Shout Out: Family Guy
NOTE: This page is a work in progress. Family Guy has a large number of Shout Outs and it's nearly impossible to catch all of them on first viewing.
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Death Has a Shadow
- The episode opens with the family watching an episode of The Brady Bunch.
- When Aunt Jemimah arrives at the door, Peter says the only bad thing the neighborhood has is "Jemimah's Witnesses", a references of Jehovah's Witnesses.
- Peter and his friends watch a porn parody of Casablanca titles Assablanca.
- One of the potential new toys at the factory is called "G.I. Jew", a reference to the G.I. Joe toys.
- A kid is expecting a "Pound Poochie", a parody of Pound Puppies.
- The Kool-Aid Man burst into court shouting "Oh yeah!".
- The ending has the Griffins watching a show featuring bloopers from Joanie Loves Chachi, featuring Eric reciting a tongue twister before getting attacked by a bear.
- The show the family is watching is TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes.
Mind Over Murder
- At one point, the Griffins are watching an episode of Star Trek featuring Kirk assigning Red Shirt soldier Ensign Ricky on a dangerous mission. Later, when Meg accidentally runs over William Shatner, Ricky appears and remarks "I did not see that coming".
- Peter's nightmare is a Shout-Out to The Wizard of Oz.
- At one point, the Griffins go fishing and they capture the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Chitty Chitty Death Bang
- Cheesy Charlie's is a parody of the Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant theaters.
- Peter's watch is based on The Dukes of Hazzard.
- Bruce wears a Spider-Man outfit.
Mind Over Murder
- The washing machine leads to Narnia where Peter meets Mr. Tumnus.
- Peter watches Homicide: Life on Sesame Street, a mix of Homicide Life On The Street and Sesame Street. In the show, Bert makes a reference to the famous "eating cookies in the bed" sketch.
- During a scene where agents are tracking Peter, who is under house arrest, the graphics on their screen resemble Pong.
A Hero Sits Next Door
- Peter says that baseball is so fun it should "be illegal like copyright infringement", where at that moment, his face becomes that of Mickey Mouse.
- In a cutaway, Peter attempts to sing the song "Jesus Loves Me" to a group of children, but gets confused and ends up singing the jingle to Skippy peanut butter.
- Peter makes a Facts of Life Transformers toyline. He mentions that Natalie transforms into a dilophosaurus from Jurassic Park.
The Son Also Draws
- The Youth Scouts are an obvious parody of the Boy Scouts.
- Peter's spiritual guide is the Fonz from Happy Days.
- The trees sing "Cat's in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin.
Brian: Portrait of a Dog
- Lois and Brian are seen watching The Dick Van Dyke Show.
- Peter reenacts a scene from The Wizard of Oz. Even the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodsman are present!
- The line, "To The Popemobile!" is one to Series/Batman.
- Furbies are seen on the assembly line at the Happy-Go-Lucky toy factory.
I Am Peter, Hear Me Roar
- Peter finds himself caught in a net on the Planet of the Apes.
- On the bus to the women's retreat Peter says that he will be Charlie and all the other women will be his angels. Except for one, who would be Bosley.
Let's Go To The Hop
- Several references to The Breakfast Club are made including Peter going to the library for detention and seeing cereal mascots reenact a scene.
- The sketch of a "a fat man who is inexplicably married to an attractive redhead" depicts Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
The Kiss Seen Around the World
- Meg's fantasy is a genderflipped shot-for-shot shout-out to Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
- The segments in the Dustin Hoffman "interview" come from The Graduate, Rain Man, and Hook.
Peter Griffin: Husband, Father...Brother?
- Peter's Imagine Spot is a parody of American Beauty.
- Peter uses the money to turn the house into Pee-Wee's Playhouse.
Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows
- While Lois teaches a piano lesson, she and Brian have a conversion along with the music, spoofing The Music Man.
- In the song, Neil Goldman mentions "that awesome ThunderCats (1985) cartoon".
When You Wish Upon a Weinstein
- Brian watches Seinfeld, where George and Jerry repeatedly say the words "tickler stickler" back and forth to each other.
- The fast food restaurant Peter and Lois are in is a mix of Burger King and McDonald's, and was originally to be one of them.
Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High
- Brian's students in remedial English alludes to Dangerous Minds. Standing on their desks and reciting Walt Whitman's "O Captain, My Captain" comes from Dead Poets Society.
Eight Simple Rules For Buying My Teenage Daughter
- Lois dressed as Mystique.
Breaking Out is Hard to Do
- Apache Chief helps Peter put the satellite on the roof.
The Courtship of Stewie's Father
- Stewie is told if he doesn't sing, he'll be put in a Christmas movie with Tim Allen.
Stewie Loves Lois
- The credits sequence is from All in the Family.
- The scene where Peter begs Tom Tucker to give him ice cream is a reference to Kramer vs. Kramer.
Peter's Two Dads
- Francis appears as a ghost along with those of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda.
The Tan Aquatic with Steve Zissou
- One of Stewie's final wishes is to visit the Chicago Museum of Art. There, Stewie stares at "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" accompanied to the song “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want”.
No Chris Left Behind
- Stewie remarks that he could one day be more powerful than King Friday.
Meet the Quagmires
- There are many references to Back to the Future such as the reaction to Ronald Reagan being president and the dance at the end.
- The introduction of 18-year-old Lois is a shout out to a similar scene in ''Caddyshack.
- While traveling through the air vents Peter quotes Die Hard and notes he could write it since it hasn’t been made yet.
- The entire episode is a parody of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
- Leia (Lois) challenges Vader (Stewie) to find the stolen plans among a group of suitcases, very much like Deal or No Deal.
- At one point, Chewbacca (Brian) says Fozzie Bear's catchphrase "Wokka-Wokka".
Movin' Out (Brian's Song)
- The title is a mix of the Billy Joel song "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) and the film Brian's Song.
- Brian and Jillian are watching the Lifetime network watching the original movie Men Are Terrible and Will Hurt You Because This is Lifetime starring Valerie Bertinelli.
- Peter tags along with Jillian to go see Disney On Ice with her.
- Peter dresses up in a Donald Duck costume, which is just a sailor's shirt and hat, but no pants.
- Jillian comments on Sebastian dancing with Stitch.
Believe It or Not, Joe's Walking on Air
- When Dr. Hartman shows pictures of potential leg designs for Joe, one of them feature the legs of Big Bird.
- Cleveland gets saved from falling by Spider-Man.
- At the end, Peter hums the show's theme song, replacing "Laugh and cry" with "Joke's on you".
Stewie Kills Lois
- Once again, the Kool-Aid man bursts through the wall in court shouting "Oh yeah!".
Lois Kills Stewie
- Stan Smith and Avery Bullock from American Dad! appear.
- When Peter shoots Stewie, he says "It's just been revoked" from Lethal Weapon 2. When Brian says the line doesn't fit, he says "I'll have what she's having" from When Harry Met Sally.
- When Stewie and Brian argue about the cop-out "ending" to the simulation, Stewie says that at least it didn't end like the infamous cut-to-black ending to The Sopranos, but the episode ends before he finishes his statement.
Padre de Familia
- The title is a Spanish translation of the show's title.
- Peter makes the "American" equivalent of Looney Tunes character Speedy Gonzales called "Rapid Dave".
- Peter sacrificing a goat to Toby Keith is a nod to Jurassic Park.
- Peter shows that one of the odd jobs he had was being a nanny like Mary Poppins and he ends up crushing and killing Jane and Michael.
- Peter refers to Michael as "McCutie", a reference to the nickname "McDreamy" from Grey's Anatomy.
- McBurgertown is an obvious jab at McDonald's restaurants.
- Stewie and Brian watch One Tree Hill.
- Peter says he will get even with McBurgertown for what they did to him and what they did to Wimpy.
- The Bob Dylan song "Hurricane" plays as Stewie struts around naked at the school.
- The cow's line about his "beloved wife" parodies Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Doubles as an Actor Allusion.
Back to the Woods
- Peter poses as James Woods and appears on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Play It Again, Brian
- The title is based on the much paraphrased line "Play it again, Sam" from Casablanca. In addition, Seth Mac Farlane sings "As Time Goes By".
- Stewie and Herbert play Scattergories, which Herbert says he's missing Boy Meets World for.
- When Lois and Brian decide to rent a movie, Brian suggests Vanilla Sky, but Lois calls it an "abortion". They end up renting Roman Holiday.
- Herbert reads Chris the story of Peter and the Wolf and whistles the main theme of the famous composition.
- Peter's line "Was he bigger than me?" is a direct quote from Animal House.
- The scene during Peter and Brian's fight where Brian kicks Peter in the nuts while he has a beer keg over his head is a nod to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
- Brian admits that he plagiarized his story from Summer of '42.
- Mr. Quint from Jaws can be seen in the crowd during the final song.
The Former Life of Brian
- The title of based on Monty Pythons Life Of Brian
- Stewie says that the Lamisil mascot is living in Tracy's toenails.
Long John Peter
- A cutaway shows that Peter is responsible for the murder of Nicole Brown-Smith and Ronald Goldman.
- Peter attempts to sing "Down Under" by Men at Work.
Baby Not On Board
- Lois calling out Peter on his behavior and his response come from Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Chris laughs and notes, "Movie references."
- Peter performs "The French Mistake" from Blazing Saddles in straight camp.
The Juice is Loose
- While Stewie is on the roof, Michael J. Fox yells that he has to tell him about the future. Stewie interrupts, saying he has to talk to Michael about his future.
- Peter noting where one-eyed Willy buried his gold is from The Goonies.
Road to the Multiverse
Spies Reminiscent of Us
- The 1981 failed Czechoslovakian occupation outpost penetrated by Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and their ragtag band of misfit soldiers who didn't even graduate references Stripes.
- Brian talks to the father from The Family Circus.
Go, Stewie, Go!
- The main plot parodies Tootsie.
Brian Writes a Bestseller
- Brian appears on Real Time with Bill Maher.
- Chris makes puppets of Jacob and Edward to reenact Twilight.
Brothers & Sisters
- Doggy Daddy from Hanna-Barbera's Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy is one of Carol's ex-husbands.
- Peter attempts to dive into a vault full of gold coins like Scrooge McDuck, but Reality Ensues and he horrifically injures himself.
Seahorse Seashell Party
- A Godzilla toy can be seen in Chris' room
Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q.
- Dr. Hartman says "You know, we're all lucky to be alive on such a beautiful day", which is a quote from Grave of the Fireflies.
- Jeff's line "I'm not done drawing you yet!" is a nod to As Good As It Gets.
- Jeff beats Brenda for switching from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to The Late Show with David Letterman.
- The forged letter mentions Grape Ape.
Stewie Goes for a Drive
Back to the Pilot
- The title is based on Back to the Future.
- In an alternate timeline, Brian is the author of the Harry Potter books.
- The credits are based on the credits to National Lampoons Vacation.
Cool Hand Peter
- The title and plot are based on Cool Hand Luke.
- The guys sing "The Babbitt and the Bromide" from Ziegfeld Follies while on the chain gang.
Grumpy Old Man
- Babs says that Stewie can call Tom and Jerry when they get home.
- Peter pulls off an old person's face as if he was a Scooby-Doo villain.
Meg and Quagmire
- Quagmire's shadow lecherously undresses Meg's shadow, with a smile that says he's got friends on the other side.
The Blind Side
Livin' on a Prayer
Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream
- The title is based on Tucker: The Man and His Dream.
Be Careful What You Fish For
Burning Down the Bayit
- Stewie is scared of the cover of the Queen album News of the World.
You Can't Do That on Television, Peter
Mr. and Mrs. Stewie
Leggo My Meg-O
- The plot is based on Taken.
- Peter's words to the kidnappers over the phone are based on Liam Neeson's character's line from the film as well.
- The title is based on the phrase "Leggo My Eggo!", the slogan for Eggo waffles.
Family Guy Viewer Mail #2
- The plot of "Fatman and Robin" is based on the fable The Golden Touch.