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** Things seem to be taking a turn for the better as of "Father's Daze." The presidential candidate is exposed by a newspaper for corruption and ends up getting killed by his running mate over the golden turd, just before also getting killed by the Secret Service. A cleaning woman then finds the turd and gives it to Pope Francis, who presents it to a group of religious leaders and vows to destroy it by returning it to its source (i.e. Roger).

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** Things seem to be taking a turn for the better as of "Father's Daze." The presidential candidate is exposed by a newspaper for corruption and ends up getting killed by his running mate over the golden turd, just before also getting killed by the Secret Service. A cleaning woman lady then finds the turd and gives it to Pope Francis, who presents it to a group of religious leaders and vows to destroy it by returning it to its source (i.e. Roger).

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** Things seem to be taking a turn for the better as of "Father's Daze." The presidential candidate is exposed by a newspaper for corruption and ends up getting killed by his running mate over the golden turd, just before also getting killed by the Secret Service. A cleaning woman then finds the turd and gives it to Pope Francis, who presents it to a group of religious leaders and vows to destroy it by returning it to its source (i.e. Roger).


* WholePlotReference: Done very sparingly, and (usually) effectively; the show still manages to put its own unique twist on things even when it's largely basing its plot on an existing story. An excellent example is ''Irregarding Steve'', which not only features Steve and Roger in a take-off on ''{{Midnight Cowboy}}'', but has a running B-story which recreates ''Film/WhatsEatingGilbertGrape'' with ''squirrels''.[[note]]Doubles as a StealthPun: It's ''Gilbert Grape'' "in a nutshell".[[/note]]

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* WholePlotReference: Done very sparingly, and (usually) effectively; the show still manages to put its own unique twist on things even when it's largely basing its plot on an existing story. An excellent example is ''Irregarding Steve'', which not only features Steve and Roger in a take-off on ''{{Midnight Cowboy}}'', ''Film/MidnightCowboy'', but has a running B-story which recreates ''Film/WhatsEatingGilbertGrape'' with ''squirrels''.[[note]]Doubles as a StealthPun: It's ''Gilbert Grape'' "in a nutshell".[[/note]]


* UglyGuyHotWife: Averted for once in a family sitcom, as Stan is just as attractive as Francine.

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Averted for once in a family sitcom, as Stan is just as attractive as Francine. Francine.
** Steve has an inexplicable ability to get extremely hot girls interested in him, most notably [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Carmen Selectra]] in the episode "Spring Break-Up". Not only is Carmen willing to have sex with him after he declares that he wants her to have his virginity, but she acquiesces to his demands for medical paperwork and to have her breasts un-enlarged before they do it ("Sorry, Carmen. I can't. The first boobs I'm with have got to be real").


** "The Kidney Stays in the Picture" has Stan and Francine go back to the year 1996 to ensure that their daughter Hayley is conceived. The problem occurs up when you realize that because the episode aired in 2012, which would make Hayley '''16 years old'''. Seeing as how she's a married college student, that doesn't seem likely. Additionally, she stated all the way back in "Stan Knows Best" that she was 18.

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** "Less Money, Mo' Problems" has Stan placing a bet with Hayley and Jeff that he and Francine can live on minimum wage for a month. At the end of the episode when he returns home and accepts defeat, Hayley mentions that he'd only been gone less than two days. Except that it was shown to be night ''three times'' before he returned.
** "The Kidney Stays in the Picture" has Stan and Francine go back to the year 1996 to ensure that their daughter Hayley is conceived. The problem occurs up when you realize that because the episode aired in 2012, which would make Hayley '''16 at least '''15 years old'''. Seeing as how she's a married college student, that doesn't seem likely. Additionally, she stated all the way back in "Stan Knows Best" that she was 18.


* WritersCannotDoMath: Averted in "Four Little Words." After thinking she's killed her friend, Francine leaves and says there's six months worth of casserole in the freezer. Cut to an indeterminate amount of time later.

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Averted in "Four Little Words." After thinking she's killed her friend, Francine leaves and says there's six months worth of casserole in the freezer. Cut to an indeterminate amount of time later.


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** Played straight in "100 A.D.". The episode frequently teases the gimmick of the fact that the episode will have 100 characters dying to celebrate it being the 100th episode. Later in the episode, there's a scene involving a bus crash full of minor characters from past seasons which is said to account for 96 of the 100 deaths. Problem is, if one stops and counts all the characters on the bus they'll see that it's filled with less than 50 of them making it impossible for the crash to account for more than 3/4's of the 100 promised deaths.
** "The Kidney Stays in the Picture" has Stan and Francine go back to the year 1996 to ensure that their daughter Hayley is conceived. The problem occurs up when you realize that because the episode aired in 2012, which would make Hayley '''16 years old'''. Seeing as how she's a married college student, that doesn't seem likely. Additionally, she stated all the way back in "Stan Knows Best" that she was 18.

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* TheUnSmile: In one scene of "The Life and Times of Stan Smith", Stan enters the kitchen, where Francine appears to be preparing breakfast. She casually notes to Stan that there's actually nothing in the bowl she's using and she's just pretending to stir. As Stan leaves, he turns off the kitchen light at Francine's request, and she continues to pretend stir in the dark while staring blankly ahead with a creepy smile, singing in an [[CreepyMonotone eerie, monotone voice]] "La-la, la-la, la, la..."


* UnCancelled: ''American Dad'' is ending its run on FOX due to low ratings, inconsistent scheduling, and plans to revamp the Sunday night line-up (as of now, ''American Dad'' airs at 7:30pm, due to FOX airing the hour-long ''Cosmos'' documentary series). However, TBS just picked up the show and will be airing new episodes in fall of 2014, making this the second Creator/SethMacFarlane show to get canceled and revived, and the first one to get canceled by FOX and revived on another network (''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' does air in reruns on cable, but it's still on FOX).

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* UnCancelled: UnCanceled: ''American Dad'' is ending ended its run on FOX due to low ratings, inconsistent scheduling, and plans to revamp the Sunday night line-up (as of now, ''American Dad'' airs at 7:30pm, due to FOX airing the hour-long ''Cosmos'' documentary series). However, line-up. TBS just picked up the show and will be started airing new episodes in fall of 2014, making this the second Creator/SethMacFarlane show to get canceled and revived, and the first one to get canceled by FOX and revived on another network (''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' does air in reruns on cable, but it's still on FOX).



* TheUnfairSex: The episode Stan Time is a perfect example of this trope. Throughout the episode Stan literally spends every waking hour waiting on his family hand and foot. All he asks for is time to read a book. When they refuse to give it to him he takes it in the form of pills that keeps its users awake, but well-rested. When Francine finds out about them she decided to take them as well. As mentioned Stan spends every waking moment waiting own his family. So when he doesn’t want to give up the time he set aside for himself Francine decides to keep taking the pills and eventually abandons Stan and her family. In the end it is Stan and no one else who has to learn not to take his loved ones for granted.

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* TheUnfairSex: The episode Stan Time is a perfect example of this trope. Throughout the episode Stan literally spends every waking hour waiting on his family hand and foot. All he asks for is time to read a book. When they refuse to give it to him he takes it in the form of pills that keeps its users awake, but well-rested. When Francine finds out about them she decided to take them as well. As mentioned Stan spends every waking moment waiting own on his family. So when he doesn’t want to give up the time he set aside for himself Francine decides to keep taking the pills and eventually abandons Stan and her family. In the end it is Stan and no one else who has to learn not to take his loved ones for granted.



** In "Bollocks To Stan", Hayley spends the whole episode switching between Bollock and Jeff, and dumping them in the most callous manner (as well as endangering Stan's career and the family's upbringing in the process). The Aesop is about Stan not treating her with enough respect.

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** In "Bollocks "Bullocks To Stan", Hayley spends the whole episode switching between Bollock Bullock and Jeff, and dumping them in the most callous manner (as well as endangering Stan's career and the family's upbringing in the process). The Aesop is about Stan not treating her with enough respect.


* WaxingLyrical: [[AnnieGetYourGun "Anything you can do I can do better" claims Stan; "No, you can't" rebutts Roger.]] According to Francine this happens often.

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* WalletMoths: A variant in the episode "Dope and Faith", where a moth flies out of Stan's address book to discredit his claim that he has real friends.
* WaxingLyrical: [[AnnieGetYourGun [[Film/AnnieGetYourGun "Anything you can do I can do better" claims Stan; "No, you can't" rebutts Roger.]] According to Francine this happens often.

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* XDaysSince: At the dentist's office Stan goes to in "All About Steve", a sign out front reads "Taking pride in not molesting [[DudeShesLikeInAComa unconscious patients]] since 1978."
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** Roger's [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Paul Lynde]] basis was also more noticeable in early episodes.

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** Roger's Creator/PaulLynde [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Paul Lynde]] basis basis]] was also more noticeable in early episodes.


* UnusualEuphemism: In "Iced, Iced Babies" Stan says that when Francine goes through menopause her "uterus will [[TheVietnamWar fall like Saigon]], and Steve was the last chopper out."

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* UnusualEuphemism: In "Iced, Iced Babies" Stan says that when Francine goes through menopause her "uterus will [[TheVietnamWar [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar fall like Saigon]], and Steve was the last chopper out."


* UnCancelled: ''American Dad'' is ending its run on FOX due to low ratings, inconsistent scheduling, and plans to revamp the Sunday night line-up (as of now, ''American Dad'' airs at 7:30pm, due to FOX airing the hour-long ''Cosmos'' documentary series). However, TBS just picked up the show and will be airing new episodes in fall of 2014, making this the second SethMacFarlane show to get canceled and revived, and the first one to get canceled by FOX and revived on another network (''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' does air in reruns on cable, but it's still on FOX).

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* UnCancelled: ''American Dad'' is ending its run on FOX due to low ratings, inconsistent scheduling, and plans to revamp the Sunday night line-up (as of now, ''American Dad'' airs at 7:30pm, due to FOX airing the hour-long ''Cosmos'' documentary series). However, TBS just picked up the show and will be airing new episodes in fall of 2014, making this the second SethMacFarlane Creator/SethMacFarlane show to get canceled and revived, and the first one to get canceled by FOX and revived on another network (''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' does air in reruns on cable, but it's still on FOX).


* WholePlotReference: Done very sparingly, and (usually) effectively; the show still manages to put its own unique twist on things even when it's largely basing its plot on an existing story. An excellent example is ''Irregarding Steve'', which not only features Steve and Roger in a take-off on ''{{Midnight Cowboy}}'', but has a running B-story which recreates ''Film/WhatsEatingGilbertGrape'' with ''squirrels''.

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* WholePlotReference: Done very sparingly, and (usually) effectively; the show still manages to put its own unique twist on things even when it's largely basing its plot on an existing story. An excellent example is ''Irregarding Steve'', which not only features Steve and Roger in a take-off on ''{{Midnight Cowboy}}'', but has a running B-story which recreates ''Film/WhatsEatingGilbertGrape'' with ''squirrels''.[[note]]Doubles as a StealthPun: It's ''Gilbert Grape'' "in a nutshell".[[/note]]


* UnstoppableRage: At least two separate episodes show Hayley as being capable of this. One happens when she gets dumped. The other takes place when she becomes hormonal as a result of going through puberty. [[AllPeriodsArePMS "What do you mean 'the rest of my life'?"]]

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At least two separate episodes show Hayley as being capable of this. One happens when she gets dumped. The other takes place when she becomes hormonal as a result of going through puberty. [[AllPeriodsArePMS "What do you mean 'the rest of my life'?"]]



* TheUntwist: [[invoked]] PlayedForLaughs. In the end of the episode "Roy Rogers [=MacFreely=]", the titular Roy Rogers turns out to be...Roger.



* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: In the episode "Adventures in Hayley-sitting", no one in the room (besides the killer and his daughter) seem to be phased at all by the fact that a man suddenly got his head blown clean off with a shotgun. Steve and his friends (all roughly 14 years old), along with Hayley and Jeff, simply walk away from the scene while the shooter has an emotional breakdown and his daughter weeps in fear.
* UnwantedAssistance: In "Hurricane!", despite Francine's pleas, Stan continues to try and save his family from the disaster...only it makes things ''worse'', such as bringing in a {{bear|sAreBadNews}} to kill the [[ThreateningShark shark]] that is attacking them, since they are "natural enemies", but the two predators work together instead.

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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: TheUntwist: [[invoked]] PlayedForLaughs. In the end of the episode "Adventures in Hayley-sitting", no one in "Roy Rogers [=MacFreely=]", the room (besides the killer and his daughter) seem titular Roy Rogers turns out to be phased at all by the fact that a man suddenly got his head blown clean off with a shotgun. Steve and his friends (all roughly 14 years old), along with Hayley and Jeff, simply walk away from the scene while the shooter has an emotional breakdown and his daughter weeps in fear.
* UnwantedAssistance: In "Hurricane!", despite Francine's pleas, Stan continues to try and save his family from the disaster...only it makes things ''worse'', such as bringing in a {{bear|sAreBadNews}} to kill the [[ThreateningShark shark]] that is attacking them, since they are "natural enemies", but the two predators work together instead.
be...Roger.


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** In the episode "Adventures in Hayley-sitting", no one in the room (besides the killer and his daughter) seem to be phased at all by the fact that a man suddenly got his head blown clean off with a shotgun. Steve and his friends (all roughly 14 years old), along with Hayley and Jeff, simply walk away from the scene while the shooter has an emotional breakdown and his daughter weeps in shock.
** In "Vision: Impossible", Roger wakes up in the hospital after suffering a coma. When he asks the nurse for something to drink, the patient he's sharing the room with announces that he has telekinetic powers, and uses his mind to give Roger a glass of orange juice. A motorcycle then bursts through the wall, and the man float through the air, onto the bike, and rides off (despite having no legs and no arms). Roger's reaction?
--->'''Roger:''' ''[pushes glass of juice away]'' I'm not gonna drink from the same glass as him. He's gross.
* UnwantedAssistance: In "Hurricane!", despite Francine's pleas, Stan continues to try and save his family from the disaster...only it makes things ''worse'', such as bringing in a {{bear|sAreBadNews}} to kill the [[ThreateningShark shark]] that is attacking them, since they are "natural enemies", but the two predators work together instead.

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