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Seasons 1- 3 (Pre-Revival)
Julayla: Actually to me, there was the very first episode of Family Guy aka the pilot. Looking back at it now, I found the jokes at the first scene to be unfunny and bland. Not to mention very lame. And let's not get started on the Jemimah's witness bit. I may not be African, but I kinda found it a bit offensive.
fluffything: To prove not everything pre-revival was a classic, we have the Season 1 episode "Brian: Portrait of A Dog", which shows the dog's Black Hole Sue tendencies went as far back as the first season. Why? Well, at first, the episode starts out great with Brian feeling Peter doesn't respect him and Peter also feeling Brian doesn't appreciate him causing the former to run away. But, then it goes completely downhill after Brian runs away and we are subjected to many many parallels to the 1960s "Civil Rights" movements. No, just, no. It's a bad comparison for many reasons. First, equating a dog's (albeit a human-level intelligent one) problems with "leash laws" to the "Jim Crow" laws is just insulting on so many levels I don't know where to begin. Second, the indignities that minorities had to endure were far worse than Brian not being allowed to drink at a fountain or having to wear a leash for his own protection. And, finally, the parallel just doesn't work because most dogs in the series are realistic animal-minded dogs (About the only dogs in Family Guy that are of human level intelligence are Brian, New Brian (deceased), Jasper, and the Griffin's old dog Todd. This isn't Brian asking for equal rights for his species. This is Brian complaining about not being treated "special" because he's a talking dog.
Squir: Not to mention that it can carry Fridge LogicUnfortunate Implications.note If it's actually serious and not just patronization of civil rights, then what is the intended message? People are trying to make dogs do human-like things all the time, so it's illogical to say that we're not treating them human enough. An all-too-easy conclusion is that it's referring to interspecies romance
Kittens: There's a scene in "A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Bucks" where it shows an old fashioned Minnie Mouse being forced to strip against her will for a sleazy Walt Disney asking her if she wants to be famous. He threatens her too while Minnie cries in embarrassment; just plain sick and unfunny.
The Irish Insomniac: I don't know if I'll be courting controversy by saying this, but I really and truly did not care for Season Two's (or whatever season it was, due to network shuffling) "Let's Go To The Hop". The reason why is, well, rather simple, I thought it was an extremely boring episode, that somehow managed to irritate me at the same time. That cringe-inducing song in the middle, the unfunny cutaways (keep in mind the first three seasons had the highest standard of humor and writing, in my opinion) and how whiny Meg was throughout. Peter's neglect didn't help much either, nor that damn Connie character. I can see why the writing staff don't like writing for Meg, because that episode was inoffensive to the point of well, being offensive, and when you're writing for Family Guy, that should be your number one priority: make us laugh and make us give a damn. Seth once said "Fore Father" was the weakest episode of the first three seasons, but I'm inclined to disagree.
Lin Taylor: I'm actually surprised nobody's mentioned "To Love and Die in Dixie" yet. This was the first episode with Seth's over-the-top hatred of the Southern US on full display, especially Meg's class consisting of every snide stereotype imaginable (like the preteen who already has a daughter, and an honest-to-God pig being part of the class). When the writers are giving Meg fair shakes, you know someone else is being savaged.
Man Called True: The very first thing the show did on returning - having Peter list off every canceled FOX show since Family Guy went off the air. The sheer arrogance of the moment is staggering. It's Seth waving his dick around and yelling, "Suck it, FOX! I'm the only chance you have!" And it's also illogical - what, they all got canceled because they're not Family Guy? The scene might have worked if they listed every show that was in Family Guy's time slot, but listing every canceled Fox show takes it to the point of masturbation.
ading: The episode "Don't Make Me Over", in which Meg gets a makeover. It's not the height of the show's offensiveness, but it's the point where the Character Derailment started to set in. In the episode, two people commit suicide upon seeing how ugly Meg is. She wins a contest to turn an ugly woman into "someone of value to society". So she gets the makeover, and the only noticeable difference afterwards is that she has blonde hair and blue eyelids. Remember, kids, it doesn't matter what else you do, if you have brown hair, you're a mind-blowingly ugly abomination! After Peter sees her with the makeover, he says "I always thought you were beauti-" and then bursts out laughing, unable to say it with a straight face, despite telling her she was beautiful before she got the makeover in the same episode. Meg gets Acquired Situational Narcissism from the makeover, and is eventually forced to have it undone. She is actually glad to be "ugly" again, because she feels it was too much work being beautiful. Lois (who up until then had spent the episode trying to comfort her), when she hears this, replies "Not for me, hunny". I don't know what the writers were thinking when they wrote this.
ElegantVamp: The fact that so many people consider Meg to be hideous makes even less sense, because she looks exactly like Lois (whom everyone thinks is "hot"), albeit with a different hair color and glasses.
Krendall: I have a couple issues with the episode "Petarded". It's odd since I find the episode itself funny, but I think the decline of the show (or at least Peter's character) can be traced to this episode. By making Peter technically retarded, it now gave the writers free reign to make him do even the stupidest of acts. If anyone calls them out on it, they can just say, "Well... he's retarded." Of course, this just makes every one of Peter's stupid and/or jackassy actions a slap in the face to actual retarded people. The other thing that bugs me is the scene where Peter is told he's retarded. The doctor shows an intelligence chart and it lists Creationists below retarded people.
Raven Black: "8 Simple Rules For Buying My Teenage Daughter". I hate this episode so much. Peter trying to sell his own daughter into slavery to settle a pharmacy tab (with her later selling herself into it just because she's inexplicably jealous of Neil Goldman, a boy she's loathed for ages, having a girlfriend). Stewie murdering the hypotenuse in the subplot, again out of jealousy. That ipecac vomiting scene that's nearly a minute long. That stupid "breakfast machine" cutaway which just results in Peter injuring himself yet again. Is there anything funny about any of this?
Dan The Enigma: "Brian Goes Back To College". Don't get me wrong. I like this episode for the most part. There's one thing that really pisses me off though. At the very end of the episode, Brian ends up failing his test that would've meant that he graduated and he says that despite failing, he has his pride because he didn't cheat. Now that's a nice Family Friendly Aesop to end a pretty funny episode. What does the family do? They, no pun intended, Kick the Dog. They completely shoot down Brian's statement and say that he actually should have cheated! I do realize that Brian is an Author Avatar, but c'mon! You could've at LEAST given him this instead of having the main family act like one giant Jerkass.
MrJeperson: It has to be the episode "Brian Sings And Swings". The subplot, where Meg pretends to be a lesbian to get more friends, is yet more kicking of the Butt Monkey (and the moment where Lois, who of course has to be Teh Sex at all times, mocks Meg and then fakes lesbianism so much better than her daughter is yet another one that only makes Lois all the more unlikeable) - but what really makes this episode so nauseating is the repeated butt-kissing administered to Frank Sinatra Jr, just so that Seth can get to sing with a Sinatra. Yes, Seth, we get it - you have a fairly good singing voice. But Pavarotti or Presley you are not. Hell, you're not even Sinatra Jr. So just quit it already. (Oh, and would good old Author Avatar Brian really proclaim that he feels "like freakin' Jesus" when he sings?...)
Sceptre: "Patriot Games" — the home of the infamous "Where's my money?" and "Shipoopi" scenes. The former scene was just unnecessary violence and is uncomfortable to watch. The sheer unnecessary-ness of the latter scene was parodied five years later in a clip show, when Stewie cringes at the fact that they have to play "Shipoopi" again.
dementia13: Don't have a problem with something being uncomfortable to watch, but musical numbers are usually the dew line for a show having jumped the shark. Mostly averted in Family Guy's case, as they're there due to MacFarlane's fanhood, but "Shipoopi" was some of the most overlong, unfunny, obnoxious filler I've seen, and it was compounded by giving the London Sillynannies a musical number of their own. Its only funny moment was showing John Madden dancing along in the broadcast booth. IIRC, that episode was tied in with FOX's Super Bowl broadcast that particular season. Talk about putting your worst foot forward.
Video Game Crack: In the episode with the infamous Shipoopi scene (while being pretty horrendous, is not the DMOS), Lois tells Peter that, if he got handicapped, she would just drop him.
Goldeneye101: "You May Now Kiss the... Uh... Guy Who Receives". This episode was basically the start of the whole "Brian is the Author Avatar thing." Basically, Brian's cousin comes to visit and brings a Filipino boyfriend. They say that they are getting married and Lois is the only one not impressed by it. Mayor West then bans Gay Marriage in order to get around him building a solid gold statue of the Kellogg's cereal mascot Dig 'Em. Brian, in a complete wreckage of anything canon before it, automatically goes to try to help his cousin, trying to get signatures to repeal it. He gets the signatures and West disregards the signatures. In yet another wreckage of character, Brian holds West at gunpoint and takes him hostage. It is only then that Lois decides to go along with it and accept gay marriage. Brian immediately, after hearing Lois tell him to stop, ends up stopping... to which West tears up the gay marriage ban. So, a person (well, dog) holds you up at gunpoint unless you sign some idiotic paper repealing a gay marriage ban, so you... help him? Instead of arresting him? The episode ends on the gay marriage itself. The subplot wasn't much better at bashing Republicans, as Chris joins a Young Republicans group and burns Brian's original petition, and then it's never resolved.
Merlock: Oh, you're missing half of the problems! For one, how is the mayor "banning" gay marriage? At the time this episode aired, gay marriage wasn't legal in Rhode Island yet—an inaccuracy that exists just to subtly make his side more "villainous." Secondly, Jasper and his boyfriends are the biggest stereotypes ever, and the most "romantic" thing about their relationship is Jasper making a sex joke. They don't even talk to each other (because the Fillipino can't speak English and Jasper makes no sign of speaking Tagalog, or even Spanish)—their relationship is as shallow as a puddle, so cares whether or not they can get a tax break for their zoophilia? And third, Lois is convinced to support gay marriage because Brian holds somebody at gunpoint. What sense does that make?! Her logic is that "he feels really strongly about this" so he must be right—that's idiotic! Brian is committing an act of terrorism right now! If gay marriage is right, it's right; if it's wrong, it's wrong. The fact that somebody (particularly somebody who's not even gay) "feels really strongly" about it does not prove their side is right! (Put another way—if the mayor was trying to legalize gay marriage and Brian put a gun to his head to stop it, would he be right then?) And then there was a "joke" about Elizabeth Smart, the real-life girl who was kidnapped by a crazy cultist for more than a year. The punchline is that she's horribly traumatized from repeatedly being raped. Seriously. (N.B.: the real Elizabeth Smart seems to have, thankfully, recovered from her ordeal quite well.)
EponymousKid: And not to reiterate, but the fact that the episode is supposed to be supportive of gay rights, yet trots out the most insulting stereotypes imaginable, is appalling at best. The thing that really gets to me is the fact that the writers are so prejudiced without even realizing it.
Ecclytennysmithylove: While I agree with the above posts, there is one part in that episode that left a bad taste in my mouth and that is the scene where Stewie, Brian, and Jasper were watching the film The Sound of Music. In this movie parodied, after the nuns sabotaged the Nazis' pursuit of the Von Trapp family, one of the nuns confessed to the Reverend Mother Superior that she committed a sin and revealed that she decapitated Rolfe, much to the other nuns' horror. That said nun then shouted, "Hey, I didn't start this war, but it's on!" Yes, Family Guy writers, we get it! Rolfe was turned into a Nazi, and anybody who were Nazis shall burn in hell! But what the FG writers did to Rolfe was just uncalled for and pointlessly dark. I'm pretty sure Liesl's not going to be happy that her lover, who suffered a Face-Heel Turn, had been killed off by one of the nuns. And I'm pretty sure the older Sound of Music movie fans who viewed this dreadful parody weren't happy with the FG writers interpreting how Rolfe's fate probably ended after he was brainwashed by the notorious dictator.
The Dog Sage: From Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, which would become a three-parter in season 4: The cut-away gag in which we have Elmer Fudd repeatedly shoot Bugs Bunny and then snap his neck before dragging the bleeding carcass away. Seriously, that's the entire 'joke', Elmer Fudd violently and bloodily killing Bugs Bunny. Graphically murdering a beloved childhood icon isn't Black Comedy, it's just sick.
Maedar: The Elizabeth Smart joke stands out as what I believe is the most despicable thing on any animated show, but seeing as that has already been mentioned, I'll add something else. Most fans of this show think the whole "Grinds My Gears" routine was one of the best gags on the show (many wishing they'd make it into a regular segment) totally ignoring that Peter makes a racist joke and a sexist joke over the course of it. (People think the second one is funny because they think Lindsay Lohan is an Acceptable Target, but the message is kind of deluded coming from a character who has committed every single immoral action she's been accused of, on a far larger scale.) To paraphrase a character from a show that Family Guy is a cheap rip-off of, I am lying when I say that the "Grinds My Gears" routine was a well-plotted piece of nonclaptrap that never made me want to retch.
darkrage6: Since someone already mentioned the infamous "Brian & Stewie" episode, I'll go with "Stewie Loves Lois", which I hated because it was just extremely unfunny and lazily written, the episode is essentially an Overly Long Unfunny Gag stretched out to 22 minutes (with the exception of the lame subplot where Stewie actually begins to like Lois - how is that supposed to be funny or entertaining?), the gag being Peter mistaking a prostate exam for an attempted rape and complaining about how he was "raped" for almost the whole episode. It's not funny the first time and it gets even more annoying every other time; how anyone can possibly find that funny is beyond me.
Jurgan: What's more is that, when Peter first tells Lois "I was raped," her reaction is to laugh. If it was after he said that the prostate exam he had was the "rape", it'd be understandable, but this was before! Remember, men can never be raped!
Westing1992: I have only seen one episode of Family Guy in my life, and it was bad enough that I'm unlikely to watch any in the future. The episode in question was "Whistle While Your Wife Works". For starters, it opens with Peter blowing his fingers off with a firework, scattering them around the neighborhood in a sequence that was uncomfortable and unfunny. Due to his injuries, Peter has Lois become his secretary and wants to have sex with her in his office. Meanwhile, Brian is dating a hot, but incredibly dumb, girl, and wants to break up with her. Neither storyline is very funny, and neither has an adequate ending: Peter and Lois have sex, but she's still working as his secretary; Brian tries to break up with the girl, but winds up having sex with her instead. Sex is not a valid substitute for resolutions. But what stands out for me the worst is a manatee gag where Peter mentions having lots of hiding places for his porn. The resulting gag is about a minute showing Peter going into an elaborate underground vault, and, at the end, takes out a porn magazine; it's an overly-long setup to a joke to which we already know the punchline.
dubledolix: In "Prick Up Your Ears", Lois tries out a sex-ed class so kids know how to have safe sex. She got fired by the next day, why? Because her husband was acting like an idiot in class? No! The parents demanded the sex ed class to be canceled just because Lois was teaching their kids how to use a condom. Rule of Funny, my ass. Here I thought Lois and Peter were the worst parents around, but the other parents actually allowed their kids to through life without any proper knowledge about sex and how it should work. Worst of all, who everyone listened to when it comes to sex? Some stage man who makes up complete bullshit about sex such as a penis being sent a different dimension by having sexual intercourse before marriage. You know there's something wrong with someone if they look more stupid than SonFricken'Goku! (Goku, even as a teenager, didn't know a thing or two about sex or marriage, yet he and Chi Chi end up raising perfectly healthy young boys) Besides what's wrong with having sex with someone? If it's about them being corrupted through lust, then it's that person's fault, not the desire.
Tropers/maxwellsilver: While I stopped watching around the crippletron moment and didn't see the end, my moment for that episode (in a series like this, it's impossible not to have more than one moment) was how long it took to set up the plot and all the false leads. First Peter buys a set of footy pajamas at a garage sale so he starts running on the carpet and shocking people. Then, after several painful jokes about Peter shocking people, Lois has all the carpet removed and finds an old coin. Peter sells the coin and opens a restaurant. Then, past the halfway point, Peter won't install a wheelchair ramp so no one in a wheelchair can dine there, so Joe and others in wheelchairs become up in arms about it and start attacking the restaurant.
The Pocket: "Boys Do Cry". The one where they go to Texas. As has previously been said, you can't mix preachiness with over-the-top parody, and this episode shows why perfectly: The people they meet there are deliberately exaggerated for comedic effect, yet then you have Brian taking it totally seriously, which makes it seem like the writers did too (even though, unless you're incredibly cynical, it's obvious that they aren't and cannot possibly be that stupid). It's also an example of why a character like Brian does not work on this show: He's essentially a real person (namely the writer) living on World of Weirdness, and for the most part they're stuck making him ignore the sort of behavior someone like him shouldn't be tolerating. It's only when that behavior offends his political sensibilities, apparently, that he can't stand silently by. Of course, "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" would end up taking this problem even further; I just lost patience sooner than most people apparently.
The Nth Troper: That episode lost me for a while (I was briefly won back until "Not All Dogs Go To Heaven") but another reason I hate it was for wasting Gilbert Gottfried in a nothing cameo. Still not as bad a waste as the TNG cast, and as it's Gilbert YMMV.
SG_Man_Forever: I hated this episode simply because I am tired of the stereotype that those from my state are ignorant, racist, sexist, dogmatic assholes who would attempt en masse to lynch people because they are gay or atheist. I recognize parody when I see it, but as the first troper noted, when you mix preachiness with over-the-top parody and include extremely mean-spirited stereotyping, the result is you sounding like an asshole.
Stevie Will Show You: The big problem I had with this episode was the entire setup to get them to Texas just so the show could make all the "Texans are backwards-ass jerkwad rednecks" jokes. Stewie throws up in church after ingesting too many crackers and too much wine — which is a completely understandable reaction — and just because the crackers and wine are part of Communion, he's immediately assumed to be possessed and sought after by the entire town of Quahog, as well as the authorities, for an exorcism. First: it makes religious people look like complete Jerkasses for wanting to deliver an exorcism to a child who threw up in church (I know, big shock, Family Guy hating on religion). Second: actual church-sanctioned exorcisms are few and far between, and even then, they're done by highly-trained members of the clergy (and only after the church has deemed an exorcism to be truly necessary), not some random priest and a bunch of pissed-off civilians. Third: the whole "the police are looking for a possessed child" bit makes no sense because, last I checked, the police aren't called on to arrest people just because they're accused of being possessed by the devil. Fourth: Even if the Griffins had to run from the entire population of Quahog, that's no reason to make everyone else on the Griffins' trip to Texas (including non-Quahog police officers) as dumb as the rest of Quahog. If the rest of the episode had been worth the intelligence-insulting setup, then maybe I could forgive the attack on religion and the general absurdity of the setup; too bad that, as the others have pointed out above me, the episode was nowhere near worth the setup.
danjorw1 I believe this was the episode in which Stewie competed (in drag) in a beauty pageant. Stewie makes a snarky joke about ending up like Jonbenet Ramsey. For those not privy, Jonbenet was a 6 year old beauty pageant contestant who was brutally murdered in her home on Christmas Day nearly sixteen years ago and whose murder still remains unsolved. That was utterly tasteless and disrespect to the victim and her family. What the hell are they thinking? I know it has been a while since it happened, but that is no excuse. And it's losing sane viewers because the writers making light of seriously tragic events worth making a few possible weirdos laugh at poorly thought out jokes.
Philipnova798: This was the episode that made me lose all hope in the series. Up to this point, I was able to tolerate the Black Comedy and the Dude, Not Funny! nature of the post-cancellation seasons. Hell even this episode I liked... up until Stewie vomits the communion wine. And that's when when it all came crumbling down as religious propaganda and racism that makes even American Dad! seem tame. Texans are not all stupid, self-minded people. And really? Why the fuck did they have to include two Chuck Norris jokes that weren't even remotely entertaining (punching another child? Really?) Having Dubya in the episode was promising as they did make him into a nice guy, but severely wasted largely in part of the Author Tract going on. This episode is the reason why I only watch the first three seasons on an occasional basis (If I bother watching the series).
Furi Kuri: The moments in "Blue Harvest" where they just ripped gags off wholesale from Airplane. They don't make sense if you haven't seen Airplane, and if you have, it's nothing more than "Yep, that sure is a reference to Airplane". That's Seltzer and Friedberg-style humor right there. I hated the episode as a whole, but that just cemented it as the worst episode I've seen.
Megatronacepticon: The cutaway in "Movin' Out (Brian's Song)" where Quagmire rapes Marge Simpson and murders her family. Many Family Guy fans (including myself) are also fans of The Simpsons, so naturally we do not find this the least bit amusing.
Purr Elise: Agreed. Even Matt Groening (a friend of Seth and a fan of the show) was so disgusted by this it almost ended the friendship between the two of them.
Acesoldier Zero: The worst part is that it honestly could have been a pretty funny visual gag if the writers had the sense to end it before Quagmire murders the entire Simpson family.
ergeis: I thought that scene was funny, but then again that was during the time I was a dipshit teenager with no taste in comedy. While it's true that The Simpsons mocked Family Guy with accusations of being an inferior copycat, they were never this malicious. Seth's defense was, paraphrased, "Hey, they made fun of us!" Seth, how old are you?
Midoriri: For me, it was one of the CutawayGags in "Padre de Familia". Brian reminds Peter that he (Peter) didn't even know about 9/11 until years later. Okay, fine... but then we cut to Lois, watching the coverage with tears in her eyes and a tissue in hand... and Peter walks in, glances at the TV, laughs and says "Must be a woman-pilot," before walking off. That's not fucking funny!
Inuyasha FE: In "Padre de Familia", the scene where Peter gets a job as a nanny, crashes through the window, on top of two children, killing them. He gets up, vomits, shoves them under the bed, vomits again, cries, then jumps out the window to escape the scene of the crime. Who the hell thought something like this would be funny?!
Shadow200: Besides that idiotic plot, earlier at a Veterans' Day parade they show two floats. The first one is labeled future casualties and deaths of war and has all black kids on it. The next after it is labeled guys who never got injured and features nothing but white guys on it boasting and bragging how they never got hurt. Seth, the next time you decide to make a race joke on how whites are superior, pull your head out of your rear and don't!
Kuku Inkblot: As a whole, I find Family Guy kind of tasteless, but one episode "Back to the Woods" just stands out with me. The one where Peter switches lives with James Woods and goes on Letterman to promote "his" new movie. A comedy about 9/11 with David Spade as the airplane. That's when I stopped watching the show completely.
Emil Lang 1000: "The Former Life of Brian". The entire episode. Brian finds out he has a son who is older than he is, which is questioned all of once in the episode and then just taken at face-value from then on - this alone is annoying, but the episode sports perhaps the most egregious example of an Overly-Long Gag in Family Guy history (the reigning king of said trope, at that) which itself isn't very funny to begin with, the whole episode is just bland and unfunny, it's rife with Manatee Jokes, Brian's Character Derailment is in full force here, ends in an Asspull-y and anticlimactic way... while there's nothing absurdly or particularly offensive about the episode, the thing as a whole is basically just a prime example of everything that's gone wrong with Family Guy since the revival and is generally just one of the laziest-written episodes in the show's history.
Kitschensyngk: How many of their writers were influenced by Monty Python? Influenced enough to include a scene where Brian's long-lost son subjects Meg to "the 178 hours of Monty Python that are neither funny nor memorable"? In the episode "The Former Life of Brian", which ironically references a Python film that is both funny and memorable? As a Python fan, this so-called joke rubbed me so hard the wrong way that it took some skin off. I haven't watched the show since. Sorry, Seth. Come back when you've got a bunch of feature films and a cult following longer than your arm.
theLibrarian: "Horton Hears Domestic Abuse In The Next Apartment, But Doesn't Call The Police" in the episode "Love, Blactually". That's the Manatee Gag that cost the show what little respect it had from me. It was probably the most uncalled for, idiotic joke in the history of the show, because not only is it in really poor taste because it has a basis in reality, but the woman's screaming and there was a baby watching. No. Just... no.
Dragon Quest Z: The "Nazis would support McCain and Palin" joke in the episode "Road to Germany". I'm not a conservative, and even agree with a lot of the show's politics, but that kind of joke is the crap people like Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter would pull, and I don't take it from them, so I won't take it from this show.
Super Saiyan 006: My memory is maybe foggy so if this is the wrong season. I'm sorry but in light of the recent horrific tragedy at Newtown I'm going to have to bring up the episode "Tales of a Third Grade Nothing" where at the beginning Peter accidentally blows up a hospital full of children; that already crosses the line but for the rest of the episode its never brought up again until the end and where he's in court and the Judge puts him in jail... for a week or whenever the next episode airs. And then Peter turns and has the smuggest shit eating grin on his face over what he did. Incidents like that which has happened with twenty children none older than 7 is not, never has been, nor never will be funny. And considering how he makes jokes about 9/11 down below I wouldn't put it past him to make an episode based on what happened for shits and giggles.
Happy Man: "Family Gay". How the "being gay is not a choice, and we should accept them the way they are" intended aesop was warped into "gays are amoral assholes that find partners easily replaceable and care for nothing but sex, and we should accept them the way they are". Because that's exactly what Peter says with his actions after becoming gay: he ditches his wife and family for a random guy named Scott, leaving them ravaged. Let's not forget that, apparently, being gay makes you want to bang ten guys at once. This shows how bad it is to preach in a comedy show, you simply can't be serious and funny at the same time. Oh, and the frosting of the cake was Lois saying, "I can't change your orientation, and I'd be wrong for me to try", when Peter's orientation was changed by the doctors through artificial means.
Deuxhero: Also, the "not a choice" bit gets combined with Peter having willingly chosen (with full knowledge it is what would happen) to have drugs that make him gay used on him.
Queensnyc2021: I thought this episode was shocking because it gives the off assumption that all gay men are attracted to every guy on earth. I'm a straight woman, and I know every guy I see at the store isn't checking me out. One of my best friends is a lesbian, and I know she doesn't like me in that way, she's admitted it. When Peter goes ahead and has a 13-way or whatever, it just sealed the deal for me that the writers aren't in the business for shock value, but something a lot more sinister.
Thormy: "The Juice is Loose" is an OJ episode. Hey, remember back in 1995 when that would've been funny? The episode was written to probably coincide with the rumors of the OJ "What if I Did Do It?" book. But it seems in bad taste and a joke way too late to be really funny. Any episode after that is just awful.
Riddler J The extended Conway Twitty cutaway was the moment for me. That's when I realized that Seth and Co. knew they didn't even have to fill airtime with their own animation. That along with the pointless Stewie dancing with Gene Kelly for an entire sequence (which was just Stewie rotoscoped over Jerry Mouse) convinced me what a lazy crew the Family Guy team is.
erniebacon For me, it was the stupid throwaway ending in which OJ randomly stabs three people and runs off, with Peter saying "I guess he did do it." That was the exclamation point for an unfunny tactless episode.
mrjl: "FOX-y Lady". The ending where they just stop trying. Seriously, she revealed that the icon of the right wing was a fraud. Even if she also revealed the icon of the left was too, that'd still be a pretty decent reason for Fox News to fire her.
SNES Master KI: The episode "Not All Dogs Go To Heaven", which can basically be described as an anti-theist Chick Tract, was the most jarring Dethroning Moment of Suck I have ever seen. There were so many Chick parallels; the old man in the sky "disproof" was similar to anti-evolutionist "I've never seen a monkey give birth to a human" sentiment, and after telling Meg her very existence proves no benevolent force exists, Brian tells her the physical universe is better than God, mirroring Chick tracts ending with "God is going to send you and everyone you know to hell for existing (one minute later) God loves you so much." I watched most of Moral Orel without getting offended (meaning I didn't see all of it, not that any of it offended me), so that should give some scope on how ridiculously hateful the episode was.
Grimace: The horrific icing on the moldy, smelly cake to the above is that the same episode had a wonderfully silly sub-plot featuring Stewie's antics with the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation. So not only was the main plot godawful (no pun etc), but they had an excellent opportunity for an episode of hilarious TNG gags that the audience would have loved, but they just wasted it.
King Cr Inu Yasha: If that isn't enough to get your blood-boiling, here's the kicker: Apparently the sub-story, not the atheism/Christianity "debate", was the one to be advertised on commercials, meaning FOX and/or the writers of the show, intentionally or otherwise, lured viewers with a somewhat interesting story and switched it with a Strawman argument on religion. As Confused Matthew once said, "Surprise! You're being preached at!"
Baroxio: The really worst part about it though, is that they could have given Brian an actual reason to be an atheist. But no, we get the Hubble Telescope and man in the clouds debunk. Seriously? That's the only reason to be an Atheist? This atheist troper thinks the episode is more insulting to Atheists than it is to Theists. The worst part though, was that even though they already threw canon out the window just to put this episode in, they all the sudden want to retain the fact that Brian is an atheist (and of "Jerome Is The New Black", itself a DMoS, the fact that Quagmire hates Brian irrationally).
12blank: I agree that it's pretty demeaning to atheists too, but I don't think atheists had it worse. The worst atheists got in this episode was being portrayed as having silly arguments for their beliefs, theists on the other hand were painted as uncontrollably violent psychopaths that needed to burn/lynch everything that opposed their worldview and are so sheep-like that a few seconds of preaching from a theist can flame them into a riot and a few seconds of preaching from an atheist can turn them back in to civilized people. It's hard to argue that atheists had it worse when the episode actively tried to conflate theists with Nazis.
iheartmountains: Brian being shunned for his atheism was a bit funny as a Take That at religious intolerance (although the intent was probably to establish Brian as a Sympathetic Sue); as was Meg being portrayed as a typical zealous but misguided Christian teen (too bad the The Fundamentalist stereotype is clearly how Family Guy's writers view all Christians). Initially, the episode's overall premise seemed decent, but I lost hope right around the "Worse than Hitler!" bit. Gah, lame. The peak of the episode's awfulness, though, was when Brian tried to explain why Meg's stab at religion was misguided and atheism is more logical. Sweet baby Jebus, worst argument for atheism I've ever heard. A loving God would've created Meg beautiful, and that disproves His existence? Not only did Brian objectify Meg by not for a moment entertaining the thought that her character could be more important than and compensate for her ugliness, but how is it God's fault that Meg is fat? And blaming God for her genetics, too? Fuck, this Christian troper could've come up with a way better argument for atheism. Also, as Grimace noted, the subplot with Stewie meeting the cast from Star Trek: The Next Generation was easily funnier than anything else in the episode. I especially liked Picard's lines. If only they'd scrapped the shitty main plot and stuck with that.
Matt Fisher NL: I concur. I especially hate the "Worse than Hitler!" chyron. This has to be the worst Family Guy episode I have ever seen. I'm a liberal who doesn't go to church and I am literally offended by this. It is offensive to Christians, atheists, all other religions, and Trekkies combined. At least South Park did better with the "Trapped in the Closet" Scientology episode. This episode sucks! I have actually credited Rowdy C's "TV Trash" review for why I hate this. It really is what this would be like if Jack Chick was an atheist. I could rant about the other argued DMoS instances, but this one is the absolute worse I've seen personally.
QuiteContrary: The reason why I hate this episode is simple, Brian being an atheist doesn't make one lick of sense in the realm of Family Guy's universe. If you go back, oh say 9 episodes to "I Dream of Jesus" Brian just met and had dinner with Jesus Christ of Nazareth. He even watches do what could be considered miracles. Now I'm a Christian and I have no problem with people who don't believe, to tell you the truth I've had my doubts over the years, but how could a person continue disbelieving when they actually meet the guy? This episode did it for me more than anything, for two reasons. They wasted what could've been a really intelligent and though provoking episode, where Brian questions everything he believes in his life after meeting Jesus, but no he just remains an Atheist. And second because it seems like the writers don't mind being both lazy and uncaring as long as they succeed in the pursuit of pushing their own ideals and beliefs. Brian being an atheist, and any subsequent falling out by the Christian community, should have been handled with more care, and introduced early for it to be believed and accepted.
Gravityman: Another awful part of Brian's ending sentiment is that he says "Your mom looks like Lois. Do you think a benevolent God would make you look like Peter instead?" Even though 1) this isn't enough to convert the pavement you're standing on to a different religion, and second, Meg looks a lot more like Lois than Peter anyway. The only real physical similarity between Peter and Meg is Meg's hair color and need for glasses. They basically debunked and dismantled an entire town's religious belief system by playing into a teenage girl's informed ugly compared to her mother's Informed Attractiveness.
Jade Eyes 1: The second part of Brian's argument is just as bad: "[W]hat kind of God would put you in a house where no one respects or cares about you? Not even enough to get you a damn mumps shot!" Uh, no; The Bible is full of stories of devout believers who endure horrific circumstances (hell, the entire book of Job is devoted to one), yet are ultimately vindicated because of their faith in God. Any Christian, even a "baby" one like Meg, could easily shoot down that argument.
Mr Thorfan 64: Not only that but I don't remember Brian helping Meg earlier. So despite Brian trying to seem like a really moral person who tells Meg how wrong it is she being tormented by her family, he only complains about when it causes problems for him. And Brian also shows he is willing to give up his supposedly "Moral stance" and pretend to be someone else just so he could get drunk. This episode really offends everybody and has a massive Lost Aesop. The writers of this episode are the bigots here.
Main Man J: Peter accidentally killing Quagmire's cat in "Episode 420". Not only does he try to shave a cat, which is pretty mean to begin with (which Joe and Cleveland are on board with), he keeps trying long after he's killed it and caused blood to splatter all over the place in an Overly-Long Gag that doubles as a gross-out moment, and a real uncomfortable one for cat-lovers (myself included). Then at the end of the episode, Quagmire is offering a reward for information about what happened to his cat, and Peter tells him he killed the cat and takes the money. That was what ultimately got me to stop watching the show.
Senor Incognito: Agreed big time. I gave up on Family Guy after that. As someone who loves animals, especially cats, I found absolutely nothing funny about this. Animal cruelty is a real problem, not something that should be used for a joke. Especially at the end, when Quagmire is distraught over the loss of his pet, just for that unfunny and downright unfunny joke. I'm sure anyone with a pet that they care about would see that situation was not funny.
Honorasa Stark: I agree as well. I was in utter shock that they did something gross and cruel. I skip this episode every time.
Kashima Kitty: Of the Flanderization and Character Derailment among the cast, the one that angers this long time Family Guy viewer the most is Lois. Whatever happened to the caring mother who went so far to give her daughter a decent spring break? The one who sicked Quagmire on the popular kids at that party? The episode that really pulls this to it's peak is "Stew-Roids" where Meg's lunch consists of an orange peel, the crusts from Chris' sandwich, and a photo of Lois eating a turkey leg with the most disgustingly smug smile on her face. Later that same episode, in a rather cold tone of voice, she hands her daughter a bottle of pills and a Sylvia Plath book and says "I'm gonna look away, and whatever happens, happens." I know Meg's the Butt Monkey, but this is going too far.
Riceball22: The episode "Three Kings" was pretty tolerable, but one part in particular bothered me. In the segment that parodies Stand by Me, the narrator (Peter) introduces the three male protagonists. It was bad enough that he mentioned that Quagmire's character lost his virginity at the age of five and committed his first rape at the age of ten, but he then goes on to say that rape was still legal in the 50's. Uh... I know the 50's had different attitudes towards gender, but even they had standards.
Jamilee: The "Road to the Multiverse" episode. Specifically the part where Stewie and Brian traveled to the universe where Christianity never existed. By now I am used to Family Guy's constant and relentless gabs at religion, but this one goes beyond just bashing Christianity. In that particular universe Stewie and Brian observed that universe's Meg, looking more like a Playboy model than the supposedly unattractive teen we all know. She was dressed provocatively in a micromini skirt and tube top with her 36D breasts hanging out. Since I sincerely doubt that just not having a religion would make people be automatically born more conventionally 'attractive', that would imply that women in that universe routinely alter their bodies to be more attractive to men. If "making women walking sex objects is the 'perfect' universe" is not a Family-Unfriendly Aesop, I don't know what is.
The Captain: What made it worse for me was that the size of her breasts was the only physical difference other than her haircut. Her overall body type and facial structure were exactly the same. So even if a woman is otherwise pretty hot, if she has small breasts she can only be seen as physically repulsive and no one will ever want her. But a boob job will make her acceptable. Yeah. Thanks for that.
Jonn: I hadn't watched FG for a while, until that episode came on, and I figured it'd be a lighthearted Stewie-Brian musical episode. Nonetheless, I said to myself that I'd see how long it was before the writer's views on religion and politics were shoehorned in. Four minutes. I haven't watched any of the new episodes since.
Known Unknown: This was also the point where Family Guy pretty much completely messed up in it's dedication to anti-religiousness. Lots of people who don't know their history like to say "religion caused the Dark Ages," but the real reasons are much, much more complex than that and, in fact, the only people hanging on to knowledge, science, and literacy in the Dark Ages were the religious in the first place. So not only is it a tired assumption, completely transparent, and more than a little subtly hateful; besides, it's also completely inaccurate.
Paul Douglas: I have a pretty high tolerance for Family Guy's particular brand of gutter humor, possibly because I share roughly the same spoken sense of humor as Seth MacFarlane displays in his standup and live action appearances. However, even I had to perform a facepalm when this episode wasted an entire segment, and special animation... Only to make the punchline of the Disney Universe the tired, untrue joke about Walt Disney being an anti-Semite (For those keeping score, Walt worked happily with numerous Jewish people and there is literally no actual evidence of anti-Semitism in his history.) What makes this worse is they've made this joke before (In tandem with the myth about him being cryogenically frozen) and it wasn't funny the first time.
Animeking1108: The skit where Brian and Stewie go to the universe where Japan won WWII. They have the family as racist characters that would make Jar Jar look politically correct. First, he tells Japanese!Meg to commit seppuku for being ugly, which she does, and then beats Lois for something stupid. This is why I'm convinced the writers hate Asians.
The Good Samaritan. I am Jewish, and I am almost certainly descended from Schindlerjuden (I've never researched it, but all things considered, it wouldn't be surprising). To see this episode was the equivalent of being punched in the face. Repeatedly. It's bad enough that they are playing one of the worst genocides in history for laughs, but to have one of the characters emulate one of the worst monsters in history, and attempt to kill his wife just because she's Jewish, as a fucking joke??
Generic Handle: My problem with this episode is how fucking stupid Peter is being. Yes, I know Peter's stupid as hell but this is a new low, he goes gung-ho into being Jewish, then he goes into full on imitating a Nazi. Also, it's entirely his fault, since this starts when the ghost of Francis comes and tells him to quit acting Jewish just because his wife is, since he was raised Christian and should stick with it. That's it. Francis' ghost literally says nothing about becoming anti-semitic and treating Lois like crap, he doesn't even hint at it. And yet somehow that's what Peter walks away from the scene with anyway.
Nara Numas: For some reason, what really got me about the episode is how much gusto Peter had to following Francis' orders. Peter had in the past feuded with and outright ostracized Francis for his bigotry and intolerance towards his protestant wife and he didn't apologize for it even when he died. Suddenly Peter is terrified of the thought of Lois dragging his family to hell by being Jewish, despite that, given Francis' personality, it's lip service he most definitely gave the family at some point in his life. This turn in Peter's character is yet another extremely frustrating strike against him, and also carries Fridge Horror about how Peter reacted to Lois connecting to her Jewish roots compared to her protestant worshipping.
Kentucky Troper 1990: "Brian's Got A Brand New Bag". I. Hate. This. Episode. The second half anyway. I do find the Roadhouse gag slightly amusing (Don't judge me). So Brian starts dating a woman named Rita. A smart, nice, reasonably attractive woman. When the family finds out, they all take a massive level in jerkass, especially Lois, because Rita is an older chick (50. Less than a decade older than Lois if I remember correctly), and eventually drive her out of the house crying because of it. Brian goes after her, and proposes to her. A little rushed if you ask me, but it's Brian, annoying liberal mouthpiece, being a genuinely nice guy. But this being Family Guy, something has to derail this. When he says she isn't an old lady, and I mean the very instant he says it, she calls him, asking about dinner... at 4:30 PM. From there, Rita starts acting like a stereotypical old lady, even though she didn't do this at all before. And Brian loses all character progress by fucking a bar skank, while she is laid up with a broken hip. Seriously, I hate this episode.
Tropers/taylorkerekes: The DMOS for me in this episode has to be Peter beating up Lucy Van Pelt. I know Lucy is always a bitch for always pulling the football away from Charlie Brown, but, aside from the fact that Lucy is my favorite Peanuts character, she doesn't deserve such a harsh punishment from a grown-up who has to resolve certain situations with unnecessary violence, even when they have to sink to child abuse.
Rossmallo: Not to mention they did this once before. Remember when Lois was training in Karate in "Lethal Weapons"? She had the ball gag done on her there, which resulted in her kicking her in the face. I will admit - I got a laugh out of it there. But then they pulled that stunt with Peter kicking the crap out of her. Too far.
Fierce Artist: And then there's the cutaway gag where Peter mentions that Brian's girlfriend not dying was a bigger letdown than the Playboy Olympics Edition. Now that line in itself was unfunny, but then it cuts away to Peter looking at the Playboy issue more or less calling men-in-drag! Really? An episode that supposedly set out to challenge what men should find acceptable in the opposite sex has Peter calling Olympic athletes mannish? Sure the line is said by Peter, but that doesn't take away how horrible that gag was.
F Mfan: All these moments are very bad, but for me, the absolute worst moment was the very end of the episode "Quagmire's Baby" where Quagmire gets a new adoptive daughter. Throughout the whole episode, Quagmire had shown compassion for his daughter, and made many sacrifices to keep her happy, particularly near the end. Real heartwarming material... until the very end. After giving up his daughter to another family so she could be happy, he then says something along the lines of "I'll see her again when she's 18", obviously going to have sex with his own daughter when she's of legal age. While everyone reacts with shock, he simply says, "You didn't think I'd changed that much, did you? Gigitty Gigitty Goo!". That was probably the stupidest and most unfunny thing ever on this show. That totally and completely ruined the entire episode. All of the heartwarming moments and all of Quagmire's character development were killed by that one line, and he was turned back into a smug and callous rapist like usual. That one line killed the entire episode for me.
Debbiechan: I agree with you. Really, that episode was being so heart warmer, Quagmire was starting to be a decent character... Until he deliberately implies that he can't change and that he'll have sex with his own daughter. Yes, we all know that Quagmire is a pervert. But come on, this is too much.
Kevin W: Before I begin, full disclosure: I'm a conservative Republican and yes, I've gotten offended by quite a few of the political jokes. Anyway, I've found Quagmire's speech to Brian in "Jerome Is the New Black" to be a DMoS for one big reason: it's an incredibly blatant and shallow attempt by the writers to stave off the criticisms of Brian as an Author Avatar. All it comes across as is them pointing to that speech and saying, "See? See? Brian isn't perfect after all!" I'm sure they realized the criticism Brian was getting, seeing as though post-revival they turned him into a colossal left-wing douche, and the speech just seemed like they were desperately trying to backpedal and head off that criticism. Sorry, but one speech can't make up for all of the jokes about how Christianity is responsible for all of the world's ills and Republicans are all mentally retarded.
Shadsie: I think, like many, my DMOS would be "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven", but I actually watched a few FG episodes after that and even found some humor in "Road to the Multiverse". No, the moment that really tore it for me was a subplot at the beginning of that one episode "Dog Gone" where Brian runs over a dog and joins PETA. At the start of the episode, Brain learns he is to receive a "Special Reward" for his book. He goes to the location to find out that his book is beloved by mentally retarded adults because of the "simplistic" nature of the writing. While this was meant to poke fun at his "I'm the best writer ever!" attitude, the fact that he whined about it endlessly and decided his life had no meaning really ground my gears. I mean, I've been trying to get original work published for years to no avail. I'd be happy just to get published. I'd be overjoyed if my work found a small audience - even an audience I did not expect. I'd feel privileged if my work helped the mentally challenged even though it wasn't written "for" them! I'm freakin' overjoyed that people like my fan fiction! The fact that Brian was being such a douchenozzle about his work having an audience that was apparently "beneath" him to the point of feeling his life was utterly meaningless solidified him as a complete Jerkass for me (yes, even beyond taking away the one thing that made Meg feel worthwhile because he thinks she's ugly).
Matrixbeast: "Big Man on Hippocampus". The episode where Peter loses his memory. The worst part was when Meg makes a joke about wanting to have sex with Peter. A weird joke, yes, but the DMoS comes from the family's reaction. They treat this as though it's the worst kind of joke you can make, and repeatedly make it out to be a sick and awful thing to say. I hated it the most when Chris throws her out of the kitchen, because Chris has shown sexual emotions towards Lois, his own mother, on more than one occasion.
Regu14: The episode "Dial Meg for Murder" has one. Though I thoroughly enjoyed watching Meg kick Peter's ass twice, and all, a joke early in the episode nearly made me miss it. The punch-line was that Goofy, the kindest, most sweet hearted of Disney's characters is in hell for plotting 9/11. Because in his own words "That's what they get for supporting Israel." Speaking as someone who grew up loving the character, this was just sickening. FG really needs to learn that 9/11 wasn't, and will never be funny.
Boredman: Not to mention that it's once again another "Disney hates Jews" joke. Not. Funny.
This Is Madness 91: "Extra Large Medium" was the episode that made me decide to stop watching the show. At the end of the episode, a missing man has an armed bomb strapped to him, and Joe wants Peter to use his (non-existent) psychic abilities to locate him. Peter stalls for time, and even tries to get Joe to let him feel the missing man's daughter's breasts. When the bomb goes off, Peter bluntly admits to not really being a medium. I don't mind dark humor, but that was a bit too dark for my taste.
Fashionist State: In the same episode, Chris dates a girl with Down's syndrome. I found it was not the plot but the way they handled it pretty offensive and I'm not that easily offended. Okay, a lot of it was very much tongue-in-cheek but still...
Mhj0808: To add to that, lets not forget that after Joe informed Peter that the man's daughter was twelve., Peter then asks if she was a "little girl" or one of those 12 year olds who "got big boobs early from drinking milk" (!), and he appears fully intent on molesting her. What. The. Fuck. That's not funny, especially for me: I knew quite a few early bloomers back in 7th grade; they went to my middle school and got taken advantage of (and usually pregnant) by random adult drop-outs from the neighborhood. So, yeah, Seth shouldn't make making humor out of serious subjects a habit, or else he'll find those Nielsen ratings dropping sooner than later.
SickBoy: That whole 'girl with Down's syndrome' subplot is worse than it seems on the surface if you really look into it. I'd long since abandoned the show for being unfunny when this one aired (the very first post-revival episode failed to make me laugh or even smile), but I caught wind of it on the internet, and what happened with this episode showed me what a self-righteous, humorless prick MacFarlane was. There's a joke in the episode where someone asks the girl what her parents do, and she says something like, 'My mom is the former governor of Alaska'. Real world fact, Sarah Palin's son does have Down's syndrome. So what's the joke there? If I were to explain the joke in plain English it would be, 'Sarah Palin has a child with a disability.' Yeah? And? That's not a joke; it's a statement of fact. So you can then reasonably assume that they were just trying to insult of Sarah Palin, with no regard for trying to make the joke funny or for it to even make sense. Palin is known for taking offense to just about anything, so they had to know they were picking a fight with her on this one, since the joke is totally forced and deliberately focuses on a touchy subject. Of course Palin responded, basically saying Dude, Not Funny! and that's when MacFarlane got on his famous soap box and fired back with his 'You're a hypocrite and I'm right!' defense and even went so far as coercing the actress from the episode note who actually is a young girl with Down's syndrome into making a statement backing him up, dragging her into his mess and trying to use her to legitimize his immature behavior. That was when I realized that Seth and his writers weren't interested in making people laugh, they were interested in insulting and bullying people they didn't like under the guise of satire. And based on some of the episodes that've come out since, I'd say I was right.
Pagannerd: From the episode "Go Stewie Go" where Meg dates "A completely normal boy!", when Lois, who in the past has always tried to be a good mother who looks out for her children, undergoes the final step of her jerkass Character Derailment by seducing her daughter's boyfriend, and then, when caught, claiming that he was raping her.
acidxbel: What really shat me is the incredulity that Meg could ever have a normal guy, and just how plain fucked up their relationship was - all because she's considered ugly. Meanwhile, Peter gets Lois, and Quagmire gets... a lot of people. Seth McFarlane has a daughter. What did he tell her as a kid? "Remember, looks are only important if you're a girl, in which case they're everything! And if you're not up to standard, you better be willing to do anything, even wound and debase yourself, to get a guy!"
Guy In White: "Peter-assment". The episode where Peter gets sexually harassed by his boss, and Lois responds by saying women can't sexually harass men. This may just be a case of the writers making her ignorant on purpose, but it still gives the wrong message.
Ultra Sonic 007: 'Terri Schiavo: The Musical'. Here's one of the lyrics: "Terri Schaivo is kind of alive-oh. What a lively little bugger... Terri Schiavo is kind of alive-oh, the most expensive plant you'll ever see." Yes, because mocking a person who died slowly by dehydration is just hilarious.
Water Magician: I generally don't mind FamilyGuy but the Family-Unfriendly Aesop that it is ok to sexually harass someone if you are sexually frustrated is just awful. I really didn't like this episode for that reason and it is one of a very few that I refuse to watch.
Portal Fan: "Brian Griffin's House of Payne" wasn't my favorite episode but I still need to bash it. First of all, this was one of the few episodes where Brian wasn't a complete douche bag that was constantly trying to be a author type smart ass. It starts with Brian getting approval from Lois about a script, so naturally Brian decides to take the idea to a studio and it works. It nearly went perfectly, but James Woods had to come in and turn Brian's original and fairly good script into an immature sitcom while Brian tries to stop him from taking over his script. Once everyone gets to see his "pilot" they blame Brian for every thing and leave after insulting him for the awful episode. Okay, this annoys me because Brian nearly got Character Development but James Woods obliterates all chances of it and further Flanderizes Brian. And what is with that sub plot? Okay, so Stewie gets a head injury after Chris and Meg idiotically knock him down the stairs while fighting. Guess what? They hide the whole up and the sub plot quickly develops into Nausea Fuel as Stewie's head injury gets infected. It's "resolved" by Peter throwing the unconscious Stewie under the car while Lois drives it. No... just no. If you want to make something dark and disgusting funny, don't make the audience want to stop watching, because it's too disturbing.
Great Defender: I had an issue with this very episode as well, one thing in particular. When Brian is about to get his script published, he gives two men his script. It looks like they are about to call it horrible, but then say that they love it. A relieved Brian notes that he felt like Hitler there (a reference to a gag earlier with the exact same sequence but replace these two guys with one guy and Brian with Hitler). The two get silent and give a Flat "What.". Brian repeats his assertion and asks if either of them is Jewish. The angle shifts to reveal that they both have particularly large noses. Brian immediately apologizes, but the men laugh and assure him that they are actually Italian. Then a caption appears on the screen reading "Italians are not Jews". This bugs me for a number of reasons. First, "I felt like Hitler" is a reference to the Manatee Gag, which Brian had no reason to assume these Italian guys saw. Why would he expect them to understand the "joke"? He just said, "I felt like Hitler." Second, Jews were not the only group killed by Nazis. Gypsies, cripples, gays, atheists, and even Christians were also killed. Hitler is universally hated these days and Brian should not have immediately thought the men's silence was due to Judaism. Then they just laugh it off like they understood/were messing with Brian the whole time. And lastly, "Italians are not Jews"? Really? This troper happens to be both Jewish and Italian and is certain that this combination cannot be that rare. None of us appreciates our existence being completely denied. Family Guy? A baby with a pacifier called. The kid wants its "suck" back!
Baronobeefdip: The episode where Stewie cracks his head open and spends the entire episode with a coma and his brains falling out. Ok, people, there's Black Comedy, and then there's this. It's not funny; it's just cruel and disgusting. Remember, Black Comedy only works when it's so ridiculously over-the-top that it becomes hilarious. Stewie being seriously injured and/or dying is not ridiculously over the top and therefore is not hilarious. It'd be like someone stabbing a puppy and ripping out its intestines. That's just sick, man.
Ipdf3: The "Brian & Stewie" episode. You know the one. Brian gets locked in a vault with Stewie and what follows are the most unwatchable "humor scenes" in history. The only humor in that episode appears to be quite a few minutes of Stewie telling Brian to eat his poop and then Brian actually doing it. There were no laughs to be found in the entire first half of the episode. However, the serious scenes should have saved it, right? It should have, but it felt too much like Character Derailment. Brian has been occasionally unhappy but never showed signs of depression or suicidal thinking. And the last part, where Brian and Stewie admit they love each other after having spent the entire first half of the episode abusing each other, just felt forced. Bottom line: no humor and a very hollow emotional theme. Please Family Guy, stick to what you do best: raunchy offensive humor, not mediocre poop jokes and soap opera dramatics.
Exorcise The Girl: "Quagmire's Dad" seems to completely destroy the whole supposed 'liberal and open-minded' views of the show. The whole family acts disgusted by Ida being a transwoman. I know it's not completely out of character for the family to be complete jerkasses but it was really shitty of the writers to do that just for the sake of some cheap jokes. It's made even worse when Brian (who is the most liberal and open-minded and Author Avatar for Seth MacFarlane who views himself as a gay, lesbian, and transgender activist) is so disgusted that he slept with Ida he pukes to an unrealistic extent. You know something's seriously fucked up when it's homophobic Quagmire who accepts Ida first being who she is. This again may be a personal thing for me (considering that I think transgender people are severely abused by society) but it's definitely proof that the show is complete crap. I can't think of why I was still watching the show.
Largo Quagmire: As someone who knows the very real discrimination that most transsexuals still face by even the most enlightened societies, this episode was made all the more horrific to me when I realized the people who put their names on it. These are people who created the ridiculously-Aesoped "Family Gay", which created the most bizarre reasoning for supporting gay couples and the gay gene theory I've ever heard, yet their opinions on transsexuals amounts to what? "Don't ever have sex with one or Glenn Quagmire will beat your head in"? "Transsexuals are only worth mentioning to create fodder for jokes"? And, perhaps the worst assertion that the episode never gives any clear answer for, "gay people are all transgender on the inside"? This episode's complete idiocy transcends political bounds - it's downright cruel, thoroughly wrong about transsexuals and their motives, and a hypocritical slide away from the liberal ideals that other FG episodes were content with shoving down our throats.
45xxx: "Quagmire's Dad". I cannot, for the life of me, pinpoint one moment in this episode that was the worst of that piece of shit. The unfunny way it talked about sex change, the fact that Peter and Lois find it funny that Brain slept with Quagmire's "mom", even the end where Quagmire beats up Brian within an inch of his life. All of it was horrid, tasteless, and made me entirely give up on the series, especially Quagmire.
Brass Buttons: "Quagmire's Dad". I didn't really like the episode. Not from a Trans-bashing standpoint (that message was pretty clear too), but the writing. Is there a writer on the staff who hates Quagmire? It didn't really make sense from a story-telling standpoint. As per the character reactions, I wasn't surprised. I live in Rhode Island, where the show is set, and people's reactions vary. Even pro gay rights people are uncomfortable with transpeople where I come from.
Mnt T 88: For me, it's not even the episode content in its own right that's the worst thing about it. Yes, Ida was looked down upon by Peter and Lois, and treated as less of a person, but unfortunately that's a sad reflection on how many people in real life would treat a transsexual person. It's Seth MacFarlane's own comments about the episode. He genuinely considers it to be "one of the most sympathetic portrayals of a transsexual character ever". Ignoring everyone else's disdain for her, that's still not true because before we find out she's trans, she encapsulates every 'camp gay male' stereotype that exists, and afterwards, her personality basically revolves around her being a transsexual. Its massive oversimplification of how transitioning works was also very annoying - since Quagmire supposedly hadn't seen his dad for years, it would have made sense for her to have appeared as Ida from the start, where she would explain that she's been living as a woman for a considerable time and is scheduled for a 'sex change' very soon. But no, they had to turn it into The Reveal and massively accelerate the process instead. Not to mention that Ida is able to have sex days after the surgery (in real life, trans women who have undergone a vaginoplasty have months of recovery before sex can safely take place).
Tropers/Theta1138: Probably the worst line of dialogue was the fact that Brian said "Aren't they supposed to go around and tell everyone in the neighborhood?" Equating sex offenders and transgender individuals is a shockingly bigoted and ignorant joke.
Bluebutterfly: I have a high tolerance for all the offensive and black humour in FG, mostly because, so far, everyone has been a target. Everyone has been portrayed unsympathetically and all ideologies have been mocked, though not equally. That's why when I watched "Quagmire's Dad", I was waiting the whole time for the subversion, for the tables to be turned on the transphobes and the marginalised group to come out on top (as happened in the episode with Jasper's marriage). I watched the opportunities for it slip by. Did Brian have to mind that Ida was a post-op trans woman? No. It would be in fitting with his preachy liberal character for him to defiantly not give a damn and drop the anvil on why. Instead, the episode shows that even Brian can't accept Ida, and thus of all the prejudice in the FG universe, the only people you can hate without any kind of comeuppance are trans people. And this is supposed to be a sensitive portrayal.
Alternatevil: There was an episode "The Splendid Source" where Peter and company embark on a journey to find the source of the world's dirty jokes. It was a decent enough episode, still littered with plot holes, but still moderately enjoyable. That is, until the gang travels to Washington, DC, and to the Vietnam War Memorial. There was a poor caricature of a Vietnamese man bragging to the mourners there about 'winning' The Vietnam War. Now I know that these writers are the kinds that pride themselves on the amount of hate mail they get, but this sincerely broke my heart. I thought, how dare they? How dare you! Vietnamese people are barely represented in the media as it is, and the few depictions are the sort of exotic smuggler gang of the week or as a Vietnam War retrospective (think generic flashback into combat in a jungle). How dare you propagate blatant racism on national television? Why cannot you look to us as ordinary humans and not some inane gimmick plot device? Plus it doesn't even make sense in context. The Vietnamese guy is just randomly at the war memorial? Why? Just to brag? And why does he look like he's 30 when he apparently fought in the Vietnam War?
Sick Brit Kid: What made that joke the final DMoS for me was the disgusting disrespect Hentemann made toward our servicemen and women. Why Hentemann didn't then show the two veterans beating the living shit out of that man is beyond me, but... really, Hentemann? That's the best "Vietnam" joke you could come up with? I mean, seriously, you made Hitler's final days during World War II into some of the funniest jokes in Western Animation, and the Simpsons knew how to exploit Skinner's traumatic stint in 'Nam to a laugh every time... and that is the best you could come up with!?
Kellor: This is my DMoS for this show as well, and I'd like to add that it was also immediately preceded by another terrible joke: they guys point out the Washington Monument, and then the "Obama Monument", which is bigger and black. The Simpsons did the same joke in 1995 with a Clinton Monument, only it was actually funny back then because Clinton is known for his sexcapades.
Crazy Luigi: I didn't like that joke either, but the Dethroning Moment of Suck in that episode was the ending. A random old man says that he finally got down the perfect dirty joke, and then he suddenly dies due to a heart attack or something like that. Peter then steals his dirty joke and bargains with the Secret Order of Dirty Joke Writers: Peter and his friends leave and in exchange, they hand the group the perfect dirty joke. Peter then burns down the club, killing thousands of people in the process... and the perfect joke was "Guess what? Chicken butt!" That was not only a poor joke that King of the Hill's Buckley did about ten or so years earlier, but also yet another completely pointless ending where even I could come up with a better naughty joke! Hell, I bet you that even the Secret Order of Dirty Joke Writers wouldn't like it.
Brainiac0982: I found that the true DMoS was right after that. Paraphrased, Peter said, "Well, you sat through all this, so as a reward, here's a monkey scratching itself. Some charity for cancer kids or something wanted this airtime, but we said screw you." It's like the creators are saying, "We know this episode sucks, but we can't think of a half-decent joke to end it on, so here's some immature stock footage."
K Oman: "Excellence in Broadcasting". Before I continue, let me introduce myself as in the middle of the political spectrum, so my issue with this episode is not merely that Brian goes extreme right-wing; it's that Brian does so because spending a single night reading a book by Rush Limbaugh shoots him from an liberal blowhard to the opposite extreme, where he now regards his former liberal beliefs that he held so highly as idiotic. He now refers to MLK as "a famous troublemaker", despises Muslims, insists aborted children should be shoved back up their mothers, and attempts to water-board Nancy Pelosi. Limbaugh's refusal to do this last one provokes Brian to basically say that he's not a true conservative if he doesn't viciously assault liberals... again, the side he was on until recently. The episode convinced that no matter what political side Brian's on, he'll always be an arrogant prick to the opposition.
flashsucks: The Halloween episode "Halloween on Spooner Street" became proof that the writers have completely forgotten about the characters. If Stewie from season 1 got his bag of candy stolen, he would have probably just whipped out his ray gun and incinerated those kids. This Stewie, a.k.a Gay Stewie, acts completely helpless and goes to Brian for help — and actually considers killing those boys to be too much. The same character who once kidnapped and tortured a seven year old for stealing his bike acts like that over this? Come the fuck on!
Mo: At first, I was pretty neutral with the Halloween episode due to liking a few parts of the plot of Quagmire being pranked, but that is pretty much ruined by how Meg's subplot ended. To elaborate, she was playing "spin the bottle" at a party and she got into the closet with a guy in an Optimus Prime suit. Normally, I would expect either the guy being ugly or running out screaming, but nope! It was Chris, in the closet with her! That resulted into the most painful scene I had to sit through because it was a blatantly disgusting joke even by the show's own standards.
Kalpal: For me it's "Brian Writes a Bestseller". For one, the week before it aired, it was billed as an episode full of Bill Maher (which if you have ever seen how funny Seth can be with Bill Maher, you'd be pissed too); but instead, the guest star gets less then 30 seconds. Bonus: We're supposed to be enraged at Brian because he wrote a pro-religion book that he doesn't believe in, even though he has behaved far worse than that on a regular basis.
Calamity2007: Not to mention Brian's treatment of Stewie in this episode. Stewie helps promote Brian's book, and in thanks, Brain becomes a horrible Jerkass, even firing him when Stewie couldn't prevent Brian from sitting next to an Asian guy on a plane (which in itself makes Brian look like a horrible racist). At the end when Brian suffers the aforementioned humiliation, he still fucking blames Stewie and learns nothing from the experience! And no, lampshading it does not fucking help it!
Magic Man: The worst part is the fact that Stewie just stands there and takes it like some whipped dog! When has Stewie ever just put up with Brian's crap in the past? Even at the end when the status quo is returned, it just makes it look even more awkward because it's just inconsistent characterization. One minute he's with Brian, he's all smug, confident Stewie (his usual self), the next he's just some simpering little toady.
Ace Of Places: I'd like to add the "Guy in a coma" gag from the same episode. It wasn't funny, it was overly long, and it was just uncomfortable to watch. I don't even know what the hell they thought they were going for, but neither the premise nor the material was funny and two wrongs do not make a joke. I mean, seriously.
Mogo: "Road to The North Pole" had a good Space Whale Aesop by the end but the sheer uncomfortableness of it ruined it for me. But the absolute worst part of it was Brian and Stewie breaking into someone's house to deliver presents. Word to the Family Guy writers: It is not funny to kill some random person, show his wife's panicked reaction, then kill her in front of their daughter and tie her to a chair. This is just sick and horrifying.
bobdrantz: The whole episode was a DMOS for me. First of all, there was yet another "Brian VS Quagmire" fight, yet this one was completely unnecessary (Seriously, Brian made an honest mistake that anyone could've made. No need to get pissed at him, Glenn). Second, it was way too dark to the point where watching Hitler shooting puppies would've been an improvement. Finally, the message was far too preachy and rivals the infamous "Not All Dogs Go To Heaven" in terms of preachiness. Santa Claus is dying and the North Pole is in ruin because people are greedy? Really? Really? It was a goddamn holiday episode, Seth. That's not the place for this sort of preachiness, especially not the message you were trying to get across.
Shizari: Honestly, none of the above examples have ever made me disown Family Guy. Maybe that just makes me one of the biggest idiots out there, but that mall scene... my God, that mall scene. I know they established that Quagmire hates Brian... but for the love of God. Quagmire could have told Brian all this to begin with, but he didn't. It's like he intentionally let Brian play with the Idiot Ball long enough to give him enough ammo to unload on Brian with. And when poor Brian tried to dig himself out of the hole, Quagmire forces him back in.
Kait0n: The episode "Road to the North Pole." Pretty much: Santa's elves are inbreeding, Santa is suicidal, the reindeer eat Santa's elves, and Santa has a massive factory that produces tons of toxic waste. This is not dark humor, or any sort of comedy: this is just being shocking for the sake of shocking people.
Vir: I have a deep loathing of Brian in this episode, namely from him nonchalantly raiding that family's house for food and promptly killing the father and leaving his wife and child to rot. And the ending, where he convinces everyone they only need one gift. Assuming they literally get only one from any person it eliminates the "giving" part of the holiday and leaves behind the ugly "receiving" part. I now want a real life Dartboard of Hate of Brian.
The Real CJ: Okay, we can all agree that Quagmire chewing out Brian that one time was pretty damn cool, if not very subtle, but did we really need to see a repeat performance of that crap in Road to the North Pole? We get it, Quagmire hates Brian. But watching him shit on an obviously repentant person who made an honest mistake was just painful and stupid.
Looney Luver: "New Kidney In Town". After Peter drinks a Red Bull replacement concocted with kerosene after Lois got rid of his supply of the real thing, he has kidney failure and has to go on dialysis treatments to stay alive. He skips an appointment one day, and now he's gonna die if they can't find a donor. Guess who offers Peter one of his kidneys. Yes, Brian. The episode is such a giant Rescued from the Scrappy Heap attempt it's sickening. Peter is going to be saved by Brian, who would willing lay down his life to save him... and in the end... it doesn't fucking matter. The doctor donates one of his kidneys and says, "Oh, we couldn't use your kidneys anyway because you're a dog".
Do Make Say Think: I stopped watching Family Guy some time ago. That being said, I hated this episode, for reasons that have been brought up before.
Belfagor: You can count me in as well. While still thinking that "Road To The North Pole" is the worst overall episode, I must say this episode contains the biggest singular DMoS ever in the end, which makes every attempt to save the episode vane, along with turning the doctor into a big Jerkass after portraying him as sympathetic and professional during the episode.
Tyrekecorrea: In "And I'm Joyce Kinney", there's a news segment about a boy named Angus Reed, who has cerebral palsy. Tom Tucker says that he looks weird, and asks his co-anchor Joyce about the life expectancy of people with cerebral palsy. Her response? "You never see a gray-haired one." The only thing to offend me on this show in twelve years. A lot of people with disabilities live long, meaningful lives. This kind of thing doesn't help them get any further. All of the battles with the Justice Department and local municipalities, and then this? Just... ugh.
Flan Master of Redrum: Personally, I just thought the entire episode sucked! For an episode that has an interesting premise (a Christian mother revealing that she was a porno actress to a news anchor, who soon reveals the secret to all of Quahog), the jokes just fell flat on their ass, the Breaking the Fourth Wall joke just makes me want to groan in pure disappointment, and, wouldn't you believe it, the Black Hole Sue Brian helps out someone in the family once again. Oh, but wait, turns out another Author Avatar in Peter gives his two cents on his shit as well. Can we just say that Peter's freakin' Mary Sue 2.0 of Family Guy here?
gongoroth: The biggest DMOS for me is in "Friends of Peter G". After Brian makes a passing comment about how people 'were fine for thousands of years without religion,' we see a few peaceful BC-era characters suddenly begin killing each other at the announcement of Jesus' birth. Although the show has got plenty of biased / hateful / generalizing attempts at humor such as this, this in particular is a DMOS because it suggests MacFarlane's vast ignorance (or else, inexcusable carelessness) on not one but two ideas. First, it implies that there had been no war before Christianity. I would say you could read the Bible to find out that's false, only I thought it was completely common knowledge that war has existed since practically the beginning of humanity. Secondly, it's almost as if the show is actually saying there was no religion before Jesus. If MacFarlane has ever so much as heard of the Ancient Egyptians, Greek mythology, and mainly, Judaism, he should know far better than to assert Jesus' birth as the beginning of religion. Despite the many cheap shots at religion on this show, this one felt the most pitifully ignorant and/or misinformed - far beyond justification.
L Bcrimson: Out of all the times FG has done something somewhat stupid in regards to religion, this is one of the worst. I mean, the guy just suggested to Peter (who is Catholic) to take the religious route to solve his issues and Brian flips the fuck out! Not to mention the cutaway gag didn't make a lick of sense in pertaining to what was going on; it's like a drive by middle finger at Christians. Oh, and let's not get started on Brian's solution which was "Hey, if our loved ones don't know we drink, everything will be ok"! Hiding your issues makes anyone who goes along a liar to their family. On top of that, you are still putting yourself and others in danger! And guess what! Peter (for a short time) dies in this episode because of this idiotic solution!
Forced Dj 7: Like what the other 3 tropers said, this has gone too far. Back in Season 1-3, Brian was the more reasonable person while Lois was more caring; now, we are stuck with the screed-spouting, bias-barfing, ego-driven douche bag he has become. Does that fucking dog need another beatdown, maybe from Lois? I think so after claiming everyone was doing fine before religion (by the way, I can name a good amount of wars in which religion wasn't involved), and suggesting that they drink beer in A.A, while fooling their friend into thinking they are being cured (there is something wrong with playing a piano while there is a picture or a cross in the same room isn't there), yeah, deserves another beatdown.
quackeytrope: For me, it was "Friends of Peter G", where Brian (as if I couldn't hate him enough already) says that there was no war or violence until Jesus was born. Cut to a gag taking place in Biblical times: Two men are talking to each other about how peaceful the world is, and another man comes up to them telling them about the recent birth of a newborn infant named Jesus. The two men immediately stab and kill each other violently in an a transparent attempt to drive home the point that all human conflict is the direct result of religion. Have these writers even so much as looked in a fucking history book?! I've seen a lot of shows that do something offensive to tell a joke, but that was not a joke! That was just plain religious intolerance! Family Guy has done a lot of terrible "jokes" over the years, but this has got to be, without a doubt in my mind, one of the absolute worst things they've ever done. It's like they weren't even trying to tell a joke. It was just the writers showing complete hatred towards a religion.
Radimir: The stupidest part of this 'joke' is that it implies that, prior to the birth of Jesus, religion didn't exist. So not only is the joke unfunny and stupid, but it literally does not make any kind of historical or logical sense.
Gr3mlinify: I never took this episode as evidence that the writers were actually being serious about "religion causing all of the world's problems." I just saw this gag as an exaggeration of that rationale. Either way, still not very funny.
Twilight Crow: For me, this episode had a moment of Fridge Horror. Namely, I realized that the whole episode was one long Blame the Victim on addicts. Think about it: Brian calls out everyone in AA as being weak willed and trading one addiction for another. They all start drinking again (which kills Peter). Then, they present the solution as being moderation, as if that's the only reason for alcoholism. Knowing people who have been through AA and now live nicely adjusted lives as well as people who are serious alcoholics, I have to say this was where I just stopped. I agree with moderation, but for alcoholics, the solution usually isn't to moderate. They call that bargaining.
The Supine Lupine: In addition to the complete failure to understand addiction and alcoholism, there was another bit that bothered me. When Death takes Peter on a "this is your life!" journey, he shows an alcoholic Peter turning into a monster, leading him to swear off alcohol completely. Death says (paraphrased) "Wait a minute; before you go that far, let's see what that would be like," and we see a flash-forward: He comes home and the family lines up for hugs, with each one of them happy to see him. After a minute, Peter says something to the effect of "Wow, what a douche." Wait, so being a pleasant person is "douchey", and it's better to be an irresponsible and abusive manchild who routinely harms and endangers his friends and family, instead of a kind and friendly (if slightly boring) father whose family loves to be around him? I know it's part of Status Quo Is God and I'm sure it was supposed to be a We Want Our Jerk Back plot, but it still comes across like Family Guy is set in Bizarro World, where common sense and decency are punishable by death.
Lionheart 0: Even ignoring the Religion Bashing, Brian's rant on Alcoholic Anonymous being pointless was one of the most blatant pieces of Writer on Board the show has had. The show completely downplays the addiction behind alcoholism and attempts to rationalize that Support Groups are the real addictions.
Tropers/Sciencejoe: I officially felt like turning off the TV and never using FOX again when an evil Stewie clone tore a woman in half for no reason.
Tropers/excaruso: That episode "The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair" was an entire mess. But the main plot with Meg liking Joe was a bigger turnoff for me because not only did I find it rather creepy, but it just got ridiculous when Meg drives all the way to the airport after dark to get Bonnie arrested by smuggling a gun into her bag. Then, because she finds out she and Joe have nothing in common, what does she do? She throws herself in front of a car to get crippled. It's one thing to be a Butt Monkey, but to cripple yourself and get your neighbor's wife arrested just had an unpleasant message to it.
Bored Me: You know... as a rule, if a comedy doesn't make you laugh, it should at least bring a smile to your face, and maybe alleviate your bad mood. Anymore? This show actually takes my good moods and makes them bad. "Trading Places" was just horrible. A "Carter smashing things" side-joke which had several directions that it could have gone in and been hilarious turned into another drawn-out non-joke, yet another member of the Griffin family Took a Level in Jerkass, and overly real reactions to cartoonish gags were liberally applied, while somehow miraculously avoiding any thread of logic in the main plot (the Griffins should be happy; after the lawsuit they have on their hands against Pawtucket Brewery, no one will have to be the breadwinner anymore). Not even getting into the police sketch cutaway. It's time for someone to be responsible with this mess. And by the by? That buck does stop with Seth MacFarlane. While I am glad to see that a lot of the venom is starting to be deflected from Seth to the writers, let's not go overboard with it: Remember, Seth could have vetoed any of the more offensive/unfunny jokes of the writers at any time.
Lightning Storm 93: A relatively mild one when you compare it to the rest of the entries on this page, but I was sickened by the ending of "Tiegs for Two". The basic premise is that Brian joins Quagmire's class on picking up women in the hopes it'll help him get with a girl he likes. It doesn't. Blaming Quagmire, he steals the woman of Glenn's dreams, Cheryl Tiegs. In revenge, Quagmire steals Jillian from Brian. Long story short, they end up with neither, and they seem to bury the hatchet. As Brian realizes that he needs a ride home, he asks Quagmire for one, who smiles, and then drives off without Brian. This I was expecting, but Quagmire reverses full speed into Brian and then drives off. I was just sickened at the sight of it.
Xydrate: This is the episode that has the worst moment I can recall that actually brought me to tears and I had to change the channel, the cutaway gag featuring Michael J. Fox was one of worst things I've ever seen on that show. Peter said something like, "This is worse than when Michael J. Fox was a waiter" and it cuts to him carrying a tray full of drinks, then he shakes and drops and breaks them. Really? How is that funny? I started crying when I saw that is not funny at all. I absolutely despise Seth for okaying that, why would he?
Tropers/Nekogal: Maybe not as bad as some other instances on this page, but "Foreign Affairs" just well and truly sucked. I laughed two times in the entire episode, and they were the same joke both times ("This is how my classroom shall run!"). Other than that we had unfunny nationality jokes, unfunny jokes comparing crippled people to animals, Lois trying to take the moral high ground over Bonnie and, once again, proving herself a hypocrite (What's that? It's bad to cheat on your husband? Well thanks for your input, Miss tries-to-sleep-with-your-daughters-boyfriend). And one joke which was just awful... a joke which took Overly-Long Gag to new levels of bad... a joke I can only describe one way. Ladies and Gentlemen, the new Conway Twitty gag.
mpd011 : Agreed. Never did I imagine the writers would be lazy enough to insert the whole damn "Dancing in the Street" music video just to tell us that it's gay. And a flash-quality video on top of that. That's not how you tell a joke, that's just an excuse for getting my mom to watch your show.
O Zone: Besides the pointless "Dancing in the Street" music video, which killed time that could have been used for funnier jokes, I'd like to also add that "Muppet-Style Sightseeing" scene. YMMV on this but really they couldn't have animated a short little montage so they had to use puppets for it instead? Even if it was part of the joke, I can't help but wonder... to be honest the whole plot itself is kind of off putting. Going to Paris so you can have a affair? Couldn't they think of a better reason to go and then somehow work in the affair?
Krapfen: The American Dad opening sequence, with Joe in Stan's place. It's shameless self-promotion in the form of another gag from this debacle of an episode, and for Family Guy viewers who don't care for American Dad, it's also unfunny, groan-inducing Padding.
terlwyth: I enjoyed the parody of Return of the Jedi except for two things. The first, the death of Darth Vader which was for a while faithful to the movie, but then they made Chris/Luke kill him by snapping his neck! Damn it, that's just not funny; especially considering Return Of The Jedi was my favorite of the saga and that scene was moving originally. Also the cutaway gags sucked. Fantastic episode otherwise, really enjoyed the big Take That to Seth MacFarlane himself and how he ripped off The Simpsons, although it was also a missed moment of awesome because time could've been used to mention Brian Scully, producer of this episode and writer of some Mike Scully era Simpsons episodes. [Scully era is generally considered Dork Age].
Endocrom: I tolerated the pot shots at the Ewoks and the general phoning-it-in of one of my favorite movies, but what broke the camel's back was the part where Peter/Han freaks out and forces those troopers to dig their own graves, all the while they are crying for their lives. Just too dark, it kills the mood.
Cookie Man: For me, it would be the episode, "Lottery Fever". There's one particular scene in the bar where Peter asks for some beer and "has his favorite Russian waiter do it." What do we get: The freaking Trololo song. Seth MacFarlane not only ran out of jokes, but had to resort in using various overused and recent memes.
anoni: "Seahorse Seashell Party" turned out to be one. I was excited for it since Meg finally stands up to her family. She does, but guess what happens? Brian convinces Meg that she's the only thing keeping the family together. That's right, apparently constantly abusing Meg is the only thing that keeps the Griffin family from killing each other. So what happens next? Meg apologizes and says she was just taking her problems out on everyone, she returns to being a chew toy, and nothing fucking changes. Meg had nothing to apologize for. Between that, and Brian's mushroom induced acid trips, this became the worst of the 3 hurricane episodes aired.
rednessamon I agree completely. We finally have an episode where Meg tells off everyone (which they deserved, by the way), and in the end, it's all back to normal? Giving Meg the justice she so very much deserves, then having it taken away again is nothing short of a dick move.
flyingdingo0827: I agree as well, especially the ending of it. Why is it that anytime Brian tries to "help" Meg, her life seems to get worse because of it. Plus it ruined the one chance that Meg had to finally get some respect from her family and actually have her life improve beyond the sad, lonely existence of the resident punching bag but no, we can't have her too happy or else we lose a large percentage of our jokes. Of course, the family going back to hating Meg and blaming her for their problems just by existing was just there to add insult to injury.
Aquila89: Agreed. So, the family needs to abuse Meg to stay together? Then it shouldn't stay together! It's basically saying that a bunch of horrible, selfish bastards need to abuse a nice person, because otherwise, they abuse each other. So what? Screw them!
Dynamite XI: It's difficult to choose just one DMOS in this show, since it's been mostly mean-spiritedness and political/bigoted diatribes since the revival, but every so often it draws me back in—only to push me away again, which is why I chose "Seahorse Seashell Party". Family Guy is at its best when it deconstructs itself, which Meg does gloriously when she calls out her abusive family. Yes, in a sane world, these people would be branded lunatics, and Meg articulately enunciates every one of those arguments against the Griffins (along with a great performance by Mila Kunis while doing so). This episode could have been a neat way to write Meg out of the show (the writers have repeatedly stated that Meg became the designated Butt Monkey because they don't know how to write a teenage girl), but instead it shifted back to Status Quo Is Godnote in one of the worst uses of that trope ever as a way to try and justify nonstop character abuse. It was bad writing, frankly. (Also, I'll add a nitpick by saying that the "fingerbang" joke was already done on South Park, and it was better there.)
E Teezey This was initially my favorite episode, right up until the end. It's also my only complaint, seeing how I forgive the show because I too have the same kind of humor it does. As for Brian, he was actually proud of Meg. Seeing how he's probably the second Butt Monkey in the family, it fit that he understood where she was coming from. I wanted her to basically just leave and find her own way without her family. Instead, they took a sea-change moment and nullified her epic Reason You Suck Speech.
j03b0b0fd00m: Seriously, fuck this episode. I stopped watching Family Guy a long time ago (It was the no war before religion/no religion before Christianity one that got me originally), and was in the same room as my sister — who still watches it — when this episode was on. For once, I thought it would actually have an engaging plot and legitimate character development, but then it got Chuck Testa'd. I wasn't pleased.
GAP: I didn't think the episode was too bad but still he just wishes that the writers didn't choose this episode for Meg to stand up for herself. I don't hate Meg and I believe the family needed a wake up call but still in the same episode Brian was on drugs and he was off his rocker. They could have stuck with that but they used this episode to deliver the speeches. I'll agree with Meg on this; every member of this family, even Brian, needs to grow up and stop acting like morons.
darkwulf23 I know that everybody else made the same argument, but screw it, I'll say it anyway. What the writers believed that the message was is that Meg is a hero for letting her family abuse her so that they do not take it out on each other. What the message really says is that someone might as well stay in the abusive relationship because if they aren't taking their anger out on you, then they are taking it out on someone else. That's bullshit and no one should have to put up with that crap. Every person in that family should be convicted of emotional and physical abuse and have their family dissolve. Even Brian who sees it and does nothing should suffer some sort of karma backlash.
romanatorX: The entire episode was bullcrap, and was the exact moment when the somewhat whimsical, actually funny tone, of the original series died forever. There was one good moment during the entire 30 minutes (Meg calling out the family). The nightmare fuel scene was just gross, disturbing, and something out of a horror movie. The last 2 minutes may be the worst thing ever to air on the FOX network. The message does not bear repeating, but in an age of increased sexism in media, this does not fucking help. What really was shocking was Meg actually calling Peter a "decent" father. Lois has a sort-of Freudian Excuse (her Jerkassery probably rubbed off from the others, such as Carter), but Peter? The very same man Meg, earlier in the episode, rightfully said about that "should be in jail"? At no point anymore can an argument against Peter being some form of Mary Sue be treated seriously.
redjirachi: I hate this episode more than any other because of what it says about the writers. They are aware of the complaints about the show, and giving how devastated the Griffins were, they know that they're vaild. They could have very easily used this to write Meg out, which would be a quick and easy way for Seth to deal with his inability to write teenage girls (and the reason why she became such a tortured Butt Monkey in the first place). They could've easily set this up for making the Griffins likeable again, by having them have to deal with their faults instead of deflecting it on Meg. But they don't. What could have very well be the post-revival's Crowning Moment Of Awesome instead becomes one of the most offensive aesops I've ever seen. The fact that they knew whatweconsideredwrong with the show yet kept Status Quo Is God while attempting to justify it shows they have no intention of bettering Family Guy. Not because they can't (as mentioned above, they very nearly did), or because they were afraid of losing money (making Family Guy a better show would boost sales), but that doesn't matter because they're still rich. And that's the best case scenario. The worst case? They thinkit'sfunny! If a show could pass the Moral Event Horizon, then this episode is an example. After all, how can you possibly redeem Family Guy if it outright defies the best possible method of salvaging the show?!
Wrybread: "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q.". What especially got to me was the poorly researched portrayal of police complaints and domestic abuse. Joe-a cop-says that the police can't do anything unless Brenda registers a complaint. While it's true that in most domestic abuse cases there's little that can be done unless the victim is willing to testify, that's because most abuse happens entirely behind closed doors, with no one to witness it besides the victim. Without the victim's testimony there's no way prosecutors could begin building a case so charges can't be pressed. In this case, Jeff has been abusive in full view of at least four people, one a cop, all of whom could testify that they saw him assault Brenda and thus build a case. At the very least, Joe could arrest Jeff for assault and detain him while they did the intervention for Brenda. I realize this would be less dramatic, but if you're going to do a dramatic episode about a serious issue, you get your facts right.
e32e: The main problem with the episodes is that the Family Guy writing staffs, to be blunt, are lazy. For the majority of the episodes they can just end a plot with a gag as opposed to having any sort of reasonable conclusion. So, when they try to make an episode focusing on an actual issue that doesn't boil down to 'Republicans bad!' or 'Big corporations bad!' they think that they can get away with the same thing and not do any research at all because they never had to before. The even bigger problem with this is the misconception that victims of abuse are 'stupid' or 'don't care about themselves' or 'are naturally weak-willed.' No. Even though I've never done any research I can still point out everything that's wrong with that sort of thinking. First of all intelligence doesn't factor into it at all and the reason why people become abuse victims is because they are with someone they love. When you love someone it's very possible to be emotionally manipulated. If this manipulation continues for a long-ass time then you'll eventually find yourself in a hole where you think your spouse is blameless. This could happen to literally every single character in the series and the fact that they unironically tried to blame the victim for the crimes of someone else and try to make the victim seem like an anti-feminist (gender has nothing to do with being in an abusive relationship) to justify the show's own overwhelming stupidity is disgusting. Will the episode do any harm in the real world? Of course not. Is it terribly written and offensive for the purpose of being offensive? Abso-fucking-lutely.
Halfstep: Wrybread is right, but there's another easy out in this episode: Joe - a cop - should know that at the time this episode was made, Rhode Island was a Castle Doctrine state. Meaning you can defend yourself and family members with lethal force in your house. Guess where Quagmire's sister and her abusive husband were staying? Really, the episode should have only been 3 minutes long, and the end should have went like this:
Quagmire "Your honor, this man, who weighed 250 lbs, was beating up on my 125 lb sister. I asked him to stop, he advanced towards me menacingly. I myself weigh 150. Given that both me and my sister together barely outweigh the deceased, I felt the need to resort to lethal force to defend myself. So I shot him 17 times. Can I go now?"
Even if he has to lie about what instigated the shooting in his own house, it can't be any worse than the convoluted plan they had to go out into the middle of the woods and fake a murder.
Dibdobs: For me, it was, like O-Zone above said, how Quagmire choking himself every day saved him. He started off the episode in a coma because he choked himself. All of the sudden he just built up a resistance to it. At least have him suddenly fight back, or huh, maybe Joe should've just arrested him. He threatens to arrest Quagmire for suggesting they kill Jeff, yet says there's nothing he can do as he hears Jeff abuse Brenda, unless she says something about it? Really? I also don't like how Family Guy is trying to be serious now, if I wanted to watch a soap opera I would. I mean, I respect that they tried to take abuse seriously instead of making it a joke, but I watched this show to laugh at cartoon antics, not have them suddenly throw a Very Special Episode at me. Every time I see them deal with these soap opera antics, I just groan.
Manwiththeplan: "Back to the Pilot". If an episode where the obnoxious current versions of Brian and Stewie go back to the first episode of the show and diss everything about it (like apathetic Brian and evil genius Stewie, y'know, their past selves who were actually entertaining) wasn't bad enough, we also get some more tasteless 9/11 jokes and demonization of George W. Bush (well out of office by now!) thrown in, with time getting screwed around so that 9/11 is prevented, Bush loses re-election in 2004, starts a second Civil War which leads to a nuclear holocaust... and the only way for Brian and Stewie to fix it? Go back and cause 9/11. Which they do. And then high-five each other when they do it! Remember when this show cleverly and humorously avoided doing an atomic bomb joke? But now it's totally eager to make a mockery of 9/11 and everyone who died in it. Frankly, Seth, you have no right to make that kind of joke, especially as it's blind luck that kept you from boarding that plane and dying yourself! Seriously! It's not funny; it's just disgusting.
The Real Golden Gamer: You're not alone. Not only does this episode have some extremely unfunny and unnecessary Bush bashing, but it also has some needlessly horrifying things in it, too. Why is it that they had to throw in Brian and Stewie trapped in barber poles? Was that supposed to be funny? Was there even a purpose to it? Probably not. I'm not saying that their current selves don't deserve a few days of that until they get their personalities from Season 1 back, but isn't Family Guy supposed to be funny? Well, it wasn't funny, and neither is this episode.
Shadow Sora 94: While Seth isn't on the writing team anymore, it makes it just as vile considering the fact it shows the people in charge of writing Family Guy are at the point they refuse to care about anything that won't give them a good laugh- even casually joking about and making characters high-five each other over a tragedy that almost killed Seth to begin with.
Tropers/Turtler: Perhaps more vile is that Seth maintains the ability to veto, and he chose to not exercise it to reject this or the rest of the crap on this page, including making a joke at something that nearly killed him. Not only 9/11, but also the needless nuclear war that is the truly lowest point in this episode for me. Because it's apparently not good enough to make your political opponents callous or evil, they have to be omnicidally so.
Mic1988: Shame on you Seth, shame on you for laughing and allowing jokes to be made about one of the most horrific terrorist attacks in recent memory when you yourself could've been one of the victims who died that day had you not over slept. If you ever meet someone who lost someone that tragic day, I hope you apologize for allowing this Piece of Crap to even be thought of.
Dark Lady Celebrian: "Thanksgiving" was hilarious whenever it wasn't focusing on Quagmire's transgender mom, Ida. Family Guy has managed to go 10 seasons without offending me, but broke that scale when they had Brian and Ida bring up Brian having sex with her in the "Quagmire's Dad" episode, and then had Stewie tell her something along the lines of, "He liked it before he found out you were a monster." And then when Ida asked where the bathroom was, Lois said, "You may use the yard." No. Just no. Do everyone a favor and just never use that character again if you're only going to use her for transphobic "jokes." It's making me think the show is truly running out of jokes now if they must resort to blatantly insensitive tripe like this.
Aspie Crow: For me, one of the worst things of both the transphobia and the Author Tract is when Brian, surprisingly, asks Ida to share her opinion on the situation, at which time Ida says that she feels that Kevin going AWOL because he believed that the war was wrong is unforgivable, since he abandoned his fellow soldiers, the people he fought alongside. Which is a legitimate point, regardless of whether it's right or wrong. But, of course, Family Guy can't have a viewpoint other than Brian's be right, so this is treated with a dismissal of "Oh, that's just some drag queen". And the writers of Family Guywant us to believe that they're supportive of all walks of life...
emmens: The "I like the ones without the bone in it," followed by a cut away of Peter just mugging it. The worst part about this was the unexpectedness of it made me laugh. That one joke proved to me just how little effort actually went into the show and how much respect they have for anything. I bit my lip at "Family Gay" but this was what made me quit watching the show and giving it any chances.
Anarquistador: "Amish Guy". For me it was the portrayal of the Amish as this backward patriarchal society that disapproved of these new-fangled outsiders, and even seemed to be on the verge of burning the family as witches. Anyone who knows anything about Amish communities knows that they're violence-averse people, who choose to live without modern conveniences, and even encourage their young people to go out into the larger world to see how other people live. Maybe the writers were counting on the fact that they don't have televisions, and won't watch the show?
monkeyman224: "The Blind Side" starts of stro-er, god-awful with an All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles joke. I was pissed off by the implication that everyone Japanese watches tentacle rape hentai and that it's all they do. This is why a lot of people look down on Japan and anime.
Split Face: The very end of the episode: Brian, after getting broken up with a blind girl, is convinced by Stewie that he can still date her if he disguises his voice. This just goes to show you that Brian only cares about sex with hot women and will do that without caring for anyone else. Well, now I know why so many people dislike his personality!
Mad Man 400096: Don't get me wrong; I don't mind the later seasons of the show, but "Be Careful What You Fish For" turned out to be the worst Family Guy ever in my opinion. The episode was very boring outside of some of the Ricky Gervais dolphins gags and the Cutaway Gags (particularly the one referencing The Adventures of Milo and Otis), but the worst thing about this piece of shit was the subplot with Stewie and Brian. The latter ends up hitting a new low by shoving off the former to date his bitch teacher. Granted, he does get her arrested, but only because he found out she had a boyfriend. That's right. He was willing to shun Stewie and ignore his misery (and those of the other preschoolers) just to get a date. It made Stewie, who started this show as a sociopathic JerkAss, more sympathetic than Brian, who's supposed to be the Only Sane Man. It ended up being the only episode of the series that I turned off the TV midway though. I didn't even stay to see the conclusion of the main plot. It sucked that hard.
Jude Deluca: So what that subplot all boiled down to was: Brian tries to have sex with yet another brainless hot woman, who runs a shoddy daycare center and regularly neglects the kids she's supposed to watch. Brian doesn't turn her in or alert anyone about what she's doing just because it would put a damper on any chance he has to get with her. Then he learns she has a boyfriend, so he calls the police. I am just really hoping he gets either a physical or verbal asskicking at some point. But in all honesty, you have to wonder how much leeway Seth MacFarlane has at this point if he's willing to voice Brian in a story like this.
Azn Pinoy: When I saw "Seashore Seashell Party", I thought, "Brian can't get any worse, right?" Well, I was somewhat wrong on the Thanksgiving episode (when dismissing a valid reason that Kevin deserting is wrong), and it was confirmed by the dolphin episode. I am not going to tell how horrible it was; I don't know what Gervais thought of this episode, or if he thought it sucked. But the subplot was worse. I knew what was going to happen, the old Brian sees a hot woman being the "babysitter," ignores the other people to try to have sex with her or see her naked, but later on, she is already taken. Same old, same old. What's worse, the fact that he said there was a special place for Hell for her, or the fact that there was no retribution or punishment for leaving the toddlers to fend for themselves. Or is it both, did he thought that saying a special place for Hell will make everything okay, even though as an atheist, "Hell doesn't exist"? Maybe the family should beat up Brian, or for irony, let Lois do it.
Ajustice: "Killer Queen" had a cutaway with Peter talking to a scary-looking teen, and it seems he gets the teen to start opening up that he wants to be loved... and then for no reason, Peter just beats the poor kid to a bloody pulp and takes his shoes! I think the writers just wanna rub it in our faces that Peter can do all kinds of horrible things to people and get away with it because he's the star of the show.
GavsEvans123: From "Forget-Me-Not", Lois snapping at the kids after Peter and Brian go on a night out that "all of the good people are gone." The writers flat out admitted that they don't care for four of the show's six main characters, and the only ones they do like are Peter and Brian, the Mary Sue and Author Avatar that get by far the most hate on this page.
Radical Ed: Now, I can take jokes at the expense of a group I'm part of. When it comes to Jewish jokes, I can laugh at myself and my people, as long as it's in good taste. But when Family Guy made the joke "It's no thrill for a pig to touch a Jew either" from the episode "You Can't Do That on Television, Peter", that went beyond Dude, Not Funny!, it didn't cross the line twice, it just crossed the line and remained solely on the side of incredibly offensive. It wasn't funny, it wasn't clever, it was just rude, insensitive, and offensive beyond belief. That does it. I'm done with Family Guy. I've managed to laugh at their Jewish jokes up until now; I could enjoy them from other shows, but not this one.
Darth Josh: The Tea Party episode "Tea Peter" had Tom Tucker point out that Autism is "only an excuse for children to misbehave."
marioandsonic: I've been made fun of enough because of my autism. I don't need TV shows to make fun of me too.
CC Prime: Plus, you know, the whole "Republicans want anarchy!" thing probably wasn't the most sensitive or accurate statement they could have made. Between this and the aforementioned Bush/Civil War nonsense, I'm starting to think that they keep using these jokes not because they're trying to be funny, but rather, because they simply have some kind of bitter grudge against all non-liberals. It doesn't help that Brian was once again the one to explain the "evils" of the Tea Party to the audience, and EVERY Tea Party supporters portrayed as absolute morons who don't have a clue what they're doing.
Disney23: It's not that it's Seth's usual demonizing of people he hates. This is beyond usual. Tea Partiers aren't just dumb. They mispronounce words for crying out loud. In reality, the Tea Party wants less government interference, not no government at all! Plus with the rampant pollution, white supremacy, crime and destruction going on, I call this WORSE than "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven".
Rory 1989: "Family Guy Viewer Mail #2". Yay, yet another uninspired go at the British (or rather English), after the one where Stewie teaches a Brit how to talk (yes, an American teaching an English person to speak properly; an American with an English accent, no less), and the one where Peter joins the football team which is so wimpy and girly cause its British (because apparently wearing no body amour in sports is wimpy). I just couldn't wait for another load of shit-tired jokes of the same kind all over again. When the English themselves are better at taking the piss out of themselves, you know that this show is bad.
Heartlesswithaheart: "Internal Affairs" has Joe meet an attractive woman after becoming famous. Joe is somewhat attracted to her, but decides to leave the woman so he doesn't screw up his marriage with Bonnie. However, he tells his friends about it and they convince him to do it, despite Joe having the only real stable marriage throughout the series. Joe stupidly takes their advice and sleeps with her — ruining his marriage with Bonnie.
Scribbleykitty: And let's forget a needless joke pointing at Iraq war veterans, concerning Joe and Bonnie's son being found barely alive and shipped back, his PTSD being used for cheap comedy. My sister is married to an ex-Marine who had just come back home from Afghanistan last Thanksgiving; he suffered a severe head injury barely missing an enemy missile to the face, said blast killing his friend and fellow corporeal in the process. As a result, he suffers not just from PTSD after seeing his friend blown up, but also Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), which causes him to forget things easily, and makes him a bit flustered as a result. He will never fully be the father he wants to be for his baby girl because of his time in the war. So how about we take this emotionally crippling disability and play it for laughs! Funny, huh?!
Falconwing: "The Old Man and the Big C". Oh good lord, never has an ending to an episode made me want to put my foot through my TV screen. Carter Pewterschmidt basically gets away scot-free with keeping a cure for cancer from the rest of the world. Even to the point of lying to his daughter and breaking a promise, and this episode has the sheer gall to actually play it for laughs. Listen... This is just sick. This is literally the fourth time Carter has done something utterly reprehensible (The not-taking the orphan he adopted home, getting weed re-illegalized to fatten his own wallet, and keeping an Asian sex slave being the others) and received no repercussions whatsoever. I get it "He's rich, he can do whatever he wants, hahaha!" I don't give a crap. I watch cartoons to escape how crappy life is. I don't need to be reminded rich people are evil and can get away with anything. Least of all with an ending that's so unfunny and tagged on, they could have just put up a blank screen with the words "Here's where the ending was supposed to go", and that would have been less irritating.
Redjirachi: The fact they even expect us to buy him getting away is a dethroning moment to me. No matter how much he's paying his employers, I'd think most of them wouldn't be so sociopathic that they wouldn't spill the beans on a cure for freaking CANCER! Especially considering they'd probably become filthy rich and famous from revealing said cure, so even a total sociopath would have the motivation to do the right thing. Actually, scratch that: there's no good reason why Carter didn't reveal the cure for cancer! He'd probably multiply his net wealth and become BELOVED from such an act, which doesn't even require a conscious to figure out. Instead the writers choose to make him a total Karma Houdini because they're clinical sociopaths "herp derp it's funny." God, Mr Burnsisn't this cruel.
NoSpoilersPlz: "Yug Ylimaf", aka, a 22-minute long excuse to reuse old animation and jokes. This episode could not have possibly been any lazier.
Friends Without Benefits
Technature: Since the episode is already on here, I'll put my thoughts down. The episode was just bad in general, but the absolute worst part was the fact that Meg was willing to give Chris a roofie. I think I'm gonna need to explain this one. Meg develops a crush on a boy in school (Kent), but she eventually finds out that he's gay, and happens to have a crush on Chris. So Meg asks Chris to sleep with him. Naturally, he says no, so instead of just dropping it, she decides to trick Kent by saying Chris said yes, but is insecure about being gay and is going to pretend to be asleep during sex. Meanwhile, she gets a roofie from Quagmire (about the only thing in all this that makes sense) to serve to Chris in a glass of juice. The reason this bothers me so much is the fact that this is Meg, the person who a season or two ago, was willing to give up her happiness and allow herself to be treated like shit so the rest of her family could be happy. It's not the first time she's done something crazy due to a crush, but it never involved her family (except for Brian, though this was the person she was after at the moment it happened), at least nothing harmful. Any character development that the writers left her with during that episode is gone now.
ABNo4: I must also agree when it comes to this one.
Meg charged right into psychopath territory here; sadly, it was about the only way they could draw attention away from how horrible the rest of the cast is, having pretty much made her what she's become through their abuse. Lois in particular was at her most vile, condescending worst. Unsympathetic protagonists can be funny, dark humor can work, but it needs to be handled by skilled writers. This episode was just mean-spirited, the only joke being "Look how nasty we're being to this character!"
On top of that we have unfunny suicide jokes, unfunny rape jokes and the customary stale ethnic stereotype jokes that are too unoriginal and cliché to even work as shock value. I don't like "I'll never watch this show again" declarations as they rarely hold, but I did find myself thinking about it after watching this one. If it had included a chicken fight and/or Conway Twitty cutaway, that might have indeed been it for me. As it is, I'll call it a new low and hope future episodes are more enjoyable.
White Rose Samurai: I always thought Family Guy was an okay show. It makes me laugh from time to time, but the end of "Jesus, Mary & Joseph!" left a bad taste in my mouth. Peter has just finished telling the story of the birth of Jesus, and Lois thought it was a good story of people coming together and putting aside their differences... And then there's a knock on the door. It's a man and his pregnant wife who's in labor. The man explains that his car has broken down and asks if they can use the Griffins' phone to call an ambulance. And the whole family, except for Stewie, goes right back to being assholes, thinking the two are trying to scam them and telling them to get lost, Peter pretty much saying "You're lucky it's Christmas, or I'd call the cops," and slamming the door in their faces. And to REALLY twist the knife in for everyone watching, you can hear the man desperately yelling outside before Peter says he's going to get his bat. I'm just having a pretty hard time liking the show again after seeing the end of this episode.
InTheGallbladder: For me, it was this segment from "Space Cadet", which I stumbled upon after having not seen the show for years. Whether or not you like Bob's Burgers, (which I do, admittedly) the point still stands that it was no way to react to competition. I doubt they would have even considered this as a good idea, were the two shows not sharing a network at the time.
Tropers/hyp3210n: I hate the episode "Call Girl" for the second part of the plot. The first part was just a recycle of Peter gets a parrot, but replaces it with a falcon and you get the gist of it. The second part is Lois gets a job at a Sex-line company for her voice. Peter uses their services and falls in love with one of the girls (Lois). Lois gets mad, and sets a fake affair so she can prove he would cheat on her. They make up, episode over.
Tropers/Steve Mills: This took the fucking cake. For starters, Lois acted like a complete fucking heartless bitch in this episode, and was at her worst. How dare she threaten to divorce Peter, in case of crying when a terrorist kidnapped him? What happened to old Lois?! I miss old Family Guy, seasons 1-3, I miss Peter's old voice, I miss the lighthearted humor.
Maxwest1980: I hate this episode for a different reason. We know that Seth MacFarlane hates right-wing conservative Republicans and goes after them at every turn. One of the frequent accusations lobbed at the aforementioned was they were racist for implying that every Muslim was a terrorist. Okay... so why does Seth depict Muslims in this episode as being terrorists? Isn't he perpetuating prejudice himself by having Muslim terrorists? Or does he think he can't be racist because he is left-wing?
A Fistful Of Meg
Tropers/Boobtuber: What turned me off for this episode was the amount of Squick, combined with a sickening amount of Nausea Fuel. Peter naked obsessively, all of the implied/invoked sexual jokes (which, even by this show's standards, was pushing it far), Brian removing his fur, and Meg fighting the new guy with pus, escalating into vomit, a lesbian kiss, which eventually ends with her exposing herself and him melting. Family Guy has done Squicky moments before, but this is crossing another line of the many it's crossed already. Despite having a few laughs, the disgust factor overshadows the funniness. Perfect episode for the FCC to rant and complain about.
Life Of Brian
Sir Smelly Arse II: Brian Griffin Dies. Enough said. Whether they're going to bring him back or not is irrelevant, they shouldn't have done it in the first place.
Dastardly Demolition: I personally feel that no one on the main cast needed to die. It just feels like they tried to put drama into the cast just to have it.
marioandsonic: There are a lot of reasons this episode deserves to be on here, but I'm going to go with my biggest one: The lead up to the death scene itself. Right after Brian gets hit, we see the family run out to him in panic. Now, you'd expect this whole scene to be a tearjerker and very emotional. But instead, a few seconds after the family runs out, a squirrel runs up to Brian, kicks him in the head, spits on him, and says, "That guy sucked!" Cut to commercial. Way to go, writers, you just destroyed any amount of emotion or seriousness you were going for. Then after commercial, you'd at least expect this to get better, right? No! We have to see a pointless scene involving a headless chicken that's being played for laughs! This is just painful. I wouldn't be surprised if this becomes regarded as the worst handled death scene in the history of animation.
My Little Pingas: You would think Quagmire would at least show some sort of sympathy for Brian at his funeral, or at least console Peter (who's one of his best friends) with "I wasn't fond of him but I'm sorry for your loss" or something. But no. While Peter is tearfully lamenting about how Brian meant so much to him, Quagmire is watching a baseball game on his phone. Any likability Quagmire had left was thrown out the window and smashed to pieces after that moment.
Warner14: The death of Brian itself felt more like a scene made for drama just to get ratings and that alone is a repulsive and disgusting act of greediness. It still doesn't make his death any less sad but still, there's more to it that makes it such. Brian was one the few characters I liked on the show when he wasn't forcing his views down people's throats. He had a likable design, great voice and when he managed to be entertaining, he got that down. So when I see my favorite character get killed in a violent, senseless and brutal way, it hurts in the most gut-wrenching and insulting ways imaginable.
Odins Left Eye: Brian's death was a D Mo S for this troper. Brian is not a very likeable character. So the writers tried to make us like him by killing him off. Except it doesn't work because the level of gore in his death has been repeatedly used on the show for humor. And having the cast all cry over his death was poorly handled. Having everyone cry and playing sad music won't make us feel sorry for him if we already don't like him. Neither will having a strawfan in the form of the squirrel convert those who dislike Brian. The whole thing reeked of Alas, Poor Scrappy.
Super Saiya Man: I quit Family Guy about two seasons after the second revival and sometimes watch for a Bile Fascination. I decided to check out "Life of Brian" after I heard the incredulous: Brian, the Creator's Pet of the series was killed off. I thought it would be worth showing how they did it. Going in, I expected to see Brian already on his deathbed and the rest of the episode showing the flashbacks of how it got there. You know, what a normal, quality show does when killing off a popular, favorite, or Creator's Pet character. Instead... we open in the most blatant racism Family Guy has ever done, with all the Native Americans being typical stereotypes which haven't moved on past the 19th Century. You know, Family Guy writing staff, I'd expect more from you but considering you think bigotry -this time blatant bigotry without trying to be ironic- is funny, I hate to meet you people in real life. Are white people in the 19th Century mindset in the 21st Century, Family Guy? No! Culture does not stagnate! If it did, it dies out! Even with your last use of Native American jokes, which were nearly as bad in the season 1 episode "The Son Also Draws" at least it showed they were doing it ironically for tourists for their Casino. Next, we see after Brian and Stewie fix their mistake in the past, Stewie demolishes his time machine and calls it 'too much trouble'. There could have been an easy way to do this without it seeming like a forced slap to the face to the watchers: 1.) That last time travel trip irreparably fried its internal circuits. 2.) Their last trip destroyed said time machine via feedback or the guns they were carrying going off. Those are just off the top of my head but it seems like I put more effort into it than the fricking writers! In the end, the time machine's dismantled, taken to the dump and crushed and Brian, acting uncharacteristically upbeat and still preachy suggests they take a street hockey net home since its in great shape (forcing an Recycling gag to us too unintentionally)! After that, we get another pointless cut away before going back to the present with Brian and Stewie setting up the nets they got and Stewie running back into the house to get his kneepads. Without even checking traffic, Brian turns his back to the direction of the traffic to finish setting up the nets and a speeding Prius comes down the street, the driver intentionally (people who think its murder-pointing to Quagmire) or unintentionally (hard to see someone bent over) in the end... Brian is hit by the car. This could have been done extremely effectively by a Gory Discretion Shot, just the sound of the impact would have been enough. But no, we see it in extremely gory and realistic detail and then we get the insulting comment of the squirrel. And then we get another anti-Semitic joke. Finally, they are at the hospital where Brian is hooked up to life support but doesn't have much time left... they actually handled that part effectively, but it still came a bit forced. Now the episode could have ended here, but that'd make it only 15 minutes long. Instead, we get a funeral (where Quagmire instead of comforting his friends... is watching the Sox game during it) while the family members all say their goodbyes... and Joe gets bothered by yet another racist stereotype. A month passes after the funeral and then Lois decides to get a new dog just then and there... grief takes longer than that. Lord knows we waited for nearly a year in my house before we got our cats after Whopper, my dog and best friend, died. Now we meet the Replacement Scrappy for Brian: Vinny, an Italian Stereotype... who is strangely a bit more tolerable than Brian was in some ways. However, Stewie doesn't accept him until they bond over some common grief they have (Vinny lost his owner, Stewie lost his dog). Now... if the episode did this correctly it could have been what won back the crowd. Brian dying should have been the focus, not all the racist stereotypes and Jew jokes and pointless cutaways. A lot of filler could have been cut and we could have got something not only heart touching, but make us genuinely sad to see Brian go in an Alas, Poor Scrappy way. Instead... we got another contender for the worst episode of Family Guy. Brian's death is so forced and drawn out and gory, and finally the introduction of Vinny who isn't so bad.
DL Abaoaqu: This episode was nothing more than a big ratings trap. Brian was killed off for, like, two episodes only to be brought back. All manner of petitions and tribute art went out in protest of the move, when it was more than likely that they were going to bring back Brian anyway (look into how long it takes episodes to be made). MacFarlane played his foolish fans like an instrument in an attempt to get more people talking about this show when interest is ebbing. The Mysterious Mr. Enter pointed out that the fans begging to bring Brian back gives Seth more reason to use him as a bullhorn for political sermons and antireligious propaganda. "[Brian] is overcome with gratitude," said MacFarlane; I say "Screw you and your fans."
Tropers/Wolfgod: "Life Of Brian" was a pretty awful rating's grab, but Brian's return was even worse. The writers played up Brian's death to get viewer count only to completely retcon it. I actually half expected this to happen in a Christmas themed episode, but I expected it to be from some sort of Santa based revival that forewent all continuity like always. They didn't even handle it properly, they completely threw away Vinny without a second thought; there could have been some sort of side plot where someone in the family is somewhat involved with adopting Vinny or have Stewie call in a favor or something but no, they just ended the episode without further mention of him.
Lt Fedora: I'd already been tuning out Family Guy for the last year or so, leaving it on because it's the show between Bob's Burgers and American Dad!. Brian's death was a huge shock to me, and that there was no reset button shocked me even more. I thought there was going to be a real shake-up in the show, and I actually liked Vinny. Then, Brian came back. To me, this is like the Family Guy equivalent of "Year of Hell": a huge shake-up of the status quo, only for it to never matter again.
Tatsui Chiyo For this troper, the entire set-up of Brian's death was just one major fuck you to the entire fanbase. I had been waning off of Family Guy, no longer finding it has funny or thought provoking, more "what hypocritical, rage inducing message can we force down our viewers throats". But when I heard Brian was dead, I actually watched the episode and found it had been very well done. A somewhat emotional send off(Like those two up there said, the fuck with the squirrel and chicken?)Then, Vinny, this interesting and funny new character arrives, completely different from Brian in almost every way. I actually felt hope that maybe this was the writers getting back on board to the old humor, and that while Brian would be missed, they would probably still refer to him now and again. What happens only two episodes later? 'Did you really think we'd kill Brian?" Yes. Yes I did. Bringing him back not only ousted this entire beautifully done transition with a new character and possible new direction, it turned it into a cheap, promotional middle finger. The rage I felt at that entire thing was just sickening. They toss Vinny aside like he was an old shirt, they yank the chains of people excited for a new character, and perhaps the worst part? Instead of showing a lesson about accepting loss and learning to move on from it, instead it becomes "Sad your pet died? Wish you could have them back? Well too bad you don't have a FUCKING TIME MACHINE!!!!!!!!!" This troper lost the chance to say goodbye to a cat he'd known for 12 years simply because I decided to stay an extra hour at the mall, no idea that we were pretty much being forced to give her up to please our asshole neighbors (Long story short, we got 5 animals wandering this neighborhood without their owners giving a shit, they hated our cat because God knows why, they find poop in yard, threaten to call animal control on our cat unless we keep her in house)And would give anything to be able to say goodbye. So turning what this troper saw as a touching moment and turning it into...that, only served to make swear off of Family Guy. Sorry for the long rant, but I've said my piece.
Tropers/jili: What was the point of that scene? It's literally two minutes of Peter trying to push a whale into the ocean, complete with the whale torn apart (guts falling out and all) by the forklift. Is there a fucking reason for the needless gorn?
Silvermoon424: I have about a dozen Family Guy DMoS, but after seeing this scene I removed my old one and decided to give the whale scene from "Peter Problems" the dubious honor instead (and I'm glad I wasn't the first to comment on it). That scene was just sick in every sense of the word. As soon as I saw Peter approach that poor beached whale, I knew something horrible was going to happen (and I was right, because seconds later the forklift pierced the whale instead of lifting it), but I didn't know just how horrible it was going to get. They went way over the line by having the still-alive whale have its entrails torn from its body and is jerked up and down by the forklift until its mutilated body finally falls into the ocean. So... we're supposed to find a graphic scene of violence towards animals (especially towards an animal that's already in pain and can't defend itself) funny?
Cheeze13: I just saw that episode last night, while I was channel surfing. I came upon this scene, and I had to change it. I love animals so much, and it made me actually vomit when they showed this. I don't know who in their right mind green lighted this scene, but whoever did, It. Wasn't. Funny. At. All. Stick to pre cancellation storylines, where everything was whimsy like and actually funny, not dark.
Mineburst: Yeah, that scene pretty much ruined the entire episode for me. I would have liked it a lot more if that scene was removed, or better yet, didn't exist. Especially since I happen to be an animal lover.
Wani: Yup, gonna have to throw my name in here too. I can tolerate a pretty decent amount of gore and stuff, but that just wasn't funny, it was just gross and was just completely pointless.
Mom's the Word
Cookie Man: The religious jokes were pretty cruddy, but those are nothing compared to what happened at the end. We see Evelyn admit her wrong (acting VERY promiscous around Peter, which made Peter very uncomfortable). Petter also admits that he too got carried away and saw her as a new "mom". We get something that is seen as very heartwarming, BUT because the writers have to be dicks, while Peter is hugging Evelyn, he accidentally crushes her back and kills her - what does he do? Panic? No. He just pretends that nothing happened, expecting the cemetery groundskeeper to take care of the mess. It's moments like these where the writers like to yank on our chains by making the characters feel like they're good people, but at the end, it's like they learned nothing at all from it.
3 Acts of God
White Rose Samurai: The end of this episode. Peter, Quagmire, Cleveland, and Joe have all convinced God to let the Patriots win at football again, and Lois chastises Peter for not asking God to do more for the world. Peter explains that he did ask God to do something else. And Meg starts to vanish from existence while Peter tells Lois not to look. What. The. Actual. Hell? I know Meg is the show's resident Butt Monkey, but at this point, it's like MacFarlane and everyone else who makes this show have zero respect left for her.
Herpe, the Love Sore
Young Princess Zelda: Giving up my "Fresh Heir" complaint because I had a lot of issues with this episode, such as Stewie saying "That's a cool whip" which brings back the painfully unfunny cool whip joke, the main plot, and ending. But to narrow it down, I had to pick the moment where Peter, Joe, and Quagmire fight the 3 barguys. I could rant forever on that part, but the part where Peter tries to open a can of spinach was just fucking lazy. Andrew Goldberg (Writer of this episode and the notorious "The Juice is Loose"), if you're reading this, learn to fucking write, you dipshit! I'm sick of your lazy fatass writing! Can't wait for the Parents Television Council to get medieval on this one.
ThomasVeggieDramaFan: Yeah I'm giving up my pick for "Fresh Heir" too. I'll start off by saying that it seemed like the reveal of the guys who took Peter, Joe, and Quagmire's booth being soldiers was pulled right out of the writers' asses in order to not have them be hated for beating up Peter, Joe, and Quagmire in the end but instead creates one of the show's worst Unfortunate Implications (being in the Army gives you the right to be the biggest bastard to anybody, and you'll still get respected for it). The main plot is mostly why I hate this episode. Basically really for nothing more than the fact that it's a textbook example of why I believe Chris should be retired from the show due to how much of an asshole he's become. I can stomach how irredeemable Lois and now recently Peter have become, but having Chris be just as big of a bastard as his parents is too much for my blood (especially when you compare him to how he was in before roughly Season 10 where he was still the same character he was before going through heavy derailment).
El Rodrigo: I third what these tropers said. This episode easily demonstrates the worst Family Guy has to offer. Grossout humor that disgusts rather than entertains? Check. Characters suffering Badass Decay? Check. Brian beingadouche by knowingly spreading an incurable disease to Chris and Stewie, and trying to pass it off as no big deal? Check. Complete assholes who get away with being dicks just because they're soldiers? Check. The typical long drawn out gag that wastes two minutes of your time and rides on your patience? Check! You know, people regret that Vinny got retconned out of the show, but judging from the way this show is going, I'd say that he was the lucky one.
Thy Dark Lord Of Awesomeness: Nobody is gonna mention how horribly out of character everyone is inbetween the clam incident and the final fight? Other than that, Brian was a dick and the soldier shit was horrible and pulled out of their asses (like what the guys above said).