Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. Family Guy has been around for fourteen seasons and as of May 15, 2016, the series was renewed for a fifteenth season.
Take a look at some interesting facts about the series!
1.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.
2.The show is set in the fictional city of Quahog, Rhode Island.
3.The family was conceived by MacFarlane after developing two animated films, The Life of Larry and Larry & Steve.
4.Family Guy has been nominated for 12 Primetime Emmy Awards and 11 Annie Awards, and has won three of each.
5.Peter Griffin is a bumbling but well-intentioned blue-collar worker
6.Lois is a stay-at-home mother and piano teacher who is a member of the wealthy Pewterschmidt family.
7.Meg is the couple’s awkward teenage daughter, constantly ridiculed and ignored by the family.
8.Chris is their teenage son, who is overweight and stupid. He is depicted as a younger version of his father in many respects.
9.Stewie is their diabolical infant boy of ambiguous sexual orientation who has adult mannerisms and uses stereotypical villain lines.
10Brian is their smoking, martini-swilling, sarcastic, English-speaking dog, though he is still considered a pet in many respects.
11.MacFarlane initially conceived Family Guy in 1995 while studying animation at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
12.The Griffin family first appeared on the demo that MacFarlane pitched to Fox on May 15, 1998.
13.Fox ordered 13 episodes of Family Guy to air in midseason after MacFarlane impressed executives with a seven-minute demo.
14.MacFarlane has served as an executive producer during the show’s entire history, and also functions as a creative consultant.
15.Family Guy is approaching The Simpsons with regard to total animated domination of a generation – but Family Guy was cancelled twice in its first few seasons.
16.Meg is the object of constant abuse for an actual reason. According to Seth MacFarlane, it’s an outcome of “a bunch of male writers not knowing how to write for a teenage girl.”
17.In Family Guy, especially in the first few seasons, there are numerous Hanna-Barbera cutaways, specifically to The Jetsons and The Flinstones. The reason for this is because Seth MacFarlane was a writer for Hanna-Barbera before creating Family Guy. That is why he has an intense affection for their characters and when he created his own show, he wanted to pay homage to it the only way Family Guy knows how, by lampooning them.
18.Stewie is exactly 1 ¾ years old.
19.Brian Griffin was named “Stoner of the Year” by High Times in 2009.
20.Lois was originally blonde.
21.Stewie’s first words are: “Damn you, Vile Woman!”. While on other shows, the traditional first words are “mama” or “papa”, in Family Guy they’re a baby’s curse to the mother he feels imprisoned him in her womb.
22.Chris’s full Name is Christopher Cross Griffin.
23.The main cast makes upwards of $225,000 each per episode.
24.Meg was originally voiced by Lacey Chabert, aka Gretchen Wieners.
25.Family Guy has also received criticism, including unfavorable comparisons to The Simpsons.
26.Seth MacFarlane had a ticket for a 9/11 plane.
27.Family Guy has been named the “Worst TV Show of the Week” 44 times by the Parents Television Council.
28.Every episode includes at least one character saying “what the hell” to another.
29.The creators pick and choose when Stewie can be heard and understood by his family.
30.Death was originally going to be a theme in every episode.
31.It takes a full year for one episode to get on air.
32.When the show first aired, MacFarlane was the youngest executive producer in all of network television.
33.Carrie Fisher, aka Princess Leia, is the voice behind Peter’s creepy boss Angela.
34.The franchise is worth $2 billion.
35.Opening title is A reference to “All in the Family. This is demonstrated in Lois and Peter singing at the piano much the way Edith and Archie do in their program from the 1970’s.