Trivia: American Dad!

  • Accidentally Accurate: George Washington Carver didn't actually invent peanut butter, though the real origins of the food aren't nearly as interesting as the conspiracy Steve unearthed.
  • Actor Allusion
    • Any time the writers can get Avery Bullock to say something Picard-esque, they will. Best highlighted by his references to "Number One" in One Little Word.
      • There are also several low-key visual gags which serve as allusions, such as Picard's distinctive fish tank showing up in Bullock's home.
      • On the flip side, they also rely upon this when Bullock is doing or saying something completely ridiculous simply because the mental image of Captain Picard doing or saying something ridiculous is part of the hilarity.
      • In one episode, Avery Bullock shows off a device exactly like a Star Trek holodeck. When Stan makes the obvious comparison, Avery angrily remarks that he doesn't even know what Star Trek is.
    • In one episode, Klaus tries to get Stan to put him back in a human body and says he'll get a job making animal sounds. "Making animal sounds" is pretty much Dee Bradley Baker's entire job description (though Baker does human voices as well; he's even announced game shows).
    • There was an episode in which Roger disguised as Stan, but found that he's unable to mimic Stan's voice. Another episode had Stan do an equally-terrible impression of Roger. Both characters are voiced by Seth MacFarlane.
    • In one episode, Steve sings Scott Grimes' hit song, Sunset Blvd. He also says that two movies Scott Grimes was in, Critters and Critters 2, are crappy.
    • Snot's name could be considered this: his voice actor played Dudley "Booger" Dawson. His appearance also resembles a younger version of Booger.
    Steve: We nerds have a long history of making our dream girls fall for us. Like that kid in "Revenge of the Nerds," who finally won the heart of that cheerleader!
    ...
    Snot: Eh, never saw it.
    • In one episode, Hector Elizondo appears as a concierge, mimicking his famous role in Pretty Woman. It's even lampshaded to all hell and back.
    • In "Boring Identity", the doctor that tells Francince of Stan's amnesia looks and sounds like Archie Morris, a character that Scott Grimes played in ER. (Obviously, Grimes voices him here as well.)
  • Channel Hop: Because of low ratings and FOX's plans to revamp their Sunday night line-up with live-action shows (Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Last Man on Earthnote ) alongside the Cash Cow Franchise animated shows they still have (The Simpsonsnote  and Family Guy), and Bob's Burgers which actually has a loyal viewership and critical acclaim, even if the ratings aren't spectacular, American Dad has moved to TBS in late 2014. Initially, it was going to end its run there by airing a handful of episodes that FOX never did, but has recently been renewed for another season with new episodes being made.
  • The Danza: Hayley's on-and-off boyfriend (now husband), Jeff Fischer, voiced by Jeff Fischer. His voice actor even looks like a real-life version of Jeff, making him an Ink-Suit Actor.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
    • The obvious one: Stan's boss is Captain Picard!
    • It's a testament to Seth MacFarlane's vocal talents that his voice doesn't leap out at you as much in this series (or The Cleveland Show, as MacFarlane only voiced Tim the Bear and Dr. Fistnote ). Most viewers can figure out that Seth voices Stan note , but a surprisingly large number of people aren't aware he voices Roger the aliennote 
    • Hayley is voiced by Rachael MacFarlane, Seth's younger sister, which leads to a lot of incestuous undertones as both Seth and Rachel have played characters who get romantically involved (Stewie Griffin and Olivia; a couple episodes of American Dad have had references to Hayley being romantically involved with her father — in "Francine's Flashback," Stan's plan of revenge after Hayley's boyfriend runs off with Francine is for Stan and Hayley to date each other [until Stan realizes that he didn't think the plan through], and "Pulling Double Booty" was all about Hayley dating a man who actually looks like Stan).
    • Phoebe Buffay is a Christmas Spirit in one episode.
    • Spottswoode is Stan's dad, Jack.
    • "An Apocalypse to Remember" has Roger trying to get married to a Jewish woman; the father of the woman is Ron Stoppable's dad (Elliot Gould)
    • Dr. Cuddy plays mountain man Buckle's incredibly Jewish wife Shari.
    • Sarevok took a break from trying to be a god to work as the principal at Steve's school.
    • Dee Bradley Baker is Klaus.
    • The first voice actress for Toshi's sister Akiko (Grey DeLisle) played Lizzie on Codename: Kids Next Door.
    • Jon Kavanaugh apparently moonlights as a series of detectives in Langley Falls all named Turlington.
    • Ethan from "Iced, Iced Babies" (the episode where Francine wants to have another baby and Hayley has a crush on a guy from her class) is Frodo.
    • Hot-to-trot but slightly crazy (and not only because she wants to have sex with Steve) Ashley in "Stan's Food Restaurant" is Kairi.
    • In addition to Kairi, Steve's love interests have included Amy Burley (the closest thing he's had to a regular girlfriend), Kitty Katswell (who later becomes Kono Kalakaua), Emily Prentiss, Effie Trinket, Makemba Likasu, Dakota Block, Carrie Hopewell, Buffy Summers and Willow Rosenberg.
    • In France and Hungary, Hayley and Steve are respectively Stacy Hirano and Fez.
    • Mary Jo Catlett, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants character Mrs. Puff, voices the owner of a gift shop in the episode "American Dream Factory".
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  • Missing Episode: The Christmas episode "Minstrel Krampus" that was scheduled to air on December 16th, 2012 was pulled following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. It would be almost a year later before this episode would air around Christmas time.
  • The Other Darrin: Reggie the Koala's voice actor changed between the season four episode "Family Affair" and "Wife Insurance" and again in season five. The voices don't sound alike at all.
    • Duper was voiced by Phil Lewis in most of his appearances. Dee Bradley Baker voices him in "The Kidney Stays in the Picture."
    • Akiko was voiced by Grey Delisle until "Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls", where she was replaced by Grace Park.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Half the things Avery Bullock says are hilarious simply because they sound so bizarre coming out of Patrick Stewart's mouth.note 
  • Real-Life Relative: Hayley is voiced by Seth MacFarlane's sister Rachael.
  • Talking to Himself: Seth MacFarlane voices both Stan and Roger, who have many, MANY scenes together. In fact, there are several entire episodes that are mainly just the two of them.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Originally, Laura Prepon (Donna from That '70s Show) was supposed to voice Hayley Smith, but was replaced by Seth MacFarlane's sister, Rachel. Had Prepon stayed, the show would have gotten a lot more unfavorable comparisons to Family Guy as the latter show also has someone from That '70s Show as a cast member (Mila Kunis replaced an uncredited Lacey Chabert on Family Guy and played Jackie on That '70s Show).
    • According to the commentaries, the original plan for Roger would've been that season 1 would've had him be stuck in the house all the time, but get fed up with it in season 2 and try the disguises. They would've worked until season 3, where Roger gets revealed in public and it becomes a giant media scandal. But by season 4, everyone would've gotten used to aliens and stopped caring, making Roger try to become the hot new story with schemes.
    • Klaus was originally French but Dee Bradley Baker didn't know French well, so they retooled the character to make him German.
    • Steve also had a different design (read: he was really skinny and awkward-looking), and was going to voiced by Family Guy writer Ricky Blitt. This design can be seen on an early trailer for the show on the Family Guy: Freakin' Sweet Collection DVD.