Family Guy

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Family Guy
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GenreAnimated sitcom
Surreal humour
Black comedy
Slapstick comedy
Created bySeth MacFarlane
Developed bySeth MacFarlane
David Zuckerman
Voices ofSeth MacFarlane
Alex Borstein
Seth Green
Mila Kunis
Tony Sirico
Mike Henry
Patrick Warburton
Jennifer Tilly
Butch Hartman
Lacey Chabert
Tara Strong
Theme music composerWalter Murphy
Composer(s)Walter Murphy
Ron Jones
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons21
No. of episodes398 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Lolee Aries
David A. Goodman
Seth MacFarlane
Daniel Palladino
David Pritchard
David Zuckerman
Running time20–22 mins
Original networkFox
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseJanuary 31, 1999 (1999-01-31) –
present (present)
Related showsAmerican Dad!
The Cleveland Show
Other websites

Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane. It first was shown on FOX in 1999. The series did not become popular until shown again on Adult Swim and TBS, and episodes were sold on DVD & Blu-ray. 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 | change source]

The series is about the lives of Peter Griffin, his wife Lois, and their three children: 18-year old Meg, 16-year old Chris, and very smart 1-year-old Stewie; and also their dog, 8-year old Brian, who talks and acts like a human. The Griffins live in a fictional city named Quahog, which is in the real state of 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.

Characters[change | change source]

  • Peter Griffin is the show's main character. He is fat and not very smart. He used to work at a toy factory. He now works at a beer company called "Pawtucket Brewery", though he sometimes works at other jobs for short time periods.
  • Lois Griffin is Peter's wife. She comes from a family that has a lot of money. She complains a lot about what the Griffins do in the house, though she also tends to keep the family connected.
  • Brian Griffin is one of Peter's best friends. He is a talking dog who lives with the Griffins, and is smarter than any of them besides Stewie. He is also with Stewie alot. 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. He can talk, and is the smartest person in the family. Most people in his family can not understand him, except for Brian and Chris. Stewie hates his mother Lois, and wants to take over the world.
  • Chris Griffin is one of Peter's and Lois' sons. He is also fat and not very smart. For a long time, there was an evil monkey living in his closet who liked 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 everyone finds her very unattractive.
  • Glenn Quagmire is one of Peter's best friends. He is a bachelor and a pilot. He mostly thinks about women and sex.
  • Cleveland Brown is another one of Peter's best friends. He runs a deli and he was married to Loretta. He used to speak fast as an auctioneer but got hit in the head, so he speaks slower now. He left Family Guy for his spin-off television series, The Cleveland Show, but came back in the episode "He's Bla-ack!".
  • Joe Swanson is another one of Peter's best friends. He is a police officer with a wheelchair because he Cannot move his legs and feet. He has a wife named Bonnie who was pregnant until she had a baby in the episode "Ocean's Three-and-a-Half".

Voice cast[change | change source]

  • Seth MacFarlane as Peter Griffin, Brian Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Glenn Quagmire, Tom Tucker, Mr. Pewterschmidt, Retep (reversed version of Peter) (Evil Peter), Additional Voices (1999 – present)
  • Alex Borstein as Lois Griffin, Mrs. Quagmire, Midget Woman Tricia Takanawa, Loretta Brown, Mrs. Pewterschmidt, Boy caught by a Bird, Additional Voices (1999–present)
  • Seth Green as Chris Griffin, Additional Voices (1999 – present)
  • Lacey Chabert (1999 – 2000) and Mila Kunis (1999 – present) as Meg Griffin
  • Tony Sirico as Vinnie Griffin (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 (who is bad and a molester and was Peter's father) Pope Francis and Carter (who dressed like Peter) (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)
  • Ryan Lambert the former singer/electric guitarist as Tyler (200?)
  • Kimberly Duncan as and Brown Haired Girl yelling at Tyler (200?) and Billy (Boy Scout) (2014 Season 12 Episode "Meg Stinks!")
  • E.G. Daily as Tyler's blonde haired girlfriend
  • Stacy Ferguson and Renee Sands as Singing Girl Scouts and Blonde Haired Girl Scout tapping her knee (2000)
  • Ariana Grande as Italian Girl.

Spin-off[change | change source]

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

Episodes[change | change source]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
17January 31, 1999 (1999-01-31)May 16, 1999 (1999-05-16)
221September 23, 1999 (1999-09-23)August 1, 2000 (2000-08-01)
322July 11, 2001 (2001-07-11)November 9, 2003 (2003-11-09)[a]
430May 1, 2005 (2005-05-01)May 21, 2006 (2006-05-21)
518September 10, 2006 (2006-09-10)May 20, 2007 (2007-05-20)
612September 23, 2007 (2007-09-23)May 4, 2008 (2008-05-04)
716September 28, 2008 (2008-09-28)May 17, 2009 (2009-05-17)
821September 27, 2009 (2009-09-27)June 20, 2010 (2010-06-20)[b]
918September 26, 2010 (2010-09-26)May 22, 2011 (2011-05-22)
1023September 25, 2011 (2011-09-25)May 20, 2012 (2012-05-20)
1122September 30, 2012 (2012-09-30)May 19, 2013 (2013-05-19)
1221September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29)May 18, 2014 (2014-05-18)
1318September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28)May 17, 2015 (2015-05-17)
1420September 27, 2015 (2015-09-27)May 22, 2016 (2016-05-22)
1520September 25, 2016 (2016-09-25)May 21, 2017 (2017-05-21)
1620October 1, 2017 (2017-10-01)May 20, 2018 (2018-05-20)
1720September 30, 2018 (2018-09-30)May 12, 2019 (2019-05-12)
1820September 29, 2019 (2019-09-29)May 17, 2020 (2020-05-17)
1920September 27, 2020 (2020-09-27)May 16, 2021 (2021-05-16)

Guest Stars[change | change source]

"Moving Out (Brian's Song)"[change | change source]

  • Drew Barrymore as Jillian
  • H. Jon Benjamin as Carl
  • Jeff Bergman as Homer Simpson

"The Simpsons Guy"[change | change source]

  • Hank Azaria as Moe Szyslak, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Carl Carlson, Chef Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, Dr. Nick Riviera
  • Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson, Maggie Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders
  • Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson, Santa's Little Helper, Abraham Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Squeaky-Voiced Teen, Hans MoleMan, Kodos, Mayor Quimby, Blue-Haired Lawyer
  • Julie Kavner as Marge Simpson, Patty and Selma
  • Yeardley Smith as Lisa Simpson
  • H. Jon Benjamin as Bob Belcher
  • Jeff Bergman as Fred Flintstone
  • Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy
  • James Woods as Family Guy's Himself and The Simpsons' Himself

Awards[change | change 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.[18]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. The 3rd season ended on February 14, 2002. The last episode was first put on DVD before it would be first shown on television on Adult Swim. The episode was first shown on Fox on December 10, 2004.
  2. The 8th season ended on May 23, 2010. The last was episode first shown on BBC Three on June 20, 2010. It was put on DVD on September 28, 2010.

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