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* SuccessThroughInsanity:
** Principal Lewis. ''He gets into fistfights with dogs'', his life was the basis for the sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," and he was a drug trafficker years before he became a high school principal.
** A lot of episodes ("Iced, Iced Babies," "You Debt Your Life," and "Naked to the Limit, One More Time") infer that Principal Lewis is still a drug trafficker while serving as principal.
** Roger can sometimes be this, like gunning down a gang like some kind of action hero after getting a facefull of cocaine.
** Stan had moments of this originally, though his BadassDecay of later episodes diluted it, usually punctuated with others such as Roger and Francine outdoing him at the trope.
** Bob Tod from "For Whom the Sleigh Bells Toll", a crazy mountain man who makes the strongest whiskey known to man and makes love to slain reindeer, but is more than capable of killing murderous elves and giant evil snowmen.


* AcceptableTargets: Used with varying degrees of intensity: the more the writers hate it, the meaner they'll be. So far, everything has been ripe for being Dadded (except for Charlotte, North Carolina...but not Bend, Oregon).

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* AcceptableTargets: Used with varying degrees of intensity: the more the writers hate it, the meaner they'll be. So far, everything has been ripe for being Dadded (except for Charlotte, North Carolina...but not Bend, Oregon).Dadded.



*** More of Stan, is it possible that he subconsciously hates his own family and masks this hate by "helping" them"? Stan's actions in "Hurricane" and "The Mural of the Story" where his attempts to help [[StopHelpingMe do the exact opposite]] seem to point to this direction.

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*** More of Stan, is it possible that he subconsciously hates his own family and masks this hate by "helping" them"? Stan's actions in "Hurricane" and "The Mural of the Story" where his attempts to help [[StopHelpingMe [[UnwantedAssistance do the exact opposite]] seem to point to this direction.


** The Golden Turd plot has been revisited quite sporadically ever since it was introduced early into Season 1 often taking several years before another installment is featured in an episode. After the first installment in "Homeland Insecurity", the next time we'd get an installment of it would be in Season 2's "Failure is Not a Factory-Installed Option" a little more than a year later. And not counting its appearance in Season 5's "Rapture's Delight", the thirdrd part wouldn't happen until Season 10's "Blagnarst: A Love Story" which first aired a little more than ''eight years'' after the second installment. The latest installment in the Season 13 premiere "Father's Daze" is two years after the 3rd part and doesn't seem to show any signs of ending soon and it's pretty uncertain as to when we'll be seeing the 5th part. Four years later, in the episode "300", the saga comes to its anticipated and long-awaited conclusion.

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** The Golden Turd plot has been revisited quite sporadically ever since it was introduced early into Season 1 often taking several years before another installment is featured in an episode. After the first installment in "Homeland Insecurity", the next time we'd get an installment of it would be in Season 2's "Failure is Not a Factory-Installed Option" a little more than a year later. And not counting its appearance in Season 5's "Rapture's Delight", the thirdrd third part wouldn't happen until Season 10's "Blagnarst: A Love Story" which first aired a little more than ''eight years'' after the second installment. The latest installment in the Season 13 premiere "Father's Daze" is two years after the 3rd part and doesn't seem to show any signs of ending soon and it's pretty uncertain as to when we'll be seeing the 5th part. Four years later, in the episode "300", the saga comes to its anticipated and long-awaited conclusion.



* SeasonalRot: The TBS seasons tend to get this a fair bit, with frequent complaints including the Comedic Sociopathy getting amped up too far from its already high levels (with the infamous "The Mural of the Story" getting the most flack), sloppier and overly wacky storytelling compared to the more focused and intricate plotlines of previous seasons, and a general sense that the show's ''Family Guy'' influence is creeping in more and more and affecting the show negatively. That said, the seasons do still have their fans and are home to some acclaimed, well-loved episodes like "Rabbit Ears" and "Persona Assistant".

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* SeasonalRot: The TBS seasons tend to get this a fair bit, with frequent complaints including the Comedic Sociopathy ComedicSociopathy getting amped up too far from its already high levels (with the infamous "The Mural of the Story" getting the most flack), sloppier and overly wacky storytelling compared to the more focused and intricate plotlines of previous seasons, and a general sense that the show's ''Family Guy'' influence is creeping in more and more and affecting the show negatively. That said, the seasons do still have their fans and are home to some acclaimed, well-loved episodes like "Rabbit Ears" and "Persona Assistant".


** The Golden Turd plot has been revisited quite sporadically ever since it was introduced early into Season 1 often taking several years before another installment is featured in an episode. After the first installment in "Homeland Insecurity", the next time we'd get an installment of it would be in Season 2's "Failure is Not a Factory-Installed Option" a little more than a year later. And not counting its appearance in Season 5's "Rapture's Delight", the 3rd part wouldn't happen until Season 10's "Blagnarst: A Love Story" which first aired a little more than ''eight years'' after the 2nd installment! The latest installment in the Season 13 premiere "Father's Daze" is two years after the 3rd part and doesn't seem to show any signs of ending soon and it's pretty uncertain as to when we'll be seeing the 5th part. Four years later, in the episode "300", the saga comes to its anticipated and long-awaited conclusion.

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** The Golden Turd plot has been revisited quite sporadically ever since it was introduced early into Season 1 often taking several years before another installment is featured in an episode. After the first installment in "Homeland Insecurity", the next time we'd get an installment of it would be in Season 2's "Failure is Not a Factory-Installed Option" a little more than a year later. And not counting its appearance in Season 5's "Rapture's Delight", the 3rd thirdrd part wouldn't happen until Season 10's "Blagnarst: A Love Story" which first aired a little more than ''eight years'' after the 2nd installment! second installment. The latest installment in the Season 13 premiere "Father's Daze" is two years after the 3rd part and doesn't seem to show any signs of ending soon and it's pretty uncertain as to when we'll be seeing the 5th part. Four years later, in the episode "300", the saga comes to its anticipated and long-awaited conclusion.



** There's an on-going debate within recent years of whether or not Roger should be considered a HateSink or an outright Scrappy. Some fans point out that episodes like "Ricky Spanish" clearly puts him on the former where we're supposed to hate him. While others say that he should be classified as the latter due to his psychopathic behavior in latter seasons being Flanderized to the point where it can no longer be considered funny, his oversaturation over characters like Hayley & Klaus plus [[FlatCharacter never receiving any kind of development]] thanks to FreudianExcuse of [[InTheBlood his species needing to let out their bitchiness or else they'll die]].

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** There's an on-going debate within recent years of whether or not Although he's still the show's most popular character by a considerable margin, Roger should be considered a HateSink or an outright Scrappy. Some fans point out that episodes like "Ricky Spanish" clearly puts him on the former where we're supposed to hate him. While others say that he should be classified as the latter often gets this due to his psychopathic behavior in latter seasons being Flanderized to the point where it can no longer be considered funny, his oversaturation over characters like Hayley & Klaus plus [[FlatCharacter never receiving any kind rather extreme levels of development]] thanks to FreudianExcuse of [[InTheBlood his species needing to let out their bitchiness or else they'll die]].ComedicSociopathy that often wind up turning him into a HateSink.



* BizarroEpisode:

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* BizarroEpisode: As noted on the main page, the show loves employing unorthodox or outright experimental storytelling methods, and plays fast and loose with continuity to boot. As such, it shouldn't come as too much of a shock that there's quite a lot of these:



* SeasonalRot: Some believe that this has happened in the 2010-11 season, making it feel like ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' during a bad season thanks to bad writing.
** You also have people who say that the 2011-12 season was the worst. Reasons include less comedy and more drama as well as some character's traits becoming more exaggerated (especially Roger). It's also disliked for having boring plots with glacier-slow pacing along with most of the actual comedy reduced to over-the-top gore (one such infamous example being the death of the blind man and his dog in "Season's Beatings") and bizarre moments (like the "Tungee/Mr. & Mrs. Lady" sequence from "Ricky Spanish") that you'd expect on ''Family Guy''. Another reason is for the extreme of oversaturation of Stan & Roger [[note]]Nearly every single episode puts central focus on both of them in some way or another.[[/note]] to the point where it felt more like ''The Stan & Roger Show'' that would sometimes feature Steve or Francine.
** While the 2012-13 season was seen as a slight improvement over the previous, what makes this season stick out to warrant its own entry was how many agreed that this was the season where Roger was Flanderized to the point where his psychopathic behavior could no longer be considered funny thus entering him into [[TheScrappy Scrappydom]]. The two episodes that most people point to for why they feel this way are "Love A.D. Style" & "Naked to the Limit, One More Time". Besides that, starting with this season several of the show's writers that were around since the beginning are either starting to leave or be laid off and replaced by more inexperienced first-time writers who likely view the show as the ''Family Guy'' clone that it did initially start off as thus continuing to emulate that show (even going as far as to have ''cutaway gags'' in "Naked to the Limit, One More Time") with episodes like "The Boring Identity" often being viewed as an episode of ''Family Guy'' just with the Smiths in place of the Griffins.
** There are a few fans who believe that the show peaked in its 3rd season and that it's all been downhill ever since (although some will say that it didn't really start to become bad until halfway into Season 5) due to changes like phasing out the show's political edge, Hayley & Klaus [[DemotedToExtra becoming extras]] aside from maybe one or two episodes a season and the oversaturation of Stan and Roger along with their worst traits to the point where fans feel that the show should have ended there before turning into another ''Family Guy''.
** There are many that felt the series went downhill since its move to TBS:
*** Season 11 (the TBS episodes from "Blonde Ambition" to "Seizures Suit Stanny") disappointed a number of fans. For starters, show runner Mike Barker left the series about five episodes into its production due to creative differences and watching later episodes (such as the infamous "American Fung") would make it easy to understand why. By this point in the show's run, roughly 90% of the show's original writers have either left or been laid off resulting in most of this season's writers being newcomers with ''little to no previous work'' in television (and it clearly shows). Many of the season's subplots consist of 2-3 brief scenes that barely go on longer than half a minute, making most of them clock in just barely over a minute, wasting time that could've been used for the episode's main plot. Stan's character has taken a massive blow as he's gone from being a slightly more intelligent version of [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin]] to an out-and-out clone of him to the point of being just as (if not more) mentally retarded as the former. Lastly, Roger continues to be heavily oversaturated to the point where even some of his fans feel a few of his appearances this season were forced while more characters (such as Greg & Terry, the latter of which has gotten no lines since Mike Barker left) join the ever-growing club of [[DemotedToExtra once notable supporting characters getting the shaft]].
*** Season 12 (the TBS episodes from "Roots" to "Standard Deviation") is met with a BrokenBase: while there are some who consider it an improvement over the previous season, due to more creativity to its plots, as well as some episodes that restore its characters to their pre-Flanderized selves, others see it as further evidence that the show was better off staying dead after FOX cancelled it. The uncensored usage of the word "Shit" comes across as very forced and feels like they're doing it only because they can. While the subplots for the most part are longer, they still continue to feel pointless and waste time that could've been used to develop the main plot further. Stan still continues to behave like Peter Griffin and now Francine actually gives Lois a run for her money in terms of how bitchy she can be (primarily in episodes that don't have her as the main focus). With this being the first full season to air since Mike Barker left the series, it's very obvious that the show struggles to continue without him as many of the episodes feel half-hearted in terms of their storytelling and lack most of the wit/humor that the show is known for. Speaking of Barker, there also appears to be a back-handed mean spiritedness directed at him for leaving the series in the previous season as two of his characters (Terry Bates & John Sanders) are written out in very unceremonious manners (the former being PutOnABus off-screen and the latter being KilledOffScreen). And finally, a prime example to show that the people working on the series don't seem to care anymore is the "Daesong Heavy Industries" two-parter which as it's already been mentioned is a two-part episode where both episodes don't even end up having anything to do with each other.[[note]]Part I is especially hated, with many fans comparing it unfavorably to the ''Family Guy'' episodes that are anti-religion which includes "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" (one of the most hated episode in the show's history, not helped is how the episode is written by the same person who wrote the previous season's infamous "American Fung".[[/note]]
*** Season 13 (the TBS episodes from "Father's Daze" through "West to Mexico") created yet another BrokenBase: Some consider it to be the best of the TBS era, some consider it an improvement over the previous (even if they still consider it terrible) and some believe that it's either just as bad as the previous season or the worst one yet and further proof that the show needs to just call it quits by this point. Besides the normal issues fans have with the TBS seasons (many episodes having an overall lack of effort in terms of storytelling and humor/wit, subplots that are completely irrelevant due to their short lengths, certain characters like Stan and Francine being further Flanderized into complete shells of their former selves, etc.) this one creates a few of its own. For starters, several episodes are flat-out rip-offs of ones from competing shows ("Father's Daze" and "Roger's Baby" ripping off "April in Quahog" and "Stewie is Enceinte" respectively from ''Family Guy'' and "Bazooka Steve" ripping off "Boys of Bummer" from ''The Simpsons'') that in some cases somehow actually succeed in being ''worse'' than the episodes they're ripping off! There would often be long gaps of time between episodes where 3-4 would air before going on a month long hiatus resulting in the entire season being dragged out for ''nearly a year'' (November 2016 through September 2017)! While the idea of having Roger's focus on the main stories being scaled back was a good idea in concept, it backfired due to the show forcibly having many of the season's subplots (which like most of the subplots from the TBS era, continue to feel pointless) centered about him with such examples being his lifeguard subplot from "Bahama Mama" and the one from "Casino Normale" about him getting revenge on Jay Leno for what turned out to be a misunderstanding. And lastly, just like with the 2011-2012 season, besides the lame attempts to be "edgy" (which again, mostly boils down to the forced uncensored utterances of "Shit!") most of the show's humor has been replaced by bizarre moments (such as the culture vultures bit from "The Enlightenment of Ragi-Baba" and the already mentioned "All Art is Gay!" sequence from "The Portrait of Francine's Genitals") and needlessly over-the-top gore that further demonstrates that the show has ultimately turned into what it was originally accused of being back in its early days: A ''Family Guy'' clone.
*** By Season 14 (the TBS episodes starting from "Santa Schmanta" through "The Future is Borax"), some fans had pretty much given up all hope of the show ever going back to its glory days, especially after three full seasons of no Mike Barker. All the usual problems with the TBS seasons are repeated (and in most cases, doubled down upon), but this one actually doubles down on the poor scheduling from last season by taking a nine month hiatus between May 2018 and February 2019 meaning that it took almost '''a year and a half''' to air the entire season from start to finish! Special criticism for the season is reserved for "The Mural of the Story" which for reasons already stated on this very page is often seen by many as the show's official death knell and the point where Stan would never again been seen as a sympathetic or even likable character.

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* SeasonalRot: Some believe that The TBS seasons tend to get this has happened in the 2010-11 season, making it feel like ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' during a bad season thanks to bad writing.
** You also have people who say that the 2011-12 season was the worst. Reasons include less comedy and more drama as well as some character's traits becoming more exaggerated (especially Roger). It's also disliked for having boring plots
fair bit, with glacier-slow pacing along with most of frequent complaints including the actual comedy reduced to over-the-top gore (one such Comedic Sociopathy getting amped up too far from its already high levels (with the infamous example being the death "The Mural of the blind man Story" getting the most flack), sloppier and his dog in "Season's Beatings") and bizarre moments (like the "Tungee/Mr. & Mrs. Lady" sequence from "Ricky Spanish") that you'd expect on ''Family Guy''. Another reason is for the extreme of oversaturation of Stan & Roger [[note]]Nearly every single episode puts central focus on both of them in some way or another.[[/note]] overly wacky storytelling compared to the point where it felt more like ''The Stan & Roger Show'' focused and intricate plotlines of previous seasons, and a general sense that would sometimes feature Steve or Francine.
** While the 2012-13 season was seen as a slight improvement over the previous, what makes this season stick out to warrant its own entry was how many agreed that this was the season where Roger was Flanderized to the point where his psychopathic behavior could no longer be considered funny thus entering him into [[TheScrappy Scrappydom]]. The two episodes that most people point to for why they feel this way are "Love A.D. Style" & "Naked to the Limit, One More Time". Besides that, starting with this season several of
the show's writers that were around since the beginning are either starting to leave or be laid off and replaced by more inexperienced first-time writers who likely view the show as the ''Family Guy'' clone that it did initially start off as thus continuing to emulate that influence is creeping in more and more and affecting the show (even going as far as to negatively. That said, the seasons do still have ''cutaway gags'' in "Naked their fans and are home to the Limit, One More Time") with some acclaimed, well-loved episodes like "The Boring Identity" often being viewed as an episode of ''Family Guy'' just with the Smiths in place of the Griffins.
** There are a few fans who believe that the show peaked in its 3rd season
"Rabbit Ears" and that it's all been downhill ever since (although some will say that it didn't really start to become bad until halfway into Season 5) due to changes like phasing out the show's political edge, Hayley & Klaus [[DemotedToExtra becoming extras]] aside from maybe one or two episodes a season and the oversaturation of Stan and Roger along with their worst traits to the point where fans feel that the show should have ended there before turning into another ''Family Guy''.
** There are many that felt the series went downhill since its move to TBS:
*** Season 11 (the TBS episodes from "Blonde Ambition" to "Seizures Suit Stanny") disappointed a number of fans. For starters, show runner Mike Barker left the series about five episodes into its production due to creative differences and watching later episodes (such as the infamous "American Fung") would make it easy to understand why. By this point in the show's run, roughly 90% of the show's original writers have either left or been laid off resulting in most of this season's writers being newcomers with ''little to no previous work'' in television (and it clearly shows). Many of the season's subplots consist of 2-3 brief scenes that barely go on longer than half a minute, making most of them clock in just barely over a minute, wasting time that could've been used for the episode's main plot. Stan's character has taken a massive blow as he's gone from being a slightly more intelligent version of [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin]] to an out-and-out clone of him to the point of being just as (if not more) mentally retarded as the former. Lastly, Roger continues to be heavily oversaturated to the point where even some of his fans feel a few of his appearances this season were forced while more characters (such as Greg & Terry, the latter of which has gotten no lines since Mike Barker left) join the ever-growing club of [[DemotedToExtra once notable supporting characters getting the shaft]].
*** Season 12 (the TBS episodes from "Roots" to "Standard Deviation") is met with a BrokenBase: while there are some who consider it an improvement over the previous season, due to more creativity to its plots, as well as some episodes that restore its characters to their pre-Flanderized selves, others see it as further evidence that the show was better off staying dead after FOX cancelled it. The uncensored usage of the word "Shit" comes across as very forced and feels like they're doing it only because they can. While the subplots for the most part are longer, they still continue to feel pointless and waste time that could've been used to develop the main plot further. Stan still continues to behave like Peter Griffin and now Francine actually gives Lois a run for her money in terms of how bitchy she can be (primarily in episodes that don't have her as the main focus). With this being the first full season to air since Mike Barker left the series, it's very obvious that the show struggles to continue without him as many of the episodes feel half-hearted in terms of their storytelling and lack most of the wit/humor that the show is known for. Speaking of Barker, there also appears to be a back-handed mean spiritedness directed at him for leaving the series in the previous season as two of his characters (Terry Bates & John Sanders) are written out in very unceremonious manners (the former being PutOnABus off-screen and the latter being KilledOffScreen). And finally, a prime example to show that the people working on the series don't seem to care anymore is the "Daesong Heavy Industries" two-parter which as it's already been mentioned is a two-part episode where both episodes don't even end up having anything to do with each other.[[note]]Part I is especially hated, with many fans comparing it unfavorably to the ''Family Guy'' episodes that are anti-religion which includes "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" (one of the most hated episode in the show's history, not helped is how the episode is written by the same person who wrote the previous season's infamous "American Fung".[[/note]]
*** Season 13 (the TBS episodes from "Father's Daze" through "West to Mexico") created yet another BrokenBase: Some consider it to be the best of the TBS era, some consider it an improvement over the previous (even if they still consider it terrible) and some believe that it's either just as bad as the previous season or the worst one yet and further proof that the show needs to just call it quits by this point. Besides the normal issues fans have with the TBS seasons (many episodes having an overall lack of effort in terms of storytelling and humor/wit, subplots that are completely irrelevant due to their short lengths, certain characters like Stan and Francine being further Flanderized into complete shells of their former selves, etc.) this one creates a few of its own. For starters, several episodes are flat-out rip-offs of ones from competing shows ("Father's Daze" and "Roger's Baby" ripping off "April in Quahog" and "Stewie is Enceinte" respectively from ''Family Guy'' and "Bazooka Steve" ripping off "Boys of Bummer" from ''The Simpsons'') that in some cases somehow actually succeed in being ''worse'' than the episodes they're ripping off! There would often be long gaps of time between episodes where 3-4 would air before going on a month long hiatus resulting in the entire season being dragged out for ''nearly a year'' (November 2016 through September 2017)! While the idea of having Roger's focus on the main stories being scaled back was a good idea in concept, it backfired due to the show forcibly having many of the season's subplots (which like most of the subplots from the TBS era, continue to feel pointless) centered about him with such examples being his lifeguard subplot from "Bahama Mama" and the one from "Casino Normale" about him getting revenge on Jay Leno for what turned out to be a misunderstanding. And lastly, just like with the 2011-2012 season, besides the lame attempts to be "edgy" (which again, mostly boils down to the forced uncensored utterances of "Shit!") most of the show's humor has been replaced by bizarre moments (such as the culture vultures bit from "The Enlightenment of Ragi-Baba" and the already mentioned "All Art is Gay!" sequence from "The Portrait of Francine's Genitals") and needlessly over-the-top gore that further demonstrates that the show has ultimately turned into what it was originally accused of being back in its early days: A ''Family Guy'' clone.
*** By Season 14 (the TBS episodes starting from "Santa Schmanta" through "The Future is Borax"), some fans had pretty much given up all hope of the show ever going back to its glory days, especially after three full seasons of no Mike Barker. All the usual problems with the TBS seasons are repeated (and in most cases, doubled down upon), but this one actually doubles down on the poor scheduling from last season by taking a nine month hiatus between May 2018 and February 2019 meaning that it took almost '''a year and a half''' to air the entire season from start to finish! Special criticism for the season is reserved for "The Mural of the Story" which for reasons already stated on this very page is often seen by many as the show's official death knell and the point where Stan would never again been seen as a sympathetic or even likable character.
"Persona Assistant".


---> '''Stan''': They won't, ''[looks at camera]'' because they're awesome! ''[nods]''

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---> --> '''Stan''': They won't, ''[looks at camera]'' because they're awesome! ''[nods]''


* AccidentalAesop: "White Rice" can be read as an example of how some ideas that work well in one form of media don't necessarily translate well to others. Francine's jokes about being the white adoptive daughter of a Chinese couple go over great in a standup routine because a live audience in the intimate setting of a theater doesn't take things at face value. When those same jokes are filmed and edited into a sitcom, however, they become too literal and just feel cynical and offensive as a result.

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* AccidentalAesop: "White Rice" can be read as an example of how some ideas that work well in one form of media don't necessarily translate well to others. Francine's jokes about being the white adoptive daughter of a Chinese couple go over great in a standup routine because a live audience in the intimate setting of a theater doesn't take things at face value. When those same jokes are filmed and edited into a sitcom, however, they become too literal and just feel cynical and offensive as a result.like they're making fun of people, which is why the show got canceled after its first episode.



***Depending on how black your sense of humor is, the entry mentioned on FunnyAneurysmMoment where Stan mentions that Terry's dad is an ArmoredClosetGay like Kevin Spacey (before tacking on that he means Kevin Spacey's character on the movie ''K-Pax'') has become this since Kevin Spacey did come out...around the time he was accused of molesting young boys and generally being a sexual predator to everyone he's ever worked with.



** "May The Best Stan Win" features a futuristic cyborg Stan playing the band Music/{{Perfume}} for Francine, stating that "Japanese funk" is popular in his time. Fast forward a few years later in real life: Perfume is now quite popular in the West, but their fan base is nothing compared to the music of a [[KoreanPopMusic certain other Asian country.]]

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** "May The Best Stan Win" features a futuristic cyborg Stan playing the band Music/{{Perfume}} for Francine, stating that "Japanese funk" is popular in his time. Fast forward a few years later in real life: Perfume is now quite popular in the West, but their fan base fanbase is nothing compared to the music of a [[KoreanPopMusic certain other Asian country.]]ones for K-Pop.


* AcceptableTargets: Used with varying degrees of intensity: the more the writers hate it, the meaner they'll be. So far, everything has been ripe for being Dadded.

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* AcceptableTargets: Used with varying degrees of intensity: the more the writers hate it, the meaner they'll be. So far, everything has been ripe for being Dadded.Dadded (except for Charlotte, North Carolina...but not Bend, Oregon).


%%These need context for why they are Bizarro Episodes, beyond "characterization feels off".
%%** Other episodes that feel like rejected ''Family Guy'' scripts just with the Smiths in place of the Griffins (though not to the same extent as "The Mural of the Story") include "Stan's Best Friend", "The Boring Identity", "Da Flippity Flop", "Familyland", "CIAPOW", "The Life Aquatic of Steve Smith", "Anchorfran", "The Unincludeds", "Fight and Flight", "Flavortown", "The Legend of Old Ulysses" and "No Weddings and a Funeral".



** Remember the throwaway line in "Daddy Queerest" where Hayley mentions wanting to tell Steve that the guy inside R2-D2 (Creator/KennyBaker) died? Yeah, not so funny anymore after he actually ''did'' die in 2016.

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** Remember the throwaway line in "Daddy Queerest" where Hayley mentions wanting to tell Steve that the guy inside R2-D2 (Creator/KennyBaker) died? Yeah, not so funny anymore after he actually ''did'' die in 2016. Also: Stan's line about how Terry's dad is an ArmoredClosetGay, similar to Kevin Spacey...[[BaitAndSwitchComment 's character on]] ''K-Pax''. Since 2017, the ''K-Pax'' reference to Kevin Spacey being unable to deal with his homosexuality wouldn't be needed (and not just because that movie is all but forgotten).



* WereStillRelevantDammit:
** "Honey, I'm Homeland" which aired in April 2014, is about Stan being brainwashed by some people from the Occupy movement.
** A lot of the later episodes (mainly the TBS ones) tend to emphasize a lot of hip slang and reference stir of the moment situations so much that the episodes in question make the same mistake as the ones from the earlier seasons in which they're in severe risk of becoming embarrassingly dated within about a year or two after it originally airs (if it doesn't do so already thanks to how long it takes to produce an episode). "Garfield and Friends" is arguably the worst offender of such as the aforementioned hip lingo is used for roughly 25% of the episode, there's an indirect mention of the then-upcoming presidential election and it even goes as far as ending with a reference to the "Deal with it" meme.
** The final third of "No Weddings and a Funeral"is a parody of ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'', airing a little more than four years after the film came out.

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* WereStillRelevantDammit:
**
WereStillRelevantDammit: "Honey, I'm Homeland" which aired in April 2014, is about Stan being brainwashed by some people from the Occupy movement.
** A lot of the later episodes (mainly the TBS ones) tend to emphasize a lot of hip slang and reference stir of the moment situations so much that the episodes in question make the same mistake as the ones from the earlier seasons in which they're in severe risk of becoming embarrassingly dated within about a year or two after it originally airs (if it doesn't do so already thanks to how long it takes to produce an episode). "Garfield and Friends" is arguably the worst offender of such as the aforementioned hip lingo is used for roughly 25% of the episode, there's an indirect mention of the then-upcoming presidential election and it even goes as far as ending with a reference to the "Deal with it" meme.
** The final third of "No Weddings and a Funeral"is a parody of ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'', airing a little more than four years after the film came out.
movement.


* AccidentalAesop: "White Rice" can be read as an example of how some ideas that work well in one form of media don't necessarily translate well to others. Francine's jokes about being the white adoptive daughter of a Chinese couple go over great in a standup routine because a live audience in the intimate setting of a theater doesn't take things at face value. When those same jokes are filmed and edited into a sitcom, however, they become too literal and just feel awkward and offensive as a result.

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* AccidentalAesop: "White Rice" can be read as an example of how some ideas that work well in one form of media don't necessarily translate well to others. Francine's jokes about being the white adoptive daughter of a Chinese couple go over great in a standup routine because a live audience in the intimate setting of a theater doesn't take things at face value. When those same jokes are filmed and edited into a sitcom, however, they become too literal and just feel awkward cynical and offensive as a result.


* AccidentalAesop: "White Rice" can be read as an example of how some ideas that work well in one form of media don't necessarily translate well to others. Francine's jokes about being the white adoptive daughter of a Chinese couple go over great in a standup routine because a live audience in the intimate setting of a theater doesn't take things at face value the same way those watching a movie or TV show in isolation might. When those same jokes are filmed and edited into a sitcom, however, they become too literal and just feel awkward and offensive as a result.

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* AccidentalAesop: "White Rice" can be read as an example of how some ideas that work well in one form of media don't necessarily translate well to others. Francine's jokes about being the white adoptive daughter of a Chinese couple go over great in a standup routine because a live audience in the intimate setting of a theater doesn't take things at face value the same way those watching a movie or TV show in isolation might.value. When those same jokes are filmed and edited into a sitcom, however, they become too literal and just feel awkward and offensive as a result.


* ParanoiaFuel: The ChristmasEpisodeís exact continuity snd canonicity be damned, "Iím Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas" has the idea that [[sometimes, who you think might be your real family could actually be fakes]].

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* ParanoiaFuel: The ChristmasEpisodeís exact continuity snd and canonicity be damned, "Iím Dreaming "Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas" has the idea that [[sometimes, sometimes, who you think might be your real family could actually be fakes]].fakes.

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* ParanoiaFuel: The ChristmasEpisodeís exact continuity snd canonicity be damned, "Iím Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas" has the idea that [[sometimes, who you think might be your real family could actually be fakes]].


** On paper, the intersex joke that ends "The One That Got Away" (Roger tells his girlfriend that he has no genitals, to which she replies "That's okay. I have both.") would just be another hordy joke at the expense of non-cisgender people, but her [[ComicallySerious reassuring, almost comforting tone]] with which she says it takes it from a BottomOfTheBarrelJoke to another hilarious example of the character ComicallyMissingThePoint.

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** On paper, the intersex joke that ends "The One That Got Away" (Roger tells his girlfriend that he has no genitals, to which she replies "That's okay. I have both.") would just be another hordy joke at an offensive BottomOfTheBarrelJoke, but the expense of non-cisgender people, but her [[ComicallySerious reassuring, almost comforting tone]] with which she says it takes makes it from a BottomOfTheBarrelJoke to yet another hilarious example of the character ComicallyMissingThePoint.


** The dead-on parody of AwardBait films in "Tearjerker" with ''[[ShowWithinAShow Oscar Gold]]'', the gripping tale of a mentally retarded alcoholic Jew living during the Holocaust who's puppy dies of cancer. A real movie using literally every downright emotionally exploitative story beat to guarantee Oscar prestige would be considered [[{{Glurge}} laughably cynical]], but the episode's villain revealing that his real intention is to make audiences literally cry themselves to death is a hilarious satire ''of'' movie that do this to guarantee Oscar prestige. And just to for added authenticity, the trailer is even narrated by Creator/DonLaFontaine, aka "the Movie Trailer Voice Guy," just as dead serious as any real-live drama he'd be advertising.
** The entire concept of Francine's attempt at a sitcom, ''White Rice''. A real sitcom about the white adoptive daughter of a Chinese family would undoubtably be seen as tactless and offensive, but the knowledge that Francine is just writing what she knows, plus the fact that literally nobody else (including her Chinese co-stars) ever thinks it would be a bad idea, makes for prime CringeComedy. The fact that the resulting ShowWithinAShow ''is'' [[RealityEnsues considered tactless and offensive]] InUniverse, enough to get canceled immediately after '''''the literal first joke of it's premiere episode''''' , makes for the perfect punchline.

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** The dead-on parody of AwardBait films in "Tearjerker" with ''[[ShowWithinAShow Oscar Gold]]'', the gripping tale of a mentally retarded alcoholic Jew living during the Holocaust who's puppy dies of cancer. A real movie using literally every [[{{Glurge}} downright emotionally exploitative exploitative]] story beat to guarantee Oscar prestige would be considered [[{{Glurge}} considered laughably cynical]], cynical, but the episode's villain revealing that his real intention is to make audiences literally cry themselves to death is a hilarious satire ''of'' movie that do this to guarantee Oscar prestige.these kinds of movies. And just to for added authenticity, the trailer is even narrated by Creator/DonLaFontaine, aka "the Movie Trailer Voice Guy," just as dead serious as any real-live drama he'd be advertising.
** The entire concept of Francine's attempt at a sitcom, ''White Rice''. A real sitcom about the white adoptive daughter of a Chinese family would undoubtably be seen as tactless and offensive, but the knowledge that Francine is just writing what she knows, plus to the fact point that literally nobody else (including (not even her Chinese co-stars) ever thinks considers that it would be a bad idea, seen as offensive, makes for prime CringeComedy. The fact that the resulting ShowWithinAShow ''is'' [[RealityEnsues considered tactless and offensive]] InUniverse, by it's InUniverse audience, enough to get canceled immediately after '''''the literal first joke of it's premiere episode''''' , makes for the perfect punchline.punchline.
** On paper, the intersex joke that ends "The One That Got Away" (Roger tells his girlfriend that he has no genitals, to which she replies "That's okay. I have both.") would just be another hordy joke at the expense of non-cisgender people, but her [[ComicallySerious reassuring, almost comforting tone]] with which she says it takes it from a BottomOfTheBarrelJoke to another hilarious example of the character ComicallyMissingThePoint.


* GeniusBonus: In "Red October Sky," Stan's old Soviet enemy Sergei moves into the neighborhood. Sergei visits Stan and tells him all about how he's embracing American culture (he's lying), even wearing a Winnie-the-Pooh t-shirt. While this can easily be brushed off as just something silly, it's actually a subtle reference to how [[Animation/VinniPukh Russia has its own version of Winnie-the-Pooh]].

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* GeniusBonus: In "Red October Sky," one of the ways Stan's old Soviet enemy Sergei moves into the neighborhood. Sergei visits Stan and tells him all about how shows that he's embracing embraced American culture (he's lying), even is wearing a Winnie-the-Pooh t-shirt. While If you know that the Soviet Union (now Russia) had a very popular adaptation of Winnie-the-Pooh, ''Animation/VinniPukh'', you'll know this can easily be brushed off as just something silly, it's actually a subtle reference to how [[Animation/VinniPukh Russia has its own version of Winnie-the-Pooh]]. is the first hint that Sergei is lying.

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