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Downhill just like South Park
Member Name: Seven17
Date: 11/08/12, updated on 11/08/12 (83 review reads)
Advantages: Funny on older seasons, special guests are regular on the show.
Disadvantages: Poor quality jokes from the newer seasons.
I used to love family guy, i had a great number of episodes on DVD and i used to love watching the new series on BBC Three, and despite being on at 11pm on Sunday night i did used to stay up and watch despite having work the next day. Why? Because i absolutely loved it, it made me smile, laugh and actually was worth the groggy start to the next morning.
Now though i don't and it's purely because of the poor joke quality compared to the last few seasons. Season 10 just isn't funny to me, where did all the light hearted racial stereotyping go? i used to love conseula the hispanic house maid! Instead in some of the newer seasons i think there are just bad taste jokes, jokes about brutally beating up a dog for money, inbreeding elves at santa's grotto, things like that. Peter meeting his drunken irishman dad was very funny, and quagmire seems to be the only funny character left.
The show does a lot of cutaway gags which i think is pretty much the signature thing with any seth macfarlane cartoon. They do fit in quite well and usually start with the whole "like the time when..." etc etc. What I really don't miss from the older series is the poor sound quality and voice acting. A lot of the voices sounded very similar and were usually seth macfarlane doing them all by himself. He still does three out of the six main characters in the family. Newer seasons have very different voices though.
A lot of the settings take place in the griffin house and usually have a storyline surrounding the family but often we see other less well known characters come in during the episodes. I have to commend the show on getting a very large number of A-List celebrity guests on over the years using their real voice like the KISS band including gene Simmons who appears numerous times in a lot of episodes, Tom Hanks and James Woods who turns out to be a nasty piece of work (in Family Guy, not real life of course) So this has really made me think actually, things like that really keep me interested in the show.
Family guy is for mature audience and with constant sexual and adult references even though it has a 15 or 12 certificate on many seasons, mean that children of this age wont understand. They can watch it but they wont find most of it at all funny.
Summary: Still a good show and i do watch it but not as keenly as the older seasons.