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It's only season 9?... it feels much longer.
Family Guy has a convoluted history. Not only in its relationship with Fox, but in the ups and downs of its comedic aptitude. There are episodes and stories that were hilarious, and moments that made you smile in fond remembrance... and then there were shitty episodes that you watched because it was the only thing on at two in the morning, and the half a bottle of Johnny Walker sitting in front of you hadn't been as an effective a sleeping aid as you'd hoped.

But now... well, in season 8 we had a few worthwhile episodes, some that actually touched a core in a few characters and showed development. But the only characters we saw this in were Brian (which mostly consisted of him repeatedly getting kicked into the gutter), Stewie (he still has some sociopathic qualities), and, oddly enough, Quagmire (well, he doesn't seem to be dateraping anyone anymore). Lois is simply more of a prejudicial Bitch In Sheeps Clothing than before, Peter is your standard idiot Abusive Parent who is the framing device for toilet humor and fucked-over ideology, Chris is a ditzy background character whose Cloud Cuckoo Lander moments are entertaining but ultimately shortlived and overshadowed by his parents, and Meg is... well, a prop. (She may have Took A Level In Badass in prison, but reverted to being the show's doormat and Chew Toy pretty fucking quick.)

There has stopped being any real evolution in the characters long ago, and most of the humor now consists of your standard recycling of gags, resorting to caricature-esque diatribes on flamewar-worthy issues to try to spike up interest or controversy, and some meek-minded satire that falls flat on its face. The show just repeats back in on itself in a depressing, half-assed cycle, each revolution showcasing how more pathetic the situation and characters have all become.

The only good episodes are ones centered on Stewie and Brian ("The road to..." anyone?), not because they're great or lovable characters (although personally I'm very fond of Stewie) but because they're the only ones with a modicum of depth and interactive value.

If I want to watch a good Macfarlane cartoon, I watch American Dad. It may have started out as a knockoff, but it is has quickly left its original inspiration dying, painfully and slowly, in the dust.
Although some Stewie/Brian episodes are good, some of them can be quite shitty (Unlike you, I pretty much dislike both of them).

I personally like episodes focused on Meg and Chirs better, mostly because they come as a refreshing change in a show dominated by two spotlight stealers.

I pretty much agree on the rest you've said.
comment #4631 HappyMan 2nd Oct 10
I did forget to add that when Meg and Chris ARE actually given some attention, their stories are generally the most interesting and their interactions the most poignant (which is a strange descriptive term for familyguy) ... the problem is that they get attention so rarely (it's about as common as a 14 year-old girl admitting that Stephanie Meyer is a hack and a fucking terrible writer) and are shoved into the background about 95.587% of the time. The effect is that you don't get to see any development over time, so they get relegated to being these shallow B-list characters who get thrown in for the occasional gag.

Yeah... okay, I'll shut up now. (sry bout the twilight comparison... god I fucking hate that series).
comment #4641 13secondspastmidnight 2nd Oct 10
Dude, I was with you until you cited American Dad as good.
comment #4828 205.210.223.133 19th Oct 10
Haters gonna hate, I guess.
comment #5525 TheMalignancy 22nd Dec 10
I don't know why people like "Road to the Multiverse" so much. I admit I did get a laugh out of the Robot Chicken universe and the universe where they show happy images and then take them away, but the rest I found were either horribly unfunny or just plain offensive.
comment #19337 ading 12th May 13
Because people have different tastes. I know it has it's many faults but I'm starting to think this is just not your kind of show to begin with.
comment #19340 marcellX 12th May 13
Because people have different tastes. I know it has it's many faults but I'm starting to think this is just not your kind of show to begin with.
comment #19341 marcellX 12th May 13
^Of course they have different tastes. I'm not telling people what to like, I'm just saying I don't see what's so funny about it.

"I'm starting to think this is just not your kind of show to begin with."

What was your first clue? Obviously if I don't like it it's not "my kind of show".
comment #20309 ading 26th Jul 13
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