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I'm quite bad for re-watching programmes many times, and Family Guy is one of those that I go back to on a regular basis. It's humour and lack of great plot complexity makes it a great programme to watch in the background while doing other things, such as studying and review writing in my case, as well as it being enjoyable to pay your full attention to. This DVD contains the 'eighth' series as was broadcast in the UK, which is not the same as the eight season released in the USA, for some reason.
== Family Guy ==
Family Guy is a cartoon series made by Seth MacFarlane, who also made American Dad. Family Guy has become famous throughout many parts of the world for its satirical comedy and occasional downright offensiveness, and it is a show that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Many people have called it a cheap copy of The Simpsons, and whereas I agree that if it weren't for The Simpsons, then Family Guy would probably not exist, but that doesn't mean that they are not very different from each other and are aimed at a different audience. Whereas The Simpsons is predominately a show for children that can also be enjoyed by adults, Family Guy is more a show for adults that can be enjoyed by teenagers and children.
Family Guy is about an American family living in Quahog, Rhode Island in the present day. The main character, Peter, is the father of the family, and his frequent bouts of stupidly and bizarre actions make for stress and trouble for his family, but entertainment for the viewer. His wife, Lois, is a beautiful housewife, who despite having several small jobs throughout the show, spends most of her time at home. They have three children: Meg, the older teenager, who is unfortunately fairly ugly and is Peter and Lois's least favourite child; Chris, a younger teenager, who is a lot like his father yet entertaining in his own way; and Stewie, the diabolic one year old baby hell bent on killing his mother and taking over the world, and who also speaks with a standard English accent, despite his age and nationality. The family is completed by Brian, the dog, who can talk and walk on his hind legs, and is the most well-educated and sensible one in the family, and who has been in love with Lois for many years. Like many other cartoon series, despite the show now being in its seventh series, the characters have not aged at all since its beginning, though there are occasional flashbacks to the past. Despite now being very popular, Family Guy was cancelled after its second series several years ago, but was brought back due to impressive DVD sales, and now is going strong and shows no sign of stopping.
== Series Eight ==
This DVD contains 'series eight', which as I said earlier is not what was released as the eighth season in the United States. In fact, this series contains thirteen episodes, from 'Back to the Woods' in season six to 'The Juice is Loose' in season seven. I don't really know why we have different series limits in the UK as opposed to how it was released in the states and have to say that it doesn't really matter as far as this review is concerned. The only reason I mention it is that I tend to watch a lot of Family Guy online and know that a lot of other people do as well, and these websites follow the American seasons, and so I'm making it clear which episodes are available on this DVD and therefore which ones I am reviewing.
== What I Thought ==
I have to say that this is a great 'series' and contains some excellent Family Guy episodes. Unlike a lot of programmes, I feel that Family Guy has got better with each passing series, and that the episodes included on this DVD are some of my favourites out of the entire ten series. There are a lot of really iconic moments and episodes to be found here, such as Peter's love for the song 'Surfin' Bird' by the Trashmen in the episode 'I Dream of Jesus', and also contains a James Woods episode as well as one of Stewie and Brian's 'Road to...' episodes. There have been several episodes involving actor James Woods as well as special episodes involving Brian and Stewie going on an unexpected journey throughout all ten series, and 'Back to the Woods' and 'Road to Germany' do not disappoint as this 'series'' contributions.
This DVD also contains what is arguably my favourite ever Family Guy episode, the well-named 'Family Gay'. This episode has it all: ridiculous moments, such as Peter randomly buying a mentally handicapped horse, as well as some more interesting comments to make, such as Peter being injected with the 'gay gene' and subsequently becoming homosexual. While this episode is as silly as other Family Guy episodes, you could also see a more political and human side to it, in terms of Peter becoming gay due to a change in his genes rather than by any choice of his own. Other great episodes include 'Baby Not on Board', which has great references to 'Home Alone', and 'The Man with Two Brians', which sees the Griffin family getting a new dog after Brian starts to show his age. There are actually no bad episodes on this DVD and I find myself enjoying them all to a great extent.
== Conclusion ==
This is a great 'series' of Family Guy and includes thirteen fab episodes. Considering that this DVD only costs £9.96 (Amazon), I would say that this is spectacular value for money. If I were to recommend only one series box set to buy, I would say that this would be an excellent choice, as there isn't a single poor episode to be found here. This is a bargain and a very high quality collection of Family Guy episodes.
I am a huge Family Guy fan, all I do when I go to bed is switch on the TV at around 11:30pm and watch the Family Guy double on BBC Three. When I bought this DVD I enjoyed it loads just like any other Family Guy DVD with twice the fun! My version was extended (Includes deleted scenes in the episodes) and was too rude for TV. I loved this DVD and found it really amusing.
One word of warning, the Family Guy series are packed with racism, hurtful comments (Especially to Celebrities) a very weird form of nudity and discrimination. I have a lot of friends who watch this franchise and they say it's really good, even though one of my friends was originally from India, he said the content did not strike against him at all, he was too busy enjoying the good old Family Guy.
If you are a fan of Family Guy I suggest you buy this DVD, it is worth it. The standard TV can show repeats that you've probably already seen or grew old of, so you should search for a change in that by buying the each of the series.
I hope this review was helpful, I'm just getting used to dooyoo. Sorry about wasting your time with this horrible post.
Release date: 02-11-2009
Number of Discs: 3
Run Time: 320 minutes
Family Guy is an animated comedy which flollows the adventures of the Griffin family.
The Griffins are like any normal American family, mum, dad, 2 teenage children, a baby and a dog....except the dad's a bumbling idiot, the baby is an evil genius and the dog can talk.
Family Guy is as wickedly funny as it is offensive and took humour to a place where the Simpsons would never dare to go.
Cancelled twice, the shows cult status earned it a reprieve. This DVD features all the episodes from Season 8 of this cult comedy series.
- Back to the Woods: James Woods returns to seek revenge against Peter by attempting to steal Peter's identity.
- Play it Again Brian: Lois seems to finally have tired of her husbands behaviour... Meanwhile, Brian wins the New England Rising Writer's award, so the three of them head to Martha's Vineyard to celebrate his success.
- The Former Life of Brian: Brian discovers that he is father to a teenage son named Dylan.
- Long John Peter: When Peter gets a pet parrot, he begins to think he is a pirate.
- Baby Not On Board: When Peter wins free gas for a year, Brian suggests a road trip to the Grand Canyon - unfortunately for them they've left somebody behind....
- I Dream of Jesus: When Peter becomes completely obsessed with "Surfin' Bird", a 1963 song from the Trashmen, Brian and Stewie are determined to destroy every last copy of it and restore peace in the Griffin household. In his search for a replacement record, Peter bumps into Jesus.
- Love Blactually: Brian meets the girl of his dreams, Carolyn. However, unfortunately for him, Cleveland moves right in and sweeps Carolyn off her feet.
- Road to Germany: Mort Goldman accidentally steps into Stewie's time machine and finds himself back in 1939 Poland, in the middle of the Nazi invasion.
- The Man With the Two Brains: Realising that Brian may be getting old, Peter gets a newer, happier dog who the Griffins love. Feeling unwanted, Brian decides to leave,
- Tales of a Third Grade Nothing: Peter is forced to go back to the third grade to try and qualify for a promotion at work.
- Ocean's Three and a Half: Peter decides his neighbour Joe's wife has been pregnant for long enough. He decides to induce her so that Joe will now be free to spend more time with him.
- Family Gay: Peter is injected with the gay gene as part of a scientific experiment.
- The Juice is Loose: Peter comes across a 1989 raffle ticket he had forgotten to cash in, winning him a chance to play golf with OJ Simpson.
It's gotta be 'I dream of Jesus', which features Peter at his ridiculous and hilarious best. Whilst dining out with his family, Peter hears his favourite record from the 1960's and becomes obsessed with it, playing it continously round the home and even going to bed with it! It's left to Brian and Stewie to destroy the record and in Peter's quest to find a replacement, he bumps into Jesus working in a record store (Yes, really!).
This episode just showcases how strong a character Peter is in his own right and how much humour can come from such a simple concept (the idea of an overplayed record). Family Guy has a tendency to drag out unfunny jokes (Conway Twitty anyone?!) but the Surfin Bird gag isn't one of them. It's an episode I have watched several times and never tired off.
Noticeable mention also goes to 'Road to Germany', due to the fact that I love the relationship between Stewie and Brian.
The worst episode by far, is 'The juice is loose'. In fact, I'd possibly go as far as saying that it is the worst Family Guy episode EVER, not just in this season. Being english, there's lots of Family Guy references that I dont really 'get'. This is one of them. Offensive and unfunny, it features a 3 minute Conway Twitty gag. 3 minutes! To me that's just sloppy writing and irritating enough to put me off watching the entire episode.
It lets the rest of the boxset down and it's poor quality is all the more noticeable against the likes of 'I Dream of Jesus' and 'Road to Germany'.
If you haven't watched Family Guy before, I'd recommend you start by watching the earlier seasons which are undoubtedly funnier.
However, any existing Family Guy fans will enjoy this season. 'Juice is loose' aside, this is a strong collection of episodes which mainly focus on the shows stronger characters (Peter, Stewie, Brian) with little appearance from the weaker (Meg and Chris). 'I Dream of Jesus' is a classic and serves as a reminder that there is still life left in this show and it can still be brilliantly funny when it wants to be.
Some of the gags do go on a bit too long and some of the jokes and cultural references are aimed at American audiences and can therefore be lost on a UK audience but this boxset is still worth the money (priced at round about £11.99 in most places, as opossed to the £27 I paid when I first brought it).
I've read a few reviews of Family Guy - Season 8 on here and noted some mixed opinions. Personally, I think that this collection is home to some of the best episodes yet.
If you've been living in a cave for the past 10 years, Family Guy is an adult animated comedy which is not for the easily offended. It tells the story of Peter Griffin - an obnoxious but hilarious father, Lois - his fairly normal wife, Meg - their ugly unloved daughter, Chris - their simple son, Stewie - their baby who plans to kill Lois and take over the world, and Brian - their talking dog! I know it sounds weird, but it really is worth persisting with!
This box set features the following episodes - Back to the Woods, Play it Again Brian, The Former Life of Brian, Long John Peter, Baby Not On Board, I Dream of Jesus, Love Blactually, Road to Germany, The Man With the Two Brains, Tales of a Third Grade Nothing, Ocean's Three and a Half, Family Gay and The Juice is Loose.
My personal favourites were "I dream of Jesus" where Peter re-discovers his love of a 60's song called Surfin Bird by the Trashmen and annoys everyone by singing and playing it on any occasion, "Road to Germany" where Mort Goldman inadvertently steps in to Stewie's time machine and gets sent back to 1939 Germany and "Family Gay" where Peter takes part in medical research and is injected with a "gay serum" and sent to "straight camp" by his family.
Obviously, with any kind of comedy like this, some is a little hit and miss and there are a number of american references that I just didn't "get." Overall though, this is an excellent series and I could watch the Surfin Bird episode time and time again.
This newest season of family guy to be released to DVD is another big win for Seth Macfarlane but I wouldn't say it was his best work it feels to me that is Family guy becomes more and more popular and the seasons progress the episodes suffer, in my mind they have started to become a little sloppy and not as great as some of the older classics. This season certainly wasn't as good as season 6 and 7 in which some comedy gold is made.
However this is still family guy so really anything on this show is still going to be comedy gold and what ever the writers produce they can't go far wrong. If you want to get a season of family guy get this one becuase it's the newest one out.
Some of my favourite episodes from this season included: "Long John Peter", "I dream of Jesus", "Baby Not On Board" and "Oceans Three and a Half" all great episodes with plenty of classic family guy moments but my favourite episode of the season "Road To Germany" is really great it is the fourth episode based around the adventures of Brian and Stewie as they struggle to rescue Mort the Jewish pharmacist when he is accidentally sent back to 1939 Germany obviously ensuing is a great and funny adventure.
This is a great season of Family Guy. Like all animated series such as the Simpsons, South part etc, the later series are generally the best ones. At some points they did seem to be running out of material a little, but generally a great laugh. This kind of humor is very offensive to pretty much everyone, it is sexist, racist and pretty much everything else but seen as it discriminates against everyone I can't really see how one particular group can be more offended. If it is taken with a pinch of salt it is very amusing and sometimes laugh out load funny. Peter (the father) plays the character of an obnoxious, severely annoying husband and dad), Lois plays a fairly normal mum, then there is Chris (a very low IQ son), Meg (the "ugly daughter" who everyone tries to ignore) and the talking baby Stewie who only the talking dog Brian can understand. It sounds and is very odd but works well. I think you definitely have to have a particular sense of humor which is almost certainly more male than female humor. The best episode in my opinion is the "Bird is the world" episode. It will have you in stitches at how annoying Peter is.
I love family guy, and I eagerly awaited the release of this DVD set, so much so it was on My amazon wishlist the second it went up for pre-release.
I usually watch Family Guy on BBC3 or Fox on Sky, but I missed alot of season 8 so was determined to add this box set to my DVD collection.
Personally, I think this is the best season of Family Guy yet and I hope that they can top it if they bring out a season nine.
This box set comes with three DVD discs, and contains 13 episodes of hilarious comedy, that had me in stitches.
The first disc has 5 episodes on it, including the episodes where James Woods steals Peter's Identity, Brian makes a move on Lois, Brian finding out he has a son, Peter becomes a Pirate and Cleveland steals Brians girlfriend. Some new characters make appearances in a few of these episodes, adding to the hilarity of it all, and some weird new situations also ensue.
The second disc has 6 episodes on it, where Peter finds Jesus, Brian and Stewie go time travelling, Stewie gets left home alone, Brian gets a "new image", Peter goes back to school and Bonnie FINALLY gives birth after what seems like an eternal pregnancy. This disc contains what I see to be the best episodes of the season.
The third disc only contains two episodes, where Peter turns gay and where Peter tries to get O.J. Simpson to confess to murder! The rest of this disc is filled with some awesome additional special features, like deleted scenes, Family Guy Cribz and much more!
This DVD set is totally worth buying, even if you have never seen family guy before, as it is just side splittingly hilarious.
Family Guy is one of those shows that I can literally watch again and again because it's just so damn funny.
If you have never heard of Family Guy, it is an animated comedy with many pop-culture references with relatable and hilarious characters to boot.
Season 8 of Family Guy is what you would expect from any DVD boxset: a complete collection of all the episodes from that season.
Season 8 boasts some of the funniest episodes to date, with the episode "I dream of Jesus" which showcases Peter's addiction to the Surfin' Bird song, to the episode "Family Gay" in which Peter turns gay after being experimented on for quick money.
The DVD spans across three discs, with many extra features across all of them. There's commentary by the creators and cast members, loads of deleted scenes that never aired on TV, four featurettes and some animatic episodes.
If you are a long term Family Guy fanatic, or even someone completely new to the show, this is a good a place as any to start watching what is one of the funniest comedies of all time.
Created by Seth MacFarlane, Family Guy is an animated television show that features voice over's from Seth Green, Alex Borstein, and Mike Henry. Based in the fictional town of Rhode Island the show follows the lives of the Griffin family (Peter, Lois, Chris, Meg, Stewie, and Brian) as well as the other inhabitants of Spooner Street. Family Guy is well known for its crude and suggestive adult humour, the callous portrayal of celebrities, and outrageous or highly unlikely situations. Due to this you'll either love it or hate it and I'm happy to say that I fall into the former as I am a committed fan of the show.
Thanks to a constantly high standard and several brilliant episodes throughout I thoroughly enjoyed Season 8. Especially note worthy are "Road To Germany" where Mort Goldman mistakes Stewie's time machine for a bathroom and finds himself back in Poland just to be caught up in the German Invasion of 1939. "Baby Not On Board" is an enjoyable and humorous Family Guy take on the Home Alone formula with Stewie left behind. Not to forget "I Dream of Jesus" which see's Peter become obsessed with Surfin' Bird. While those are my personal favourites I should point out that all other episodes in the season are very good and all worthy of the Family Guy title.
The characters that we have known and loved (or hated) since the first season continue to develop and astound. They are all very realistic and three dimensional and are enjoyable to watch on screen. The episode plots and dialogue are nothing less than genius and I can only imagine the time and effort that goes into every episode.
The random cutaway gags are more frequent and more long winded than what they've been in previous seasons. While I've always enjoyed the shows trade mark flashbacks I feel that they need to be toned down as they seem over the top, for example the Conway Twitty video which runs for the full duration in the middle of a episode.
The only thing I dislike is that Stewie (who has been my favourite character since the first season) seems to be becoming increasing camp as the episodes and seasons progress. I personally don't think it suits his character who began as an evil baby bent on world domination with a mean streak to rival a bargain hunter in the January sales.
I'm glad that Family Guy has survived into its eighth season and I hope that it continues far into the future. If your new to the show I would personally recommend that you start from season one and work up to this point as (while not essential) will allow you to develop a understanding, history, and appreciation of what has to be one of the best animated shows on television.
You can buy this boxed set on Amazon.co.uk for £16.98
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)