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The Basics

Family Guy LogoFamily Guy, created by Seth MacFarlane, is an animated television show which centers around the lives of the Griffin family of Quahog, Rhode Island and their many neighbours and acquaintances. But the Griffins aren’t your average family. First of all, there’s Peter, the patronising idiot who can be sexist, racist, homophobic, or anything else when he wants to be. Peter is one of those people who is too stupid to have enough common sense to know when enough is enough. He has no boundaries, whether that be in the areas of drinking alcohol, fighting or anything at all really.

Peter is married to Lois, the stay at home housewife who isn’t as one dimensional as you might expect her to be. Most of the time, one could say that Lois is the opposite of Peter; his true “other half”. But one should not underestimate Lois’ rarely seen yet much feared crazy side.

Then there’s Meg, the oldest of the three children of the household. She’s 17, she’s in highschool and she’s incredibly unpopular. Frequently the butt of many jokes from both her fellow school-goers and even her family, Meg simply tries too hard to be cool, and always, always fails.

There’s Chris, the fat, lazy 13 year old who’s slowly but surely turning into a clone of his even fatter and lazier father. He may be uglier than Meg, but he’s the one who seems to have the better love life.

Then there’s everyone’s favourite, Stewie. He’s aged 1, has a British accent, is probably homosexual and is hard set on global domination. Enough said.

And lastly, who could forget the family dog, Brian? For a dog, Brian acts more normal than all of the humans listed above together. Brian may enjoy his martinis, but that doesn’t mean he’s not an intellectual to say the very least. Oh, and did I mention he can speak?

Family Guy is famous for it’s cut-away gags which have absoloutely no relevance to the story in hand. A great deal of the episode’s plots center around the family itself, and the many obstacles and obstructions they must overcome. However, nothing is ever learned. In the lives of the Griffin family, morals never have, and never will, exist.

How It Began

Family Guy’s first and second seasons were made starting in 1999 after the Life of Larry shorts (Seth MacFarlane’s previous work for Cartoon Network) caught the attention of the Fox Broadcasting Company during the 1999 Super Bowl commercial. The pilot aired directly after the Superbowl that year and was picked up for 2 seasons.

Family Guy Today

Family Guy was then cancelled, but then a shift in power at Fox and outcry from the fans led to a reversal of that decision and the making of a third season, after which it was cancelled again. Reruns on Adult Swim drove interest in the show up, and the DVD releases did quite well, selling over 2.2 million copies in one year which renewed network interest.

Family Guy returned to production in 2004, making two more seasons (for a total of five) and a straight to DVD movie, “Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story”. The sixth season began airing in Autumn 2007, with a seventh season scheduled to air in the Autumn of 2008. In addition, Family Guy went into syndication in Autumn 2007 due to the Hollywood Writer’s Strike. After a settlement between the Writers’ Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the show re-commenced production on February 17th, 2008 and is still running.