Family Guy

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Family Guy
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Premiere January 31, 1999
Next Episode Time On hiatus
Creator Seth MacFarlane
developed by:
Seth MacFarlane
David Zuckerman
First Available On FOX
Style 30-minute animated comedy
Company Fuzzy Door Productions
Film Roman
(seasons 1–2)
Fox Television Animation
(seasons 3—)
20th Century Fox Television
Seasons 13
Episodes 249 + 2 specials (through season 13)
Status Renewed through season 14 (2015-2016)
Origin USA
Official Site FOX
Official Twitter @FamilyGuyonFOX feed on Twitter
Official Facebook Family Guy on Facebook

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

Vocal Talent Character Duration
Main 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Seth MacFarlane Peter Griffin
Stewart "Stewie" Griffin
Brian Griffin
Glen Quagmire
Tom Tucker
Carter Pewterschmidt
Kevin Swanson
Alex Borstein Lois Griffin
Loretta Brown
Tricia Takanawa
Barbara Pewterschmidt
Lacey Chabert Megan "Meg" Griffin
Mila Kunis  
Seth Green Christopher "Chris" Griffin
Neil Goldman
Mike Henry Cleveland Brown
Cleveland Brown, Jr.
Herbert John
Orange indicates a recurring or guest role during that season.
Supporting/Recurring 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Phil LaMarr Ollie Williams
Patrick Warburton Joseph "Joe" Swanson
Lori Alan Diane Simmons
Rachael MacFarlane Additional Voices
Wally Wingert Additional Voices
Kevin Michael Richardson Additional Voices
Fred Tatasciore Additional Voices
Jennifer Tilly Bonnie Swanson
Johnny Brennan Mort Goldman
Danny Smith Additional Voices
Adam West Mayor Adam West
Tara Strong Additional Voices
Nicole Sullivan Muriel Goldman
Chris Cox Additional Voices
Gary Cole Additional Voices
Ralph Garman Additional Voices
Mark Hentemann Additional Voices
Alex Breckenridge Additional Voices
Chris Sheridan Additional Voices
Alec Sulkin Additional Voices
John Viener Additional Voices
Steve Callaghan Additional Voices
Julius Sharpe Additional Voices
Christine Lakin Joyce Kinney
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale Episodes
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 May 17, 2015 19
Season Fourteen September 27, 2015

In-Depth

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


DVD and Blu-ray Releases

Title Release Discs
Season Sets (Region 1)
Volume 1 April 15, 2003 purchase 4
Volume 2 September 9, 2003 purchase 3
Volume 3 November 29, 2005 purchase 3
Volume 4 November 14, 2006 purchase 3
Volume 5 September 18, 2007 purchase 3
Volume 6 October 26, 2008 purchase 3
Volume 7 June 16, 2009 purchase 3
Volume 8 June 15, 2010 purchase 3
Volume 9 December 13, 2011 purchase 3
Volume 10 September 25, 2012 purchase 3
Volume 11 September 24, 2013 purchase 3
Volume 12 December 17, 2013 purchase 3
Volume 13 December 9, 2014 purchase 3
Multi-Release Collections (Region 1)
Freakin' Party Pack
Volumes 1-5 & Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story
October 30, 2007 purchase 17
Freakin' Sweet Party Pack
Volumes 1-6, Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story & Blue Harvest
October 21, 2008 purchase 22
The Total World Domination Collection
Volumes 1-6, Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story & Blue Harvest
October 21, 2008 purchase 22
Two Pack
Blue Harvest & Something, Something, Something Dark Side
December 22, 2009 purchase 2
Laugh It Up Fuzzball: Family Guy Trilogy
Blue Harvest & Something, Something, Something Dark Side & It's a Trap
December 21, 2010 purchase 3
Multi-Release Collections (Blu-ray) (Region A)
Laugh It Up Fuzzball: Family Guy Trilogy
Blue Harvest & Something, Something, Something Dark Side & It's a Trap
December 21, 2010 purchase 3
'Best Of' Collections (Region 1)
Freakin' Sweet Collection December 14, 2004 purchase 1
Individual Episodes (Region 1)
Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story September 27, 2005 purchase 1
Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest January 15, 2008 purchase 1
Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest: Special Edition January 15, 2008 purchase 1
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
Available at TWEC stores from May 19, 2009
June 16, 2009 purchase 1
Something, Something, Something Dark Side December 22, 2009 purchase 1
Partial Terms of Endearment September 28, 2010 purchase 2
It's a Trap! December 21, 2010 purchase 1
Individual Episodes (Blu-ray) (Region A)
Something, Something, Something Dark Side December 22, 2009 purchase 1
Individual Episodes (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Copy) (Region A)
It's a Trap! December 21, 2010 purchase 1

External Sites