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There’s the fat, dopey son who’s deathly afraid of the evil monkey that lives in
his closet. There’s the insecure, nerdy daughter who wants nothing more than a
boyfriend and a spot on the cheerleading squad. There’s the vaguely homosexual
one-year-old who dreams of world domination. There’s the talking dog who
overcame a raging coke addiction. There’s the wholesome mother who once was a
KISS groupie. And then there’s the affable lout of a husband who loves his wife
and kids almost as much as he loves booze and his TV.
They’re the Griffins and for three seasons, “Family Guy” was one of the funniest
shows on television, drawing predictable comparisons to cartoon icons “The
Simpsons” and “South Park.” But after bouncing “Family Guy” around from one time
slot to another during its three seasons, Fox tragically pulled the plug on
Peter and his clan. Fans of the show were obviously displeased, though some of
their anguish was offset by the airing of “Family Guy” reruns on Cartoon
Network’s “Adult Swim.” But it’s time to rejoice because Fox brought “Family
Guy” back after airing the season-four premiere Sunday, May 1 along with the
series premiere of creator Seth MacFarlane’s new animated comedy, “American
It’s tempting to say that the unprecedented return of “Family Guy” to network
television is as sweet an example of the power of the people as there is. But it
would be naïve to do so. The fact is, it wasn’t the people who spoke, but their
money. Had an unholy army of Griffinites embarked on a steadfastly devoted
letter-writing campaign urging Fox to bring back the show, they would have been
met with a response similar to the one Roger Meyers sent Marge Simpson when she
suggested that he tone down the violence in “Itchy & Scratchy” cartoons.
But that is not what happened. Rather, Fox saw the light on “Family Guy”
because, when they released the
Volume One and
Volume Two DVDs, people bought them by
the truckload. Now, that is a language that a studio understands. Its
return to primetime (not to mention the Griffin's CD debut,
Family Guy: Live in Las Vegas) was not a matter of Fox giving the people what they want. It
was, in fact, the people giving Fox what it wants: piles and piles of
So call it a win-win. The fans get their beloved show back, while Fox -- which
has propped itself up the last three years by running “American Idol” four days
a week -- finally has a property that isn’t hemorrhaging money. Either way, it’s
pretty freakin’ sweet, if you ask us. We just hope they can find a way to bring
back that trash-talking quadriplegic.
Freakin' Sweet Links
The official website for the un-cancelled television series.
The official site of the DVDs has a fun flash game for visitors and the specs
for both box sets of the series.
The official site for the recently released live “Family Guy” show in Las Vegas.
An online database with information on the show’s cast and crew.
The Family Guy
An unofficial fan page with access to everything “Family Guy,” including episode
guides and news updates.
An online fan forum for Seth MacFarlane’s “Family Guy” and “American Dad.”
All Out Toons
A pretty decent fan site with a lot of goodies like episode transcripts,
magazine articles and downloadable multimedia.
Family Guy Quotes
A fan-created site that has archived more than 200 of the best quotes from the
Character Are You?
Okay, this may be a little lame, but what else are you going to post in your
high-traffic AIM profile?