I’ve said it before: Adam West is the funniest Family Guy character. The episode “Deep Throats” depicts the classic West-style in the form of Quahog's unstable Mayor. I don’t know why a mayor that has enough time to watch cartoons from the 1980’s would need an assistant, but he did, and Meg got the job.
It’s probably fair to say that most Family Guy fans are also fans of MacFarlane’s other show, American Dad. This shows features an ongoing joke, in which the unmotivated, hippy-esque daughter Hayley will say something intelligent sounding, to which her little brother, Steve, will make a sarcastic remark regarding how smart she’s gotten since going to the community college.
The episode begins with the entire family bemoaning Chris' incessant masturbation, which has rendered all of the fabrics in his room stiff to the point of shattering. ("I'm pretty sure our washing machine is pregnant," Lois says. "I don't even know how that's scientifically possible.")
Brian seems to come off like a pretty cool guy. I mean, he initially appears laid back and down to earth. However, throughout the tenure of the show, Brian has repeatedly shown to be full of… it. He appears to be very moral in thought and action, but time and time again, we are shown that it is not completely genuine. He drives a Prius, distrusts Big Business, won’t use air conditioning, and so on. Well, everything looks in order here. Let’s dig a little deeper. He fights for civil rights. That’s pretty noble. He hates Fox News…okay, who doesn’t? He has an uncontrollable urge to bark at African Americans.
Stewie's bit about Brian's novel ("Some friends become enemies? Enemies become friends?"), where he keeps asking questions while tilting his head farther and making his voice higher, was used at least twice. To anyone who has been plagued by an eternally unfinished novelist, these jokes were comedy gold.
This will no doubt go down in history as "the alcoholism episode" or "the AA episode." How strange that in its ninth season, the show is leaning more and more towards single-subject episodes. And what strange episodes they choose!
This is also another of those rare (though increasingly less so) Family Guy episodes without a secondary or tertiary plot. It's Peter and Brian all the way, with everyone else essentially being relegated to the role of scenery.
Sometimes Family Guy is saying a lot more than it seems. In the episode “And the Weiner is”, Peter is showing some disturbed behavior when he buys the long red car. This is actually directly referencing the work of Sigmund Freud. I don’t think being featured in the off-color show would bother the doctor. In fact, I think he would be a fan. He and the writers seem to think alike.
Sometimes Family Guy is saying a lot more than it seems. In the episode “And the Weiner is”, Peter is showing some disturbed behavior when he buys the long red car. This is actually directly referencing the work of Sigmund Freud. I don’t think being featured in the off-color show would bother the doctor. In fact, I think he would be a fan. He and the writers both seem to think alike.
Meg Griffin has an unfortunate, yet interesting place on Family Guy. Few characters in the show like her, and it seems her creators don’t either. She’s become an easy joke for the show’s writers, and they always come at her expense. Peter has no interest in her, much like Louis. Chris likes to draw her with a pig’s body. Stewie finds her repulsive. Her stuffed animals even ran away from her. In fact, the whole town seems to not like her.
Peter Griffin: Red Sox fan. It’s so awesome. The Griffins have gone to Boston and Pawtucket Red Sox games, as well as New England Patriots games. When the show has covered this, it has been quite funny. I wish that the writers would do it more…after all, the Red Sox and the Patriots are the best things about living in New England.
Recall the Family Guy episode “Mr. Griffin goes to Washington”, in which Peter Griffin becomes a lobbyist for the El Dorado Cigarette Company. Family Guy’s depiction of both lobbyists and politicians was hilarious. The way that Peter convinced the politicians to support his cause by simply egging them on with two words “Come on…” was hilarious (his cause, by the way, was promoting cigarettes to children). I imagine these two words becoming his catch phrase if Peter was routinely in the public spotlight. While Seth MacFarlane may not portray this scenario, it isn’t necessary. The voting public of Providence, R.I. has shown they are as easily swayed as the politicians portrayed in the show.
Adam West's self-played character is one of the more dynamic characters on Family Guy. His off-the-wall thought process and inexplicable reactions create one of the show’s funniest contributors, although West manages to display this humor in a direct, yet subtle manner. This is possible because he plays a character that he has been refining for many years: that of himself, or more precisely, Adam West.