Family Guy

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Family Guy
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Premiere January 31, 1999
Finale
Airs On hiatus
Creator Seth MacFarlane
Network FOX
Style 30-minute animated comedy
Company Fuzzy Door Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Seasons 12
Episodes 231 + 2 specials (through season 12)
Status Renewed through season 13 (2014-2015)
Origin USA
Official Twitter @FamilyGuyonFOX
Official Facebook Family Guy

Family Guy is the brain child of Seth MacFarlane, a former writer for Cartoon Network original "Cartoon Cartoons" like Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo and Cow and Chicken. The series debuted in 1999 and helped revitalize FOX's animation line-up along with Futurama, which premiered two months later. Family Guy was met with disgust and critical appeal, not to mention a huge cult following.

Family Guy, like Futurama, was also plagued by the fickle minds of FOX executives. The show suffered from constant timeslot changes and was cancelled no less than three times due to its racy and politically incorrect nature. The controversy of the show often made executives nervous and went as far as censoring the DVD collections that were released following the show's demise.

Family Guy lacks an overall plotline or any sign of continuity (this has been compared to being like The Simpsons; however, The Simpsons does make an attempt to maintain continuity). The series centers around a family from Quahog, Rhode Island. Peter, Lois, Chris, Meg, Stewie and Brian represent the most dysfunctional a family can be, often getting into crazy events while still coping with something that resembles a life we can all relate to.

Although the series was cancelled in 2002, it was rescued from limbo by Adult Swim. The explosive ratings that the reruns received coupled with record breaking DVD sales caused FOX to pick the show up again for a new season in 2005, a first in the television industry. In 2009, Family Guy received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series, the first animated series since The Flintstones in 1961 to do so.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Seth MacFarlane Peter Griffin 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Stewart "Stewie" Griffin
Brian Griffin
Glen Quagmire
Tom Tucker
Carter Pewterschmidt
Kevin Swanson
Alex Borstein Lois Griffin 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Loretta Brown
Tricia Takanawa
Barbara Pewterschmidt
Lacey Chabert Megan "Meg" Griffin 1 2 10 11
Mila Kunis 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Seth Green Christopher "Chris" Griffin 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Neil Goldman
Mike Henry Cleveland Brown 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Cleveland Brown, Jr.
Herbert John
Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Phil LaMarr Ollie Williams 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Patrick Warburton Joseph "Joe" Swanson 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Lori Alan Diane Simmons 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Rachael MacFarlane Additional Voices 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 12
Wally Wingert Additional Voices 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 10 11 12
Kevin Michael Richardson Additional Voices 1 2 3 4 5 8 10 11 12
Fred Tatasciore Additional Voices 1 2 3 4 5 8 10 11 12
Jennifer Tilly Bonnie Swanson 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Johnny Brennan Mort Goldman 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Danny Smith Additional Voices 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Adam West Mayor Adam West 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Tara Strong Additional Voices 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 12
Nicole Sullivan Muriel Goldman 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 11 12
Chris Cox Additional Voices 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 11 12
Gary Cole Additional Voices 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 11 12
Ralph Garman Additional Voices 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Mark Hentemann Additional Voices 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12
Alex Breckenridge Additional Voices 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Chris Sheridan Additional Voices 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Alec Sulkin Additional Voices 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
John Viener Additional Voices 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Steve Callaghan Additional Voices 8 9 10 11 12
Julius Sharpe Additional Voices 9 10 11 12
Christine Lakin Joyce Kinney 9 10 11

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
FOX
Season One January 31, 1999 May 16, 1999 7
Season Two September 23, 1999 August 1, 2000 21
Season Three July 11, 2001 February 14, 2002 22
Season Four May 1, 2005 May 21, 2006 30
Season Five September 10, 2006 May 20, 2007 18
Season Six September 23, 2007 May 4, 2008 13 + 1
Season Seven September 28, 2008 May 17, 2009 16
Season Eight September 27, 2009 May 23, 2010 23 + 1
Season Nine September 26, 2010 May 22, 2011 21
Season Ten September 25, 2011 May 20, 2012 23
Season Eleven September 30, 2012 May 19, 2013 22 + 1
Season Twelve September 29, 2013 May 18, 2014 21
Season Thirteen September 28, 2014

In-Depth

  • At a Glance: Additional information about the series
  • Characters: A listing of recurring characters from the series

DVD and Blu-ray Releases

DVD

Title Release Date #
Episode Collections - Sequential
Volume 1 April 15, 2003 4 purchase
Volume 2 September 9, 2003 3 purchase
Volume 3 November 29, 2005 3 purchase
Volume 4 November 14, 2006 3 purchase
Volume 5 September 18, 2007 3 purchase
Volume 6 October 26, 2008 3 purchase
Volume 7 June 16, 2009 3 purchase
Volume 8 June 15, 2010 3 purchase
Volume 9 December 13, 2011 3 purchase
Volume 10 September 25, 2012 3 purchase
Volume 11 September 24, 2013 3 purchase
Multi-Release Collections
Freakin' Party Pack
Volumes 1-5 & Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story
October 30, 2007 17 purchase
Freakin' Sweet Party Pack
Volumes 1-6, Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story & Blue Harvest
October 21, 2008 22 purchase
The Total World Domination Collection
Volumes 1-6, Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story & Blue Harvest
October 21, 2008 22 purchase
Two Pack
Blue Harvest & Something, Something, Something Dark Side
December 22, 2009 2 purchase
'Best Of' Collections
Freakin' Sweet Collection December 14, 2004 1 purchase
Individual Episodes
Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story September 27, 2005 1 purchase
Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest January 15, 2008 1 purchase
Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest: Special Edition January 15, 2008 1 purchase
A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas
Only available at TWEC stores
September 26, 2008 1
Family Guy Presents: Stewie Kills Lois and Lois Kills Stewie May 19, 2009 (TWEC stores)
June 16, 2009 (Canada)
1 purchase
Something, Something, Something Dark Side December 22, 2009 1 purchase
Partial Terms of Endearment September 28, 2010 2 purchase
It's a Trap! December 21, 2010 1

Blu-ray

Title Release Date #
Individual Episodes
Something, Something, Something Dark Side December 22, 2009 1 purchase
It's a Trap! December 21, 2010 1

External Sites