Family Guy (Season 7-present)
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is an American animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. 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. The show is set in the fictional city of Quahog, Rhode Island. Since the Season 7 episode "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven", however, the show, which used to be a smash hit, has later become criticized for various reasons, and these seasons have gone down as one of the worst animated series ever made, to the point where there are more bad episodes than good.
Why These Seasons Suck
- The scene where Brian admits to the Griffins that he's an atheist in the episode "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" started the downfall of Family Guy.
- In a complete negative-180, the writing downgraded from being clever to completely atrocious and catastrophic, almost to the point of irredeemability. It's even worse when knowing that the writing staff behind this show is huge, with 14 writers and a multi-million dollar budget (more specifically, $2 million), both of which are impressive for a TV series, and yet they come up with this stuff.
- Not only that, but the writers also lack any respect for the fans or the audience in general, like how they decided to kill off Brian because he was hated so much and then bring him back two episodes later. They did absolutely nothing to redeem Brian's flanderization and just kept him just as, maybe even more unlikable, yet the creators make it clear that, in a way, they can kill him once and if the audience gets mad, they have the power to do it again. This is a tactic known as "leverage."
- In fact, the writing has resulted in so many terrible episodes from these seasons that there are too many to list, to the point that like the SpongeBob SquarePants episodes, these Family Guy episodes once cluttered the wiki with their individual pages before they were all removed and sub-sequentially banned on this wiki. They were later relocated to the Horrible TV Show Episodes Wiki.
- The most infamous examples include "Herpe, the Love Sore," "You Can't Handle The Booth!", "Seahorse Seashell Party," "Fresh Heir," "Brian's a Bad Father," "Peter-Assment," "The 2000-Year-Old Virgin", "Quagmire's Dad," "Screams of Silence," and "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven", the latter being so bad that Seth MacFarlane himself regretted making it.
- This is also not helped by the fact that the 12th and 17th seasons worsened the show's decline in quality, including one of Season 17's episodes, "Trump Guy," which almost looked like the show had a crossover episode with "Our Cartoon President."
- There are several problems with the characters, many of whom are now unlikable, more
than they were in Season 5, and/or horribly hopeless (especially the Griffin family).
- Peter went from a silly doofus and likable father who cares a lot about his family and is incredibly respectful to Meg (one episode involved him saying he'd take a bullet for her) into an unlikable malicious, idiotic, monstrous, and incredibly abusive and insensitive psychopath who does illegal and evil things in almost every episode and is always excused for his actions as he's said to do that stuff out of idiocy, even though that's not true.
- Brian went from a smart-mouthed but likable voice-of-reason dog to a self-absorbed, pretentious, alcoholic, egotistical douche-bag and "occasionally" atheist fundamentalist (in other words, essentially Seth MacFarlane's political soapbox) that tells lies to get attractive women to like him, thinks religions are purely evil, and their followers are idiots even though not all of them are like that. He is a conniving and ungrateful scoundrel who will do anything to advance any of his careers, especially if it means hurting his loved ones, screwing over the people who helped him, or letting people die. He's also a massive hypocrite by saying Lois having an affair with anyone other than him is wrong.
- Lois went from a nice and compassionate wife of Peter Griffin to a short-tempered, immature dominatrix wanna-be who sometimes abuses Peter, acts like she has control over Peter's life, is a massive hypocrite who calls Peter out on things "she's" guilty of. She's an even bigger karma Houdini than Peter.
- Chris went from a normal, kind, slightly-dimwitted teenager who is an incredibly talented artist to a completely-dimwitted, uninteresting character who's only known for just masturbating all the time, known for going full idiot mode and is only used when Peter has had too much screen time.
- Meg went from a normal girl wanting to make friends to getting , to a complete psycho who won't take "no" for an answer, was willing to frame people for crimes they didn't commit, attempting to roofie her brother to have closure with a gay boy she's obsessed with and nearly turning that boy into a rapist, a blackmailer who never stops with her demands and eventually a killer.
- Quagmire went from a funny and somewhat perverted ladies' man to a complete pervert who is used for little more than sex humor and has his perverted qualities exaggerated.
- In fact, he has also developed a hatred towards Brian. Not because of anything personal, because he's become a surrogate for the fans that started hating Brian heavily. If you watch the clip where Quagmire reveals why he hates Brian, you'll notice that there is nothing related that involves Quagmire.
- Joe went from a strong and confident police officer who was a good role model to a crutch for cruel handicap jokes, an old groaner who screams way too much, and a cowardly spineless cop who lets Peter get away with everything and never arrests him for any lawbreaking acts like shooting Joe in the eye with a BB gun, and for giving his daughter a raspberry in the "wrong place." What also doesn't help is that in the newer seasons, he gets way too much screen time. It's like the writers have a new motto: when in doubt, shove Joe into the scene.
- Stewie went from being an evil genius to being a flamboyant gay stereotype. Though eventually, he got better in the later seasons, as he retained his original personality. Throughout how worse Family Guy has gotten, he is one of the few characters that was still likable throughout (mostly).
- Bonnie went from Joe's caring and supportive wife to someone who openly wants to cheat on Joe and wishes to kill him. The biggest example of Bonnie wanting to cheat on Joe is the episode "Foreign Affair" which the main plot of the episode is Bonnie wanting to have an affair in Paris.
- The character of Ida, Quagmire's trans mother, only exists just so the writers could make transphobic 'jokes', such as how not once after her sex change has she been referred to as a woman. What makes this way, way worse is that Seth MacFarlane described her introductory episode as "the most sympathetic portrayal of a transgender person", when in reality, it was anything but sympathetic. If anything, the entire episode spent its time mocking the transgender community.
- A lot more of the male characters fall under MacFarlane's Unfair Sex trope, which is where the male characters are meant to be seen as evil scumbags that are to blame for everything, while the female characters are to be rooted for because they are portrayed as angels by the writers.
- Sometimes, the show introduces a new character and then immediately either kills them off or just throws them aside with little to no character development. Notable examples include Vinny, a new dog the Griffins get when Brian dies, and Jess, a young woman Brian marries who is killed off after two episodes.
- Speaking of character development, none of that it even any redemption is given to the characters in any of the episodes. And when there is, it's all but forgotten in the following episode, despite this show's episodes being canon.
- Some episodes are offensive and mock tragedies in an unfunny taste.
- Most notably, the show makes many references to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which is pretty tasteless, since Seth MacFarlane, the show's creator, almost died on that day by missing the flight that would've headed towards the World Trade Center. Making fun of a tragic event in which your show's creator could've been killed is not funny!
- Pointless cameos of the Smiths and Bullock from "American Dad," and some of the characters from "The Cleveland Show" in the episode, "No Giggity, No Doubt."
- Every single emotional or dramatic moment falls flat or is very hypocritical and insincere due to its mean-spirited tone, and use of humor at wrong moments. Like the scene in "Life of Brian" where a squirrel kicks and spits on Brian right after he gets run over by a car, the lady hitting Joe with her purse at Brian's funeral, Quagmire watching baseball on his phone during the funeral, although it's somewhat justified as he hates Brian.
- Most of the episodes have misguided morals (like "Peter-assment" and "Love Blacktually").
- Most of the endings to the episodes range from unsatisfying and mean-spirited to even misleading.
- In one episode, "No Giggity, No Doubt," Quagmire starts growing more of a character with his new daughter, Courtney, saying he's going to be more of a father to her. Still, in the episodes after that, he's back to his usual, sex-craving self, and the writers completely wrote out Courtney with no explanation, as if she never existed.
- The fourth wall is broken WAY too much in several episodes (like "The Unkindest Cut," and "Trump Guy"), which has gotten old quickly.
- There are a lot of problems with its humor, jokes, and gags:
- The humor, in general, is either disgusting, confusing, mean-spirited, or over-reliant on pop culture references and cutaway gags.
- The abuse jokes towards Meg are just unfunny, mean-spirited, and overused, making the characters seem even more unlikable.
- Some jokes tend to drag on for way, and we mean way, too long. A great example of this is in the episode "Send In Stewie, Please," where Stewie goes and explains his doctor's love life, which goes on for a whopping SIX minutes.
- There is also overuse of toilet humor and fart jokes, like Peter having musical farts, or even being a ghost made out of a dog's fart.
- It even overuses shock humor and gore,
- Not to mention, some of the graphic imagery is just outright disgusting and disturbing, such as a scene in the episode "Peter Problems" where Peter kills a beached whale with a forklift truck.
- Most of the time, the characters have to explain the jokes and gags, sometimes before they even happen, which just ruins the humor entirely.
- The show relies too much on overly long gags and plays them out for too long that it ends up ruining the joke, like the "Star Wars" parody trilogy. "Blue Harvest" was originally meant to be a single episode that was intended to be a joke as a result of the show relying too much on "Star Wars" humor at the time. Still, Fox forced them to parody the other two movies, and while the episodes are pretty good, doing the other two movies ended up ruining the joke, which even the show admitted in "It's A Trap!" via its opening crawl.
- The jokes, gags, and episodes often steal elements from and .
- Annoying and hammy voice acting for some of the characters, especially Lois Griffin.
- Most of the cutaways and scenes portray nothing but being filler (example: the Conway Twitty cutaways). This also really harms the episodes in themselves, since if you take out the cutaways, the episodes don't even add up to 11 minutes.
- More recently, the show has been continuously making autism jokes. The most notable occurrence was in Season 14 where there was an autism joke in five episodes; with the first four times being consecutive.
- Tons and tons of product and celebrity placement.
- Part of the non-musical score is just a bunch of licensed songs from the '80s or '90s.
- Overuse of the zoom-in effect to highlight something dramatic.
- The animation isn't as lively as it once was. Although the animation of the series wasn't all that amazing, to begin with, the early seasons at least had some effort put into the animation.
- Seth MacFarlane wanted this series to end, but Fox forced him to keep it going. On that note, he still can veto scripts, allowing the series' downfall, likely due to his apathy toward the series (MacFarlane was frustrated that Fox aired three episodes behind his back during the 2007-08 Writers' Guild strike, likely leading to said apathy).
- Speaking of which, Fox cares so little about the show's declining quality, that they've never bothered to cancel it again after already canceling it twice.
- The show often puts up a middle finger to Bob's Burgers, even claiming it was animated in a moving car. It's clear that this is out of jealousy because Bob's Burgers actually has a few Emmys, something Family Guy claims to not have (we say "claims to" because they actually do have some for voice acting).
- The DVDs have various deleted scenes, some of which were cut from the episode for being unfunny. Still, in the case of "Brian's a Bad Father," they cut a scene of Brian talking to his son Dylan in favor of unfunny cutaways, including one where Peter wants to "cut" himself.
- The conflict in most episodes is extremely forced. For example, in one episode when Peter accidentally shoots Cleveland Jr., Cleveland accuses him of racism, completely out of nowhere.
- Many of the songs are crude and offensive, such as The Canadian Nudie Bars and "The Dating Game" songs.
- And some can have absolutely no purpose, or just be downright irritating with "Surfing Bird" by The Trashmen being the biggest offender of this.
- Seth MacFarlane broke a lot of promises, like originally vowing never to make 9/11 references; that vow was broken in episodes like "Back to the Pilot."
- The episode "Run Chris Run," used two videos of "Double Dribble" and "Tecmo Bowl" without the permission of the original owners, and Fox took down the originals in an attempt to cover their tracks. They were eventually re-uploaded, but the damage was already done.
- Much like The Simpsons, in 2020, they decided to not have white voice actors voice non-white characters, which comes off as hypocritical because they are very racist, as well as pandering to SJWs.
- Brian and Stewie have an awesome, believable friendship, and they are usually the main highlight of any episode.
- There are still some good story ideas, concepts, and episodes, like the "Road To" miniseries, "Into Fat Air", "And Then There Were Fewer", "Christmas is Coming", "Back to the Pilot" (despite mocking the 9/11 attacks), "I Dream of Jesus", "420", "The Big Bang Theory" (not to be confused with the show of the same name), "
", "Three Directors", "Brian & Stewie", "The Griffin Winter Games", "Big Trouble in Little Quahog", "Passenger Fatty-Seven", "Island Adventure", "Candy Quahog Marshmallow", "The Man with Two Brians", "Peternormal Activity", "A Lot Going on Upstairs", "Killer Queen", "Dog Bites Bear", "Brian Vs. Quagmire", "Bigfat", and some subplots.
- The episode, "Hot Shots", is a decent satire of anti-vax parents.
- The Star Wars parody episodes are pretty funny and make for good parodies.
- Around Season 14, the Griffin family (namely Peter, Stewie, and Chris) finally reconcile with Meg, so there have been far less "Meg Torture" gags.
- The newer episodes can sometimes have their moments, such as Cleveland's bathtub gag or Quagmire's gags.
- In fact, there's a pretty funny running gag in "The Blind Side", where Peter Griffin repeatedly falls down new stairs that Lois bought while swearing outrageously.
- The episode "Baby Stewie" closed off the episode with a Family Guy short starring Cleveland in the veins of the shorts of Pixar, which is actually okay.
- The musical score is still decent most of the time (when it doesn't license random 80's & 90's songs). The theme song, for example, is still pretty catchy.
- Many of the cast and crew still haven't changed.
- Despite the voice acting being annoying for some characters like Lois, it's still decent on everyone else, especially on Peter, Stewie and Brian, which is impressive since they are all voiced by Seth MacFarlane.
- The action scenes are still good, such as the fights between Peter and Ernie, the Giant Chicken.
- Mayor Adam West is still a funny character (although unfortunately his voice actor of the same name passed away in 2017).
- Natalia from the episode "Nanny Goats" is actually an interesting new character.
- Tiny Tom Cruise is also a pretty memorable character.
- As mentioned before, Stewie started to get better in the later seasons, and he remains the most likable character in the Griffin family.
- Much like The Simpsons, it at least pays tribute to dead members of the cast and crew like Doug Lackey and Adam West.
- Brian and Quagmire's rivalry with each other finally came to a halt around seasons 17 to 18.
This era was negatively received by fans. It was ranked #1 on TheMysteriousMrEnter's Top 10 Worst Cartoons of the 2010s list. He even cited this as the reason he wouldn't even consider doing an Admirable Animation on the show.