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Family Guy
The Family Guy logo: bold blue letters in all caps spelling out "Family Guy" with a small cartoon antenna television used to dot the "i" in "Family"
A group picture of a cartoon family, with a father, mother, son, daughter, baby and dog.
The Griffin family. From the left: Chris, Peter, Stewie, Lois, Brian (dog), and Meg
Genre
Created by Seth MacFarlane
Developed by Seth MacFarlane
David Zuckerman
Voices of Seth MacFarlane
Alex Borstein
Seth Green
Mila Kunis
Mike Henry
Theme music composer Walter Murphy
Composer(s) Ron Jones
Walter Murphy
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 13
No. of episodes 249 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Seth MacFarlane
David A. Goodman
Chris Sheridan
Danny Smith
Mark Hentemann
Steve Callaghan
Alec Sulkin
Wellesley Wild
Producer(s) Shannon Smith
Julius Sharpe
Kara Vallow
Editor(s) Mike Elias
Camera setup Animated rendition of single-camera
Running time 20–23 minutes
Production company(s) Fuzzy Door Productions
Fox Television Animation
20th Century Fox Television
Distributor 20th Television
Release
Original channel Fox
Adult Swim (episode 50)
BBC Three (episode 147)
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV) (1999–2003, 2005–2010)
720p (16:9 HDTV) (2010–present)
Original release Original series:
January 31, 1999 (1999-01-31)
November 9, 2003 (2003-11-09)
Revived series:
May 1, 2005 (2005-05-01) –
present
Chronology
Preceded by Larry & Steve
Related shows The Cleveland Show
External links
Official website

Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; their children Meg, Chris, and Stewie; and their anthropomorphic pet dog Brian. The show is set in the fictional city of Quahog, Rhode Island, and exhibits much of its humor in the form of cutaway gags that often lampoon American culture.

The family was conceived by MacFarlane after developing two animated films, The Life of Larry and Larry & Steve. MacFarlane redesigned the films' protagonist, Larry, and his dog, Steve, and renamed them Peter and Brian, respectively. MacFarlane pitched a seven-minute pilot to Fox on May 15, 1998. The show was given the green light and started production. Shortly after the third season of Family Guy had aired in 2001, Fox canceled the series, putting the series to a 2-year hiatus. However, favorable DVD sales and high ratings for syndicated reruns on Adult Swim convinced the network to renew the show in 2004 for a fourth season, which began airing on May 1, 2005.

Family Guy has been nominated for 12 Primetime Emmy Awards and 11 Annie Awards, and has won three of each. In 2009, it was nominated for an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, the first time an animated series was nominated for the award since The Flintstones in 1961. Family Guy has also received criticism, including unfavorable comparisons to The Simpsons.

Many tie-in media have been released, including Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, a straight-to-DVD special released in 2005; Family Guy: Live in Vegas, a soundtrack-DVD combo released in 2005, featuring music from the show as well as original music created by MacFarlane and Walter Murphy; a video game and pinball machine, released in 2006 and 2007, respectively; since 2005, six books published by Harper Adult based on the Family Guy universe; and Laugh It Up, Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy (2010), a series of parodies of the original Star Wars trilogy. In 2008, MacFarlane confirmed that the cast was interested in producing a feature film and that he was working on a story for a film adaptation.

A spin-off series, The Cleveland Show, featuring Cleveland Brown, aired from September 27, 2009 to May 19, 2013. "The Simpsons Guy", a crossover episode with The Simpsons, aired on September 28, 2014.[2] Family Guy is a joint production by Fuzzy Door Productions and 20th Century Fox Television and syndicated by 20th Television.[3] In 2013, TV Guide ranked Family Guy the ninth Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time.[4]

Premise

Characters

The show revolves around the adventures of the Griffin family, consisting of father Peter Griffin, a bumbling yet well-intentioned blue-collar worker; Lois, a stay-at-home mother and piano teacher who is a member of the wealthy Pewterschmidt family; Meg, their awkward teenage daughter who is constantly ridiculed and ignored by the family; Chris, their teenage son, who is overweight, unintelligent and a younger version of his father in many respects; and Stewie, their diabolical infant son of ambiguous sexual orientation who has adult mannerisms and uses stereotypical archvillain phrases. Living with the family is their witty, sarcastic anthropomorphic dog Brian, who drinks martinis and engages in human conversation, though he is still considered a pet in many respects.[5]

Recurring characters appear alongside the Griffin family. These include the family's neighbors: sex-crazed airline pilot bachelor Quagmire; African American deli owner Cleveland and his wife Loretta; paraplegic police officer Joe, his wife Bonnie and their baby daughter Susie; neurotic Jewish pharmacist Mort, his wife Muriel, and their geeky and annoying son Neil; and elderly ephebophile Herbert. TV news anchors Tom Tucker and Diane Simmons, Asian reporter Tricia Takanawa, and Blaccu-Weather meteorologist Ollie Williams also make frequent appearances. Actors Adam West and James Woods guest star as themselves in various episodes.

Setting

Three buildings, two of the same stature, and one smaller than the others
The skyline of Providence, as viewed from the northwest looking southeast, from left to right: One Financial Center, 50 Kennedy Plaza, and the Bank of America Tower
A cartoon version of the previous image
The skyline's animated Family Guy counterpart

The primary setting of Family Guy is Quahog (/ˈkhɒɡ/ [pron. ko-hog or kwo-hog]), a fictional district of Providence, Rhode Island that was founded by Griffin Peterson. MacFarlane resided in Providence during his time as a student at Rhode Island School of Design, and the show contains distinct Rhode Island landmarks similar to real-world locations.[6][7] MacFarlane often borrows the names of Rhode Island locations and icons such as Pawtucket and Buddy Cianci for use in the show. MacFarlane, in an interview with a news program on WNAC-TV, Channel 64 in Providence, stated that the town is modeled after Cranston, Rhode Island.[8]

Development

MacFarlane initially conceived Family Guy in 1995 while studying animation at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).[9] During college, he created his thesis film entitled The Life of Larry,[9] which was submitted by his professor at RISD to Hanna-Barbera. MacFarlane was hired by the company.[10] In 1996 MacFarlane created a sequel to The Life of Larry entitled Larry and Steve, which featured a middle-aged character named Larry and an intellectual dog, Steve; the short was broadcast in 1997 as one of Cartoon Network's World Premiere Toons.[9]

An elder white-haired cartoon man with a white shirt and blue jeans next to a brown furred cartoon dog holding a book with a red background
Larry (left) and Steve (right) as they appeared in Larry & Steve (1997), an animated short directed by Seth MacFarlane. Larry and Steve would form the basis for the Family Guy characters of Peter and Brian, respectively.

Executives at Fox saw the Larry shorts and contracted MacFarlane to create a series, entitled Family Guy, based on the characters.[11] Fox proposed MacFarlane complete a 15-minute short, and gave him a budget of $50,000.[12] Several aspects of Family Guy were inspired by the Larry shorts.[13] While working on the series, the characters of Larry and his dog Steve slowly evolved into Peter and Brian.[11][14] MacFarlane stated that the difference between The Life of Larry and Family Guy was that "Life of Larry was shown primarily in my dorm room and Family Guy was shown after the Super Bowl."[13] After the pilot aired, the series was given the green light. MacFarlane drew inspiration from several sitcoms such as The Simpsons and All in the Family.[15] Premises were drawn from several 1980s Saturday morning cartoons he watched as a child, such as The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang and Rubik, the Amazing Cube.[16]

The Griffin family first appeared on the demo that MacFarlane pitched to Fox on May 15, 1998.[17] Family Guy was originally planned to start out as short movies for the sketch show MADtv, but the plan changed because MADtv's budget was not large enough to support animation production. MacFarlane noted that he then wanted to pitch it to Fox, as he thought that that was the place to create a prime-time animation show.[15] Family Guy was originally pitched to Fox in the same year as King of the Hill, but the show was not bought until years later, when King of the Hill became successful.[15] Fox ordered 13 episodes of Family Guy to air in midseason after MacFarlane impressed executives with a seven-minute demo.[18]

Episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings
First aired Last aired Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 7 January 31, 1999 May 16, 1999 33[19] 12.80[19]
2 21 September 23, 1999 August 1, 2000 114[20] 6.32[20]
3 22 July 11, 2001 November 9, 2003 125[21] 4.50[21]
4 30 May 1, 2005 May 21, 2006 68[22] 7.90[22]
5 18 September 10, 2006 May 20, 2007 71[23] 7.20[23]
6 12 September 23, 2007 May 4, 2008 84[24] 7.94[24]
7 16 September 28, 2008 May 17, 2009 69[25] 7.56[25]
8 21 September 27, 2009 May 23, 2010 53[26] 7.73[26]
9 18 September 26, 2010 May 22, 2011 56[27] 7.66[27]
10 23 September 25, 2011 May 20, 2012 63[28] 7.30[28]
11 22 September 30, 2012 May 19, 2013 62[29] 6.94[29]
12 21 September 29, 2013 May 18, 2014 78[30] 6.11[30]
13 18 September 28, 2014 May 17, 2015 94[31] 5.86[31]

Episodes

Season 1 (1999)

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1 1 "Death Has a Shadow" Peter Shin Seth MacFarlane January 31, 1999 (1999-01-31) 1ACX01
Peter applies for welfare to support his family after losing his job. He receives a check for $150,000 due to a misplaced decimal point, and uses it to buy lavish presents for his family. Lois is upset when she finds out after receiving a new welfare check in the mail; Peter attempts to make her happy by dropping his surplus money out of a blimp above Super Bowl XXXIII with the help of Brian. Both are arrested by security guards and prosecuted for welfare fraud. At the courthouse, Lois pleads with the judge not to imprison Peter; Stewie, grudgingly coming to realize his dependence on his parents, influences the judge to reconsider the sentence.
2 2 "I Never Met the Dead Man" Michael DiMartino Chris Sheridan April 11, 1999 (1999-04-11) 1ACX02
Peter has become addicted to television. While driving Meg home, he is distracted by a show he wanted to watch on a television in a nearby house, and crashes into the city's cable transmitter, cutting reception for the entire town of Quahog. Peter panics and steals the transmitter and convinces Meg to take blame for the outage. Stewie steals the satellite dish in a plan to create a weather control device. Suffering withdrawal syndrome from lack of television, Peter straps a cardboard cutout to himself, making it appear as though the world is a television program. Meg confesses that her father actually was to blame for the cable outage, causing the town to turn against him; he is saved when Lois gives a heartfelt speech to the community. Inspired, Peter brings the family to various outdoor activities, quickly exhausting them; he then goes off with William Shatner. Meanwhile, Stewie's weather machine creates a rainstorm; while Meg is practicing driving, the storm causes her to accidentally hit Shatner and Peter, killing Shatner and hospitalizing Peter. As her father recovers in a full-body cast, he is forced to watch television, causing him to become addicted once again.
3 3 "Chitty Chitty Death Bang" Dominic Polcino Danny Smith April 18, 1999 (1999-04-18) 1ACX04
Peter accidentally loses the reservation for Stewie's first birthday party at a local restaurant, and must create a new party. Meanwhile, Stewie misinterprets "birthday", assuming that the mysterious physician who delivered him as an infant will be coming back to force him back into Lois' womb. Peter fails to put together a party in time for Stewie's birthday, and reroutes a circus parade into the Griffins' backyard. He gives Meg permission to go to a "party" at her friend's house, not realizing that it is a cult meeting where the attenders will commit mass suicide by drinking poisoned fruit punch. Peter retrieves Meg before the cult members drink the punch. The cult leader notices that Meg did not drink; he puts on his white robe and goes to the Griffins' house. Stewie traps and kills the cult leader, thinking he is the physician.
4 4 "Mind Over Murder" Roy Allen Smith Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan April 25, 1999 (1999-04-25) 1ACX03
Stewie has begun teething; Lois explains to him that the pain will pass with time, so he decides to build a time machine. Lois asks Peter to take Chris to a soccer game; there, Peter punches a pregnant woman and is put under house arrest. Peter decides to open a bar in his basement so that his friends will come to visit; it becomes a hot spot and Lois becomes upset until she sings at the bar. Peter becomes jealous and has his friends' wives to drag them out of the bar. A cigarette starts a fire; when Peter and Lois become aware of it and attempt to escape, Stewie's time machine takes everyone back to the point when Lois asks Peter to take Chris to the game. This time, Peter trips over the time machine and destroys it.
5 5 "A Hero Sits Next Door" Monte Young Mike Barker & Matt Weitzman May 2, 1999 (1999-05-02) 1ACX05
After Peter injures the Happy-Go-Lucky Toy Factory's new employee Guillermo during softball practice, he is forced by his boss Mr. Weed to find a replacement for the upcoming softball game. Meanwhile, Lois meets the Griffin family's new neighbors, the Swansons. Peter is initially annoyed by Joe Swanson and has no interest in becoming his friend, but convinces Joe to play for the softball team once Lois mentions that he played baseball in college. Next morning at the game, Peter is surprised to learn that Joe is wheelchair-bound. Joe's experience helps the team win. Peter becomes jealous of Joe and tries to become a hero by stopping a robbery; he ends up as a hostage until Joe convinces the robbers to surrender. Peter is disappointed, but his family tells him that he is their hero.
6 6 "The Son Also Draws" Neil Affleck Ricky Blitt May 9, 1999 (1999-05-09) 1ACX06
Chris is ejected from the Youth Scouts (Family Guy‍ '​s version of the Boy Scouts) when he runs over the troop leader with a car. Although Chris dislikes scouts and prefers drawing, he fears telling Peter. When Peter finds out, he drives the family to the scout headquarters in Manhattan to get Chris readmitted. On a rest stop at a Native American casino, Lois becomes a gambling addict and loses the family car. Since each Native American receives a share of the casino profits, Peter pretends to be a Native American, and he is sent on a vision quest to prove his heritage. Chris accompanies Peter to explain that he only likes drawing. Delirious from hunger, Peter begins talking to anthropomorphic trees and has a vision of his spiritual guide, the Fonz. Peter recognizes his son's talent for drawing; they return to the casino and reclaim the car.
7 7 "Brian: Portrait of a Dog" Michael DiMartino Gary Janetti May 16, 1999 (1999-05-16) 1ACX07
Quahog is in the grip of an unusual heat wave. The Griffins ask Brian to enter a dog show, offering a top prize of $500, so they are able to buy air conditioning. Brian performs his tricks at the show; Peter asks Brian to beg for a treat, but finds it demeaning and exits quickly. On the way home, Peter and Brian argue until Brian exits the car; the police give Brian a ticket for violating the local leash law. Another debate ensues and Peter mentions that he found Brian as a stray dog. Brian is furious that Peter had brought that up and leaves the house, whereupon he is badly treated by the community. Peter buys a new cat which turns out to be abusive; the family abandons it and searches for Brian. By the time Peter decides to apologize to Brian, he has been taken away by the police and awaits his death sentence. Brian begins to plead his case, but the court decides "it is stupid" to listen to a dog. As he is about to be dismissed, Peter steps in and delivers a last-ditch emotional appeal on his behalf. The city council members hearing the case are not on Brian's side, but Peter promises to give them $20 each, convincing them to free Brian. The charges against Brian are dropped and the town shows him new respect.

Season 2 (1999–2000)

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8 1 "Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater" Jeff Myers Chris Sheridan September 23, 1999 (1999-09-23) 1ACX08
One of Lois' relatives dies, leaving Lois and the rest of the family her posh summer mansion in a will. However, when Peter becomes convinced that he is rich and ultimately bids $100 million at a charity auction, he attempts to convince the landowners his house is valuable enough to trade instead. After several futile attempts to "prove" that Cherrywood Manor has enough historical value to cover the bid, Peter makes up with Lois and uncovers a set of hidden photographs which show several prominent American figures (including Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and Ulysses S. Grant) at Cherrywood Manor, which was a brothel at the time. This discovery allows Peter to buy back his home after selling the pictures to the tabloids. Afterwards, Peter decides that he does not care what Lois' relatives think of him, calling them "a bunch of pimps and whores".
9 2 "Holy Crap" Neil Affleck Danny Smith September 30, 1999 (1999-09-30) 1ACX11
Peter's devoutly religious, recently retired father Francis comes to visit, though he is intolerant of the others and makes life miserable for them; nevertheless, Peter tries to bond with him, since he had always been neglectful of his son. When all else fails, Peter resorts to kidnapping the Pope by taking the place of his regular driver to settle their conflict. He then brings the Pope back to his house, where His Holiness attempts to mediate his problems. Afterwards, Peter reconciles with Francis, who is hired for the job of working as the Pope's security guard during his tour of the United States, pushing down people who are not allowed to be near the Pope and those who are allowed to be near the Pope, but are in his way, including Fox personnel, much to the Pope's dismay. At the end of the episode, Peter's mom shows up at the door and wishes to live with the family, prompting them to flee the house in an escape pod.
10 3 "Da Boom" Bob Jaques Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan December 26, 1999 (1999-12-26) 2ACX06
After a man in a chicken suit warns Peter that the world will end because of Y2K, Peter locks his family up in their basement on December 31, 1999. A nuclear holocaust then occurs, destroying much of the world and mutating, injuring, and killing many of the citizens of Quahog. The family then travel with the surviving citizens of Quahog to Natick, in hopes that the Twinkie factory survived; during the process, Stewie is exposed to the radiation and mutates into an octopus. However, upon their arrival, they find the factory to be deserted, and must survive alongside the citizens of the city in Natick (dubbed "New Quahog"). Peter is elected head of the town, but makes several fatal mistakes and is chased out of "New Quahog" alongside his family by an angry mob, singing "Left foot, right foot" the whole way out. The episode ends with a sequence involving Pamela Barnes Ewing waking up to find her husband Bobby in the shower. She tells him about the episode, which was a dream, thus retconning the entire episode, a parody of the Dallas episode "Blast from the Past".
11 4 "Brian in Love" Jack Dyer Gary Janetti March 7, 2000 (2000-03-07) 2ACX01
Stewie is blamed for urinating all over the house; however, it is actually Brian who is responsible; after urinating on the carpet once more overnight, Stewie is blamed. The next morning, Peter decides to potty train Stewie, with little success. When the family goes to the local supermarket to buy groceries, Brian urinates in the checkout line, revealing to the family that Stewie is innocent. The family attempts to counsel Brian with therapy, where Brian's psychiatrist Dr. Kaplan believes that he is having a mid-life crisis. Brian attempts to entertain himself by exploring the world, but upon returning home, Stewie gets revenge on Brian and frames him by urinating all over the living room. Brian is falsely accused and the family return him to Dr. Kaplan to find the true cause. After revealing that his most recent accident happened after watching Lois and Peter engaging in a water fight on the car, Dr. Kaplan informs Brian that he is most likely in love with Lois. After discussing the situation, both agree to remain friends. Afterwards, Brian decides to live life to the fullest by golfing with Peter on the local golf course.
12 5 "Love Thy Trophy" Jack Dyer Mike Barker & Matt Weitzman March 14, 2000 (2000-03-14) 1ACX13
The neighbors fight over a trophy won for the best parade float, and when it ends up getting stolen, everyone in town becomes a prime suspect. Meanwhile, Meg takes a job as a waitress at a pancake restaurant to earn money for a Prada bag, and claims that Stewie is her crack-addicted son for sympathy tips.
13 6 "Death Is a Bitch" Michael DiMartino Ricky Blitt March 21, 2000 (2000-03-21) 1ACX14
Peter gets out of paying a hefty hospital bill by declaring that he's dead, only to get a surprise visit from Death himself. However, Death injures himself while chasing Peter and is unable to do his job, which makes everyone on Earth immortal, so Peter must stand in as the new Grim Reaper.
14 7 "The King Is Dead" Monte Young Craig Hoffman March 28, 2000 (2000-03-28) 1ACX15
Lois is appointed the director of Quahog's theatre company after the former director dies and attempts to produce The King and I. She appoints Peter as the producer to keep him out of her way, but his plans to recreate the play send him on a power trip that replaces her as the show's director.
15 8 "I Am Peter, Hear Me Roar" Monte Young Chris Sheridan March 28, 2000 (2000-03-28) 2ACX02
After telling a sexist joke at work, Peter is forced to go to a women's retreat camp and comes back acting sensitive and effeminate. Lois and the others become greatly disturbed by his new attitude, and when his condition worsens, they do everything in their power to restore his manhood.
16 9 "If I'm Dyin', I'm Lyin'" Swinton O. Scott III Chris Sheridan April 4, 2000 (2000-04-04) 1ACX12
When Peter and Chris' favorite TV show is cancelled, Peter pretends Chris is terminally ill and tells the "Grant-A-Dream Foundation" that his "final wish" is to get the show back on the air. When Chris does not die, however, Peter goes too far and declares himself to be a healer, starting his own religion.
17 10 "Running Mates" John Holmquist Garrett Donovan & Neil Goldman April 8, 2000 (2000-04-08) 1ACX09
Lois runs for President of the Quahog School Board, but Peter runs against her so he can save the job of his favorite teacher, smearing Lois' image and winning by a landslide. But things take a turn for the worse when Chris is caught with pornography in school, so Peter must set all things right.
18 11 "A Picture Is Worth a 1,000 Bucks" Gavin Dell Craig Hoffman April 18, 2000 (2000-04-18) 2ACX07
Peter begins to fear that his name will be forgotten, and strives to start a legacy of his own. When he sells a painting Chris gave him to an art gallery, Peter discovers that he can use Chris' talents to fulfill this dream, taking the family to New York to see Chris become famous.
19 12 "Fifteen Minutes of Shame" Scott Wood Steve Callaghan April 25, 2000 (2000-04-25) 2ACX08
After being embarrassed by her family during her slumber party, Meg brings them on a daytime talk show out of revenge, where a TV producer turns the Griffins' dysfunctional life into a reality show. Things go awry and Meg abandons everyone while the family slowly becomes replaced on the show.
20 13 "Road to Rhode Island" Dan Povenmire Gary Janetti May 30, 2000 (2000-05-30) 2ACX12
Brian volunteers to bring Stewie home from his grandparents' house in California, but the two miss their plane and must travel on foot for a cross-country journey back home. Meanwhile, Peter becomes addicted to watching a collection of marriage counseling videos hosted by a porn star.
21 14 "Let's Go to the Hop" Glen Hill Mike Barker & Matt Weitzman June 6, 2000 (2000-06-06) 2ACX04
Peter goes undercover as a high school student to kick youths off the habit of toad licking, making him extremely popular in Meg's school. Meg asks her dad out to the upcoming school dance in the hopes of becoming popular herself, but Peter chooses to go out with popular Connie D'Amico instead.
22 15 "Dammit Janet" Bert Ring Mike Barker & Matt Weitzman June 13, 2000 (2000-06-13) 2ACX09
Stewie is sent off to daycare to learn social skills where he falls in love with a girl named Janet. Meanwhile, Lois begins wishing that her life were more exciting, so she gets a job as a flight attendant at Peter's request, who exploits Lois' job position as a means to get free travel for himself.
23 16 "There's Something About Paulie" Monte Young Ricky Blitt June 27, 2000 (2000-06-27) 1ACX10
Peter befriends a mob boss's nephew, Big Fat Paulie, while paying off a debt. But when he says that Lois does not want them to hang out anymore, Paulie misinterprets the situation and thinks that Peter wants him to kill her so they can still be friends, so Peter must find a way to call off the hit.
24 17 "He's Too Sexy for His Fat" Glen Hill Chris Sheridan June 27, 2000 (2000-06-27) 2ACX10
Chris becomes insecure about his weight and goes on a diet, but Peter opts for plastic surgery and ends up getting it himself. Now thin and handsome, Peter becomes swayed by the special treatment he receives from people he comes across, while Lois, in spite of her morals, finds that she can not resist him. Meanwhile, Stewie starts overeating to taunt Chris, but ends up getting child obesity.
25 18 "E. Peterbus Unum" Rob Renzetti Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan July 12, 2000 (2000-07-12) 2ACX13
While confronting the mayor about zoning issues around his house, Peter discovers that his house is not anywhere on the map, prompting him to secede his house from the rest of the United States, creating the country "Petoria". His country gains no respect, so he invades the U.S. and annexes Joe's pool.
26 19 "The Story on Page One" Gavin Dell Craig Hoffman July 18, 2000 (2000-07-18) 2ACX14
Meg signs up for the high school newspaper club as Brown University's academic requirement, but Peter replaces her original article with one about Luke Perry's supposed homosexuality. This lands Meg in hot legal water with Perry, so Peter decides to "prove" that the actor is gay.
27 20 "Wasted Talent" Bert Ring Story by: Dave Collard & Ken Goin
Teleplay by: Mike Barker & Matt Weitzman
July 25, 2000 (2000-07-25) 2ACX15
Peter wins a tour of a magical brewery owned by Pawtucket Pat (à la Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), while Lois desperately searches for a talented piano player to beat her rival at an upcoming talent competition, finding one in the form of her husband, who can only play professionally when he's drunk.
28 21 "Fore, Father" Scott Wood Bobby Bowman August 1, 2000 (2000-08-01) 2ACX16
Peter thinks his son lacks responsibility, so he gets him a job at a golf course. However, when he discovers that Cleveland's son has the potential to become a pro golf player, he forsakes Chris to train the hyperactive Cleveland, Jr. Discouraged, Chris finds a new father figure in Quagmire.

Season 3 (2001–03)

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29 1 "The Thin White Line" Glen Hill Steve Callaghan July 11, 2001 (2001-07-11) 2ACX17
Peter wins the Griffin family a cruise after winning a company competition. Shortly before the family prepares to leave, Joe recognizes the sensitivity of Brian's nose and offers him a job detecting drugs as a police sniffer dog. At the airport, Brian uncovers a bystander carrying cocaine; however, he accidentally inhales it. The next morning, Brian has an emotional breakdown after the family stages an intervention with his psychiatrist. The family compromises on sending him to rehab with their vacation money. Peter joins Brian since he now cannot go on vacation, and the two cause unrest among their fellow patients by causing premature births in pregnant teens. After the two are caught, Peter is accused of being Brian's "x-factor"; however, Brian manages to defend him and decides to leave the center. The Griffins throw a party to celebrate Brian's return, but are shocked when he announces that he is leaving Quahog to Los Angeles to continue the search for the thrill of his life.
30 2 "Brian Does Hollywood" Gavin Dell Gary Janetti July 18, 2001 (2001-07-18) 2ACX20
Brian moves to Los Angeles with his cousin Jasper after his drug rehabiliation and inadvertently becomes a film director. The family decides to visit Brian for support in his new career; however, when it turns out Brian is directing pornography, he attempts to keep it a secret from the family. Meanwhile, Stewie auditions for Kids Say the Darndest Things in order to unleash a mass hypnosis; however, during the show the following night, host Bill Cosby grabs Stewie's device and unwittingly foils his plan. Elsewhere, Brian is nominated for Best Director at the Woody Awards for adult films; Jasper informs the Griffin family about Brian's job and attend the awards, much to Brian's relief. By the end of the episode, he decides to return to Quahog with his family.
31 3 "Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington" Brian Hogan Ricky Blitt July 25, 2001 (2001-07-25) 2ACX11
The Happy-Go-Lucky Toy Factory is purchased by a tobacco conglomerate. Lois develops concern for Peter and believes the company is promoting underage smoking; Peter attempts to confront management, but is distractingly appointed president in the process; the family is pampered and treated elegantly as a result. At a meeting, the company decides to send Peter to Washington, D.C. in order to prevent a new anti-smoking bill from being passed into Congress. is to send someone just as dumb, and they decide to send Peter. At home, Lois catches Stewie smoking and attempts to take the family to the meeting in Washington; although Peter prepares to deliver his speech on the floors of Congress assembled, he spots Stewie coughing from smoking and tells Congress to reject El Dorado's proposal. When they agree, El Dorado is fined as a result, driving the company to bankruptcy.
32 4 "One If by Clam, Two If by Sea" Dan Povenmire Jim Bernstein & Michael Shipley August 1, 2001 (2001-08-01) 2ACX19
A hurricane demolishes the majority of the buildings in Quahog —except the Drunken Clam; however, the bar's owner leaves for Florida sells it to an Englishman named Nigel Pinchley, who turns it into a British stereotypical pub. Upset over the loss of their favorite bar and failing to find another one, Peter, Quagmire, Cleveland, and Joe storm a British ship in an attempt to recreate the Boston Tea Party with beer. The following night, the pub burns down; Peter, Quagmire, Cleveland, and Joe are blamed and thrown in jail. In prison, one of the toughest criminals Joe ever jailed, Steve Bellows, plans to kill him and the others at midnight on Saturday. Meanwhile, Stewie tries to teach Nigel's daughter, Eliza to speak "proper" English and overcome her "common" Cockney accent as part of a bet with Brian; although he manages to teach her how to speak "properly", at the party, she urinates in front of everybody, slipping back to her Cockney accent and making Stewie lose the bet. Lois, Bonnie, and Loretta decide to investigate the bar's destruction, and discover that Nigel had withdrawn a large amount of insurance money the day before the pub burned down, they become suspicious. Lois seduces Nigel into confessing, and his insurance agent discovers the entire story. In jail, Peter, Quagmire, Cleveland, and Joe are rescued before Steve has a chance to kill them, and the Drunken Clam is reinstated to its normal form. In London, Nigel is hanged and Eliza is sent to an orphanage.
33 5 "And the Wiener Is..." Bert Ring Mike Barker & Matt Weitzman August 8, 2001 (2001-08-08) 2ACX22
Peter is intimidated by Chris' larger penis and then becomes very self-conscious about his own manhood, joining a gun club to make himself feel more masculine. Peter decides to take Chris on a hunting trip with his new gun, where the two are attacked by a bear; Chris manages to save both of them by making loud noises and jumping in front of the bear. Peter apologizes to Chris and realizes that being a man is about bravery and not size. Meanwhile, Meg tries out for cheerleading but is accepted into the flag girl squad instead, where she is pelted with rancid meat by several of the more popular children in her school. The next day, Lois instructs Meg to make friends with Connie D'Amico and prank her whenever the time his right. However, the plan fails when the popular kids trick Meg at Connie's sixteenth birthday, where they trick her into kissing pig she thought was a popular boy. However, Lois and Meg have the last laugh when the former sends Quagmire to molest the teenagers.
34 6 "Death Lives" Rob Renzetti Mike Henry August 15, 2001 (2001-08-15) 2ACX21
On their wedding anniversary, Peter sends Lois all over Quahog on a scavenger hunt so he can go play golf. But when Peter gets struck by lightning and has a near-death experience, he meets Death again, who explains to Peter his marriage is in trouble if he does not have a revelation, and fast.
35 7 "Lethal Weapons" Brian Hogan Chris Sheridan August 22, 2001 (2001-08-22) 2ACX18
Lois takes taijutsu lessons to fight back against the leafers (New York tourists) overtaking the town, but worries that her violence may be a bad influence on her family. When anger management only makes everyone even more angry, they engage in an all-out brawl to get it out of their system.
36 8 "The Kiss Seen Around the World" Pete Michels Mark Hentemann August 29, 2001 (2001-08-29) 3ACX02
Meg applies for an internship at Quahog 5 (due to her crush on news anchor Tom Tucker), but so does the annoying Neil. When she is reluctantly driven to kiss Neil, he broadcasts the word of their "love" on the news. Meanwhile, a bully learns not to mess with Stewie when he steals his new tricycle. And a man embarrasses Peter by calling him a phony wherever he goes.
37 9 "Mr. Saturday Knight" Michael DiMartino Steve Callaghan September 5, 2001 (2001-09-05) 3ACX04
Peter's boss, Mr. Weed, dies during a dinner with the Griffin family, and the toy factory is demolished as a result. Now unemployed, and failing to find himself other jobs, Peter decides to live his dream of being a Renaissance fair jouster, where he must defend his family's honor from his former idol.
38 10 "A Fish Out of Water" Bert Ring Alex Borstein & Mike Henry September 19, 2001 (2001-09-19) 3ACX05
After nearly two weeks of unemployment, Peter decides to begin a new career as a fisherman, but faces problems when he has to pay off a boat loan, so he tries to catch the bounty for a legendary fish. Meanwhile, Lois takes Meg to the beach for spring break, but Lois ends up having more fun than Meg.
39 11 "Emission Impossible" Peter Shin Dave Collard & Ken Goin November 8, 2001 (2001-11-08) 3ACX01
After delivering Lois' sister's newborn child, Lois and Peter decide to have another baby, prompting Stewie to do whatever he can to stop it, even if it means shrinking himself and wiping out every sperm in Peter's testicles. However, when he meets a sperm just like himself, Stewie begins to reconsider.
40 12 "To Love and Die in Dixie" Dan Povenmire Steve Callaghan November 15, 2001 (2001-11-15) 3ACX09
The family moves to the deep South when a criminal threatens to kill Chris for witnessing his crime. There Chris befriends a kid named Sam, whom he is forbidden to see by Sam's father when Peter questions the accuracy of a Civil War reenactment. But there seems to be more to Sam than meets the eye.
41 13 "Screwed the Pooch" Pete Michels Dave Collard & Ken Goin November 29, 2001 (2001-11-29) 3ACX08
The family visits Lois' parents, the Pewterschmidts, where Brian takes out all of his pent-up sexual energy on the Pewterschmidts' prize-winning racing greyhound, Sea Breeze. A custody battle then ensues when Sea Breeze is revealed to be pregnant, and Brian is threatened to be neutered.
42 14 "Peter Griffin: Husband, Father... Brother?" Scott Wood Mike Barker & Matt Weitzman December 6, 2001 (2001-12-06) 3ACX06
While teaching Chris about his Irish heritage, Peter discovers that he has a black ancestor. When this affects his social status and he finds out that his ancestor was a slave to Lois' family, Peter fights back. Meanwhile, Stewie tries to learn mind control from the school cheerleaders.
43 15 "Ready, Willing, and Disabled" Andi Klein Alex Barnow & Marc Firek December 20, 2001 (2001-12-20) 3ACX07
Joe feels discouraged after failing to catch a thief during a chase, so Peter tries to get his self-confidence back by entering him in a handicapped people's decathlon, but with Joe still helpless, he rigs his drinks with steroids. Meanwhile, Chris, Meg and Stewie fight over $26 in a money clip.
44 16 "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas" Brian Hogan Danny Smith December 21, 2001 (2001-12-21) 2ACX03
It is Christmas time in Quahog, a time when Lois' plans for a perfect holiday blow up in her face, causing her to break down and go berserk. Stewie uses his role as the baby Jesus in the town play to be good for Santa Claus, about whom he has become paranoid, and to bring Lois back to Earth.
45 17 "Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows" Dan Povenmire Allison Adler January 17, 2002 (2002-01-17) 3ACX03
Brian gets a DUI and, as punishment, he is forced to care for Pearl, a bitter old lady. After discovering that she was actually a brilliant opera singer during the 1940s and 50s who was shamed into seclusion once she faced demands to sing her famous radio jingles, Brian tries to brighten her life. Meanwhile, Peter grows a beard and discovers that a family of rare swallows have housed themselves in it.
46 18 "From Method to Madness" Bert Ring Mike Barker & Matt Weitzman January 24, 2002 (2002-01-24) 3ACX11
Stewie signs up for an acting class, where he's paired up with a stuck-up child star named Olivia. They become a hit, though the fame quickly sets in and they soon start bickering. Meanwhile, Peter and Lois object to Meg dating a nudist, though later have second thoughts after seeing her upset.
47 19 "Stuck Together, Torn Apart" Michael DiMartino Mark Hentemann January 31, 2002 (2002-01-31) 3ACX10
Peter and Lois are advised to go through a trial separation after Peter becomes jealous over Lois reuniting with an old boyfriend, and he hooks up with Jennifer Love Hewitt. Meanwhile, Stewie and Brian get stuck together after Stewie plays around with industrial-strength glue.
48 20 "Road to Europe" Dan Povenmire Daniel Palladino February 7, 2002 (2002-02-07) 3ACX13
Stewie becomes obsessed with a British kids' show and runs away to be part of the cast, and Brian gives chase in an attempt to bring him back. Meanwhile, Peter and Lois go to see a Kiss concert, where Lois reveals she knows nothing about the band, much to Peter's humiliation.
49 21 "Family Guy Viewer Mail #1" Pete Michels
Scott Wood
Michael DiMartino
Gene Laufenberg
Seth MacFarlane
Michael Shipley & Jim Bernstein
February 14, 2002 (2002-02-14) 3ACX12
Brian and Stewie host a special episode of Family Guy, featuring three non-canon stories created from viewer requests.
No Bones About It - A genie comes to Peter to grant him wishes; his last wish makes it so that he has no bones and must deal with life as a lump of lard.
Supergriffins - The Griffins are exposed to nuclear waste and gain superpowers, which lead them to terrorize the city.
Li'l Griffins - Tot-like versions of Peter and Quagmire try to out-brave each other in a haunted house to impress Lois in this Little Rascals parody.
50 22 "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein" Dan Povenmire Ricky Blitt November 9, 2003 (2003-11-09) (Adult Swim)
December 10, 2004 (Fox)
2ACX05
Peter prays for a Jew to help him with his money woes. After befriending a Jewish accountant, Max Weinstein, and discovering the wonders of their religion, Peter gets the ridiculous idea of converting Chris to Judaism as soon as possible so he will be successful in life, but Lois tries to stop him, claiming that success is not based on religion.

Season 4 (2005–06)

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51 1 "North by North Quahog" Peter Shin Seth MacFarlane May 1, 2005 (2005-05-01) 4ACX01 11.85[32]
Realizing their marriage has lost its spice because of Lois calling several male actors' names while having sex, Peter and Lois go on a second honeymoon, and leave Brian in charge of the kids. On their way over, Peter accidentally crashes the car, and he decides to pose as actor Mel Gibson so he and Lois can stay in his luxury hotel suite. They discover and attempt to destroy a copy of the unwanted sequel of The Passion of the Christ, and run afoul of the priests who come to retrieve it. As Peter buries the film in a cornfield, Lois is kidnapped by Gibson's associates, who want the film in return. Peter exchanges the film reel for Lois on the top of Mount Rushmore. As they are about to leave, Gibson discovers that Peter has replaced the film with dog feces, leading to a chase. Gibson eventually falls off the mountain, and Peter and Lois have intercourse on the face of the mountain and put the spice back in their marriage. Meanwhile, when Chris is caught and is accused of drinking alcohol by Jake Tucker, Brian and Stewie attempts to reveal his bad behavior to Tom Tucker, Jake's father, but Tom rejects this. Then, they both put drugs in Jake's locker, resulting in Jake's arrest.
52 2 "Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High" Pete Michels Ken Goin May 8, 2005 (2005-05-08) 4ACX02 9.71[33]
Brian becomes a substitute English teacher at Chris' school, after the departure of the former English teacher. Brian is transferred to a class for troubled hoodlum teens and has a hard time reaching them. He eventually inspires them to aspire to low-level jobs. Meanwhile, Chris becomes attracted to Mrs. Lockhart, Brian's sexy replacement teacher. She promises to return his love if he helps her murder her husband, Chris does not agree, and Mrs. Lockhart gets a bear to commit the crime. Lois and the rest of the family assume Chris murdered Mr. Lockhart and cover up the crime, until the Channel 5 News reports that he was not involved.
53 3 "Blind Ambition" Chuck Klein Steve Callaghan May 15, 2005 (2005-05-15) 4ACX04 9.20[34]
After he is discovered spying on Lois in the ladies room, Quagmire is soon arrested and is taught self-control through operant conditioning by Peter and his friends. He finds it hard to depart from his sexual behavior and, trying to adapt to normal life, he accidentally enters a CCTV camera operation room, where he notices a woman in a changing room is having a heart attack. He gives her CPR and is praised by the Quahog community for his heroic behavior, though he intended to molest the woman while she was unconscious. Jealous of his friend's achievement, Peter does whatever he can to achieve something he will be remembered for. His ambitions, however, ultimately cost him his eyesight. While he is blind, he unknowingly rescues the owner of the local bar from a fire and is awarded a medal by the mayor and receives an eye transplant from a homeless man after Peter's seeing-eye dog accidentally drags the man to death.
54 4 "Don't Make Me Over" Sarah Frost Gene Laufenberg June 5, 2005 (2005-06-05) 4ACX03 7.23[35]
After she gets a makeover to boost her confidence Meg becomes extremely attractive. Meanwhile, Peter aspires to start a rock band which, along with Meg's new attractiveness and talented singing voice, causes the entire family to become a traveling band and earns them a spot on Saturday Night Live as Meg develops an extremely arrogant and rude attitude. Meg is seduced by Jimmy Fallon, and has sexual intercourse with him, but discovers that the entire encounter is being aired on live television as part of the show. Peter attacks and beats up Fallon in revenge. Afterward, Meg returns to her old look as she feels "being beautiful is too much work". It is then revealed that the entire show is on a set, and the Griffins leave the living room and walk to the main stage where the rest of the episode's cast has gathered, Peter thanks everyone in the style of Saturday Night Live.
55 5 "The Cleveland–Loretta Quagmire" James Purdum Mike Henry & Patrick Henry June 12, 2005 (2005-06-12) 4ACX08 8.35[36]
Cleveland's wife Loretta starts an affair with Quagmire and is secretly caught red-handed by Peter and Brian. Brian and Peter eventually inform Cleveland, who encounters Loretta. Loretta leaves Cleveland because she feels he is too soft. Because Cleveland responds in his usual mild-mannered way, Peter decides to teach Cleveland to express his true emotions. When one of his methods finally works, Cleveland becomes mad and intends to kill Quagmire. However, when Cleveland locates Quagmire, he realizes he can not kill another human being, even though he hurt him badly. Cleveland and Quagmire apologize to each other and Cleveland divorces Loretta for her behavior and sexual intercourse with Quagmire. At Quagmire's insistence, take out their remaining aggressions on each other in a boxing ring, which is a parody and complete reference to the ending of Rocky III.
56 6 "Petarded" Seth Kearsley Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild June 19, 2005 (2005-06-19) 4ACX09 7.23[35]
Peter becomes so convinced that he's a genius that Brian challenges him to prove it. Peter takes the MacArthur Fellows Program, which reveals that Peter is mentally retarded. Peter gets depressed at first, but realizes that, now he is retarded, he can get away with a lot of things. While exploiting the perks that come with his handicap he accidentally throws boiling oil on Lois. While she is recovering, Child Protection Services takes away Peter's custody of Meg, Chris, and Stewie, due to their contention that Peter is mentally unfit to look after them. However, when he is unable to regain custody of his kids and accepts that his family may never reunite, Lois, who fully recovered, enters the house and explains she regained custody of the kids. Thus returning life back to normal.
57 7 "Brian the Bachelor" Dan Povenmire Mark Hentemann June 26, 2005 (2005-06-26) 4ACX10 7.29[37]
Peter, Quagmire and Joe try to help Cleveland find a new girlfriend, after his break-up with Loretta. Peter takes him to auditions for ABC reality show The Bachelorette, but Brian eventually ends up being cast, after Peter and Cleveland are caught on a ridiculous manner. Brian does not like the show and only joins for a vacation. However, he discovers he has a lot in common with Brooke, the extremely attractive bachelorette. Brooke eventually picks Brian, but all the romance is gone once the cameras are turned off. Meanwhile, Chris befriends with a talking pimple on his face, who orders him to make mischief. The pimple gets Chris into breaking property of Mort's Goldman's Pharmacy. When Joe discovers that Chris is the person behind the crimes, Peter chases Chris with a belt as Joe joins the chase and Lois shattering in tears. However, Chris decides to go to a dermatology clinic, the pimple threatens him with a gun, but Chris is eventually able to "kill" it.
58 8 "8 Simple Rules for Buying My Teenage Daughter" Greg Colton Patrick Meighan July 10, 2005 (2005-07-10) 4ACX11 6.1[38]
Peter opens a tab at Mort Goldman's pharmacy, unaware of how the tab system works; Peter simply believes he can buy a lot of things without having to pay for them. When Goldman calls in Peter's debt of $34,000, Peter sells him Meg to cover the expenses. The Goldman's start using Meg as a slave. Brian finds a clause in the contract stating that it is invalid if Neil cheats on Meg. Lois dresses up as Mystique and seduces Neil at a fake X-Men convention. Neil tells Meg that he only wants her to be with him if she wants to be with him and tears up the contract. Meanwhile, Stewie falls for Liddane, his new, beautiful babysitter who already has a boyfriend. Stewie ties him up and puts him in the trunk of Brian's car. After Liddane punishes Stewie for touching her breast, Stewie drugs her and frames her, telling Lois she invited friends over to the house to do drugs. However, once Lois fires Liddane, Stewie realizes he has made a mistake, but is unable to find her.
59 9 "Breaking Out Is Hard to Do" Kurt Dumas Tom Devanney July 17, 2005 (2005-07-17) 4ACX12 5.75[39]
Lois becomes kleptomaniacal and is sent to prison after she goes on a shoplifting spree, which leaves the rest of the family in a terrible state of disarray. To bring their lives back to normal, Peter breaks Lois out of jail and, as fugitives from the law, he intends to start a new life with his family in "Asiantown". However, they are eventually tracked down by Joe, who pursues them through the city sewers. On the run from Joe, Lois decides to surrender and face the consequences. As he tries to catch them, Joe slips and nearly falls into a ledge. Lois pulls him to safety and, to show his gratitude, Joe manages to get her sentence remanded.
60 10 "Model Misbehavior" Sarah Frost Steve Callaghan July 24, 2005 (2005-07-24) 4ACX13 6.73[40]
Lois fulfills her lifelong dream of being a fashion model after appearing in her underwear in the newspaper. Peter, however, grows increasingly concerned that she may be losing touch with reality. After he limits her options as a model, Lois becomes more and more rebellious and Peter decides to ask Lois' father Carter for help. However, once they kidnap Lois at a Vogue party, Peter realizes that Carter's methods are too harsh and tells Lois she has the right to be a model if it makes her happy. Realizing that she has had the freedom to fulfill her wishes, Lois decides to quit modeling after all. In a subplot Brian works on a pyramid scheme with Stewie to pay off a debt to him. However, Brian eventually gets fed up with Stewie's pretending Ca$hscam is a real company. He gets mad and is fired by Stewie.
61 11 "Peter's Got Woods" Chuck Klein & Zac Moncrief Danny Smith September 11, 2005 (2005-09-11) 4ACX14 9.22[41]
Brian falls for Shauna, an African-American teacher at Meg's school, and petitions to have the name of the "James Woods High School" changed just to please her. Peter objects and has James Woods come to the school to protect its name, even though Woods was in delight to have the school's name changed. Peter and James become friends and start to hang out together, with Woods eventually taking over Brian's place. Shauna is upset that Brian and Peter are still friends after Peter's actions, and makes Brian choose between her and Peter. Brian breaks up with Shauna and eventually patches his differences with Peter at the local bar. Woods, unhappy with Brian and Peter becoming friends again, becomes extremely obsessive and obnoxious. Peter and Brian get rid of him by laying out a long line of Reese's Pieces as a promatic bait, trapping him in a crate and sending him to be stored away in a Secret Government Warehouse with hundreds of similar crates.
62 12 "Perfect Castaway" James Purdum John Viener September 18, 2005 (2005-09-18) 4ACX15 8.68[42]
Peter, Quagmire, Cleveland and Joe go on a fishing trip, but their boat sinks when a storm breaks loose. They survive on a raft built out of Quagmire's sex dolls and set ashore on a desert island. Several months later, they are rescued by a passing cruise ship. Upon returning home, Peter finds that Lois has married Brian, thinking her husband was dead. She is, of course, overjoyed to see Peter safe when they are saved by a cruise ship, but is torn between her love for Peter and her commitment to Brian. Peter then puts Lois into having sex, restoring their love for each other. Brian eventually decides that it would be better for Lois to return to Peter as he understands her internal battle, thus putting the show back in its original setting.
63 13 "Jungle Love" Seth Kearsley Mark Hentemann September 25, 2005 (2005-09-25) 4ACX16 8.56[43]
Chris runs away from his home after getting hazed on his first day of high school as a freshman and joins the Peace Corps, after which he is dropped off in South America. Peter gets a job at the Pawtucket Brewery, where the beer is free as long as employees do not drink during their shift. Peter is unable to control his drinking and is demoted; ending up as a subordinate to a mentally handicapped man named Opie and working for an socially berrant, unattractive manager named Angela. In South America Chris becomes popular with the natives, but unwittingly marries the daughter of the chief. Chris' family travels to South America as soon as they hear of the marriage. Upon their arrival Peter is seen as the richest man in the country with just US$37; he takes advantage of this by paying the natives small sums of money to act according to his whimsy. Chris accuses Peter of using the tribe to get away from his trouble, but realizes he did the same. Before he has time to think, the natives discover that he is a freshman and chase them away from their land, which the family manages to escape, except for Meg.
64 14 "PTV" Dan Povenmire Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild November 6, 2005 (2005-11-06) 4ACX17 7.98[44]
A "trouser malfunction" on live-broadcast TV at the Emmys prompts the FCC to censor even mildly objectionable content on TV. Outraged, Peter and Brian create their own TV station "PTV", filled with all-around obscene programming. When the FCC picks up on this due to Lois' call, they shut down the channel. When Peter argues that they can not stop people from being who they are or how they live, the FCC go to drastic measures by censoring all of real life. Extremely annoyed by their actions, Peter and Lois lobby Congress to have the FCC's rulings reversed. Though they disagree at first, Peter convinces them when he points out the resemblance of many Washington buildings to various crude body parts, leading the Congress into firing the FCC employees and putting the censoring of Quahog off.
65 15 "Brian Goes Back to College" Greg Colton Matt Fleckenstein November 13, 2005 (2005-11-13) 4ACX18 9.2[45]
Brian is hired by a reporter at the New York Times for his well-promoted review on Teen Magazines. When it's revealed that Brian never finished college, he is fired and he decides to return to complete his last credit. However, he must deal with his temptations to cheat in order to pass the class. Meanwhile, Peter, Quagmire, Cleveland and Joe become the new "A-Team" after winning a costume contest.
66 16 "The Courtship of Stewie's Father" Kurt Dumas Kirker Butler November 20, 2005 (2005-11-20) 4ACX19 9.08[46]
Lois thinks Stewie's matricidal behavior is just a cry for fatherly attention, so she makes Peter bond with Stewie, although Peter and Stewie play tricks on her instead. Meanwhile, Chris does chores for Herbert after breaking his window, which makes Herbert feel closer to him than ever before.
67 17 "The Fat Guy Strangler" Sarah Frost Chris Sheridan November 27, 2005 (2005-11-27) 4ACX20 9.85[47]
Lois discovers that she has a brother she never knew about who, after a traumatic experience involving Jackie Gleason, is locked in a mental hospital and holds a grudge against the obese. After he is released, his traumatic experience occurs towards Peter, since Peter is overweight. Meanwhile, Peter starts an advocacy group for overweight men after the doctor tells him he is fat.
68 18 "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Fonz" James Purdum Danny Smith December 18, 2005 (2005-12-18) 4ACX22 8.26[48]
Peter's father Francis tries to impose his religious beliefs onto the Griffins during a visit. Stewie ends up in a plastic bubble after getting baptized with contaminated holy water, so Peter starts his own religion based on his faith in Fonzie from Happy Days.
69 19 "Brian Sings and Swings" Chuck Klein & Zac Moncrief Michael Rowe January 8, 2006 (2006-01-08) 4ACX21 N/A
Brian sinks into a depression after a near-death experience, but finds a new lease on life as a back-up singer for Frank Sinatra, Jr.; this, however, does not last very long because of Brian's alcoholic issues during performances and leads him into anger from Peter and Lois. Meanwhile, Meg pretends to be a lesbian in order to make friends with a group of real teenage lesbians.
70 20 "Patriot Games" Cyndi Tang Mike Henry January 29, 2006 (2006-01-29) 4ACX25 9.08[49]
Peter becomes a player for the New England Patriots football team after Tom Brady picks up on his display of impressive charging skills at a high school reunion. But, Peter's attitude forces Tom into removing Peter into England into playing for a sissy, wimpish English football team. Meanwhile, Brian loses a bet with Stewie and he must pay him his money. When Brian fails once, Stewie brutally beats him and another time, he beats Brian with a golf club, shooting him in the leg, and torches him with a flamethrower. Brian finally pays him, and Stewie lets Brian have his revenge but Brian will not tell him when the revenge is coming, which makes Stewie paranoid and frightened. At the finale, Brian has his revenge by pushing Stewie in the road and being hit by a bus while in London.
71 21 "I Take Thee Quagmire" Seth Kearsley Tom Maxwell & Don Woodard and Steve Callaghan March 12, 2006 (2006-03-12) 4ACX23 8.06[50]
Quagmire actually falls in love with a maid whose service Peter won on a game show, and even marries her, changing Quagmire's personality. But when the old Quagmire returns behind her back after the ceremony, Quagmire tries to get out of the relationship. Meanwhile, Stewie has a withdrawal when Lois weans him from her breast milk. Lois' breasts becomes swollen until Stewie is restored of breastfeed.
72 22 "Sibling Rivalry" Dan Povenmire Cherry Chevapravatdumrong March 26, 2006 (2006-03-26) 4ACX24 7.95[51]
Peter gets a vasectomy after a pregnancy scare from Lois, which puts a kibosh on their sex life. Lois begins overeating and gets fat, which spices things up between them. Lois suffers a heart attack and her fat is reduced from her body, returning her back to normal. Meanwhile, Stewie's equally-malicious sperm brother from "Emission Impossible" is born and battles Stewie for control over the playground. Stewie eventually wins the battle at the episode's climax.
73 23 "Deep Throats" Greg Colton Alex Borstein April 9, 2006 (2006-04-09) 4ACX26 7.88[52]
Brian tries to expose Mayor West as the corrupt politician he is, and becomes even more determined after discovering that he is dating Meg, who has become his new intern. Meanwhile, Peter and Lois start smoking pot in the hopes of finding musical inspiration for a talent show, which they becomes obsessively high on ridiculous moments.
74 24 "Peterotica" Kurt Dumas Patrick Meighan April 23, 2006 (2006-04-23) 4ACX27 7.82[53]
After reading an erotica book that he thought was bad, Peter writes a collection of his own, but a lawsuit partially relating to his series leads to Lois's father, Carter, losing his money. Unable to cope with their middle-class lives, Peter and Carter set all differences aside and team up to get rich quick.
75 25 "You May Now Kiss the... Uh... Guy Who Receives" Dominic Polcino David A. Goodman April 30, 2006 (2006-04-30) 4ACX28 7.82[54]
Mayor West tries to ban gay marriage to divert attention from a bad investment he made with the taxpayers' money, prompting Brian to fight for the right of his gay cousin, Jasper, to get married. Meanwhile, Lois deals with her views on gay marriage, and Chris becomes a conservative to feel up a girl.
76 26 "Petergeist" Sarah Frost Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild May 7, 2006 (2006-05-07) 4ACX29 7.85[55]
In a parody of the film Poltergeist, Peter decides to build a multiplex to top Joe's new theater, but comes across an Indian skull in his backyard. As a result, a poltergeist haunts the Griffins' house and spirits drag Stewie away to the other side, followed by even stranger events. At the end, things goes back to normal when the skull goes back to its hidden spot.
77 27 "The Griffin Family History" Zac Moncrief John Viener May 14, 2006 (2006-05-14) 4ACX30 7.87[56]
Robbers break in to the Griffins' house, so the family flees to safety in their panic room. Trapped with no way out, Peter decides to pass the time by telling his family the story of the Griffin family history, narrating a chain of events that describe their equally exotic and dysfunctional ancestry.
78 28 "Stewie B. Goode" (Part 1) Pete Michels Gary Janetti and Chris Sheridan May 21, 2006 (2006-05-21) 4ACX05 7.88[57]
Stewie's attempt to kill a boy he does not like backfires and lands him in a near-death experience where he gets a brief taste of life in Hell. This is enough to make Stewie resolve to act nicer to everyone. Meanwhile, Peter gets a new job as an editorial reporter on the local news.
79 29 "Bango Was His Name, Oh!" (Part 2) Pete Michels Alex Borstein May 21, 2006 (2006-05-21) 4ACX06 7.88[57]
Stewie sees a man on TV who looks just like him. Convinced this man must be his real father, Stewie takes Brian to go on a cross-country road trip with Quagmire to find him and discover the truth. Meanwhile, Peter and Lois try to help Chris and Meg get dates so that they can have some "alone time".
80 30 "Stu and Stewie's Excellent Adventure" (Part 3) Pete Michels Steve Callaghan May 21, 2006 (2006-05-21) 4ACX07 7.88[57]
It turns out that the man Stewie saw is his 35-year-old self, so Stewie joins him in the future to discover how his life will turn out, which he finds appalling. After discovering that the source of it all is his near-death experience, Stewie resolves to go back in time and prevent it from ever happening.

Season 5 (2006–07)

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81 1 "Stewie Loves Lois" Mike Kim Mark Hentemann September 10, 2006 (2006-09-10) 4ACX32 9.93[58]
Quahog succumbs to a flu epidemic, and vaccinations are in short supply. While attempting to receive one from Dr. Elmer Hartman, the Griffin family doctor, Peter is informed he is in need of a prostate exam, but leaves the exam immediately under the belief that the doctor had attempted to rape him. He decides to sue the doctor, to the disbelief of Brian and Lois. Upon later discovering he has developed prostate cancer, he reaches an agreement with the doctor: if he drops all charges, Dr. Hartman will diagnose Peter's problem. Meanwhile, Stewie begins to admire Lois, after she rescued his beloved teddy bear, Rupert, from a vicious dog, and repaired it. As he becomes increasingly dependent on her, she attempts a hands-off parenting approach, ultimately leading Stewie to return to his old ways after she refuses to respond to his need for attention.
82 2 "Mother Tucker" James Purdum Tom Devanney September 17, 2006 (2006-09-17) 4ACX31 9.23[59]
While attending the Quahog Airshow, the Griffins lose Stewie. A passing radio worker consults Brian over the prospect of beginning a stint as a radio host, after hearing him call for Stewie over the loud-speaker. Brian then begins his radio career, but is told to seek the aid of Stewie, after he had made a prank call to Brian while he was on the air, much to his annoyance. Meanwhile, Thelma Griffin, Peter's mother, visits the household, telling Peter she has split up with his father, Francis Griffin, to Peter's dismay. She begins a sexual relationship with local news anchorman Tom Tucker, but the couple break up just as Peter is beginning to adapt to having a new father. Brian later resigns from his radio career for unspecified reasons after Gore Vidal walks into one of his shows.
83 3 "Hell Comes to Quahog" Dan Povenmire Kirker Butler September 24, 2006 (2006-09-24) 4ACX33 9.66[60]
After Peter fails to pick up Meg from the skating rink, she demands that Peter and Lois allow her to buy a car. Despite Meg showing an interest in a station wagon, Peter uses her money to buy a military tank. After he repeatedly uses it to destroy objects in the neighborhood, Joe Swanson impounds it. Meanwhile, a new shop is being built, Superstore USA. When it opens, Quahog begins to suffer from frequent power outages, due the store's increasing demand for electricity. Small businesses in the town also begin to go out of business. After looking for a job, Meg is employed by the store, despite Peter leading protests outside. When Peter is persuaded by the store to become an employee, Brian decides to destroy the store. He obtains the tank and, alongside Stewie, destroys the store from the inside out, and regular living circumstances are restored to the town.
84 4 "Saving Private Brian" Cyndi Tang Cherry Chevapravatdumrong November 5, 2006 (2006-11-05) 4ACX34 8.45[61]
Chris decides he wants to join the United States Army after a presentation by the organization at his school. After telling the family over dinner in the evening, Brian stops at the army recruitment office the following day, when taking Stewie out of the house, but Stewie decides to sign the pair of them up for the army when Brian leaves to top-off the parking meter. Brian becomes stressed with the army training, and later decides he is going to leave, but is persuaded otherwise by Stewie. In an attempt to distract Chris from joining the army, Peter gets Chris a role in a gothic school band, which turns Chris into a rude child. Brian then successfully completes the training with Stewie, and the pair are sent to serve in Iraq, where, upon discovering they do not want to be there, attempt to get themselves dismissed. After this fails, a message comes through telling them that the war is over, and that they are free to go home.
85 5 "Whistle While Your Wife Works" Greg Colton Steve Callaghan November 12, 2006 (2006-11-12) 4ACX35 9.04[62]
Quagmire returns from a vacation in Florida, smuggling fireworks back in his anus. When playing with the fireworks, Peter ends up holding one of the lit firecrackers, and it explodes, blowing off several of his fingers in the process. His fingers are reattached by hospital staff, but Peter begins to fall behind at work, so he requests that Lois do his work for him, after being threatened with the prospect of dismissal if he does not catch up. Peter attempts on numerous occasions to seduce Lois, resulting in her eventually giving in, and having sex with him in his office. Meanwhile, Brian begins dating Jillian, an attractive, but "dumb" young woman; much to the enjoyment of Stewie. Persuaded by Stewie to end the relationship, due to her lack of intelligence, Brian goes to her house, but ends up having sex with her, rather than breaking up.
86 6 "Prick Up Your Ears" James Purdum Cherry Chevapravatdumrong November 19, 2006 (2006-11-19) 5ACX01 9.3[63]
After finding Chris and his friends watching pornography in his bedroom, Lois tells Chris to speak to his sex-education teacher if he is curious about sex, but is shocked to learn that the school does not have one, due to budget constraints. She applies for the role and is accepted, but is quickly fired due to parents protesting outside the school. The school then hires a Reverend to teach the children not to have sex before marriage. In agreement to the Reverend's teaching, the students of James Woods High establish 'ear sex,' much to Lois's chagrin after she catches Meg and her new boyfriend, Doug, engaging in the act. Later, during another assembly presented by the Reverend, Lois takes over the assembly and tells the children that sex is not wrong and is acceptable before marriage if they are ready. The children realize how they have been brainwashed, and agree with Lois. Meg's new boyfriend soon ends his relationship with her, leaving Meg distraught. Meanwhile, Stewie decides to capture the tooth fairy for stealing his baby teeth, after they had fallen out, but is unable to do so.
87 7 "Chick Cancer" Pete Michels Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild November 26, 2006 (2006-11-26) 5ACX02 9.49[64]
When watching television with Brian, Stewie discovers his old friend, Olivia, a female actress, is coming to Quahog in an attempt to boost her Hollywood career. Stewie insists Brian should take him to the mall to ridicule her when she arrives, but he instantly begins to fall in love with her. At first, she does not feel the same way, but decides to date Stewie when he attempts to act in a more mature manner. The couple get married with Stewie's teddy bear, Rupert, as the minister, but Stewie becomes irritable at Olivia after she flirts with one of her old friends at a party. After walking in on Olivia cheating with the child from the party, he leaves the house in anger and decides to set fire to it, leaving Olivia and her new partner to burn. Meanwhile, Peter decides to make a 'chick flick' after being inspired by a movie Lois had asked him to watch with her.
88 8 "Barely Legal" Zac Moncrief Kirker Butler December 17, 2006 (2006-12-17) 5ACX03 8.48[65]
After Mayor West deploys the entire Quahog Police Department to Cartagena, Colombia, after watching Romancing the Stone, Joe is left behind due to Colombia "not being accessible for those in wheelchairs." Peter, Cleveland and Quagmire offer to become police officers after Joe sets up an emergency training school. Meanwhile, after seeing Meg upset at not getting a date for the Junior prom and threatening suicide, Brian offers to take her there, to her agreement. After kissing her while at the prom, Meg begins to fall in love with Brian, despite Brian not feeling the same way. After he tells Lois about kissing Meg at the prom, she repeatedly hits him and tells him to set things straight with her. Brian then decides to tell Meg that they will never be a couple, to which she eventually takes Brian to an undisclosed location and attempts to seduce him after she had tied him to a chair. As she is attempting this, Quahog's new police force, and Lois, stop Meg and Quagmire invites her to his house to have a heart-to-heart talk with her about relationships.
89 9 "Road to Rupert" Dan Povenmire Patrick Meighan January 28, 2007 (2007-01-28) 5ACX04 8.8[66]
The Griffins have a yard sale, but Brian inadvertently sells Stewie's beloved teddy bear, Rupert, to a neighbor. Distraught at the prospect of losing Rupert, Stewie tracks him down, but when they find the neighbor's house, it is empty. As they leave, they see a moving truck pulling away, and hitch a ride with Mayor West, asking him to follow the truck. West agrees, but stops outside the border to Connecticut, refusing to enter, due to his personal beliefs. As they leave the car, a box falls from the moving truck with the new address on it. After discovering the buyer, Sanford, is moving to Aspen, Colorado, Stewie and Brian rent a helicopter to travel across the mountains. Upon arriving, the two discover Sanford's reluctance to give Stewie the bear, and so they both challenge him to a ski race down the mountain, agreeing that if Stewie wins, he can get Rupert back. After losing the race, Stewie then grabs the bear from Sanford's child; then he and Brian carjack a passing motorist to return to Quahog.
90 10 "Peter's Two Dads" Cyndi Tang Danny Smith February 11, 2007 (2007-02-11) 5ACX05 7.97[67]
Lois and Peter forget Meg's upcoming birthday, and have to be reminded about it by Chris. They organize a party in the house, with Peter as a clown. After excessive drinking, Peter attempts to ride a unicycle down the stairs, but falls and lands on his father, Francis, crushing him and later killing him. Upset at his father's death, Peter decides to give up drinking, but quickly replaces it with crack. After being referred to a hypnotherapist by Brian, Peter recalls his father telling him as a child that he is not his biological father. Consulting with his mother afterwards, Peter discovers his father lives in the Republic of Ireland. Peter and Brian decide to travel there to meet him, only to discover Peter's real father is the town drunk. Meanwhile, Stewie discovers he suffers from masochism and enjoys being hit.
91 11 "The Tan Aquatic with Steve Zissou" Julius Wu Mark Hentemann February 18, 2007 (2007-02-18) 5ACX06 8.53[68]
Stewie develops a tan due to Peter's neglect while golfing, much to Lois's annoyance. Stewie is fond of the tan, and begins visiting tanning stores, as well as purchasing a tanning bed for his own bedroom. After asking Brian to wake him up after a short period of time in the tanning bed, Brian falls asleep, and Stewie is severely burnt after being in the bed for more than six hours. After his skin peels, Stewie decides to give up his tan, but discovers a mole on his stomach. Brian immediately takes him to Dr. Hartman so that tests can be performed on the mole. While awaiting the results over several days, Stewie believes he is dying, and asks Brian to assist him in fulfilling a list of final requests. Stewie later learns the mole is not cancerous, and he will survive, but still requests Brian's help in fulfilling his list of final requests. Meanwhile, Chris is bullied by Kyle, a new paper boy who is stealing his customers. Annoyed at Kyle for picking on Chris, Peter beats him up, but discovers bullying is fun, and begins to bully his friends. After preparing to beat up Randy, another child who bullied Peter as a young boy, he is stopped by Chris and is convinced that what he is doing is wrong.
92 12 "Airport '07" John Holmquist Tom Devanney March 4, 2007 (2007-03-04) 5ACX08 8.59[69]
After attending a redneck comedy show, Peter purchases a pickup truck and decides to become a redneck. Peter begins behaving as if he were a redneck, eventually painting over the entire rear window of his pickup, which results in him reversing the car into his neighbor Quagmire's car. After destroying the car, Peter drives Quagmire to the airport, as he is due to fly an airplane. While at the airport, Peter steals the fuel used for Quagmire's airplane, naively believing it will make his pickup fly, resulting in Quagmire's plane crashing safely shortly after, due to a lack of fuel. As a result, Quagmire loses his job and is forced to live with the Griffins until he can find another place to work. Peter claims he is no longer going to be a redneck, although this fails to comfort Quagmire over his loss. The group then sets out to get Quagmire his job back by incapacitating the pilots of another plane, causing it to need to be rescued by Quagmire, making him a town hero. The plan backfires, however, as Quagmire does not get on the plane in time. Quagmire eventually contacts Peter, Cleveland and Joe via air traffic control and instructs Peter on landing the plane safely. The plan succeeded and Quagmire got his job back, even though Peter took responsibility for hijacking accusations.
93 13 "Bill & Peter's Bogus Journey" Dominic Polcino Steve Callaghan March 11, 2007 (2007-03-11) 5ACX07 8.05[70]
After being attacked by an octopus at the aquarium, Peter decides to become physically fit, and spends a mere fifteen minutes at the gym, then believing that he is now fit. Later, former U.S. President Bill Clinton's car breaks down outside their house, and Peter, thinking he is strong enough, attempts to lift the car without a jack, which results in him getting a sudden severe hernia and being hospitalized. Depressed at the concept of becoming old, he confides in Clinton, after he visits Peter in the hospital, who tells Peter that age is only a state of mind. When Peter recovers, Bill takes him out to help him realize he can still have fun, but things eventually get out of hand when they start smoking marijuana, then steal things and cause mischief while high. Meanwhile, Stewie and Brian attempt to be toilet trained by buying an instructional video hosted by Roy Scheider (appearing as himself), but Brian persists to leave his feces in the garden, thus making Lois force him to wear a diaper.
94 14 "No Meals on Wheels" Greg Colton Mike Henry March 25, 2007 (2007-03-25) 5ACX09 7.97[71]
Peter is irritated by Mort, the local pharmacist in Quahog, constantly borrowing his things, so he makes a "Scare-Jew" out of his best suit. Frustrated, Lois takes him to a secondhand clothing store to get a new suit, where Peter finds some flannel pajamas. While wearing them, he begins to notice that he can shock people with static electricity by rubbing his feet on the carpet. Annoyed by this, Lois has the carpet completely removed. When this is done, they find an 18th century Rhode Island ship token, which the family sells for $50,000.
95 15 "Boys Do Cry" Brian Iles Cherry Chevapravatdumrong April 29, 2007 (2007-04-29) 5ACX10 8.13[72]
Lois gets a job as the new organist for the church, which causes her to decide to persuade her family to start attending mass on Sundays. After Stewie mistakes Communion wine for punch, he drinks too much and vomits; the town of Quahog then believes Stewie to be possessed by Satan (since according to Roman Catholic theology the wine is the blood of Christ, and Satan would reject it). When the priest wants to exorcise him, aided by the entire town, the Griffin family escapes to Lois' sister Carol's house in Texas. While there, the family adapts to the Texan lifestyle, and Stewie enters a beauty pageant. Peter also becomes friends with ranchers, and after admitting to them that he is considered "mentally retarded", the ranchers attempt to kill him by execution in an electric chair. He is saved however, and the family then returns home to Quahog after the search for Stewie is called to an end.
96 16 "No Chris Left Behind" Pete Michels Patrick Meighan May 6, 2007 (2007-05-06) 5ACX11 7.95[73]
Lois takes the family out to the ballet Swan Lake on a late school night. As Chris studies at the breakfast table for an upcoming exam the next morning, Brian notices that Chris' history textbook is hopelessly out of date (published in 1896 in the Adult Swim version of the show, 1948 in the Fox version). Upset by this, Lois goes to a PTA meeting to complain. The high school principal, Principal Shepherd, explains that the school cannot afford new textbooks because the school lost its federal funding due to low test scores, as a result of the "No Child Left Behind Act." His solution for raising the school's performance average is to expel the dumbest student, who happens to be Chris.
97 17 "It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One" Zac Moncrief a.bo[A] May 13, 2007 (2007-05-13) 5ACX12 7.21[74]
The Griffin family vacations at Quagmire's cabin. While the family goes swimming in Lake Quahog, they discover that a nearby oil refinery is dumping toxic waste into the lake. As the family flees from the lake, they become almost completely hairless. They are ultimately forced to wear wigs until their hair grows back, and once it does, Lois complains to Mayor Adam West, who admits that he sanctioned the dumping in exchange for free oil for his hair. Outraged, Lois decides to run against West in the upcoming mayoral election. Peter and his friends, meanwhile, become strong supporters of Lois' campaign, realizing that they could get away with anything because of their relations to Lois if she becomes mayor. As such, they do everything in their power to gain the town's support so that she can win the race. Lois is then elected, and succumbs to pressure by the toxic dump owner to allow him to resume dumping in the lake. Lois then decides to resign, and West then become mayor again, after agreeing to "play ball" with the waste dump owner.
98 18 "Meet the Quagmires" Dan Povenmire & Chris Robertson Mark Hentemann May 20, 2007 (2007-05-20) 5ACX13 9.15[75]
After hearing Quagmire brag about his sexual exploits, Peter feels that he has missed out on enjoying the single lifestyle. Death is summoned to The Drunken Clam on a false alarm, and he grants Peter's wish by sending him (along with Brian) back to 1984 for one night. Appearing to others as his 18-year-old self, Peter cancels his scheduled movie date to see Zapped! with Lois Pewterschmidt, instead accepting an invitation from Cleveland to go and party at a bar. Peter enjoys the evening, and ends up making out with actress Molly Ringwald, when Death appears to return him to the present. Back in the present day, Peter then discovers that his past actions have had drastic effects on the world; he and Molly have been married for 20 years, Lois is married to Quagmire, Al Gore is president instead of former U.S. President George W. Bush, Chris, Meg, and Stewie have Quagmire's chin, nose, and mannerisms, Dick Cheney, who is just known as the chairman of Halliburton, has just shot dead Antonin Scalia, Karl Rove, and Tucker Carlson, and finally, Chevy Chase is the host of The Tonight Show. Brian explains to Peter that by missing out on his date with Lois and making out with Molly, he altered the time line. At the end of the episode, Peter says "I'm just glad everything is back to normal" and then Roger the Alien from American Dad! walks in and says "Who ate all the pecan sandies?"

Season 6 (2007–08)

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99 1 "Blue Harvest" Dominic Polcino Alec Sulkin September 23, 2007 (2007-09-23) 5ACX16/5ACX22 10.86[76]
When the power goes out in the Griffin home, Peter decides to educate his family and pass along the greatest story ever told: the story of Star Wars! After Princess Leia (Lois) comes under siege by Darth Vader (Stewie) and his evil Storm Troopers, C-3PO (Quagmire) and R2-D2 (Cleveland) escape to find the only person who can help the Rebel Alliance. On their quest thorough the desert planet of Tatooine, C-3PO and R-2D2 find extra help in Obi-Wan Kenobi (Herbert), Luke Skywalker (Chris), Han Solo (Peter) and Chewbacca (Brian) and head back to battle the Death Star in an epic intergalactic fight to the death.
100 2 "Movin' Out (Brian's Song)" Cyndi Tang John Viener September 30, 2007 (2007-09-30) 5ACX14 7.95[77]
When Peter convinces Brian to move in with his dense girlfriend Jillian, she ends up smothering him, but he keeps her around for the lovin'. Stewie moves in with them to help pay the rent, but he tries to get Brian back on the playing field by throwing him a drunken party and interfering with their relationship. Meanwhile, Meg gets a job at the local convenience store, as does Chris, who gets chummy with the manager, Carl. While Chris and Carl talk about their favorite movies, Meg is saddled with all the hard work. She eventually stands up for herself and as a result gets fired.
101 3 "Believe It or Not, Joe's Walking on Air" Julius Wu Andrew Goldberg October 7, 2007 (2007-10-07) 5ACX15 8.39[77]
After Joe overhears Bonnie's phone conversation, in which she tells a friend that she is tired of being married to a handicapped person, Joe decides to get a leg transplant. Excited about his new ability to walk, Joe dives head first into extreme sports and begins to hang around more active friends. Meanwhile, Peter and the guys are upset at how Joe is acting and decide to teach him a lesson. In doing so, they re-cripple him and he is back to normal.
102 4 "Stewie Kills Lois" (Part 1) John Holmquist David A. Goodman November 4, 2007 (2007-11-04) 5ACX17 10.50[78]
In the 100th episode, Lois and Peter go on a cruise, leaving Stewie and the family behind. Upset with Lois for leaving him at home, Stewie vows to carry out a diabolical plan. When Brian challenges him to actually do it, Stewie stows away on the ship, finds Lois and shoots her, seemingly killing her.
103 5 "Lois Kills Stewie" (Part 2) Greg Colton Steve Callaghan November 11, 2007 (2007-11-11) 5ACX18 10.42[79]
While all of Quahog assumes she's dead, Lois returns from the wilderness and names Stewie as her killer, but he goes on the run while Joe leads a manhunt around Quahog. Then, Stewie tries to take over the world and in the interim auditions for the American Idol judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul. After suffering several days under Stewie's reign, Lois decides she has no choice and arms herself to kill Stewie and save the world.
104 6 "Padre de Familia" Pete Michels Kirker Butler November 18, 2007 (2007-11-18) 5ACX20 10.53[80]
Peter starts an anti-immigration group after being caught up in the pro-American sentiment at a Veterans' Day parade, but his tune quickly changes when he finds out he was born in Mexico. Unable to prove his citizenship, pass the naturalization test or convince investigators that his marriage to Lois is for real, he ends up working as a groundskeeper on his father-in-law's estate and leading the fight for immigrant rights.
105 7 "Peter's Daughter" Zac Moncrief Chris Sheridan November 25, 2007 (2007-11-25) 5ACX21 9.60[81]
When a flood hits Quahog, Meg winds up in the hospital in a coma, but she wakes up to a cute med student named Michael and they immediately hit it off. After Meg recovers, Peter is very protective of her, so he drives Michael away. But when Meg reveals to the family that she is pregnant, Peter forces them to get married.
106 8 "McStroke" Brian Iles Wellesley Wild January 13, 2008 (2008-01-13) 5ACX19 11.50[82]
Peter decides to grow a mustache, but then he's mistaken for a fireman (because they all have mustaches), so he lends a hand when a fire breaks out at a local fast food restaurant. The owner gives him unlimited burgers as a "thank you" but he eats so many and he eventually has a stroke. When Peter recovers, he vows to expose the fast-food company and becomes friends with a genetically engineered cow he meets after infiltrating the McBurgertown warehouse.
107 9 "Back to the Woods" Brian Iles Tom Devanney February 17, 2008 (2008-02-17) 6ACX02 7.23[83]
James Woods returns after being locked in a crate to seek revenge against Peter. First, James steals Peter's identity and moves in as head of the Griffin household. Then, Peter goes out and ruins James career and image.
108 10 "Play It Again, Brian" John Holmquist Danny Smith March 2, 2008 (2008-03-02) 6ACX01 7.80[84]
Peter and Lois's marriage is on the rocks, but when Brian wins the New England Rising Writer’s award, the three of them head to Martha's Vineyard for a relaxing vacation. As Peter's drinking spirals out of control, so does Brian's self restraint as he professes his undying love for Lois. Peter and Brian test their friendship over the woman of their dreams.
109 11 "The Former Life of Brian" Pete Michels Steve Callaghan April 27, 2008 (2008-04-27) 6ACX04 8.49[85]
When Brian is afraid that he has lost his chance at love, he goes in search of a former flame Tracy only to discover he is the father of her unruly son, Dylan. After Brian’s surprise visit, Tracy drops Dylan off at the Griffin's so Brian can raise him. Subsequently, his new little angel begins terrorizing the Griffin household and Brian's self-important attitude toward parenting infuriates Peter and Lois.
110 12 "Long John Peter" Dominic Polcino Wellesley Wild May 4, 2008 (2008-05-04) 6ACX06 7.68[86]
It's a pirate's life for Peter when he gets a pet parrot. But after raising hell in Quahog and terrorizing the neighbors, Peter accidentally kills his beloved pet. Meanwhile, Chris goes with Brian to the vet and falls for the lovely intern Anna.

Season 7 (2008–09)

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111 1 "Love, Blactually" Cyndi Tang Mike Henry September 28, 2008 (2008-09-28) 6ACX03 9.20[76]
Brian begins dating a woman named Carolyn, but decides not to have sex with her because (as Stewie points out) none of his relationships have worked because he has sex immediately after they meet. After three weeks, Brian finds out that Carolyn is dating Cleveland because she thinks Brian only wants friendship. This leads Brian to convince Cleveland's ex-wife Loretta to reconcile with him so Brian can date Carolyn. Loretta invites Cleveland to a hotel to reconcile with him; however, Cleveland explains that he forgives her for cheating on him but he must move on with his life. Cleveland then visits Carolyn, whom he discovers is cheating on him with Quagmire. He goes to see Brian, and they make amends.
112 2 "I Dream of Jesus" Mike Kim Brian Scully October 5, 2008 (2008-10-05) 6ACX05 8.42[87]
Peter buys a record of his favorite song ("Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen) and listens to it incessantly, annoying his family. Eventually, Stewie and Brian steal (and destroy) the record. Distraught, Peter goes to the record store for another copy and discovers that the clerk is Jesus Christ; Jesus explains that he returns every 100 years or so to check on the world. Peter befriends Jesus, and convinces him to reveal himself. Jesus then becomes a celebrity, neglecting his friendship with Peter; he is then found drunk in an apartment and arrested. Peter pays his bail; Jesus realizes he still has some maturing to do and decides to return to his home. Before he leaves, Jesus gives Peter a present: another record of "Surfin' Bird".
113 3 "Road to Germany" Greg Colton Patrick Meighan October 19, 2008 (2008-10-19) 6ACX08 9.07[77]
During a party at the Griffin house Mort Goldman accidentally steps into Stewie's time machine (mistaking it for a bathroom), forcing Brian and Stewie to take a return pad and go after him. They find Mort in a Warsaw, Poland synagogue, thinking he is in heaven since he sees dead family members there. They soon realize the date is September 1, 1939, the day of the Nazi invasion of Poland and the beginning of World War II. The return pad breaks and they decide to go to England, where it will be safe to repair it. In England, Stewie realizes that the return pad is out of uranium fuel and Brian suggests they find some in a nuclear-testing facility in Berlin. At the facility Stewie disguises himself as Hitler; the other two disguise themselves as Nazi officers, and obtain the needed uranium. They then encounter the real Hitler (who orders their execution), but they escape on the return pad back to their own time and arrives back in Stewie's room 30 seconds before Mort entered the time machine. To keep these events from repeating, Stewie kills the version of Mort who traveled with them.
114 4 "Baby Not on Board" Julius Wu Mark Hentemann November 2, 2008 (2008-11-02) 6ACX07 9.97[78]
The Griffins decide to take a trip to the Grand Canyon. They inadvertently leave Stewie in the house, not realizing it until they are in New York (where they call Cleveland and Quagmire to check on him). When Stewie realizes he is alone, he decides to enjoy his solitude. Cleveland and Quagmire arrive, Stewie mistakes them for intruders and sprays them with tear gas. Realizing his mistake, he chains them to the Griffins' basement wall. Lois becomes worried after not hearing from Cleveland or Quagmire, so the Griffins return home. After Stewie finishes all the food in the house he realizes he needs his family, and embraces them when they return.
115 5 "The Man with Two Brians" Dominic Bianchi John Viener November 9, 2008 (2008-11-09) 6ACX09 8.60[79]
When Brian is hurt, the Griffins think he may be getting too old. Peter buys a younger dog, whom he calls "New Brian". New Brian's upbeat attitude makes Brian feel unloved (especially when the Griffins begin ignoring him), and he decides to leave home. New Brian's relentless cheerfulness begins annoying Stewie, who asks Brian to return. Brian refuses, saying he will not come back if New Brian is there. Stewie tells New Brian he does not like him, and New Brian retaliates by revealing that he violated Rupert (Stewie's teddy bear). Angered, Stewie kills New Brian and forges a suicide note; the Griffins then take Brian back.
116 6 "Tales of a Third Grade Nothing" Jerry Langford Alex Carter November 16, 2008 (2008-11-16) 6ACX10 8.52[80]
Peter tries to get a promotion by impressing his boss Angela, which leads to his inadvertently blowing up part of a children's hospital. After he is then told he needs to finish third grade to get the promotion, he returns to school. Peter resents being there, and only passes the grade after winning a spelling bee. When he returns to his job for the promotion, Angela informs him he is under arrest for blowing up the hospital.
117 7 "Ocean's Three and a Half" John Holmquist Cherry Chevapravatdumrong February 15, 2009 (2009-02-15) 6ACX11 7.33[81]
Bonnie gives birth to her baby, a beautiful girl named Susie; however, Joe is unable to pay her medical bills. He turns to a loan shark for the money, and ends up in debt. Peter and his friends ask Carter for money to pay the debt, but Carter refuses. In a final act of desperation, Peter suggests that they rob Carter. However, when they reach Carter's vault Lois arrives and convinces Joe to stop. She talks Carter into providing the money, telling him she is using it for a divorce lawyer; when Peter asks her if she is joking, Lois says nothing (leaving Peter worried).
118 8 "Family Gay" Brian Iles Richard Appel March 8, 2009 (2009-03-08) 6ACX12 7.18[82]
Peter participates in medical experiments to pay off a debt. One includes his being injected with the "gay gene". Peter then becomes involved in a gay relationship, leaving his family heartbroken. Seeing how unhappy Lois is, Brian and Stewie plan to take Peter to a camp to "turn him straight". When Lois finds out she stops them, since she believes Peter has the right to be happy with whomever he chooses. Later that night the gay gene's effect wears off, and Peter returns to his family.
119 9 "The Juice Is Loose" Cyndi Tang Andrew Goldberg March 15, 2009 (2009-03-15) 6ACX13 7.21[83]
In this supposedly-lost episode from 2007 Peter cashes in a raffle ticket from 1989 and wins a golf outing with O. J. Simpson, unaware of Simpson's accusations of murder. He befriends Simpson, and takes him home to meet his family. Word soon spreads that Simpson is staying in Quahog, and the town's residents try to drive him out. Desperate for somewhere to live in peace, Simpson makes a heartfelt speech; he confesses that he is as imperfect as everyone else, and the residents of Quahog apologize. A moment later, however, Simpson pulls a knife, kills three people before running off and the mob resumes its chase.
120 10 "Fox-y Lady" Pete Michels Matt Fleckenstein March 22, 2009 (2009-03-22) 6ACX14 7.45[84]
Lois gets a job at Fox News, although Brian warns her that the channel is a biased network. On her first day she is assigned to an exposé on Michael Moore alleging that he is homosexual. When she spies on him at home she sees Rush Limbaugh leaving, causing her to conclude that Limbaugh and Moore are in a relationship. However, Fox News refuses to allow any material unfavorable to a conservative to be broadcast (making Lois realize that Brian was right). Lois and Brian take the story into their own hands, confronting whom they think to be Moore and a naked Limbaugh in a bedroom only to realize they are both Fred Savage. Flabbergasted, Lois decides to report his story instead. At the end, Lois is revealed to no longer work as a reporter; she does not reveal how or why, since no one cares.
121 11 "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" Greg Colton Danny Smith March 29, 2009 (2009-03-29) 6ACX17 8.20[85]
Meg becomes a born-again Christian after watching a Christian TV show starring Kirk Cameron. She begins talking about Christianity to the Griffins, who are uninterested in her new-found faith. Meg asks Brian for help, but he confides that he is an atheist. She spreads the news of Brian's atheism around Quahog (which detests atheists), making him a social outcast; he is banned from every bar and convenience store in Quahog, making it impossible for him to drink. Brian fakes repentance (convincing Meg to cease hostilities against him so he can return to drinking), but she takes him to burn books which are "harmful to God". Disgusted, Brian comes clean and tries to convince Meg that what she is doing is wrong. When she refuses to listen Brian points out that if there were truly a loving God, he would not have created Meg in a family contemptuous of her. Ashamed, Meg concedes and apologizes for her behavior. Brian then assures her that the answers are inside herself, and the real meaning of existence is out there. It is later revealed that the Family Guy universe takes place within the molecules of a lampshade in the bedroom of Adam West (who appears with Rob Lowe in a live action scene wishing each other good night).
122 12 "420" Julius Wu Patrick Meighan April 19, 2009 (2009-04-19) 6ACX16 7.40[86]
After Brian is arrested for drug possession, he launches a campaign to legalize marijuana in Quahog. After an elaborate musical, Mayor West passes a law legalizing the drug. Everyone starts smoking it; the town improves as a result, with a decrease in crime. However, Carter begins losing money in the timber industry (since hemp is being used to manufacture many products). He bribes Peter to help him with an anti-marijuana campaign, which ultimately fails. Carter then bribes Brian by promising to publish and ship his novel, Faster Than the Speed of Love. He reluctantly complies, and the drug becomes illegal once more. Brian's novel is released, but is criticized and sells no copies.
123 13 "Stew-Roids" Jerry Langford Alec Sulkin April 26, 2009 (2009-04-26) 6ACX18 6.80[88]
Susie attacks Stewie; upset by this, Peter takes Stewie to train at the local gym. A trainer notices Stewie struggling with barbells and offers them steroids. Peter injects the drugs into Stewie, who becomes well-developed. As time passes, Stewie's drugs gradually wear off; to his horror, his skin becomes loose and flabby. He jumps out his bedroom window to avoid Brian (whom he had previously annoyed), only to have his loosened skin help him glide to safety. At the end of the episode, his body inexplicably returns to normal.
124 14 "We Love You, Conrad" John Holmquist Cherry Chevapravatdumrong May 3, 2009 (2009-05-03) 6ACX19 6.67[89]
Brian learns that his ex-girlfriend Jillian is getting married, and goes to a local bar to drown his sorrows. In a drunken stupor, he meets Lauren Conrad (although he does not realize this until they wake up in bed the next morning). Against Brian's wishes, Stewie leaks the relationship online; this results in a media circus and the claim that Lauren is a "dumb blonde". Attempting to break off the relationship, Brian realizes that Lauren is an accomplished woman. Brian becomes even more uncomfortable with the relationship, comparing himself to Lauren. Realizing that Brian never got over the end of his relationship with Jillian, Lauren encourages him to tell her know how he feels. Brian uses Jillian's wedding as an opportunity to interrupt the ceremony and passionately profess his love for her. Jillian replies that she has moved on, and he needs to do the same.
125 15 "Three Kings" Dominic Bianchi Alec Sulkin May 10, 2009 (2009-05-10) 6ACX15 6.47[90]
Peter imagines his friends and family in three of Stephen King's best-known works: Stand by Me, Misery and The Shawshank Redemption.
126 16 "Peter's Progress" Brian Iles Wellesley Wild May 17, 2009 (2009-05-17) 6ACX20 7.33[91]
Peter learns from Cleveland's Jamaican psychic cousin, Madame Claude, in a palm reading that in a past life he was Griffin Peterson (the founder of Quahog). We are shown a 17th-century England in which Griffin proposes to the love of his life, Lady Redbush. The ruthless King Stewart III, however, spots Redbush strolling through town and decides that he will marry her. When Griffin is en rout to his wedding, Stewart exiles him to the New World. As Lady Redbush waits in growing anxiety, Stewart walks into the church; he tells her Griffin is dead, marrying her himself. Reaching the New World, Griffin establishes the colony of Quahog (which becomes a thriving settlement) and moves on with his life. King Stewart's jester soon reveals the truth to Redbush, who leaves for Quahog and reunites with Griffin. When the king learns Redbush is gone, he leaves for Quahog to reclaim her. When they are found, Griffin threatens to kill an officer and Stewart threatens to kill Redbush. After the exchange of threats, Griffin and Stewart decide to settle their dispute with a talent show. For his act, King Stewart steals his jester's (mostly unfunny) jokes. However, Griffin steals the show with a techno-rock number; he and Redbush live happily ever after in Quahog.

Season 8 (2009–10)

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127 1 "Road to the Multiverse" Greg Colton Wellesley Wild September 27, 2009 (2009-09-27) 7ACX06 10.17[92]
Stewie shows Brian a remote control that allows him to access parallel universes depicting Quahog in the same time and place, but under different conditions. Travelling to a universe where humans are subservient to dogs, Stewie is unable to figure out how to modify the device so that they can return home. Brian is reluctant to leave and forcefully swipes the remote, accidentally breaking it. The two head to the universe's Griffin family, who are all dogs, except for their pet Brian, who is human. The dog version of Stewie explains that he has developed his own remote control. While he goes to fetch it, human Stewie bites the dog version of Peter and is sent to the human pound, where he will be euthanized. Human Brian, regular Brian, and dog Stewie go to the pound, free Stewie, and both regular Stewie and regular Brian are sent back to their universe.
128 2 "Family Goy" James Purdum Mark Hentemann October 4, 2009 (2009-10-04) 7ACX01 9.66[93]
Peter discovers a lump on Lois's breast, and the two go to the hospital to have it tested. The test shows the lump to be benign, but Dr. Hartman discovers, by looking in her medical records, that Lois's mother was a Holocaust survivor, meaning Lois and her children are Jewish. Despite being Catholic, Peter becomes a devout Jew, much to Lois's chagrin. That night, Peter is visited by the ghost of his father, who warns him that he will go to Hell if he is not Catholic. The next day, Peter decides to convert the family back, and becomes prejudiced against Lois for her Jewish heritage. When Lois's mother advises not to let Peter suppress her identity, Lois decides to hold Passover, which Peter tries to ruin. Jesus then appears and settles the couple's disputes. In a minor subplot, Quagmire learns about internet porn and gains large muscles after masturbating to it.
129 3 "Spies Reminiscent of Us" Cyndi Tang Alec Sulkin October 11, 2009 (2009-10-11) 7ACX03 8.88[94]
Actors Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd begin living in the neighborhood, causing Stewie and Brian to investigate. Discovering a secret underground military facility, they learn that the actors are government spies. They try to warn Mayor West about an deactivated Russian sleeper agent in Quahog, only to discover that West is actually the sleeper agent. During the ensuing fight Aykroyd plants a homing beacon on West's leg. West escapes to Russia and the four quickly follow him. They are soon captured under orders of Vladimir Putin, who explains that word of the sleeper agents would be an embarrassment to their government, and offers to help them stop West from fulfilling his mission. By the time the four find West, they watch him launch a missile aimed for the United States, but Aykroyd is able to hack into the missile's guidance system, allowing him to aim the warhead high above the atmosphere where it harmlessly explodes. Meanwhile after Peter tells Quagmire and Joe about how Chase and Aykroyd criticized Peter's comedy skill, Quagmire convinces Peter and Joe to form an Improv comedy troupe with him. Unfortunately Peter loses interest and ruins the group with his shenanigans.
130 4 "Brian's Got a Brand New Bag" Pete Michels Tom Devanney November 8, 2009 (2009-11-08) 7ACX02 7.38[95]
While driving with Brian, Peter accidentally crashes into a woman's car, leading Brian to take interest in her and ask her out on a date. He arrives at her house to pick her up, but soon finds himself attracted to her mother, Rita, and sneaks her home that night. Knowing he would become a laughing stock if the family found out he was going out with an older woman, he hides her until the next morning. Later, Brian bumps into the family and is ridiculed, and Lois invites Rita to dinner with the intention of getting her to reveal her age. At dinner, Rita is succumbed into admitting she is fifty. Infuriated with his family, Brian goes to console Rita, and proposes marriage. Later that night, Rita accidentally breaks her hip, and Peter warns Brian that the relationship will not last much longer now that Brian must run errands. Brian then succumbs to the temptation of having sex with another, younger woman, and Rita decides Brian is too young for her.
131 5 "Hannah Banana" John Holmquist Cherry Chevapravatdumrong November 8, 2009 (2009-11-08) 7ACX05 7.73[96]
Stewie learns that Miley Cyrus will be hosting a concert in Quahog, but tickets to the show sold out in mere seconds. He sneaks in backstage, and Miley Cyrus soon becomes Stewie's best friend. Once he notices something strange about her, however, he discovers that she is an android. Stewie attempts to reprogram Miley for use as Brian's sex toy. This backfires when Stewie causes a short-circuit and she rampages through the city. Meanwhile, Chris does poorly on a test at school and blames the Evil Monkey living in his closet. Peter and Lois are fed up with him talking about the monkey, and claim it does not exist. Chris then captures the monkey and shows it to the family. The monkey then goes on to explain his backstory, claiming the entire event is a huge misunderstanding. As it turns out, the monkey discovered his wife had committed Adultery one night resulting in divorce. As result, the "Evil Monkey" found himself spiraling into depression which costed him his job and home. These events forced him to move into Chris's closet where he lived for nine years. Chris is at first unconvinced, but when the monkey helps him write a book report, they become friends. Later, the group sees Miley destroying the city after Stewie unsuccessfully re-wires her, and the monkey confronts her. He is taken to the top of a skyscraper, so Peter recruits Quagmire to shoot her down in a biplane and save the monkey. After Quagmire and Peter destroy the android Miley and save the monkey, the latter decides it's time to move out and does so to Chris's despair.
132 6 "Quagmire's Baby" Jerry Langford Patrick Meighan November 15, 2009 (2009-11-15) 7ACX04 8.28[97]
When Peter goes to Quagmire's house, he notices a baby in a basket by the door. The baby is Quagmire's illegitimate daughter. Quagmire then takes her in and names her Anna Lee. When the baby ends up deeply cutting into his sex life, Joe convinces Quagmire to put her up for adoption, and he reluctantly does so. Later, while at a strip bar, Quagmire cannot stop thinking about Anna Lee, and they go to her adoptive family's home to get her back. They see how well the new family treats her and Quagmire decides that she belongs there. Meanwhile, Stewie makes an unintelligent clone of himself, and introduces the clone to Brian, who becomes interested in having a clone of his own. Stewie then makes one for Brian, and the clones perform all of their chores.
133 7 "Jerome Is the New Black" Brian Iles John Viener November 22, 2009 (2009-11-22) 7ACX08 7.38[98]
Upset that Cleveland left Quahog, Peter, Joe and Quagmire decide to interview people to fill the vacancy, and are approached by Jerome. After he impresses the group, they decide to let him join. When Peter introduces Jerome to Lois, she reveals that the two used to date. Jealous, Peter inadvertently causes a fire, later that night, which burns down Jerome's house. The next morning, Peter discovers that Lois has invited Jerome to live with them. As time goes on, Peter cannot contain his jealousy and eventually kicks him out. During an argument, Lois convinces Peter to apologize to Jerome, who accepts his apology. Meanwhile, Brian offers to be the fourth member of the group, until Peter tells him that Quagmire dislikes him. Brian is shocked to learn this and tries to make friends with Quagmire. He tricks Quagmire into going to dinner with him, where Quagmire unleashes a tirade in which he outlines everything offensive Brian has ever done.
134 8 "Dog Gone" Julius Wu Steve Callaghan November 29, 2009 (2009-11-29) 7ACX07 8.48[99]
Brian receives an invitation to an award ceremony celebrating his novel, but soon discovers that all the club members are mentally retarded. He decides to drown his sorrows at the local bar, and runs over a dog on the way home. He secretly buries the dog's body, but eventually confesses. He quickly learns, however, that no one cares if a dog is killed. Outraged, Brian starts a group to convince people that the life of an animal is just as important as a human's, with little success. Later, in an attempt to cheer up Brian, Stewie takes his dog collar and places it on a stray, which he kills in a fire. The family is devastated because they believe Brian is dead, and begin to cry. When he sees this, Brian realizes his life does have a purpose, and thanks Stewie for helping him. Meanwhile, Lois hires an Hispanic maid named Consuela, who quickly proves to be very stubborn.
135 9 "Business Guy" Pete Michels Andrew Goldberg & Alex Carter December 13, 2009 (2009-12-13) 7ACX11 7.67[100]
Peter is shocked to find out that Lois's father, Carter, has never had a bachelor party, so he takes him to a strip club, and gives him the time of his life. In his excitement, Carter ends up having a heart attack and falls into a coma. Carter's will leaves Lois in control of his billion dollar company, but Peter soon takes over. Peter then fires the entire board of directors, and creates several ridiculous items. Carter awakens from his coma and confronts Peter, demanding that he relinquish control of the company. Lois and Carter try to negotiate with Peter, who agrees to give Carter employment as a janitor. Carter and Lois decide to trick Peter into surrendering the company by scaring him into believing a swamp monster will eat him, causing Peter to agree.
136 10 "Big Man on Hippocampus" Dominic Bianchi Brian Scully January 3, 2010 (2010-01-03) 7ACX09 8.10[101]
Peter gets in a fight and hits his head, causing him to suffer from amnesia. This causes him to forget everything about his life, including his family. Lois decides to reintroduce Peter to his old self, including his sex life, in an attempt to jog his memory. Later, Peter mistakenly believes himself free to have sexual relations with other women. Deeply angered, Lois and the rest of the family decide to move out and leave Peter. Quagmire takes the opportunity to finally pursue a relationship with Lois. When Peter returns home later that night, Brian warns him about this development, and Peter reveals that he finally regained his memory. He then rushes to reclaim Lois, while Quagmire's plans had been stymied by guilt-induced impotence.
137 11 "Dial Meg for Murder" Cyndi Tang Alex Carter & Andrew Goldberg January 31, 2010 (2010-01-31) 7ACX12 6.21[102]
Peter gets more than he bargained for when he joins the rodeo, albeit by cheating, which gets the best of him when he is raped by a bull at a rodeo. During the occurrence, Brian meets the editor for a magazine, starts following Meg as research for an article on teenage life, and discovers she has fallen in love with Luke, a prison inmate. Brian reveals Meg's secret to Peter and Lois, who forbid her from seeing the inmate. Luke then breaks out of jail and tries to hide in the Griffin family home. Peter alerts Joe, who apprehends the criminal. Joe also arrests Meg for harboring a fugitive, and she is sent to prison. Three months later, Meg returns home a hardened criminal and abuses her family and friends. Wanting to start a new life away from home, Meg ambushes Brian in his car and forces him to drive to the pharmacy to rob the store. In an attempt to stop her, Brian shows Meg the article he wrote, in which he describes her as "far sweeter and kinder" than the typical American girl. Touched by this, Meg returns home and thanks Brian.
138 12 "Extra Large Medium" John Holmquist Steve Callaghan February 14, 2010 (2010-02-14) 7ACX14 6.42[103]
When the Griffin family go for a hike, Chris and Stewie get lost, and Lois decides to seek the advice of a psychic. Lois becomes obsessed with the psychic, to the annoyance of a skeptical Brian. In defiance of Lois, Brian has Peter perform a cold reading on a passerby, to demonstrate that psychic readings are purely an act. Peter is struck by his success, however, and decides to capitalize on his newfound ability. Soon after, Joe requests Peter's help in a search for a missing person who has been strapped to a bomb. Peter stalls for time during the search, "summoning" the ghost of Lou Costello and does the "Who's on First?" routine with the victims last name. Which eventually results in a gruesome death when the bomb explodes. Meanwhile, Stewie helps prepare Chris for a date with a mentally challenged girl at his school. During the date, the girl is pushy and demanding, and the relationship quickly falls apart.
139 13 "Go Stewie Go" Greg Colton Gary Janetti March 14, 2010 (2010-03-14) 7ACX15 6.72[104]
Brian notices Stewie watching Jolly Farm Revue, and tells him about upcoming auditions for the show. They go to the auditions but learn that only girls are being interviewed. Stewie then cross-dresses to get an audition, naming his new identity "Karina" and wins the role. Later, Stewie falls in love with Julie, who professes her love for Karina, wishing that she was a boy, and Stewie reveals his true self. Shocked, Julie refuses to speak to him, and Stewie regrets coming out. Meanwhile, Peter insults Lois about her age, and she longs for a younger man. Meg brings home Anthony, a new boyfriend, and makes out with him. Lois is jealous and makes advances toward Anthony, and eventually makes out with him. Peter then admits that he was actually embarrassed about his own age, and was only insulting Lois in order to stop her from seeing she could be with a much better man.
140 14 "Peter-assment" Julius Wu Chris Sheridan March 21, 2010 (2010-03-21) 7ACX16 6.65[105]
Peter becomes a paparazzo, and begins recording local celebrities, including Ollie Williams, who breaks Peter's glasses. Unable to get his glasses fixed for work, he decides to wear contacts. Once he arrives, his boss, Angela, begins making disturbng sexual advances. Eventually, Angela invites Peter over to her house under the guise of working on a "project" leading Peter to quickly deduce she intends to have sex with him. Using Quagmire as a double Peter agrees to have sex with her, but Quagmire backs out when he loses interest resulting in Peter being fired. Later that night, Peter drives back to Angela's house and discovers she is attempting to commit suicide. He rescues her, and Angela confesses that she has no hope in life. Peter decides to have dinner with her, where she tries to seduce him, threatening to kill herself if he refuses sex. Peter then agrees, this time using Mort as a double which rekindles Angela's will to live. Angela then rehires Peter, after thanking him for making her life whole again.
141 15 "Brian Griffin's House of Payne" Jerry Langford Spencer Porter March 28, 2010 (2010-03-28) 7ACX13 7.27[106]
Stewie finds an old script that Brian wrote, and suggests Lois read it. Reluctant to at first, Lois ends up loving it, and suggests he meet with executives about producing a drama show. Brian pitches the script to CBS, who respond positively. The producers bring in James Woods, however, who wins the role. The CBS executives then turn Brian's drama into a comedy. Frustrated, Brian tries to make the producers return to the original plot, but ends up quitting when they refuse. Meanwhile, Meg and Chris bump into Stewie, and he falls down the stairs, unconscious. Attempting to hide the accident, Meg and Chris are approached by Peter, who suggests they frame Lois for causing the injury. Noticing her pulling out of the driveway, Peter throws Stewie behind her tire, and Lois runs him over. Lois then suggests they frame someone else, and Peter tells her they should take Stewie to the hospital.
142 16 "April in Quahog" Joseph Lee John Viener April 11, 2010 (2010-04-11) 7ACX18 6.93[107]
The people of Quahog are misled into believing that a black hole will suck up the entire planet in just 24 hours, and all life on Earth will be destroyed. Everybody in Quahog then frantically tries to live out their last day on Earth. Right before the timer runs out, Peter confesses that he hates being around his kids. This puts him in an awkward position when the black hole turns out to have just been an April Fools' Day prank played by the local news team. Peter must then show his kids that he loves them, to make it up to them. He tries different things, including trying to find out more about their interests and apologizing to them. When these methods fail, however, he buys them an Xbox 360 and wins their love.
143 17 "Brian & Stewie" Dominic Bianchi Gary Janetti May 2, 2010 (2010-05-02) 7ACX20 7.68[108]
Brian and Stewie get locked in a bank vault and become trapped. Brian wakes up in the middle of the night and opens a bottle of scotch. When he accidentally wakes up Stewie, they share the scotch. While drunk, Stewie tells Brian that his life has no purpose, and Brian becomes infuriated. A fight ensues, and Stewie draws a gun from Brian's safety deposit box in the vault. The next morning, Stewie asks Brian why he has the gun, and he reveals that he keeps it in case he ever wants to commit suicide. Shocked, Stewie asks why he is so unhappy, and Brian notes it is because his life has no purpose. Feeling sorry for him, Stewie says that he loves Brian, and he would not be able to live without him. They drift off to sleep, and the bank vault suddenly opens.
144 18 "Quagmire's Dad" Pete Michels Tom Devanney May 9, 2010 (2010-05-09) 7ACX19 7.22[109]
Joe and Peter visit Quagmire, and are introduced to his father, Dan. They are surprised by Dan's gay mannerisms, however, and after Quagmire invites Peter and Lois to the Naval Ball to be held in his father's honor, they begin arguing over the issue. Quagmire confronts Dan, and his father states that he has scheduled a sex change. The surgery is a success, and Dan emerges as "Ida." That night, Ida and Quagmire join the Griffins for dinner. Quagmire becomes frustrated when the conversation turns towards Ida's surgery, and suddenly storms out of the room. At Quagmire's home, he tells Ida that he cannot deal with the change. Saddened, Ida leaves her son's home and decides to stay at a nearby hotel. There, she meets Brian, and after several drinks, Brian sleeps with Ida which drives Quagmire into rage.
145 19 "The Splendid Source" Brian Iles Teleplay: Mark Hentemann
Based on a short story by: Richard Matheson
May 16, 2010 (2010-05-16) 7ACX17 7.59[110]
Chris tells his parents that he has been suspended from school for telling a dirty joke. Revealing he heard it from Quagmire, Peter questions where Quagmire heard the joke and eventually finds that the joke originated with a Virginia bartender. Setting out from Quahog, the group enters the bar in question and find that it was Cleveland who told the bartender the joke. When Cleveland is asked where he heard it, he reveals that it was from a bellhop in Washington, D.C.. The group, along with Cleveland, then set out on the road and are attacked, captured, and thrown on a plane. The plane lands on an island where they are led to a large stone temple, and enter a large library with all of the world's greatest geniuses studying inside. They are not permitted to leave the island, however, and are locked in a jail cell. The group then breaks out, and set the temple on fire.
146 20 "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side" Dominic Polcino Kirker Butler May 23, 2010 (2010-05-23) 6ACX21/6ACX22 6.13[111]
While being chased by Darth Vader (Stewie) on the planet Hoth, young Luke Skywalker (Chris) has a vision of his dead mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi (Herbert), who tells him to go to the planet Dagobah and learn the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Yoda (Carl). Luke has a vision of the Empire capturing his friends and forgoes his Jedi training in order to save them by confronting Vader. Luke arrives at Cloud City and engages Vader in a lightsaber duel. Vader cuts off Luke's right hand, and with Luke cornered and defenseless, Vader goads him to join the dark side, and then reveals that he is his father.
147 21 "Partial Terms of Endearment" Joseph Lee Danny Smith June 20, 2010 (2010-06-20) (BBC Three) 7ACX10 N/A
Lois runs into her old friend Naomi, who reveals that she and her husband are having difficulty conceiving a child. She then asks Lois if she will be a surrogate mother. Lois decides to do so, and Peter becomes upset when he finds out. Despite this, Lois has the procedure performed, and Peter attempts to cause Lois to have a miscarriage. Suddenly, the local news reveals there has been a car crash, with Naomi and her husband pronounced dead. Devastated, Lois must choose whether or not to abort the baby, or put it up for adoption. In an attempt to make a decision, Lois and Peter visit the Family Planning Center, and decide to have an abortion performed. As Peter exits the center he comes across an anti-abortion rally and changes his mind. When they return home, they discuss if they should have the abortion or not. After the discussion, Lois goes ahead with abortion.

Season 9 (2010–11)

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148 1 "And Then There Were Fewer" Dominic Polcino Cherry Chevapravatdumrong September 26, 2010 (2010-09-26) 8ACX01/8ACX02 9.41[112]
The residents of Quahog are invited over to a honorary dinner at James Woods' mansion, but as James Woods and other residents are murdered, everybody start scattering around the house to find the victim.
149 2 "Excellence in Broadcasting" John Holmquist Patrick Meighan October 3, 2010 (2010-10-03) 8ACX03 7.94[113]
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 (2010-10-10) 8ACX04 7.02[114]
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 (2010-11-07) 8ACX06 7.97[115]
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 (2010-11-14) 8ACX05 7.00[116]
After Lois accidentally gets involved in boxing, she proves herself extremely skilled in the ring.
153 6 "Brian Writes a Bestseller" Joseph Lee Gary Janetti November 21, 2010 (2010-11-21) 8ACX07 6.59[117]
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 (2010-12-12) 8ACX08/8ACX09 8.03[118]
Brian and Stewie travel to the North Pole to kill Santa Claus at Stewie's insistence. They get there, only to find that Santa is sick, the workshop is polluted and lifeless, the elves inbred and mutated, and the reindeer carnivorous, feral monsters because of all the work Santa does each Christmas. Brian and Stewie promise to deliver the presents for him, but fail at the first stop after being discovered by a family. On Christmas morning, when everyone wakes up with no presents under their trees, Brian explains the problem on Tom Tucker's news station and suggests everyone must shorten their demands to one gift a year to help Santa get better. Everyone agrees to the ordeal, and one year later, the workshop is once again colorful and Christmassy and Santa, the elves, and the reindeer all rejuvenate and everyone gets the gifts they wanted, thanks to Brian's suggestion.
155 8 "New Kidney in Town" Pete Michels Matt Harrigan & Dave Willis January 9, 2011 (2011-01-09) 8ACX10 9.29[119]
Peter needs a new kidney after his disturbing 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 (2011-01-16) 8ACX12 7.08[120]
Lois encounters the replacement to Diane as the Anchorwoman for Quahog's news station, Joyce Kinney. Seeking a bond with someone famous out of sheer ego, Lois tries to befriend her. During a late-night dinner, Lois accidentally confides in Kinney that she is a former porn star. Kinney promptly reveals this on the news the next day which turns Lois into a pariah and enrages her. When Lois confronts her, Kinney reveals she's an ex-classmate of Lois during her days as a high-school cheerleader and that revealing her secret was part of a deep-seated grudge she had on Lois because of a terrible prank she played on Kinney in high school. Lois becomes depressed leading Brian to try and pull her out of it. Eventually, Lois decides to publicly admit her mistake during a church sermon and eventually win the town's approval back and completely infuriating Kinney.
157 10 "Friends of Peter G." John Holmquist Brian Scully February 13, 2011 (2011-02-13) 8ACX13 5.99[121]
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 (2011-02-20) 8ACX14 6.56[122]
Chris's search for a new hobby leads him to befriend a puppeteer named Franz, until his checkered past is revealed by Herbert.
159 12 "The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair" Brian Iles Tom Devanney March 6, 2011 (2011-03-06) 8ACX11 6.32[123]
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 (2011-03-20) 8ACX17 6.55[124]
Chris, Meg, Peter and Lois all trade places to teach each other a lesson. The stunt backfires on everyone except Meg, who surprisingly becomes an excellent housewife. Chris, however, proves to be incredibly productive at Peter's desk job leading Angela to fire Peter and replace him with Chris. Angela then proceeds to overwork Chris to the point where he becomes ill-tempered and nasty which eventually leads to a stress-induced heart attack.
161 14 "Tiegs for Two" Jerry Langford John Viener April 10, 2011 (2011-04-10) 8ACX16 6.61[125]
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 through the latter's new class on how to score women. Unfortunately for Brian, the class was not to find love but to simply have sex. Fed up with Quagmire, he later encounters Cheryl Tiegs (Quagmire's one true love and the reason he became so sexually active). Brian and Cheryl hit it off immediately and the former begins rubbing it in Quagmire's face. This leads Quagmire to snag Jillian Russel (Brian's greatest romantic conquest) and rub it in Brian's face in response. Meanwhile, when the local dry cleaner loses his favorite white shirt, Peter goes ballistic.
162 15 "Brothers & Sisters" Julius Wu Alex Carter April 17, 2011 (2011-04-17) 8ACX15 6.04[126]
Lois is skeptical when she hears that Mayor West is marrying her sister Carol, due to the problems she had before with nine break-ups.
163 16 "The Big Bang Theory" Dominic Polcino David A. Goodman May 8, 2011 (2011-05-08) 8ACX18 6.52[127]
Stewie and Brian go back in time to stop Bertram from killing Leonardo da Vinci in order to erase Stewie from the universe, which would also delete the whole universe too.
164 17 "Foreign Affairs" Pete Michels Anthony Blasucci & Mike Desilets May 15, 2011 (2011-05-15) 8ACX19 6.55[128]
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 (2011-05-22) 7ACX21/7ACX22 5.83[129]
Peter retells the story of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

Season 10 (2011–12)

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166 1 "Lottery Fever" Greg Colton Andrew Goldberg September 25, 2011 (2011-09-25) 9ACX01 7.69[130]
Peter becomes a millionaire on one of 200,000 lottery tickets, which affects his lifestyle and friendship with the guys.
167 2 "Seahorse Seashell Party" Brian Iles Wellesley Wild October 2, 2011 (2011-10-02) 8ACX20 6.99[131]
In the second part of the Night of the Hurricane trilogy/crossover, the hurricane that hit Stoolbend blows through Quahog. Brian gets through the storm by taking magic mushrooms and going on the trip of his life, while Meg, fed up with the verbal, physical, and emotional abuse from her family, stands up to them, only for the family to fall apart without a scapegoat.
168 3 "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q" Dominic Bianchi Alec Sulkin October 30, 2011 (2011-10-30) 8ACX21 5.96[132]
Quagmire asks Peter and Joe to help him kill his sister's violently abusive boyfriend. To lure him off, the gang invites him to the woods to go hunting, but when he finds out their plan, things change.
169 4 "Stewie Goes for a Drive" Julius Wu Gary Janetti November 6, 2011 (2011-11-06) 9ACX02 5.82[133]
Actor Ryan Reynolds visits Quahog and befriends Peter. Stewie gets into trouble when he takes Brian's car for a drive, and afraid of facing punishment, decides to run away. While doing so, he bumps into Consuela and has trouble with her and her family.
170 5 "Back to the Pilot" Dominic Bianchi Mark Hentemann November 13, 2011 (2011-11-13) 9ACX08 6.01[134]
Brian and Stewie go back in time to January 31, 1999, the day the very first episode of the series aired, so the two could change history, but would have to go back again to change history a second time. While doing so, Present Brian tells himself (Past Brian) about the 9/11 attacks, which causes trouble in the present.
171 6 "Thanksgiving" Jerry Langford Patrick Meighan November 20, 2011 (2011-11-20) 9ACX04 6.02[135]
Lois cooks a big Thanksgiving dinner, and Kevin Swanson (previously voiced by Jon Cryer and Seth MacFarlane, now voiced by Scott Grimes), originally presumed to be dead in Iraq, suddenly returns to his family and friends.
172 7 "Amish Guy" John Holmquist Mark Hentemann November 27, 2011 (2011-11-27) 8ACX22 5.50[136]
While returning from an amusement park, the Griffins' car breaks down in an Amish county and they are stranded with no way out. When Meg falls for a local Amish boy, the Griffins soon find themselves in a crusade led by Peter against the conservative locals.
173 8 "Cool Hand Peter" Brian Iles Artie Johann & Shawn Ries December 4, 2011 (2011-12-04) 9ACX05 7.14[137]
Peter and the gang take a stand against their wives and flee to the Deep South on a road trip. On the way there, the men earn a one-way ticket to jail. But when they decide to make a run for it, Joe's quick planning and Peter's seductive ways help them escape. Meanwhile, Lois spends some quality time with the girls and they engage in childish and foolish antics.
174 9 "Grumpy Old Man" John Holmquist Dave Ihlenfeld & David Wright December 11, 2011 (2011-12-11) 9ACX07 6.10[138]
After Lois's father, Carter, falls asleep while driving, the Griffins realize he is getting close to retirement, and visit retirement communities in Florida.
175 10 "Meg and Quagmire" Joseph Lee Tom Devanney January 8, 2012 (2012-01-08) 9ACX03 6.23[139]
When Meg finally turns 18, Quagmire seizes the opportunity to pursue his next romantic conquest. As the new couple's relationship blossoms, Peter stops at nothing to come in between his daughter and his creepy friend, but Lois urges him to back off because she does not believe anything will happen, at first.
176 11 "The Blind Side" Bob Bowen Cherry Chevapravatdumrong January 15, 2012 (2012-01-15) 9ACX06 8.31[140]
Brian gets a blind girlfriend who hates dogs. Despite this, they build up a healthy relationship without her aware of his species, but he still wants to meet her parents; Peter is introduced to a new co-worker at the brewery named Stella (guest appearance by Marlee Matlin) whom Quagmire has his eyes on, while the family deals with their newly faulty staircase at home.
177 12 "Livin' on a Prayer" Pete Michels Danny Smith January 29, 2012 (2012-01-29) 9ACX09 5.92[141]
When Stewie's new best friend falls ill, Lois takes him to the hospital where she finds out he has a critical, but treatable, disease. However, the boy's parents refuse treatment due to their religious beliefs, leaving Lois no choice but to take drastic measures to seek treatment for the boy herself. Meanwhile, Peter has a religious experience of his own.
178 13 "Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream" Greg Colton Alex Carter February 12, 2012 (2012-02-12) 9ACX10 5.03[142]
When Peter decides help Tom Tucker realize his dream to become a famous actor, he becomes his agent as they go to Hollywood. But there, they cross paths with James Woods who is revealed to have survived his death in "And Then There Were Fewer". Back in Quahog, Chris dates a girl who looks disturbingly like Lois (guest voice Ellen Page).
179 14 "Be Careful What You Fish For" Julius Wu Steve Callaghan February 19, 2012 (2012-02-19) 9ACX11 5.39[143]
When Peter and the guys try to salvage a sunken Mercedes-Benz, Peter half-heartedly promises a favor to a helpful dolphin (guest voice by Ricky Gervais). Soon, the dolphin moves to Quahog but outstays his welcome at Peter's, so Peter tries to reunite the dolphin with his ex-wife (guest voiced by Lucy Davis) in hopes that he will return to the ocean. Meanwhile, Stewie is attending a pre-school with an incompetent but pretty teacher who Brian falls for.
180 15 "Burning Down the Bayit" Jerry Langford Chris Sheridan March 4, 2012 (2012-03-04) 9ACX13 5.33[144]
Overwhelmed with financial troubles, Mort asks Peter and Quagmire to help him save his pharmacy. However, things take a turn for the worse when the trio decides to burn it down to collect insurance money.
181 16 "Killer Queen" Joseph Lee Spencer Porter March 11, 2012 (2012-03-11) 9ACX12 5.74[145]
When Chris wins a hot dog eating contest, Lois fears for his health and sends him (and eventually Peter) to fat camp to get healthy. There, they cross paths with a serial killer who seems to target fat people, which coincides with Lois' brother Patrick being released from a mental institution. Meanwhile, Stewie is traumatized by the frightening cover of the Queen album News of the World.
182 17 "Forget-Me-Not" Brian Iles David A. Goodman March 18, 2012 (2012-03-18) 9ACX14 5.61[146]
When a seemingly innocent guy's night out takes a sudden turn, Peter, Joe, Brian, and Quagmire wake up in a hospital and discover that their memories have been erased and Quahog has been deserted.
183 18 "You Can't Do That on Television, Peter" Bob Bowen Julius Sharpe April 1, 2012 (2012-04-01) 9ACX15 5.05[147]
Peter creates and stars in a children's TV show after his favorite kiddie show is cancelled. Meanwhile, Meg begins an internship with Dr. Hartman at the hospital.
184 19 "Mr. and Mrs. Stewie" Joe Vaux Gary Janetti April 29, 2012 (2012-04-29) 9ACX17 5.63[148]
Stewie meets a girl on the playground named Penelope and is surprised to hear that they both have a lot in common, that saying that they both have plans for world domination. Meanwhile, Lois gets squashed in her sleep by Peter and suggests that they sleep in separate beds. Peter doesn't like the idea due to snuggling issues and decides to sleep with Quagmire.
185 20 "Leggo My Meg-O" John Holmquist Brian Scully May 6, 2012 (2012-05-06) 9ACX16 5.64[149]
In a parody of Taken, Meg travels abroad to Europe, her exciting adventure comes to a halt when she gets kidnapped. Brian and Stewie embark on an action-packed mission to find her before it is too late.
186 21 "Tea Peter" Pete Michels Patrick Meighan May 13, 2012 (2012-05-13) 9ACX18 4.94[150]
After Quahog City Hall threatens to shut down Peter’s illegally-run business, Peter joins the Tea Party and, with the help of Peter’s father-in-law, Carter, who reaps the benefit of all the chaos in Quahog, successfully campaigns to shut down the government. However, this ordeal causes the city to break down without a government.
187 22 "Family Guy Viewer Mail #2" Greg Colton Tom Devanney & Alec Sulkin & Deepak Sethi May 20, 2012 (2012-05-20) 9ACX19 5.35[151]
Brian and Stewie respond to viewer mail.
Chap of the Manor - We are introduced to a British version of the Griffins.
Fatman and Robin - Peter discovers that everything he touches turns into his favorite comedian, Robin Williams.
Point of Stew - A first-person perspective with Stewie.
188 23 "Internal Affairs" Julius Wu Wellesley Wild May 20, 2012 (2012-05-20) 9ACX20 5.35[151]
Peter encourages Joe to have a one-night stand with his attractive new partner (Anna Kendrick) in order to even the score with Bonnie for her own indiscretions. But when Bonnie finds out and threatens divorce, Lois insists that Peter get them back together. Meanwhile, Peter has a run-in with the angry chicken which makes for another epic fight.

Season 11 (2012–13)

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189 1 "Into Fat Air" Joseph Lee Alec Sulkin September 30, 2012 (2012-09-30) 9ACX21 6.55[152]
The Griffins attempt to climb Mt. Everest because Lois gets competitive again with her ex, Ross Fishman. Unfortunately, the Fishmans win the competition but danger approaches in Mt. Everest and the Fishmans' son, Ben, had frozen to death. In order to survive, the Griffins eat Ben's dead body and then successfully rescue the Fishmans before they die looking for him.
190 2 "Ratings Guy" James Purdum Dave Ihlenfeld & David Wright October 7, 2012 (2012-10-07) AACX01 6.70[153]
The Griffins become a Nielsen Family and Peter decides to rig the ratings. But when angry neighbors let him know that he has gone too far with his absurd changes, he must find a way to restore normality to television.
191 3 "The Old Man and the Big 'C'" Brian Iles Mike Desilets & Anthony Blasucci November 4, 2012 (2012-11-04) 9ACX22 5.11[154]
When Brian discovers that Carter Pewterschmidt’s pharmaceutical company is withholding the cure for cancer from the public in order to gain more profit, he and Stewie plot to expose the big secret that could change the world. Meanwhile, Quagmire reveals a hair-raising secret of his own.
192 4 "Yug Ylimaf" John Holmquist Mark Hentemann November 11, 2012 (2012-11-11) AACX04 5.57[155]
Brian uses Stewie's time machine and accidentally reverses the direction of time. Now Brian and Stewie have to find a way to reset the direction of time before Stewie is "unborn."
193 5 "Joe's Revenge" Bob Bowen Julius Sharpe November 18, 2012 (2012-11-18) AACX03 5.14[156]
When Bobby Briggs, the criminal who shot Joe years ago, leaving Joe in a wheelchair for the rest of his life, becomes a fugitive, Quagmire, Joe and Peter team up to hunt the bad guy down.
194 6 "Lois Comes Out of Her Shell" Joe Vaux Danny Smith November 25, 2012 (2012-11-25) AACX05 5.77[157]
Lois gets a midlife crisis and her ripe 20-year old behavior stresses Peter. Meanwhile Stewie finds a turtle in the park, that wants nothing else than to kill him.
195 7 "Friends Without Benefits" Jerry Langford Cherry Chevapravatdumrong December 9, 2012 (2012-12-09) AACX02 5.64[158]
Meg is saddened when she learns a boy she has a crush on is gay. She decides that having Chris sleep with him is the next best thing, but when he refuses, she plans to drug him and have the boy have sex with him while he is asleep.
196 8 "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" Julius Wu Tom Devanney December 23, 2012 (2012-12-23) AACX07 5.49[159]
As the Griffin family is preparing for Christmas, Peter tells his own version of the Nativity story.
197 9 "Space Cadet" Pete Michels Alex Carter January 6, 2013 (2013-01-06) AACX06 7.21[160]
After Chris gets sent to space camp, he realizes that it is more than he can handle and asks to come home. But while the Griffins are there to get him, they look inside a rocket, and Stewie launches them into space.
198 10 "Brian's Play" Joseph Lee Gary Janetti January 13, 2013 (2013-01-13) AACX08 6.01[161]
Brian writes a play that becomes a hit in Quahog, but loses his confidence when he finds that the play Stewie wrote is better than his. But when Stewie sees how upset Brian is, he decides to try to set things right.
199 11 "The Giggity Wife" Brian Iles Andrew Goldberg January 27, 2013 (2013-01-27) AACX09 5.63[162]
Quagmire accidentally marries a washed up prostitute during a visit to Harvard with Peter and Joe. When it turns out the only way for Quagmire to get a divorce is to prove to his new wife that he is gay, he has to ask Peter for help.
200 12 "Valentine's Day in Quahog" Bob Bowen Daniel Palladino February 10, 2013 (2013-02-10) AACX11 4.71[163]
To engage in romance for Valentine's Day, Peter and Lois decide to spend the day in bed. Meanwhile, Stewie travels back in time to the '60's and "visits" a little girl who turns out to be his infant mother to his dismay; Meg learns a secret about the boy she met online; Quagmire learns to treat women with respect or else; Chris grows a crush on Herbert's niece; Consuela crosses the border to be with her husband; Brian is visited by his ex-girlfriends; and Mayor West saves Carol from making another love mistake.
201 13 "Chris Cross" Jerry Langford Anthony Blasucci & Mike Desilets February 17, 2013 (2013-02-17) AACX10 4.87[164]
Unable to buy new sneakers, Chris steals money from Lois's purse, but is caught by Meg, who blackmails him into doing her chores in exchange for not turning him in. Chris gets fed up and takes off to live with Herbert. Stewie becomes obsessed with Anne Murray's hit song "Snowbird", and makes Brian also love the song. The two argue over the meaning of the song and decide to travel to her house to find the true meaning behind the song.
202 14 "Call Girl" John Holmquist Wellesley Wild March 10, 2013 (2013-03-10) AACX12 5.27[165]
When the Griffins are strapped for cash, Lois is forced to look for a job and gets discovered by a "voiceover" talent agent named Randy (Giovanni Ribisi), who actually runs an adults-only phone line. Shenanigans ensue when Lois settles into her gig and hears Peter on the other line.
203 15 "Turban Cowboy" Joe Vaux Artie Johann & Shawn Ries March 17, 2013 (2013-03-17) AACX13 4.92[166]
After a skydiving accident, Peter becomes friends with a Muslim man who convinces Peter to convert to Islam, leaving Joe and Quagmire with suspicions about this new friend.
204 16 "12 and a Half Angry Men" Pete Michels Ted Jessup March 24, 2013 (2013-03-24) AACX14 5.16[167]
Mayor West is brought on trial for murder, leaving Brian to try and clear his name.
205 17 "Bigfat" Julius Wu Brian Scully April 14, 2013 (2013-04-14) AACX15 5.02[168]
Peter, Quagmire and Joe take a road trip to Canada, but their private plane crashes and Peter goes missing for two months. When his family finds him, he can no longer communicate intelligently.
206 18 "Total Recall" Joseph Lee Kristin Long April 28, 2013 (2013-04-28) AACX16 4.89[169]
After Rupert is recalled, Stewie and Brian head on an adventure to reclaim Stewie's best friend. Meanwhile, due to illness, Peter is replaced by Lois in his bowling tournament. However, he begins to get annoyed by the brewing friendship between his wife and his buddies.
207 19 "Save the Clam" Brian Iles Chris Sheridan May 5, 2013 (2013-05-05) AACX18 4.79[170]
The owner of The Drunken Clam is killed, and it is up to Peter and the gang to try and stop the Clam from being shut down by the bank. Meanwhile, Meg gets a job at a funeral home.
208 20 "Farmer Guy" Mike Kim Patrick Meighan May 12, 2013 (2013-05-12) AACX19 4.82[171]
After Peter buys a farm to get away from Quahog's rising crime problem, he becomes a meth dealer.
209 21 "Roads to Vegas" Greg Colton Steve Callaghan May 19, 2013 (2013-05-19) AACX20 5.28[172]
Brian and Stewie decide to spend a trip in Las Vegas. But when they attempt to use a teleporter to get there, a glitch in the system causes the duo to get split into two pieces each, with one pairing having the greatest time in Vegas while the other has the worst time in Vegas.
210 22 "No Country Club for Old Men" Jerry Langford Teresa Hsiao May 19, 2013 (2013-05-19) AACX21 5.16[172]
The Griffins join a country club, after Chris begins dating the daughter of Rhode Island's richest family, and Peter ends up getting Lois's father, Carter, thrown out of his beloved country club.

Season 12 (2013–14)

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211 1 "Finders Keepers" John Holmquist Mike Desilets & Anthony Blasucci September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29) BACX01 5.23[173]
Peter is convinced that a placemat at a restaurant is a treasure map. The rumor of supposed treasure sparks a city-wide search, turning the residents of Quahog against each other.
212 2 "Vestigial Peter" Julius Wu Brian Scully October 6, 2013 (2013-10-06) BACX02 5.20[174]
Peter finds a strange lump on his neck that turns out to be a vestigial twin, who ends up winning over Peter's family and friends with his optimism and sense of wonder.
213 3 "Quagmire's Quagmire" Pete Michels Cherry Chevapravatdumrong November 3, 2013 (2013-11-03) BACX03 4.87[175]
Quagmire dates a woman named Sonja, who is just as sexually active as he is, but things take a turn for the worse when she kidnaps him to be her sex slave, so Peter, Joe and Ida (Quagmire's transgender mother) must search the seedy back alleys of Quahog to rescue him. In the meantime, Brian, Stewie and Rupert get involved in a most unusual love triangle.
214 4 "A Fistful of Meg" Joe Vaux Dominic Bianchi & Joe Vaux November 10, 2013 (2013-11-10) AACX22 4.18[176]
Meg angers a psychopathic bully who threatens to kill her in a fight at the school's backyard. Meanwhile, Brian is disturbed by Peter exposing his nudity to him.
215 5 "Boopa-dee Bappa-dee" Mike Kim Wellesley Wild November 17, 2013 (2013-11-17) BACX04 4.46[177]
The Griffins go to Italy on vacation, but Peter wants to stay there permanently, as he feels life in America has gotten boring, so he disintegrates their passports.
216 6 "Life of Brian" Joseph Lee Alex Carter November 24, 2013 (2013-11-24) BACX05 4.58[178]
When Brian tragically dies in a car accident, the family buys another anthropomorphic dog, Vinny.
217 7 "Into Harmony's Way" Brian Iles Julius Sharpe December 8, 2013 (2013-12-08) BACX06 5.36[179]
Peter and Quagmire find out that their voices create beautiful harmony when they get frightened by a bee and become a Simon & Garfunkel-style singer/songwriter duo — and, like the real Simon & Garfunkel, Peter lets fame go to his head and the duo begin feuding.
218 8 "Christmas Guy" Greg Colton Patrick Meighan December 15, 2013 (2013-12-15) BACX07 6.37[180]
Peter tries to get his father-in-law Carter to repent his Christmas-hating ways. Meanwhile, Stewie (who still misses Brian) successfully finds a way to go back in time and prevent his best friend's death.
219 9 "Peter Problems" Bob Bowen Teresa Hsiao January 5, 2014 (2014-01-05) BACX08 5.76[181]
When Peter gets fired for crashing a forklift into a business meeting, Lois takes a job at the grocery store while Peter becomes a stay-at-home dad — which leads to poor bedroom performance.
220 10 "Grimm Job" Joe Vaux Alec Sulkin January 12, 2014 (2014-01-12) BACX09 5.22[182]
The Griffins put a new Quahog spin on three Grimm fairy tales: Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella.
221 11 "Brian's a Bad Father" Jerry Langford Chris Sheridan January 26, 2014 (2014-01-26) BACX10 4.11[183]
Brian's human son, Dylan, returns, now a teen TV star. Rather than be a good father to his estranged son, Brian uses his son's television connections to further his own writing career. Meanwhile, after Peter "accidentally" shoots Quagmire on a hunting trip, the two friends clash and Joe must choose a side.
222 12 "Mom's the Word" John Holmquist Ted Jessup March 9, 2014 (2014-03-09) BACX11 4.56[184]
When Peter's mother dies, he befriends her longtime friend, Evelyn, who then tries to seduce him. Meanwhile, Brian tries to help Stewie overcome his fear of death.
223 13 "3 Acts of God" Bob Bowen Alec Sulkin March 16, 2014 (2014-03-16) AACX17 4.62[185]
Peter is sick of opposing football teams thanking God for beating the Patriots, so he and the guys go on a quest to find the Lord and ask Him to stop determining the outcomes of football games.
224 14 "Fresh Heir" Mike Kim Steve Callaghan March 23, 2014 (2014-03-23) BACX13 4.38[186]
When Chris learns that he is the heir to Carter's fortune, but refuses to take the money, Peter takes drastic measures to keep the wealth in the family.
225 15 "Secondhand Spoke" Julius Wu Dave Ihlenfeld & David Wright March 30, 2014 (2014-03-30) BACX12 4.17[187]
Peter is asked to be the face of an anti-smoking campaign just as he has taken up the habit of smoking cigarettes, while Stewie helps Chris face bullies at school.
226 16 "Herpe the Love Sore" Greg Colton Andrew Goldberg April 6, 2014 (2014-04-06) BACX16 4.77[188]
Stewie and Brian become blood brothers, which leads to Stewie contracting herpes from Brian. Meanwhile, a gang occupies Peter, Joe and Quagmire's booth at The Clam and they have to fight to take it back.
227 17 "The Most Interesting Man in the World" Joseph Lee Tom Devanney April 13, 2014 (2014-04-13) BACX14 4.39[189]
When Peter takes Stewie to the park for some quality father-son time, he mistakenly takes the wrong baby home, prompting Lois to call him an idiot. Determined to prove to her that he is a responsible adult, Peter goes on a business trip to Chicago and returns as an intelligent, classy man.
228 18 "Baby Got Black" Brian Iles Kevin Biggins & Travis Bowe April 27, 2014 (2014-04-27) BACX15 4.02[190]
Chris is forbidden to see Jerome's daughter Pam, so when the kids run away together, Jerome and Peter must work together to find them.
229 19 "Meg Stinks!" Bob Bowen Danny Smith May 4, 2014 (2014-05-04) BACX17 4.40[191]
Meg parties with Peter at a college where he takes her for an interview, while Brian is forced to live in the wild after he is sprayed by a skunk and prevented from coming into the house.
230 20 "He's Bla-ack!" Steve Robertson Julius Sharpe May 11, 2014 (2014-05-11) BACX19 4.16[192]
With his spin-off show cancelled due to low ratings, Cleveland returns to Quahog, with his new family accompanying him. When a conflict arises between Lois and Donna, it is up to Peter and Cleveland to reconcile their wives in order to save their friendship.
231 21 "Chap Stewie" Joe Vaux Artie Johann & Shawn Ries May 18, 2014 (2014-05-18) BACX18 3.88[193]
Stewie gets upset over having his TV time interrupted, so he heads back in time to see that Lois and Peter break up before he is conceived, thus he would never be born into the Griffin family. However, when he finally is born, it is into a Downton Abbey-esque household in Great Britain.

Season 13 (2014–15)

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232 1 "The Simpsons Guy" Peter Shin Patrick Meighan September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28) BACX22/BACX23 8.45[194]
In a crossover with The Simpsons, the Griffins meet the Simpsons when they end up in Springfield after their car is stolen. Stewie takes lessons in pranks and skateboarding from Bart, while Lisa discovers - to her annoyance - that Meg is as good at playing the saxophone as she is. Peter bonds with Homer as they locate the missing car, but then they fight after Peter loses his job when Pawtucket Patriot is revealed to be a copy of Duff Beer.
233 2 "The Book of Joe" Mike Kim Mike Desilets October 5, 2014 (2014-10-05) CACX01 3.63[195]
Peter helps Joe fulfill his dream of getting a book published, only to take over as the writer. In the meantime, Brian develops an extreme thirst for exercise after going for a run with his girlfriend (Maya Rudolph).
234 3 "Baking Bad" Jerry Langford Mark Hentemann October 19, 2014 (2014-10-19) BACX20 4.74[196]
Lois and Peter go into business together and open a cookie store, but they argue when Peter hires strippers in order to get customers. Meanwhile, Stewie becomes addicted to cough medicine, after Brian gives him some to help him sleep.
235 4 "Brian the Closer" John Holmquist Steve Marmel November 9, 2014 (2014-11-09) BACX21 3.63[197]
Brian gets cosmetic surgery, which leads him to become a real estate agent. Unfortunately, this gets him in trouble with Quagmire.
236 5 "Turkey Guys" Julius Wu Cherry Chevapravatdumrong November 16, 2014 (2014-11-16) CACX02 4.46[198]
Peter gets drunk and devours the turkey the night before Thanksgiving (framing Brian for participating), so he and Brian go out to find a new one in an unexpected place. Meanwhile, while Peter is gone, Chris believes he is now the man of the house.
237 6 "The 2000-Year-Old Virgin" Joseph Lee Ted Jessup December 7, 2014 (2014-12-07) CACX03 4.44[199]
Peter finds Jesus at the mall, and Jesus shocks him by saying that he has never had sex. Determined to change this, Peter enlists the help of Cleveland, Joe and Quagmire so Jesus can lose his virginity for his 2000th birthday.
238 7 "Stewie, Chris, & Brian's Excellent Adventure" Joe Vaux Alex Carter January 4, 2015 (2015-01-04) CACX04 5.53[200]
Stewie and Brian invite Chris on a journey through time to help him pass a test that is his only hope of finishing ninth grade, and the three end up stuck in 1912 aboard the Titanic.
239 8 "Our Idiot Brian" John Holmquist Aaron Lee January 11, 2015 (2015-01-11) CACX05 4.12[201]
When Brian tests poorly on Meg's SAT, he begins to realize he is not as smart as he thinks he is, prompting Peter to show him how having a low IQ can be beneficial.
240 9 "This Little Piggy" Brian Iles Kristin Long January 25, 2015 (2015-01-25) CACX06 3.19[202]
Meg signs up for a modeling contract, but she becomes skeptical when she realizes that her type of modeling is for foot fetishists. Meanwhile, Stewie decides to take a break from pre-school and live his life at a folk festival.
241 10 "Quagmire's Mom" Greg Colton Tom Devanney February 8, 2015 (2015-02-08) CACX07 2.81[203]
Quagmire is arrested for statutory rape, and his born-again Christian mother, Crystal, returns to try to defend him. Meanwhile, Peter finds out what his real name is and changes his personality accordingly.
242 11 "Encyclopedia Griffin" Jerry Langford Lew Morton February 15, 2015 (2015-02-15) CACX08 2.51[204]
Peter starts his own detective agency with Cleveland, Joe and Quagmire, who are shocked to find out Chris is a thief. Meanwhile, Lois worries for Chris after he becomes involved in a delusional relationship with a mannequin.
243 12 "Stewie is Enceinte" Steve Robertson Gary Janetti March 8, 2015 (2015-03-08) CACX09 3.98[205]
After Brian seemingly decides he does not want to be around Stewie anymore, Stewie tries to save their friendship by impregnating himself with Brian's DNA. Meanwhile, Peter, Joe, Quagmire and Cleveland attempt to make a viral Internet video.
244 13 "Dr. C and the Women" Mike Kim Travis Bowe March 15, 2015 (2015-03-15) CACX10 3.45[206]
Meg becomes popular at her new job at the airport, due to being the most attractive woman there. Meanwhile, Cleveland obtains a new job as a therapist, and gives Peter and Lois relationship advice. Peter soon grows frustrated and threatens to reveal a secret to Donna about the events of Cleveland's bachelor party.
245 14 "#JOLO" Julius Wu Artie Johann & Shawn Ries April 12, 2015 (2015-04-12) CACX11 3.11[207]
When Peter accidentally discovers a missing child, he is hailed as the town hero. Meanwhile, Joe quits his job and heads to Niagara Falls to live life to the fullest.
246 15 "Once Bitten" Joseph Lee Anthony Blasucci April 19, 2015 (2015-04-19) CACX12 3.30[208]
Brian becomes more submissive after attending obedience school, and Peter misses Brian's feistier ways. Meanwhile, Chris befriends Neil Goldman and realizes that he is using him to get close to Meg.
247 16 "Roasted Guy" Joe Vaux Andrew Goldberg April 26, 2015 (2015-04-26) CACX13 3.17[209]
Peter makes his friends throw him a roast, but when he feels humiliated by the jokes, he decides to find new friends. He makes friends with a group of gossiping women, who offend Lois behind her back.
248 17 "Fighting Irish" Brian Iles Jaydi Samuels May 3, 2015 (2015-05-03) CACX15 3.68[210]
Peter claims that he could beat Liam Neeson in a fight, but his skills are put to the test when Neeson himself actually shows up. Meanwhile, Stewie is annoyed with Lois when she becomes a class mom and starts paying more attention to other children.
249 18 "Take My Wife" John Holmquist Kevin Biggins May 17, 2015 (2015-05-17) CACX14 2.85[211]
Lois books a vacation for her and Peter in the Bahamas, but when they arrive, Peter learns it is actually a marriage counseling program. Meanwhile, Carter watches the Griffin children, but becomes frustrated that all of them simply want to use electronics instead of playing games the old-fashioned way.

Unscheduled episodes

Production
code
Title
CACX16 "Peternormal Activity"[212]
CACX?? "Pilling Them Softly"[213]
CACX?? "Crip Off the Old Block"[214]
CACX?? "Underage Peter"[215]
CACX?? "An App a Day"[216]
DACX01 "Candy Quahog Marshmallow!"[217]
DACX02 "Guy, Robot"[218]
DACX03 "Peter, Chris, & Brian"[219]
DACX04 "Peter's Sister"[220]
DACX05 "Stand Your Brown"[221]
DACX06 "Hot Pocket-Dial"[222]
DACX07 "Brokeback Swanson"[223]
DACX08 "The Peanut Butter Kid"[224]
DACX09 "Scammed Yankees"[225]
DACX10 "Bookie of the Year"[226]
DACX11 "A Lot Going on Upstairs"[227]
DACX17 "Run, Chris, Run"[228]
 ?ACX?? "The Heartbreak Dog"[229]
 ?ACX?? "The New Adventures of Old Tom"[230]
 ?ACX?? "Take a Letter"[231]

Production

Executive producers

MacFarlane has served as an executive producer during the show's entire history, and also functions as a creative consultant. The first executive producers were David Zuckerman,[232] Lolee Aries, David Pritchard, and Mike Wolf.[233] Family Guy has had many executive producers in its history, including Daniel Palladino, Kara Vallow, and Danny Smith. David A. Goodman joined the show as a co-executive producer in season three, and eventually became an executive producer.[234] Alex Borstein, who voices Lois, worked as an executive and supervising producer for the fourth and fifth seasons.[235] A more involved position on the show is the show runner, who acts as head writer and manages the show's production for an entire season.[236]

Writing

The first team of writers assembled for the show consisted of Chris Sheridan,[237] Danny Smith, Gary Janetti, Ricky Blitt, Neil Goldman, Garrett Donovan, Matt Weitzman, and Mike Barker.[238] The writing process of Family Guy generally starts with 14 writers that take turns writing the scripts; when a script is finished it is given to the rest of the writers to read. These scripts generally include cutaway gags. Various gags are pitched to MacFarlane and the rest of the staff, and those deemed funniest are included in the episode. MacFarlane has explained that normally it takes 10 months to produce an episode because the show uses hand-drawn animation. The show rarely comments on current events for this reason.[239] The show's initial writers had never written for an animated show; and most came from live-action sitcoms.[15]

A man with a bald head and a brown sweater, and a man with spiked brown hair and glasses, speaking into a microphone.
Matt Weitzman (left) is a former staff writer and Mike Barker is a former producer and writer of the show. Both left the series to create the ongoing adult animated sitcom American Dad! with Seth MacFarlane. Barker would depart American Dad! as well, following production of the show's 10th season.

MacFarlane explains that he is a fan of 1930s and 1940s radio programs, particularly the radio thriller anthology "Suspense", which led him to give early episodes ominous titles like "Death Has a Shadow" and "Mind Over Murder". MacFarlane explained that the team dropped the naming convention after individual episodes became hard to identify, and the novelty wore off.[240] For the first few months of production, the writers shared one office, lent to them by the King of the Hill production crew.[240]

Credited with 18 episodes, Steve Callaghan is the most prolific writer on Family Guy staff. Many of the writers that have left the show have gone on to create or produce other successful series. Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan co-wrote 13 episodes for the NBC sitcom Scrubs during their eight-year run on the show, while also serving as co-producers and working their way up to executive producers.[241] Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman left the show and went on to create the long-running and still ongoing adult animated series American Dad! MacFarlane is also a co-creator of American Dad![242][243] On November 4, 2013, it was announced that Barker had departed American Dad! during its run as well, after 10 seasons of serving as producer and co-showrunner over the series.[244]

During the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, official production of the show halted for most of December 2007 and for various periods afterward. Fox continued producing episodes without MacFarlane's final approval, which he termed "a colossal dick move" in an interview with Variety. Though MacFarlane refused to work on the show, his contract under Fox required him to contribute to any episodes it would subsequently produce.[245] Production officially resumed after the end of the strike, with regularly airing episodes recommencing on February 17, 2008.[246] According to MacFarlane, in 2009, it costs about $2 million to make an episode of Family Guy.[247]

Early history and cancellation

Family Guy officially premiered after Fox's broadcast of Super Bowl XXXIII on January 31, 1999, with "Death Has a Shadow". The show debuted to 22 million viewers, and immediately generated controversy regarding its adult content.[248] The show returned on April 11, 1999, with "I Never Met the Dead Man". Family Guy garnered decent ratings in Fox's 8:30 pm slot on Sunday, scheduled between The Simpsons and The X-Files.[18] At the end of its first season, the show ranked at #33 in the Nielsen ratings, with 12.8 million households tuning in.[249] The show launched its second season in a new time slot, Thursday at 9 pm, on September 23, 1999. Family Guy was pitted against NBC's Frasier, and the series' ratings declined sharply.[18] Subsequently, Fox removed Family Guy from its schedule, and began airing episodes irregularly. The show returned on March 7, 2000, at 8:30 pm on Tuesdays, where it was constantly beaten in the ratings by ABC's then-new breakout hit Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, coming in at #114 in the Nielsen ratings with 6.32 million households tuning in.[250] Fox announced that the show had been canceled in May 2000, at the end of the second season.[251] However, following a last-minute reprieve, on July 24, 2000, Fox ordered 13 additional episodes of Family Guy to form a third season.[248]

The show returned November 8, 2001, once again in a tough time slot: Thursday nights at 8:00 pm ET; this slot brought it into competition with Survivor and Friends (a situation that was later referenced in Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story).[252] During its second and third seasons, Fox frequently moved the show around to different days and time slots with little or no notice and, consequently, the show's ratings suffered.[253] Upon Fox's annual unveiling of its 2002 fall line-up on May 15, 2002, Family Guy was absent.[18] Fox announced that the show had been officially canceled shortly thereafter.[254]

Cult success and revival

Fox attempted to sell the rights for reruns of the show, but it was difficult to find networks that were interested; Cartoon Network eventually bought the rights, "[...] basically for free", according to the president of 20th Century Fox Television.[255] Family Guy premiered in reruns on Adult Swim on April 20, 2003, and immediately became the block's top-rated program, dominating late-night viewing in its time period versus cable and broadcast competition, and boosting viewership by 239%.[18][256] The complete first and second seasons were released on DVD the same week the show premiered on Adult Swim, and the show became a cult phenomenon, selling 400,000 copies within one month.[18] Sales of the DVD set reached 2.2 million copies,[257] becoming the best-selling television DVD of 2003[258] and the second-highest-selling television DVD ever, behind the first season of Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show.[259] The third-season DVD release also sold more than a million copies.[256] The show's popularity in DVD sales and reruns rekindled Fox's interest,[260] and, on May 20, 2004, Fox ordered 35 new episodes of Family Guy, marking the first revival of a television show based on DVD sales.[259][261]

"North by North Quahog", which premiered May 1, 2005, was the first episode to be broadcast after the show's hiatus. It was written by MacFarlane and directed by Peter Shin.[262] MacFarlane believed the show's three-year hiatus was beneficial because animated shows do not normally have hiatuses, and towards the end of their seasons, "... you see a lot more sex jokes and [bodily function] jokes and signs of a fatigued staff that their brains are just fried".[263] With "North by North Quahog", the writing staff tried to keep the show "[...] exactly as it was" before its cancellation, and "None of us had any desire to make it look any slicker".[263] The episode was watched by 11.85 million viewers,[32] the show's highest ratings since the airing of the first season episode "Brian: Portrait of a Dog".[264]

Lawsuits

In March 2007 comedian Carol Burnett filed a $6 million lawsuit against 20th Century-Fox, claiming that her charwoman cartoon character had been portrayed on the show without her permission. She stated it was a trademark infringement, and that Fox violated her publicity rights.[265][266][267] On June 4, 2007, United States District Judge Dean D. Pregerson rejected the lawsuit, stating that the parody was protected under the First Amendment, citing Hustler Magazine v. Falwell as a precedent.[268]

On October 3, 2007, Bourne Co. Music Publishers filed a lawsuit accusing the show of infringing its copyright on the song "When You Wish Upon a Star", through a parody song entitled "I Need a Jew" appearing in the episode "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein". Bourne Co., the sole United States copyright owner of the song, alleged the parody pairs a "thinly veiled" copy of its music with antisemitic lyrics. Named in the suit were 20th Century Fox Film Corp., Fox Broadcasting Co., Cartoon Network, MacFarlane and Murphy; the suit sought to stop the program's distribution and asked for unspecified damages.[269] Bourne argued that "I Need a Jew" uses the copyrighted melody of "When You Wish Upon a Star" without commenting on that song, and that it was therefore not a First Amendment-protected parody per the ruling in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc.[270][271] On March 16, 2009, United States District Judge Deborah Batts held that Family Guy did not infringe on Bourne's copyright when it transformed the song for comical use in an episode.[272]

In December 2007, Family Guy was again accused of copyright infringement when actor Art Metrano filed a lawsuit regarding a scene in Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, in which Jesus performs Metrano's signature "magic" act involving absurd "faux" magical hand gestures while humming the distinctive tune "Fine and Dandy".[273] 20th Century Fox, MacFarlane, Callaghan and Borstein were all named in the suit.[274] In July 2009 a federal district court judge rejected Fox's motion to dismiss, saying that the first three fair use factors involved — "purpose and character of the use", "nature of the infringed work" and "amount and substantiality of the taking" — counted in Metrano's favor, while the fourth — "economic impact" — had to await more fact-finding. In denying the dismissal, the court held that the reference in the scene made light of Jesus and his followers — not Metrano or his act.[275][276] The case was settled out of court in 2010 with undisclosed terms.[277]

Voice cast

Seth MacFarlane voices three of the show's main characters: Peter Griffin, Brian Griffin, and Stewie Griffin.[278] Since MacFarlane had a strong vision for these characters, he chose to voice them himself, believing it would be easier than for someone else to attempt it.[16] MacFarlane drew inspiration for the voice of Peter from a security guard he overheard talking while attending the Rhode Island School of Design.[279] Stewie's voice was based on the voice of English actor Rex Harrison,[280] especially his performance in the 1964 musical drama film My Fair Lady.[281] MacFarlane uses his regular speaking voice when playing Brian.[16] MacFarlane also provides the voices for various other recurring and one-time-only characters, most prominently those of the Griffins' neighbor Glenn Quagmire, news anchor Tom Tucker, and Lois' father, Carter Pewterschmidt.[282]

Alex Borstein voices Peter's wife Lois Griffin, Asian correspondent Tricia Takanawa, Loretta Brown, and Lois' mother, Barbara Pewterschmidt.[283] Borstein was asked to provide a voice for the pilot while she was working on MADtv. She had not met MacFarlane or seen any of his artwork, and said it was "really sight unseen".[284] At the time, Borstein was performing in a stage show in Los Angeles. She played a redheaded mother whose voice she had based on one of her cousins.[283][284]

Seth Green primarily voices Chris Griffin and Neil Goldman.[282][285] Green stated that he did an impression of the character Buffalo Bill from the thriller film The Silence of the Lambs during his audition.[286][287]

Mila Kunis and Lacey Chabert have both voiced Meg Griffin.[282] Chabert left the series because of time conflicts with schoolwork and her role on Party of Five. When Kunis auditioned for the role, she was called back by MacFarlane, who instructed her to speak slower. He then told her to come back another time and enunciate more. Once she claimed that she had it under control, MacFarlane hired her.[288]

Mike Henry voices Cleveland Brown, Herbert, Bruce the Performance Artist, Consuela and the Greased-up Deaf Guy.[289] Henry met MacFarlane at the Rhode Island School of Design, and kept in touch with him after they graduated.[290] A few years later, MacFarlane contacted him about being part of the show; he agreed and came on as a writer and voice actor.[290] During the show's first four seasons, he was credited as a guest star, but beginning with season five's "Prick Up Your Ears", he has been credited as a main cast member.[290]

Main cast members
A man with black hair and a black shirt, leaning forward, smiling into a microphone A woman with black hair, tied back, smiling, and sitting behind a microphone A man with red hair, smiling slightly and sitting behind a microphone A woman with long brown hair, smiling into a microphone A man with closely shaven hair, and slight stubble, looking to the side slightly with his eyes, behind a microphone A man wearing a hat, smiling into a microphone
Seth MacFarlane Alex Borstein Seth Green Mila Kunis Mike Henry Patrick Warburton
Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin, Glenn Quagmire, Tom Tucker, Carter Pewterschmidt, Dr. Elmer Hartman, Seamus, Kevin Swanson, Jesus, others Lois Griffin, Loretta Brown, Barbara Pewterschmidt, Tricia Takanawa, others Chris Griffin, Neil Goldman, others Meg Griffin Cleveland Brown, Herbert, Bruce the Performance Artist, Consuela, the Greased-up Deaf Guy, others Joe Swanson

Other recurring cast members include Adam West as the eponymous Mayor Adam West;[291] Jennifer Tilly as Bonnie Swanson;[292] John G. Brennan as Mort Goldman and Horace the bartender; Carlos Alazraqui as Jonathan Weed;[293][294] Adam Carolla and Norm Macdonald as Death;[295] Lori Alan as Diane Simmons;[296] and Phil LaMarr as Ollie Williams and the judge.[297] Fellow cartoonist Butch Hartman has made guest voice appearances in many episodes as various characters.[298] Also, writer Danny Smith voices various recurring characters, such as Ernie the Giant Chicken.[299] Alex Breckenridge also appears as many various characters.

Episodes often feature guest voices from a wide range of professions, including actors, athletes, authors, bands, musicians, and scientists. Many guest voices star as themselves. Leslie Uggams was the first to appear as herself, in the fourth episode of the first season, "Mind Over Murder".[300] The episode "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" guest starred the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, including Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, Wil Wheaton, Marina Sirtis, and even Denise Crosby (season 1 as Tasha Yar), playing themselves; this is the episode with the most guest stars of the seventh season.[301][302]

Hallmarks

"Road to" episodes

Further information: Road to... (Family Guy)

The "Road to" episodes are a series of hallmark travel episodes.[303][304][305] They are a parody of the seven Road to... comedy films starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.[304] These episodes have always involved Stewie and Brian in some foreign, supernatural or science-fiction location, unrelated to the show's normal location in Quahog. The first, entitled "Road to Rhode Island", aired on May 30, 2000, during the second season. The episodes are known for featuring elaborate musical numbers, similar to the Road films.[306] The episodes contain several trademarks, including a special version of the opening sequence, custom musical cues and musical numbers, and parodies of science fiction and fantasy films.[307]

The original idea for the "Road to" episodes came from MacFarlane, as he is a fan of the films of Crosby, Hope and Lamour. The first episode was directed by Dan Povenmire, who would direct the rest of the "Road to" episodes until the episode "Road to Rupert", at which point he had left the show to create Phineas and Ferb.[308][309] Series regular Greg Colton then took over Povenmire's role as director of the "Road to" episodes.[310]

The "Road to" episodes are generally considered by critics and fans to be some of the greatest in the series, thanks to the developing relationship between Stewie and Brian, and the strong plotlines of the episodes themselves.[311]

Humor

Family Guy uses the filmmaking technique of cutaways, which occur in the majority of Family Guy episodes.[312] Emphasis is often placed on gags which make reference to current events and/or modern cultural icons.

Early episodes based much of their comedy on Stewie's "super villain" antics, such as his constant plans for total world domination, his evil experiments, plans and inventions to get rid of things he dislikes, and his constant attempts at matricide. As the series progressed, the writers and MacFarlane agreed that his personality and the jokes were starting to feel dated, so they began writing him with a different personality.[313] Family Guy often includes self-referential humor. The most common form is jokes about Fox Broadcasting, and occasions where the characters break the fourth wall by addressing the audience. For example, in "North by North Quahog", the first episode that aired after the show's revival, included Peter telling the family that they had been cancelled because Fox had to make room in their schedule for shows like Dark Angel, Titus, Undeclared, Action, That '80s Show, Wonderfalls, Fastlane, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, Skin, Girls Club, Cracking Up, The Pitts, Firefly, Get Real, Freakylinks, Wanda at Large, Costello, The Lone Gunmen, A Minute with Stan Hooper, Normal, Ohio, Pasadena, Harsh Realm, Keen Eddie, The $treet, The American Embassy, Cedric the Entertainer Presents, The Tick, Luis, and Greg the Bunny. Lois asks whether there is any hope, to which Peter replies that if all these shows are canceled they might have a chance; the shows were indeed canceled during Family Guy‍ '​s hiatus.[314][315][316]

The show uses catchphrases, and most of the primary and secondary characters have them. Notable expressions include Quagmire's "Giggity giggity goo", Peter's "Freakin' sweet", and Joe's "Bring it on!"[313] The use of many of these catchphrases declined in later seasons. The episode "Big Man on Hippocampus" mocks catchphrase-based humor: when Peter, who has forgotten everything about his life, is introduced to Meg, he exclaims "D'oh!", to which Lois replies, "No, Peter, that's not your catchphrase."[317]

Reception and legacy

Ratings

Season Episodes Time slot (ET) Season premiere Season finale TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
1 7
Sunday 8:30 PM
January 31, 1999
22.01[318]
May 16, 1999
N/A 1998–99 #33 12.80
2 21
Thursday 9:00 PM
September 23, 1999
N/A
August 1, 2000
N/A 1999–2000 #114 6.32
3 22
Thursday 8:00 PM
July 11, 2001
N/A
November 9, 2003
N/A 2001–02 #125 4.50
4 30
Sunday 9:00 PM
May 1, 2005
11.85[319]
May 21, 2006
7.88[320] 2005–06 #68 7.90
5 18
September 10, 2006
9.93
May 20, 2007
9.15 2006–07 #71 7.20
6 12
September 23, 2007
10.86[321]
May 4, 2008
7.68[322] 2007–08 #84 7.94
7 16
September 28, 2008
9.20[321]
May 17, 2009
7.33[323] 2008–09 #69 7.56
8 21
September 27, 2009
10.17[324]
May 23, 2010
6.13[325] 2009–10 #53 7.56
9 18
September 26, 2010
9.41[326]
May 22, 2011
5.85[327] 2010–11 #56 7.66
10 23
September 25, 2011
7.69[328]
May 20, 2012
5.35[329] 2011–12 #70 7.30
11 22
September 30, 2012
6.55[330]
May 19, 2013
5.16[331] 2012–13 #63 6.94
12 21
Sunday 9:00 PM
Episodes 1 – 11
Sunday 8:30 PM
Episodes 12 – 21
September 29, 2013
5.20[332]
May 19, 2014
3.85[333] 2013–14 #78 6.11[334]
13 18
Sunday 9:00 PM
September 28, 2014
8.45[335]
May 17, 2015
2.85[336] 2014–15 #94 5.86[31]
14 TBA TBA TBA 2015–16 TBA TBA

Success

Catherine Seipp of National Review Online described it as a "nasty but extremely funny" cartoon.[337] Caryn James of The New York Times called it a show with an "outrageously satirical family" that "includes plenty of comic possibilities and parodies".[338] The Sydney Morning Herald named Family Guy the "Show of the Week" on April 21, 2009, hailing it a "pop culture-heavy masterpiece".[339] Frazier Moore from The Seattle Times called it an "endless craving for humor about bodily emissions". He thought it was "breathtakingly smart" and said a "blend of the ingenious with the raw helps account for its much broader appeal". He summarized it as "rude, crude and deliciously wrong".[340] The New Yorker‍ '​s Nancy Franklin said that Family Guy is becoming one of the best animated shows; she commented on its ribaldry and popularity.[341] The show has become a hit on Hulu; it is the second-highest viewed show after Saturday Night Live.[342] IGN called Family Guy a great show, and commented that it has gotten better since its revival. They stated that they cannot imagine another half-hour sitcom that provides as many laughs as Family Guy.[343] Empire praised the show and its writers for creating really hilarious moments with unlikely material. They commented that one of the reasons they love the show is because nothing is sacred—it makes jokes and gags of almost everything.[344] Robin Pierson of The TV Critic praised the series as "a different kind of animated comedy which clearly sets out to do jokes which other cartoons can't do."[345] Family Guy has proven popular in the United Kingdom, regularly obtaining between 700,000 and 1 million viewers for re-runs on BBC Three.[346]

The series has attracted many celebrities. Robert Downey, Jr. telephoned the show production staff and asked if he could produce or assist in an episode creation, as his son is a fan of the show, so the producers came up with a character for Downey.[347] Lauren Conrad met MacFarlane while recording a Laguna Beach clip for the episode "Prick Up Your Ears", (season 5, 2006).[348][349] She has watched Family Guy for years and considers Stewie her favorite character.[348] Commenting on his appearance in the episode "Big Man on Hippocampus", (season 8, 2010), actor Dwayne Johnson stated that he was a "big fan" of Family Guy.[350] Johnson befriended MacFarlane after he had a minor role in Johnson's 2010 film Tooth Fairy.[350] R&B singer Rihanna has admitted to being a fan of Family Guy,[351] as has pop singer Britney Spears; she tries to imitate Stewie's English accent.[352] Spears, who was mocked for her personal problems in the South Park episode "Britney's New Look" in 2008, offered to appear in a cameo to hit back at the similar animated show, but MacFarlane declined, stating that he did not want to start a feud with the series.[353]

WatchMojo.com has ranked Family Guy as the #4 Fox TV show,[354] the #2 cartoon of the 2000s,[355] the #3 adult cartoon[356] and the best cartoon to get cancelled.[357]

Awards

Family Guy and its cast have been nominated for thirteen Emmy Awards, with five wins. MacFarlane won the Outstanding Voice-Over Performance award for his performance as Stewie;[358] Murphy and MacFarlane won the Outstanding Music and Lyrics award for the song "You Got a Lot to See" from the episode "Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows";[358] Steven Fonti won the Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation award for his storyboard work in the episode "No Chris Left Behind";[359] and Greg Colton won the Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation award for his storyboard work in the episode "Road to the Multiverse".[360] The show was nominated for eleven Annie Awards, and won three times, twice in 2006 and once in 2008.[361][362][363] In 2009 it was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, becoming the first animated program to be nominated in this category since The Flintstones in 1961.[364] The Simpsons was almost nominated in 1993, but voters were hesitant to pit cartoons against live action programs.[365][366] The show was nominated for a Grammy in 2011.[367] Family Guy has been nominated and has won various other awards, including the Teen Choice Awards and the People's Choice Awards.[368][369][370] In the 1,000th issue of Entertainment Weekly, Brian Griffin was selected as the dog for "The Perfect TV Family".[371] Wizard Magazine rated Stewie the 95th-greatest villain of all time.[372] British newspaper The Times rated Family Guy as the 45th-best American show in 2009.[373] IGN ranked Family Guy at number seven in the "Top 100 Animated Series" and number six in the "Top 25 Primetime Animated Series of All Time".[343][374] Empire named it the twelfth-greatest TV show of all time.[344] In 2005 viewers of the UK television channel Channel 4 voted Family Guy at number 5 on their list of the 100 Greatest Cartoons.[375] Brian was awarded the 2009 Stoner of the Year award by High Times for the episode "420", marking the first time an animated character received the honor.[376] In 2007 TV Guide ranked Family Guy number 15 in their list of top cult shows ever.[377] Family Guy has garnered six Golden Reel Awards nominations, winning three times.[378] In 2013, TV Guide ranked Family Guy the ninth Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time.[4]

Criticism and controversy

One of the initial critics to give the show negative reviews was Ken Tucker from Entertainment Weekly; he called it "The Simpsons as conceived by a singularly sophomoric mind that lacks any reference point beyond other TV shows".[379][380] The Parents Television Council (PTC), a conservative, non-profit watchdog, has attacked the series since its premiere and has branded various episodes as "Worst TV Show of the Week".[381][382][383] In May 2000 the PTC launched a letter-writing campaign to the Fox network in an effort to persuade the network to cancel the show.[384] The PTC has placed the show on their annual lists of "Worst Prime-Time Shows for Family Viewing" in 2000, 2005, and 2006.[385][386][387] The Federal Communications Commission has received multiple petitions requesting that the show be blocked from broadcasting on indecency grounds.[388] Tucker and the PTC have both accused the show of portraying religion negatively, and of being racist.[389][390] Because of the PTC, some advertisers have canceled their contracts after reviewing the content of the episodes, claiming it to be unsuitable.[391][392] Critics have compared the show's humor and characters with those of The Simpsons.[379][393]

Various episodes of the show have generated controversy. In "420" (season seven, 2009) Brian decides to start a campaign to legalize cannabis in Quahog; the Venezuelan government reacted negatively to the episode and banned Family Guy from airing on their local networks, which generally syndicate American programming. Venezuelan justice minister Tareck El Aissami, citing the promotion of the use of cannabis, stated that any cable stations that did not stop airing the series would be fined;[394] the government showed a clip which featured Brian and Stewie singing the praises of marijuana as a demonstration of how the United States supports cannabis use.[395] In "Extra Large Medium" (season eight, 2010) a character named Ellen (who has Down syndrome) states that her mother is the former Governor of Alaska, which strongly implies that her mother is Sarah Palin, the only woman to have served in the office of governor in the state. Sarah Palin, the mother of a special-needs child, criticized the episode in an appearance on The O'Reilly Factor, calling those who made the show "cruel, cold-hearted people."[396]

Broadcast

Family Guy premiered in Australia on April 9, 1999 on the Seven Network, in 2000 on Fox8, and on 7mate on September 27, 2010.[397] In Canada the series started airing January 31, 1999 on Global[398] and September 1, 2003 on Teletoon. The show aired on Global until 2015. Beginning in the 2015-16 season, it will air on City.[399] In the past the show was also syndicated on TVtropolis (now DTour) and on Adult Swim from July 4, 2012. The show also airs in Ireland on 3e,[400] and in New Zealand on Four.[401]

In the UK, Family Guy premiered in September 1999, originally on Channel 4 and Sky One. In January 2005, FX (now Fox) began broadcasting the show.[402] From October 2005, BBC Two[403] started screening Family Guy before switching in 2007 to BBC Three.[404] In March 2015, it was announced that season 15 of Family Guy and all of MacFarlane's other cartoons will transfer to ITV2 from the autumn, however the BBC will continue to hold the rights until 2017 for older episodes.[405][406] On April 21, 2015, it was announced that season 13 and 14 will be aired on BBC Two.[407]

Other media

Comic books

A comic book based on the Family Guy universe is being produced. Published by Titan Comics, it will be edited by Steve White and illustrated by Anthony Williams and S. L. Gallant. The writing and the illustrations will be supervised by the show's producers.[408] The comics will consist of a main story, a short story, and a gag strip. The first comic book was released on July 27, 2011.[408]

Books

Family Guy: It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One was written by executive story editor Chevapravatdumrong and actress Alex Borstein. The book was first published on 8 May 2007.[409] The book is a biographical monologue by Lois Griffin discussing her memories of growing up and to her attempted run for mayor in the town of Quahog. Though the book primarily consists of a loose narrative monologue by Lois, it is also interspersed with sections from other characters such as Peter Griffin. The book covers events featured in the Family Guy episode "It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One", with which it shares a title.

It was published in the United Kingdom in 2007 by Orion Books.[410]

Live performances

As promotion for the show, and, as Newman described, "[to] expand interest in the show beyond its diehard fans",[411] Fox organized four Family Guy Live! performances, which featured cast members reading old episodes aloud. The cast also performed musical numbers from the Family Guy: Live in Vegas comedy album.[411] The stage shows were an extension of a performance by the cast during the 2004 Montreal Comedy Festival.[411] The Family Guy Live! performances, which took place in Los Angeles and New York, sold out and were attended by around 1,200 people each.[412]

In 2007, at the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, MacFarlane performed (as the digitally inserted Stewie and Brian) the ceremony's opening number. He performed a song insulting modern television to the tune of the song "The Fellas At The Freakin' F.C.C." performed in the episode PTV. The song insulted TV shows such as Two and a Half Men, Desperate Housewives, and Scrubs, as well as the final scene of The Sopranos.

In 2009, a special televised performance show aired entitled Family Guy Presents Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show, in which voice actors Alex Borstein and MacFarlane performed songs from the show, as well as a parody of Lady Gaga's song "Poker Face" in the voice of Marlee Matlin, who appeared on stage as a guest during the performance. Some new animated gags also appeared in the show.[413]

Film

On July 22, 2007, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, MacFarlane announced that he may start working on a feature film, although "nothing's official."[414] In TV Week on July 18, 2008, MacFarlane confirmed plans to produce a theatrically released Family Guy feature film sometime "within the next year."[415] He came up with an idea for the story, "something that you could not do on the show, which [to him] is the only reason to do a movie." He later went to say he imagines the film to be "an old-style musical with dialogue" similar to The Sound of Music, saying that he would "really be trying to capture, musically, that feel."[416] On October 13, 2011, Seth MacFarlane confirmed that a deal for a Family Guy film had been made, and that it would be written by himself and series co-producer Ricky Blitt.[417]

On November 30, 2012, MacFarlane confirmed plans to produce a Family Guy film.[418] The project was put on hold while MacFarlane worked on Ted 2.[419]

Spin-off

Main article: The Cleveland Show

MacFarlane co-created—alongside Mike Henry and Richard Appel—the Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show, which premiered September 27, 2009. They began discussing the project in 2007.[420][421] Appel and Henry served as the show's executive producers and showrunners, handling the day-to-day operations, with limited involvement from MacFarlane.[422] Henry and Appel conceived the show as "more of a family show, a sweeter show" than Family Guy.[423] The first season consisted of 22 episodes,[424] and the show was picked up by Fox for a second season, which consisted of 13 episodes. The announcement was made on May 3, 2009, before the first season began.[425] It was extended to a full second season.[426] Appel signed a new three-year, seven-figure deal with Fox to continue serving as showrunner on The Cleveland Show in 2010. Fox chairman Gary Newman commented: "What is special about him is his incredible leadership ability."[427] The show follows the Family Guy character Cleveland Brown, who is voiced by Henry, as he leaves the town of Quahog and moves with his son to start his own adventure.[420]

Fox canceled The Cleveland Show on May 13, 2013, roughly a week before the May 19 conclusion of its fourth season.[428] On July 16, 2013, MacFarlane confirmed an upcoming twelfth season episode of Family Guy centering on Cleveland's return to Quahog.[429]

Video games

The Family Guy Video Game! is a 2006 action game released by 2K Games and developed by High Voltage Software. The game received mixed reviews, averaging 50% favorable reviews for the PlayStation 2 version,[430] 51% for the PlayStation Portable version,[431] and 53% for the Xbox version,[432] according to review aggregator Metacritic. The game received praise for its humor,[433] but was criticized for its short playtime[434] and "uninteresting gameplay".[435] On November 2, 2009, IGN journalist Ryan Langley reported the production of a Family Guy-based party game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii. He cited the LinkedIn profiles of former HB Studios developer Chris Kolmatycki and Invisible Entertainment co-owner Ron Doucet, which stated that the individuals had worked on the game.[436] MacFarlane recorded exclusive material of Peter's voice and other Family Guy characters for a 2007 pinball machine of the show by Stern Pinball.[437] A game called Family Guy Online was announced.[438]

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse, which is centered around the episode "Road to the Multiverse", was released on November 20, 2012.

Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff launched on iOS and Android on April 10, 2014.

Crossovers with other animated series

Family Guy characters have appeared on other adult animated sitcoms and vice versa. Notable crossovers have involved two other programs in particular, both from Seth MacFarlane: American Dad! and The Cleveland Show. An event known as "Night of the Hurricane" depicts a hurricane hitting Stoolbend, Quahog and Langley Falls, culminating in a stand-off among the three fathers of each family.

King of the Hill‍ '​s Hank Hill has also appeared on Family Guy in the episodes "Bigfat" and "Petergeist".

Family Guy has also been parodied on South Park,[439] in a two-part episode called "Cartoon Wars".

Peter Griffin made a non-speaking cameo in The Simpsons in the episodes The Italian Bob and Treehouse of Horror XIII. It was announced that a special episode of Family Guy featuring an official crossover with The Simpsons would premiere in 2014. At San Diego Comic Con a 5-minute preview was shown. The episode is titled The Simpsons Guy and aired September 28, 2014.[440]

Merchandise

As of 2009, six books have been released about the Family Guy universe, all published by HarperCollins since 2005.[441] The first, Family Guy: Stewie's Guide to World Domination (ISBN 978-0-06-077321-2) by Steve Callahan, was released in April 26, 2005. Written in the style of a graphic novel, the plot follows Stewie's plans to rule the world.[442] Other books include Family Guy: It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One (ISBN 978-0-7528-7593-4), which covers the events of the episode "It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One";[443] and Family Guy and Philosophy: A Cure for the Petarded (ISBN 978-1-4051-6316-3), a collection of 17 essays exploring the connections between the series and historical philosophers.[444] A book written from Brian's point of view (written by Andrew Goldberg) was published in 2006, called Brian Griffin's Guide to Booze, Broads and the Lost Art of Being a Man.[445]

Family Guy has been commercially successful in the home market.[446] The show was the first to be resurrected because of high DVD sales.[447][448] The first volume, covering the show's first two seasons, sold 1.67 million units, topping TV DVD sales in 2003, while the second volume sold another million units.[447][449] Volumes six and seven debuted at fifth place in United States DVD sales;[450][451] volume seven was the highest-selling television DVD, selling 171,000 units by June 21, 2009.[451] Family Guy Presents Blue Harvest, the DVD featuring the Star Wars special "Blue Harvest", was released on January 15, 2008, and premiered at the top of United States DVD sales.[452] The DVD was the first Family Guy DVD to include a digital copy for download to the iPod.[452] In 2004, the first series of Family Guy toy figurines was released by Mezco Toyz; each member of the Griffin family had their own toy, with the exception of Stewie, of whom two different figures were made.[453] Over the course of two years, four more series of toy figures were released, with various forms of Peter.[454] In 2008, the character Peter appeared in advertisements for Subway Restaurants, promoting the restaurant's massive feast sandwich.[455][456]

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Preceded by
3rd Rock from the Sun
1998
Super Bowl lead-out program
The Simpsons
alongside
Family Guy
1999
Succeeded by
The Practice
2000

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