Family Guy (season 1)

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Family Guy
Starring
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes7
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseJanuary 31 (1999-01-31) –
May 16, 1999 (1999-05-16)
Season chronology
Next →
Season 2
List of Family Guy episodes

The first season of the animated comedy show Family Guy premiered on Fox from January 31 to May 16, 1999. The first season of Family Guy had seven episodes. The show is about the dysfunctional Griffin family. The family consist of father Peter, mother Lois, daughter Meg, son Chris, baby Stewie, and their anthropomorphic (having human abilities) dog Brian. They all live in their hometown of Quahog, Rhode Island. The show features the voices of the show's creator Seth MacFarlane. Other voice actors include Alex Borstein, Seth Green, and Lacey Chabert. The executive producers for the first season were David Zuckerman and MacFarlane.

The first episode was "Death Has a Shadow". The episode was broadcast after Super Bowl XXXIII and was watched by 22.01 million viewers. The show received positive feedback from critics.[1] The episodes "I Never Met the Dead Man" and "Brian: Portrait of a Dog", received more positive feedback than the rest of the episodes of season one.[1] Some critics did not like the theme of those episodes. The Volume One DVD box set, included all seven episodes and the second season. It was released in Region 1 on April 15, 2003, Region 2 on November 12, 2001, and Region 4 on October 20, 2003. The show has since been released in other television shows.[2]

MacFarlane first thought of the idea for Family Guy in 1995. He was studying animation at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). There, he created his thesis movie The Life of Larry. His professor at RISD submitted the movie to Hanna-Barbera. This gave MacFarlane being hired by the company. Executives at Fox saw the movie. They contracted MacFarlane to create a show based on the characters. They called it Family Guy. While working on the show, Larry and his dog Steve, became Peter and Brian. The rest of the show's characters were added later.

Episodes[change | change source]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
11"Death Has a Shadow"Peter ShinSeth MacFarlaneJanuary 31, 1999 (1999-01-31)1ACX01
22"I Never Met the Dead Man"Michael DiMartinoChris SheridanApril 11, 1999 (1999-04-11)1ACX02
33"Chitty Chitty Death Bang"Dominic PolcinoDanny SmithApril 18, 1999 (1999-04-18)1ACX04
44"Mind Over Murder"Roy Allen SmithNeil Goldman & Garrett DonovanApril 25, 1999 (1999-04-25)1ACX03
55"A Hero Sits Next Door"Monte YoungMike Barker & Matt WeitzmanMay 2, 1999 (1999-05-02)1ACX05
66"The Son Also Draws"Neil AffleckRicky BlittMay 9, 1999 (1999-05-09)1ACX06
77"Brian: Portrait of a Dog"Michael DiMartinoGary JanettiMay 16, 1999 (1999-05-16)1ACX07

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Haque, Ashan (July 1, 2008). "Family Guy Flashback: "Brian: Portrait of a Dog" Review". IGN. Retrieved September 14, 2009.
  2. Levin, Gary (March 24, 2004). "'Family Guy' un-canceled, thanks to DVD sales success". USA Today. Retrieved September 16, 2010.

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