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Family Guy Volume 2 sees the return of America's most outrageous animated family with all 21 Season Three episodes, plus one never-before-seen episode - "When You Wish Upon A Weinstein" banned from TV, and only available in this collection! In this hilarious final volume, the Griffin family faces all-new dilemmas, including Brian's unintentional foray into directing porn, Stewie's rants on national TV, Meg's date with a nudist and Lois' Yuletide insanity. Meanwhile, Peter is surprised to discover Lois was once a groupie, and his son, Chris, is more "endowed" than he is.
The third and final season of Seth MacFarlane's late, lamented Family Guy finds television's most dysfunctional cartoon family even more animated than usual. As MacFarlane notes in a bonus segment about the controversial series' censorship battles, he was inspired to go for broke, thinking that the series, already juggled like a hot potato in the schedule (at one point, it aired opposite the mighty Friends), had been cancelled. Just as Spinal Tap walked the fine line between "clever and stupid," so did Family Guy gleefully mock the line between "edgy and offensive." Case in point is this set's holy grail: "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein," not aired during the series' original run, in which clueless Rhode Island patriarch Peter Griffin is convinced that if his lumpen son is to be rich and successful, he must become Jewish.
Like The Simpsons, Family Guy lends itself to multiple viewings to catch each densely packed episode's way-inside "one-percenter" gags (so-called by the creators because that is the percent of the audience who will get them), scattershot pop-culture references, surreal leaps, and gratuitous pot shots at everyone from, predictably, Oprah, Kevin Costner, and Bill Cosby to, unpredictably, Rita Rudner. Also like their Springfield counterparts, this series benefits from a great ensemble voice cast, with surprising contributions from a no-less-stellar roster of guest stars. Yes, that's actually Kelly Ripa as her "real" self, a heart-devouring alien in "Family Guy Viewer Mail #1," and June Foray popping in as Rocky the Flying Squirrel in "Brian Does Hollywood." Family Guy's stock has recently risen with its addition to Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim" lineup, a much better fit than prime time. To see Peter invite Charles Manson to a party for Sharon Tate ("but only if you don't embarrass me") is to marvel how much of this ever got on the air. Happily, it is on DVD. --Donald Liebenson
- 22 episodes on three discs, including the never-before-seen "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein"
- Commentary for "Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington," "Death Lives," "Mr. Saturday Night," "Ready, Willing and Disabled," "Brian Wallows," "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein"
- 28 deleted scenes (animatics)
- Original series pitch (cut-down of pilot episode)
- Two new featurettes: "Uncensored" and "Series Overview"
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The package for Seasons 1&2 could have been cleaned up a bit, but this Season 3 transfer looks great!! The commentaries are not necessarily helpful -- Seth MacFarlane and the gang often start riffing, & frequently one wishes they spent more time actually watching the episode & commenting on what was going on therein -- but dang, they're funny!! And they make you feel like you're sitting there with them (being ignored). Practically every episode will have you aching with laughter. "When You Wish Upon A Weinstein" is dynamite.
I do find myself wondering if I'm missing an "in" joke with this DVD set. Jennifer Love Hewitt appears in one episode as Peter's date, and the actress guest-voices herself ... but the jewel case lists "Gwyneth Paltrow" as the guest for that episode. Huh?! It's not possible to confuse Jennifer Love Hewitt and Gwyneth Paltrow ... is it? Maybe I just don't get it. Oh, well.
In any event, fans of the show have likely already bought the set, or are about to. But if you're a fan of cutting edge comedy, do yourself a favor and pick up this DVD set!!
Family Guy is so good, that, after watching a bunch of episodes, it is difficult to go back to the Simpsons. Yes, you heard right. The Simpsons feels slow, a bit dull, and far less imaginative. (Don't get me wrong. The Simpsons are great. But, Family Guy is so state-of-the-art that everything else starts to pale in comparison.)
Season two is every bit as good as season one, and includes my favorite episode, "When You Wish Upon A Weinstein," which was kept off the air by Fox because it tread upon sacred ground. This episode is unabashedly anti-organized religion, but it is hardly anti-semetic. Indeed, it is the opposite of that, showing off just how crude and stupid Peter Griffin really is. He's the Archie Bunker of the new millenium and I love it.
Then, at the urging of a friend at work, I took a gander at the first disc. The rest is personal history. The series is funny as hell. I don't get to watch a lot of prime-time TV since I'm at work those hours, but I can't imagine anything funnier on TV. Everything seems to be safe and cookie-cutter. Not Family Guy. I loved seasons 1&2 and I loved season three. I cant wait to get season four (which I just ordered).
One review complained about the stories not having any plot. Who cares...the show will make you laugh until you cant breath. I actually love how the show's stories seam to start one way and end up completly different by the end. Great stuff, I highly recomend.
Yet leaves a bit of truth many of us would like to keep under our hats as "I can't believe they really went there".
It's far fetched but Oops, All so true at times. So if you watch Family Guy, get ready yo be shocked at what you
see and hear. Then be ready to be shocked again at the reality of what you see and hear in life that this Family
shoves in your face. But mainly just be ready to ennjoy some laughs.
There's 5 to 7 on all of them.
2. Simpson's folks - there is no comparison.
The two shows are too different.
This is not a copy; its more creative and hard edged.
The Simpson's is more polished; but Family Guy is
funnier. (Sorry, its the truth.)
3. For a 2 1/2 season show; I'll let DVD sales
and Cartoon Network ratings speak for me.
It has been reported in TV Guide that Adult Swim
is beating the ratings of Letterman, Leno and Kilborn
(each) in 18 to 34 males. (Amazing)
4. I watch a lot of TV but I never knew Family Guy existed
until it was already cancelled and they were showing
the last episodes on Thursday. (2 hour blocks)
If I didn't know about it; I doubt most others did.
So its ratings were actually amazing.
5. DAMN FOX TO HELL!!!