American Dad! (seasons 11-13)
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American Dad! is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman for the Fox Broadcasting Company. American Dad! is the first television series to have its inception on Animation Domination. The series premiered on February 6, 2005, following Super Bowl XXXIX, three months before the rest of the first season aired as part of the Animation Domination block, commencing on May 1, 2005. Sadly, it went downhill between Seasons 10-13. Luckily, it recovered in season 14.
Why These Seasons Aren't an American Dad
- Like its brother show, the show became a victim of flanderization, and was at its absolute worst in Season 13.
- Stan suffers the second worst character derailment and flanderization of all the American Dad characters as he went from a caring father who meant well to a horrible and neglectful husband who treats Francine horribly and acts like a complete man-child and much like Peter Griffin, he is yet to recover from his flanderization.
- Roger suffers from the absolute worst character derailment and flanderization of all American Dad characters and animated characters in general as although he was flanderized in Season 8 into a psychopath like Peter Griffin, his flanderization had worsened in these seasons as his perverted and psychopathic behavior took a toll for the worst. Just like Stan, he is yet to recover from his flanderization.
- Francine went from a caring mother to a neglectful one and only cared for herself, however, she redeemed herself in Season 14 onwards.
- Hayley just became known for getting high all the time. however, she didn't see too much decline in character.
- Klaus became more of a butt monkey to the point where he was basically the Meg Griffin of American Dad! however the torture isn't as excessive and he also remained likable for the most part.
- Steve became a mild punching bag for the show but not as excessive of one as Klaus or Meg. He also became somewhat uninteresting as, just like Chris Griffin, he just became known for masturbating all the time. But just like Chris, he didn’t see too much decline in character.
- Bullock also became more mean-spirited to the point where he even suggested that Stan put Francine in an insane asylum. But, just like Francine, he redeemed himself in season 14 onwards.
- If anything, several of the characters who were flanderized became clones of Family Guy characters that were also flanderized such as Stan and Roger acting like Peter, Francine acting like Lois, and Klaus and Steve being butt monkeys similar to Meg but not as badly.
- It overuses shock humor.
- There were bad episodes from these seasons. Examples are but not limited to:
- "American Fung" (the worst episode of these seasons and the entire series)
- "Morning Mimosa"
- "Now and Gwen"
- "Bazooka Steve"
- "Blagsnarst: A Love Story" (Which ended the shows run on Fox on a sour note)
- "Santa, Schmanta"
- "The Mural of the Story" (Considered one of the worst episodes alongside "American Fung" from Season 10)
- Most of the episodes became mean-spirited.
- These seasons had several of its episode plots completely recycled from other episodes, cliched, and/or was filled to the brim with repetitive jokes and plot points.
- The seasons try way too hard at being very edgy by including a lot of sex, swearing, and gory violence. While this show always tried to be edgier than Family Guy, this is where the edginess is at its most obvious. “Kloger” is one example where the show is desperately trying to be edgy
- It should be mentioned that when American Dad moved from FOX to TBS, TBS allowed American Dad to get away with even more inappropriate content than Family Guy, like more sex, gore, and swearing, with words like "d*ck" (referring to genitalia) and "sh*t" being left uncensored, which are words censored in Family Guy due to it still being on Fox, and Fox has more network restrictions than TBS.
- The content on the show isn’t really suitable for a TV-14 rating, it is more suited towards a TV-MA rating.
- However, like Family Guy, it is rated 15 in the UK and MA15+ (Season 12-13 DVDs and some episodes that air on 7MATE or 7Flix) which is equivalent to the TV-MA rating in America.
- The seasons can be extremely offensive to the point where they come across as discriminatory towards certain groups. For example, “Santa, Schmanta” seemingly promotes anti-Semitism by portraying Roger as the episode’s villain for trying to promote Hanukkah over Christmas. Associating Roger, who is depicted as a sociopath with Judaism, made the whole episode look anti-Semitic and discriminatory towards the Jewish community.
- Just like its brother show and Seasons 1-9 and 14-present, it contains a lot of animal abuse suck as Jeff killing a seal. Also the abuse Klaus receives also counts as animal abuse because he is a goldfish.
- It has occasionally stolen elements from Family Guy, which is strange considering that both shows are created by Seth MacFarlane.
- Similar to Family Guy, the writers don’t take criticism. An example of this is in the episode "No Weddings and a Funeral" which exists to deflect the criticism towards Family Guy and American Dad.
- Some of the plots in the episodes of these seasons are very ludicrous, nonsensical, and sound very stupid. For example, one episode has Stan protect a tree that he deems to be his father and another episode has Roger literally giving birth to Jeff when Jeff already exists.
- It wrote off Terry Bates, an important character on the show in a very disrespectful and lazy way. The episode “Anchorfran” revealed that Terry left his domestic partner Greg so that Terry could follow the band 311 on tour. While Terry was written off in response to his voice actor Mike Barker leaving the show, it does not excuse how the show wrote Terry off.
- Season 12 is considered to be the worst season of not just these three seasons but the whole series.
- In conclusion, similar to its brother show, the issues with these seasons were so bad that people wanted the series to end altogether, not to mention it also lost a lot of fans. Some of them even stopped watching the show before it recovered from seasonal rot. There was also a decline in ratings as well. Even though it did recover in season 14, the damage was already done.
- Despite the issues above, the show recovered in season 14, unlike its brother show.
- There are still some good/decent episodes in these seasons such as;
- "Hayley Smith, Seal Team Six"
- "The Two Hundred" (the best episode of these seasons and one of the series's best episodes in general)
- "Criss-Cross Applesauce: The Ballad of Billy Jesusworth" (despite continuity errors)
- "Daesong Heavy Industries"
- "Daesong Heavy Industries II: Return to Innocence"
- "The Talented Mr. Dingleberry"
- Some of the characters are still likable, such as:
- Hayley (despite flanderization)
- Steve (despite flanderization)
- Principal Lewis
- Klaus (despite flanderization)
- Rogu (who was a great character introduced)
- Terry (although he was written off the show in a lazy way as mentioned above.)
- The animation is still pretty good since Toon Boom Harmony makes it look better and is a step up from Family Guy.
- Seasons 11 and 13 are considered to be the least bad of these seasons.
- The voice acting is still great on everyone, especially from Seth MacFarlane as Roger Smith, Stan Smith, etc.
While the first 9 seasons and the 14th season onwards received positive reviews, these seasons received mixed reviews at first from audiences and fans of American Dad! but quickly became more and more negative as it went on.