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You got anything on that remote lower than Mute?
Member Name: huggy2009
Date: 06/02/10, updated on 06/02/10 (95 review reads)
Advantages: Some brilliantly funny moments
Disadvantages: Easily offensive
Family Guy is an incredibly popular American Sitcom/cartoon. Imagine a naughtier version of the Simpsons and your only really a little way there.
Created by Seth MacFarlane and shown on Fox in America and BBC3 in the UK, this show has developed a cult following with its irreverant mix of pop culture, over the edge humour and stories. The show has a main cadre of characters supplemented by guest appearances from celebrities.
It has now run for 8 seasons in the UK, although this is a bit skewed with how the American's consider seasons, so always stick with the British version to stay consistent.
The show follows the Griffin Family a normal everyday family whose patriarch Peter Griffin, is a savant, a larger than life character with a penchant for being wildly inappropriate.
Peter Griffin (Seth MacFarlane): The family guy himself, Peter works in the Quahog Brewery and seems to have no ambition in life, he is father to Meg, Chris and Stewie, husband of Lois and his dog Brian is one of his best friends, his other best friends are Glenn Quagmire, Cleveland Brown and Joe Swanson. Peter has a mild disregard for the rules of life and one of the shows in-jokes is his constant catchphrase of 'That reminds me of the time' when he will then thrown in something wildly inappropriate, something slagging off a celebrity or simply some irreverent humour. Peter loves his family (Well apart from Meg) and is a good guy deep down, but his wildly wrong antics keep this show going.
Lois Griffin (Alex Borstein): Wife of Peter, former good time girl, her father Carter Puterschmidt is a multi-millionaire who disapproves of Peter utterly and constantly harangues her to get rid of him. She is the rock that holds the family together but is not averse to leaving the family to become a Coke addicted underwear supermodel or to sleep with Bill Clinton, she is also the woman Brian wants over any other.
Brian Griffin (Seth MacFarlane): Brian is a dog but apart from the baby Stewie is the smartest person in the family by a mile, Brian is the voice of reason and sense who tries to talk Peter out of his scrapes, he's also a real ladies dog and had a long term relationship with Gillian (Drew Barrymore) before realising she was utterly stupid and he was drawn shallowly purely by her looks. Brian is secretly in love with Lois, has a desire to write books (his best effort appears to be a straight rip off of the Lou Gosset Jr B-Movie 'Iron Eagle 2' and not averse to breaking into song, especially if his buddy, Frank Sinatra Jr is in town, Brian also has a real drink problem and needs to stay away from the stuff.
Chris Griffin (Seth Green): The oldest son, Chris is a fat teenager who works in a videoshop, trading Kevin Smith-esque movie rants with the store owner, he is ridiculously stupid but also seems to have a good heart, he is loved by all the family and yet never far from anything stupid that might be going on.
Meg Griffin (Mila Kunis): Ironically played by beautiful young Starlet Kunis, Meg is considered by the whole family to be an ugly mess who they are embarrassed by, she is a nice enough girl who wears glasses and a wooly hat but always seems to end up on the end of Peters hatred. She is not good with guys and relationships always break down, and she is also the only member of the Griffin family not to have more than a cameo in the star wars spin offs.
Stewie Griffin (Seth MacFarlane): Megalomaniac baby, intent on killing his mother and ruling the world (Has oedipal issues which you wouldn't believe), eloquent, intelligent and for some reason (Possibly his intent for villainy) he has an English accent. Stewie is a strange character a crazed baby with homo-erotic tendancies who hates everyone, but also with Brian he is my favourite.
Family Guy DVD's vary in price on Amazon, with Seasons 1-7 costing around £7.99-£8.99 each, Season 8 Costs £14.98 or you can buy the boxset for £94.88. There are all manner of extras on the discs including making of and out-takes, overall its a really funny series if you aren't easily offended.
Other characters include the sex obsessed Glen Quagmire, Paraplegic Joe Swanson, Cleveland Brown, the nicest man alive and mayor Adam West played brilliantly by Adam West (Batman in the sixties series), there are also newscasters, parents, James Woods and a giant chicken (Peters Nemesis).
The show has its fair share of celebrity guests from Seth Rogen and Chevy Chase to Simon Cowell and Rob Lowe, guest appearances are regular, some voice by the celebrity, but the nastier ones generally aren't.
The show has regular spin-offs with the two pastiches of Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back doing really well, there are also character stories sold as seperate DVD's which are even marketed by Seth MacFarlane as a spin-off rip off. The show is not sparing in criticising Fox its paymaster for once cancelling them, they also regularly mocked George Bush Jnr and any other celebrities in the news.
Jokes can be so far over the edge you can't see the edge, an episode on abortion was banned in America and a Jewish musical episode was also heavily censored, the show mocks everyone no matter what creed, colour or race, sometimes I do feel they go too far, but the show is like that and you have to accept the rough with the smooth.
Over 8 seasons there have been some great dvds, Seasons 3-6 in my mind are the best, the first two series are used to test things out, build characters and momentum, seasons 3-6 really get into the swing of it with some brilliant episodes, but I have felt the show has tailed off more recently with Series 8 being more interested in pastiching shows and films rather than being genuinely funny, I hope they step back and work on this as the show still has a lot to offer but could become a dry weak version of its former self which would be such a shame.
Summary: You got anything on that remote lower than Mute?