Family Guy (season 9)
|Family Guy Season 9|
Region 1 DVD cover art for Volumes 9 and 10
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||18|
|Original run||September 26, 2010– May 22, 2011|
|Home video release|
|Region 1||Volume 9:
December 13, 2011
September 25, 2012
|Region 2||Season 10:
May 9, 2011
November 7, 2011
|List of Family Guy episodes|
Family Guy's ninth season first aired on the Fox network in eighteen episodes from September 26, 2010 to May 22, 2011 before being released as two DVD box sets and in syndication. Family Guy follows the dysfunctional Griffin family—father Peter, mother Lois, daughter Meg, son Chris, baby Stewie and dog Brian, all of whom reside in their hometown of Quahog. The ninth season, which premiered with the episode "And Then There Were Fewer" and ended with "It's a Trap!", was executive produced by Chris Sheridan, David Goodman, Danny Smith, Mark Hentemann, Steve Callaghan and series creator Seth MacFarlane. The season's showrunners were Hentemann and Callaghan.
The season received a mixed reception from critics, who called it "a mixture of laugh out loud gags, groan inducing puns, and astonishing 'I can’t believe they got away with that' statements." Season nine contains some of the series' most acclaimed episodes, including "And Then There Were Fewer", "Road to the North Pole" and "New Kidney in Town", as well as some of the most controversial episodes, including "And I'm Joyce Kinney", "Friends of Peter G.", "The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair" and "Road to the North Pole". This season marks the first time Family Guy aired in 720p high-definition and widescreen with a remastered title sequence. It was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series, Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series and Animation.
The Volume Nine DVD box set was released in Region 1 on December 13, 2011, and was released in Region 2 on May 9, 2011 (titled Season 10) and Region 4 on June 15, 2011. Three of the eighteen episodes are included in the volume. The remaining fourteen episodes were included in the Volume Ten DVD box set, released in Region 2 on November 3, 2011 titled Season 11, Region 4 on February 29, 2012 and finally on Region 1 on September 24, 2012. One other episode, "It's a Trap!", was released independently on DVD.
In the UK, the debut episodes were shown on Sunday nights from May to July 2011 on BBC Three. These repeated the Saturday after, although re-runs of the series continue to be shown on the channel nightly.
Production for the ninth season began in 2009, during the airing of the eighth season. The season was executive produced by series regulars Chris Sheridan, David Goodman, Danny Smith, Mark Hentemann and Steve Callaghan, along with series creator Seth MacFarlane. The showrunners for the ninth season were Hentemann and Callaghan, who oversaw the series's transition into 720p high definition in the premiere of the ninth season episode "And Then There Were Fewer".
As production began, Callaghan, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Hentemann, Patrick Meighan, Brian Scully, Chris Sheridan, Danny Smith, Alec Sulkin, John Viener and Wellesley Wild all stayed on from the previous season. Matt Harrigan, Dave Willis, Anthony Blasucci and Mike Desilets received their first writing credit for the series. Series executive producer David A. Goodman returned as a writer for the series, with Goodman leaving immediately afterward to work on the Fox animated series Allen Gregory. Kirker Butler, who wrote five episodes for the show, left the series before the beginning of the ninth season, in order to write for the Fox animated series The Cleveland Show, a spin-off of Family Guy. Writer John Viener left the series at the end of the season to also write for The Cleveland Show.
Recurring directors Dominic Bianchi, Greg Colton, John Holmquist, Brian Iles, Jerry Langford, Pete Michels, James Purdum, Cyndi Tang and Julius Wu all stayed with the show from the previous season. Peter Shin briefly returned to the series as a director to direct the sequel to the episode "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side", entitled "It's a Trap!". Shin also served as supervising director for the season, along with James Purdum.
The main cast consisted of Seth MacFarlane (Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin, Quagmire and Tom Tucker, among others), Alex Borstein (Lois Griffin, Loretta Brown, Tricia Takanawa and Barbara Pewterschmidt, among others), Mila Kunis (Meg Griffin), Seth Green (Chris Griffin and Neil Goldman, among others) and Mike Henry (Cleveland Brown and Herbert, among others).
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|148||1||"And Then There Were Fewer"||Dominic Polcino||Cherry Chevapravatdumrong||September 26, 2010||8ACX01/8ACX02||9.41|
|An hour-long whodunit episode in which the Griffins and their neighbors are locked up together trying to solve murders.|
|149||2||"Excellence in Broadcasting"||John Holmquist||Patrick Meighan||October 3, 2010||8ACX03||7.94|
|Brian decides to confront Rush Limbaugh when he comes to Quahog for a book signing.|
|150||3||"Welcome Back, Carter"||Cyndi Tang||Wellesley Wild||October 10, 2010||8ACX04||7.02|
|After Peter catches Lois' dad, Carter, having an affair, he is strong-armed into keeping a secret. But when Peter accidentally spills the beans, Lois' mom demands a divorce, and Peter is in charge of Carter's return to bachelorhood.|
|151||4||"Halloween on Spooner Street"||Jerry Langford||Andrew Goldberg||November 7, 2010||8ACX06||7.97|
|Peter and Joe team up to execute a series of painful and humiliating Halloween pranks on unsuspecting family, friends and neighbors. While Brian shows Stewie the ropes of trick-or-treating, Meg sets out to attend her first high school Halloween party with high hopes for the evening.|
|152||5||"Baby, You Knock Me Out"||Julius Wu||Alex Carter||November 14, 2010||8ACX05||7.00|
|After Lois dominates her competition in the boxing ring, Peter decides to become her promoter. Because Lois only want to box because she was generally frustrated with Peter, Lois realizes that she shouldn't box anymore. But famous boxer Deirdre Jackson challenges Lois to a fight because Deirdre thinks that Lois retired from boxing because she was afraid to face Deirdre.|
|153||6||"Brian Writes a Bestseller"||Joseph Lee||Gary Janetti||November 21, 2010||8ACX07||6.59|
|Feeling discouraged with the progress of his writing career, Brian decides to throw in the towel until Stewie become his manager and one of his books hits the bestseller list. But when the fame goes to his head, Brian gets a wake-up call from Bill Maher (appearing in an live-action scene as himself).|
|154||7||"Road to the North Pole"||Greg Colton||Chris Sheridan & Danny Smith||December 12, 2010||8ACX08/8ACX09||8.03|
|Brian and Stewie travel to the North Pole to kill Santa Claus.|
|155||8||"New Kidney in Town"||Pete Michels||Matt Harrigan & Dave Willis||January 9, 2011||8ACX10||9.29|
|Peter needs a new kidney after his energy-drink addiction causes renal failure. Meanwhile, Chris is chosen to introduce President Obama at school after winning an essay contest. Trouble is, Meg wrote the essay.|
|156||9||"And I'm Joyce Kinney"||Dominic Bianchi||Alec Sulkin||January 16, 2011||8ACX12||7.08|
|Lois is outraged when local news anchor Joyce Kinney airs a negative profile on her.|
|157||10||"Friends of Peter G."||John Holmquist||Brian Scully||February 13, 2011||8ACX13||5.99|
|Brian and Peter are required to attend a 12-step program to deal with their drinking problems; Death gives Peter a glimpse of what life would be like without alcohol.|
|158||11||"German Guy"||Cyndi Tang||Patrick Meighan||February 20, 2011||8ACX14||6.56|
|Chris's search for a new hobby leads him to befriend a puppeteer named Franz, until his checkered past is revealed.|
|159||12||"The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair"||Brian Iles||Tom Devanney||March 6, 2011||8ACX11||6.32|
|Meg is enlisted to check in on Susie and Joe while Bonnie is away but she soon becomes a little too involved. Meanwhile, Stewie accidentally creates an evil twin.|
|160||13||"Trading Places"||Joseph Lee||Steve Callaghan||March 20, 2011||8ACX17||6.55|
|Chris, Meg, Peter and Lois all trade places to teach each other a lesson.|
|161||14||"Tiegs for Two"||Jerry Langford||John Viener||April 10, 2011||8ACX16||6.61|
|Brian tries to score on a date with a new friend, Denise, but ends up striking out. Instead of throwing in the towel, he decides to enlist Quagmire’s help, but things get nasty when they start to compete for the affections of each other’s old flames, Cheryl Tiegs and Jillian Russell. Meanwhile, after when the local dry cleaner loses his favorite white shirt, Peter goes ballistic.|
|162||15||"Brothers & Sisters"||Julius Wu||Alex Carter||April 17, 2011||8ACX15||6.04|
|When Mayor West announces his marriage to Lois’ sister, Carol, everyone gets annoyed by the change, especially Lois. Meanwhile, Peter and Mayor West bond and become best friends.|
|163||16||"The Big Bang Theory"||Dominic Polcino||David A. Goodman||May 8, 2011||8ACX18||6.52|
|Stewie and Brian go back in time to stop Bertram from killing Leonardo da Vinci in order to erase Stewie from the universe.|
|164||17||"Foreign Affairs"||Pete Michels||Anthony Blasucci & Mike Desilets||May 15, 2011||8ACX19||6.55|
|Bonnie and Lois go to Paris, but Lois finds out that Bonnie goes to Paris every year to have an affair. After Joe discovers Bonnie's plans, he travels to Paris to try to get her back.|
|165||18||"It's a Trap!"||Peter Shin||Cherry Chevapravatdumrong & David A. Goodman||May 22, 2011||7ACX21/7ACX22||5.83|
|Peter retells the story of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.|
The remaining episodes of the eighth season and the first three episodes of the ninth season were released on DVD by 20th Century Fox in the United States and Canada on December 13, 2011. The DVD release features bonus material including four featurettes, "Who Done It? The Making of 'And Then There Were Fewer'", "Brian & Stewie: The Lost Phone Call", "The History of the World According to Family Guy" and the Family Guy panel at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International, along with audio commentaries, animatics and deleted scenes.
|Family Guy Volume Nine / Season 10|
|Set details||Special features|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|December 13, 2011||May 9, 2011||
|Family Guy Volume Ten / Season 11|
|Set details||Special features|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
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