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Family Guy is an animated American comedy following the antics of the Griffin family and the challenges they face as they attempt to live their lives in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island. 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.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on FOX
16 Seasons, 300 Episodes
January 31, 1999
Animation & Cartoons, Comedy
8.2/10
Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis
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Family Guy Full Episode Guide

  • In this special holiday episode, a selfish Peter loses his Christmas spirit and is visited by ghosts of Christmas past, present and future who take him on a journey around Quahog in the style of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol".

  • Peter encourages Meg to attend a high school party, where she takes up drinking, which both concerns and delights her father. Meanwhile, Brian begins spying on his neighbors and suspects Principal Shepherd of a crime.

  • On Thanksgiving weekend, Peter discovers an alternate ending in the Russian version of one of his favorite films and writes to Vladimir Putin, who comes to Quahog. Meanwhile, a strapped-for-cash Brian gets a job at a suicide hotline center and attempts to strike up a romance with a co-worker.

  • When Brian posts an offensive tweet that goes viral and the rest of the Griffins are also treated as outcasts, he's forced to move out of the Griffin house.

  • In a special anthology-style episode, Peter gets fired from his job at the brewery in the signature styles of three famous Hollywood film directors.

  • After Chris gets a special one-dollar bill for his birthday and quickly loses it, the dollar gets passed from character to character throughout Quahog.

  • The Griffins get a nanny for the kids; Peter and Lois get an opportunity to reconnect.

  • Peter becomes friends with a cool, handsome paramedic named Stryker Foxx. Wrapped up in his newfound "coolness," he soon dumps Quagmire, Joe and Cleveland.

  • When Chris' Mexican girlfriend, Isabella, gets deported, he volunteers to take care of her twin babies. After learning that Isabella can't come back to the U.S., the Griffins go to Mexico to return her children.

  • Peter's past as a sperm donor catches up to him when many of his children show up unannounced to his house.

  • Peter becomes the temporary principal at the high school, and Meg uses his new power to get even with her bullies. Meanwhile, Brian and Stewie open a bed & breakfast that quickly turns into a brothel.

  • Peter becomes envious of Lois when she shows him up at a Red Sox fantasy baseball camp.

  • Trying to avoid eating the healthy food that Lois forces feeds him, Peter starts his own food truck with fattening foods.

  • Peter assists Joe with a number of crime cases, but when Joe attempts to take all the credit, Peter gets extremely upset.

  • Quagmire finds out about the "dating" app Tinder, forcing Peter, Joe and Cleveland to mediate and rescue him from his soul-sucking hedonism.

  • The boys decide to put together a string quartet, but Peter doesn't make the cut. Meanwhile, Brian is compelled to be Carter's seeing eye dog and revels in the life of luxury slightly too much.

  • The boys attempt to start a podcast, but Peter goes out on his own and branches out as a DJ. Meanwhile, back at the Griffin house, Lois' allergy makes Brian have to move into Stewie's bedroom and the two have roommate problems.

  • Rob Gronkowski, of the New England Patriots, moves into the home abaft the Griffins, and the boys love partying with him until his shenanigans turn overwhelming. Meanwhile, Stewie starts beekeeping and supplies his bees with steroids to produce more honey, but the operation goes awry.

  • Peter is requested to sub for the mall Santa and gets drunk on the power. Meanwhile, Stewie and Brian crash holiday office bashes for the free food, drama and ladies.

  • Carter purchases the Pawtucket Patriot brewery and chooses to cut some corners to save money. Peter overhears the plan and runs and informs investigative journalist Tricia Takanawa about Carter's idea to use toxic chemicals in the beer cans. Meanwhile, Brian's drivers' license has run out and he hires Stewie as a teacher.

  • In an anthology episode, the cast acts out three well-known pieces of literature often taught in high school: "The Great Gatsby," "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "Of Mice and Men".

  • Taylor Swift agrees to attend a homecoming dance with Chris after he asks her through an online video. However, when she begins to fall for him, her music takes a plunge. Meanwhile, Peter determines to try a new profession and discovers firsthand what it's like to be an Uber driver.

  • Family Guy takes watchers behind the scenes of a normal production week, with James Woods as the guide.

  • After the local airline pilots go on strike, Quagmire searches for a new occupation and becomes a gigolo. When his clients stop paying for his services, he asks Peter for help getting his cash. Meanwhile, Brian is pushed off Peter’s health insurance, so he gets a job at a hardware business, until Stewie gets him fired and things turn medical.

  • Brian and Lois decide it's time for Chris to work out his anger management issues by taking up a sport. Chris surprises everyone and becomes a star baseball pitcher, which turns Peter into a gambling father, as he bets on his son's baseball games. Meanwhile, Stewie, Brian and Frank Sinatra Jr. attempt to open an Italian restaurant.

  • Stewie and Brian form a band aimed at children, but face a breakup when they set their eyes on the same girl. Meanwhile, Chris gets a job as Quagmire's personal assistant for his sex life.

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'Family Guy' Mocks Trump in Emmy Pitch

Family Guy doesn't play nice with anyone, and this week, soon-to-be Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was the target of the show's satirical jabs.

James Woods Suing Twitter User For... Well, Being Like Everyone Else on Twitter

James Woods sues the pants off another Twitter user for defamation.

Seth MacFarlane Faces Lawsuit for 'Ted'

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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.

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Peter Struggles With Baseball Bats from "The Peter Principal" Clip (01:01) Brian and Stewie Decide to Open a Bed and Breakfast from "The Peter Principal" Clip (01:05) Peter Wins a Weekend Trip to Boston Clip (00:42) Peter and Lois Leave Meg in Charge of the Kids Clip (00:32) Stewie Breaks Out of Time Out Clip (00:49) Peter Serves a Customer at His Food Truck Clip (00:44) Stewie Is Diagnosed With Scoliosis Clip (00:44) Peter Loses the Castle to Mayor West Clip (01:32)