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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 31, 1999
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 , 11 , 12 , 13
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  • Summary: Sick, twisted, politically incorrect and freakin' sweet. The animated series features the adventures of the Griffin family. Peter and Lois have three kids - the youngest is a brilliant, sadistic baby bent on killing his mother and world domination. Chris, like his father, is obese, has a lowSick, twisted, politically incorrect and freakin' sweet. The animated series features the adventures of the Griffin family. Peter and Lois have three kids - the youngest is a brilliant, sadistic baby bent on killing his mother and world domination. Chris, like his father, is obese, has a low IQ and no common sense. Meg desperately tries to be part of the popular crowd, and is coldly rebuffed. Their talking dog Brian keeps baby Stewie in check while sipping martinis and sorting out his own life issues. After being canceled in 2002, having an outstanding performance in DVD sales and syndication ratings that beat late-night talk shows, its cult status reached great heights. As a result, the series was added back to the FOX Summer 2005 line-up. Family Guy returned to the small screen with new episodes on Sunday, May 1st, 2005. A DVD Movie was released in September of 2005. Family Guy has won 3 Emmy awards and 3 Annie awards. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Animation
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 23
  2. Negative: 7 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Jul 10, 2013
    90
    "Family Guy" stands to become the best satire of all-American dysfunction next to "The Simpsons." [29 Jan 1999]
  2. Reviewed by: John Levesque
    Jul 10, 2013
    83
    It's all raucous nonsense, but the debate will rage as to whether "Family Guy" contributes to, or merely reflects, the demise of civility. As with most TV fare, it's doing a little of both, and it's doing it with a sharp eye for detail. [9 Apr 1999]
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Mink
    Jul 10, 2013
    75
    If such quickie pop-culture jokes are the show's strength, its current weakness is the stories that revolve around the Griffins themselves and characters that, even when they're amusing, aren't very interesting. They certainly don't suggest the kind of richness that the characters of "The Simpsons" do. [9 Apr 1999]
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jul 10, 2013
    60
    Even if you find the show odd, awful or freakish, at least it won't bore you. [29 Jan 1999]
  5. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jul 10, 2013
    50
    We fear [Family Guy] already may be out of material. [9 Apr 1999]
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jul 10, 2013
    50
    "Family Guy" ... consists of almost nothing but pop culture references. ... Now, some of these gags are side-splittingly funny ... but there are way too many of them. [9 Apr 1999]
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jul 10, 2013
    0
    Utterly excremental. ... May the room in which "Family Guy" is drawn be sacked, emptied, disinfected and burned to a cinder. Anything to keep them from making any more episodes of this smug and amateurish tripe. [30 Jan 1999]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 70
  2. Negative: 17 out of 70
  1. Mar 23, 2013
    10
    Probably The Most Funny Show On T.V. As Of Now!
  2. Jul 5, 2011
    10
    This is, in my opinion, hands down the greatest animated comedy ever. Nothing even comes close to touching it. All of the characters are greatThis is, in my opinion, hands down the greatest animated comedy ever. Nothing even comes close to touching it. All of the characters are great and the plots are very clever Expand
  3. Nov 17, 2010
    10
    Honestly, this has to be one of the easiest reviews ever. The show is hilarious almost every single episode. The newer episodes I like more ofHonestly, this has to be one of the easiest reviews ever. The show is hilarious almost every single episode. The newer episodes I like more of course since the drawing and coloring of the characters and scenes has gotten better, but i still watch season 1 up till the present episodes. Love the show. Expand
  4. Feb 1, 2014
    8
    Well i really like this show, and many of you probably can tell by my user name, it obvious, but they need to make better effort in the moviesWell i really like this show, and many of you probably can tell by my user name, it obvious, but they need to make better effort in the movies that they make from the show, kind of like "the simpsons" did. I don`t really see big different`s between the show and "Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story" its kind of like stewie and brian episode Expand
  5. JSN
    May 11, 2011
    6
    It's good in small doses for the laughs, but isn't a great show to watch consecutively. As others have mentioned, it will start to seemIt's good in small doses for the laughs, but isn't a great show to watch consecutively. As others have mentioned, it will start to seem repetitive if you're paying close attention and there isn't any sort of connection between episodes. It's hard to say there's a best season; it's been consistently hit or miss each episode, though I think the recent seasons have been aiming for the lowest common denominator among viewers. It makes for a decent prime-time re-run syndication show that you stumble upon when flicking through channels, but not the type of show you'll want to own on DVD and watch through nor do I think many people go out of their way to catch new episodes. Expand
  6. May 21, 2014
    4
    This show is a lot like Spongebob. It was good, but now it has gone way down hill. Almost all the characters are either not likable, sufferThis show is a lot like Spongebob. It was good, but now it has gone way down hill. Almost all the characters are either not likable, suffer from the Seth Macfarlane effect (A character becoming unbelievably stupid), or just not interesting. Making Meg the punching bag is like what they do with squidward on Spongebob, its just not funny. Also the show is just not funny anymore, and I honestly think the show should just die. This show was funny, but it has over stayed its welcome. Expand
  7. Sep 17, 2014
    0
    Not funny, not original, characters are lame, no story.....I'd rather stare at the ceiling.....or watch Frozen (BTW I HATE that movie)....Not funny, not original, characters are lame, no story.....I'd rather stare at the ceiling.....or watch Frozen (BTW I HATE that movie).... pretty much anything is better. Expand

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