Family Guy, Volume One
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This four-disc set contains all 28 episodes from the first two seasons of Fox's irreverent comedy series. This special DVD set includes audio commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes and more.
To the ranks of shows too brilliant and outrageous for prime time (The Ben Stiller Show, Andy Richter Controls the Universe), add Seth McFarlane's Family Guy. This animated series, which debuted after the 1999 Super Bowl, simply sparked too much controversy and offended too many sensibilities to survive (Entertainment Weekly dubbed it "the Awful Show They Just Keep Putting on the Air"). That the Fox network also played hackysack with its schedule, ensuring viewers would not be able to find it, sealed its fate (it was cancelled in 2002). This boxed set containing all 28 episodes from the first two seasons is payback for the show's devoted cult following, who may be moved to echo the words of infant Stewie Griffin, the megalomaniacal 1-year-old bent on matricide and world domination: "Victory is mine!"
The dysfunctional Griffins of Quahog, Rhode Island, invite comparisons to The Simpsons. The testicular-chinned father, Peter Griffin, is a clueless oaf in the Homer mold. "Peter, what did you promise me last night?" asks his long-suffering wife Lois in one episode. "That I wouldn't drink at the stag party," he replies. "And what did you do?" she asks. "Drank at the stag part--oh ho ho, I almost walked into that one," he cackles. Other family members include teenage daughter Meg, a desperate high school social pariah; 13-year-old son Chris, a chip off his father's blockhead; and Brian, the family's sarcastic talking dog. But this series' true inspiration is football-pated Stewie (voiced by McFarlane, who earned an Emmy), who was born to be a Bond villain once he escaped his mother's "ovarian bastille." Family Guy recklessly ventured where The Simpsons feared to tread. In one episode, Meg's one and only friend turns out to be the member of a suicidal cult. In another, Death (voiced by Norm McDonald) becomes an unwanted houseguest. Each episode plays fast and furious with surreal flashes (in one episode, Peter turns his house into a puppet) and pop-culture references and TV, movie, and commercial parodies that invite repeated viewings. Freed from its own family-hour bastille and the whims of dim network executives, Family Guy can be appreciated at last on its own profane, sacrilegious, and irreverent terms. Welcome to the DVD family, Griffins. --Donald Liebenson
- 28 episodes from the first 2 seasons on 4 discs
- Disc 1:
- Commentary on "Death Has a Shadow" and "The Son Also Draws"
- Disc 2:
- Commentary on "Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater", and "Holy Crap"
- Disc 3:
- Commentary on "Fifteen Minutes of Shame" and "Let's Go to the Hop"
- Disc 4:
- Commentary on "He's Too Sexy for His Fat" and "E. Peterbus Unum"
- Behind-the-scenes featurette
- Internet promo spots
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I named my cat, "Stewie". If you get as much out of this show as I have, whatever your circumstance is, I empathize with you. Of all the animated shows, this one stands out if only for the live orchestra; the animation is only good enough for the writer to scrape by. That might be to protect the health of the viewer when the story stretches credulity. The characters and setting of this show remind me somehow of, "Golden Girls", and I mean that in the kindest sense; the voice-talent is the best, and they had terrific writing. How can you animate an ad-lib?
I still get excited when I come across an episode I hadn't already seen.
The main characters are Peter Griffin, Chris Griffin, Lois Griffin, Brian (the white pup), Stewie Griffin and last but not least, Meg Griffin who is tortured and put down by nearly everyone, especially her main family! Oh, joy!
This cartoon comedy takes place in a fictitious place in Quahog, Rhode Island and the script was finished in 1999, by the uberly awesome, Seth Green, and originally produced for Fox.
Peter is very funny, but he holds a somewhat considerate and compromising character, especially when it comes to his dear wife, Lois. Chris Griffin is a douche bag, to be put lightly. He's pretty clueless, likes to play with his pathetic little "paddle ball" thing, and thinks about how sad his non-existent sex life is! LOL He also has hinted at being confused at best with his sexuality. I think this has been made clear in 1 or 2 episodes. Once in a while though, when he's not being threatened by the Evil Monkey that scarily points to him from his closet, he manages to spew some thought-provoking knowledge to his parents, and sometimes to Meg.
Meg is the unlucky sister of Chris, and the daughter to the hilariously heavy-weight, Peter and the level-headed and overworked mother, Lois. She spends her days trying to fit in and be "one of the guys", but seldom does it work! As far as we know, she has had one boyfriend, and it probably lasted a short, short time. He was a loser anyway! She's relatively smart, but is highly ignored and unaccepted. Next is Stewie, the baby. He is pretty evil when it comes to the way that his brain works. If he's not plotting plans to dominate the majority of the world, he's conjuring a plan to kill his mother, Lois. Stewie talks, but for the most part, it seems that no one really understands him. Lastly, Brian is the intelligent white dog, who also happens to be a smart-mouthed drunkard. It's sad how he falls out of chairs, and falls onto the floor half of the time, but strangely, any human, especially Stewie, understands every word he manages to mumble.
This show is number 2 in comical relief to very few Adult Swim shows. The only one that I favor over said show is probably The Oblongs.
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