A Brief History on The Family Guy
A Brief History on The Family Guy
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Family Guy originates back to two shorts of around ten minutes each made by Seth MacFarlane during the mid-1990s, featuring two main characters: Larry, a fat, old, balding idiot man, and Steve the dog, a talking dog who was much smarter than most people. The second of these shorts was broadcast on Cartoon Network in 1997. Fortunately the executives at Fox saw both shorts, and MacFarlane was offered the opportunity to develop a show based on them, which evolved into Family Guy.


The first episode of Family Guy was aired in the United States on January 31, 1999, after Super Bowl XXXIII. The show premiered as a regular series in April and ran for six more episodes until the season finale in the middle of May. The first season contained seven episodes and introduced viewers to the show's main characters. That was only the beginning! It was canceled on February 14, 2002 and brought back in May 1, 2005.

Family Guy Cast

It is undoubtable that Seth MacFarlane was the inspirator of Family Guy and the leader persona of the show. He voices Peter, Brian and Stewie. He cooperated with Mila Kunis (voices Megan Griffin), Seth Green (voices Chris Griffin), Alex Borstein (voices Lois Griffin) and Patrick Warburton to complete his concept.

Family Guy Characters

The Griffins are a model family but each member is distinct, complex, and yet a noticeable individual. Peter Griffin, an Irish American, is a master in the art of embarrassing, but is not productive enough. He is the head of the family. His dog, Brian, is his best friend. Brian is not a common dog. He talks, he is smarter than more of the people and he prefers his martini dry. His wife, Lois Griffin is a daughter of a rich family, and she used to have many boyfriends before she marry Peter. She teaches piano, she is a modern housekeeper and she loves her children. Their children are completely distinct., Meg Griffin, a 17 year old teenager with low self esteem and the dream of being popular, Chris Griffin, a 13 year old kind hearted boy, who idolizes his father, and then 1 year old Stewie Griffin, a maniac infant who tries to dominate the world. Not the most common children that a family could grow. Besides the 6 Griffin family members, there are other characters, such as sexually charged Quagmire, deli owner Cleveland Brown, paraplegic police officer Joe Swanson, crazy Adam West., etc. The characters of Family Guy reside in Quahog, Rhode Island, a satirical version of a small Rhode Island town. Quahog also is a slang term for vagina.


Season 1 Episode 1

Death Has A Shadow


Against strict orders from Lois, Peter drinks profusely at his buddy's bachelor party. After showing up at work hung over, Peter gets fired. When he applies for welfare, they accidentally send him a check for $150,000, which leads to a spending binge. When Lois discovers the truth, Peter attempts to return the money to the taxpayers by dumping it from a blimp at the Super Bowl. But when he is arrested, his family must come to the rescue.

Season 1 Episode 2

I Never Met The Dead Man


In an attempt to spend more time with his kids, Peter unwillingly teaches Meg how to drive. Consequently, Peter gets distracted and smashes the car into a main cable TV transmitter, putting the blame on Meg. Peter nearly goes insane without television and spends time with his family to get himself preoccupied. However, Peter’s planned activities eventually drive the family crazy. Meanwhile, Stewie devices a scheme to destroy all vegetables, intending to build a weather-altering machine that will supposedly freeze broccoli crops everywhere.


Season 1 Episode 3

Chitty Chitty Death Bang

Lois is furious with Peter when he allows Meg to attend a party the same day as Stewie's first birthday. Unbeknownst to Meg, she's actually attending a cult meeting and when Peter brings her back home, the cult leader follows. Stewie recognizes the leader as the man who wants to return him to the "ovarian bastille."


Season 1 Episode 4

Mind Over Murder

When Peter goes to Chris' soccer game, he inadvertently punches a woman he thought was a man. Restless under house arrest, Peter turns the basement into a bar and Lois ends up stealing the show. Meanwhile, Stewie attempts to create a time machine to avoid teething pain.

Season 1 Episode 5

A Hero Sits Next Door

When a bubbly new family moves next door, Peter gets annoyed. Lois becomes fast friends with Bonnie, Meg tries to pick up on son Kevin, and Peter is forced to invite Joe to play on his company baseball team. But when Joe shows up to the game in a wheelchair and wins the crowd's hearts with his slick maneuvers and winning plays, Peter decides he wants to be a hero too.


Season 1 Episode 6

The Son Also Draws


Chris is booted from the Youth Scouts, so Peter takes the family to the Big Apple to get him reinstated. But when Peter takes a wrong turn, they end up at a Native American casino where Lois hits the slot machine once too often. Peter must embark on a vision quest to prove he has Native American blood to save the day.

Season 1 Episode 7

Brian: Portrait of a Dog

To relieve their suffering from the heat wave, Peter attempts to buy an air conditioner by entering Brian to a dog show to win $500. Peter gets into a dispute with Brian over a trick gone bad which prompts Brian to walk out on the family. Peter substitutes Brian with a cat. Shortly, Brian ends up at the pound while Peter tries to save him by bribing the judge.


Season 2 Episode 1

Peter Peter Caviar Eater

Lois’ wealthy aunt Marguerite visits the family but ends up dead on their doorstep. Shortly, the family discovers that Lois inherits her aunt’s Cherrywood Mansion in Newport, Road Island. The family moves in to the mansion. Unfortunately, Peter’s excessive purchase at a charity auction results on the loss of the family’s new found fortune.


Season 2 Episode 2

Holy Crap


Francis, the dad of Peter, is forced to retire from the mill. To console his father’s misery, Peter invites his dad to spend some time with the family. However, the living condition of the family clashes with his father’s tendency to control every member of the family. To ease the conflicts and to spend time with his dad, Peter brings his him to the toy factory. Peter’s boss notices the retiree’s professionalism and decides to hire him. Frantic to make his dad quit work, Peter persuades his dad to be involved in a plot to kidnap the Pope but ends up with yet another job offer.


Season 2 Episode 3

Da Boom


A giant chicken warned Peter Griffin that the end of the world is about to come. So Peter, in order to protect his family, forced them to take cover in the basement for New Year's Eve. The end of the world is connected to a nuclear destruction. But the Griffins survive. The New Order finds Peter in the post of mayor for what remained from New Quahog but when everyone gets sick of the lousy job he's doing, the Griffin family gets kicked out. Meanwhile, because of the nuclear holocaust, Stewie has been mutated into an octopus. The things get worse when he starts leaving eggs behind. The eggs hatch and an army of Stewie Griffin-octopus clones destroys New Quahog.


Season 2 Episode 4

Brian in Love


After cleaning up more than a few pee stains around the house, Lois thinks it may be time to potty-train Stewie. Stewie, outraged that he's being blamed for the carpet stains, totally resists Peter's efforts to train him. Meanwhile, Brian knows the truth - that he's the one responsible for the "accidents." Mortified, he continues to blame Stewie, until an accident in the grocery store reveals his messy little secret. Brian goes to a therapist who suggests a European (you're-a-pee-n?) vacation to ease Brian's stress. Not until he returns from his travels does Brian realize the true source of his problem - his secret crush on Lois!

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