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As a person who really doesn't find Family Guy in any way funny, I immediately wrote American Dad off as being more of the same. However, when I happened to come across an episode on TV late one night, I discovered that nothing could be further from the truth.
American Dad is an animated comedy dreamed up by Seth MacFarlane, which centres around the shenanigans of an American family, headed by father Stan Smith, a conservative right-wing Republican CIA agent. Other family members include well-meaning but occasionally dizzy wife Francine, hippy left-wing daughter Haley, typical nerdy teenage son Steve, and a German guy named Klaus who now lives his life in the body of a goldfish. Oh, and Roger, the alcoholic acid-tongued alien who once saved Stan's life so now lives in the attic.
The first thing you notice about American Dad is how very different it is to Family Guy in the way of its humour, perhaps due to having a different team of writers behind it. Family Guy is known for is irrelevant cut-away gags, bit-characters, catchphrases and running jokes, which can often distract from the main plot line of the show and can come across as a little desperate or cheap as a way to get a laugh from the audience. American Dad has little or none of these things, which makes the whole process of watching it a lot less irritating for someone like me who prefers a comedy with a little more substance. The script is a lot more structured, and the jokes are relevant to the storyline. The development of both the characters and the story is more fluid, so you are able to build more of a connection with the characters and what they're going through.
The show boldly tackles a variety of issues, from terrorism to mental health issues, to male pregnancy to the taboo of masturbation. No matter what the subject, everything is dealt with in a light-hearted manner and is often rendered excruciatingly funny, usually by way of Stan's typical right-wing extremist exclamations, coupled with Roger's bitchy remarks and general lack of decorum. Although none of the episodes seem to carry forceful preachy messages about any particular subject, a number of them do finish up with a South Park-esque 'I've learned something today' type life lesson, which are strangely uplifting and a nice way to wrap up the episode.
The show is brilliantly voiced, with MacFarlane leading the charge with main characters Stan Smith and Roger, and joined by his sister Rachel, who voices Haley. The supporting cast features many stars of the eighties, such as Wendy Schaal ('The Burbs' and 'batteries not included') as Francine, Scott Grimes ('Critters', more recently 'ER') as Steve, and Curtis Armstrong ('Revenge of the Nerds' series) as recurring character Snot Lonstein.
I wish I could pick a favourite episode, but I can't. There isn't a single one that I wouldn't watch over and over again, although any episode featuring Steve as its focal point (such as 'With Friends like Steve's' or 'All About Steve', appropriately) is always a bonus for me. In conclusion, I hope one day that American Dad is able to break out of the shadow of its predecessor, Family Guy, when it is arguably a far superior show.
If you like Family Guy, you'll like this. If you like your comedy with only marginally more bite and intelligence than Family Guy, you'll prefer this!
Stan Smith is a CIA agent, who lives with his kind hearted and over-tolerant wife, Francine, his liberal daughter Hayley, and his geeky son, Steve. Pretty normal household, until you throw in an alcoholic alien named Roger, and a German guy named Claus trapped in the body of a goldfish.
It makes about as much sense as Family Guy, but I found that this show had a lot of political commentary, however skewed, and the humour was marginally more intelligent. However, it is just as random, tongue in cheek and all out bizarre, including some really classic musical numbers. The main characters are helped out by a truly stellar cast of extras, including gay newsreaders, lesbian neighbours, kung-foo strippers, and numerous insane CIA personnel, including the rather wonderful Deputy Director Bullock, voiced by the one and only Patrick Stewart (who is always fabulous and clearly able to poke fun at himself).
I will put the word out to those who think 'it's a cartoon so it must be for kids'; it isn't. there is sex, drugs, extreme anti-terrorism jokes, drinking, swearing, nudity, and everything else that makes it inappropriate. But hell, the kids can wait for their turn! American Dad is for us grownups who like our toilet humour with some bad language and bottoms thrown into the cocktail!
Extra features are pretty basic but it's a nice little look into the nutters behind the scenes, including a read through, which is pretty weird to watch, but still pretty entertaining!
And dont worry, the standard of comedy is continued into the next seasons!
American Dad is the hit TV show from the creator of Family Guy, Seth McFarlane. For a good long while I was quite resentful at American Dad for the simple reason that the quality of Family Guy took a distinct plunge after Seth McFarlane launched his new baby. How wrong I was, though, as American Dad is soooooo much better than Family Guy and is probably the best animated comedy doing the rounds today.
Stan Smith is a red blooded CIA man who lives with his family in the town of Langley Falls.His wife Francine, daughter Hayley and son Steve make up the more conventional elements of the Smith Family, but they are joined by their pet alien Roger and talking fish Klaus. Roger, who crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, is the source of much of the shows comedy. His quippy, snipey style is just hilarious and his fetish for dressing up in outlandish disguises and adopting crazy personas fuels more than a few episodes with zany comedy. Roger bums around the place in a semi alcoholic, sloth-like state annoying and irritating Stan as he goes along.
In series 1 the animation is good enough but not quite as smooth and silky as later series. If you are already a fan of Family Guy, the first thing you will notice is that American Dads Stan sounds exactly like Brian the dog from Family Guy. I got used to this really quickly and now it doesn't bother me at all.
Stans career as a CIA agent makes for lots of interesting scenarios in the show. My favourite episode in Series 1 is the 2-part "Stan of Arabia" in which Stan gets transferred to work in Saudi Arabia, enjoys it so much that he ends up renouncing the families American citizenship. American Dad is a great deal more satirical than Family Guy and is more narrative focused (and certainly less surreal). I love it and cant recommend it highly enough. American Dad is suitable for all the family and is definitely sharp and acerbic enough to keep adults interested. It is still fresh and funny heading into its 5th series, but the episodes contained in series 1 are amongst the best.
5 out of 5, check it out today!
Like with Family Guy season four, Fox annoyingly split the seasons when releasing them on DVD to squeeze more money out of the series. So American Dad season one is actually just half of the first series that originally aired in America. It therefore only has a runtime of under 300 minutes yet still has the same price tag.
Anyway, apart from the complications with the DVD release it is actually a solid show, albeit very unoriginal. The family for the show consists of Stan Smith; an overprotective CIA agent, his two kids Hayley and Steve, their pet German fish Klaus, a surprisingly funny alien named Roger and the wife Francine.
I found that there wasn't really an episode I enjoyed particularly more than others. Rather, they each have their good moments but fail to be anything special. It's an enjoyable show but I doubt I'll watch any other seasons because it was more of a nice change from Family Guy, rather than a superior show. I would have preferred Seth MacFarlane to have been a little more adventurous instead of sticking to the very familiar template of an abnormal family.
Nonetheless, HMV have this set for just £9.99 so if you like Family Guy and want to try out American Dad's debut then that's a pretty reasonable price.
American Dad is an animated comedy from the creators of Family Guy and you can tell.
It follows the domestic lives of Stan: the raging nationalist CIA operative, Francine: his Blonde dippy housewife partner, Steve: his nerdy, disillusioned son who has terrible luck with the ladies, Hayley: his liberal daughter who is hates her father's ideology and his job, Roger: the talking alien who Stan rescued from area 51, he's camp and theatrical and loves nothing more than getting drunk and eating lots in the attic and finally Klaus: the talking goldfish with the brain of a German skiier.
Its a pretty wacky setup but has a pretty similar family dynamic to Family Guy, Roger is Family Guy's Brian, Stan is the dopey father much like Peter etc. But its not like American Dad isn't funny.
In this first season Stan starts up a bum fight club, the Smiths go to Arabia, Hayley works in a strip club, Francine loses her memory and Stan finds the attraction to self interventionalism.
Its got pleny of belly laughs and subtle references but American Dad is a hit however similar to Family Guy it may appear. American Dad is just about to release it's fourth season and is still going strong. Nice one Seth!
American Dad is good laugh, but thats where it ends. Don't get me wrong I think American Dad is funny; but stemming from the same writers who do family guy I guess my expectations where a bit high. The jokes do not follow the same formula as Family Guy - instead of being completely random and of the cuff they are rigid and very relevent to the plot.
There are some laugh out loud parts in it, but to me, I percieve American Dad as just being another show designed to make a little more money for the writers; it does not have the same spark or intensity of jokes as Family Guy and even though the character design may be the same that's where the similarity ends.
In my opinion, I would much prefer to spend my money on a series of Family Guy (which I rate very highly by the way) than the off cuts of Family Guy thrown together in a programme that has no where near as much charisma as Family Guy does. My advice is don't buy this, if you like Family Guy this is just disapointing.
As I write this review on the 18th of December 2008, it is my last day in halls before I go home for Christmas. Although I'm looking forward to going home, I'm also quite sad that I'm leaving my friends here and that I won't see them for another three weeks or so. What saddens me the most, however, is that I won't be able to see my boyfriend of two and half years for a few weeks as well, and feel guilty that his Christmas present hasn't arrived yet, so he won't get it until January. He, on the other hand, was clever enough to buy his present for me from a high street shop instead of ordering it off the internet, and so he was able to give it to me when we saw each other yesterday. Since you're reading this review, it won't be much of a surprise to you that his present to me was three American Dad DVDS (I think that's all of them that are available), and so here I am with a review of Part One.
Something that I did not know until I read another review of this DVD is that it does not contain all of Series One of the show, but only most of it. The rest of the first series is one the second DVD along with some of the second series, which honestly seems like a strange way of releasing it, but makes no difference to me as I now have all of the episodes anyway. It also doesn't make much of a difference to anyone else interested in owning some American Dad episodes, as there isn't a particular running storyline for the series, so it doesn't matter if you don't have the whole of one series as it won't ruin anything.
So, many of you are probably wondering what American Dad is exactly. Well, it's a cartoon series made by none other than Seth MacFarlane, who brought us the extremely popular cartoon Family Guy. It is almost impossible to talk about American Dad without comparing it to Family Guy, which I will do later on in this review.
American Dad is a cartoon about the Smith family who live in Langely Falls, Virginia, in the United States of America. Stan is the father, and is a CIA agent and a pro-life and pro-guns conservative Republican. Francine is his wife, who is pretty and blonde, and often resents being a housewife, though loves here husband and family. They have two children, Hayley and Steve, the first of whom is a liberal activist and the exact opposite of her father, and the latter is a bit of a geek who has also fallen a bit too far from the tree for his father's liking, though he has more in common with his father than Hayley does. The final two members of the family are Roger and Klaus. Roger is an alien who lives with the family in secret, as he saved Stan's life while trying to escape from the CIA, so the family look after him out of gratitude and obligation. Klaus is a German man in the body of a goldfish (yes, that's right). The CIA switched his brain with that of a goldfish as he was a very good East German skiier, and the American Government didn't want him to beat them in the Winter Olympics. Why they didn't just kill him instead and why he ended up living with the Smiths isn't particularly clear in the show, though it's obviously to provide another funny and interesting character for the family. He is also besotted with Francine, though obviously unable to do anything about it as he is a goldfish.
So far, so strange. Those of you who are fans of family guy and are paying attention will have noticed several similarities between the two shows just by reading the paragraph above, and these are more obvious if you actually watch both programs. Both shows have a father as a main character (and the shows are even named after them in a way), whose wives are housewives for the majority of the series (though occasionally have other jobs), with two teenage children, as well as two other characters in the house who can miraculously speak. There are even two newsreaders as side-characters as well! Basically, if you like Family Guy, American Dad isn't going to be a stranger to you in a lot of ways. The animation is pretty much the same, and a lot of the humour is in the same vein, and both shows will have a lot of mutual fans.
Having said that, it is also important to say that American Dad isn't simply a copy of Family Guy trying to make some more money out of the previous show's success. American Dad is much, much better than that. I admit that I used to be a huge fan of Seth MacFarlane's first cartoon success, and own most of the DVDs, and it was a good while later that I discovered American Dad and enjoyed it, though not as much as Family Guy. I never bought any American Dad DVDs however, and soon forgot about it, though later my love for Family Guy started to diminish slightly. Family Guy has some great episodes, and there is at least one part in every single episodes that is genius and makes me laugh a lot, but it seems to be going off a bit lately. Some of the storylines are poor and repetitive, and it's the dialogues and jokes that hold the show together. Not so with American Dad, not so.
I sat down and watched the whole of this DVD set within 48 hours, and loved every minute of it. The storylines were all great, and although some of them were a bit ridiculous, I didn't have the feeling that some of them were made up to suit jokes that they already had, which is how I often feel with Family Guy and later series of the Simpsons. Every single character has the potential to be funny in American Dad, and the majority are 3-dimensional and aren't just pawns for laughs.
In conclusion, I love American Dad, and this DVD was a great choice for a Christmas present for me. When compared to Family Guy, most viewers will pick one over the other, and I feel as if I am in the American Dad camp at the moment. It is consistently good, and manages to be funny without the 'flashbacks' or whatever you want to call them from Family Guy (short scenes that are bizarre or funny but aren't what is actually happening at the time - if you watch Family Guy you will know what I mean), which is where most of Family Guy's best jokes are. If you're interested in trying American Dad, you won't go wrong with this box set, but you'd still be able to tell what was going on if you went for volume 2 or 3, so don't go for this one just for chronological reasons. All 13 episodes are very good, so if you give this a go you won't be disappointed.
== What is American Dad? ==
American dad is a animated television series made for 20th Century Fox and was created by Seth MacFarlane who also created Family Guy. American Dad follows CIA agent Stan Smith and his family and their events and adventures much like Family Guy does.
Seth MacFarlane as Stan (CIA Agent), Roger (The Alien)
Wendy Schaal as Francine (The Wife)
Rachael MacFarlane as Hayley (The Daughter)
Scott Grimes as Steve (The Son)
Dee Bradley Baker as Klaus (The Goldfish)
How does it compare to Family Guy?
As much as i love Family Guy i have to admit i actually prefer American Dad to it. The reason being is i find the plots and adventures to be far funnier. And the characters to be alot more interseting and each one be equally funny on there own whereas Family Guy's main humour comes from Peter and Brian. Whereas in American Dad Roger, Stan, Steve, Hayley are all equally funny and can have a whole episode focused on them and still have it be very funny.
The episodes in this box set
Steve is aiming for the girl of his dreams, Stan wants to help him by rigging the School Body President elections because "A girl loves a man with power." Steve goes mad with the power and locks himslef in the school. Meanwhile Roger wants to help Hayley with her term Papers in exchange for Junk food because francine put Roger on a diet. (7/10)
Stan steals Steve's idea to make and videotape "bum fights," where homeless men are forced to beat each other senseless, but when Steve helps the bums to organize, Stan is forced to step into the ring himself! (8/10)
"Stan Knows Best"
Hayley takes a job as a stripper after moving into her boyfriend's van and being financially cut off by Stan. Steve claims that Roger is his horribly disfigured burn-victim sister in order to gain sympathy points and "get boob" at the school dance. (9/10)
After forgetting his anniversary, Stan arranges to have the last 24 hours of Francine's memory erased by his CIA buddies, but they accidentally erase 20 years of her life, sending Francine back to her days as a wild and carefree teenager. (10/10)
When Stan gets jelous of fellow worker 'Agent Duper' he invites his boss over for dinner and tries to make him look like a terrorist, Roger puts Stans job at risk and he calls Roger a burden. Roger falls into a 'Stress Enduced Coma' and Stan throws him in the Dump. Roger finds himself in D.C and the CIA spot him and are going to find him and torture him to find out the family that have been hiding him Stan tries to get there first and kill Roger to protect the Smith Family but Stan learns he has feelings for Roger. (8/10)
Stan panics after discovering that his new neighbors are Arab-American,he gets paranoid as Francine throws a Neighborhood party he tries to find evidence that they are terrorists and eventually ends up locking them in the smith's backgarden which has been made into a detainment center. (7/10)
"Deacon Stan, Jesus Man"
Stan competes with his "smug bastard" neighbor to become deacon of his church, and Steve accidentally gets pregnant as Roger goes through his alien reproductive cycle. (9/10)
"Bullocks To Stan"
Eighteen-year-old Hayley is sleeping with Stan's boss, Bullock, but Stan can't say or do anything about it because he's up for a promotion! (8/10)
"A Smith In The Hand"
Stan objects to the sex education program at Steve's school, so he decides to teach Steve the facts of life himself, taking matters into his own hands and becoming addicted to sexual self-gratification along the way! (10/10)
"All About Steve"
After disowning Steve for being a geek, Stan must rely on his son's knowledge of science fiction and fantasy to catch a cyber-terrorist, and Roger attends the Mecca of geekdom a sci-fi convention in order to interact with humans. (8/10)
Stan's real father, a studly super-agent, reappears after a 20 year absence to recruit Stan for a top-secret mission, but Francine suspects that he's a con man involved in a plot to steal precious Egyptian artwork. (6/10)
"Stan of Arabia: Part 1"
When Stan ruins his boss's party, he's reassigned to Saudi Arabia, where the Smiths experience culture shock stemming from their new country's male-dominated social norms, which, of course, Stan loves! (7/10)
"Stan of Arabia: Part 2"
Cultures continue to clash, and the entire Smith family is arrested by the Vice and Virtue Police and sentenced to death by stoning. Roger is wooed by an Arab prince, who thinks Roger is a morally loose "American girl." (7/10)
"Stannie Get Your Gun"
Hayley accidentally paralyzes Stan when she fires a gun she thought was loaded with blanks; and Roger convinces Steve he's adopted. (8/10)
Roger is overjoyed to discover that Steve's new book is all about him...until he finds out that it paints him in an unflattering light. (9/10)
"Not Particularly Desperate Housewife"
Francine joins a group of housewives who cheat on their husbands; Stan befriends a tiny dog; and Hayley locks Steve and Klaus in a closet. (10/10)
When Stan and Roger trade places, Roger gets a job as a car salesman, while Stan ends up in jail. (8/10)
"Finances With Wolves"
After receiving a hefty bonus from work, Stan buys extravagant gadgets while Francine pleads for her dream kiosk. Upset about his lack of support, Francine opens a muffin shop without his approval and gives Stan a taste of life without a housewife. (7/10)
"It's Good To Be Queen"
Because of a past incident at his own prom, where he was lured into a dance with the homecoming queen only to have a pile of pigs dropped on him, Stan wants revenge by showing off that he married a homecoming queen, Francine. (9/10)
"Roger 'n' Me"
When Stan goes to Atlantic City for a bachelor party and is shunned by his so-called best friend, Roger steps in and becomes Stan's new sidekick. (10/10)
Stan devises a plan to make Steve more popular at school, but the plan backfires when the side effects make him a little "too popular" and Hayley's student film shames Francine into becoming a surgeon. (8/10)
"With Friends Like Steve's"
Steve's friend Barry turns evil after skipping his meds, and schemes to replace Steve in Stan's life; and Roger's beer-drinking skills earn him membership in a college fraternity. (10/10)
"Tears of a Clooney"
Stan enlists his contacts at the CIA to help make Francine's birthday wish come true...to destroy George Clooney; and Roger starts his own vineyard with the help of some foster-child labor. (8/10)
American Dad - Season 1 is a collection of the first 13 episodes from the first season of American Dad, from the pilot up to the two parter, "Stan of Arabia".
Yep, you heard me right; the boxset entitled Season 1 doesn't even contain all the episodes from the first season! To me it just smacks of trying to get more money out of the fans of this show. The next DVD has the second half of season one and the first half of season two, which is a bit strange really, why release them like that? Why not just release the whole season as one DVD set, like everyone else does?
"American Dad" is about Stan Smith, a CIA agent, and his family; his wife Francine, their two children, Hayley and Steve, their pet goldfish Klaus, and Roger, an alien.
Episodes to look out for include "Con Heir", in which, at Stan's father's funeral, he reveals that he wasn't his real father, his real father is a master spy; "Stan of Arabia", where Stan is reassigned to Saudi Arabia and eventually renounces his American citizenship after he finds out in the male dominated world of Saudi Arabia, he can have all he ever wanted, and "Homeland Insecurity", where new neighbours move in next door to Stan. He finds out that they are Iranian, and so immediately suspects them as terrorists. He begins watching them constantly and becomes more and more paranoid. Not only a good episode, but also shows the prejudices a lot of people have about people from certain countries.
Extras include a behind the scenes featurette, deleted scenes animatics and TV spots. Pretty standard fare really, not a huge amount on offer but at least they did make some effort. Overall a good DVD set, although it is let down by not actually having all the first episodes from the first season, but that doesn't take away from what is a very good show, four stars!
So my housemates bought this DVD for me as a birthday present because I'd been watching American dad online so much.
I love American dad, I think its very funny and as is made by the people who made family guy is very similar. The family set up is even similar with 2 parents a male and female child and in American dad a talking alien as opposed to a talking dog.
I love this genre of cartoons for adults. Stan is an all American man with very conservative views, which is nicely juxtaposed by his daughter Hayley who has very liberal views.
I think American Dad is good at dealing with topical issues. My favorite season one episode is "Homeland Insecurity" which deals with people's perceptions of race. Stan's family has new neighbours who are of Iranian decent, but who are actually American born and bred. Stan immediately has prejudices against them, immediately feeling they are terrorists because of their race. As Stan is a CIA agent he goes to extreme measures (keeping them captive in his back yard) much to the dismay of his wife Francine who feels unable to make friends with their neighbors due to Stans suspicious nature and his drastic actions. Luckily Hayley gives Francine the idea of hosting a themed backyard party, and convinces Stan his feelings are unjust. Ironically at the end their Iranian neighbors exhibit racist behavior against a black person. This episode reflects how societies can develop negative unjust stereotypes and that racist behavior can occur from people of all races.
Other issues adressed in this season include Steve (Stan's son) trying to gain popularity through becoming student president and the people around him who use him for his power, the lengths people will go to if they have no money (Hayley becoming a stripper) and Stan becoming ashamed of the fact that Steve is a geek, ultimately leading to Stan needing his son's help.
Overall I would say American Dad is very clever with dealing with topical issues and capturing society (albeit in an extreme and sometimes unrealistic fashion). But more to the point is the way American Dad is humorous and entertaining.
Seth MacFarlane ; Wendy Schaal ; Scott Grimes ; Rachael MacFarlane ; Stephen Root ; Eddie Kaye Thomas ; Patrick Stewart ; Ron Livingston ; Gina Gershon ; Matthew Lillard ; Bill Murray ; Billy West ; Josh Groban ; Natasha Melnick
'Behind The Scenes' featurette
This programme is the reason I used to always be tired on a Monday morning. From the creators of Family Guy, BBC 2 decided to put this brilliantly written cartoon on incredibly late on a Sunday night! It revolves around Stan Smith - the hugely patriotic/ borderline psychotic CIA agent and his family - comprising of his bored housewife Francine, Nerdy son Steve, Eco warrior daughter Hayley, oddle effeminate alien Roger who saved Stan's life at area 51 and Klaus - the goldfish with the brain of a German Olympic Skiier! This is a clever, witty show that many people will have missed due to poor scheduling,but this box set contains the first 13 episodes of series 1 - the second half is available for about £15 in most places. If you like The Simpsons and Family Guy this is for you - it has jokes on every level. There is almost 5 hours worth to treat yourself to here with one of the most annoyingly catchy theme tunes ever!
1. Pilot - Stan tries to help Steve win the heart of Cheerleader Lisa ( Carmen Electra) by rigging the school election. Francine puts Roger the alien on a diet so unable to leave the house he bribes Hayley to smuggle in sweets in exchange for doing her homework.
2. Threat Levels - After accidentally drinking toxic waste and being told they only had 24 hours to live, Francine is forced to reassess her life - so decides to get a "hobby" in real estate. Disgusted that she now earns more money Stan decides to make homeless men fight in order to regain his manhood.
3. Stan Knows Best - Hayley comes home with green hair so Stan decides to shave her haid in her sleep. She decides to move in to her boyfriend Jeff's van and become a stripper to pay for her school tuition. In Hayleys absence Steve persuades Roger to pretend to be his disfigured sister (after a kinky chlorine accident) in order for him to pull a girl.
4. Francine's Flashback - Stan forgets his wedding anniversary so wipes what he thinks is 20 hours of Francines memory. When he realises he has actually wiped 20 years and she has no idea who he is he has to make her realise her love. Meanwhile Steve gets a date and persuades Roger to go along with her hideous friend
5. Roger Codger - After an argument with Stan, Roger falls into a stress induced coma. So Stan throws him in a skip. When Roger wakes up he tries to make his way home but inadvertly gets put on a bus with a OAP's day trip. When the CIA realise Roger is on the loose Stan must get their first before Roger tells who has been hiding him.
6. Homeland Insecurity - Francine holds a block party but Stan ruins it when the new Iranian neighbours show up and he detains them for terrorist activity.
7. Deacon Stan, Jesus Man - In an attempt to outdo his Nemesis Chuck White, Stan uses potato salad made from Rogers breast milk to win over the community and become the Church deacon. Roger accidentally gets Steve Pregnant after a mouth to mouth incident.
8. Bullocks To Stan - Whilst trying to get a promotion Stan tells his family to be nice to his boss Bullock (Patrick Stewart.) Hayley gets a little too well acquainted and a shocked Stan tries to break them up by making Jeff more assertive. Bullock is devastated and decides to have Jeff killed.
9. A Smith In The Hand - Stan takes offence to Steves sex education class so decides to teach him himself. He teaches his son that masturbation will be punished with melted eyes and hairy hands and the best way to avoid this is by hobbies. Following a soldering iron incident Stan must apply lotion to a very sensitive area.
10. All About Steve - Stan realises his son is a geek so decided against taking Steve to a father-son ball game. When a terrorist threat written in Elvish comes in it is down to Steve to save America
11. Con Heir - Stan realises the man he thought was his father has died and that his real father is a super CIA agent. When the FBI turn up looking for an International jewel thief Francine gets suspicious
12. Stan Of Arabia (Part 1) &
13. Stan Of Arabia (Part 2)
Following an argument with Francine Stan uproots the whole family to Saudi Arabia. As Francine refuses to do what he says Stan gets a second wife, Roger gets sold to a Sheik, Hayley falls in love with a "Suicide bomber" and Steve sees God in the desert.
I never really got into the whole Family Guy thing but after I accidentally stumbled across this programme I was hooked. It is irreverant and totally bonkers and for me the only serious rival to the Simpsons (I know I am alone in that Family Guy/ South Park fans!)
There are some brilliant one liners and the scripts are brilliantly written. Roger the Alien's desperate attempts to escape the house are brilliant and the dynamic between the completely disfunctional family just works.
Stan Smith represents everything we find idiotic about Americans, he is gung ho, trigger happy and assumes everyone foreign is a terrorist, but in spite of this he is hilariously funny - and what other show are you going to get a fish with the brain of a horny German skiier!
If you haven't seen this and have a silly sense of humour then this could be for you. If you were a fan of Family Guy though you might not like this.
Meet Stan: a patriotic husband to a foxy blonde wife and father to two teenage children. Oh, and he has an alien called Roger living in his house. Oh, right, yeah, and a talking German goldfish called Klaus.
As weird as it sounds, American Dad works really well. Just when Family Guy had started to get dull and predictable, creator Seth McFarlane turns round and brings out this gem. It seems to me that it is very under-rated having reached quite a small proportion of the population. This has to change. American Dad is one of the funniest things on TV at the moment.
The characters are all interesting. Stan constantly nurtures his geeky son, trying to turn him into a womanising manly man. Instead, Steve plays role-playing games and hatches crazy schemes (eg-bum fights; seducing old women). Stan's daughter Hayley is a feminist anti-war campaigning upstart, always going against her fathers best intentions. Francine is an independent, fiery woman, similar to Lois from Family Guy. Roger and Klaus provide the quick quips and smart one-liners. I promise: it's better than it sounds. Each of the characters are interesting and entertaining in their own right. It is Stan, the star of the show, that is the real draw though. In my opinion, he rivals Peter from Family Guy for all-time greatest male performance in a cartoon.
Is this as funny as the early Family Guy series? Not quite. It certainly comes close though. The entrance tune will have you humming along and Stan's merely presence in a scene will have you smiling in preparation for the upcoming set piece.
The extras on the DVD include a live reading of American Dad in front of an audience which is both interesting and entertaining.
In all - a great box set. Unfortunately it only contains the first half (13 episodes) of the series, ending with part 2 of Stan of Arabia (a great episode). A great satirical look at America from an American himself gives a refreshing take on America-bashing. To take a phrase from Roger the alien: American Dad, oh my god, oh my god, American Dad, oh my god (that's a good thing by the way)