From the hilarious minds that bring you Family Guy comes American Dad vol. 5 - uncensored with what you couldn't see on TV.
What's funnier than American Dad
on television? American Dad
on DVD. This three-disc set contains the 14 consistently funny episodes that conclude season 4. Rollicking audio commentaries, even more fun when they digress and completely ignore the episode at hand, are provided for each. There is a generous serving of so-called deleted scenes that are more accurately deleted jokes. Where warranted, episodes are presented either as televised or uncensored. "We don't work blue, that's the lazy man's comedy," comedy geek Steve proclaims at one point, but beware stray F-bombs that seem as if the writers just want to make sure you're paying attention. And American Dad
requires pretty strict attention to catch the dizzying mélange of lowbrow and highbrow humor, meta-gags, scattershot pop culture references, and celebrity disses. Standout episodes include "Bar Mitzvah Hustle," featuring Seth Green as a wealthy spoiled rival for Steve's plus-size girlfriend, Debbie; "Wife Insurance," in which Stan (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) reveals he has picked a backup wife in case of Francine's death; and "Daddy Queerest," in which Stan is compelled to pose as gay. Extraterrestrial Roger (MacFarlane) has two of his better outings, "The Wiener of Our Discontent," in which he discovers that he was not, as he thought, sent to our planet to be "The Decider" on whether or not the Earth is destroyed, and "Phantom of the Telethon," in which he sabotages Stan's telethon for the CIA to raise funds for the agency's torture program. While not as reckless an offender as Family Guy
, American Dad
is not averse to violating character integrity for the sake of a good joke. In "Wife Insurance," ultra-right-wing warrior Stan bawls like a baby when captured by arms smugglers, and Francine (Wendy Schaal), a traditional homemaker not up on current events and who doesn't even know how to vote, gets off a good Che Guevara gag. And in "Every Which Way But Lose," feminist daughter Hayley (Rachael MacFarlane) is revealed to be a prize-winning baker ("It's not what you think," she tries to cover when caught, "I'm making meth"). American Dad
, too, often crosses the PC line, but Steve is no doubt speaking for MacFarlane and company when, after one of his jokes offends, he proclaims, "Apologize for being hilarious? Never." --Donald Liebenson