What's Your Take on Family Guy?

Family GuyCome on, sing along! “It seems today that all you see is violence in movies and sex on TV” You know it! That’s the beginning to the Family Guy theme song. I hear it every night as I crawl into bed to enjoy my favorite animated series while sipping a diet coke. The Griffin family has to be the most twisted dysfunctional family in America! Stewie certainly steals the show with his frequently quoted phrases and often offensive antics. Stewie was absolutely Born to be Bad! What infant has the odasity to walk around saying “You Know You want me!” Or “Whatever lets you sleep at night bitch!” He doesn’t play well with others! My favorite phrase is “That’s the good stuff” as Stewie bends over releasing some…uh…flatulance.

Speaking of Stewie, what is everyone’s take on his communication with the family…do they or don’t they understand him?  I think it’s clear that Brian understands him and there seems to be situations where other members of the family do respond and react to him.  Below is an example from the episode titled “Dial Meg for Murder” (Sarcasm from Stewie)

Meg: What’d you say, Brian?
Brian: Oh, I-I was just picking up on something Lois said. What-what was it? What’d you say, Lois? Something about Meg being a freak?
Lois: Oh, no, I didn’t say anything. Uh, Peter said something about Meg, which I completely disagree with.
Peter: That-that-that wasn’t me. Stewie was really laying into Meg about something.
Chris: Yeah, it was Stewie.
Lois: Definitely Stewie.
Stewie: Oh, so now everyone understands me.

According to Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane,  Stewie is really talking, but most of the family members ignore him the way most people generally ignore things said by small children.  Macfarlane also confirmed that Brian can understand him.

Kids, what time is it??? It’s time for another sing-a-long!!!

It’s peanut butter jelly time, peanut butter jelly time, peanut butter jelly time

Where he at? (sing 4 times)

There he go (sing 4 times)

Peanut butter jelly (sing 4 times)

Do the peanut butter jelly, peanut butter jelly, peanut butter jelly with a baseball bat (sing 2 times)

Now break it down and freeze!

There’s more to it but I have to catch my breath. Lois would be so proud!

The show is in it’s 8th season and while it is a cartoon, the content of the show is intended for a mature audience.  As with many shows, there are topics covered that may be controversial and potentially ruffle some feathers.  Recently, there was an episode that featured a Down Syndrome character played by Andrea Fray Friedman, an actress with Down Syndrome.  The character said that her mother was the former governor of Alaska.  Sarah Palin was not amused by this episode as her son Trig has Down Syndrome.  Palin appeared on the O’Reilly Factor and denounced creator of Family Guy, Seth Macfarlane.  The actress released a statement that Sarah Palin does not have a sense of humor and that the actress is perfectly content with her life.  Seth Macfarlane was questioned about the episode and was featured on Bill Maher’s show.  Check out the video below if you haven’t seen it yet:

What’s your verdict on the subject?

Family Guy often finds itself surrounded by controversy. Tune in each night to keep up with the latest! (New episodes air Sunday nights on Fox)

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