The creative team of Family Guy discusses obsessions with death, crossing the line with humor, and the power of animation. This William S. Paley Television Festival evening honors Family Guy, a subversive animated series -- peppered with pop culture references -- about Peter Griffin and his family. Ron Simon (television curator, The Paley Center for Media) welcomes the audience and moderates the following panelists: series creator (and voice Peter Griffin) Seth MacFarlane; writer/producer (and voice Lois Griffin) Alex Borstein; writer/producer (and voice of Cleveland, Herbert, and others) Mike Henry; executive producer Chris Sheridan; co-executive producer Danny Smith; writer/ co-executive producer Steve Callaghan; consulting producer (and voice of Opie) Mark Hentemann; executive producer/show runner David A. Goodman; producer Kara Vallow; director Dan Povenmire; and voice actors Seth Green (Chris Griffin) and Mila Kunis (Meg Griffin).
This lively discussion covers MacFarlane's early work for Hanna-Barbera and his personal quirks (including his obsession with death and his love for Star Trek), how the pilot episode was created and how the writing team shapes the show's stories, where the line is drawn in terms of humor, and the power of animation, including why animation has begun to take off in the past decade. Contains Explicit Language.
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