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  • Acceptable Targets: Everything that ever existed, but especially celebrities.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: This happens to Brian when he is briefly killed. Brian may be hated by some people, but the way he dies is utterly tragic and is without doubt the single most tearjerking part of the whole show, yet was quickly undone with a retcon.
    • And on that note, despite not being an actual death, Vinny gets a touching send-off when Stewie realizes that saving Brian's life means that the Griffins will never adopt him.
    • Muriel Goldman in "And Then There Were Fewer", especially considering that she was about to expose Diane Simmons for who she really was.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Does Lois try to do the right thing for her children and husband or has her current characterization turned her into a horrible woman who is just as bad a parent as Peter is?
    • Peter Griffin: a well-meaning idiot who doesn't know any better, or a dangerous sociopath (though given the episode where he's declared intellectually disabled, it might be both)
      • It seems like the label was meant to obscure / hand wave Peter's sociopathic behaviors.
    • Meg Griffin: Is the family's mistreatment of her actually resentment that's been building over the years from back when she was whiny, spoiled and selfish in earlier seasons, or is that Meg merely lashing out of frustration for being in a family of Jerkassses? Is she staying with her family out of concern for their well being or is she suffering from Stockholm Syndrome?
    • Did Bertram think Stewie was bluffing before he killed Leonardo Da Vinci or believe that Stewie was telling the truth? He said it was Worth It but was it to take a risk on his bluff or was it a case of Taking You with Me?
    • "If "Tiegs For Two" and "Brian The Closer" are any indication, has Quagmire's treatment in recent seasons caused Brian to hate him just as much?
    • Brian taking a level in jerkass after "Life Of Brian". Was it mere flanderization of the character's more selfish traits from earlier seasons, or did Brian's knowledge of the fact that he died in the old timeline cause his true colors to be revealed?
    • Was Quagmire flaccid when Lois trusted him because consent is his turn-off?
    • Was Dylan choosing to forgive Brian in "Brian's A Bad Father" out of love or pity for his father?
    • Does Brian really care about Peter?, every time Peter puts himself in danger or nearly kills himself, all Brian does is give a warning but doesn't actually try to physically prevent the act. It's been long established that he has feelings for Lois and when Peter was assumed dead, Lois married Brian after he picked up the pieces. Does Brian want Peter to kill himself so he can remarry Lois?
    • Meg and Chris have had multiple Brother–Sister Incest jokes by now. Is Meg taking advantage of her brother's idiocy to deal with her own loneliness, or are they equal partners in the weirdness?
  • Americans Hate Tingle: The show is unpopular in France with some people blaming the poor European French dub where it was given. Despite this, Family Guy is still shown on MCM in France, and their dub is still going.
  • Anvilicious: The show at its most serious, which a lot of fans don't like about many episodes of the Post-Uncanceled seasons. This is exacerbated by the fact that it tends to preach about important and controversial topics such as politics and religion.
  • Arc Fatigue: The reoccurring stories about Brian's obsession with Lois. It always comes to the same conclusion, Lois isn't interested and loves Peter.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • After the backlash Season 7 got for constantly portraying Brian's ultra-liberal preaching in the right, following seasons will usually have characters point out the absurdity of a dog lecturing people about politics.
    • After Quagmire was rewritten into a Take That, Scrappy! avatar who loathed and called out Brian on a regular basis, some fans complained it was overdone or skewed due to Quagmire's own shortcomings. Later episodes Took a Third Option and made Brian hate Quagmire back, with both characters trading equal blows and calling out each other's hypocrisies, usually with neither character portrayed as particularly more moral than the other.
    • With the 14th and 15th seasons considered to be improvements compared to seasons 12-13 by some people.
  • Awesome Art: The Disney universe in "Road to the Multiverse". It's widely considered the best part of the episode.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "Bag of Weed."
    • "The Freakin' FCC" and its unloved twin "You Can Find It On TV", which shares the same tune as the first one.
    • Peter's version of "Shipoopi".
    • Any of the "special" credits themes, and all of the themes to the "Road to..." episodes
    • "Mr. Booze"
    • From the show's early days: "Give Up the Toad".
    • "Down Syndrome Girl"
    • Seamus playing "Great Balls of Fire" on the church organ.
    • "Christmas Time is Killing Us", featuring the line "Each Jingle Bell is a requiem knell!:
  • Badass Decay:
    • Stewie is considered to have undergone this by many during the show's later seasons. A quick example is "Halloween on Spooner Street," wherein Stewie not only cries after some bullies steal his Halloween candy, he also wonders if he's gone too far promptly after shooting a rocket at them. This is in complete contrast to his characterization in the earlier seasons. He occasionally lapses back into his old characterization, but it's quickly dropped afterward each time. Another example is "Patriot Games" where Stewie goes from mercilessly beating Brian to get his money to whining lamentfully about Brian beating him up. Occasionally this gets lampshaded.
    Brian Griffin: All right, I think you're going soft. I mean, when was the last time you tried to blow something up, or take over the world, or even used the phrase, "Damn you"?
    Stewie Griffin: Hey, I got a lot on my plate, man. I'm learning to use the toilet, I'm learning what shapes are. I spent half an hour laughing at my own feet yesterday.
    • Joe has pretty much been reduced to a joke about the handicapped with rage issues. Few people seem to remember he was a pretty efficient cop who just so happened to be in a wheelchair after getting paralyzed while on duty (initially, it was from fighting The Grinch on Christmas Eve, but in a later episode, this was retconned so it was said to have happened when he was shot during a drug sting). That aspect of him returned in Season 9, however. Like Stewie, his old characterization seems to come and go. In "Herpes, the Love Sore", he gave up after someone tripped him out of his wheelchair. Old Joe wouldn't do that. That being said, Joe is still a Nice Guy, and the only character who is the most consistent with his original characterization despite his Badass Decay.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Stewie, post-Badass Decay, with some arguing that he's a pathetic shadow of his former self (something that has been occasionally addressed within the show itself). The fact that the current Stewie is probably one of the most likable members of the current Griffin family, as well as providing a good chunk of the series' humor, still keeps him fairly popular.
    • Meg. She is either the biggest woobie ever or a lame Flat Character who deserves her Butt-Monkey status. Her abuse is either funny ("Shut up Meg" is Memetic Mutation) or the worst thing about the show (for her fans).
    • Peter is either loved because his random and stupid antics keep the show entertaining or hated for being a Psychopathic Manchild and abusing his daughter for his own amusement.
    • Fans seem divisive as to whether turning Quagmire into a Self-Deprecation avatar counts as an Author's Saving Throw or the complete destruction of his character.
    • Brian. People either like him for being the Only Sane Man and his friendship with Stewie, or hate him for being a self-absorbed Author Avatar. His death is either the best thing to ever happen to the show (for those that hate him for being said self-absorbed Author Avatar), or the absolute worst thing to happen to the show (for his own fans).
    • Consuela: Half of the fandom thinks she's an utterly hysterical Ensemble Dark Horse and a Fountain of Memes ("No... no..."), while the other half looks at her as being the Ethnic Scrappy who's only there to be obnoxious and troll the Griffins.
    • Chris. He's either liked for his Adorkable moments as well as being one of the more likeable characters on the show or seen as the most forgettable member of the Griffins who only spouts out the same, tiring masturbation jokes. He's neither intensely loved nor intensely hated.
      • His increased interaction with Stewie has made him a little more popular.
  • Better on DVD: The DVD version (at least for the episodes made after the show came back after being cancelled) is not like the version you see on TV (not even the [adult swim] version). Words like "fuck" and "shit" aren't bleeped, there are alternate scenes and lines (some of which are better than what the TV version has, but most are a little too disgusting or in bad taste.), and you get commentary and deleted scene reels on what was originally supposed to be in the episode.
    • Zigzagged with the Netflix version, where it's a mix between the uncut DVD versions and the edited for TV (not syndication edits, but edited when it first aired on FOX or Global, if you're Canadian) versions. The episode "Boys Don't Cry" is an odd mix, as it has all the scenes that aired on the DVD version, yet the shot of the sign that says, "Welcome to Texas: The Fuck You State" had "Fuck" pixellated.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The show might as well be renamed as "Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The Show" for its ridiculous amount of cutaway gags which are mostly there to fill in the remaining time of an episode's length, for at least Once per Episode. It got even worse in modern episodes, where the first cutaway gag may be shown less than 10 seconds in.
  • Bizarro Episode: "Da Boom", the episode with the nuclear explosion due to the Millennium Bug. The Griffins try to find a lost Twinkie factory, and decide to form a new town, with Stewie turning into an octopus. (It all makes sense in context.) At the end, a Dallas character wakes up from a dream and tells Bobby about this weird episode. Bobby doesn't understand what Family Guy is, which freaks her out even more. And it was the first episode to feature Ernie the Giant Chicken and his fights with Peter. Since its one of the most well loved episodes this is probably a case of Tropes Are Not Bad.
  • Broken Base: As far as the general public's opinion of the show goes, you're in one of three camps: "Family Guy Is The Best Show Ever," "Family Guy Sucks Because It's A Rip-Off of The Simpsons and/or South Park," or "Family Guy Used to Be Good Until [insert Seasonal Rot scenario here: "They Revived It In 2005," "Brian Became a Preachy Liberal", or "I Found Out American Dad! Was Funnier"].
    • Brian and Quagmire fans are quite divided over their recurring rivalry, especially since Brian has started hating Quagmire back.
    • Season 4. Is it part of the show's classic era or the beginning of its decline?
    • Season 9. Is it an improvement over seasons 7-8 or hated for being slower-paced?
    • Which is worse: Season 7, 10, 12 or 13?
    • Was it a good idea to kill off Brian in "Life of Brian"?
      • and then bring him back three weeks later in "Christmas Guy"?
    • Which Stewie is better: The evil Diabolical Mastermind Stewie of the earlier seasons or the nicer Camp Gay Stewie of the later seasons?
    • The storyline of Brian being kicked out of the Griffin household that lasted for three episodes ("The D in Apartment 23", "Petey IV" and "Crimes and Meg's Demeanor") Was it a great way of showing that the show continues to be Growing the Beard after several lackluster seasons earlier, or was it pointless to drag out an idea that's clearly better off only being a single episode? It already didn't help that the remaining two episodes dealing with the plot only had it as the subplot meaning that it wasn't even the main focus, and Brian might not have moved back in with the Griffins at all. What's worse was that both the supporters and detractors of the idea were in agreement that its continuation as shown in "Petey IV" would've been better off being left on the cutting room floor. Lastly, the detractors point out how its conclusion in "Crimes and Meg's Demeanor" could've very easily taken place with Brian still living with the Griffins especially since the scene where he is welcomed back into their household (by being claimed as a local hero for unintentionally busting Principal Sheppard for stealing food from the high school cafeteria) feels very tacked on.
  • Cargo Ship:
    • Parodied in the episode "I Dream of Jesus", where, after Peter loses his "Surfin' Bird" record, he goes on a rant and lets slip the fact that he had sex with it.
    • Also, this, from the end of the "Li'l Rascals" parody:
    Peter: I'm going to go microwave a bagel and have sex with it.
    Quagmire: Butter's in the fridge!
    • Peter and a cardboard cutout of Kathy Ireland.
  • Crazy Awesome: Mayor West, who punched the constellation of Orion ( revealing it to be Orion Pictures), among other things.
  • Creator's Pet: Brian, without a doubt, as even episodes that feature prominent Take That, Scrappy! moments against him usually end with Brian still coming out on top. In fact, only the slightest form of retribution Brian gets would be when characters point out the absurdity of a dog lecturing people about politics.
    • In "Quagmire's Dad", Brian finds out the woman he just had sex with was actually Quagmire's father, who just had sexual reassignment surgery. Brian gets beat up by an enraged Quagmire afterwards, but gets the last word.
    • Then in "Valentine's Day in Quahog", Brian is confronted by his former girlfriends who try to explain that their relationships with him failed due to Brian's immaturity and self-centered nature. Brian, however, refuses to acknowledge that he could possibly be at fault. He instead tries to lay the blame on them, enraging them into chasing him through town, only for Brian to somehow talk his way out of it off screen and even convince them all to have sex with him at once.
    • In "Hot Shots" characters like Lois are depicted as stupidly cautious, while Brian is made to look a messiah who has all the answers. Lois seemed very out of character in the episode because she's usually one of the most rational characters in the series but in this episode, she's willing to cause a fatal pandemic because of false autism accusations. On paper, Lois' role sounds more akin to Peter.
  • Critical Dissonance: Extraordinarily popular with regular viewers, and some critics, but other critics feel it’s very lowbrow, formulaic and just rips off other franchises under the moniker ‘parody’ while much of it just feels more like ‘plagiarism’, especially in the later seasons.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • Their Carol Burnett parody that said her customary eartug was saying goodnight to her mother instead of her grandmother like it was in the show.
    • In "Quagmire's Dad", Ida had sex with Brian a few days after her vaginoplasty. In Real Life, trans-women who have undergone a vaginoplasty have months of recovery before sex can safely take place.
    • The episode "Amish Guy" where the Amish are portrayed as fundamentalists who disapprove of the new-generation outsiders (i.e. Ezekiel forbidding his son, Eli, from seeing Meg because he fears that Meg would corrupt his son). In Real Life, the Amish encourage their young people to go out into the larger world to see how other people live, before returning to their community (that's what Rumspringa is).
    • The episode "Tea Peter" where the Tea Partiers were campaigning for the elimination of government. In Real Life, the Tea Partiers wanted less government interference, not no government at all.
      • They seem to know that already, since there is a scene where a guy holding a sign wanting a little government (I.E a real Tea Party viewpoint) is beaten.
    • The show often slips into this where Christianity is concerned, to the point it often crosses into The War on Straw.
      • The cutaway gag in "Friends of Peter G." about there being no war before Christianity. It also implies that the birth of Jesus was a bad thing, as it shows two formerly friendly men acting violently towards each other after they hear the news.
      • Furthermore, there is a cutaway gag where Judas and Pontius Pilate befriend each other after they both say they want to kill Jesus. First, they never met; Judas teamed up with some Jewish religious leaders (Pharisees) to kill Jesus (and was guilt-stricken afterwards). Second, Pilate tried to save Jesus, but didn't due to risk of revolt from people who wanted Jesus dead (which those Pharisees involved indirectly encouraged). Also, historical evidence uncovered after this episode infers that Pilate had a low opinion of Jewish people, even compared to his fellow Romans at the time (to the point that Ceasar eventually demoted Pilate).
      • The "Road to the Multiverse" episode, which acts as though the world would have progressed much further and faster technologically if Christianity never existed. The problem with that is that the Catholic Church has always been a huge supporter of the sciences, astronomy and medical science in particular, and that numerous important scientific discoveries and theories, such as the field of genetics and the Big Bang theory, were put forth by Catholic scientists. There's also how most of the information that survived the collapse of the Roman Empire only did so due to the efforts of monks. The collapse would have cancelled out every invention invented by a Christian. The show's treatment of the subject also ignores every act of censorship, persecution and subjugation done by adherents of every other religion and the non-religious. Finally, the theory runs on the long-debunked idea that the Dark Ages were a period where the religious oppressed scientific thought (When in truth most of the records and facts from the time survived because religious people - mostly monks - kept the records in their libraries. Also, the slight slowing of scientific progress was due more to people being more preoccupied with picking up the pieces after the collapse of the Roman Empire).
    • When Jesus presented an award with The Pussycat Dolls in "I Dream Of Jesus", all the women were shown as white despite half of them, including lead singer Nicole Scherzinger, being clearly non-white.
    • The show sometimes makes gratuitous usage of horse-related terminology. In one episode, Carter describes Lois as a "wild stallion", even though a stallion is a male horse. Also, Nate Griffin, in one of his diary entries, refers to a female horse as a "colt", even though that word is meant to describe a young male horse/pony. Although the latter could probably be Justified by Nate being an African-American slave from the 1800s, and thus likely wouldn't have received the kind of education to understand the different terms to describe the gender/age of a horse.
    • In "Fresh Heir", Peter tells Chris that Vermont is the only state where a man can legally marry his son. In actuality, the only state with no laws against adult incest is Rhode Island...you know, the state Family Guy is set in?
    • When Mayor West was on trial for murder, Carter, Brian, and Peter should not have been on the jury as they are family members and therefore would not to be able to give an impartial verdict.
    • In "Screams of Silence: The Story Of Brenda Q," the abuse is ridiculously over the top, yet Joe won't arrest Jeff unless Brenda files a report, despite the fact that he does it out in the open and in front of several witnesses, including Joe himself.
    • In "Quagmire's Mom," Quagmire is put on trial for sleeping with an underage girl. However, he was surprised to find out that she was a minor, exclaiming that she said she was over 18. Because she lied about her age, she should also on trial.
    • One scene in the episode "Dog Gone" has Consuela listening to Spanish radio as she dusts the Griffins' house. The song on the radio is an upbeat salsa song with an overenthusiastic horn section, and a singer belting out, "Muchos hornos!" over and over again. Unfortunately, "horno" is the Spanish word for oven, not horn.
    • In the episode "Padre de Familia", Peter learns that he was born in Mexico, after his mother attempted to have an abortion there. As a result, Peter is technically a Mexican citizen and is treated as an illegal immigrant. However, the episode seems to ignore the fact that between December 24, 1952 and November 14, 1986, if a baby was born out of wedlock in a foreign country to an American mother who lived in the United States for over a year or so, they are an American citizen. Peter fits all of these requirements (having an American mother, born out of wedlock, and he's in his forties, making his birthday between 1958-67, as per the episode's November 18, 2007 airdate), though since Family Guy runs on Rule of Funny, this could've been easily negated for the funny.
    • In-universe example: During the episode "Livin' on a Prayer", Stewie and Brian get into an argument because Brian wants to play Transformers with Stewie and his friend, but keeps getting details about the characters wrong, and then he eventually tries to join in with a He-Man action figure:
      Brian: I'll just... I'll be this guy over here.
      Stewie: That's He-Man. We're playing Transformers.
      Brian: Well, maybe this is the one where He-Man visits.
      Stewie: Brian, how is He-Man supposed to get to Cybertron?
      Brian: Hey... "Up, up, and away," right?
      Stewie: He-Man doesn't fly! You don't know the characters, Brian. You don't know the characters! If you could hear yourself right now, you would not stop throwing up. You can't just put He-Man in Transformers' world, all right? He wouldn't be able to get to Cybertron because he lives in Eternia, and Eternia is in an entirely different dimension!
      [beat]
      Brian: He can just take his rocket ship.
      [beat]
      Stewie: ... get out of here.
      Brian: [leaves]
    • The controversy around "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q" was because of the mishandling of solutions to domestic violence. During the intervention scene, Quagmire makes a passionate plea for Brenda to leave because he sees her as a "cowardly punching bag and not a woman, who chooses to ruin her own life by staying with Jeff". Domestic abuse isn't that black or white; some people stay in abusive relationships out of fear, out of love for their friends and family or because the abuser has leverage over them. Victim shaming is never the answer to this kind of problem.
    • In "Regarding Carter'', Carter is accidentally shot in the head by Lois and loses his memory. Specifically, he gets shot in the right side of his frontal lobe. Realistically, Carter's personality would change drastically and his non-verbal and intuitive abilities would also be affected, but his memories should have been intact. If the show wanted Carter's memories to be damaged then the bullet should have hit his hippocampus, but that would only cause him to develop anterograde amnesia, which would affect his ability to create new memories.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Boy howdy. Start with Terri Schiavo, The Musical.
    • In "Airport 07", the news report on the plane crash contains three simulations: what would have happened if the plane crashed into a school, if it crashed into a school for bunnies, and if it crashed into a school for bunnies and a surviving passenger took his anger out on his wife.
    • Peter's pitch for a 9/11-themed screwball comedy in "Back To The Woods" is intentionally as tasteless and offensive as possible. Until he says "The voice of the plane is David Spade," at which point it becomes hysterical.
      • In fact, a major criticism of the newer episodes is that it only crosses the line once, so something that was intended to be offensive to the point of hilarity comes off as just offensive, meaning the show only needs to Cross the Line Thrice in order to Cross the Line Twice.
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  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: A logical occurrence given perceived Flanderization of the characters, namely with a great many of them becoming Jerkasses and weakening their ability to have an audience sympathize with them. Some episodes deal with this by attempting to make the characters more sympathetic (such as Life Of Brian when Brian is killed off for real...for about two episodes.)
  • Designated Hero: Peter, Brian and Lois at their worst, and even Meg in some episodes when she grabs the Jerkass Ball (for example, making constant passes at Brian, who was dating Jillian at the time, and then attempting to rape him, blackmailing her brother (and continuing to blackmail him even after he completes the list that she gives him) and having Bonnie arrested just to be closer to Joe, etc).
  • Discredited Trope: Many, especially Meg's role and how gays are characterized.
  • Don't Shoot the Message: For a time, Brian's liberal atheist viewpoints and his need to constantly preach them to characters/the audience (most notoriously in "Not All Dogs Go To Heaven") were taken to such levels that it even began to annoy the show's Democratic viewer base, many of whom agreed with the general message but thought the execution simply made him look bad.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: For a Sadist Show, a few characters qualify.
    • Stewie. Yes, he did become nicer in later seasons of the show, but fans forgot that he originally started off as an evil baby who was willing to murder his own mother.
    • Lois may qualify. Some of her defenders usually try to excuse her abuse towards Meg by saying that because other characters are cruel to Meg, that justifies her abuse. While it's true that other characters are cruel to Meg, the only reason Lois is vilified for it while Peter isn't is because she is the smarter of the two. Not to mention she's Meg's mother.
  • Ear Worm:
    • Parodied and played for laughs on the "I Dream Of Jesus" episode with the Trashmen's "Surfing Bird". Peter's obsession for the song quickly degenerates into a nightmare for the rest of the family, with Stewie and Brian eventually stealing and destroying the record, Office Space style.
    • A bag of weed, a bag of weed! Oh, everything is better with a bag of weed!
    • Friendship is the best thing ever!
    • Don't mess with Mr. Booze!
    • The theme song.
    • Give it up! Give up the toad now! Its no joke!
    • Kentucky is a state. Kentucky is a state. All the people there are dicks, Kentucky is a state.
    • "Gonna gonna gonna buy me a rainbow..."
    • Hurry up, shrimp. Hurry up, shrimp. Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up, shrimp.note 
    • It's a wonderful day for pie!
    • Can't touch me!
    • The fellas at the freakin' FCC!
    • Cause the spirit of Massachusetts is the Spirit of America, the spirit of what's old and what's new...
    • You and I are too awfully different...
    • Have you ever put butter on a Pop-Tart? It's so freakin good...
    • I'm just a prom night dumpster baby...
    • Who wants to live in Korea? Their name sounds like "Gonorrhea!"
    • You know you don't thank the lord, you thank the whites!note 
    • The 60s version of the theme song from "Family Guy Through the Years".
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • There are Facebook groups based on one-off characters such as Sneakers O'Toole and Mayor Bee.
    • Ernie the Giant Chicken, Death, the Evil Monkey, Ollie Williams, Seamus, Herbert, Greased-up Deaf Guy, and Bruce (the Performance Artist that has "Oh no!" as a Catchphrase) are all popular among fans. They were also one time characters before cancellation but due to their popularity they became Recurring Extras soon after.
    • Matt Groening has said he's quite jealous of Ernie, and wishes he'd come up with the idea. You don't get much more dark horse-y than that.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: An LGBT example, Brian's cousin Jasper for being a walking offensive stereotype.
    • Jerome who has since his arrival, went from a Nice Guy who simply dated Lois in the past to nothing but a bunch of black stereotypes rolled into one. Ultimately, with Cleveland back, he's just redundant.
  • Evil Is Cool: Stewie Griffin.
  • Fair for Its Day: In "The Fat Guy Strangler", Peter starts an organization that advocates the promotion of fat men and the episode deconstructs his idea to do so. Years later came the fat acceptance movement which would denounce the negative portrayal of his organization's members.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: "Seahorse Seashell Party" has an infamous example; you shouldn't stand up for yourself if you're the target of verbal, emotional, or physical abuse from your family. Your suffering makes the rest of your family closer as a whole, and therefore you are a "hero" for acting like an abuse lightning rod.
  • Faux Symbolism: Sometimes it is implied that Chris is some sort of Messianic Archetype - his name, his disposition as the kindest and most innocent member of the family and his blond hair all go towards this. Sometimes the jokes are pushed a little further, such as when he was cast as Luke Skywalker when Peter parodied the story of Star Wars, and when he dressed up as Optimus Prime from Transformers, both of whom are messianic archetypes themselves. Of course it's all a gag.
  • First Installment Wins: Fans generally consider the first two seasons to be the best.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Now has its own page
  • Growing the Beard:
    • The series started off as rough around the edges with everyone falling into the typical stereotypes (sensible mother, bumbling dad with a good heart, bratty teenage daughter, dimwitted teenage son, talking dog, with a power hungry baby that wants to take over the world being the only character that didn't fit into a mold). Many of the plots were edgy for its time, but nothing so shocking that it would get people riled up. After the show came back on air from cancellation, it dove head first into more risque plots and jokes that aimed to offend as many people as possible. The characters themselves also changed heavily due to Flanderization, but they still retain some parts of the original personalities. While fans still argue over the quality of the show, most agree that Family Guy is better developed now than it was back then.
    • "Road to Rhode Island" is considered one of these for the development of the comedy team of Brian and Stewie. At first, Brian was intended to be Peter's sidekick, while Stewie was a loner who aimed to kill his mother and take over the world. This episode established the Brian-Stewie relationship that has become one of the show's hallmarks.
    • Season 8, especially when compared with Season 7. For example, "Dog Gone" which shows that the show can indeed have emotional depth (something that it hasn't had since "Brian Wallows and Peter Swallows"), and "Quagmire's Baby" showing that, while the show can bring in a few Crowning Moments of Heartwarming, the show still has its tasteless magic.
    • Season 9 shows that the writers are going out of their way to improve the show as much as possible, as the show is now in 720p high-definition, the stories are better written (though some weak episodes do crop up), there are emotional moments every now and then, and the humor has been stepping up in quality as less and less recycled gags are used.
      • Critical Dissonance: Though most critics after season seven have blasted the show for not being as funny as it used to be and writing off seasons 8, 9, and 10 as Seasonal Rot.
    • This should be qualify as So Okay, It's Average, but seasons 14 and 15 had been rather more-well received to some people compared to the past several seasons of the show. This is due to the fact that it doesn't have that many jokes that make you want yell "END IT ALREADY!", bloody/grossout moments, or political, serious plots. Even the Meg abuse has been finally ended, in which she had been treated with more respect in a few episodes such as "Saturated Fat Guy" (when it is abuse, its mostly unintended neglect).
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • "Turban Cowboy" focused on Peter unwittingly joining a terrorist organization that planned on blowing up a bridge. That episode contained a cutaway gag about Peter winning the Boston Marathon by driving through the racers and killing them. That episode aired three weeks before the Boston Marathon Bombing.
    • Brian:
      • "Road To The Multiverse" ended with Brian's alternate-universe counterpart being hit by a car after returning from his journey. This ends up happening to the real Brian at the end of "Life Of Brian", killing him; however, this managed to be stopped later on, possibly erasing two-and-a-half episodes.
      • In "Dog Gone", Brian ends up accidentally running over and killing another dog with his car...but his family doesn't care whatsoever.
      • Any episode where Brian laments his mortality ("Brian Sings and Swings", "Brian and Stewie", etc.) or someone laments it for him ("Wasted Talent", etc.) becomes this after Brian ends up dying in "Life of Brian".
      • This particular line, from "Wasted Talent", is gut-wrenchingly prophetic:
        Peter: Beer that never goes flat. Do you know what that means, Brian? This beer will still be carbonated long after you die of old age and we buy another dog to help the kids...you know, forget about you.
      • In other media, Brian's death can be really uncomfortable to those who know about the popular Dead Bart Creepypasta. Why? Because of the story's eerily similar premise to "Life of Brian", both of which feature a typical start to an episode, only for unthinkable to happen when one of the main characters suddenly dies in a horrifying, gruesome manner, followed by the remaining characters grieving at said character's funeral. Though not official, all you can say at that point is....."Simpsons did it first!" indeed.
      • In the episode "Family Guy Viewer Mail #1", Peter receives a bone surgery after losing his bones and also finds out that most of them came from his family. We see the results of what happen to the other Griffins, especially Brian who ends up with a shriveled nose. Cut to thirteen years later in "Brian the Closer" where Brian has that exact shriveled nose as he did in previous mentioned episode after getting his teeth smashed. Suddenly not so heartwarming now...
    • In "Road to Rhode Island"'s surreal commentary where Family Guy is apparently some sort of reality show, Stewie and Brian trade insults after Stewie notices Brian's chubbier-than-normal looking character model, which leads to this prophetic little jab:
      Stewie: You know, you're so in-tune with other people's faults, yet so oblivious to your own. Webster's has words for people like that. Asshole!
    • Early episodes took a lot of potshots at Ted Turner, particularly "Screwed the Pooch", which paints him as Too Dumb to Live and willing to have sex with a dog. Kinda awkward now, considering that Cartoon Network was instrumental in saving the show from cancellation (the DVD sales helped too, but the reruns on Cartoon Network showed that the show can get big ratings), though less-so due to the decline in quality after the uncancellation.
    • This cutaway gag featuring a sex tape with Bill Cosby.
    • Peter Robbins, the original voice actor of Charlie Brown, being arrested and given a five-year prison sentence for threatening a local sheriff makes the future Charlie Brown sketch now disturbing.
    • The second part of the USO show joke in "Lottery Fever" is sort of awkward now that Jenner has had sex-reassignment surgery.
    • The idea of an "evil James Woods" no longer feels like a work of fiction given the real Woods' actions in recent years. Especially as these episodes have him as a creepy stalker, which Woods has been accused of in real life. This might've even been part of the impetus for changing the name of the high school from James Woods High to Adam West High in Season 17's finale of the same name.
  • He's Just Hiding!: A lot of people were saying this after Brian's death. Well, he wasn't hiding, but Brian came back just two episodes after that by Stewie going back in time to prevent his death ever happening.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The multiple Take Thats against Disney are this in sight of Disney buying out the rights to 20th Century Fox's movies and shows, including Family Guy itself.
    • Stewie pleading to FOX to at least let them stay on long enough to be syndicated in "The Road to Rhode Island", which, thanks to its 2005 revival and being rerun on TBS and Cartoon Network's [adult swim] block, it has exceeded its goal.
    • In "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein," Peter expresses how badly he needs help from a Jewish person. Later in season 8, in the episode "Family Goy," it's revealed that Lois is Jewish on her mom's side, and had to hide it so Carter can get into a country club that's notorious for banning anyone who's Jewish.
    • The season seven episode "We Love You Lauren Conrad" has Stewie refer to Bruce Jenner as a beautiful woman. In April 2013, Jenner came out as transgender, and two months later, got gender reassignment surgery and is now known as Caitlyn Jenner. Stewie knew her true gender identity six years before anyone else did and even funnier when Brian tries to correct him saying "Bruce Jenner is a man." This gets lampshaded ten years and ten seasons later in the season seventeen episode "Hefty Shades of Gray".
    • One of the cutaways makes fun of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, with the narrator (voiced by the late, great trailer announcer Don LaFontaine) unsure just what ethnicity he was (in real life, Dwayne Johnson is black and Canadian on his father's side and Pacific Islandernote  on his mom's side). After that episode aired, he went on to voice a white guy in Planet 51 and he sounded pretty white to the point where you likely wouldn't have guessed it was him.
    • Miley Cyrus is revealed to be a robot in "Hannah Banana"; her 2010 album Can't Be Tamed actually features a song called "Robot". The lyrics just make it even more funny.
    • Interestingly enough, more recently (as of 2015), one frequently featured guest voice actress on the series (and friend of MacFarlane's) is Miley's ex-Hannah Montana co-star Emily Osment.
    • In the episode "Family Guy Viewer Mail #1", Peter tells Diane and Tom Tucker to "Make like a Siamese twin and split, and then one of you die." Diane was Killed Off for Real in the ninth season premiere.
    • In "Don't Make Me Over," The Griffins become musical guests on an episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Jimmy Fallon. The episode first aired around the time that FG was returning from cancellation (around 2005-ish). Fallon wouldn't host an actual episode of SNL until six years later (in 2011), and unlike how the episode depicted him, Fallon never once ruined a sketch by cracking up (he almost did during the "Beethoven's Band" sketch, but he caught himself, and he even admits that his cracking up ruined a lot of good sketches he was in in the actual episode's monologue), but he did make out with a girl who looked younger than he did (it was Rachel Dratch, who is middle-aged in real life but can pass for a teenager eerily well because of how short and girlish she looks. Also, unlike the FG depiction, it was part of the sketch, as Fallon and Dratch were reprising their roles as the Boston Teens). Also, for all the jokes Seth MacFarlane has made about SNL cast members and the show itself (not just on Family Guy, but The Cleveland Show had a fictional SNL episode hosted by Tyne Daly and on the American Dad! episode "Ricky Spanish," Steve said that facing your fears is like watching an episode of Saturday Night Live: the cold opening may suck and the monologue may be terrible, but once Kenan Thompson does his "What Up With That?" sketch, it's actually worth it), it's funny (and a bit hypocritical) that he even would agree to host the first episode of the 38th season — and do a fairly good job of it.
    • One cutaway gag features Katie Holmes escaping from Tom Cruise, In June 2012, Katie announced she was divorcing Tom because he was too controlling.
    • In an early episode, Peter mentions that he hates the later seasons of M*A*S*H when Alan Alda made the show preachy and dramatic, which is what arguably happened to Family Guy (though Family Guy is making an effort to turn itself around, or — at the very least — be less preachy, but have a good point to make about certain prejudices or ways of thinking, even if the audience doesn't agree with what's being said. In short, some of the later episodes are trying to be like what The Simpsons used to be from seasons one to four).
    • In "Screwed the Pooch" after finding out Brian didn't impregnate Seabreeze, he says he was looking forward to being a dad. Later in "The Former Life of Brian", it is revealed he has a human son (and in "Jerome is the New Black," one of the reasons why Quagmire hates Brian is that he never cares for Dylan, having only seen him once and bonded with while smoking weed).
    • Remember Peter's dad Francis (not his biological father from Ireland, but his Bible-thumping father who hated Lois because she was Protestant, mistook Chris's pooping in the bathroom for masturbating, whacked Brian with a Bible when Brian criticized baptism, and criticized Meg for having a crush on Joe's son)? That strict religious guy who went to work with the Pope John Paul II? Well, nowadays, the new Pope is called Francis I.
    • In "Barely Legal", Meg's friends tell Brian he looks like Ben Affleck. Then, in the "Superfriends" parody opening "Family Goy", Brian is Batman. Then, in 2013, guess who was announced to play who in the Man of Steel sequel?
    • A 2007 episode contained a joke in which Carl Sagan's Cosmos was "edited for rednecks" by dubbing over an explanation of the Big Bang. In 2014, an Oklahoma City Fox affiliate just happened to interrupt Neil deGrasse Tyson's mention of evolution on the updated Cosmos. Not to mention that Seth MacFarlane is actually involved with the Cosmos reboot.
    • In 2014, a Wheel of Fortune contestant guessed a complex answer off the top of his head just like Peter (although in his defense, he did not first guess "the Batman symbol.")
    • In "Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High," Brian is forced to teach a class of thugs and the like. In order to teach them Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet), he tries to speak "their language". Come 2013, and we have the YouTube channel "Thug Notes".
    • Possibly deliberate; eight years after a cutaway joke about the implausibility of Liam Neeson playing an American cowboy because of his Irish accent and being in more UK movies than American ones, Seth MacFarlane cast him in his sophomore directorial effort, A Million Ways to Die in the West as an outlaw American cowboy (and, is considered by some, to be the only good part of the movie).
    • "What Really Grinds My Gears" from Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story is very similar to You Know Whats Bullshit. Peter even kind of looks like a fatter James Rolfe.
    • The "Rocky VI" cutaway gag from "Petergeist". Said sixth Rocky film (titled Rocky Balboa) came out just a few months later.
    • This clip from "Barely Legal" in which black people celebrate the absence of police officers is this (or a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment) due to the NYPD's 2014 work slowdown due to a racially charged feud with Mayor De Blasio.
    • One cutaway gag had Iceman's wife catching him going to a gay bar. Nine years later, Iceman canonically came out as a homosexual.
    • "Boys Don't Cry" features a DVD-exclusive scene where Christie Brinkley's character in the car in National Lampoon's Vacation gets hit by a semi and Lois brushes off her death with, "Ah, ya marry Billy Joel, it's gonna happen one way or the other". The scene of the sexy female driver getting plowed by a semi while flirting with another driver happens in the trailer for the 2015 reboot/sequel Vacation.
    • In "Bill and Peter's Bogus Journey", a cutaway of "The Thing dating Lorena Bobbitt" features somebody finding The Thing's rocky penis. In Fantastic Four (2015), it was revealed that The Thing doesn't have any pants on and appears not to have any genitals, which makes this scene ironic.
    • There was a cutaway gag poking fun of John Goodman's weight and eating habits to the point that the rest of his family are all Nothing but Skin and Bones. As of 2015, he lost a lot of weight.
    • During the "post-movie" scene of Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, Peter mentions that an episode he directed caused backlash because it centered on incest, which is exactly what happened in the season 12 episode "Fresh Heir" (only it had Chris about to marry Peter, not Chris having sex with Lois and Brian ranting, "Wrong! It's wrong!").
    • In "North by North Quahog" Peter and Lois find a fictional sequel to The Passion of the Christ in Mel Gibson's home. In June 2016, it was announced that Mel Gibson would be making a sequel.
    • In "The Tan Aquatic With Steve Zissou", Peter grumbles about getting Mega Blox instead of bonafide LEGOs. Much later, Mega Blox (since renamed Mega Construx) released an official Peter Griffin collectable figurine.
    • The plot of "House Full of Peters" makes Peter's Suspiciously Specific Denial about his having unwittingly fathered another child in "Don't Make Me Over" much, much funnier. For bonus points, The former episode took place after Peter's vasectomy, and the latter took place before.
    • "Brian Sings and Swings", in which Brian meets Frank Sinatra Jr. and begins to perform on stage with him (and they are shortly joined by Stewie), has Peter mistakingly believe that Frank Jr.'s mother is Mia Farrow, even becoming a Brick Joke at the end of the episode when Farrow spanks Frank Jr. in front of an audience. In 2013, Mia Farrow raised speculation that Frank Sinatra could have been the biological father of Ronan Farrow, her son with Woody Allen.
    • Family Guy's version of William Shatner - and by extension Captain Kirk - is played by Seth himself. Years later he'd go on to make The Orville, a Star Trek parody in which he also plays the ships' captain.
    • In the episode "Inside Family Guy", Peter dresses up as Little Lotta on the Hollywood Walk of Stars - the joke being that while most performers would choose to dress up as pop culture icons like Spider-Man or Mickey Mouse, Peter went for an obscure character that nobody would recognize. Less than two years later we'd see the debut of Harvey Street Kids, and now Lotta and her friends aren't quite so obscure anymore.
  • Idiot Plot: The conflict of "Quagmire's Mom" would have been resolved much sooner if somebody pointed out that the teenage girl Quagmire slept with lied about her age, meaning she should have also been on trial. Lampshaded by Chris when he asked for the teenage girl's wherabouts twice!
  • Internet Backdraft: News alerts for the 11/24/2013 episode read, "Stop reading if you don't want to know who died." The problem? The headline already says 'Brian Dies'. Needless to say, many fans were not amused.
    • Then there's the episode itself. Despite the criticism surrounding him, fans were in an uproar when Brian died. Right after the episode premiered, someone created a petition to bring Brian back. Within hours, the petition had over 2,000 signatures.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: Fans of the show from when it was a short-lived cult show occasionally aired on late nights felt "betrayed" when its final uncancelation turned it into the pop-culture behemoth that it is now. Seth MacFarlane, by his own admittance, never understood the logic behind this mentality.
  • It Was His Sled: It's hard to hide the events of "Life of Brian" when a video titled A Farewell To Brian Griffin is on the front page of YouTube.

    J-P 
  • Jerkass Woobie: You could make this case for almost every regular in the show.
    • Brian is (or, rather, has become, as the early episodes had him as Peter's sane half who liked to drink) a condescending weasel who a frequent amount of times shows a complete intolerance and apathy for anything under him. He provokes the endless abuse he gets each episode a lot less than most of the other borderline sociopaths in Quahog, however, and is frequently mocked and treated as sub human for being a dog.
    • Peter. Yes, he's a self-centered sociopath who gets away with virtually anything he does, but unlike the above three who are intelligent and aware to a certain degree, violence is probably all Peter knows when dealing with something he can't handle, and when he tries to do another method he usually screws up badly or find himself in a more difficult situation. Also unlike Lois, Quagmire, and Brian who live with the knowledge of how much their Parents love them, Peter's own parents are implied not to be so good to him. It's implied, but never stated outright, that Peter's abusive personality may have came from his own troubled background:
      • His real father was never there for him, his mother is implied to be emotionally abusive or at least neglectful towards him (as seen as where a young Peter has a sore tooth and she responds by pitching a glass of wine at him), his stepdad yells at him a lot, and his peers mistreat him daily. Apparently, he's been used as a sex-slave when he was younger for 8 years, unlike others who enjoy or are even motivated by sexual thrill, Peter doesn't enjoy being sexually harassed or being raped, so he's always out to fend for himself. Perhaps Peter's attitude in later episodes is just him finally snapping.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: When it was announced that a member of the Griffin family would be Killed Off for Real, the audience felt that Brian, what with being Seth Macfarlane's Author Avatar, would be the last character to be killed off. And sure enough, one episode afterward, yeah they were bluffing. "Christmas Guy" brought Brian back. MacFarlane himself lampshaded this.
    • It didn't help that Vinny's voice actor wasn't stated to appear in the Simpsons crossover.
  • Love to Hate:
  • Memetic Molester: Quagmire. One particularly memorable joke involved him raping Marge Simpson and then murdering every member of The Simpsons family. As you might expect, Matt Groening was so appalled that he threatened never to speak to Seth MacFarlane ever again as a result. Seth himself eventually realized that he'd gone too far with that one.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Misaimed Fandom: The line "We have a saying in radio: if you play that on the radio, people will listen to it!" from "Mother Tucker," was used as a soundbite on a handful of the kind of soundbite-heavy radio shows that episode is mocking.
  • Moral Event Horizon: See here.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The "public radio" gag can trigger ASMR in some people.
  • Narm Charm: It may seem ridiculous to cry over a teddy bear, but the "Rupert's funeral" cutaway from "Road to Rupert" will leave a tear in your eye due to how perfectly the gag parodied Spock's Funeral.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • "Who Wants Chowder?". Made even worse in "Yug Ylimaf" when the reversal of time forces the vomit back up their mouths.
    • Stewie asking (and finally convincing) Brian to clean out Stewie's diaper when they are trapped together in the bank vault...by eating Stewie's shit. Which causes Stewie to puke, and then he asks and convinces Brian to eat that, too. It was the single grossest thing on Family Guy and pretty much the deal breaker scene for anyone who watches the 150th episode "Brian and Stewie" (which Seth himself has acknowledged).
    • Peter and Quagmire vomited in each other's mouth while kissing on the episode where Quagmire tries to convince a hooker he drunkenly married that he's gay.
    • Brian jamming Stewie's dislocated arm back into the socket in "Be Careful What You Fish For".
    • Brian's hairless body in "A Fistful of Meg".
    • Stewie's, Brian's, and Chris' sores in "Herpes, The Love Sore." The Grossup Closeups do not help.
    • Stewie giving birth in "Stewie is Enceinte". Even if the birth itself isn't shown, it doesn't help that the babies are birthed throughout various body parts of him, such as his mouth.
    • The testicle cutaway from "Fresh Heir".
    • Any time one of the bones pop out of the legs of the characters.
  • Never Live It Down: Some fans will never look at Neil Goldman the same way again after the scene in "Follow the Money" where he shockingly tells his late mother than she can burn in Hell whilst apathetically dumping money on a park bench dedicated to her.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Brian and Stewie's clones melting, then Brian wanting to eat their remains (this was on the TV version. The DVD version replaces this dialogue with Brian asking Stewie if he should search their remains because he left his bank card in one of the clones).
  • Older Than They Think: A cartoon using "Surfin' Bird"? Family Guy had to be the first, right? Nope. Try CBS's short-lived 1998 cartoon Birdz, which used it… as the opening theme, no less. Or even earlier, the very first episode of The Super Mario Bros Super Show! titled "The Bird! The Bird!" in 1989.
    • In "Hell Comes to Quahog", the "Do you remember [X]? Pepperidge Farm remembers." joke had also been done in the Futurama episode "A Fishful of Dollars" seven years earlier, which makes some say "They Copied It, So It Sucks!."
    • In "Ratings Guy", Peter tells Homer Simpson "Looks like this is one we beat you to!" after the latter came in telling he broke television. Funnily enough, this episode isn't the only one Family Guy beat The Simpsons to. The Simpsons' "Treehouse of Horror XIV" segment "Reaper Madness", whose plotline has Homer taking over as the Grim Reaper, was beaten to the punch by the plotline of Family Guy's "Death Is A Bitch" three years earlier.
    • In "Seahorse Seashell Party", pointing one's finger like a gun and going "bang" is a referred to as a fingerbang. This was the subject of the South Park episode, "Something You Can Do with Your Finger", from 2000.
    • In "The 2000 Year Old Virgin", Peter tries to get Jesus laid. The thing is, the concept of Jesus starring in a The 40-Year-Old Virgin parody was already done years earlier in a Robot Chicken sketch.
    Q-Z 
  • Replacement Scrappy
    • Vinny, the dog the Griffins adopted in the Deleted Timeline after Brian's death. This has since been changed, however, so that it has never happened.
    • Ironically enough, Brian has become this for Vinny ever since he was brought back. The fact that Brian Took a Level in Jerkass after his revival (with episodes like "Brian's a Bad Father" and "Herpe, the Love Sore", but especially the latter, see Moral Event Horizon above and The Scrappy below) while Vinny was undoubtedly a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and arguably one of the nicer characters on the show by that point has made Vinny's status as a Replacement Scrappy an Inverted Trope.
    • Joyce Kinney is this for fans of Diane Simmons. While fans were Rooting for the Empire in her debut episode, her overall lack of appearances and bland personality cause her to be this (when compared to Diane).
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Later episodes have been trying to show us that Brian isn't this perfect Author Avatar that everyone agrees with, but is actually the most flawed character on this show, and not as smart or important as he believes.
    • Vinny won a lot of people over when he helped Stewie go back in time to save Brian. Even though he never knew Brian, he knew that Stewie really loved and missed him, and was willing to give up meeting the Griffin family so that Stewie could have Brian back.
    • Peter and Lois' hatred has, overall, died down. Starting around the 14th season, Peter's abuse towards Meg and the family as a whole has been phased out while Lois' character has been overhauled to be the caring, well-meaning mother she was in the early seasons.
  • Scapegoat Creator: As can be seen on this very page, Seth MacFarlane is often blamed for just about everything wrong with the later episodes. With a few exceptions, he really hasn't written written or directed an episode in a long time. Of course, he is executive producer—he may not come up with a certain script himself, but he has to approve all of them (and voice about half the characters himself), so he's still responsible for deciding what does and does not get into the show. However, whether or not it's due to his apathy post-Seasonal Rot, there have been numerous jokes that Seth didn't care for that still managed to make it past the final cut, making one think he'd be a bit more mindful of what he puts out. He's also a voice actor for the show, so he could at least petition for dialogue changes.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Jasper is loathed with a hell-fire burning passion by LGBT fans (which would explain why he has only appeared in a cameo since "You May Now Kiss....Uh..The Guy Who Receives") and even ones who aren't. Maybe It's because he is a walking embodiment of every negative gay stereotype, even though the writers say they use him as an advocate for gay rights.
    • Lois is hated intensely by fans for being flanderized into a massive Jerkass who gets away whatever she does more easily than anyone, especially Peter.
    • Quagmire for being reduced to a selfish, non-empathetic, annoying sex maniac who despises Brian over petty hypocritical reasons. Killing his sister's abusive boyfriend is about his only remaining redeeming quality.
    • Vinny was initially hated by fans for replacing Brian but once Brian returned, most people warmed up to him and some even complained that he shouldn't have been written off the show.
    • Herbert to a capital T. The entire implication of him constantly stalking Chris and the references to his pedophilia and his annoying voice just comes off as overused these past seasons. Add to the fact no one besides Stewie (and possibly Meg, who calls him a disgusting old man) notices his pedophilia doesn't help.
    • Loretta was disliked by the fanbase and show staff. Owing to her bland Sassy Black Woman personality and general nastiness to then milquetoast Nice Guy Cleveland. Combined with Alex Borstein hating the strain voicing Loretta caused her, and it's unsurprising that no tears were shed when she was written off and eventually killed on an episode of The Cleveland Show. It ended with a eulogy montage for her that only really showed off more of her unlikable traits (namely her constant nagging and her lack of remorse cheating on Cleveland).
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • A lot of fans tend to argue that Season 7 was the worst season, due to the characters being flanderized into one-note characters, episodes focusing on Brian's views (the most notable one being the infamous "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven") and poor plotlines.note 
    • There are also some fans who feel that this began to kick in as early as Season 4.
    • There was a time between the 7th and 12th seasons where many said that Season 10 was the worst (and to some still is). Episodes that are prime examples of this include "Seahorse Seashell Party" (for having the worst example of Status Quo Is God), "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q" (portraying domestic violence totally straight on a show that makes a living out of doing it for laughs both before and since), "The Blind Side" (all blind people are gullible), "Be Careful What You Fish For" (mostly for the subplot with Brian and Stewie), and "Tea Peter" (the plot can easily offend anyone who's studied politics and containing a joke saying that Autism is an excuse for kids to act ill-mannered). There's another side of the fandom that does say that it is (or was before Season 12) the worst season but only because most of the episodes were completely forgettable.
    • Season 12 is the current low point for the series according to most fans, the main reason being Brain getting killed off in “Life of Brian” only to be brought back three weeks later in “Christmas Guy” It was a ratings grab so desperate and shallow that it caused several longtime fans to lose whatever respect that they still had for the show by that point. Other episodes that play a big part in why the season is so reviled include “Peter's Problems” (for the one-minute long scene of Peter accidentally killing a whale while trying to push it back into the ocean using a forklift), “Brian’s a Bad Father” (the main plot being Exactly What It Says on the Tin according to some and the subplot ending with an overly-gory scene of Quagmire shooting Peter in the head), “Fresh Heir” (aka “Let’s See How Many Unfunny Incest Jokes We Can Force Down Your Throat in 22 Minutes”), and “Herpe, the Love Sore” (Brian intentionally giving Stewie & Chris herpes when he becomes blood brothers with them, which is not helped by the fact that this took place some time after Stewie saved Brian, and the subplot involving Peter, Joe, and Quagmire which has one of the worst Unfortunate Implications from the show, if not the worst Unfortunate Implication from Didn't Think This Through).
    • Season 13, despite opening with the much-anticipated crossover with The Simpsons (and even that has its share of detractors as well), continues the rot with episodes like "Brian the Closer" (Brian screws over Quagmire), "The 2,000 Year Old Virgin" (All Men Are Perverts, including Jesus), "Our Idiot, Brian" (Exactly What It Says on the Tin), "Quagmire's Mom" (Quagmire here becomes Unintentionally Unsympathetic), and "Stewie is Enceinte" (Enceinte meaning "Pregnant", think about it). Not helping matters is the notable increase in Peter-focused episodes that season, which had some of the other Griffins (notably Meg and Chris) often going several episodes without speaking or even appearing, resulting with the Fan Nickname The Peter Griffin Show.
    • Season 16, mainly the episodes after the show returned from an over two month long hiatus. The episodes beginning with "Send in Stewie, Please" through the season finale of "Are You There God? It's Me, Peter" are noted by several as being the same kind of bland and generic episodes that one would've expected from Seasons 8 through 13 of the show filled with the same kind of problems that plague said seasons to boot (such as the roughly two minute long scene of Peter trying to properly park the boat into the water in "The Unkindest Cut" which has quickly gone on to become one of the show's most infamous Overly Long Gags joining the ranks of the beached whale in "Peter's Problems" and Peter's karaoke bit in "Quagmire's Mom") That isn't to say the first half was perfect either (for example, this half of the season had the multi episode arc of Brian being separated from the Griffins which at best got mixed to positive feedback), but it was far less problematic and varying in quality when compared to the latter half of the season. In short, this season was seen by many as a disappointment when compared to the previous one but still as a whole has received generally positive reviews.
  • Shallow Parody: The Quentin Tarantino portion of "Three Directors" doesn't really have much to say or offer other than "Tarantino movies are violent as shit!". As a result, the whole segment is very off-putting thanks to it being the most pointlessly violent and graphic the show has been since Season 13 note .
  • Snark Bait: Very rarely will you find a positive discussion about the show in its post-revival years, particularly one that doesn't saying anything about its offensive and cruel humor.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • "Road to the North Pole": Be grateful with what you have and don't be selfish during the holiday season.
    • Rush Limbaugh telling Brian to actually give differing opinions a chance before passing judgment on them as heard in "Excellence in Broadcasting"
    • "Friends of Peter G.": Keep your cravings in moderation and don't let them control your life.
    • "I Am Peter, Hear Me Roar": Feminism is about choice. Choosing to be a wife and mother doesn't make a woman any less empowered. Also: men need to realize that women are people too, and should be treated equally (or at least that was the moral they were aiming for).
    • "[i]f you're watching a TV show and you decide to take your values from that, you're an idiot. Maybe you should take responsibility for what values your kids are getting. Maybe you shouldn't be letting your kids watch certain shows in the first place if you have such a big problem with them, instead of blaming the shows themselves." (looks at the camera) "Yeah."
    • There's a reason why Jeffrey Fecalman was played straight.
    • From "Brian Writes a Bestseller,": Putting faith in your work is often more important than the quality of the work itself.
    • Controversial as it may be, "Extra Large Medium" correctly makes the point that simply having a mental disorder doesn't negate a person from being a rude Jerkass.
    • "Cool Hand Peter": If you're a Cop (or just somebody in a position of power), you have an obligation to be more ethically upstanding than average citizen, not less.
    • "Dog Gone": Animals deserve the same rights as humans.
  • Squick:
    • Peter breastfeeding Stewie on "I Am Peter, Hear Me Roar"
    • The morbid humor of keeping Stewie's severe head injury a secret in "Brian Griffin's House of Payne".
    • Chris and Meg unknowingly making out with each other on the episode "Halloween on Spooner Street."
    • The ipecac drinking contest on "8 Simple Rules for Buying My Teenaged Daughter." Then "Yug Ylimaf" went and made that scene even worse.
    • Brian shaving all his fur off and going around bald to get back at Peter.
    • Stewie's herpes.
    • Stewie's pregnancy and the birth of his and Brian's deformed hybrid babies.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • When Brian is forced to move out in "The D in Apartment 23" due to the racist tweet he sent, he questions why it is that Peter is still allowed to stay in the Griffin household in spite of all the crap he's pulled over the years.
    • Also, when Brian goes on his rant in "Not All Dogs Go To Heaven". He's been demonized for half the episode and strung along by Meg and the rest after he gives in, right up to her trying to get him to join in burning books. Belief in a higher power is good, fundamentalism is not.
    • In earlier episodes of the show, Meg is portrayed as a bratty teenager who craves popularity. It seems shallow, until you realize that people who aren't popular are often mistreated and humiliated by their popular peers. It also helps that she was a victim of many cruel, humiliating pranks.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • Brian gets it with Quagmire's "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
      • Another notable instance is, of course, Brian's death, in the now Deleted Timeline it occurred in. Played seriously for the most part, but right after being hit by the car, a squirrel comes down, spits on him, and states that he sucked. This could also apply for the fans who hate him as much as Quagmire does.
      • Pretty much anytime he gets his ass handed to him in any episode where he acts as a major douche, such as the episode "Brian the Closer" where Quagmire knocks all his teeth out after smacking him in the face with a lamp, and "Peternormal Activity" where he gets smacked in the face by Stewie with a baseball bat, thus causing the broken glass in his glasses to cut his eyes.
    • Quagmire gets his own just desserts when a hardened Chris, a 13 year old boy, beats the crap out of him just so he can take his car.
      • Brian has also started requiting Quagmire's hatred of him, appeasing those who thought the latter was a hypocrite, conning him out of his money in "Brian The Closer" and calling him out over his own self righteousness in "Tiegs For Two" and "Quagmire's Mom". Even fans who hate both of them can now get gratification from them both never giving the other a break.
      • Come season 15's "Bookie of the Year", Quagmire gets a taste of his own medicine when he gets his arm broken badly from getting hit by a baseball accidentally thrown by Chris, who got his arm broken due to Quagmire, Cleveland, and Joe (all dressed as teenagers in disguise) beating him up to keep him from playing in the finals to win a bet prior to that scene.
      • Again happens in "The Unkindest Cut" when a shark bites off Quagmire penis, breaking him to the point where he actually tries to kill himself in front of an audience.
    • Lois in "Seahorse Seashell Party" where she breaks into tears when Meg calls her out for being a horrible mother. Peter even more so moments later when she calls him out for being a waste of a man.
    • Peter gets it in "Stewie Kills Lois" and "Lois Kills Stewie". He gets framed for murdering his wife, Stewie beats him up so he can give out what he thinks of his macaroni art, and people start throwing apples at him. And in "Dial Meg For Murder", he gets raped by a bull and gets beaten to a pulp by his ceaselessly mistreated daughter.
    • Peter is on the end of giving one in "Peter's Daughter" where he absolutely 'obliterates Connie D'Amico after she bullies Meg in front of him. He slammed her face in a fire extinguisher 18 times and only stopped after Meg begged him to do so.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: From day one, the show has been incessantly compared to The Simpsons for its vaguely similar family dynamic (father, mother, boy, girl, baby, dog) and humor. While Seth MacFarlane has said that The Simpsons was a huge influence on him, the show's peek period airing while he was in college, the two shows actually have very little in common, the most notable difference being that The Simpsons has always prided itself on deconstructing sitcom cliches while Family Guy openly embraces them.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: A lot of people felt that Vinny's potential as a character was severely underused, and felt bad that he was written out of the story after three episodes. Some of his former haters even opined that he wasn't that bad a character and wouldn't mind seeing more of him, just as long as he was not used as a replacement for Brian.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • In "Road to Germany", we learn that Mort's grandparents were Polish Holocaust survivors who got married the day the Nazis invaded. The story of their survival is one with a lot potential, but instead it was forgotten in favor of Stewie, Brian, and Mort figuring out how to get home.
    • "Stew-Roids" wastes two: Stewie growing large muscles and Connie getting Hidden Depths and/or Character Development.
    • "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" was the episode that had appearances from all the major actors of Star Trek: The Next Generation, kidnapped by Stewie and forced to spend the day with him. This amounts to a few minutes worth of scenes at most in which they go through a McDonald's drive-thru and go bowling. The episode is mostly about Meg becoming a Christian and trying to demonize Brian for being an atheist.
    • "Seahorse Seashell Party" is seen as a lost opportunity to get rid of Meg, especially considering the fact that the writers started abusing her because they wanted to write her out!! This is also true the other way around: Several fans believed it to be an opportunity for groundbreaking Character Development for the family and particularly Meg, however, Status Quo Is God reigns supreme and the Aesop was that "it's okay to remain in an abusive relationship to keep your abusers happy" which could be the worst possible Aesop ever imagined. Even worse, Brian tells Meg that this is a noble thing to do, which really doesn't do much for his characterisation that day either. After that, everyone treats Meg like crap again, nobody learns anything and Meg seems even more trapped in her abusive family than ever.
    • The extremely controversial "The Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q." actually manages to fall victim to this thanks to all the Plotholes and unaddressed questions laced throughout the story. Why does Brenda show undying loyalty to her abusive husband? What did she see in Jeff that made her fall for him in the first place? Does Jeff abuse Brenda because he himself was abused? Does Quagmire feel any remorse for objectifying women for years now that he sees it happening to his own sister? Will killing Jeff solve all of Brenda's problems, or will she just move onto someone just as bad? We'll never know, because nothing interests the writers of this episode beyond "abuse is bad."
    • This is why a lot of fans hate "Back To The Pilot", finding the 9/11 plot nothing more than a tasteless and unnecessary excuse to mention that Seth MacFarlane almost went on one of the planes in said attacks but ended up missing it, and wishing there would be more of riffing the first episode.
    • The "Life Of Brian" arc ended two episodes after it began and was resolved in a way that left many people unsatisfied, although that didn't stop millions of others from rejoicing.
    • Brian's storyline in "Meg Stinks", where he's forced to live outside after being sprayed by a skunk which plays a fairly prominent role in the episode's first half, ends up becoming almost forgotten in the second half of the episode.
    • "He's Bla-ack". When Lois hears that Donna spanked her son and confronts her about this, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for Lois to redeem herself by calling Donna out on her aggressive treatment towards both her husband and children. However, it all ends in a cliched Feud Episode, that crossed the line between Parenting the Husband and domestic totalitarianism, making one wonder why either husband is married to them in the first place.
    • In "Our Idiot Brian", not only was it wrong for Brian to take Meg's SAT scores for her, it was also completely unnecessary. He could've quizzed her and it would have had the same effect.
    • Some fans wish that "Inside Family Guy" was more like the episode of The Simpsons that it was clearly copying ("Behind the Laughter" from Season 11) and had more instances of Self-Deprecation (such as acknowledging the increase of over the top gore and violence and well as commenting on some of the show's more infamous episodes like "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" and "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q.") rather than just wasting a good portion of the episode focusing solely on Peter with occasional commentary by James Woods saying things more for shock value rather than feeling like actual jokes.
    • In "Chris Has Got a Date, Date, Date, Date", a lot of people thought it was weird that Brian was seemingly oblivious to the fact that Peter was using his car as an Uber without his consent.
      • Ultimately subverted, as a deleted scene from the episode that can be found on the Season 15 DVD set reveals that Brian was aware of his car being missing and reported it stolen. This is then followed by Peter saying that that explains why he was involved in a high-speed chase in his car the day prior where he killed a man in a phone booth but tells Brian that he caused that.
    • Some wish that the subplot for "How the Griffin Stole Christmas" had continued to focus on Brian & Stewie crashing various office Christmas parties rather than abruptly switching gears 2/3's of the way through for two brief scenes of Stewie working at the office and essentially forgetting Brian's involvement.
    • The subplot for "Peter's Lost Youth" could've had Meg realizing her place in the family and using her power on Stewie by dispensing all her hatred and frustration onto him who she's been left in charge of while Peter and Lois are in Boston. Sadly, this only amounts to one scene which is used to kickoff what the subplot really is which is... Another generic "Stewie runs away" story (and the second one this season after "Hot Shots") which is then barely given any actual screentime and ultimately ends in a very half-assed manner.
    • For the most part "Switch the Flip" is a well-liked episode, but some say the episode could've benefited more from simply repeating what was already done in "Follow the Money" by being a Vignette Episode consisting of scenes of characters in the opposite person's bodies instead of just a simple montage in the episode's final act.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible:
    • Diane Simmons' short movie Lint.
    • Stewie's music video he made for Susie.
      Brian: I'm not following the storyline here.
      Stewie: Shut up!
  • Ugly Cute: Fat Brian.
    • Some fans see Stewie as this.
    • In "Stewie is Enceinte", two of the mutant "babies" that more closely resemble Brian and Stewie are actually adorable.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic:
    • Peter gets fired from the news in "Stewie B. Goode" because his infant son got drunk and crashed a car into the Drunken Clam, even though it was Brian who was looking after Stewie and got him drunk in the first place.
    • Meg. At first, the Running Gag of her being The Un-Favourite was more about how a character who literally did nothing was somehow blamed for everything, but it only worked because she shook off the pain in a typical cartoon fashion. Showing her gradually being affected by her Abusive Parents' increasing cruelty (deteriorating mental stability and suicidal tendencies) made the whole thing too sad to take in stride, despite still being played as a joke. Following the backlash against "Seahorse Seashell Party," the writers seemed to take the hint and have toned it down, however.note 
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Almost the entire family constantly gets into this territory. None of the episodes end in Aesops that stick, so the family makes the same mistakes not many episodes later.
    • Peter falls victim to this in "Turkey Guys" when he frames Brian for eating the Thanksgiving turkey because he didn't want to take all the blame. Peter saying that nobody would care if he threw Brian off a bridge (so long as he didn't murder an actual person) really didn't help.
    • There are several examples of Quagmire being guilty of this, mostly after the introduction of his petty hatred for Brian:
      • "Jerome is the New Black". While the points Quagmire gives during his "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Brian are valid, it comes off as very hypocritical when he's done some of the same things he calls out Brian for to an equal if not greater extent (such lusting over Lois and abandoning his offspring). He defends himself by saying he at least admits to being predatory towards women... which tacitly confirms that he doesn't feel any remorse for the dozens of rapes he's committed (in which many of his victims were underaged, no less). He manages to make himself worse by beating the crap out of Brian a couple episodes later after the latter unknowingly has sex with Quagmire's recently - transitioned dad.
      • "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q.". One of the biggest criticisms with this episode is how hard it is to root for Quagmire, who, throughout the entirety of the show, has treated women like objects and raped far too many of them to count, some of which were underage cheerleaders, and the show expects us to sympathize with him purely because his sister is suffering. His distinguishing and speech to Brenda about how she doesn’t deserve to be called a woman only made him come off as a prick.
      • "Quagmire's Mom". Rather than owning up to the fact that he had sex with an underage girl, he blames it on his moral upbringing by stating that his mother is the reason why he's the sex maniac he is today. To cap it off, when his mother does come along to ask for forgiveness and eventually has sex with the judge in order to get him out of going to jail for 20 years for his crime, Quagmire shouts "This Is Unforgivable!" like a complete asshole who gets away scot-free from federal crimes.
    • Also from "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q.":
      • Joe. Just like Quagmire, he has done absolutely heinous things throughout the series, yet he feels has every right to scold Jeff for the way he treats Brenda; it doesn't help that just before Joe agreed to kill him, he said he can’t arrest Jeff unless Brenda files a report even though he at numerous occasions witnessed it firsthand, and yet he still tells Quagmire he can arrest him just for saying he wants to kill Jeff.
      • Brenda herself is also rather unsympathetic. Despite her brother's repeated pleas for her to seek help and leave Jeff, she STILL remains loyal to him. This is not helped by the fact that she never shows any form of suppressed fear or unhappiness with Jeff, giving the implication that she considers the abuse normal for her.
    • Actually, most of what you said about her is unfortantely real life results of this sorta thing.
  • Unpopular Popular Character:
    • Meg. See below.
    • Chris to a lesser extent, due to similar reasons.
  • What an Idiot!: Has earned its own page.
  • Writer Cop Out: "Lois Kills Stewie" ends after the titular event happens... Only to reveal that it was all just a virtual reality simulation. Of course, this gets lampshaded to Hell and back as part of a Take That! against the ending to The Sopranos.
    • A more controversial example would be Brian being resurrected two episodes after his death. A lot of people were expecting the writers to spend more time on the plot thread than they did.
  • The Un-Twist: Even before "Christmas Guy" aired, there were several people who had already guessed its plot of Stewie finding a way to repair his time machine so he could head back to the past and save Brian's life.
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