Sunday, September 05, 2004

Why I Hate FAMILY GUY

Someone suggested to me that if I took the time to explain why I think Family Guy is a bad show, I might stand a chance of getting some angry replies from some of that show's many online fans. Since the main reason to do a blog is the hope of getting angry replies and/or denunciations on other blogs, I've decided to give it a shot.

Here are ten reasons why I think Family Guy is a bad show:

10. Stewie, the most popular character, is a double ripoff. His world-domination ambitions and dictatorial rhetoric are ripped off from the Brain of Pinky and the Brain. And his design and personality are ripped off from Jimmy Corrigan, a comic-strip character created by Chris Ware. A Jimmy Corrigan strip from 1996 can be found here.

9. It constantly recycles its own meagre store of gags. It's got about three basic gags -- a cutaway to something that references a work of '70s or '80s pop culture; one of those "stretching out something so long that it's funny" routines (they do this one about five times an episode), and sexual-innuendo jokes that are sort of The Golden Girls for frat-boys. I don't mind that they sometimes use jokes from other shows -- recycling jokes is inevitable in comedy -- but they managed to get through 50 episodes without coming up with a new kind of joke, and that wears thin.

8. The characters are so boring, such a dull collection of sitcom stereotypes from the creator's youthful TV-watching binges, that there is virtually no humor to be gotten from the characters. Good comedy writing gets laughs from the characters; the writers on this show write around the characters. By the last few episodes, Stewie was so tapped-out as a character that he was written out of character in almost every episode (that is, almost every gag featured him taking on a personality other than his own), a sign that the character had nothing to him in the first place except the stuff that was taken from superior characters (like the Brain). About the only actual character on the show is Brian the dog, and even he doesn't have that much to his character.

7. It uses references as a substitute for humor. Talk to the average young Family Guy fan and you'll usually hear that what they like best about the show is that it refers to things they saw when they were growing up, and they're just tickled to find that someone else remembers it -- like the "kid in me/adult in me" commercial. Well, I remember that stuff too, but that's lazy comedy writing: there's no perspective on the stuff Family Guy is referencing, no actual joke beyond the reference itself. A golden rule of bad comedy is that if people recognize the reference, they'll laugh even if the joke's not funny. Family Guy goes beyond that; it doesn't even try to have a joke half the time -- it just assumes that making a pop culture reference is inherently funny. Another Family Guy hater makes a similar point here.

6. Seth MacFarlane's voice acting is quite poor: uninflected, monotonous, recycling the same few vocal tricks over and over the way the show recycles a few gag concepts. Mike Judge, Trey Parker, Matt Stone and others have developed into good vocal actors, but Seth MacFarlane is the best argument against creators voicing their own creations.

5. It's one of those things that presents itself as "cutting-edge" but is actually gutless. Its "offensive" jokes are neatly calculated to make sure they don't actually risk offending their fanbase; instead they make jokes that would be offensive to the kinds of people who don't watch the show -- sexual prudes, for example. Any genuinely cutting-edge comedy will risk offending people who watch it; but how is a penis joke supposed to offend the average college student? The answer is, it's not supposed to offend anybody who watches the show; it's supposed to give college kids a smug sense of superiority in believing that someone else might theoretically be offended by that penis joke. (An animated sitcom that actually dared to be tasteless and offensive was Duckman, which took on actual social and political issues; another animated sitcom that actually dares to challenge its audience is South Park, which takes the things that its youngish viewers have been told on other TV shows -- say, saving the rainforest is good -- and tells them the opposite.)

4. The style of the show, which its fans consider such an innovation, was pretty much familiar to anyone who had been following the Saturday morning and weekday cartoons of the early to mid '90s. Sitcom-style stories that went off into weird directions; a look and feel that parodied sitcoms of the '50s to the '80s; constant jokes about '80s pop culture: this was all characteristic of the funny kids' cartoons of the '90s. Essentially, if you watched enough episodes of the early Johnny Bravo (which Seth MacFarlane worked on) or some episodes of Tiny Toons or various other kids' shows of that era, then Family Guy looks like what it is: a kids' show, with all the things that characterized the kids' shows of the '90s: attempts to be hip, suspicion of big heartfelt moments, and lots of references to the shows the kids watched when they were very little. In other words, Family Guy isn't a sophisticated take on the sitcom; it's a kiddie show with some PG-13 references for older kids.

3. The animation was probably the worst of any animated sitcom ever, maybe neck-and-neck with the animated sitcom version of Dilbert. One veteran artist, who described Family Guy as the worst show he'd ever worked on -- and he'd worked for Hanna-Barbera in the '70s, so he wasn't saying that lightly -- summed it up this way:

When I'd suggest some sort of minor gag... [the director] just looked at me and, deadpan, asked "why"? The designs of the characters were murder to draw, so bland and expressionless, but I was somehow expected to get more "acting" out of them. Believe me, Peter's model sheet poses for "happy" and "depressed" looked practically identical! I was told not to add eyebrows, not to distort eye-shapes, not to draw "cartoony" poses...but still, somehow, creating "acting". Yeah, right.


The animation on "The Simpsons" or "King of the Hill" may not be classic-level, but every character acts with his or her face and body to a certain extent; they have, let's say, at least two expressions. "Family Guy" has the most inexpressive characters I've ever seen, and the only distinctive movement on the whole show is a gag that the supervising director (Peter Shin) invented to make characters fall down really fast... a gag that was then repeated to death for the rest of the series.

2. The scripts are bad. I mean apart from the shoddy recycled gags and characters, most of the scripts are just frankly terrible in terms of story construction, coherent satire, etc. The satire is, again, gutless and timid (taking on such never-before-seen satirical targets as tobacco companies and feminists); the dialogue is sub-According to Jim; the stories tend to feature one plot point per act surrounded by many minutes of filler. I guess you can say that what I call "filler" is really the point of the show. Even if the gags were funny (which they are not), I wouldn't buy this. The show is in the form of a sitcom and it should have good story construction and all the other stuff one expects of a sitcom. Otherwise all you're left with is a big overlong comedy sketch with the same characters every week, not unlike a really bad year of Saturday Night Live.

1. Plenty of other animated shows that went off the air didn't get anywhere near the same kind of following, and certainly didn't get revived. Futurama, of course, was far better; but so was Pinky and the Brain when it was in primetime; so was Duckman, which was the offensive, shocking show that Family Guy never had the guts to be (and Duckman's "Road To" episode was a million times better than Family Guy's). Even The Critic, which had some of the same problems as FG (bad animation, unmemorable characters, over-reliance on pop-culture references as opposed to genuine satire or parody), displayed a higher level of craftsmanship. Essentially Family Guy is a story of poor craftsmanship rewarded. I can't help but resent that.

Now, what do I think of the fact that this show has become so popular among younger viewers, popular enough to make it a huge DVD hit and guarantee a sizeable 18-35 demographic for the new episodes? First of all, I think that the Family Guy cult will look really embarrassing a few decades from now, because the '80s references will no longer be comprehensible, and so the episodes will consist largely of dead spots (since there are no jokes, just the references, which are supposed to be funny just because you "get" them). Second, I think it proves that people of my generation don't have better taste in TV than people of my parents' generation; in other words, how can I make fun of some elderly relative for enjoying some badly-written, badly-made CBS show, when I have younger relatives who enjoy the worse-written, worse-made Family Guy? In other words, I think "geezer TV" has been replaced by a new category... call it "whippersnapper TV": bad TV that succeeds because it appeals to the sensibilities of a particular age-based segment of the audience. All of which is a long way of saying that lots of bad shows become hits. This is another one of them.

Now, to add some fairness and balance: I actually did think that the last season of Family Guy showed some improvement, in the sense that there was some attempt to write coherent stories and give the characters something resembling a personality. It wasn't good, but it was better, and I suppose it's theoretically possible that the new episodes could be better still. There was one episode from the last season that I thought was just plain good: "Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows," where Brian the dog meets a reclusive old lady who used to be an opera singer. That episode featured an original song that was quite a good attempt at a pastiche Broadway song, certainly better than anything Joss Whedon came up for for his Buffy musical, so I've got to give Seth MacFarlane credit for that, as well as for proving to college kids that musicals aren't for dorks. (I read that the upcoming Family Guy CD includes a song from Take Me Along by Bob Merrill, so he gets more points for that.)

Also, despite the life-ain't-fair tone of # 1, I'd say that in general, most animated sitcoms have gotten a fair shake; King of the Hill is still on, as is South Park; Futurama and Duckman got 70 episodes apiece; the animated sitcoms that outright bombed are mostly the ones that deserved to. So Family Guy's success doesn't actually take anything away from more deserving shows. It's just another mediocre-to-poor show on the air. The TV universe will survive that.




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Anonymous said...

Family Guy is one of the best shows on televison right now. Just FYI.

Anonymous said...

Your points are valid but rather than give reasons to hate the show it more like sums up the show and what makes it work for its audience. Nearly any series can be reduced to this. A real reason to hate something and attempt to persuade others would be if its proceeds went towards causing harm to the environment for example.

As it is, it's a programme just like any other that you have the right to like or dislike for whatever reason.
I find Family Guy enjoyable, like the characters and animation style and appreciate the inclusion of funny jokes without the obvious strain involved in forcing them into context with the plot.

Anonymous said...

Dude, its a fucking cartoon. There is not doubt that South Park is a better product. But its apples and oranges.

The Dirt said...

DEAD ON! Amazing. You are so on point!

The Dirt said...

Amazing, you are so on point. I've sent this URL to everyone I know in the animation world, just waiting for their response, which i'm sure will be spoken about in this weeks South Park episode.

Anonymous said...

Man, this article is old. The episode you mentioned was made in season 3, That was almost 5 years ago. Jesus Christ. Perhaps Time has given you a love of Family Guy, or maybe not.

Anonymous said...

10. First of all, the idea of a small being of some sort having inhibitions (sp?) to take over the world is not in itself original, as it can be argued that bart simpson rips of a british cartoon called 'Dennis the menace' (Not the american counterpart though). Seth Macfarlane has stated that Rex Harrisson inspired stewies woice, and the 'football shaped' head that is the only real thing that a could see as actually being 'Ripped off' from that cartoon you linked, as the joke of a baby being articulate and coherent is in no way new, and was especially not created by that cartoon.

9. What you mentioned are not actual jokes, but themes. For example, using the actual same joke twice would justify your argument, but, bar some minor running jokes, I have yet to see the exact same joke being reused, therefore nullifying your argument.

8. Have you ever thought that this show could have been satirising these sitcom stereotypes with their characters? I have never seen any examples of writers 'Writing around' characters, and in fact, all characters have, to an extent, changed and evolved as the show goes on, for example the Stewie becoming more than a one dimensional 'evil genuis' figure. then, when these characters do anything outside the one dimension of them that you've based your opinions on, you call this writing 'out of character', so, in effect, you say that stewie is ripping off another character, and everything he does that makes him different from the character you claim he rips off must be 'out of character' for him. Is it not one of the signs of good writing to have characters that have multiple facets to them, any of which can be called upon at any time to deliver a joke?

7. I disagree, as the references are used as part of the comedy. If you took a reference and made it purely a reference, with no diolog or action, just the pop culture icon being present, THEN you'd have a point.

6. This point has no substance to it whatsoever. not only can he talk in a variety of tones for each voice, he can actually sing in all of them as well, in key and everything. This does not constitute 'monotone'

5. Here, you're taking a stereotype and assumoing it's an entire demographic, so i'm not even going to dignify this one with a response

4. I'm a fan. I don't consider it an innovation. many of my feinds are fans. they don't consider it a variation. most fans that I know like it because it is a spin on the saturday morning cartoon theme.

3. You're right about this one. except the falling down part.

2. This point seems like most of your other ones hashed together into one to make it come up to 10 reasons, so I don't need to retype anything here.

1. Well, someone must be buying it.


And finally, do not cpint me as one of those stupid internet people who spends all their time doing stuff like this, or count this as me getting angry. that was your opinion. this is mine.

Anonymous said...

family guy sucks.

Anonymous said...

Ha! Classic! I knew there was something wrong with that show, and you nailed it. I still watch it though. It has that "car crash" quality that you can't look away from. If you like it, fine, but it is garbage. Don't try and tell me otherwise, I can smell it from here. Still, you've got to admire Seth Macfarlane. He won't be signing up for unemployment anytime soon.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU! I have never understood why so many people worshipped "Family Guy." It's a terrible, horribly unfunny show, but I could never quite articulate why I despised it so. This well-written article has given me plenty of ammunition for the future.

"Family Guy" SUCKS!

Anonymous said...

You look into family guy way to much, just enjoy it and don't compare it to other shows.

david said...

i agreed with about 97% of that. nice rant. i used to hate FG but now im just neutral because its not worth arguing with so many idiots. i dont even watch tv at all anymore.

Anonymous said...

great article...I must confess that I used to enjoy FG when it first came on. Then when I went back to watch them when it came back on the air...I realized that it's actually really lame...This article and the recent Southpark episodes definitely nailed what I was thinking!

Anonymous said...

family guy is the most fucking retarded show i have ever seen and my friends quote it all the time :S

Anonymous said...

Family guy has hade some original moments. For example: Stewie's mocking of Brian for an unfinished novel. This type of humor was unlike anything I've seen before. Family guy is a fantastic "Nothing Else is On" show. The problem with it is that it gets compared to 'South Park' or the hey day of 'The Simpsons'. It is no where near close to either of these shows. Although the current episodes of the Simpsons are almost unwatchable.

Anonymous said...

We all have are opinions on that show, but I like it. ^_^

Anonymous said...

You're a jewbag.

Anonymous said...

Family Guy is a piece of shit and a waste of airtime. It annoys the hell out of me,

Anonymous said...

Shut up you fucking kikejew. I'm gonna gas you with Zyklon B and put you in an oven.

Anonymous said...

The Jews own all the Zyklon B in the world because they had the money to buy it. I'm pretty sure they'll gas you, you anti-semetic trailer park, buck-toothed redneck.

Ash said...

I'm glad it's not just me that sees Family Guy as a poor show.

"7. I disagree, as the references are used as part of the comedy. If you took a reference and made it purely a reference, with no diolog or action, just the pop culture icon being present, THEN you'd have a point."

First of all, it's dialogue. Moving on, you can reference something and have dialogue and action, but it's still a reference. Having Gary Coleman walk on (movement=action) and say,"Whatchu talkin about Willis?" (dialogue!!) is a reference with dialogue and action, but it doesn't make it necessarily funny. What counts is the way in which the reference is made. South Park "referenced" R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet series, but they had Tom Cruise in the closet after Stan told him he was "okay' at acting. There is a well-thought reference.

I have to say other shows like The Simpsons and The Critic make references similar to Family Guy, but the writing is good.

Also, I'd like to state that the references of The Critic were mostly from film (tying into the fact that he's a film critic). It just made sense that these pop culture references were being made as he was one who was on the outside of it all as a critic. As for the characters, I recommend you watch the DVDs, because Eleanor, Duke, Jay and Franklin are genuinely hilarious with some wonderful jokes, I think.

All in all, Family Guy sucks and I love The Critic. Oh, and people need to learn how to spell dialogue before they're going to pretend they have some concept at what creative writing is.

Anonymous said...

I have to say, Family Guy was(WAS!!!) an okay show. As a 7th grader I stuck through the show till it got cancelled, but once it came back it lost that original touch, it became bland and stupid. They re-use the same crap and joke techniques from previous seasons and have dumb episode plots. The whole random joke thing was funny during the first few seasons, but after awhile it got REAL old, and the newer seasons still can't stop doing it! I'm glad Southpark stuck it to family Guy and exploited it as the overrated show that it is!

edward said...

this just seems so ridiculous. your just bitching about a show YOU dont like. easy solution = dont watch it.

oh dear. sorry, i do love family guy, but i do have to point out one flaw here. the show actualy got less of a plot come season 4, so i just think you threw that in there to sound nice or something.

Anonymous said...

Yes, finally someone who sees the patheticness that is Family Guy. Yes, Brian and Stewie may be funny from time to time, but they're so dead in comparison to the characters in The Simpsons, which is definetly a classic compared to Family Guy. Peter is a direct copy of Homer, just much more irritating, but generally the same guy. I hate Peter, I hate Family Guy, and I hate anyone who thinks it is even close to topping The Simpsons. The reason why The Simpsons bagged Family Guy out in the Halloween Episode *when one of the Homer clones was Peter* was a joke, and the fact that they were able to make this joke proved that they knew that family guy was nowhere near them, and still unable to topple them off their throne.

family guy rules said...

You are an IDIOT!! enough said...

now go vote bush while you're at it.

Anonymous said...

family guy is always funny wheras south park is sometimes dry and desperate for laughs p.s Quagmire is the man!!!

Anonymous said...

Family Guy has just plan stupid jokes. 90% of the time they are so stupid to the point of being un funny.The jokes are often stolen the scripts are weak, the stories never led anywhere. Some main charcters Chris & Meg have very little screen time and are almost never funny.

Anonymous said...

Why do they use those stupid random jokes that don't fit the plot.The jokes are pretty much always stupid.The same jokes are used over and over again.The show is very monotonous . It is really starting to suck hard!!

Anonymous said...

Who cares? I mean, are we supposed to stop watching it now because you posted something in your blog? Oh, we're really embarassed.

Anonymous said...

Very well thought out commentary.
I do laugh pretty hard occasionally at FG, but as a whole the show is relatively forgettable. South Park and The Simpsons however will both go down in history.

Anonymous said...

You make good points that I mostly agree with, especially because new family guy sucks a ton. Besides South Park stomps FG's ass beit new or old episodes.

Anonymous said...

I like Family Guy, but I prefer South Park cuz of the way it targets current events... oh, and it has a talking poo.

Anonymous said...

Family Guy is about as funny as Jimmy Kimmel.

Anonymous said...

To take a soda pop analogy, Family Guy is just Diet Simpsons or better yet Simpsons Zero (as in it seems to be the same but you can't help noticing that metallic aftertaste). Diet Soda is popular too.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Family Guy is quite pathetic. I can't believe they brought this back and not Futurama. Shame on anybody who supports this unoriginal crap.

Anonymous said...

i don't understand how Seth McFaggot can get paid big bucks for the crap he pulls out of his butt and i have to pay the city for my sewage. the only time there was ever anything funny on family guy is when it was parodied on soth park and it wasn't really family guy. something worse than death to the creaters of family guy

eh... said...

I think the worst part about Family Guy is having friends quote it back to me like it's funny in any other context.

I don't catch alot of South Park, but the show is genius. If it's too dry for you, it's probably because you don't get it. The plots are incredibly well constructed, the charaters have motivations, and it's political and zany at the same time.

Although, I still get jackasses quoting Cartman to me.

Anonymous said...

r u watching the same show as i am cause your reasons sucks u might say other shows sucks but not family guy " man poeple these days don't know a SHIT " by the way i was talking about u.

Anonymous said...

i have conducted theoretical scientific phychological research and found that family guy is benificial to over all health.

Anonymous said...

you all are reasonablew stupid. stick to yuor boring 60 minutes shows and watching the new unhit show: "extreme snail racing to the max!!" just because family guy reminds you of your own disfunctunal family dont take it out on the viewers

Anonymous said...

It's simple. Futurama went off the air because it was smart, and family guy is still on because the frats of the world need to watch t.v.

The jokes have absolutely no reasoning, nor do they move the plot forward.
Sure, I remember old commercials, too. Is this enough to rest a series on, though? Hell, can I have a show, because at least once a day I bring up the Fonz or Mr. T?
Guess I'm a cartoon writer, too!
There is an upside: It's better than American Dad. But so is Joey.

Anonymous said...

Here here!

Anonymous said...

family guy represents everything thats wrong with american youth.

Anonymous said...

I think what has not been considered is that the whole concept of using constant references throughout is what makes the show origional.this gives the show a change of pace, so it is not dull and monotomous. the characters are an obvious satire, so annoyingly funny that they are almost love-able.i would not call making a joke of of terminally ill children inoffensive to veiwers (season 4).There will always be critics-but if you do not like it, why are you watching it?

Anonymous said...

Well said! Family Guy is a ball-sucking abortion of a show. No wonder it has already been cancelled twice. Hopefully it gets cancelled again for good once Family Guy fans pull their heads out of their asses and the craze dies down. You want a much better, wittier show? Watch South Park. Fuck Family Guy!

Anonymous said...

I think the key point that has been neglected in your reasons is the very nature of "reference" that family guy makes. To write of all references as the same is to neglect the strain of art that builds on its past.
But further than that, the show acknowledges and incorporates the shear amount of "worthless" information we all have coursing through our heads, and give it an outlet. We cite punky brewster instead of borges, even if we've read borges, b/c punky brewster is part of a collective experience many young americans share, regardless of class, race, or many other cultural barriers.

The show revels in what our parents could not understand even if they experienced it. It's an acknowledgment of the past couple of generation's genuine and serious engagement with television throughout our childhood. I wasn't a baseball player, my brother wasn't in a band, my best friend wasn't pakistani. All of us are educated, but we haven't read the same books. I loved infinite jest, but have never read rings of saturn. I've seen Annie hall, but not manhattan. But family guy's "references" acknowledge the vast sea of commaniltiy coarsing through our blood.

Further, the show recognizes and lays bare inborn stereotypes that this distinctive collective experience has left us. Look at Asian reporter Tricia Takanawa. The show rarely makes fun of her as having an accent, or not being able to drive. Her character paralells the experience of Connie Chung. Though level headed an abled, she was frankly treated shabbily by all of the networks, and though many of haven't followed her career, her presence, than absence, than altered presence, has lead to a certain representation of her plight in our head.

So in a 15 second joke about Tricia takanawa, the show addresses the plight of foreign born immigrant's. The "blackie" weather report with Ollie Williams is more obvious about this move. It acknowledges our shared stereotype of the "angry" black man (or perhaps, our collective acknowledgment that many blacks in america have good reason to be angry) and then shows the paradox of making him the weather man, delivering the news about the effect of god, rather than man. President Bush can fuck a life up, but can be held accountable. Nobody can blame the weather. So let's take away his power for righteous indignation by letting him discuss only that which nobody can be blamed for.


None of this mentions the shows keen sense of the abuse of tone that is inherent in our media culture. The news goes from murder to squirell snowboarder. Our sitcoms warn us of child molestation.

D said...

One things the family guy fans have to admit....is the new season that's been airing since Feb. 2006 is sucking REALLY BAD!!!!!.....and I'm one of those guys that's been watching the old Family Guy episodes on Adult Swim every night for the past 3 years, so you can't call me a hater. I know when a show has jumped the shark, and it wouldn't surprise me if Family Guy is buried again after another season or two if things don't shape up around there. The episode I saw last night, (Brian's gay cousin wants to marry in the Griffin house, but Adam West tries to outlaw gay marriage to drag attention away from the fact that he spent the city's entire budget on a gold statue of Dig 'em, the Smacks cereal mascot.), was god-awful to say the least....not to mention it was so forgetful that I had to think for a minute of what it actually was about. I think it's sad that the new Family Guy is possibly the highest rated show on TV right now...*loses another shred of respect for the general public*....I guess it's all some people got for the cable-less masses.

Michael St. John said...

Trey Parker and his sidekick Matt Stone have been listening to the adoration of their fans for too long. I honestly feel they think their on some kind of sacred mission to save American pop culture from itself. "South Park" is a funny show, but I think they have an over-inflated view of its impact in the scheme of things. That's one great thing about "The Family Guy." It's not trying to be anything but a funny show.

I think Trey & Matt's crusade against "The Family Guy" is nothing more than a pathetic ego defense. And my chief criticism of "South Park" can be summarized by quoting "Calvin & Hobbes": "Provoking a reaction isn't the same thing as saying something meaningful." Shock value, which "South Park" relies so heavily upon, is a very cheap ploy.

P.S. Whoever is posting anti-Semitic comments NEEDS TO GET A LIFE. If you're going to be a bigot, at least try to be creative. Making some dumbfuck reference to the Holocaust is worse than sad.

Anonymous said...

family guy is so fucking gay because they always go oh remeber when this happened they do that every fucking second all my friends say did you watch family guy?

Anonymous said...

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU, I MEAN I RESPECT HONEST OPINION AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND ALL THAT, BUT THAT WAS JUST FUCKING STUPID, I MEAN GODDAMMIT YOU HAVE FUCKING MENTAL PROBLEMS, SETH MCFARLANE HAS A VERY HIGH TALENTED VOCAL, AND IF YOUR SO FUCKING GOOD THEN WHY THE HELL AREN'T YOU IN A FAMOUS MULTI MILLION DOLLAR SHOE HUH YOU FUCKING COCK SUCKER.

sencirely, Seth Mcfarlane

Ophelia said...

Interesting...I appreciate the ideology of South Park, but I am almost completely against the ideology of Calvin and Hobbes. (I would say that Bill Watterson is a stark-raving ideologist who's only satisfied if he achieves his anti-commercialist utopia, but that's another subject, and I agree with some of Watterson's views.) Personally, if anything, it's Seth MacFarlane whose ego is too inflated. In the blog that links to this one (or some other one I found but can't find anymore), there are firsthand accounts from animators and character designers working on the show who complain that MacFarlane is being too pushy and picky about his show, that it has to be exactly as he imagines it, or off to the cutting room floor.

Parker and Stone probably made "Cartoon Wars" because they've reached their breaking point with the success of Family Guy. Family Guy and South Park are approached completely different in terms of story writing, so it's reasonable to see a deep conflict between the two shows. I'll except FG to extensively lampoon SP in the near future. Knowing them, they'll probably just non-sequitur it instead of making a real satire. I'm actually surprised no one has mentioned "Cartoon Wars" here yet.

Family Guy and American Dad only keep the myth alive that television is an intelligence-sucking activity. All the efforts of The Simpsons has failed. I'm talking about its entire history: Bring up the episode "Bart vs. Australia," and you're far more likely to encounter a quote of Homer calling Uruguay "U-R-Gay" than someone to comment about the episode's messages of cultural tolerance and ecological fragility, two traits of "the ugly American."

It's pretty plain: Americans don't like to think. That's why an intellectually stagnant show like Family Guy can continue to get great ratings well past its prime while a show that's truly deep, Futurama, is shoved aside. Or maybe it's because the show is too liberal for Rupert Murdoch and his cronies.

I wouldn't be surprised one bit if someone is going to attack my thoughts, something like "omg go back 2 nerdville ur gay." If it does, then this just proves me right: Americans don't like to think. (Unless it's from someone living outside America, which is unlikely, since FG doesn't lend itself well to internationalization.) It's a sad point in time we live in when anti-intellectualism is waved high with pride.

Anonymous said...

for all the idiots that say FG sucks, FYI u dont have to watch it

also u talk about how it rips off other shows, just wondering why are u watching the episodes if u hate it so much

Anonymous said...

It is amazing how eloquently bashing something from our era(all trash anyway...but i love it) can rally people together as if a Hitler speech! Please list for me 10 ANYTHING media that is not trash of our era...and give an explanation...becasue you probably can't! Don't waste time bashing just one show.

Anonymous said...

family guys the shit everything else sucks. family guy came up with the flashbacks which are funny as hell.other shows say something happened but dont show it. how old is u 40?

Anonymous said...

The guy above me is a fucking faggot.

Anonymous said...

I completely agree. family guy is a lame show. pop-cult references do not make a joke. there needs to be an angle, some kind of bite. the show is flat and seems to avoid developing any interesting ideas.

Anonymous said...

nice to know some people here can take a valid debate of opinion, and counter with stupid "jew" and "fag" comments. The auther points valid arugments, and those of you who stoop to names are just arrogant. Your lack of intelligence and respect is athunderous, and it is clear you have no debate skills.

Anonymous said...

Bravo old boy! Your riposte was splendiferous!
On a serious note, I don't like when FG T-balls all their jokes by setting them up as flashbacks-if I guess what is going to happen in the next skit, its not funny, say sorry.

Anonymous said...

How amusing...you actually took the time to write a big hate rant when you knew that thousands of family guy fans would be at your throat. And how comical...I actually took the time to comment on this pointless dribble.

Anonymous said...

You think too much...

Anonymous said...

I think you have many points but think - Why watch it? If you dont like something, dont watch it. It's very simple. Of coarse Family Guy has flaws. Then again, so does 'South Park' and so does Simpsons and every other TV show. Saying "people who like this are 'name'" are stupid themselevs and have no intelligance. They cannot comprehend the fact that people like something they do not. We all have to have tolerance for something someone else watches.

Anonymous said...

I think your entry is spot-on correct. I agree with pretty much every point. It is gratifying to see that I am not the only one.

StrangerAtaru said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Finally, not only is someone able to say why they hate Family Guy, but explain themselves as well. I tried to watch the show twice...two times too many. None of the jokes were funny outside one or two, I hate Stewie and all the other characters, the cut-aways are pointless and not funny, etc., etc. I am sick and tired of hearing about everyone saying its the greatest show or such...oh, and also, good props for Futurama...now I wish that wasn't cancelled.

Anonymous said...

FAMILY GUY DOES SUCK.

Anonymous said...

Hello,

Although I completely respect your opinion (You have done a great job of defining it in this article) I do however disagree with you because I personally love the show, The jokes may not be orignial but I still find them hilarious everytime.

I do ask one question for those on this forum who have posted and agreed with you "How did you come across a Family Guy Blog if you don't like the show?" Just a thought I had :)

Take Care
Jesse J Burton

Halko said...

Hello and i do agree family guy can be pretty stupid but i dont watch a lot of it so i wouldnt know for sure but i must say FUTURAMA is the best show ever even better then family guy and all other shows

Anonymous said...

Great post. I pity the sheep that watch FG. Almost all of them complain that it's gotten terrible(though in reality it sucked from the get-go), yet they keep watching in hopes that the next episode won't suck. LOL at Family Guy fans.

Logan said...

Wow, you really changed my mind about this show. I used to be addicted to it, but ever since reading this article, I just don't enjoy it anymore. I feel like you've really done us all a favor - my tastes in comedy have matured because of this blog post as I'm sure have tens of thousands of your other readers. I really do appreciate writers like you who make a difference in people's lives on the issues that really define who we are as Americans. Thank you and God Bless America.

Anonymous said...

who wastes their time analizing every little imperfection about the show? A LOSER LiKE U...LOSER!

Anonymous said...

It's simple. If you don't like it, you don't watch. But to have all these opinions (that is what they are) about a show you hate means that you've spent a lot of time watching it, analyzing it. So, we're the pathetic ones who like the show, but you spend your spare time watching something you don't like?
Figure that out.
I don't like South Park. I don't watch it. I certainly don't sit around watching it, making fun of all the "idiots" who are also watching it at the same time.
So, while everyone is applauding this person for his supposed brilliance, let's take a moment to think about how pathetic the writer truly is.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you 100%. Family Guy is garbage. I'll admit that it has a good joke every now-and-then but it's so painful to watch it try (and fail) over-and-over again in between. "Remember that time..."

Also, I've always been bothered by the notion of having a talking baby and a talking dog. And no one can hear the baby, except the dog- who everyone can hear? I love cartoon logic but... what?

ViVa La RANTer said...

I love you for this. I really do. I love futurama, and I hope it comes back soon, like this crappy show did.

Anonymous said...

first to the idiot who said futurama is coming back, its been axed never coming back (it was pretty lame anyway only got like one laugh out the whole show)to the main post this is exaclty why i like famiy guy, it is made to anouy people like you(up yourself people) because the producers dont care what anybody thinks they dont care if they take the joke for too long they do it because they think its funny and maybe the audience does too.and charaters stewie is a character he is not ripped off from pinky and the brain thats a childrens cartoon, what ever it is its funny, and family guy isnt mainstreem humor it has other stuff in it that u wouldnt get from anything else. You want to find family guy funny? then simply stop caring, stop analyzing the show that much and enjoy tv, then it would be hialarious to you and im sure you will enjoy life much more.

Anonymous said...

Yeah Family Guy sucks! I mean come on, I never ever seen more booooooooring characters, and what's so funny about that Stewie anyway?? Kill him and monotone-Cleveland off (oh and Chris who makes my ears bleed) and the show might be watchable fr a few minutes. Also, how about an actual plot? Family Guy is all random and one of the worst things ever. And not only TV-show.
It's the worst.

Anonymous said...

You must not have actually watched the show. It's probably the best show that Cartoon Network's got right now!

Anonymous said...

YOU SUCK!! And everybody who agrees with you SUCKS!! FAMILY GUY FOREVER!

Geoff Ford said...

It's funny I just started reading Jimmy Corrigan. Anyway if Jimmy was written in 1996, I'm not sure but I think that Family guy was created in college by Seth and I'm pretty sure that it was before Jimmy Corrigan. And The Brain? Come on the spin off show was the same crap over and over again. And the Brain was voiced after Orson Welles. Unicron. I mean you are ranting about it not being innovated and making it personal by saying the voice acting sucks. I mean you are an idiot. anyway have a good day.

Toxic said...

You sir, are a god and nothing less. Ive felt the exactly same way about family guy and people always say "whats wrong with you, your crazy" so finaly i googled familguy sucks and BAM your blog pops up. Thankyou for saying all the things I've had inside my head for so long.

Anonymous said...

Get a life, you don't like? Don't watch it and shut up!

Anonymous said...

Family Guy has to be the worst and most unfunny shows ever to be shown on TV. Good call's there.

Anonymous said...

I think most of you guys are looking into the show way too much. Sure, alot of unintellegent people watch the show to see Peter fall down and Quagmire make a sex joke, but it is full of intellectually rich humor as well. However, this humor is very very dry and sometimes unnoticeable unless you are paying close attention.

It is actually very simillar to Monty Python's in many way. You can take it for some of the cheap jokes, or for some of the suttle intellectual jokes as well. It all depends on perspective. An example I can think of off of the top my head would be in "Breaking Out Is Hard To Do" where Peter discusses "doing the thing [Lois] used to do every Thurday night", and he is stanging in the room trying to bend over and then falls down the stairs. Alot... probably most people would laugh at the fact he fell down the stairs, and the other group would go, "oh its a sex joke... ok"

Not to say it is high class humor, but it is a perfect example of how people can view humor. Alot of the South Park fans will go on about how the show is so current, and the jokes are better. Seth Green was exactly right when he mentioned the fact that South Park has a one week turnaround. This means if something happened on friday, next friday they can make a joke about it. A show like Family Guy (and most other cartoons) have a much longer turnaround time, so by the time it would have come out, the current event joke would be... not so current.

Sure there are alot of "old timer jokes", but from the begining the people behind Family Guy have stated that was ment for adults... hence the reason you are more likely to find adults watching Family Guy and not most other cartoons.

ALSO, everyone complains that the gags have gotten old... this may be true, but it also been defined as their style. The joke is not in the fact that it is a flash back, but what the flashback is about. Although, I do agree they use way too many of these in this last season especially.

Apperently Eric Cartman calling Kyle a "stupid jew" is not repetitive whatsoever.

Don't look so deeply into CARTOON SHOWS. If you like them, watch them. If you don't... then don't watch them. Putting someone down for liking a show is ignorant.


I bet most of you don't realize that Trey and Matt are Republicans.


Oh and another thing, if the show is so god-awful and Americans know nothing about telivision and quality then why is it such a big show, and why is South Park such a big show? Most people who watch one show, watch the other. To call all viwers of one show stupid or whatever it may be, you are most likely isnulting people who enjoy the same shows as you do.

Once again, do not look so deeply into a cartoon.


Oh yea, and American Dad is not that great.... not great at all...

Look at some of the television "greats" like The Flintstones and The Jetsons... it is almost like they just recycled the same thing over and over.

Tom said...

Amen

Tom said...

You seen the simpsons episode where homers looking at a book of crimes and sees peter Griffen under Plagerysm.

Anonymous said...

Comparing Family guy to a classic like monty python is Insaane

gd said...

Great Article... South Park rules, waaaaay more edgy, risky, etc. Family Guy is torture to watch since it was seems to be written for kids so DUMB, JEEEZ! Takes no risks, only easy shots at satire... no WAY you could consider it satirical

Anonymous said...

FAMILY GUY ROCKS!!!

Anonymous said...

I AGREE WITH THAT DUDE!!!

Anonymous said...

I AGREE WITH BOTH OR THOSE GUYS!!!

Anonymous said...

I MEAN OF!!!

Anonymous said...

ITS THE SAME GUY IF YOU HAVEN"T NOTICED!!!

Anonymous said...

Everything is repetition in some respect. It's almost impossible to come up with something new, just contexts that change.
For example, the flintstones were a rip-off of The Honeymooners.
That being said, not every cartoon needs to be edgy risque. Sometimes it's nice to have a cartoon that is comical and satirical, yet brushes the edge delicately for the adults.
Then you have the others, like South Park which push the envelope.

It was interesting reading the comments here, and the article... makes me realize just why I watch these cartoons. Because no one else "gets it".

Family GuY Rox My SOX!!!!! said...

Family Guy Fucking Rox and you guys need to suck dick cause Family Guy is the best show and this blog is so gay that when i get older i will personally come over and kick you stupid Faggoty asses myself Bitches!!! Oh and Finally if you hate family guy why talk about it!!!!! ASSHOLES you PUNK ASS MOTHERFUCKERS!!!!

Anonymous said...

Personly i think that the first three sessons of Family Guy were briliant. There had been much more effort in writing a plot, and the refferences didn't dominate the whole episode as they do in the newest episodes.

You say that the show dosen't challenge you, because it does not provoke you in the same way that South
Park does. But still you say that Futurama is superior? I'm not saying Futurama isn't a great show, but it certainly does not provoke. Family Guy was never mend to do so either, but just be intertaining.

In a way i agree with you, because after the show went back on it became crap, but it defantly had its
moments in the first three sesons. For example when Brian gets adicted to cokain, Peter becomes Death and the family guy chrismas special where we get introduced to the show "KISS saves chrismas".

However i respect your opinions.

Anonymous said...

don't think about it so much
you just need ta lay back and have a good time
If you stop thinking so highly of yourself
maybe u could just enjoy everything more

love ya...

Anonymous said...

Im not going to try to argue, but all of this article is pointless. If people like Family Guy, They are going to like Family, If they like South Park, they like South Park. This article of steriotyping and Myths about Family Guy only make the ones who like it, like it better, and hate South Park more, and the same the opposite, some people even like both. This Article is completely pointless.

Anonymous said...

I fucking love FAMILY GUY and not only that but I want to fuck Seth Mcfarlane he is sooo hottttt!!!! He is fucking talented as hell, he makes all his voices unique and I never even knew it was him doing all of those voices. He is amazing as hell and so is the CAST. You are just a jealous stupid fuck and yes I am wasting my time writing on this thing but you know what it is because I love SETH and FAMILY GUY!!! OH and Seths real voice is to die for...yummmmmmmmmm

Anonymous said...

Just to say I am with you on EVERY point. How can someone say that continous sex jokes are funny? it just really rong. Good work .

Anonymous said...

I was here before saying how this thread was completely pointless, something you said really pissed me off. "The animation was probably the worst of any animated sitcom ever" Dude, the animation is great moron, South Park is better at animation? psshht, Its fucking started with cardboard paper fucktard.

Anonymous said...

who the hell did this website, there are no dates on the comments from other users. And what a joke someone cleverly put 10 simple quips about how they hate family guy... get a job. Manamana

Anonymous said...

Wow. For someone who hates FG they sure know a hell of a lot about it. Here's an idea: Pick up that crude device called the remote, change the channel, and leave the show to the true fans like myself.

Anonymous said...

Um. Dude, I think YOU are the pathetic one. You spent all that time thinking up reasons that the show sucks.. the fact that the show is so popular and has everyone I know in stitches whenever they watch it means that you are WRONG! and i don't get that ALL of the references are actually rerference until a friend points it out later. and i STILL think they're hilarious. and your
'something old, nothing new' comment is even dumber than you claim the show to be. haven't you ever heard of a basic principle called mimesis? creative reptitions of popular culture and imitation etc. it's called mimesis, fucker. it's something you cannot avoid. don't you know the basic aristotilean principle of mimesis that governs all spheres of western art?

Anonymous said...

god, do you have to take everything at face value? dig a little deeper. the humor in family guy is dry, sarcastic, penetrating and intelligent. but then again i guess stupid people like you don't get the underlying humor. how DUMB are you? dumber than the show and that's a fact..let me see YOU doing something as successful. you're just a washed up imposter, man. and seth mcfarlane is anything but monotone..he is incredibly talented and even won an award for his voice talents. you asshole

Anonymous said...

you are too serious.family guy is great if u have a sense of humour!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, everything the original poster ever said is nullified by the fact that he compares it to South Park. South Park is by far the shittiest most unfunny horribly animated horrible voice acted shit shows out there. I can't believe you called Seth MacFarlane a bad voice actor when comparing to the lame ass same in every god damn episode shit filth that are the creators of south park. South Park blows. Nuff said.

Anonymous said...

I find both South Park and Family Guy to be dull. I have tried watching both only because they have become so popular amongst my peers. I have laughed at some of SP's political jabs, but found the show to be tasteless overall. I do, however, understand why people like it. I also understand why people like The Family Guy... Generation X is easily amused! That's all there is to it. I recently got rid of my TV. I just couldn't take it anymore. Reality shows, tasteless animated programming, and just plain awful sitcoms. The only non-cable show worth watching, in my opinion, was recently axed by the same network running FG, American Idol, and that "show" with Michael Rappaport... that show of course was Arrested Development. I guess the main beef I have with Family Guy is the audience watching it. I assume it was originally aimed at 18-25 year olds... which is fine. When I was in college I made poor decisions too! Unfortunately, and I'm sure SP has targeted the same, many pre-teens are watching this garbage now. At least SP airs on cable where it might be a tad bit harder for youngens to watch. When I was 12 I was watching Ducktales and Tailspin. Shows that I enjoyed because they were silly and didn't rely on pop-culture references ad nauseum and weren't just flat out vulgar! They were cartoons!They were for kids!It's so sad to see what has happened and IS happening to the people who will some day be taking care of us.
In summation, I do not find Family Guy OR South Park funny...which is why I'm sure the shows will continue to flourish!

Ditch your TV's!

Thanks for your time

Anonymous said...

I Wanna bang Seth Macfarlance! This is coming from a feminist, but jesus fuck he is damn hot! I orgasm over his voice!

Anonymous said...

Check this out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skSWCvwn7q0

Anonymous said...

This kid is a fucking loser

Wow, everything the original poster ever said is nullified by the fact that he compares it to South Park. South Park is by far the shittiest most unfunny horribly animated horrible voice acted shit shows out there. I can't believe you called Seth MacFarlane a bad voice actor when comparing to the lame ass same in every god damn episode shit filth that are the creators of south park. South Park blows. Nuff said.

Anonymous said...

Family guy truly is a piece of shit, ok it was funny in the early years but now its gone so far down the tubes, South park is genius it relates current events to events in south park. While FG just does flash backs every 8 seconds. If u sit and watch the show their might b a good 6 minutes of actual story the rest is"This is almost as bad as...." and usually its totally random and pointless
SP hit it right on the noise with the cartoon wars the manatees picking the random words no i no its stupid but totally true. FG sucks and it should be cancelled along with the simpsons (bring back futurama)

Anonymous said...

Haha, who the hell writes a long rant on an animated cartoon?

Seriously kiddo. Go get laid.

Anonymous said...

In the amount of time I laugh

Family Guy = A
Simpsons = D-
South Park = F

Take that what you will I don't turn on tv to have a crappy msg shoved down my throat or someone bashing religions and cursing every second

honestly when i watch a comdey I like to laugh not sit there being mildly entertained Family Guy is the only show that makes me actually Laugh out loud no other show can say the same

Anonymous said...

FG fans have very short attention spans hence my friends cracking up at classics such as 'peter grabs leg for hour' or 'peter fights chicken'. The constant flashbacks make me want to kill myself and have always been annoying. To the above poster, I have never LOL'ed at the show no matter how dumb it is and you are truly simple for doing so. The comedy is an excruciating series of sight gags, one liners, cut aways, pointless drawn out speeches, and pop-culture references blasted towards you at a nauseating rate. Anything meaningful on the show is hopelessly 2-D and fails to make a point. FG fans are even worse than defensive, screaming 12 year old halo fanboys. Get a life.

Anonymous said...

that guy is right and south park honestly made me lol more family guy is garbage and its fans are retarded cuntfaces who i have to put up with every day oh did you see last night episode it was soooo funny no it wasnt it made me barf mentally inside my head because of how stupid it is

Anonymous said...

I totally did a Family Guy Sucks google search and somehow found this. I know this article is old. I know chances are you won't get to read this anyway. But what the hell - you are correct. I am not going to go into detail about why you are right, but you are. HOWEVER, I did like the first run of Family Guy before it went to Adult Swim and whatnot. It actually tried to tell a story and whatnot, but this new season lacks a soul. I actually watched a few episodes and realized that in the span of one episode, every minute a joke that has nothing to do with the plot comes up. Once a minute. It's goddamn ridiculous.

Joe Jennings said...

It never fails to amaze me when people focus such energy and thought into something they dislike, solely because it's popular. Simply put, get over it. Shows you used to enjoy may or may not have been good. I'll agree with you, Duckman was a decent show. However, peoples tastes change, and when it comes down to it, this is just a matter of taste and opinion. Which is what annoys me, personally. I'm sick of miserable people trying to enforce their opinions on others. So instead I'll just pick apart yours, as you've clearly already decided mine (as a fan of Family Guy) to be that of an unintelligable college student.


In you're own rant you've made reference to pop culture (the adult/child in me commercial). This is something that's very common in life, and essentially is unavoidable. The only merit to your argument is that they do rely on this far too often. There is innovation though, in finding unique ways to introduce a culture reference, rather than just saying "Remember When?" although not every time can be a success. Also, it's humor which can be found more often in every day life. Where dick and fart jokes are socially ignorant, to make a crack about something people can relate to is quite acceptable, and I'm sure you're guilty of raising a smile after one or two.

I'm just not sure how informed you are. Some of your statements seem to be loosely based on fact. The overuse of bits, for one. Yet you (possibly intentionally) ignore character development increasingly shown in themes of the show. Stewie's sexuality is a decent example, though somewhat ambiguous. Additionally, pop culture jokes on the show are almost never an exact reference. For instance, I don't believe in the old Reese's commercials there was a Cop who shot the peanut-butter and chocolate holders after a horrific car accident, and I'm pretty sure Howie Mandell didn't die after one of his bits blowing up condoms with his nose.

What I mean to say is that hatred is not the opposite of love. A much healthier position to take, if you dislike the show, would be indifference. As I'd said before: Get over it. Humor is ever-evolving, and unfortunately it's merit is only opinion, where a more accurate judge would sadly be popular opinion, and I think you're far outnumbered. I'm sorry you haven't adapted to what we youngin's seem to think is funny. I mean, I hate a good majority of pop singers today, but it'd be foolish to pick apart why and try to inflict that on others. Simply put, it just isn't my taste. In that sense, I am not adapting there. (Though there's hope yet with projects like Outkast and Gnarls Barkley.. maybe pop hip-hop will finally be pushed to be innovative. Maybe you'll live to see the changes you want to see in that of popular humor).

Anonymous said...

I think it is very funny. A sense of humor is just that -- a "sense". Varies from person to person. I for one found "Seinfeld" to be mostly tedious and repetitive yet millions of viewers lapped it up year in and year out.

I loved "NewsRadio" even though most of America ignored it.

Tom Arnold's sitcom "The Jackie Thomas Show" was actually very smart and funny but it was panned by the critics and the public largely because of the then-in-style bashing of Tom Arnold (who actually had a relatively small part in the show).

You hate "Family Guy"? Fine. Okay by me. Just change the freakin' channel and go watch whatever you want. But if it weren't for fringe shows like "Family Guy" and the oddball sense of humor it caters to, then there wouldn't be "Futurama" or most other shows that you DO like. All of these shows have to exist in some form or another in order for ANY of them to exist.

Think about it.

Grizwold said...

Looks like alot of South Park fans here. I enjoy both shows..both are different in their own right, but lets make one thing clear...every show known to man has copy something from another show, that's just common sense.

Anonymous said...

With regard to your comment about Family Guy looking stupid a few decades from now (due to its' 80's references no longer being recognized); Putting aside the fact that it is VERY rare that comedy is timeless, as a younger viewer I do not recognize many of the references the show makes (beyond seeing that they probably ARE references to something). Nonetheless the use of these references is well measured and carefully planned, so that they in no context other than that of the show are still humorous. With regard to Stewie being a rip of the Brain, I found the Brain to be a fairly bland personality, just another kniving "evil scientist" type, but assuming Stewie is based on him, the combination of the Brain's characteristics with some of Stewie's sexual ambiguities, and the non "evil scientist" parts of his character create a much more enjoyable result.

Other than that, yes it's unoriginal, yes it's more of the same all the time, but it works.

Anonymous said...

i do watch family guy once in a while. i do think some of it is hilarious. but some things are so untasteful i cant believe. i find that i am offended by alot of the diologue, but i still find a funny moment in each episode ive seen. thanx for ur perspective.

Anonymous said...

all u guys suck except the guys who like family guy.family guy is one of the best shows ever and if u dont realise that then u are retarded.i mean come on ,the the so went so far to impress the fans the got taken of the air , but fox came to there senses and brought it back .TWICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, if you don't get the jokes Family guy makes then you seriosuly need to get bent.

Anonymous said...

anyone who hates a person for liking a show is a moron (or whatever stupid name they have thrown at the viewer)

who is it really up to if i choose to sit relax and laugh at what is in my opinion: a good show

if u hate it, u hate it but honestly no one cares, find something better to do than just bitch- release your own cartoon that you consider perfect (?)

The Only Alvani said...

Family Guy makes me laugh. Out loud. frequently. Why? I haven't got a fucking clue. And that, my embittered friends, is it's crowning glory.

Anonymous said...

before i read this i was a family guy fan, but now i cant stand the programme. also the fact that south park creators hate it only fueled my feeling towards the show. also anyone reading this cud u check out a little flash me and my mate did its,

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/319000

Anonymous said...

Your point about Stewie being a "double ripoff" hardly makes sense. With how much has been on TV, pretty much everything has been done. What you have said is that Stewie is unoriginal because he is a combination of things from separate items from the past. Was the writer to say: "No, I can't make an evil infant, because evil has been done and infant has been done"?

Also you said Family Guy is the worst drawn animation. Not ture if you look at Sotuh Park. Just to be predantic here.

You also pretty much stated that you wrote this to piss people off...prick.

btw...im not pissed i just like my opinion to be heard

Per Sindre Larsen said...

He is right. Family Guy SUCKS! The characters are so dull and non-charming that you want to become an animated character yourself, just to be able to murder them all. What was so great with Simpsons for example is that the jokes were based around real issues and problems, that you care about. You got involved and it made everything more alive. In this show there's NOTHING of value.

Anonymous said...

Family guy is sorta cliche but like someone else said earlier "just relax and watch the show" dont get to in depth with it cause then it will just piss you off that they flashback every 5 seconds,


P.S. STOP CALLING IT FG. I HATE ACRONYMS. JESUS CHRIST CALL IT FAMILY GUY.....OR IN YOUR TERMS


JC CALL IT FG

Anonymous said...

I just think that family guy "breaks down" a lot of things, not to be funny but to make it seem stupid and then somehow becomes funny. like in that episode where stewie is talkin to brian about the book hes been working on or whatever.

Anonymous said...

I don't see why the show tickles people from seeing something they remember from the eighties and glad someone remembers it to, because the show is mostly watched by teenage boys...idk it's all f***ed up man..it's all f***ed up.

Anonymous said...

did anyone really think the "movie" Stewie Griffin the untold story was actually any different from the show? i didnt much think so, it was just a longer uncut version of the show and it really won't all that good to me. why was it uncut anyway? i mean, it didnt even have anything to make anyone want it to be any different edited or uncut, peter only said fuck once, that chris's wife bitch was the only one who cussed really and that wont that entertaining cause i wanted the main characters to do it, who the hell was this chick?

Anonymous said...

hmm...what is comedy anyway? just because its from wherever or they copied whom ever doesn't matter as long as you think it's funny, i personally don't like the show because i know what it does and how it doesnt really require any skill but some parts in the show are funny no matter whatever you'd like to say it came from or whatever, it may just be Seth's comedy style, i mean you gotta admit that the honeymooners spoof was funny, hamuna hamuna hamuna POW RIGHT IN THE KISSA! POW RIGHT IN THE KISSA! POW RIGHT IN THE KISSA!

Anonymous said...

people act like they get surprized when shows start going in the gutter, i mean its the way it goes, you think they're gonna have ideas all the time or something? shit gets old too, and i know this has nothing to do with family guy but why are the new spongebobs all...funky? the guy who voices spongebob has like changed his voice and he sounds like he cant do the high pitch thing as well or something. =PP

Anonymous said...

Ugh, I just came across this, and even thought I know that I will never see it again, I will post my opinion. What you have put, is YOUR opinion. It's obvious that Family Guy is quite funny otherwise, it would not be the huge success it is. You probably just have a shitty humor so you do things like this because you have no life sitting down in your moms basement.

n00bsaibot said...

family guy doesn't care about black people

Anonymous said...

i agree with you 100% family guy sucks the big one and seth mac needs to die in real life so we can all forget it ever existed.

Anonymous said...

I disagree with this rant %100

We are all entilted to our own opinion, you have yours, I have mine, and they couldn't be more different.

So, with that said, its nothing to get heated over. You have your views, which are anti-Family Guy, and me, I absolutely LOVE the show.

It just means different things appeal to us, so, again, nothing to get heated over.

Anonymous said...

Have you also notice that they keep saying


"Remember the time"


"Just like the last time"



Lois: "Peter don't do it you know what happened the last time"



It's always about the flashbacks.


HA even in South Park they made fun of Family Guy.

Anonymous said...

so you like south park good for you! I like family guy it makes me laugh! thats what it was created for right!,the guy who wrote 10 things why i hate family guy list makes a couple of things painfully obvious though
1. He is extremeley jealous of Seth macfarlene's success and probably wishes he could have come up with such a good show
2. masterbating makes you go blind kids

Anonymous said...

You absolutley nailed this. Thank you. I used to try to explin to my friends why Family Guy is for morons, but I eventually gave up.

Anonymous said...

This used to be a close debate but no longer.

South Park reinvented itself around Season 7 (they switched from the predictable Kenny always dies plot to new plots that typically rotate the characters & storylines).

Family Guy is not as funny after watching the SP deconstruction of the entire show. Anyone can put random ideas together week after week

Anonymous said...

Simpsons, Family Guy, and South Park are all funny at some times, but the difference is that Simpsons is written for and enjoyed by mainly the smart crowd, South Park is written for the smart crowd but enjoyed by both the smart and the stupid, and Family Guy is created pretty-much for the stupid crowd alone.

T.J. said...

OK!!!!! FIRST OFF!!!! FAMILY GUY IS GOD, I ALMOST PISS MY PANTS WHEN EVER I SEE A NEW EPISODE!!! AND THIS GOES FOR EVERYONE WETHER U LIKE THE SHOW OR NOT....IT IS COMEDY PEOPLE, ENJOY IT OR DONT,I DONT CARE. BUT IF U PICK APART ANYSHOW IT MAKES IT NOT SO FUNNY. IF U DONT LIKE IT THEN U NEED TO LIGHTEN UP AND GET THAT STICK OUT OF YOUR ASS AND STOP BEING OVER OPINONATED!!!!

cal-lib said...

I'm amazed and relieved that I'm not the only person that hates Family Guy. I liked the first few seasons when it was on originally, but Futurama was SO MUCH BETTER...

Family Guy is just the simpsons with one tenth the humor and ten times the violence... it's forced the simpsons to push to TV 14 too, which sucks. I'm tired of these constant sexual jokes in place of plot. WHY DOES EVERYONE ELSE LOVE FAMILY GUY?

Hillarie said...

How about you get a life quit complaining about stuff that know one cares about, no one cares about your opinions, you just wasting your energy. So get off your Mac computer, turn off Star Trek and get outside and get some sun.

Anonymous said...

You idiots google "Family Guy sucks" to start bullshit arguments you can't defend? Tasteless retards.

SUMMER VACATION FOR THE AMERICANS!

jeremy the king said...

look dude the fact u had enough time on your hands to write this much is pathetic u hav eno sens of humor or anyhting really the simpsons will go down in history king of the hill should have never happend it was just taking anderson from beavis giveing him more hair and changing the show yes mike judge has great voice acting but seirosus souh park was good at one point it got old even shef found it well we all know wut he found it like u wanna talk recycled jokes all southpark lets kill the same guy over and over and over and over and poeple love fmaily guy reminds u of child hood stupidy over and over and its wrong southpark lets make fun of blacks and jews and jesus and thats entertaining the simpsons is the best but almost all of trey and matts voice do not soun dmuch differnt to me or any other human if seth is do bad unlike southpark who makes fake actors why do real poeple do the voice acting for family guy jay leno football players and more why do they have ms swan seth green and mila an many others look u read too much into it u dont like it dont fucking watch it pretty simple ur just some fag who had nothing better to do but over anyalaze some shit to get bad insulting repsones they show must not be bad if it got pulled from the air three times for being too raunchy wich is fuuny but the brought it back cuz its a hit its known everywhere as southpark dies on tv now noone watches it anymore and when i do im not enertained get a sense of humor or go tell some one who cares hey bitch heres ur cycled joke u gotta quater i hope so so u can call some who fucking cares dont fucking watch it then there i hope u got the angry internet thoughts u were looking for go fuck ur mom or do somthing usefull

Furnock said...

It is time to hear from that younger audience you keep saying likes it.

Well they do, we like the constant gags, and because we are still told about shows from the 80's we "get" (in other words, finds it funny) the joke because we know what the shows were like and love to see them "ripped off".

A bad use was for instance the Dharma & Greg reference where Dharma got onto a couch and said she was being independent. That was the lamest thing I have ever seen, everyone in my class agreed and so did my english teacher. But when they rip off shows such as that 70's show and other old fashioned ones it is really funny. To us younger audience.

Not only is this article out-dated so are the episodes, season 1 had very bad animation but was funny, season 2 was good but they did lose it a bit in season three, now they have another two seasons and a really funny movie.

The long lasting pain scenes are really, really funny, since your old they might not be to you, but they are to the younger audience. This show is aimed at teenagers and middle-aged people. Teenagers find anything like Family Guy funny, middle aged are ment to find the pop-culture refernces funny.

I think all I really had to say was, who cares if you don't like it, more people find it funny and like it then those who don't.

So since a majority like it then it has to be good, the people who don't like it are entilted to an opion its just that after people read it and make their comments it will be ignored and no-one will really care.

Furnock said...

May I also remind you Family outlines the flaws in American society and the sterotypes the Americans actually use.

A stereotype of the average american is fat and lazy and watches the tv and sits on the couch. In most episodes it starts at the couch... and ends at the couch. Peter is horrifically stupid and very, very lazy not to mention drinks up the beer.

And it uses sterotypes such as how all Americans think jews are good accountants and all black people talk slow (hint hint to clevlend).

It is their for humor, for pop-culture references and to remind us of how stupid most of you Americans are (or at least we think you are)... not to mention your President doesn't help you look smarter.

It also shows the average American family and has the presonality trait to match.

Peter = Average husband, stupid,lazy and likes to hang-out with freinds and go to the pub

Louis = Average house wife, cooks cleans gets invovled with the childrens problems

Chris = Son, Modern youth, fat, lazy, short attention spans, and incredably stupid

Meg = Daughter, lame, low self-esteem, thinks she is fat, doesn't enjoy life, is taken in by TV ad's that are what makes girls hate their appearence so much.

Stewie = They use Stewie as a huge amount of comic releif, (he makes something funny) he is mainly for comedy but also shows everyone is smart, it is just how they are brought up that makes them stupid

Brain = He's the sage kinda person. He is street smart with average intellegence, what some-one should be. He can also be humours from time to time. This is also funny showing the average person as a dog and the humans as the stupid ones.

Quagmire is obviosly just their for the jokes that would make alot of ppl laugh... and may I say, someone who watches FG just to study would of course hate it, to study it proporly you have to watch the same episode a minimum of two times and anything you watch again and again gets boring. That's why people like you who submit posts like this usually only began to hate it after they watched the episode a second time and stopped it to "study" that scene some more. You are not ment to do that with this show, watch it, laugh at it... watch the other and do the same.

The smarter you are the more you will get the jokes and the more you will see into what the show does.

Thank-you

Anonymous said...

I used to love Family Guy (the episodes BEFORE it went off the air) when it came back though..it got boring and redundant.

Anonymous said...

You guys are crazy family guy rocks it is just sometimes its pretty stupid or rocks just accept that and stop arguing its starts in 5 minuites whos with me!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

totaly agree, family guy is one of the worst shows iv ever seen. iv watched maybe a full season worth of episodes and do not remember an original moment. on top of that ther just not funny. i also strongly agree that family guy's reference to pop culture automaticly makes the joke "funny". it angers me how i also notice that most family guy fans are between teh ages of 10-15, too young to even recognize some of the jokes mentioned. and yet they still find the show hilarious. whoever likes family guy can go suk donkey dik. cause ur fukin retarted

Tom said...

Now I am not saying I agree with you 100% because I actually have tried to watch Family Guy all the way through an episode like 7 times,(a couple tries were after "Cartoon Wars" aired) but I could never finish it because it lacks any intelligence and most of all, humor, and I couldn't bear it anymore. I thought Stewie was Brain incarnate from Pinky and the Brain right away. So I have not watched a full episode or season to know everything you talked about. I did give it about 7 chances though. It is utterly pathetic in what I watched and all the previews I have ever seen about it.
The problem is Family Guy fans are so witless, uncreative and unintelligent (like the show) that you can't explain to them why you hate Family Guy because they lack critical thinking skills.They think you are trying to make them stop watching it rather than realizing that 95% of what you said was true. Plus you are just expressing your opinion. Most who are defending Family Guy or are disagreeing with you here have poor grammar skills, bad spelling skills, and represent the apathetic mental sloths this country is full of, sheep. They like Green Day, Fall Out Boy, American Idol, Diet Pepsi, Beer, Partying, Dancing, RAZR phones, impulse buying, they say "I think for myself. No one tells me what to think!" and they never learn anything new unless it's useless and gets marketed to them, like poker or the RAZR. When I sold cell phones for Verizon, they did not carry the Motorola RAZR for a long time after Cingular had it, but several people EVERY DAY would ask if I carried it, and I'd say "No we do not yet, why are you interested in the RAZR?" Their response was ALWAYS the same."I don't know." The RAZR is actually a piece of crap. They just wanted it because they thought everyone else had one. These are the same people. Just like the morons who called you a "jewbag" and a "kikejew" who were probably raised that way or befriended other morons growing up. These never stop to think why they are the way they are, unless for a moment, to which their brain hurts from a spike in there cerebral activity and they go seek counsel from a trusted source within their comfortable inner circle of morons. As to the point by point rebuttal person, you missed the point. "Well, someone must be buying it." is a perfect example of an idiots response, therefore nullifying your argument.lol. The reason why he didn't mention actual jokes in #9 is because they have none, therefore nullifying your argument exponentially. LOL!! (Yes I laugh at my own jokes.)
Just like everyone who wanted a RAZR.
I personally like South Park because MOST of the time they are brilliant AND funny. I do admit that sometimes they get carried away with stupid things, e.g. the very, very end of "cartoon wars" was ridiculous, but the part about the writers being manatees was hilarious. I'm not saying that all South Park fans are smart, either. I am not a jew and I can't wait to see what race or four letter words (more or less) I will be called after this. This post good though, especially since you posted this way before cartoon wars. I'm also aware that I'm reading this way after it's been posted, but oh well.

Ricardo Gomez said...

If only I had the ability to dissect something like the author of this scathing rebuke of Family Guy has. He said everything I've wanted to say about Family Guy. Bravo. Max you can suck it!

Death to Family guy! said...

Stop defending Family Guy! I don't see how you can like crap like that. It isn't one of the best, and pull that FYI crap. At least the person who made this blog has a good, interesting argument, yours just sucks. All I hear from most of the people defending Family Guy is ignorant fanboy/girlism. Though, I have idea why anyone who is female would watch this, because it insults women. I'm a guy, and I think that sucks. I could create characters much better and more interesting than that tripe. Oh, wait, I already have because it's so easy to make better characters than the ones on family.

And don't use Jew as an insult and threaten to gas people, you racist pieces of trash! They're much better people than you filth, savage bigots!

Japanimation Dude said...

I guess this goes to show that anime is better than most of this stuff Americans are so proud of...

Anonymous said...

Family Guy... where do i start, the worst show on t.v., no but in the top ten, fuck yes. It is kiddie humor, i could see a kinder-gardener coming home and saying 'Mommie turn on Family Guy', my god is that show even still on t.v., Unlike South Park which gets better every season, Family Guy worsens and worsens every Horrible Episode. I can not believe people over the age of 10 even watch it, it's horible.

olivia said...

fist of all im would like to say,
would you like to create your own show and characters because being a proffesional artist it is not as easy as it looks to get a family that does not rip off any other and i think he has done very well at this task the voices are original and the drawing could be improved on but its a cartoon not a drawing programme i think you have to much time on your hands and that you are a ****** make your own cartoon and then call someone elses crap goodbye

Anonymous said...

Hey Olivia dumbshit, we never said we could do better, were just saying family guy shouldn't have started if they weren't up for the task, if i had a show that bad, i would thank people that made blogs like this to tell me how much it sucks.

Anonymous said...

Hey Olivia dumbshit, we never said we could do better, were just saying since they went for it they better be up for the task, and since they aren't that's why were critizing it, if i had a show that bad, i would hope you told me.

Anonymous said...

What in the hell is the matter with you? Wow you dont like Family Guy.. dont watch it then you old douchebag. The show wasnt meant to be thought about. Good job at wasting 2 hours of your life c/ nobody gives a shit.

Anonymous said...

Im going to repeat this again since theres been a few retards posting recently

Family guy is the only show ON TELEVISION THAT I laugh out loud to thats currently on the air.

Family Guy A+
Simpsons D- (its seriously horrible now)

South Park (flat out retarded the voices suck the animation sucks, its more old an busted then the simpson's and i hate there gay messages they try to send out every episode)

only reason south park tried to make fun of family guy is cuz its desperate it doesn't get 1/100 the ratings of family guy so it has to attack big shows like family guy an act like it's better then it

seriously ppl who like under dog shows like southpark an futurama offend me get a life learn whats really funny and go buy family guy dvd's like the rest of the world u abnormal abominations

Anonymous said...

are you fucking retarded, FAMILY GUY, better than SOUTH PARK, are you high. Family guy is for three year olds. They swear what maybe once every episode. Have they ever been bleeped out before? You have to be high. South Park an under dog. South Park has been the number one rated and veiwed show on comedy central it's hole life span. that's ten years. Family guy might be hot now, but it's a fast moving show, it's gonna be off the air a hell lot faster than south park. Family guy's jokes have no point, i don't care if it makes you laugh, that obviously shows a whole lot about you, that means you would laugh at a monkey jumping around. You couldn't find comedy if it looks you in the eye.

Anonymous said...

The Simpsons always sucked, Family Guy and American Dad are the only two good comedies on atm. Also they should bring back Futurama, I loved that show :D

Also, to all you people riding this guys dick, get a clue and stop being fucking sheep

Anonymous said...

You are all entitled to your own opinions about Family Guy of course but I suggest you don't call the fanbase all stupid seeing as Harvard got Seth MacFarlane to do the graduation speech.

http://www.devilducky.com/media/46949/

Anonymous said...

I like needlepoint.

Anonymous said...

That just shows how dumb Harvard really is.

Anonymous said...

Fuck Family Guy, it's just a shiity show so quit being a pussy and live with it.Only teenagers who think they're mature and drunken frat boys watch it.

Anonymous said...

Fuck You! Family Guy is Funny And If This is All You have To Do With Your Time, You Must be So pathetic. What Do You Do All Day? Hate Certain Cartoon Shows For The Thrill Of It?

Anonymous said...

i think u should just enjoy the show, dont argue and, ya no, its a TELEVISION, AND I REPEAT, TELEVISION SHOW,jesus christ, dont need to make a big deal outa it!

J. Madden said...

The other night, I saw a few minutes of an episode that, I'm guessing was supposed to be exploring Peter's family's roots or something, I don't know, I didn't see the beginning. But it was about his black heritage or something, I guess. But the point is it was blatantly making fun of slavery in the old South, something that is stupid and hateful. Slavery is a sensitive subject and NO ONE should make fun of it. I can't believe people would still watch this hateful, white supremacist garbage after an episode like that had aired. The fanboys are as stupid as their hero, Peter.

Anonymous said...

Oh I love you! :) I agree. I just can't stand Family Guy. What I hate the most is that it's just a giant Simpsons rip off. A show based on a moron father? Good grief. The stupid son. The smart daughter. The sensible mother. Oh geez that sounds awfully familiar. The only people that I know that watch the show are...I don't know anyone that watches the show! :) Thank God! I'm glad someone else out there realizes what a terrible cartoon it is. And for those defending it...why are you looking up a Family Guy SUCKS post? You're going to call me a cunt for not liking it? Grow up.

Anonymous said...

A show is about taste, people have different tastes. what you find funny may not appeal to other people, it doesn't mean it's wrong, just different.

i personally think family guy is genius. it knows what it is and doesn't try to be anything else. there are no storylines because it's just a show to sit back and enjoy, no worries about following a story, just completely random gags. Stewie is also the best character ever, pure genius!

Anonymous said...

Once again someone saying Family Guy is a Simpsons rip-off isn't Simpsons ripping off Married With Children, Roseanne, Home Improvement blah, blah, etc, etc. Dumb father, dysfunctional family, rebelious children, clever child.... getting my point. If you ask me they're not ripping each other off they're showing you what you can relate to coz audience's find that funny. So actually what they're all doing with these stereotypes is showing you how people see American families.

Daniel said...

I understand what you said. However I believe that because all those reasons you posted is what makes Family Guy a good show and a breakthrough in comedy. More less Family Guy has all those traits you gave it...the astonishing thing is...it still makes you laugh. Its not about how it makes you laugh...it just does.

Anonymous said...

yeah, the guy above, above me, i agree. different people have different tastes. so ya no, were all different!

Anonymous said...

A. You can't justify what comedy is and what it isn't. What may be comedy to me may be stupid to someone else.

B. The animation is not THAT bad. I don't necessarily watch it for the animation, more for the jokes.

C. The evil genius thing is old as the hills and twice as dusty. It has been used over and over again. FG is the first show that has ripped it off.

D. MacFarlane does great at the voices.

as i am reading all the people that are saying "thats the most unfunny show" blah blah blah. i cant help but laugh because everyone always thinks that they can justify humor. its as pointless as saying, "don't listen to country, thats not music, blah blah blah." you cant say that to someone and believe it because it is all up to the personal preference in comedy, music, action, movies, etc. besides, millions of people cant be wrong.

raf_njotea@hotmail.com said...

I can understand that you think Family Guy is not funny; the guy above is right: "De gustibus et coloribus non est disputandum", everyone has their taste and that's that.

What I would like to say though, is that in my view you have to acknowledge that Family Guy, even though it might not be funny, really is a very varied show. I mean: it has low-level fart jokes in it which are really easy and dumb, but it also has a lot of very intelligent jokes in it, you have to admit that.
You have for example the fact that Stewie or Brian often fall back into their 'real beings’, viz. a 1-year-old and a dog (Stewie talks to Olivia about the Bernie Mac-show, which is bright and with a lot of movement that attracts his attention; Brian can't stand a dog-whistle or he says Peter and Lois leave the radio on when they go out to make him feel like he has company). You have the magnificent way the characters say or ask things ("You holdin' up alright?", "Come on, come on Stewie, you're acting crazy out there!", "Uhm.....ok", "It wasn't even about the eggs really, frankly I like the yolks, I have no... there's just always been a lot of tension between Lois and me" and tons and tons more). There is also the high-reality-reference at times, like a(n embarrassing) situation that occurs and you know that you would act in the same way (Brian and Stewie about the "bottom 5 percent are off to fight another battle" which is stolen from The Onion, when Stewie at first doesn't want to admit he didn't come up with it himself; or when the 'A-Team' failed and the guys are in the clam and Peter goes "I mean, we were right there ... and then ... somehow ... like ... I mean ... well it's already been said, we didn't stay focused").
Then there are the jokes that are smart because they leave something to be filled in, you have to think to understand them (Peter is Federline's magic mirror: "Walk around with an undeserved sense of accomplishment"; or "So, is there any tread left on the tyres or at this point would it be like throwing a hotdog down a hallway?"; or Peter having to go hunting with Chris and only finishing the 4th grade just before).
Or what is really well done is how conversations are ended with someone just quickly saying a last line that is more clearly spoken than the rest ("Is it 1981?"; "Oooh, it's a person!"; "I'm hungry!").
Even the 'manatee gags' as they are called, the cutaways: those are brilliant! Not all but most of them are, aren't they? I mean, I bet each and everyone of you sceptical people would not be able to come up with such gags, be it the ones that emphasize Peter's stupidity, the ones that criticise people or pop-culture or the ones that are just meant to be funny (Peter forgot how to sit down/had to babysit the neighbours' kid; "What do you think of this Music Television", and the 'Godfather-discussion'; Peter’s “whacky antics”).
Another, perhaps more abstract, but in any case very nicely found feature of some of the cutaways is the fact that you expect them to be about something (based on how they were introduced) but they then turn out to deal with something in a completely different context ("When God told Abraham to kill Isaac"; “I’ve stuck by you through worse” and then Peter is on fire in a Giant Wheel; a “stupid call” in basketball, and then a stupid call with a telephone).
Then there are the jokes that might be funny, but are in any case intelligent because they just make you aware of stuff, that you normally wouldn't think of (the reviews for Our American Cousin; tension when the slaves were freed).

I could go on and on for hours still, summing up why Family Guy’s humour is so intelligent. And for me at least, that is a criterion to find Family Guy the best (and also the funniest, which are not necessarily the same) cartoon that has been on TV so far.
Admittedly there are jokes that are really ordinary or vulgar (and that coming from me), but even those are mostly funny to me because I always imagine then, how unbelievably stupid and without any form of common sense, downright retarded and dumb with no capability of judgement someone has to be to do the things Peter Griffin, or someone else, does.

Anonymous said...

It has to be the MOST annoying, juevenille and lavatorially pathetic and immature "cartoon" ever.

Anonymous said...

I only read this because of insomnia but it seems as though you wrote it because youre an old grumpy windbag.

Peter Griffin said...

This sucks worse than that time I went to that museum. (Flashback to childhood, standing in museum looking at dinosaur skeletons.)

(as a child): Why did all the dinosaurs die out?

Man at Museum: Because you touch yourself at night.

Anonymous said...

You are so right! Thank you for posting this. I cannot bare to watch family guy anymore. It just keeps getting worse. I'd say the first season they had something at least decent. They did their own jokes with a minimal number of references. But now it has gotten to the point where their "jokes" go like this: Something related to the plot happens, then completely unrelated culteral reference. That is it. Not even humor. South Park illistrated this so well in their family guy episode. You guys should compare south park episodes and family guy episodes. It is amazing. South Park is so clever. Family Guy is not.

Anonymous said...

Family Guy isn't funny.
This is how I think about it.
Being funny is difficult. Not everyone can write well. You have to be clever

Family guy is not clever. Anyone can think up a family guy joke. Look its easy. Try it with your friends. Talk about something then suddenly say something completely unrelated. Its easy. Anyone can do it, and it isn't funny.

Now watch other shows and see what their humor is. They use satire and irony with maybe a hint of randomness. Randomness is just to throw something into the mix. Saying or refering to something completely unrealated isn't funny. Maybe in very very small doses, but not an entire show. A funny show needs to have satire and irony. It is hard to do well and many shows fail at it but at least they try. Not everyone is capable of being a good writer, that is just how it is.

i r bad typing said...

i understand what you mean about recycling jokes and whatnot, and mostly the part where you said the jokes are only funny if you "get it." um, well ya, you think? but the thing is...it kinda started as a cult following, I remember when the show went off the air and people just forgot about it. At this time there were not people bitching about recycled jokes because it was too early for that. Only few people liked the show at the time and then once they hit the internet for download, more and more people started to become fans and a big petition was sent, remember that? People wanted it back, because it was funny and original. But like you, i hate to see family guy merchandise everywhere I look, and im glad there are people like you to shoot it down so it can be the cult movie it originally was. I don't want the newer generations to get it, im happy with it being funny to only this one. That si the way it is supposed to be. Well, at least im not one of those morons who say "wow, for hating it you really have a lot to say about it." I think its good to write about this stuff. but remember, the real fans arent the teenage, hot topic, mallrat losers...those are just products of sellout corporate whores.

Anonymous said...

Family Guy humour is the most absolutely best humour there ever was on a cartoon.

Agreed, recently more of the cutaways have been randomly inserted, but even if they are, they're funny and intelligent, and that's the most important thing!

Anonymous said...

family guy does't suck it swallows and spits a chud wad of offensive tainted claptrap spunk . i hope seth likes to take it in the rear because that is where his humour is and always will be...

Anonymous said...

Interestingly, a popular argument against Family Guy is that everyone else quotes the show and finds humor in it and thus likes it. And those that do not enjoy the show feel it necessary to throw down those who do.
And I have no idea where one would get the idea that Seth MacFarlane is a monotone voice actor, unless he or she were watching the show mute with closed captions. He provides almost half the voices, sings them, and probably dances as well (although, I don't see how that relates to voice acting).
I think the MacFarlane is living his dream by making Family Guy. People like it, it's popular, and you won't change that.
And please (I'll quote Mr. Pink on this) "Learn to fucking type," and elevate your language. America's youth is not being destroyed by television as much as English is being murdered by lazy internet writing.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, that's "you" as in those who have commented, not the actual author of the article. You, author, are doing just fine.

Anonymous said...

The thing you said about Seth not having vocal talent, but mike judge of King of the hill and matt stone of south park do is bullshit. 90% of all South Park's characters sound the same. Mike judge did King of the Hill, and Beavis and butthead. Hank and Mr. Anderson are the same voices, and a classmate on king of the hill sounds just like butthead. Now im not saying Family guy is better than the two, because I watch all of them. I enjoy laughing my ass off at the stupid shit south park does and the stupid shit family guy does. And for those who come on here saying Family guy Or South Park sucks and thinks there both a waste of air time, then You come up with something. If you don't like Family Guy Or South Park then watch something else, change the fuckin channel. Don't watch an entire episode just so you can bitch about it, because if you do watch it then you must like it somehow.

Anonymous said...

Family Guy is a hell of a lot better than the simpsons, south park etc .. it is the best and funniest animated show around .. okay a few "themes" may be repeated but in what show are they not?
Its funny and thats all there is to it. get over it .. slightly sad to have looked into it that deeply ... it makes people laught ,, . does what its supposed to

Anonymous said...

Me voy a limitar a comentar dos puntos de tu artículo; aquel en el que te refieres a la calidad de Seth Mcfarlane como actor de doblaje y el que tiene que ver con las referencias a la cultura pop.

Empiezo diciendo que desde mi punto de vista cada una de las voces que Mcfarlane interpreta en la serie están llenas de vida y matices y conserva el timbre magistralmente incluso cuando canta, tose o ríe. Personalmente creo que la voz de Stewie es una de las mejores que he oído en mi vida.

En cuanto al tema de los chistes sobre referencias a la cultura pop, basta con decir que es precisamente esa la base sobre la que se cimenta el éxito de Family guy. Nadie lo había hecho antes de esa manera, y es precisamente eso lo que hace a la serie verdaderamente original. It is absolutely impossible to find something really new. Almost everything we can think of can be referenced back to something previosuly said or seen. That is why nowadays the essence of creativity lies precisely in the ability to create something apparently new out of old material. And I do think that is what family guy does. En cualquier caso, como decimos por aquí: "Si no te gusta no mires"

(Blast!!! What's wrong with this damned translator?? Brian must have been messing around with it... What could I expect from someone who uses his tongue as toilet paper?)

IMNTGNALVNTWNNYMR said...

uhh i just hate this show 1 it sucks 2 every one i know hates it and uhh yeah it sucks and if they are so fucking funny then why dont they make they're own jokes and not make fun of other shows/movies so much

Anonymous said...

Mcfarlane's monotone voice doing Stewie and talking about South Park's references to Family Guy. There you go:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLt73xSJlAM&mode=related&search=

Disfrutadlo.

Anonymous said...

By the way, I was being ironic about Mcfarlane's voice...

Anonymous said...

What's pathetic about Familu Guy is their "Bush Sucks" jokes- A desperate way to appeal to their viewers, and as you stated, what they consider 'offensive' to their viewers. Anyone can show Bush doing something unreasonably stupid- I've seen children mock him better! But, no, it's not the low-quality of their mockings that is pathetic, it's the way they say "Bush sucks" without any reason why, the same thing that children do. Sure, kids know that Bush is a moron. Why? Well, they saw him being stupid on Family Guy,

Anonymous said...

YOU ALL BLOW FAMILY GUY IS MAD

family guy said...

Family Guy rocks all those other show you talk about being bettter south park only cool if your stoned the simpson pretty sweet but there yellow ,futurma boring not worth meantoing family guy is awesome VIctory is MiNe

Anonymous said...

family guy rocks victory is mine

Anonymous said...

you know what really grinds my gears..... you family guy haters.... fuck you

Solarz said...

Clearly one of the worst shows on TV for the past few years. A show made for liberals who think they are smart and witty, but who may or may not have a checking account.

Anonymous said...

Furnock said...
Peter = Average husband, stupid,lazy and likes to hang-out with freinds and go to the pub.

Hmm, Polar opposite description of a certain Simpson's main character. Family Guy sux ass! It is a wannabe Simpsons. Don't get me started on American Dad! It is a wannabe Family Guy!

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