Western Animation: The Family Guy
note The Family Guy
, also known as just Family Guy
, is an American animated series
created by Seth Mac Farlane
. The series centers on the Griffins, a dysfunctional family
who gets into, well a bunch of crazy stuff
. Most episode plots consist of everyday hijinks with the occasional Hilarity Ensues
moment and they mostly center around, Peter—the father and apparently, main protagonist (it's called The Family Guy
for a reason).
The show first aired in 1999 and has pretty much the quirks of a 90s
animated sitcom. For a while, it was a success during its three season run and DVD sales were impressive. It had great ratings, a huge fanbase, and of course, like any animated sitcom that sometimes delves into Crosses the Line Twice
, controversy was not avoidable. The other unavoidable controversy is the opinions of some critics that it the show itself ripped-off The Simpsons
. After its third season, the show was unfortunately cancelled in early 2002. Despite this, the show retains a huge fanbase.
This show provides examples of:
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: Peter when he got plastic surgery.
- Adaptation Decay: Played for Laughs in Peter's version of The King and I, featuring Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja.
- Adjective Animal Alehouse: The Drunken Clam
- All of the Other Reindeer: Meg. At least, around in school.
- Alpha Bitch: Connie D'Amico to Meg.
- Art Evolution: The pilot◊ compared to what you've seen in the running show.
- Axe Crazy: Stewie used to be much more prone to violence and brutality than any other character in the cast. Also shows a hilariously maniac behavior.
- Big Bad: Stewie.
- Bigger Bad: Carter.
- Butt Monkey: Peter.
- Brainy Brunette: Meg.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Stewie plays this trope Up to Eleven.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Meg. Especially in her earlier appearances.
- Bumbling Dad: Peter.
- Catch Phrase:
- Stewie has a few of these:
- "Victory is/shall be mine!"
- "Damn you all!"
- Lois too though she seldom says it but could've developed as her Stock Phrase.
- "Chris, that's a terrible word—[insert aforementioned terrible word]."
- Drinking the Kool-Aid: Parodied, of course. Meg unknowingly joins a cult trying to be popular, wherein the leader of said cult tries to initiate a mass suicide through... You guessed it. Stewie kills him.
- Fat Idiot: Peter and Chris.
- Faux Affably Evil: Stewie.
- Jerkass: Stewie.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Peter.
- Laughably Evil: Stewie. In fact, one could say that was his only more sympathetic trait before.
- Meganekko: Meg.
- Nice Guys and Girls: Chris, Meg, Lois, Cleveland, and Brian.
- Only Sane Man: Brian and Lois.
- Reference Overdosed
- Shoot the Dog: Literally done in one episode
- Spiritual Successor: After it got cancelled, Seth MacFarlane created American Dad!
- Take Over the World: Stewie's chief motivation.
- Too Dumb to Live: Peter has several moments.
- Unintentional Period Piece: In its 3 year run the show made various references to the popular culture of 1999-2002