Shout Out / Family Guy

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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 reference to 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 bursts 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.

I Never Met the Dead Man

Chitty Chitty Death Bang

Mind Over Murder

  • Peter enters his washing machine and ends up in Narnia, where he 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.
  • Joe claims that he got crippled while trying to stop the Grinch from stealing Christmas presents.

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 

Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater

  • Brian gets Peter to see the error of his ways by reminding him of Lando's betrayal of Han Solo before quoting the "I am your father" line.

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.

Da Boom

Brian in Love

Love Thy Trophy

  • The winning parade float made by Peter and his friends is based on "that episode of Who's the Boss? where Tony sees Angela naked in the shower".
  • The friends' distrust over one another parodies The Twilight Zone episode "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street". Rod Serling even appears at the end.
  • Stewie's line "My God, I've been adopted by a Benetton ad!" is a references to the global fashion brand's ads featuring multicultural people.
  • Stewie's withdrawal-induced hallucination at the end parodies Trainspotting

Death is a Bitch

The King is Dead

  • Lois attempts to put on a production of The King and I.
  • Peter sings the theme song to Land of the Lost.
  • The marquee for Peter's version of The King and I proclaims it "A Peter Griffin Joint", a nod to Spike Lee's odd credit in his films.

I Am Peter, Hear Me Roar

If I'm Dyin', I'm Lyin'

Running Mates

A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Bucks

Fifteen Minutes of Shame

Road to Rhode Island

Let's Go To The Hop

Dammit Janet!

There's Something About Paulie

He's Too Sexy for His Fat

E. Peterbus Unum

  • Peter claims that his grandfather created Bugs Bunny. He wanted to name him Ephram, the Retarded Rabbit.
  • Lois' "First Lady" outfit is based on the suit Jackie Kennedy wore on the day of her husband's assassination.
  • Peter sings his own version of "Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer, whom he tells that he can't sue due to his diplomatic immunity.
    • During the song, Peter compares himself to "the bad guy from Lethal Weapon 2".

The Story on Page One

  • The college guard's line "Nobody gets to see the Dean! Not nobody, not no how!" parodies The Wizard of Oz.
  • Brian's flashback to his college years, where he finds a banner in his dorm reading "Go Home, Dog", parodies School Ties.
  • Stewie attempts to wish to be big on a fortune telling machine a la Big.
  • In Luke Perry's introductory scene, his mother calls for him very much like Beru called Luke in Star Wars.

Wasted Talent

Fore, Father

    Season 3 

The Thin White Line

Brian Does Hollywood

Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington

One If by Clam, Two If by Sea

And the Wiener Is...

Death Lives

Lethal Weapons

The Kiss Seen Around the World

Mr. Saturday Night

A Fish Out of Water

Emission Impossible

To Love and Die in Dixie

Screwed the Pooch

Peter Griffin: Husband, Father...Brother?

Ready, Willing and Disabled

A Very Special Family Freakin' Christmas

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 cartoon".

From Method to Madness

Stuck Together, Torn Apart

Family Guy Viewer Mail #1

When You Wish Upon a Weinstein

  • The title, as well as Peter's song, is a parody of "When You Wish Upon a Star" from Pinocchio.
  • Brian watches Seinfeld, where George and Jerry repeatedly say the words "tickler stickler" back and forth to each other.

    Season 4 

North by North Quahog

Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High

Blind Ambition

Don't Make Me Over

The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire

Petarded

  • 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.

Brian the Bachelor

8 Simple Rules For Buying My Teenage Daughter

Breaking Out is Hard to Do

Model Misbehavior

Peter's Got Woods

  • Peter tells Brain that James Woods is being held by top men.

The Perfect Castaway

Jungle Love

PTV

Brian Goes Back to College

  • When Brian is fired from The New Yorker, a booming voice reads out the sign "No Dogs Aloud!" a la Snoopy, Come Home. Afterwards, Brian walks up to Snoopy's doghouse and sleeps on top of it.
  • Brian's training montage is based on that of Rocky IV.

The Courtship of Stewie's Father

  • Stewie is told that if he doesn't sing in the "Happy World" ride, he'll be put in a Christmas movie with Tim Allen.
  • When Peter sees Stewie in his "Happy World" clothes, he thinks he's dressed as Rerun.

The Fat Guy Strangler

The Father, the Son and the Holy Fonz

Brian Sings and Swings

Patriot Games

I Take Thee Quagmire

  • When Mayor West looks at the Statue of Liberty's foot (that Peter took), his reaction is based on the final scene of Planet of the Apes.
  • During the video of Quagmire's "death", Peter holds up a dinosaur model and hums the theme from Jurassic Park.

Sibling Rivalry

Deep Throats

Peterotica

You May Now Kiss the...Uh...Guy Who Receives

  • A cutaway shows Popeye visiting Dr. Hartman; he is told that his squinted eye and speech patterns are the result of a stroke, his large forearms are actually cancerous tumors, and that he has about two months to live.
  • When he refuses to sign Brian's petition, Quagmire breaks into the chorus of "Witch Doctor" by Ross Bagdasarian.

Petergeist

The Griffin Family History

    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.

Hell Comes to Quahog

Saving Private Brian

Whistle While Your Wife Works

Prick Up Your Ears

  • One of the covers in the adult video store is a context-less picture of two bowling balls and a bowling pin arranged to resemble male genetailia, which might be a reference to the fictional porn movie "Gutterballs" from The Big Lebowski which featured a similar arrangement of bowling balls and pin.
  • The joke where a long line of people use increasing violent means to try and calm down Stewie is a homage to a similar joke from Airplane!
  • The scene transition to commercial which included live action footage of a car is a reference to the Knight Rider Commercial bumpers.

Chick Cancer

Barely Legal

Road to Rupert

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”.
  • Peter ties up Joe like a marionette and forces him to sing "The Lonely Goatherd".

Airport '07

Bill and Peter's Bogus Journey

No Meals on Wheels

Boys Do Cry

No Chris Left Behind

  • Stewie remarks that he could one day be more powerful than King Friday.

It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One

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

  • Tom Tucker closes out the news by saying "That's the news, and I...am...outta here!", which was how Dennis Miller ended Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update segment when he was anchor.
  • While Stewie thinks to himself and notices the echo in his thoughts, he shouts Pigs in space!".
  • Herbert, imitating a scene from Say Anything..., holds a photograph above his head and plays "Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee" by Glenn Miller.
  • 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 an "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 citizenship test somehow turns into a round of Pyramid, complete with Dick Clark telling him the right clue, and the New $25,000 theme playing after that!

Peter's Daughter

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

McStroke

Back to the Woods

  • Stewie mentions the time Brian tricked him into watching the infamous "Two girls, one cup" video. The ensuing cutaway has Brian recording his reaction, a reference to YouTube videos of people recording their friends' reactions to the video.
  • 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 MacFarlane 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 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.
  • 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 

Love, Blactually

I Dream of Jesus

Road to Germany

Baby Not On Board

The Man with Two Brians

Tales of a Third Grade Nothing

Ocean's Three and a Half

Family Gay

  • Peter performs "The French Mistake" from Blazing Saddles at Straight Camp.

The Juice is Loose

FOX-y Lady

Not All Dogs Go to Heaven

420

  • The song "A Bag O' Weed" is a parody of "Me Ol' Bamboo" from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
  • Brian mentions that due to the influence of pot, ratings for Doctor Who are through the roof.

Stew-Roids

We Love You, Conrad

Three Kings

  • The film's three segments parody Stand by Me, Misery and The Shawshank Redemption.
  • Misery
    • To give Brian/Paul inspiration, Stewie/Annie turns on the TV so he can watch Magnum, B.M., where Magnum gets poop on his hands while investigating a crime scene.
    • Brian/Paul looks through a photo album detailing Stewie/Annie's transgressions before finding a Marmaduke comic in it.
  • The Shawshank Redemption
    • Peter/Andy carves Star Wars figures out of soap.
    • The scene where Carter/Norton knocks off a desk lamp blocking his view of Peter/Andy is taken from Caddyshack.

Peter's Progress

    Season 8 

Road to the Multiverse

Family Goy

Spies Reminiscent of Us

  • The title, as well as several scenes, is a parody of the film Spies Like 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's Got a Brand New Bag

Hannah Banana

  • Stewie and Monkey catch Aquaman and eat him for dinner.
  • The climax parodies the 2005 remake of King Kong, only the roles of the ape and the girl are switched.
  • The Terminator
    • Part of the robot Miley's skin is blown off to reveal some of its robot skeleton, much like the T-800 in the film.
    • After the robot is defeated, its red glowing red eye slowly goes out.
    • The robot then explodes, leaving behind only an arm (much to Brian's delight).

Quagmire's Baby

Jerome is the New Black

Dog Gone

Business Guy

Big Man on Hippocampus

Dial Meg for Murder

Extra Large Medium

Go, Stewie, Go!

  • The main plot parodies Tootsie.
  • When Mag catches Lois with her boyfriend, a Seinfeld bassline plays after Lois awkwardly tries to get out of it.

Peter-assment

Brian Griffin's House of Payne

April in Quahog

Brian & Stewie

Quagmire's Dad

The Splendid Source

Something, Something, Something Dark Side

  • The scene where Luke/Chris trains on Degobah parodies the training montage from Rocky IV, complete with live-action shots of Ivan Drago training at his gym.
    Luke/Chris: You know, I'm up for this, but I've got a feeling the Dark Side has a better gym than us.

Partial Terms of Endearment

    Season 9 

And Then There Were Fewer

  • Stewie and Brian play a game where they hum TV theme tunes and they each try to guess what they are; Brian hums the theme to The Dick Van Dyke Show, while Stewie hums Dynasty.

Excellence in Broadcasting

Welcome Back, Carter!

Halloween on Spooner Street

Baby, You Knock Me Out

Brian Writes a Bestseller

Road to the North Pole

  • When Brian argues that Santa isn't real, Stewie questions him if Elmo or SpongeBob are real.

New Kidney in Town

And I'm Joyce Kinney

Friends of Peter G.

  • Peter and his A.A. buddies perform "Mr. Booze" from Robin and the 7 Hoods to fool Joe.
  • Peter sings part of the theme from CatDog before pondering about where each half's poop comes out.

German Guy

  • Chris makes puppets of Jacob and Edward to reenact Twilight.

The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair

Trading Places

Tiegs for Two

Brothers & Sisters

  • Doggie Daddy from Hanna-Barbera's Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy is one of Carol's ex-husbands.

The Big Bang Theory

Foreign Affairs

It's a Trap

    Season 10 

Lottery Fever

Seahorse Seashell Party

Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q.

Stewie Goes for a Drive

Back to the Pilot

Thanksgiving

  • Joe becomes suspicious of Kevin when he mentions that he saw The Hurt Locker, even though he was said to be in a coma when it came out.

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.

Forget-Me-Not

You Can't Do That on Television, Peter

  • The title is a parody of the Canadian kids' sketch show, You Can't Do That on Television, which became a smash hit on the American cable channel, Nickelodeon in the mid-to-late 1980s.

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

Family Guy Viewer Mail #2

Internal Affairs

    Season 11 

Into Fat Air

Ratings Guy

The Old Man and the Big "C"

Yug Ylimaf

  • Some scenes, including the scene where "Brian goes berserk" and Brian lowering the time machine's odometer, parody Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Joe's Revenge

Lois Comes Out of Her Shell

Friends Without Benefits

Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Space Cadet

Brian's Play

The Giggity Wife

Valentine's Day in Quahog

  • The episode is based on the film Valentine's Day. The opening is based on the film's theatrical trailer.
  • Peter and Lois watch the final episode of Tom and Jerry, here Tom just hires an exterminator to get rid of Jerry.

Chris Cross

Call Girl

Turban Cowboy

  • The title is based on Urban Cowboy.
  • Peter watches Muslim Looney Tunes, where Porky Pig pops out of a drum to say that, as a pig, he shouldn't be touched by humans.

12 and a Half Angry Men

Bigfat

Total Recall

Save the Clam

Farmer Guy

Road to Vegas

No Country Club for Old Men

     Season 12 

Finders Keepers

Vestigial Peter

  • Peter is outraged to find that chip made his family dresses out of the drapes and took them canoeing, much like Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music.

Quagmire's Quagmire

A Fistful of Meg

Boopa-Dee Bappa-Dee

Life of Brian

Into Harmony's Way

Christmas Guy

Peter Problems

  • While riding a forklift, Peter intrudes on a scene from The Lion King to lift a cub higher than Rafiki.

Grimm Job

Brian's a Bad Father

Mom's the Word

3 Acts of God

Fresh Heir

Secondhand Spoke

Herpe the Love Sore

  • The title refers to Herbie the Love Bug.
  • Peter attempts to eat spinach like Popeye, but things don't go the way he expects.

The Most Interesting Man in the World

Baby Got Black

  • The title is based on "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot
  • The song "Thank the Whites" parodies the song "Pass Me By" by Frank Sinatra.

Meg Stinks!

He's Bla-ack!

Chap Stewie

     Season 13 

The Simpsons Guy

The Book of Joe

Baking Bad

Brian the Closer

Turkey Guys

The 2000-Year-Old Virgin

Stewie, Chris & Brian's Excellent Adventure

Our Idiot Brian

This Little Piggy

Quagmire's Mom

Encyclopedia Griffin

Stewie is Enceinte

Dr. C and the Women

#JOLO

Once Bitten

Roasted Guy

Fighting Irish

Take My Wife

     Season 14 

Pilling Them Softly

Papa Has a Rollin' Son

  • The title is a parody of the song "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" by The Temptations.

Guy, Robot

Peternormal Activity

Peter, Chris & Brian

Peter's Sister

Hot Pocket-Dial

Brokeback Swanson

A Shot in the Dark

Candy, Quahog Marshmallow

The Peanut Butter Kid

Scammed Yankees

An App a Day

Underage Peter

A Lot Going on U[stairs

The Heartbreak Dog

Take a Letter

The New Adventures of Old Tom

Run, Chris, Run

Road to India

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