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"It seems today that all you see is violence in movies and sex on TV
But where are those good, old fashioned values
On which we used to rely?
Lucky there's a Family Guy!
Lucky there's a man who positively can do all the things that make us
Laugh and cry!
He's a Family Guy!"
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Family Guy is an Animated Sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane about a dysfunctional New England family. It presents the viewer with six main characters in the Griffin family—slow-witted blue-collar jerk Peter, who is basically a crueler, more imbecilic, and often more cheerful Al Bundy; smart and efficient (but neglectful and wild) House Wife Lois; insecure daughter Meg; moronic son Chris; martini-sipping intellectual and incredibly pretentious dog Brian; and laser-toting megalomaniac baby Stewie.

The show made history for American network television for being uncanceled — twice. Fox announced the show's cancellation after its second season in 2000. The show was resurrected not long after, but ratings suffered as its time slot changed constantly and it competed against the ratings-behemoths of Survivor on CBS and Friends on NBC. After the third season in 2002, Fox cancelled the show "for good". But in 2005, the show was resurrected yet again, due to popular demand, impressive ratings for the reruns on Adult Swim, and unusually successful DVD-set sales. Family Guy became one of the network's most successful franchises, promoted by the suits with the same fervor given to The Simpsons as well as American Idol and 24 in their heydays. This made Seth MacFarlane the highest paid Hollywood writer for a few years after its second revamp - it allowed him to produce the Spin-Off series The Cleveland Show, and American Dad! (the latter was actually made to replace Family Guy), both under the same studio, along with the Star Wars spoof Family Guy Presents: Laugh It Up, Fuzzball.


There are currently four video games based on the series. First was the Family Guy Video Game! for PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PlayStation Portable. Next came Family Guy Online, a browser-based MMORPG which ran from April 2012 to January 2013. The third is Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. The fourth is a village simulator alike The Simpsons: Tapped Out and My Little Pony called Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff for iOS and Android. A Licensed Pinball Table was released by Stern Pinball in 2007; click here for details.


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But where are those good, old-fashioned tropes...on which we used to rely?:


Peter's "Sleeping" Rig

Peter sneaks out of the house at night, leaving behind a dummy in bed, complete with a rigged cassette tape of pre-recorded responses asking her to leave him alone. It works surprisingly well... at first.

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