Monday, May 01, 2006

Family Guy, Why Oh Why?
There was a time when Family Guy was the only show I scheduled time around. That changed with the DVR revolution, but to make a point, I will now delete it from my weekly record list. Ever since it was cancelled and brought back, this show's political agenda has been increasing (while my interest in it has been decreasing). Unlike South Park, which makes its political biases known overtly and goes after its prey directly, Family Guy had always been more about pure offbeat non-related humor. Last night was the first night I actually started to dislike most of the characters in the show. Lois was clearly symbolic as someone who is quietly and respectfully opposed to gay marriage, but suddenly has a "revelation" which enables her to become "enlightened." It had a very "we're better than you if you disagree with us" feel to it. Also, it was the first I've clearly noticed as being written by manatees.

Perhaps Seth is feeling the heat from South Park turning its guns on the show, and thus has created contrived "deeper" plot points and fundamentally changed his style of humor. It's a pity. I don't see Family Guy lasting much longer if this trend continues. In an interview, McFarlane mentioned that "the interference of family advocacy groups would only get worse." This is of course code for Christians standing up for what they believe. Yeah... at least Parker and Stone had the testicular fortitude to go after a really dangerous topic. Keep picking the easy targets Seth, and keep trying to tie deep plots into a show that provides about 5 minutes of actual "plot."

Update (Same Day):

Here's a well-aged link.

This, from the JumpTheShark comments sums it up pretty well:
Sadly it seems ever since Family Guy got back on the air all they do is keep on dragging out every single lame joke they find. The worst examples are when Peter visits the doctor. Every line leads up to another lame joke. Then the episode where Brian was on the reality show and stweie(sic) kept on ragging on him about the unfiinished book a couple times throughout the episode. If all else fails let's bring out The Greased up deaf guy, have Peter fight with the big evil chicken or The Evil Monkey comes out of Chris' closet. Family Guy is starting to become like that guy at the party who a couple people give him pity laughs for his stupid attempts to be funny so he does it over and over again.

Comments on "Family Guy, Why Oh Why?"


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