“ Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 2007 / Suitable for 12 years and over / Director: Mike Kim, Joe Daniello / Actors: Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Rachael MacFarlane, Scott Grimes ... / DVD released 2008-05-12 at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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Weirdly, my love of American Dad! began with Volume 3 after my boyfriend gave me the boxset as a gift randomly for me to watch when he went away to his grandparents knowing I had nothing else to do. I was a huge fan of Family Guy and figured I may as well test the waters with this series too, made by the same creator Seth MacFarlane, and I am so glad now that I did. In fact, if it were not for the silliness of handing over a series midway through causing me to play catch up with characters from my boyfriend, I definitely wouldn't have found a true gem in modern cartoons.
The volume consists of 3 separate disks which hold 2 sets of 8 episodes and another disk for special features. The contents of each disk is as follows:
Disk 1 - Bush Comes to Dinner, American Dream Factory, Black Mystery Month, an Apocolyse to Remember, Four Little Words, When a Stan Love a Woman, and I Can't Stan You.
Disk 2 - The Magnificent Steven, Joint Custody, the Vacation Goo, Meter Maid, Dope and Faith,Big Trouble in Little Langley, Haylias, and the 42 Year Old Virgin.
Disk 3 - Surro-Gate, Franny 911 and Special Feautures which include audio commentary on all of the episodes, over 60 deleted and extended scenes, and Comic-Con Table Read.
In my opinion the volume starts poor. Despite, as I said, being an American Dad! fan, I was less than impressed with these set of episodes, in particular the first which is 'Bush Comes to Dinner. MacFarlene and his team of writers, although often brilliant, are also very obviously political in many of their episodes and this one episodes serves to show this. We all have our opinions on President Bush but cartoons should be light entertainment and little else. It was a little disappointing to start off the compilation in this way, but I guess that is suitable to some people's tastes, just not necessarily mine.
Disk 2 was miles better. Entertaining, funny, creative and not plastered with hidden agendas, it was right back to basics with this one. The storylines were much more interesting as well, which is funny, as in their attempts to appeal to a certain kind of audience (that is perhaps a more liberal one) they managed to put me off and later drag me back in without the need for politics at all! I think if anything, the episodes in Disk 2 do an excellent job of allowing us more insight into the characters, which although simply a cartoon, I feel is important. For example, 'The Magnificent Steven' focuses on Stan's efforts to persuade his son Steve to be much more masculine and much less embarrassing. It adds both humour and interest when we learn that Stan is willing to bring Steve and his 3 best friends on an urban cattle drive across the city just to mold him into the man he wants him to be.
Disk 3 has another 2 great episodes but sadly I missed out on them for quite a while mostly on account of my laziness. I thought the disk would be composed of solely additional features and was greatly surprised when I sat down to watch them to find even more mayhem from the Smith family. The extra scenes are always a favourite of mine on any dvd as Im often interested in comparing the finalised addition with the previous one, often to see if they truly did make it better. In fact my boyfriend and I usually debate which was better and whether it was worth writing an entire new scene when the first one was fine. The Comic-Con Table Read was equally as excellent, as perhaps its just me, but when I watch cartoons I'm often fascinated to see the face behind the voice, and am usually amazed at how starkly different they are. It showed how truly skilled the voice actors were, particularly MacFarlene who plays both Stan and Roger.
The volume as a whole runs for approximately 371 minutes with each of the 18 episodes being around 20 minutes or so. If you switch to the second option for audio via your remote when watching, it is also possible to hear the commentary whilst watching the episode without having to go through the menu at all. The commentary is excellent and equally as funny as both the banter and stories for how each episode finally came to be was a welcome addition on my part, making me love American Dad even more. It is clear the show isn't just a normal job for these people which is refreshing to see as the enjoyment they clearly take makes this season and the entire show as a whole, much more enjoyable.
Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman and Seth MacFarlene have truly done it again in Season 3 of American Dad! The season exceeded my expectations and managed to convince to go back and watch the previous 2 seasons which were also excellent. I think this show gets better every season, and so it would perhaps be unfair to judge it harshly now looking back when we are way out at Season 7 of this fantastic show. For that reason, I cannot give it less than 4/5 and if it were not for the attempts at contrived humour and what I personally saw as a platform to demonstrate the writers' political opinions, it would definitely get full marks from me.
Overall, I think that Volume 3 of American Dad! is an excellent addition to the series as a whole and the beginning of something great. Now in its seventh season, the show just keeps on getting better and in my humble opinion (which I'm sure many will disagree with!) far succeeds its sibling Family Guy.
Forget the recently released Family Guy season 9 boxset, it's the worst yet. If You've yet to pick this series up then for god sake what are you waiting for? Too busy watching 'The Wire'? Stop kidding yourself, this series contains bare bush, alien domestic abuse and peanut butter conspiracies just to give you a taster, and no cutaways! Giving you more story more depth and some of the most darkly satirical moments of any series (I'd liken a lot of this stuff to Cartman's mr and mrs Tennorman chili moment)
If for some reason you've never understood Family Guy then it's pretty unlikely to enjoy this show, and if you love the simpsons and furiously dismiss any other animated family sitcom as an inferior rip-off, please give American Dad a chance. It's setup may be similar but it's intentions and subject matter are not at all the same. Whereas the Simpsons is a Sitcom that happens to be animated, somehow making the characters more relatable and lovable, American Dad is more like an adult looney toons combined with an action comedy or something.
The Dvd has about a disc's worth more episodes than a family guy boxset and for the same price and also, like every fox animation series, every episode has commentaries and there are over 60 deleted and extended scenes.
This series is criminally underrated. Pick up the first series today
CIA Agent Stan Smith and his family return for another 18 episodes in this 3 disc box set; American Dad Volume 3.
I'm a big fan of the Seth MacFarlane animated comedies (Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show and now the Cavalcade of Comedy) and American Dad has to be my favourite - Stan is extremely funny, Roger is brilliantly voiced and characterised and the episodes that focus around Steve are hilarious.
There are some great episodes in this set, like "The Vacation Goo," "Four Little Words" and "Big Trouble in Little Langley." The collection also includes 3 unrated episodes which are a few seconds longer than the ones aired on TV. These episodes are: American Dream Factory (21:57), When a Stan Loves a Woman (22:35) and The 42-Year-Old-Virgin (21:52).
I have to say that 'Four Little Words' is my favourite American Dad episode, it's exceptionally funny and features Stan and his CIA boss (voiced by Patrick Stewart) heavily. It's worth buying the box set just for this episode alone!
As well as the 18 episodes from season 3, the boxset also includes commentaries for every episode, a huge collection of deleted scenes and even features a table-read from the cast at Comic-Con, a comic book convention in the USA.
I think on the whole Fox have done a good job with the boxset, the episodes themselves are fantastic and 18 episodes for £12 is good value for money in itself, when you throw in the tons of extra features you've got yourself a bargain.
I got this as a xmas present and wasnt sure if it would be any good. Its made by the same guys that make family guy which im a big fan off, so thought off giving it a chance.
I have to say, its really good and I now prefer american dad to family guy. Roger is the best character and the family are similar to the family on family guy.
Pete is Stan
Lois is Francine
Brian & Stewie is Roger
Chris is Steve
Meg is Hayley
The stories are better and more unpredictable which makes you watch it more and more. For football fans, the liverpool match vs reading, I watched the first half and then decided to watch a episode of american dad. But ended up watching 5 episodes and missed reading beat liverpool, thats how good it is.
I wont give any of the stories away but in all honesty a must buy for entertainment, comedy and outrageous value
When I spotted Volume 3 of American Dad for £8 in my local Woolworths (RIP), I thought I had managed to grab quite a bargain. Created by Seth MacFarlane who is also the brains behind the fantastic Family Guy, I was hoping that this satirical American cartoon comedy would provide me with enough entertainment to ensure my £8 was well spent. Despite having seen one or two episodes of American Dad, I was expecting it to be rude, hilarious and intelligent in equal measures, just as I found Family Guy to be.
The box set contains 18 episodes of American Dad, spread across three discs. All of the episodes feature the additional option of an audio commentary and there is also a live reading from the cast of one of the episodes and some deleted scenes for the hardcore fans to enjoy.
If you've never watched American Dad before, then the family structure may seem somewhat surreal at first. First we have father Stan, an inept CIA agent who struggles to assert his control as the patriarch of the family. His wife Francine is perhaps a tad dull compared to her Family Guy counterpart Lois. The family would not be complete without 2.4 children and the kids in American Dad come in the form of son and daughter Steve and Hayley as well as talking goldfish Klaus and a pet alien Roger. This is a cartoon that is most definitely not aimed at children with it's over the top look at an untypical American family and, as you'd expect from MacFarlane, this is a no holds barred satire that doesn't shy away from politics, religion, sexuality or any other issue that could provide substance for an episode.
The problem I found with this set of DVDs was that it simply wasn't funny enough. The few brief titters that I managed to raise on the odd occasion were far outnumbered by moments of blank disappointment and disbelief that the same team that brought us Family Guy could have produced something as average as this. As I said before, I've only caught the odd half episode of American Dad before so I'm not sure if the series has always been average from inception or if it has simply run out of steam now it has reached the third volume. Either way, for a set of comedy DVDs, there aren't many comedy gems to be found here. Thinking back, many of the episodes merged into one and there were only a couple that stood out although I'd perhaps only class them as average at best. Dope and Faith, The 42-Year-Old Virgin and Meter Made may have outshone many of the other episodes on the discs but overall the quality seemed to be lacking.
I find the characters in American Dad less amusing from the outset. Whilst I hate to keep coming back to Family Guy to convey my argument, the characterization is one area in which Family Guy excels whilst American Dad seems to be lacking. Take the family's talking dog Brian who is intelligent, cynical, sarcastic and the perfect foil to Stewie in Family Guy, whilst still maintaining many of the daft traits you would expect from a dog. The American Dad counterpart would seem to come in the form of talking alien Roger who is bitter and acerbic but lacks the depth and intelligence of his Family Guy equivalent. With all of the characters in Amercian Dad, I find them to be lacking a certain likeability factor as well as good enough quips and gags to make each episode entertaining and amusing.
It would seem I'm not alone in thinking this. If Wiki is to be believed, American Dad consistently has the lowest viewing figures of all the prime time cartoons that feature on the FOX network and is outshone by The Simpsons, Family Guy and King of the Hill. Although it has received popular reviews and a fifth series has been commissioned, American Dad just isn't in the same league as many of the other cartoon comedies aimed at an adult audience. The political satire is perhaps too tame and much of the comedy is weak and uninspired.
At £8 for the DVD boxset, it wasn't a complete disaster as it did help pass a few hours of boredom. Perhaps more importantly, I managed to resell the set for a little under the £8 I paid which meant I almost broke even. This isn't a DVD set I would choose to watch over and over as it simply wasn't funny enough. On first viewing, many of the jokes and stories were predictable and so I couldn't bring myself to watch it again. It wasn't unbearable, but it was far from the quality I expected from the makers of Family Guy. On the whole, it was a big disappointment. Not quite on a par with watching paint dry, but not light years away either.