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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    Season 1 

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

Chitty Chitty Death Bang

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

    Season 2 

Holy Crap

  • 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

Let's Go To The Hop

Dammit Janet!

    Season 3 

Lethal Weapons

The Kiss Seen Around the World

Peter Griffin: Husband, Father...Brother?

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.

    Season 4 


  • 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

Eight Simple Rules For Buying My Teenage Daughter

Breaking Out is Hard to Do


The Courtship of Stewie's Father

Deep Throats

    Season 5 

Stewie Loves Lois

Mother Tucker

  • The scene where Peter begs Tom Tucker to give him ice cream is a reference to Kramer vs. Kramer.

Peter's Two Dads

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

    Season 6 

Blue Harvest

Movin' Out (Brian's Song)

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's Daughter

  • Peter refers to Michael as "McCutie", a reference to the nickname "McDreamy" from Grey's Anatomy.


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

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.

    Season 7 

Baby Not On Board

Family Gay

  • Peter performs "The French Mistake" from Blazing Saddles in straight camp.

The Juice is Loose


  • Peter noting where one-eyed Willy buried his gold is from The Goonies.

    Season 8 

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.

Dog Gone

Go, Stewie, Go!

    Season 9 

Brian Writes a Bestseller

German Guy

  • 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.

Foreign Affairs

    Season 10 

Lottery Fever

Seahorse Seashell Party

  • A Godzilla toy can be seen in Chris' room

Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q.

Stewie Goes for a Drive

Back to the Pilot


Amish Guy

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

The Blind Side

Livin' on a Prayer

Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream

Be Careful What You Fish For

Burning Down the Bayit

Killer Queen

  • 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.

Tea Peter

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Internal Affairs

    Season 11