Monday, August 23, 2010

Family Guy Adds New Chapter in Animation's Hilarious History

How have I never been into Family Guy? With its lightning-fast plot lines and witty vignettes mocking pop culture, I can barely call myself the Pop Culture Lunch Box Guy until I've given myself an education in this cartoon. A true slice of Americana for our times.

Already eight seasons old on the FOX network and like The Flintstones and The Simpsons on steroids, Family Guy is the story of the Griffins (father Peter voiced by the show's creator and former Hanna-Barbera animator Seth MacFarlane, mother Lois, dog Brian, and kids Stewie, Meg voiced by That '70s Show's Mila Kunis, and Chris voiced by Dr. Evils's son Seth Green).

Just to help you imagine how funny this show is: Last year, Family Guy was the first animated show nominated for an Emmy for best comedy series since The Flintstones in 1961. Not even The Simpsons could ever do that.

The show has been accused repeatedly of plagarism, but that's really the whole point. The show uses culteral icons at ever turn and its very essence is that it's a take on our wacky American ways. I'm watching Season One: Disc One, which, in the first two episodes, already lampoons Star Trek, E.T., and CHiPS, to name just a few.

Looks like I've got my work cut out for me if I want to see all the episodes. Luckily, the first episode starts with no back story and it appears to make no difference whether I watch episode #3 or episode #100 next.

Hulu's got a bunch of full episodes here. If there are any of you out there who haven't seen the show, check it out.

****1/2 out of ***** stars


  1. The battles, sensible as they might be, are not excessively realistic, else they would need to be appeared after the watershed, however they are sufficiently unmistakable to express what is happening inside the story. Animation Ants

  2. *In instance of any infrequent spoilers I'll make sure to check them yet the greater part of this survey will be sans spoiler, so not to stress over being spoilered*
    game figure

  3. We at Dextemade beamed many diversified brands. And we are also honored to provide you Development, Digital Marketing, 2D / 3D Animation, Graphics Design, and 3D Designing Services to beam your brand / aim too. With our complete preparation. We have a team with very high leading expert professionals.

  4. "Your web design is as important as a soul is considered for the body. Your web design enables you to create the theme that serves to be the foundation of your website.
    Address: Asia Pacific Trade Center, Rashid Minhas Rd, Karachi
    Phone: 0316 2586964" Codeaze

  5. Excellent .. Amazing .. I’ll bookmark your blog and take the feeds also…I’m happy to find so many useful info here in the post, we need work out more techniques in this regard, thanks for sharing. World Peace

  6. The subsequent stage is embraced by PC programming intended to vitalize the three-dimensional models utilizing convoluted numerical apparatuses.anime shop

  7. This educational business shows hedgehogs going across a street in an energized and melodic way, promising youngsters to do as they do and they will be protected.manga nelo

  8. Hi! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and new initiatives in the same niche. Blog gave us useful information to work. You have done an amazing job! anime cosplay costumes

  9. Wow, cool post. I'd like to write like this too - taking time and real hard work to make a great article... but I put things off too much and never seem to get started. Thanks though. cultural consulting firms

  10. (Get back to showing outlines by tapping the Convert to outline animation button when the timetable is shown.) anime subthai

  11. I intended to put you one very small word to help give thanks as
    before with the extraordinary thoughts you have shared in this case.오피사이트