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  • Accidentally Correct Writing: George Washington Carver didn't actually invent peanut butter, though the real origins of the food aren't nearly as interesting as the conspiracy Steve unearthed.
  • Channel Hop: Because of low ratings and FOX's plans to revamp their Sunday night line-up with live-action shows, American Dad moved to TBS in late 2014. Initially, it was going to end its run there by airing a handful of episodes that FOX never did, but was eventually renewed for several additional seasons.
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  • Creative Differences: It's believed that this is the reason why Mike Barker left the show shortly after production started on the first TBS season.
  • The Danza: Hayley's on-and-off boyfriend (now husband), Jeff Fischer, voiced by Jeff Fischer. His voice actor even looks like a real-life version of Jeff, making him an Ink-Suit Actor.
  • Descended Creator: Nicole Shabtai (the voice for Mrs. Lonstein since "Santa, Schmanta" as well as Danuta in "Shark?!") wrote "Mean Francine" and "I Am the Jeans: The Gina Lavetti Story".
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  • Inspiration for the Work: Seth MacFarlane came up with the series when he and fellow Family Guy writer Mike Barker were frustrated following the results of the 2004 election and, rather than complain on end, vented their feelings into something funny. (Ironically, the show actually moved away from political humor after about a season.)
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  • Missing Episode: For a while, it appeared as though Adult Swim refused to rerun "The Mural of the Story" after its original showing on said channel, likely due to its infamous Gorn scene (and possibly the backlash from fans over said scene). As of early 2019 however, reruns of it are being shown on the channel.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Reginald Koala's voice for his first two appearances in "Family Affair" and "Wife Insurance" was done by Donald Fullilove of Back to the Future fame. But starting with "The Return of the Bling", he's now voiced by show writer Erik Durbin.
    • Duper was voiced by Phil Lewis in most of his appearances. Dee Bradley Baker voices him in "The Kidney Stays in the Picture."
    • Akiko was voiced by Grey Delisle until "Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls", where she was replaced by Grace Park.
    • Coach Keegan was voiced by Dee Bradley Baker in "The Wrestler" & "Naked to the Limit, One More Time". But in "Introducing the Naughty Stewardesses", he's voiced by Kyle Chandler.
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    • Nicholas Dawson (Francine's birth father) was voiced by Jeff Perry in "Big Trouble in Little Langley". In "Family Plan", he's voiced by someone else.
    • For his first three appearances, Turlington was voiced by Forest Whitaker. When he reappeared in Season 14's "My Purity Ball and Chain" (which was more than 9 years since his last speaking appearance in Season 4's "Live and Let Fry"), he was voiced by Corey Robinson.
    • In "Faking Bad", Hayley's friend Danuta was voiced by Anne Gregory. When she reappeared in "Shark?!", she was voiced by Nicole Shabtai.
  • Playing Against Type: Half the things Avery Bullock says are hilarious simply because they sound so bizarre coming out of Patrick Stewart's mouth.note 
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  • Real-Life Relative: Hayley is voiced by Seth MacFarlane's sister Rachel.
  • Recycled Script: The overall plot for Season 14's "My Purity Ball and Chain" is the exact same one from Season 1's "A Smith in the Hand" (Stan being afraid to give Steve "the talk", despite already giving it to him in the aforementioned), but also rips off "Cleveland Jr. Cherry Bomb" from The Cleveland Show and contains a number of jokes that feel like leftovers from Family Guy's "Fresh Heir".
  • Schedule Slip:
    • "Hurricane!" was originally to air on May 1st, 2011. However, it along with the other two episodes in the "Night of the Hurricane!" event were pulled in light of the 2011 super outbreak of tornadoes that occurred in the southern US between April 25th and the 28th. The episode (along with the other ones in the "Night of the Hurricane!" event) ultimately premiered five months and a day later on October 2nd.
    • The Christmas episode "Minstrel Krampus" that was scheduled to air on December 16th, 2012 was pulled following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. It would be almost a year later before it finally premiered on December 15th, 2013.
    • The final two episodes of Season 15, "Downtown" and "Cheek to Cheek: A Stripper's Story", were originally scheduled for September 2nd and 9th, 2019 respectively. However, those episodes were pulled and are not scheduled to air until 2020.
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • Before its Channel Hop, Fox promoted the show less and less, barely announced any new episodes and often shuffled the show around from airing at either 7:30 PM or 9:30 PM.
    • During the 2013-14 TV season, it became obvious that Fox had little interest in the show, it had already been cancelled by Fox, and more emphasis was put on Fox three other animated series, it either aired at the very beginning or the very end of Animation Domination.
  • Talking to Himself: Seth MacFarlane voices both Stan and Roger, who have many, MANY scenes together. In fact, there are several entire episodes that are mainly just the two of them.
  • Troubled Production: The writers had trouble coming up with an ending for Season 3's "Dope & Faith".
  • Unfinished Episode: An idea for a plot was proposed that Debbie would become skinny which resulted in Steve losing interest in her. Said idea ultimately never came to be likely due to one of the showrunners admitting that he thought the very idea of Debbie being seen as skinny would've felt like a betrayal to her character.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Originally, Laura Prepon (Donna from That '70s Show) was supposed to voice Hayley Smith, but was replaced by Seth MacFarlane's sister, Rachel. Had Prepon stayed, the show would have gotten a lot more unfavorable comparisons to Family Guy as the latter show also has someone from That '70s Show as a cast member (Mila Kunis replaced an uncredited Lacey Chabert on Family Guy and played Jackie on That '70s Show).
    • According to the commentaries, the original plan for Roger would've been that season 1 would've had him be stuck in the house all the time, but get fed up with it in season 2 and try the disguises. They would've worked until season 3, where Roger gets revealed in public and it becomes a giant media scandal. But by season 4, everyone would've gotten used to aliens and stopped caring, making Roger try to become the hot new story with schemes.
    • Klaus was originally French but Dee Bradley Baker didn't know French well, so they retooled the character to make him German.
    • Billy West auditioned for Klaus.
    • Steve also had a different design (read: he was really skinny and awkward-looking), and was going to be voiced by Family Guy writer Ricky Blitt. This design can be seen on an early trailer for the show on the Family Guy: Freakin' Sweet Collection DVD.
    • Season 1:
      • The Golden Turd storyline was originally to be ongoing within the first season instead of being spread out over multiple seasons (and often years). The second installment was originally to happen in "Stannie Get Your Gun" and made it as far as being fully animated before being cut for time (but can still be seen however in the deleted scenes of the Volume 2 DVD set), while the third installment would've happened in "Rough Trade". The actual second installment in in the following season's "Failure is Not a Factory-Installed Option" essentially combines both of the stories of the original planned installments into one.
    • Season 2:
      • The idea of Toshi marrying Svetlana at the end of "Of Ice and Men" was initially to be followed up on in a later episode as a subplot with Steve, Snot and Barry giving him a bachelor party.
      • Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, and Martin Scorsese were all offered the opportunity to voice themselves in "The Best Christmas Story Never Told" but all three declined.
      • A rejected idea for "A.T. The Abusive Terrestrial" was for Roger to go back to the family he was with prior to the Smiths, who would've been played by Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore (Elliott & Gertie respectively from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial).
      • The original draft for "Four Little Words" involved several CIA agents being mysteriously killed and Stan believing that Bullock is the one behind said deaths.
      • The season finale "Joint Custody" was originally conceived as a way of continuing the Golden Turd storyline with the death of Mrs. Marylin Thacker from the previous installment either in a condo pool in Boca Raton by an alligator or being killed by a liquor store delivery man to steal the turd to give to a Cuban crime boss to save his sister. The idea was ultimately cut for time and it would be another eight years before another installment was featured in the Season 10 episode "Blagnarst: A Love Story".
    • Season 3:
      • Several endings were proposed for "Dope & Faith" due to the crew having a hard time coming up with one. One such ending would've had Stan meeting Brett's brother at his funeral with the two of them becoming fast friends due to the latter being a Christian.
      • Michelle (the Ghost of Christmas Past) from Season 2's "The Best Christmas Story Never Told" was to return for "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever". Her role in the episode was ultimately given to a new character with the same name due to negation issues with Lisa Kudrow (the voice of the original Michelle).
    • Season 4:
      • A subplot was originally conceived for "Escape from Pearl Bailey" where Francine buys Roger his very own star. It was completely removed when the writers ended up making the main plot the only story of the episode and in turn made this the only episode to date where Roger doesn't speak.
      • One of the families that Roger would be adopted by in "Family Affair" was to be the Griffins along with the reveal of him being in a close relationship with Meg.
      • Seth Rogen was originally set to play Etan Cohen in "Bar Mitzvah Hustle". However, he was considered too mature sounding so he was ultimately replaced by Seth Green.
      • The first choice for the role of the Delorean door salesman in "Delorean Story-an" was Christopher Lloyd. However, he declined resulting in Joe Flaherty getting the part.
    • The initial idea for what would be done with Hayley after she and Jeff conned Stan out of his $50,000 in "100 A.D." is that we would briefly check in on how they were spending the money in the episodes until her return in "There Will Be Bad Blood". Ultimately, this was scrapped to have them spending it all over the course of a single episode in "Son of Stan" in order to get away from Roger.
    • Season 7:
      • The season opener, "Hot Water", was written to be aired as a finale when the writers weren't certain Fox would renew the show. When it was announced that American Dad! would continue, the episode was turned into a season premiere that was widely non-canon (since the episode ended with Stan dying and failing to stop the demonic hot tub) and meant to be a special stand-alone episode.
      • The "Chuck Berry me over Germany" line from "Hot Tub of Love" had several different variations including "Throat choke me over Germany". Additionally, the song was originally to be sung by Seth MacFarlane instead of CeeLo Green.
      • The episode was originally conceived as the series finale simply because they had no idea if the show had been renewed or not and they figured "What better way to end the show then by killing the main character?". Ultimately, the show was renewed and this episode was written off as being non-canon.
  • The Wiki Rule: Has a wiki here.
  • Working Title:
    • "Dementor" became "The Full Cognitive Redaction of Avery Bullock by the Coward Stan Smith"
    • "Personas, Gone, Matta" became "Persona Assistant"
    • "Twindecent Proposal" became "Twininagans"
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