American Dad! (season 6)

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American Dad! season 6
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 18
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Original run September 27, 2009 (2009-09-27) – May 16, 2010 (2010-05-16)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 Volume 6:
April 19, 2011[1]
Region 2 Volume 6:
June 27, 2011
Region 4 Volume 6:
July 13, 2011
Season chronology
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List of American Dad! episodes

American Dad!'s sixth season premiered on Fox on September 27, 2009. The season consists of nine episodes from production line four (4AJNxx) and nine from production line five (5AJNxx). The entire season was released in the Volume Six DVD box set on April 19, 2011 in Region 1; on June 27, 2011 in Region 2; and July 13, 2011 and Region 4. The season also marked the series move to airing in 16:9 high definition[2] on January 3, 2010 with the episode "Don't Look a Smith Horse in the Mouth".

The season initially ended its 13-episode run on February 21 with the episode "The Return of the Bling" to make room for the new Fox sitcom Sons of Tucson and was set to return to the schedule in September. However, on April 5, it was announced that Sons of Tucson was canceled after a four-episode run.[3] The sixth season of American Dad continued with five more episodes.[4]

The season premiered in the United Kingdom, on BBC Three on Sunday, November 6, 2011[5] at 10 pm, with a double bill (despite the fact it already was on FX).

Reception[edit]

The season premiere, "In Country…Club", was given generally positive reviews.[6]

Episodes[edit]

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series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
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U.S. viewers
(millions)
79 1 "In Country...Club" Albert Calleros & Josue Cervantes Judah Miller & Murray Miller September 27, 2009 (2009-09-27) 4AJN20 7.12[7]
Stan teaches Steve that the only way he can truly appreciate the national anthem is by participating in a war re-enactment, but the experience leaves Steve looking and acting like a traumatized Vietnam War veteran. Meanwhile, Roger gets a pet bird and badgers Stan into giving him a cable code so he can watch a Barbra Streisand pay-per-view special. And an amputee mental patient who has psychic powers, named John Q. Mind (Randy Spears), escapes from a mental hospital on a motorcycle.
80 2 "Moon Over Isla Island" Rodney Clouden Jonathan Fener October 4, 2009 (2009-10-04) 4AJN15 7.06[8]
In order to get a promotion at work, Stan has to convince the dictator of Isla Island to sign a treaty. Stan meets the general and accidentally kills him and has Roger pose as the leader of the small island nation. Meanwhile, Steve and Snot compete for the sexual advances of each other's mothers.
81 3 "Home Adrone" Brent Woods Erik Sommers October 11, 2009 (2009-10-11) 4AJN14 6.67[9]
Steve is left home alone when the family takes a trip to look at a potential college for Hayley. When his friends arrive and realize he has the run of the house, they persuade Steve to break the rules. They’re soon in over their heads when they discover that what they thought was a video game is actually a military controlled drone. As Hayley's flight is about to leave, the pilot sees the drone, and delays the flight for safety of the passengers. As Steve and his friends attempt to cover their tracks, Roger has a meltdown that keeps the family from making their trip by dressing as Stan instead of a little girl to get alcohol. The Air Marshall threatens to kill everyone unless the little girl (Roger) is found. Stan returns to find that Steve has betrayed his trust and thrust them into a high-level security situation.
82 4 "Brains, Brains and Automobiles" Pam Cooke & Jansen Yee Keith Heisler October 18, 2009 (2009-10-18) 4AJN18 6.20[10]
Stan tries to sabotage Francine's plans to make Roger self-sufficient so Francine will not leave Stan for being boring. Meanwhile, Steve, Barry, Snot, and Toshi meet a mysterious salesman who sells them bikini underwear called "culottes."
83 5 "Man in the Moonbounce" Tim Parsons Brian Boyle November 8, 2009 (2009-11-08) 4AJN19 4.53[11]
Steve must become the "man of the house" when Stan relives his childhood after an emotional breakdown on a moonbounce – and ends up in Chimdale Minimum Security prison for vandalizing a house. Meanwhile, Hayley gives Klaus a wig so he can have his first haircut in years.
84 6 "Shallow Vows" John Aoshima Rick Wiener & Kenny Schwartz November 15, 2009 (2009-11-15) 4AJN16 5.99[12]
When Stan lets it slip that he only married Francine for her looks days before they renew their wedding vows, Francine purposely lets herself go so she can see if Stan really does love her. Meanwhile, Steve and Hayley go on the run when one of Roger's personalities threatens to kill them.
85 7 "My Morning Straitjacket" Chris Bennett Mike Barker November 22, 2009 (2009-11-22) 4AJN22 5.52[13]
Stan becomes obsessed with Hayley's favorite band, My Morning Jacket after trying to ban her from listening to their music.
86 8 "G-String Circus" Bob Bowen Erik Durbin November 29, 2009 (2009-11-29) 4AJN21 6.39[14]
Stan opens up a dry-cleaning shop with 20-year-old strippers as the workers to prove Hayley should take his advice, but when Stan's business goes south, Stan decides to take off his own clothes for money. Meanwhile, Steve and his friends go to space camp (which turns out to be boring) and try to escape when he sees a webcam shot of Roger housing Stan's stripper dry-cleaning workers in Steve's room.
87 9 "Rapture's Delight" Joe Daniello Chris McKenna & Matt McKenna December 13, 2009 (2009-12-13) 4AJN17 6.19[15]
Stan is upset when he cannot find his family a good seat for a Christmas Day church service, but that proves to be the least of his worries when Stan discovers that he, Roger, and Francine are the last people left on Earth and everyone else has ascended into Heaven as part of the Biblical end of days.
88 10 "Don't Look a Smith Horse in the Mouth" Rodney Clouden Matt Fusfeld & Alex Cuthbertson January 3, 2010 (2010-01-03) 5AJN01 5.91[16]

When Stan gets told by Francine to get rid of his gas-guzzling SUV, he and Roger hatch up a plan at the local horse track to avoid losing his car. Meanwhile, Steve and his friends help an obese man out of his bedroom.

Note: This is the first American Dad! episode to air in 720p high definition.
89 11 "A Jones for a Smith" John Aoshima & Jansen Yee Laura McCreary January 31, 2010 (2010-01-31) 5AJN02 5.06[17]

Stan gives Francine a hard time when she is sentenced to work in a soup kitchen following a drunk driving arrest (since Stan does not believe social programs that help the homeless and impoverished are of any value to American society), but when Stan gets hooked on crack cocaine, he refuses to get help (and costs Steve a chance to hook up with a beautiful high school girl who's attracted to nerds), but later he discovers that asking others for help doesn't hurt you.

Guest stars: Bryan Cranston as Steve's girlfriend's father and Rob Riggle as the hostage negotiator
90 12 "May the Best Stan Win" Pam Cooke Murray Miller & Judah Miller February 14, 2010 (2010-02-14) 5AJN04 5.23[18]
For Valentine's Day, Stan gives Francine “love coupons,” but refuses to honor them, prompting a cyborg version of Stan from the future to challenge him for Francine's heart. Meanwhile, Steve wants to remake the 1980s movie Mannequin after finding a sex doll in Toshi's parents' room. The "Japanese funk" song that Cyber-Stan plays is "Monochrome Effect" by Japanese technopop group Perfume.
91 13 "The Return of the Bling" Joe Daniello Nahnatchka Khan February 21, 2010 (2010-02-21) 5AJN03 5.64[19]

Roger reveals that he played on the gold-medal-winning Miracle on Ice 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team as a steroid-abuser. Stan is able to convince Roger to return his Olympic gold medal, but Roger has a difficult time dealing with the loss. Meanwhile, Hayley reevaluates her relationship status with Reginald the Koala.

Note: This episode was originally intended to be the season finale, to make room for the new Fox sitcom Sons of Tucson. But since the sitcom lasted four episodes, the season continued on in April.
92 14 "Cops and Roger" Tim Parsons Erik Durbin April 11, 2010 (2010-04-11) 5AJN06 5.09[20]
Roger joins the police force after he and Francine are mugged, but he turns into a dirty cop, and Hayley gets a new friend.
93 15 "Merlot Down Dirty Shame" Josue Cervantes Brian Boyle April 18, 2010 (2010-04-18) 5AJN08 5.17[21]
Roger winds up kissing Francine when the two go wine-tasting, leading Francine having to tell Stan so it's not bad if they told soon, but Roger tries everything to keep Francine from telling Stan. Meanwhile, Klaus and Hayley screw with Steve's head by making him think his reality is a lucid dream, but he goes too far when he tries to fly out the window.
94 16 "Bully for Steve" Rodney Clouden Matt Fusfeld & Alex Cuthbertson April 25, 2010 (2010-04-25) 5AJN11 5.31[22]
Stan bullies Steve to try to toughen him up while Roger studies crime scene photography.
95 17 "An Incident at Owl Creek" John Aoshima & Jansen Yee Alan R. Cohen & Alan Freedland May 9, 2010 (2010-05-09) 5AJN10 5.75[23]
In preparation for a neighborhood party, Stan tells his family to get in shape, but an accident in the pool makes Stan a laughingstock.
96 18 "Great Space Roaster" Joe Daniello Jonathan Fener May 16, 2010 (2010-05-16) 5AJN12 5.82[24]
It is Roger's birthday, and he begs to be roasted, but Roger takes the cruel jokes to heart and goes on a rampage against the Smith family.

References[edit]

General
  • American Dad: Volume 5 and 6 episode commentaries. 2006-7. 
Specific
  1. ^ Lambert, David (February 23, 2011). "American Dad – Fox Announces 'Volume 6' DVDs: Date, Cost, Details and Extras". TVShowsOnDVD. Retrieved March 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ American Dad Goes High Definition
  3. ^ Kate Ward. "'Sons of Tucson' canceled: Poor Tyler Labine...". Entertainment Weekly. 
  4. ^ "FOX Bumps "Sons of Tucson" to Summer, "American Dad" to Return This Sunday". The Futon Critic. 
  5. ^ Mars Elkins (November 4, 2011). "New series of American Dad comes to BBC Three on Sunday". Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ American Dad: "In Country... Club" Review - IGN
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  8. ^ Gorman, Bill (October 5, 2009). "TV Ratings: Sunday Night Football Wins; Three Rivers Runs Dry". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  9. ^ Gorman, Bill (October 12, 2009). "TV Ratings: Of Course, NBC & Football Win; Three Rivers Ratings Flatline". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
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  11. ^ Gorman, Bill (November 9, 2009). "TV Ratings Sunday: Cowboys Point NBC To Win; Housewives, Brothers & Sisters Hit Lows". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
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  13. ^ Gorman, Bill (November 23, 2009). "TV Ratings Sunday: American Music Awards Rivals Football; Cold Case No Better At 9 pm". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
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  16. ^ Gorman, Bill (January 4, 2010). "TV Ratings: Sunday Night Football Finishes On Top; Simpsons, Housewives Return Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  17. ^ Gorman, Bill (February 1, 2010). "TV Ratings Sunday: Grammy Awards Drown Out The Competition". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  18. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 15, 2010). "TV Ratings Sunday: Olympics Take Night, But Undercover Boss Strong in Second Outing". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
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  21. ^ Gorman, Bill (April 19, 2010). "TV Ratings: Country Music Lifts CBS; Housewives, Brothers & Sisters Hit All Time Lows". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
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