the Volume 4 box set DVD commentary, saying it was completely founded and true, even giving reference to many skits and jokes that were meant for previously scripted episodes and later cut and recycled in future episodes.

Other cartoonists who have publicly criticized Family Guy include John Kricfalusi, creator of Ren and Stimpy: "If you're a kid wanting to be a cartoonist today, and you're looking at Family Guy, you don't have to aim very high. You can draw Family Guy when you're ten years old. You don't have to get any better than that to become a professional cartoonist. The standards are extremely low."

The show's penchant for irreverent humor led to a controversy over a sequence in which Peter Griffin dances, in classic musical fashion, around the bed of a man with end-stage AIDS, delivering the patient's diagnosis in song.

Spin-Off

The Hollywood Reporter recently announced that there are plans to produce a spin-off of Family Guy to be focused on Cleveland Brown. The project is tentatively named "Cleveland" and will be created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Henry (the voice of Cleveland), and American Dad! showrunner Rich Appel.



Lawsuits

Carol Burnett

In March of 2007, famed comedian Carol Burnett filed a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox, claiming that it was a copyright infringement for her Charwoman cleaning character to be portrayed on the show without her permission. Besides that, Burnett stated that Fox violated her publicity rights. She was asking for $6 million in damages. On June 4, 2007, U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson tossed out the lawsuit, stating that the parody was protected under the First Amendment, using Hustler v. Falwell as a precedent.



"I Need a Jew"

On October 3, 2007, Bourne Co. Music Publishers filed a lawsuit accusing the show of copyright infringement upon the song "When You Wish Upon a Star" by a parody song entitled "I Need a Jew", from the episode "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein". Bourne Co., the sole U.S. copyright owner of the song, alleges the parody pairs a "thinly veiled" copy of their music with antisemitic lyrics. Named in the suit are Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., Fox Broadcasting Co., Cartoon Network, Seth MacFarlane, and composer Walter Murphy; the suit seeks to stop the program's distribution, and unspecified damages.

Since "I Need a Jew" uses the copyrighted melody without commenting on that song, it may not be a First Amendment protected parody per the Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc. ruling.

Art Metrano

In December of 2007, actor/comedian Art Metrano filed a lawsuit accusing the show of copyright infringement over a scene in Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story in which Jesus performs Metrano's signature "magic" act which involved absurd faux magical hand gestures (such as making a finger "jump" from one hand to the other) while humming the distinctive tune "Fine and Dandy". Metrano's suit claims this performance is protected under terms of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976. Named in the suit are 20th Century Fox, show creator Seth MacFarlane, and collaborators Steve Callaghan and Alex Borstein. Metrano performed this well-known routine on programs such as The Tonight Show, where he made several appearances.

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