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Family Guy is an animated American comedy which features the ever changing tale of the Griffin family and the challenges they face as they attempt to live their lives in rural Quahog, RI. The show was created by Seth MacFarlane and has been nominated for thirteen Emmy awards during its run of over ten years. The show has been praised by critics for being inventive and fresh as well as labeled as repetitive and offensive by others.

The show revolves around Peter Griffin, the father of the family. Peter is a simple blue collar man who equates a lot of what he knows to television shows and previous experiences that he shares with the audience in the form of flashbacks. Peter is a fairly simple man in his approach to problems, for example, when the FCC began cracking down on television nudity, he simply decides to start his own network. Peter's approach usually leads to trouble though and he needs the support of his family to see it through. He is joined by his wife, Lois, a woman from a family of means who has tried to distance herself from her family's money for fear that it would corrupt the family she is trying desperately to raise. Lois teaches piano in addition to maintaining the household. Rounding out the household is their dog, Brian who is able to talk. Brian is Peter's best friend and intensely attracted to Lois. Despite the conflict of interest, Brian often does whatever is in the best interest of the family, even if it injures his own dreams. Brian attended Brown University but never graduated and considers himself an intellectual in the family. Brian struggles at times with his desire to lead an independent life and the limitations of being labeled as a family pet.

The Griffins have three children. Meg, the oldest and only daughter in the family, is socially awkward and frequently regarded as unattractive by the other members of the cast. She spends the majority of her time trying to fit in and be a normal teenage girl. Chris is the middle child and oldest son. Chris routinely battles with his weight and his less than stellar intellect. Chris idolizes his father, and will frequently try to impress or please him, even though he knows his father is not always making sound decisions. Finally, there is Stewie, the baby of the family who is clearly the most intelligent person in the household. Stewie is a genius who gets little credit for his intellect from his family. Stewie occasionally toys with the idea of ruling the world and sees his mother, Lois, as a hindrance to his plans. Stewie frequently dreams of eliminating Lois, but never follows through with the notion or falls short in his attempts. Stewie has created a weather controlling device, time machine and a mind control device while only being two years old. Stewie has a love-hate relationship with Brian, who is the only member of the family who recognizes that Stewie is intelligent, but frequently has conflicts with Stewie due to his own intellectual perceptions. In addition to the family, Peter has many friends in the town who make regular appearances including Joe Swanson, the paralyzed cop who does more than most able bodied men and Glenn Quagmire, the wacky neighbor who is a legend with the ladies in town.

Seth MacFarlane has gathered a diverse cast of Hollywood actors to voice the Griffin family and their neighbors. In addition to providing multiple voices himself, MacFarlane recruited veteran actors Seth Green, Mila Kunis, Patrick Warburton and Adam West to contribute to the cast. The show uses a wide variety of techniques to keep the viewer entertained. MacFarlane frequently employs original songs in the show in addition to the comic flashbacks and unusual situations. These methods have been widely praised by critics for the show remaining fresh and unpredictable. The end result is a show which finds humor in television, pop culture and every day life.

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Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on FOX
13 Seasons, 246 Episodes - Currently Airing
Animation & Cartoons, Comedy
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Family Guy Full Episode Guide

  • Cleveland becomes a therapist and offers relationship advice to Peter and Lois, which doesn't sit well with Peter.

  • Brian doesn't want to hang out with Stewie anymore, so Stewie takes drastic measures.

  • Peter and his friends start up a neighborhood detective agency and are shocked to find out Chris is a thief.

  • Lois takes Peter to open up a new checking bank account, but discover that his first name is actually Justin.

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"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane is certainly used to controversy... but of this kind? The comedy writer and actor is currently facing a lawsuit for his 2012 hit "Ted." The federal lawsuit alleges that MacFarlane stole the concept from a web series entitled "Charlie the Abusive Teddy Bear." Bengal Mangle Productions has brought forth the suit. They claim "Charlie the Abusive Teddy Bear" is a spin-off web series stemming from "Acting School Academy," which debuted on YouTube, Facebook, FunnyorDie, etc.

This Peter Griffin Impersonator Is Indistinguishable From 'Family Guy'

Part of the fun of Comic Con is dressing up as your favorite fictional character. But while most people opt for an impressive superhero costume, this guy decided to use his natural assets to his advantage. Meet Robert Franzese. Robert is pretty much the best Peter Griffin impersonator besides "Family Guy" creator Seth McFarlane himself. Actually, if we're counting physical appearance in the mix, then Robert even beats McFarlane at impersonating his own character. Robert has been doing his Peter Griffin thing at various comic conventions for a couple of years now, but only recently did a video of him doing his shtick go viral.

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'Family Guy' - 'The Simpsons' Cross-Over Episode Confirmed

Get ready for a collision of two animated worlds: Springfield is coming to Quahog! Or, you know, vice versa. At the FOX upfronts today, the network announced that there will be a special cross-over episode of "Family Guy" and "The Simpsons" in the upcoming fall season. They very creatively titled the episode "The Simpsons Guy." This marks the first time that the two shows have collaborated together, despite having stood side-by-side, or close to it, in time slot on the FOX network for years.

'Family Guy' Creator Seth MacFarlane Sells New Comedy to Starz, with Patrick Stewart

Seth MacFarlane is taking the leap to premium cable, and he's taking Sir Patrick Stewart with him. Starz has officially picked up 20 episodes of a new, live-action comedy from MacFarlane titled "Blunt Talk" and starring the erstwhile Captain Picard. Stewart and MacFarlane have a long history of working together, as Stewart has provided voices for "Family Guy," "American Dad" and MacFarlane's feature film "Ted." The series will center on Stewart's character Walter Blunt, a Brit working in America in the world of cable news.

'Family Guy' Brings Brian Back from the Dead, Because Of Course They Did

"Family Guy" fans got a Christmas miracle today, welcoming a familiar face back into the show. A couple of weeks ago, the show killed off Brian Griffin in a car accident, and it was clear from the way it was presented that it would be a permanent move. Immediately fans reacted, some even to the point of outrage over one of their favorite animated characters being killed off, because that's a valuable use of time and effort. However, even though the show had replaced Brian in the opening credits with the family's new dog, some eagle-eyed fans noticed that there were hints that Brian would return.

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Family Guy: Season 11, Episode 23: 'No Country Club for Old Men' Recap

“Family Guy”, season 11, episode 23, “No Country Club for Old Men” Stewie manages to find his old harmonica when he goes looking for the remote. Happy to find it once again, he takes it into the bathtub with him, and plays with it. When he gets out of the tub, he leaves it behind accidentally. When he remembers where he left it, he finds that Peter is in the tub, and the harmonica has managed to get lodged in his rectum. At the hospital, Dr. Hartman shows the x-rays and says it is lodged pretty far up, but there is an expensive operation that can remove it.

Family Guy: Season 11, Episode 22: 'Roads to Vegas' Recap

“Family Guy”, season 11, episode 22, “Roads to Vegas” Quahog celebrates its Pride day, and after the festive Gay Pride Parade, Brian discovers that he has won tickets to see Celine Dion in Las Vegas. Brian invites Stewie to join him, and Stewie graciously accepts. As they prepare for their flight to Vegas, Stewie tells Brian that he has been working on a teleportation device, and they can just teleport to Vegas instantly rather than fly. Brian agrees, and they try out the machine, however it doesn’t seem to work.

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Family Guy: Season 11, Episode 19: 'Total Recall' Recap

“Family Guy”, season 11, episode 19, “Total Recall” Peter comes down with an illness, causing his voice to sound deep and scratchy, akin to Christian Bale in Batman. Lois can’t get enough of the voice and uses it to rekindle their romance. Eventually, Peter recovers and his voice goes back to normal, much to Lois’ chagrin. He excuses himself to go bowling, as there is a bowling tournament coming up for him, Joe, and Quagmire. When he gets back, he realizes that he and Lois aren’t intimate anymore.

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A “Family Guy” episode has been pulled from Fox.com and Hulu.com following the Boston Marathon bombings, Fox spokeswoman Gaude Paez said Tuesday. The episode, entitled “Turban Cowboy,” features Peter Griffin being interviewed by sports announcer Bob Costas about his performance at the marathon. A flashback shows Peter mowing down runners with his car. "I'll tell ya, Bob, I just got in my car and drove it," Griffin says. "And when there was a guy in my way, I killed him.

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