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Seth Woodbury [=MacFarlane=] (born October 26, 1973) is best known as the creator of the animated sitcoms ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', and ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow''; and is the director and star of the 2012 film ''{{Film/Ted}}''. Seth grew up in New England and went to school for animation at the Rhode Island School of Design. His professor sent a copy of his senior project (''The Life of Larry'') to HannaBarbera, who gave him his first job out of school.

After spending a few years at HB, writing/animating for shows like ''JohnnyBravo'', ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' and ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'', he made a sequel to ''The Life of Larry''. Titled ''Larry and Steve'', it featured a middle-aged guy, Larry, and his intellectual, anthropomorphic dog, Steve. Think ''FamilyGuy'' if the show just focused on Peter and Brian and was, for all intents and purposes, a children's cartoon with the occasional ParentalBonus jokes and mild sexual innuendo (read: a typical cartoon from the 1990s, or an in-house program from Creator/CartoonNetwork).

After Cartoon Network aired the short, {{FOX}} contacted Seth about creating a pilot about the characters, which would later become ''Family Guy''. Originally, Seth was hired to do cartoon shorts for their ''SaturdayNightLive''-esque sketch show, ''Series/{{MADtv}}'', but plans fell through for that, so instead, they gave him a budget of $50,000 and 6 months, and the rest is history.

''FamilyGuy'' had a bumpy start -- not just with content issues, but with timeslots and ratings. The show was cancelled twice (once in 2000 and again in 2002) before becoming a cult hit thanks to cable and DVD releases. The show, as of 2005, has been revived and, for better or worse, is now one of FOX's [[CashCowFranchise most valuable current franchises]] (next to ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''Series/AmericanIdol'').

Seth is also a talented voice actor, providing the voices of four main characters on ''Family Guy'' (Peter, Brian, Stewie and Quagmire), three on ''American Dad'' (Stan, Roger, and Greg Corbin, the gay newscaster), two on ''The Cleveland Show'' (Tim the Bear [until season four, when Creator/JessHarnell took over] and Dr. Fist [until season three, when TomKenny took over for one episode, and Bryan Cranston during the fourth season]) and many additional voices. He also voiced several characters in ''RobotChicken'', a sketch comedy show created by his ''Family Guy'' castmate Creator/SethGreen. He made a short foray into feature-length film when he voiced Johann Krauss in ''[[Film/{{Hellboy}} Hellboy 2:The Golden Army]]''. He's also had some bit parts on live-action television, appearing in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', ''GilmoreGirls'', ''The War at Home'' (on the episode "I Wash My Hands of You," where Hillary -- the BrattyTeenageDaughter -- dates a 33-year-old), ''[[FlashForward2009 FlashForward]]''. But he always returns to animation and comedy. He's also a musician, singer and composer, whose work often appears on his shows (particularly ''FamilyGuy'', which has a lot of memorable musical moments, like ''Shipoopi'' from "Patriot Games," ''A Bag of Weed'' from "Episode 420," ''The Fellas at the Freakin' FCC'' from "PTV," and ''You've Got a Lot to See'' from "Brian Wallows and Peter Swallows").

Seth has won a couple of Emmy Awards for Voice-over Work and Musical Composition. Hugely successful (To the point of becoming the highest paid writer/producer in TV history), but does have a sizable number of detractors, including MoralGuardians who find his humor to be disgusting and offensive, and dyed-in-the-wool ''Simpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' fans who think he's a cynical, marginally-talented hack who ripped off jokes and stories wholesale from those two shows and padded them with [[ManateeGag meaningless jokes that don't go anywhere or have any plot relevance]].

Announced in 2010 that he is developing a live-action/CG hybrid feature film which was released summer 2012 named ''[[{{Film/Ted}} Ted]]'' where he voiced a talking teddy bear owned by a loser male lead trying to get through life. ''Ted'' got generally favorable reviews and was a huge box office hit. His second film, a comedy {{western}} called ''Film/AMillionWaysToDieInTheWest'' was released on May 30, 2014.

Hosted the season 38 premiere episode of ''SaturdayNightLive'' (with musical guest, Frank Ocean, the first and so far only, rapper to openly admit that he's a homosexual) and [[AcademyAward the 85th Academy Awards]]. [[http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2012/10/seth-macfarlane-to-host-oscars/ No, really.]] [=MacFarlane=] also voiced a henpecked husband named Ben on ''TheSimpsons'' season 24 finale "Dangers on a Train" and will appear as Peter Griffin on the crossover episode "The Simpsons Guy."

He also once dated Creator/EmiliaClarke. Yes, that's right! [=MacFarlane=] dated [[Series/GameOfThrones Daenerys Targaryen]]!

He is the executive producer for ''Series/CosmosASpacetimeOdyssey'', hosted by NeilDeGrasseTyson. [[PlayingAgainstType However that makes sense.]]

In an odd twist of fate, [=MacFarlane=] was scheduled to fly on one of the planes that hit the World Trade Center, but missed his flight due to a hangover and his agent screwing up his flight plan. He decided to wait for another flight, until he saw the news footage of the World Trade Center being destroyed and realized that [[FridgeHorror that could have been him]]. He vowed never to make 9/11 jokes on his shows because of this, but, after a while, the vow was broken and some slipped through (''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' was originally created as a reflection of the post-9/11 world, which was rife with overzealous patriotism, the desperate need to be safe [even if it means encroaching on others' rights], and claims that the media and the government is paralyzing people into fearing for their lives).

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!!Notable Tropes associated with Seth [=MacFarlane=] include:

* AllAdultAnimationIsSouthPark: A lot of critics who hate ''FamilyGuy'' have accused it of being like ''TheSimpsons'' (though this claim is inverted as people are now accusing ''TheSimpsons'' of copying ''FamilyGuy'''s ComedicSociopathy).
* AuthorAppeal: A lot of things that Seth likes make it into his shows (music from the RatPack era, 70's-80's pop culture, musicals/showtunes, ''StarWars'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'', sci-fi, etc). This carried over to his 2013 stint hosting the Oscars, as his opening monologue/musical number included a cameo by WilliamShatner as Captain Kirk.
* AuthorAvatar: Brian was this for Seth on ''Family Guy'', in the first few seasons (and is, in some way, since both Brian and Seth are single, atheists who drink, are very liberal when it comes to politics, smoke weed[[note]]Even though Seth quit because pot was making him paranoid[[/note]], and are often seen as smug bastards who deserve nothing but contempt). Peter was also one initially, when he used to reflect everything Seth geeks over (like 1970s and 1980s pop culture and ''Star Wars'').
* BitingTheHandHumor: Both against FOX and against the people who initially helped get ''Family Guy'' revived. He also nipped the hand of the Academy Awards a little.
* BlackComedy: His stock in trade. Business is good.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRj-S8Aklcw See]] for yourself.
* TheCastShowoff: ''Family Guy'' and ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' have often been used as platforms to show off Seth's amazing singing ability with musical numbers (some memorable musical moments from both shows include: ''Shipoopi'' from "Patriot Games", ''A Bag of Weed'' from "Episode 420", ''The Fellas at the Freakin' FCC'' from "PTV", the ''SchoolhouseRock'' bit on Oliver North and the Iran-Contra Scandal on the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Stanny Slickers II: The Legend of Ollie's Gold", ''The N.A.A.F.P Anthem'' from a DeletedScene in "The Fat Guy Strangler", ''You've Got a Lot to See'' from "Brian Wallows and Peter Swallows", and any song from the Brian and Stewie "Road To..." episodes)
* CatchPhrase: Whenever he hosts an opening to his show on a specific network he often opens with the ever {{Stoic}} "Oh hi there, you scared the crap out of me." This has gone on since Life of Larry.
* DeadpanSnarker
* ManOfAThousandVoices: All of which [[TalkingToHimself have spoken to each other]] at one point or another.
** Not only does he do many voices on his shows, but he's an uncanny mimic--he can do a perfect Creator/AdamWest, for one thing (though he uses the real thing for Family Guy).
* MsFanservice: You'll usually find one of these in his shows.
* NotHyperbole: A lot of his off-hand jokes are literally illustrated. It even spilled over into his Oscars hosting gig: In introducing one presenter, he merely said, "Our next presenter needs no introduction." Away he walked; [[JustifiedTrope out walked]] MerylStreep.
* OverlyLongGag: One of his favorite gags.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: He seems to love this trope as a pair wearing the corresponding colors are present in all his shows, specifically [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Meg and Chris]], [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDad Francine and Stan]] and lastly, [[WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow Kendra and Lester]].
* ReferenceOverdosed: If you have no knowledge of 1970s and 1980s pop culture, movies from GoldenAge of Hollywood, musicals, or the Rat Pack, most of the jokes on Seth's shows will go over your head.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Most of the characters he voices shows signs of these.
** Granted he voices the main characters in WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy and WesternAnimation/AmericanDad anyways, the spotlight stealing squad of Stewie and Brian on Family Guy, and Roger on American Dad were incidental. And the only character he voices on WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow is far removed from this trope
* TwoGirlsToATeam: Lois and Meg, Donna and Roberta, and Francine and Hayley.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: ''All'' of his shows have this. Very rarely will they have [[VomitDiscretionShot vomit discretion shots]], but they're there (particularly in the early episodes of either ''FamilyGuy'' or ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. Not so much ''TheClevelandShow'').
* WholePlotReference: Is very fond of these.
* {{Workaholic}}: His regular duties on Family Guy and American Dad notwithstanding, he also wrote a few episodes, helps to animate where he can, and even helps with the music when he can.
** He wrote a novelization for the film "A Million Ways to Die in the West" in between breaks shooting the film. He was both the director and the star of the film.
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