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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 6, 2005
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
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  • Summary: American Dad! from Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane, is the animated story of Stan Smith, who works for the CIA and is constantly on the alert for terrorist activity. Stan will go to extremes to protect his beloved America from harm – as evidenced by the terror-alert color code on hisAmerican Dad! from Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane, is the animated story of Stan Smith, who works for the CIA and is constantly on the alert for terrorist activity. Stan will go to extremes to protect his beloved America from harm – as evidenced by the terror-alert color code on his fridge, and his frequent knee-jerk reaction of shooting holes in the toaster whenever the toast pops up. Production Company: 20th Century FOX.Also see Family Guy.Character Guide:Stan Smith - Stan works for the CIA, and is constantly on the look-out for terrorists. He loves his family and will do anything to protect them, and his country. Francine Smith - Stan's wife, she has had a past life of drugs, but she has carefully hidden her party-girl personality for the sake of the conservative man she loves. She met Stan after college.Hayley Smith - The teenage daughter of the family, currently attending community college. Despite her father's best efforts she has turned out to be a left-wing liberal. Stan loves his daughter, but that doesn't necessarily mean he trusts her. Steve Smith - The dorky son, he tries to act cool, but fails. Steve is on the verge of puberty - but he just can't quite make it. His low social status sometimes leads him to taking drastic action - but no matter what he does, he's just a dork. Roger - A sarcastic alien rescued by Stan from Area 51. He resents not being allowed to leave the house, so has resorted to drinking wine and smoking cigarettes.Klaus - A German-talking goldfish, he was a CIA experiment that went horribly wrong when they tried transplanting a German man's brain into a goldfish. Klaus lusts after Francine, and will take any opportunity that comes his way.Theme Song Lyrics:Stan: Good morning, USA!
    I got a feeling that it's gonna be a wonderful day! The sun in the sky has a smile on his face!
    And he's shinin' a salute to the American race!
    Oh boy, it's swell to saaay!
    Good morning, USA!
    (Good morning, USA!)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(All Times Eastern)FOX Broadcast History
    May 1st, 2005 - May 15th, 2005 --- Sundays, 9:30 PM
    June 5th, 2005 - June 26th, 2005 --- Sundays, 9:30 PM
    July 24th, 2005 - October 2nd, 2005 --- Sundays, 9:30 PM
    October 30th, 2005 - February 26th, 2006 --- Sundays, 9:30 PM
    April 23rd - May 14th --- Sundays, 9:30 PM
    September 10th - September 24th --- Sundays, 8:30 PM
    November 5th - January 7th --- Sundays, 8:30 PM
    January 28th - Current --- Sundays, 9:30 PMFOX Repeats
    June 26th, 2005 (Ep: "Threat Levels") --- Sunday, 9:30 PM
    July 24th, 2005 - September 4th, 2005 --- Sundays, 9:30 PM
    October 30th, 2005 (Ep: "Stan Knows Best") --- Sunday, 9:30 PM
    December 4th, 2005 - December 11th, 2005 --- Sundays, 9:30 PM
    June 4th (Ep: "Francine's Flashback") --- Sunday, 9:30 PM
    July 9th - August 13th --- Sundays, 8:30 PMFOX Special Presentations
    February 6th, 2005 --- Sunday, 11:15 PM---------------------------------[adult swim] Broadcast History
    May 12th, 2005 - May 26th, 2005 --- Thursdays, 11:00 PM June 16th, 2005 - June 30th, 2005 --- Thursdays, 11:00 PM
    September 22nd, 2005 - October 13th, 2005 --- Thursdays, 11:00 PM
    November 17th, 2005 - November 24th, 2005 --- Thursdays, 11:00 PM[adult swim] Repeats
    May 13th, 2005 - May 27th, 2005 --- Fridays, 2:00 AM
    May 15th, 2005 - May 22nd, 2005 --- Sundays, 11:30 PM
    May 16th, 2005 - May 23rd, 2005 --- Mondays, 2:30 AM
    June 17th, 2005 - July 1st, 2005 --- Fridays, 2:00 AM
    June 19th, 2005 - July 3rd, 2005 --- Sundays, 11:30 PM
    June 20th, 2005 - July 4th, 2005 --- Mondays, 2:30 AM
    September 23rd, 2005 - October 14th, 2005 --- Fridays, 2:00 AM
    September 25th, 2005 - September 25th, 2005 --- Sunday, 11:30 PM
    September 26th, 2005 - October 17th, 2005 --- Mondays, 2:00 AM
    October 2nd, 2005 - October 16th, 2005 --- Sundays, 10:00 PM
    November 6th, 2005 - January 29th, 2006 --- Sundays, 10:00 PM
    November 7th, 2005 - January 30th, 2006 --- Mondays, 2:00 AM
    November 18th, 2005 - November 25th, 2005 --- Fridays, 2:00 AM
    April 9th - April 23rd --- Sundays, 10:00 PM
    April 10th - April 24th --- Mondays, 2:00 AM[adult swim] Special Presentations
    February 13th, 2005 (Ep: "Pilot") --- Sunday, 11:30 PM
    February 17th, 2005 (Ep: "Pilot") --- Thursday, 11:30 PM
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  • Genre(s): Comedy, Animation
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 21
  2. Negative: 7 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Jul 10, 2013
    70
    Mostly a hoot. [4 Feb 2005]
  2. In its early episodes, "American Dad" not only follows the lead of "Family Guy" but also throws in digs at U.S. political institutions. [1 May 2005]
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jul 10, 2013
    50
    Feels forced.... What "American Dad" really resembles most is the less-funny outtakes from "Family Guy," done in a way that doesn't even pretend to be original. [4 Feb 2005]
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jul 10, 2013
    40
    Little more than an empty vehicle for clever jokes on America since 9/11. [30 Apr 2005]
  5. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    Jul 10, 2013
    40
    As with "Guy," the idea is to cram this new animated cartoon series with a laugh a second, or at least a second-by-second attempt. Trouble is, too many of the laughs are so-so, too fleetingly funny or disturbingly potty-mouthed. [4 Feb 2005]
  6. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    38
    The pilot aspires to outrageousness, but the humor needs to get a whole lot smarter.
  7. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Jul 10, 2013
    0
    The only fun is in trying to enumerate how many ways it's offensive. [30 Apr 2005]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. Jan 15, 2012
    10
    I'll admit, I watched the first few episodes when it first aired and did not like it. But years later, after watching a full season andI'll admit, I watched the first few episodes when it first aired and did not like it. But years later, after watching a full season and getting to know the characters, I like it better than Family Guy. It might not be for everyone's sense of humor, but if you like Family Guy, then you'll probably grow to like American Dad! equally if you give is a fair chance. Expand
  2. Nov 9, 2014
    10
    Dopo I Simpson e Family Guy,American Dad è la miglior serie televisiva che io abbia mai visto in tutta la mia vita.Non sarà coinvolgenteDopo I Simpson e Family Guy,American Dad è la miglior serie televisiva che io abbia mai visto in tutta la mia vita.Non sarà coinvolgente quanto le avventure della famiglia Griffin,però è davvero emozionante e divertente,con personaggi davvero buffi che non dimenticherete mai.Un capolavoro assoluto. Expand
  3. Aug 7, 2013
    9
    This is my favorite of all these "types" of show. With Family Guy and such. I know that every character in this show can make me laugh. WhereThis is my favorite of all these "types" of show. With Family Guy and such. I know that every character in this show can make me laugh. Where in the other shows only a few characters can make me laugh. Expand
  4. Nov 20, 2014
    8
    Whilst not as good as the original and the best; Family Guy - American Dad has my favourite character of any animation or sitcom. Rodger theWhilst not as good as the original and the best; Family Guy - American Dad has my favourite character of any animation or sitcom. Rodger the Alien by far creates and makes this program, and is the soul reason I have kept coming back for more; even after all these years. It's worth the time just to sit down and watch one episode, that's all it took me to get reasonably hooked on the program. Whilst not the funniest, and several episodes fall very flat off the mark, the quick wit and dark humor is ever present. This is what will reel you in like fish to a baited hook. Expand
  5. Mar 3, 2012
    7
    When it comes to one of Seth MacFarlane's three shows, the least annoying would probably be American Dad. The first few episodes were nothingWhen it comes to one of Seth MacFarlane's three shows, the least annoying would probably be American Dad. The first few episodes were nothing special, especially since everyone was still tuned into the behemoth as Family Guy. American Dad follows the same formula, or cliché if you will, as Family Guy does: Attractive wife, older disowned daughter, younger awkward, nerdy brother, talking animal and a random talking creature. Is this show funny? Yes, it can be. If a person who's a Family guy fan would start watching this, he would disagree, but if you give the series some time, watch a few more episodes, it is definitely the better program. Now that Family Guy is seriously wearing off in it's comedic charm, American Dad is getting slightly better. 7/10. Expand
  6. Jul 5, 2011
    6
    Don't get me wrong, American Dad is a good show. But it is in no way as good as Family Guy. It's not even close to Family Guy. Family Guy hasDon't get me wrong, American Dad is a good show. But it is in no way as good as Family Guy. It's not even close to Family Guy. Family Guy has better writing, better jokes, and is just better Expand
  7. Oct 24, 2011
    0
    I can't believe people watch this crap. American Dad is terrible and unoriginal. I registered for metacritic simply to give it a 0. WatchI can't believe people watch this crap. American Dad is terrible and unoriginal. I registered for metacritic simply to give it a 0. Watch Futurama or South Park or The Simpsons. This show is a complete joke compared to all of them. Expand

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