Family Guy - Season 16 E...
The series follows the dysfunctional Griffin family, consisting of father Peter, mother Lois, daughter Meg, son Chris, baby Stewie, and the family dog Brian, who reside in their hometown of Quahog. The executive producers for the sixteenth production season are Seth MacFarlane, Richard Appel, Alec Sulkin, Steve Callaghan, Danny Smith, and Kara Vallow. Sulkin returns after a two-season absence as the new showrunner for the series, replacing previous showrunner Callaghan. Appel continues to serve as showrunner alongside Sulkin.
Family Guy - Season 16 E...
As of season sixteen, the series' first-run cable syndication rights have switched from Adult Swim and TBS, who had premiered the first fifteen seasons, over to Disney-owned Freeform and FXX, who will continue to premiere new episodes on cable with the coming seasons. Freeform and FXX began exclusively broadcasting the first fifteen seasons starting in September 2021 when Family Guy officially went off Adult Swim and TBS.
Transgressive, morally misguided but oh-so-darn funny, Family Guy has invaded the adult cartoon sphere since its debut in 1999. Created by Seth MacFarlane, the series follows an atypical family in Quahog, Rhode Island. Father of the house Peter (Seth MacFarlane) leads the show with a tenacity for stupidity, with wife Lois (Alex Borstein) attempting to keep the chaotic house together with kids Chris (Seth Green), Meg (Mila Kunis) and Stewie (Seth MacFarlane), alongside writer-turned-drunk dog Brian (Seth MacFarlane).
Running for 20 seasons and counting, Family Guy encapsulates episodes that have had hits, misses, and overtly comedic shock value that keeps viewers on their toes. Fans who love the show immensely have dedicated their time to voting for the best Family Guy episodes on IMDb. Here is what they selected as the best episode of every season!
There are only three episodes left from Family Guy's ongoing 21st season, and while most haven't impressed fans, "The Munchurian Candidate" managed to get the highest score so far with its 7.7 on IMDb. It's the perfect time to re-discover other top-scoring episodes from the long-running sitcom, many of which are considered fan-favorite classics today.
In order to provide for the family, Peter goes on welfare but ultimately messes up a second time by spending the cash on extravagant things such as a moat and renting the statue of David. As a redo of the pilot episode, this attracted millions of fans and promised a wildly successful ride for Family Guy.
The final episode of season 5 is "Meet the Quagmires," which focuses on Peter, who travels back in time to live out a single life for a little while, with the help of Death (Adam Carolla). This messes up the timeline, where Quagmire (Seth MacFarlane), instead of Peter, ends up with Lois.
The opening episode to the ninth season of Family Guy, "And Then There Were Fewer," begins with most of Quahog being invited to a manor for a dinner party, which is revealed to be hosted by the series protagonist, James Woods (voiced by himself) as a way to make amends for upsetting them in various ways.
The fifth episode of season ten, "Back to the Pilot" narrows in on the iconic animation duo, Stewie and Brian, who travel back in time to find a tennis ball Brain buried years prior. The timeline becomes under threat when Brian warns his past self about the September 11 attack, leading Stewie to help correct time so that nothing become altered.
"Christmas Guy" is the eighth episode of the twelfth season of Family Guy. In one of the best Christmas episodes of Family Guy, Peter must convince Carter (MacFarlane) to bring back the Christmas carnival that he canceled by teaching him the Christmas spirit.
The opening episode of season thirteen, "The Simpsons Guy," was a highly-anticipated crossover that starts off with Peter upsetting the women of Quahog with his offensive comic strip, causing the Griffin family to leave town until things cool down. Their car gets stolen in Springfield, where they meet Homer Simpson (Dan Castellaneta) in the local Kwik-E-Mart, who offers to help them.
The seventh episode in season fifteen, "High School English" traverses through retellings of classical literature, which Peter reads to pass time when he is locked in a library after driving his car into a family home. He starts off with The Great Gatsby, then, when hiding in the attic, finds costumes and segues into Huckleberry Finn, before leading into Of Mice and Men when he is finally arrested.
The season premiere of season sixteen of the series, "Emmy-Winning Episode" is one of the best episodes of Family Guy. The episode pokes fun at the fact that Family Guy has never won an Emmy despite running since 1999, and doing a crossover with the infamous rival cartoon, The Simpsons.
The best episode of season seventeen, "Big Trouble in Little Quahog," depicts how the playful banter between Stewie and Brian becomes an adventure when Stewie uses his shrink ray on Brian, who is taken away by a rat. Both microscopic, the pair battle past carnivorous dust mites and make friends with water bears, who warn them that Lois has called an exterminator.
"PeTerminator" is the thirteenth episode of season nineteen and one of the funniest Family Guy episodes ever made. Angered by the fact that Lois fed him broccoli, Stewie designs a Terminator that looks like Peter, ordered to kill Lois.
Family Guy season 16 episode "Three Directors" filters the same story through Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, and Michael Bay. While it later became a huge success, Family Guy struggled in its early years. The show debuted on Fox in 1999 and followed Peter Griffin, his family, and friends. Peter is capable of being a good father and husband, but he's also a dimwitted, self-absorbed jerk too, which leads to no end of comic situations. While the show was accused of being a Simpsons ripoff in its early years, it still attracted a cult following.
This wasn't enough to prevent Family Guy from being cancelled after its third season in 2002. Strong DVD sales and viewing figures for repeat airings led to it being resurrected a few years later and it's still running to this day. Despite its success, Family Guy has often been criticized for its reliance on random cutaway gags and lazy parodies. Like The Simpsons, some feel Family Guy has run too long, but despite these critiques, it still has a loving fanbase and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.
The show occasionally likes to do some experimental episodes, such as season 16's "Send In Stewie, Please." This saw Stewie spend an entire episode talking to a child psychologist and features no random cutaway gags or appearances by Peter; it also saw Stewie use his real accent for the first time. Season 16 also yielded Family Guy "Three Directors," which Peter introduces by explaining three filmmakers will interpret the same story - Peter getting fired by the brewery - in their own unique way.
In this send-up of TV retrospectives, Family Guy is depicted as a long-running sitcom and shows how the show (and society at large) has changed from the 1950s to the 1970s.Tropes: Actor Allusion: Meg's appearance in the '70s segment is a Whole Costume Reference to Jackie from That '70s Show. Both characters were played by Mila Kunis.
Anachronism Stew: In the '70s segment, after Peter decides that he doesn't want to send Chris off to Vietnam after all, he mentions having to fight off Donkey Kong, which is immediately followed by Quagmire giving a spiel about the army climbing girders and ladders while Donkey Kong keeps throwing barrels at them. Although the segment is filled with '70s references, this one doesn't work because Donkey Kong was released in 1981.
And the Rest: During the opening for the 60's segment parodying "The Archie Show" Peter calls every family member by name except Meg, who's just deemed the rest.
Deliberate Values Dissonance: Much of the humor in the 1950s segment is based on concepts that, while acceptable at the time, would not fly by today's standards. These include the show being sponsored by cigarettes that are geared towards children and the idea that women don't belong in the workplace.
Didn't Think This Through: Peter's plan in the '70s segment to save Chris from a tour of duty in Vietnam by going in his place. When he realizes the consequences, he says this word for word.
Dirty Coward: Let my son die... let my son die... my son, not me...
Don't Explain the Joke: The '50s segment ends with Peter threatening Lois with "to the moon!", leading to Lois having a conversation about what he means by that. When she asks if the idea of striking her so violently she flies to the moon is supposed to be funny, Peter says it no longer is in an annoyed tone.
Dramatic Irony: In the '70s segment, Peter admonishes Stewie for playing with his toy vacuum cleaner like a girl and gives him a discus and javelin to grow up like a real man like Bruce Jenner (who would later identify as a woman and undergo gender reassignment surgery). Peter even shows Stewie Bruce's picture on a box of Wheaties, leading to Stewie remarking "didn't these used to have nuts in them?".
Dropped-in Speech Clip: In the '60s segment, audio of The Beatles appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show and the Moon Landing are heard while Peter switches through TV channels.
Improperly Placed Firearms: Played with in the '70s segment, where Peter tries to force Chris to enlist to fight in Vietnam by saying that he "knows war", claiming to have stormed the beaches of Normandy. Cut to him doing just that, with what appears to be an era-inappropriate M14 rifle, only for the beach in question to be filled with tourists who pay him no mind and lifeguards who tell him "no running on the beach", as Peter's narration reveals he "stormed the beach" in 1958.
It Will Never Catch On: During Tom Tucker's first scene in the 1950s segment, he is depicted as a radio newscaster who believes that TV is just a fad, only for him to make the jump to that format by the time the Griffins rent a TV to watch Ed Sullivan.
Nothing but Hits: '70s Quagmire is driven mad by the repeated playing of "Fortunate Son" during his stint in Vietnam. Also during the disco scene, the Walter Murphy song "A Fifth Of Beethoven" is heard.
Overly-Long Gag: Each segment contains a gag in it that goes on for quite a while. The 1950s has the Post Raisin Bran commercial, the 1960s has the bit with Peter's long car and the 1970s has the scene in the club of people getting their necks sliced due to the sharp collars on the guys' shirts.
Rule of Three: The Post Raisin Bran commercial in the 1950s segment is basically the same spiel done three times using a different variation each time (first with a basic description of the product, then with 1950s style animated graphics, finally with the jingle).
The same could apply for the whole episode itself since each of the three segments contain their own Overly-Long Gag as mentioned above.
Shout-Out: Peter mentions that Family Guy had sustained a "pretty good ribbing by those South Park guys", which is a reference to the season ten episodes Cartoon Wars Part I and Cartoon Wars Part II, where South Park parodied Family Guy.
The opening for the 1960s segment is done in the style of The Archie Show.
The Brady Bunch and the episode "The Tattletale," with Meg fitting the role of Cindy and "Mike" giving a tongue-twisting admonition to not tattle ... even if she sees someone using drugs. ("You're really only telling on yourself.") The tone is similar to The Brady Bunch Movie, where Mike scolds at Cindy for tattling, even though she is trying to tell him she witnessed a neighbor stealing their mail (a felony in every state).
Walter Murphy, the show's musical director, with the use of "A Fifth Of Beethoven" in the disco scene.
The ending of the '70s segment is a nod to the Downer Ending of the film adaptation of Hair, with Chris in the role of the "supposed to be Vietnam bound" Claude and Peter playing the Berger role of the one who ends up going in his place and winds up dying there.
Standard Snippet: Parodied. When Peter asks Quagmire what serving in Vietnam was like, he goes on a spiel not about the violence or the physical toll, but about how often he heard "Fortunate Son" playing.
Suspiciously Specific Denial: Herbert wants Peter to know that he is definitely not "Roy Mitchell from three towns over who was accused of all sorts of nonsense and left in a hurry." Later, "Mike Brady" says the same thing about Robert Reed.
Take That!: "Fred Trump Apartments: If you don't want to live with blacks, Fred Trump."
In the '60s episode, Pete Townsend takes inappropriate pictures of Chris while claiming he's doing research for a book, which Peter disputes. Townsend was previously accused of accessing child pornography while claiming he was doing research.
Truth in Television: Peter's ignorance of what war is like was a common mindset of the time. The Vietnam War was a major turning point in public opinion about war.
A Wizard Did It: In the theme song for the 1960s episode segment, Peter claims a wizard gave Stewie the ability to talk, but made it so only characters outside the family can talk with him.