March 2011

Family Guy Epitomized by its own Repetitive Jokes

There has been an awful lot of repetition in Family Guy throughout the years.  A lot of jokes have been repeated, but there are two different skits that have been beaten to death by the show; Peter fighting the giant chicken and the continued appearances of the barbershop quartet.  While once funny, it is interesting that these Family Guy “classics” now epitomize what the show has become: stale, boring, and predictable.

"Trading Places"

What the hell has happened to "Family Guy"? All of "the sudden" (I said that just to annoy Stewie) almost every episode this season has to have a message at the end. In this week's episode the message is just as bad a fit for the show as all the others. This week we learn that "you should be grateful for what you have."

This thing about the message is so bizarre that I did some research. Maybe it's completely unrelated, but I learned that Seth MacFarlane's mother died last July after a battle with cancer. MacFarlane is unmarried, and I know he has a younger sister (Rachael McFarlane, who does a lot of the female voices on his shows). 

She's got a Monkey Scrotum?

Recently a friend of mine told me about a dinner he had with his family.  When he had gotten about halfway into the story, I saw where he was headed.

Apparently his mother and his uncle were talking about a person they both knew.  “Did you know she has M.S.?”, one asked the other.

My friend could not help himself and blurted out “She has a monkey scrotum?!”

Quoting Peter Griffin when your extended family has gathered for a Sunday afternoon meal is probably not a good idea.  Choosing what may be one of Peter’s more offensive quotes should definitely never be done.

Low and behold, this past weekend my wife and I were talking about the same woman.  My wife asked me the same question; “Did you know that she has M.S.?”

Don't Buy it; Just Wait Until it's on T.V.

Another great use of the Family Guy characters in Star Wars came when the Rebel Alliance gathered in order to attack the Death Star.  Klaus, the talking, German accented goldfish from Seth MacFarlane’s other show, American Dad, played Admiral Ackbar.  This character has always looked ridiculous, even for a Star Wars movie.  So why not replace his fish head with Klaus, complete with his bowl?

It's a Trap!

The Family Guy “Star

Wars” episodes have brought mixed reviews.  For those who are fans of both the show and the Trilogy, the blending of George Lucas’ storyline with the Family Guy characters is a joy to watch.  Following the standard set by the first two of these episodes, “It’s a Trap!” will probably not be as liked by those who never got into these movies. Much of the humor comes from typical Family Guy randomness.  Funny spoofs on the Star Wars story make up the rest of the humor.  While “It’s a Trap!” had limited humor, some of the scenes were quite funny. 

Freudian Family Guy

According to Sigmund Freud, the sexual drive (the libido) develops in human beings throughout five different stages.  Four of these stages occur from birth through puberty.  During these different stages, the child’s libido becomes preoccupied by the erogenous zone that the particular stage represents.  As we have already discussed, Family Guy’s Stewie character seems to have run into difficulties following the natural course through the five stages.

The Phallic Connection of Sigmund Freud and Stewie Griffin

Stewie is definitely the deepest character in Family Guy.  His personality and sense of self, as well as others, adds a fascinating and often hilarious spin to what otherwise might not be such a great show.  I have suggested in the past this Seth MacFarlane is quietly saying a lot with this seemingly disturbed young man.  Here is further confirmation.

Sigmund Freud and his work have been referenced numerous episodes.  In fact, the episode “And The Weiner Is…” had an entire storyline that was based on the work of the master of psychoanalysis.  The writers have found ways to incorporate psychology, which adds subtle, yet intelligent humor... to a cartoon.

"The Hand That Rocks The Wheelchair"

It's funny how low the bar has gotten. This week we had an episode that A) contained no easy moralizing or platitudes, and B) had more than one plot. Yay!

In one plot, Bonnie has to leave town, so she asks Meg to look after Joe. Honestly I was a little disappointed that Meg's duties seemed to involve boring stuff like making dinner. (Remember when Quagmire had to change Joe's diaper? This episode didn't go anywhere near that topic.)

Meg's duties also involve feeding the baby. But not like that! OH GOD NOT LIKE THAT.

Family Guy vs. The Simpsons

It seems that since Seth

Macfarlane's Family Guy first hit the airwaves, there have been suggestions that the show was modeled after the other profitable animated series on FOX: The Simpsons.  These accustations have come from all types of sources, but the most interesting of them have come from  one regarding the other.  How warranted are these claims?