[[caption-width-right:300:Clockwise, starting from the left: [[DumbassTeenageSon Chris]], [[ManChild Peter]], [[BitchInSheepsClothing Lois]], [[ButtMonkey Meg]], [[BrainyBaby Stewie]], and [[InsufferableGenius Brian]].]]

-> ''"It seems today that all you see is violence in movies and sex on TV''\\
''But where are those good, old fashioned values'' \\
''On which we used to rely?'' \\
''Lucky there's a Family Guy!'' \\
''Lucky there's a man who positively can do all the things that make us'' \\
''Laugh and cry!'' \\
''He's a Family Guy!"''
-->-- '''Opening theme'''

''Family Guy'' is an {{animated series}} created by Creator/SethMacFarlane with a seemingly basic concept of the life of a [[DysfunctionalFamily dysfunctional New England family]]. It presents us with four main characters--slow-witted blue-collar jerk Peter, who is basically a crueler, more imbecilic, and often more cheerful [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Al Bundy]]; smart and efficient (but neglectful and wild) HouseWife Lois; insecure daughter Meg; and good-hearted but moronic son Chris--and puts them through a series of adventures usually sparked by Peter's selfishness and/or idiocy. In addition to these somewhat cookie-cutter characters are Brian, the martini-sipping intellectual and incredibly pretentious dog, and Stewie, the laser-toting megalomaniac baby, although they've gotten much more screen time in recent seasons.

Chaotic and somewhat out of the ordinary, the show is notorious for its {{Cutaway Gag}}s, as well as targeting literally every subject under the sun and being willing to go out of its way to offend. Depending on who you ask, it's either sloppy, unstructured and tasteless, or unorthodox and acceptably simple entertainment. With later seasons, the randomness increased and character dynamics shifted, with Stewie becoming less of a mad conqueror and more of a showman with homicidal, homosexual, and/or violent tendencies, Meg becoming a ButtMonkey (supposedly because the writers found her boring, but [[StatusQuoIsGod didn't want to write her off the show]]), Lois becoming much less of a good housewife, and Brian becoming more and more of a pompous loser. The animation style became stiffer, and the show as a whole became [[BlackComedy far darker]] and [[SadistShow mean-spirited]]. It's drawn flak for this, but its fanbase is as loyal as any other, and like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', it's up to the viewer to decide which version is better.

The show made history for American network television for being {{uncanceled}} -- twice. {{Creator/FOX}} announced the show's cancellation after its second season in 2000. The show was resurrected not long after, but ratings suffered as its [[ScrewedByTheNetwork time slot changed constantly and it competed against the ratings-behemoths of]] ''{{Series/Survivor}}'' and ''{{Series/Friends}}''. After the third season in 2002, FOX cancelled the show "for good". But in 2005, the show was resurrected yet again, due to popular request, impressive ratings for the reruns on Creator/AdultSwim, and unusually successful DVD-set sales. ''Family Guy'' is now one of the network's most successful franchises, promoted by the suits with the same fervor given to ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' as well as ''Series/AmericanIdol'' and ''Series/TwentyFour'' in their heydays. This made Seth [=MacFarlane=] THE highest paid Hollywood writer for a few years after its second revamp- it allowed him to produce the SpinOff series ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', and ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', both under the same studio, along with the ''Franchise/StarWars'' spoof ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuyPresentsLaughItUpFuzzball''.

As a final point, it's worth remembering [=MacFarlane=] is not as heavily involved in the writing of more recent episodes as you might think. While he's still an executive producer, and thus can veto scripts, chances are [[ScapegoatCreator he's not the one you should aim bile at]] when it comes to specific gags, aesops and messages in the plotlines (though he's not completely innocent, either, due to said ability to veto scripts).

There are currently four video games based on the series. First was the ''Family Guy Video Game!'' for UsefulNotes/PlayStation2, UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}}, and UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable. Next came ''Family Guy Online'', a browser-based MMORPG. The third is ''VideoGame/FamilyGuyBackToTheMultiverse'' for UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}}, and PC. The fourth is a village simulator alike ''Videogame/TheSimpsonsTappedOut'' and ''[[VideoGame/MyLittlePonyGameloft My Little Pony]]'' called ''Videogame/FamilyGuyTheQuestForStuff'' for iOS and Android. A LicensedPinballTable was released by Creator/SternPinball in 2007; [[Pinball/FamilyGuy click here for details.]]

!!Additional pages:
* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BiggestComplaint/FamilyGuy Vent all your complaints here]]
* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BestEpisode/FamilyGuy Vote for the best episode here]]
* [[http://familyguy.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page Has its own wiki]]
* [[Recap/FamilyGuy Episode Guides and the tropes associated are here]].
* [[DrinkingGame/FamilyGuy The "Just For Fun" Drinking Game]].
!!Tropes found in the series:
* FamilyGuy/TropesAToC
* FamilyGuy/TropesDToI
* FamilyGuy/TropesJToP
* FamilyGuy/TropesQToZ