Family Guy

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Family Guy
Genre Comedy
Format Animation
Created by Seth MacFarlane
Developed by Seth MacFarlane
David Zuckerman
Voices of Seth MacFarlane
Alex Borstein
Seth Green
Mila Kunis
Tony Sirico
Mike Henry
Patrick Warburton
Jennifer Tilly
Butch Hartman
Lacey Chabert
Tara Strong
Theme music composer Walter Murphy
Composer(s) Walter Murphy
Ron Jones
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 11
No. of episodes 201 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Lolee Aries
David A. Goodman
Seth MacFarlane
Daniel Palladino
David Pritchard
David Zuckerman
Running time 20–22 mins
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original airing January 31, 1999–August 1, 2000, July 11, 2001-February 14, 2002 & May 1, 2005–present
Status Returning series
Age rating TV-14
TV-PG
Chronology
Related shows American Dad!
The Cleveland Show
Other websites
Official website

Family Guy is an American animated comedy television series created by Seth MacFarlane. It first was shown on FOX in 1999. The series did not become popular until shown again on Cartoon Network and TBS, and episodes were sold on DVD & Blu-rays.Fox chose to cancel the series because it was not very popular. After many DVDs were sold, Fox started showing it again on May 1, 2005. It is aimed at adults.

Synopsis[change | edit source]

The series is about the lives of Peter Griffin, his wife Lois, and their three children: 19-year old Meg, 16-year old Chris, and very smart 3-year-old Stewie; and also their dog, 27-year old Brian, who talks and acts like a human. The Griffins live in a fictional city named "Quahog", Rhode Island. The show puts humor into common everyday situations and is famous for their style of comedy that always makes fun of past American culture. These scenes are called "cutaway gags", because they have unrelated stories, and they do not affect the show's stories in any way. The show also uses a lot of profanity and sex scenes. Brian died later on the show and was replaced by an Italian-accent talking dog, Vinny, but he returned after two episodes.

Characters[change | edit source]

  • Peter Griffin is the show's main character. He is fat and not very smart. He used to have a job in a toy factory. He now works at a beer company called "Pawtucket Brewery", though he sometimes works at many other jobs for short time periods.
  • Lois Griffin is Peter's wife. She comes from her family with a lot of money. She tends to complain about a lot about what the Griffins do in the house, though she also tends to keep the family connected.
  • Brian Griffin is Peter's best friend. He is a talking dog who lives with the Griffins, and is smarter than any of them besides Stewie. He his also seen with Stewie many times. Brian was killed in an episode in the twelfth season, but he was brought back to life two episodes later.
  • Stewie Griffin is Peter's and Lois' one-year old son, and the show's most well-known character. He can talk, and is the smartest human family member. He hates his mother Lois, and wants to dominate the world.
  • Chris Griffin is one of Peter's and Lois' sons. He is also fat and not very smart. There is an evil monkey living in his closet that everyone does not believe is there, who likes to threaten him.
  • Meg Griffin is Peter's and Lois' daughter. She is the oldest child but is often made fun of, mostly by Peter. She is not very popular and very unattractive and everyone finds her very unattractive.
  • Glenn Quagmire is one of Peter's best friends. He is a bachelor and a pilot. He almost always thinking about women and sex.
  • Cleveland Brown is another of Peter's best friends. He runs a deli and was married to Loretta. He used to speak fast as an auctioneer but due to a hit to the head he speaks more slower now. He has left Family Guy for his spin-off television series, The Cleveland Show.
  • Joe Swanson is another of Peter's best friends. He is a police officer in a wheelchair because he is cannot move his legs and feet. He has a pregnant wife named Bonnie who is pregnant until she had her baby in the episode "Ocean's Three-and-a-Half".

Voice cast[change | edit source]

  • Seth MacFarlane as Peter Griffin, Brian Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Glenn Quagmire, Tom Tucker, Mr. Pewterschmidt, Additional Voices (1999 – present)
  • Alex Borstein as Lois Griffin, Tricia Takanawa, Loretta Brown, Mrs. Pewterschmidt, Additional Voices (1999 – present)
  • Seth Green as Chris Griffin, Additional Voices (1999 – present)
  • Mila Kunis as Meg Griffin (1999 – present)
  • Tony Sirico as Vinnie Griffin (2013 – 2013)
  • Mike Henry as Cleveland Brown, Herbert the Pervert, Additional Voices (1999 – present) (spin-off series 2011 – present)
  • Patrick Warburton as Joe Swanson (1999 – present)
  • Jennifer Tilly as Bonnie Swanson (1999 – present)
  • Wallace Shawn as Bertram (2001 – 2011)
  • Charles Durning as Francis Griffin (1999 – 2011)
  • Phyllis Diller as Thelma Griffin (1999 – 2012)
  • Johnny Brennan as Mort Goldman, Hoarce, Additional Voices (1999 – present)
  • James Woods as Himself (James Woods) (2005 – present)
  • Lori Alan as Diane Simmons (1999 – 2011)
  • Phil LaMarr as Ollie Williams, Additional Voices (1999 – present)
  • Christine Lakin as Joyce Kinney (2011 – present)
  • Adam West as Mayor West (himself) (2000 – present)

Spin-off[change | edit source]

In 2009, a spin off show from Family Guy was created called The Cleveland Show with Cleveland Brown as the main character.

Series Overview[change | edit source]

Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale DVD volume/special DVD release date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 7 January 31, 1999 May 16, 1999 1 April 15, 2003[1] November 12, 2001[2]
January 27, 2003[3]
October 20, 2003[4]
August 2, 2004[5]
2 21 September 23, 1999 August 1, 2000
3 22 July 11, 2001 November 9, 2003 2 September 9, 2003[6] July 21, 2003[7] May 2, 2005[8]
4 30 May 1, 2005 May 21, 2006 3 November 29, 2005[9] April 24, 2006[10] May 29, 2006[11]
4 November 14, 2006[12] October 30, 2006[13] November 1, 2006[14]
Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story September 27, 2005[15] October 24, 2005[16] January 25, 2006[17]
5 18 September 10, 2006 May 20, 2007 5 September 18, 2007[18] October 15, 2007[19] October 17, 2007[20]
6 October 21, 2008[21] November 10, 2008[22] December 10, 2008[23]
6 12 September 23, 2007 May 4, 2008
"Blue Harvest" January 15, 2008[24] January 21, 2008[25] February 5, 2008[26]
7 June 16, 2009[27] November 2, 2009[28] September 29, 2009[29]
7 16 September 28, 2008 May 17, 2009
8 June 15, 2010[30] November 1, 2010[31] August 17, 2010[32]
8 21 September 27, 2009 May 23, 2010
"Something, Something, Something, Dark Side" December 22, 2009[33] December 26, 2009[34] December 23, 2009[35]
9 December 13, 2011[36] May 9, 2011[37] June 15, 2011[38]
9 18 September 26, 2010 May 22, 2011
10 September 25, 2012[39] November 7, 2011[40] February 29, 2012[41]
"It's a Trap!" December 21, 2010[42] December 27, 2010[43] December 22, 2010[44]
10 23 September 25, 2011 May 20, 2012 N/A N/A N/A N/A
11 22 September 30, 2012 May 19, 2013 N/A N/A N/A N/A
12 TBA September 29, 2013 2014 N/A N/A N/A N/A

Awards[change | edit source]

The series was nominated for many Emmy Awards. Family Guy is the first animated series to be nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Comedy Series since The Flintstones in 1961.[45]

References[change | edit source]

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