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Family Guy - Volume Eleven: DVD Review

Sep 26th, 2013

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It may not be terrifically well-crafted, but we still find a way to laugh our asses off with Family Guy...

Fox / 592 Minutes / 2011-2012 / Unrated / Street Date: September 24, 2013

I remember when Fox aired an episode of Family Guy after the Super Bowl. It felt like the funniest thing in the world. The only line I remember is when obese, hedonistic father Peter Griffin (voiced by series creator Seth MacFarlane) mispronounced “fajita” as the more sexually provocative “fa-gyna.” I rolled on the floor laughing.

The show never cared much for its characters - Peter, wife Lois, their three kids - and their dog don’t learn much or show much genuine emotion, but this show is not about character. It’s about subversion and seeing what Seth MacFarlane and company can get away with before Fox pulls the plug in fear of some right wing Christian group freaking out.

The show’s strongest attribute is that it takes no prisoners. There is nobody or nothing Family Guy won’t destroy. In this new DVD set (which houses all twenty-three episodes from the show’s tenth season), we get a bunch of inane setups for our ridiculous Family Guy folks, and there’s no question that the series more meta than ever (if you watched cable TV in the early 90s, you’ll know there’s something afoot in You Can’t Do That on Television, Peter).  
Sure, sometimes it gets tiresome to constantly have a character say, “that reminds me of the time…” which motivates yet another flight of animated fancy, but damn if they’re not funny. And isn't that what matters?

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