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Family Guy's jokes have always been edgier than its rival show. However, some of its past episodes aren't as funny anymore when viewed today, just like its rival show.

  • "Road to Rhode Island" originally had a scene that depicted Osama bin Laden getting past airport security by singing show tunes after Stewie did the same thing. The scene was removed from future airings of the episode and even from the DVD release, although it showed up on a later "best-of" DVD note  and, as of 2018, is on the Hulu version. The worst part is that the show's creator, Seth MacFarlane, was supposed to be on American Airlines Flight 11 — one of the planes that hit the World Trade Center — but was lucky enough to miss it due to oversleeping from a hangover, his agent giving him the wrong flight information, and deciding to wait for another flight (until he saw the crash on the news).
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  • The Cutaway Gag concerning Katie Holmes escaping Tom Cruise's manor. It becomes a little awkward after their divorce in 2012 (though given rumors that the marriage was a sham to cover up Cruise's alleged homosexuality, this might be Hilarious in Hindsight in a sick way). This is perhaps seen in a different light if documentaries like Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and Louis Theroux "My Scientology Movie" that the Church of Scientology has quite an influence and hold on Cruise's life, and how people outside the church can very quickly be considered "Non-persons".
  • The gag from "Blind Ambition"note  where Peter tries to do good by dressing up as "Gary the No-Trash Cougar" and threatens kids at a school with a gun has now become yet another twisted Family Guy joke thanks to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012, though given the subject matter there was likely never a point in time it might be in good taste.
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  • In "The Tan Aquatic with Steve Zissou", when Stewie thinks he's dying, he tells Brian to write down his final words. Instead, he draws a picture of himself hanging from a tree because he was bored and didn't feel like bowing to Stewie's whims. "Brian & Stewie" later reveals that Brian has been contemplating suicide for a long time because he feels like no one cares about him. In some viewers' eyes, this turns the visual joke from a warped one to a cry for help.
  • In 2013's "Turban Cowboy", one cutaway has Peter drive a car through the Boston Marathon, leaving injured, bloody bodies on the ground behind him, and is then praised for winning the race. This was less than a month before two brothers set off a bomb at the real marathon, a scene similar to the one in the show. Between that gag and the episode's plot of Peter joining a terrorist cell, the episode was yanked from Hulu and has become the first Family Guy episode to air once before getting banned temporarily. For added irony, [adult swim] had the misfortune of airing a repeat of the episode just hours after the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015. It got even worse in 2016 due to an eerily similar incident where an ISIS follower drove a truck through crowds of people in Nice, France on Bastille Day.
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  • "Save the Clam" opens with Horace pitching for Peter's softball team and being killed when a line drive is hit right back at him and strikes him. Two days after the episode first aired, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J. A. Happ was seriously injured under very similar circumstances.
  • "Road to the Multiverse" ended with Human Brian getting hit by a car and killed. This happens to the main universe Brian in "Life of Brian", killing him off for all but two episodes... and even those were retconned.
  • "You Can't Do That on Television, Peter": As Peter and Lois are arguing over his being too much involved in his children's TV show, spending nights out on the town and neglecting his family duties as a result, Peter warns Lois not to nag him, as he can have "any 3-year-old girl [he] wants". This typical, tasteless pedophilia joke becomes worse following the posthumous exposé on British television host Jimmy Savile, revealing that he was a pedophile who only did Jim'll Fix It to prey on little girls.
  • Several episodes that feature Bill Cosby are this for the following reasons:
    • In "Brian Does Hollywood", Cosby makes fun of a little girl's story of being raped on Kids Say the Darnedest Things. Later in the episode, Cosby starts playing with Stewie's mind control goggles and tells him to "sit here and enjoy it." This was before several real-life women accused Cosby of raping them over the years.
    • When Lauren Conrad from The Hills is revealed to be a genius in "We Love You, Conrad", she shows Brian a simulated sex tape she made with Cosby. As mentioned above, this episode aired prior to Cosby's real-life rape allegations.
    • In A Nightmare on Spooner Street, Lois reprimands Chris for dressing up as Bill Cosby for Halloween. In the episode, it was because Chris was wearing Blackface, but after Cosby's sexual abuse allegations, there would be a second reason for it.
      • This is a double whammy example after Julianne Hough faced controversy in 2013 when she dressed up as Susanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren, complete with blackface.
  • In "Stuck Together, Torn Apart" when Joe is showcasing the police van's technologies. The robotic arms simply cuff Peter, but when Cleveland steps in, he gets beaten by clubs and a gun is planted beside him. A similar incident occurs in "He's Bla-ack!", when Peter pretends to be a cop pulling Cleveland over so he can see the latter. Peter goes a little far on the brutality, even saying "He's trying to grab my gun." These scenes would become less funny following the shooting of Michael Brown, who allegedly tried to grab Officer Darren Wilson's gun.
  • "Screwed the Pooch" features a cutaway of an irate Brian mocking a crying baby. Then comes the news of an owner of a diner screaming at a baby for crying.
  • "The Courtship of Stewie's Father" contains a scene in which Michael Eisner falls in a river and is eaten by a swarm of alligators while Peter and Stewie are on vacation at Disney World. Although the episode aired in 2005, it would feel pretty uncomfortable to watch the episode now, considering that 2-year-old Lane Graves drowned and was killed by alligators while playing near a lake at Disney World.
  • In "Family Guy Viewer Mail #2"
    • In the second segment, Peter is given the power where everything he touches turns into Robin Williams. Peter is initially happy about this until it overwhelms him to the point where he attempts to commit suicide. On August 11, 2014, Williams committed suicide. As a double whammy, at the end of the segment, in order to prevent anything else from turning into Robin Williams, Peter cuts his hands off. When Williams' body was discovered, it was reported that he'd slit his wrists before hanging himself.
      • Coincidentally, BBC Three was broadcasting this very episode around the time that news broke of his suicide.
    • Earlier in that same episode, in "Chap of The Manor", Clive Crowley, the British Tom Tucker, reports about a man with a gun and two bullets attacking Manchester, on May 25, 2017, Manchester was hit with a terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert. In light of that attack along with similar ones in London, the episode seems pretty uncomfortable to watch.
  • In "Meg and Quagmire", Wilford Brimley goes on a shooting rampage at the Teen Choice Awards. This was not helped by the episode being broadcast by ITV2 on the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing.
  • In the alternate timeline from "Meet the Quagmires", it is mentioned that Dick Cheney's hunting incident killed Antonin Scalia, Karl Rove, and Tucker Carlson. In February 2016, Scalia died of a heart attack while on a hunting trip.
  • Certain gags involving Mayor Adam West:
    • In the episode "Life of Brian," there is a throw-away gag involving Mayor Adam West claiming that no one came to his funeral before fading away. A few years later, and the real-life Adam West ends up dying.
    • In "Family Guy Viewer Mail #1", he immerses himself in toxic waste so he can gain superpowers like the Griffins but it backfires when he's diagnosed with lymphoma. In real life, Adam West died from leukemia on June 10, 2017, which makes the episode haunting to watch now.
  • In season 7's "Baby Not on Board", Stewie states that being in the house by himself is more lonely than James Gandolfini's gym equipment. Although the episode aired in 2008, that scene would be less funny now given that Gandolfini died of a heart attack on June 19, 2013.
  • In "Brian Griffin's House of Payne", the show's parody of James Woods implies he has had sex with an underage girl. Seven years later, in real life Woods was accused by Amber Tamblyn of tryng to hit on her while she was only 16.
  • In season 4's "Don't Make Me Over"
    • Tom Tucker reports that Joan Rivers will speak from beyond the grave. Joan Rivers died in real life on September 4, 2014, following an endoscopy.
    • Stewie causes a diversion by running naked in the mall screaming, "Help, I've escaped from Kevin Spacey's basement!". In light of a real-life revelation from Anthony Rapp that he was molested at age 14 by Kevin Spacey, that scene would seem cringy to watch.
  • In "Foreign Affairs" Peter talks about trying out gymnastics for the Olympics with a cutaway of him with a perverted coach who offers Peter to have an inappropriate shower and barring him from seeing his parents, Peter later turns to the camera and says that someone should look into the sport. Watching the episode now would feel uncomfortable, considering that by then a real-life Olympic doctor was recently convicted of child sexual abuse of several gymnasts including McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas.
  • In season 14's "The New Adventures of Old Tom", Peter attempts to reinvents Tom when a younger reporter replaces him, he says that Tom is falling further than Charlie Rose leading to a cutaway of Charlie Rose after a night out with an inappropriate news report. Two years later, Charlie Rose faced accusations of sexual misconduct by numerous women.
  • In "The Dating Game", Quagmire is introduced to the dating app Tinder and becomes addicted, culminating in a musical number about the dark side of the app. As of now, there are now reports of dating apps like Grindr and Tinder being responsible for a spike in sexually transmitted infections.
  • The ending to "Brian Sings and Swings" is a Brick Joke in which Frank Sinatra Jr.'s "mother" Mia Farrow shows up to give him a spanking (thanks to Peter calling her earlier). In 2018, Farrow's real son Moses accused her of abusive behavior.
  • In "FOX-y Lady", Lois tells Chris not to believe anything said on Fox News, even saying that a truth will instantly become a lie if said by them. In 2018, Fox News host Tucker Carlson told his viewers to believe the opposite of anything that comes from every other news source... something that so infuriated Seth MacFarlane that he donated $2,500,000 to NPR.
  • Like the Spacey example above, the lines "today they've got some shows that are remarkably obscene/like a show about a little boy who lives with Charlie Sheen" is either this or Getting Crap Past the Radar, given what he allegedly did to poor Corey Haim...
  • In the episode "Herpe The Love Sore", Stewie laments about the loneliness of having herpes, complete with a cutaway of a Kennedy Family reunion with a Kennedy relative asking where everyone is, then suddenly remembering that they're dead followed by a gunshot and him being shot dead. On August 1, 2019, Saoirse Kennedy Hill died of an apparent overdose at only age 22 reigniting talks about the so-called Kennedy curse.

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