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Family Guy: Partial Terms of Endearment

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The jokes stretch from here to maternity in the hilariously offensive Family Guy episode you couldn’t see on television! Now legal to own (but just barely), Family Guy: Partial Terms of Endearment is a freakin’ poignant tale of what happens when Lois agrees to become a surrogate mother for an infertile couple against Peter’s wishes. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry… it’s your choice!

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Produced but not yet broadcast (don't hold your breath), this Family Guy episode is all "A" story--as in abortion. Lois (Alex Borstein giving one of her best performances) agrees to become a surrogate mother, but when the prospective parents die in a car accident (laughing yet?), she must decide whether or not to keep the baby. Both sides of the abortion question are articulated, but if you are pro-laugh, the real debate is whether this episode is funny. Not so much, really, although some of the random gags provide some welcome diversion from the hot-button topic. The audio commentary featuring Seth MacFarlane, Borstein, director Joseph Lee, and writer Danny Smith provides little insight into the episode's creation. Adhering to the comedy rule of three, the episode can be viewed in two other versions included as bonus features. One is an animatic that does feature some alternate jokes, and the other is a live table read that is enhanced by the audience's "oh no they didn't" reaction to some of the edgier gags ("It's not as bad as you think," MacFarlane assures them at the outset). This disc also includes the 2009 keep-MacFarlane-happy prime-time special, "Family Guy Presents: Seth and Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show," during which Marlee Matlin interrupts Borstein's impression of her singing Lady Gaga's "Poker Face." While Partial Terms is not one of Family Guy's shining half-hours, this DVD at least offers fans the right to choose… whether or not to watch. --Donald Liebenson

Special Features

Disc 1:

    * Partial Terms of Endearment
    * Special Features:
          o The Seth and Alex Almost Live Comedy Show
          o Family Guy: Live and Uncensored Table Read
          o Animatic for Partial Terms of Endearment
          o 9 Original Songs Composed for Family Guy

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.0), French (Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003V3FVQ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,076 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is ONE episode of Family Guy. The feature run time is 23 minutes. As for the episode itself, it's obvious why it was banned from TV, though it was much more mild than the press surrounding this episode would have you believe. While it does have its share of laughs, I found it pretty average. The episode surrounds Lois agreeing to be a surrogate for an old friend from college.

Where this DVD becomes worth a look is the bonus features. "Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show" - the controversial 30 minute special that aired on Fox November 2009. I missed it and had been looking everywhere for it, so it's great they included it in the DVD. You also get a feature length (all 23 minutes!) commentary from Seth, Alex, Danny Smith, and Joseph Lee, and a very entertaining live table reading from the cast.

Fans of the show will enjoy this DVD, but it honestly probably should have all been included on a box set.
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An enjoyable episode, but not really worth the cost unless you're a collector or really want the extras.

As a long-time fan with no interest in the extras, I just ended up renting the DVD, and I'm VERY glad I did. To me, one episode is simply not worth the price they're asking for it, especially now that it is becoming more and more routine for "Family Guy" to release overpriced and/or incomplete DVD sets. But, if you're an avid collector or someone who's really interested in the extras, then why not go ahead and get it?

For the average viewer, though, I think the right thing to do with this particular product is simply to rent it and then, if you still want to own a copy, wait until the price comes down a bit. Sure, you're only saving a few bucks, but it's better in your pockets than theirs, right?
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Ever since it first aired, "Family Guy" has pushed the limits of good taste, and often succeeded wildly in doing so. For the most part Fox has allowed them to do and get away with quite a lot, but occasionally the show has gone farther than the network will allow. The last time it happened was with the largely non-offensive "When You Wish Upon a Wienstien". The most recent is with this story, "Partial Terms of Endearment".

The plot centers around an old college friend of Lois' who wants to have a baby. She and her husband have tried time and again to have one, and just haven't been successful. So they ask if Lois would be willing to act as a surrogate. She agrees and then they die. Lois debates whether or not to have an abortion and hilarity ensues!

Now this isn't the best or funniest "Family Guy" episode ever made, but it is a very good episode, and one that I feel should have probably aired with a disclaimer in front. There's not really much here that's terribly offensive, but there's a lot that's very funny (especially Peter's belief that Lois' friend wants a threesome with him and Lois).

I understand why people have a problem with there being only one episode on this disc, but that episode does have commentary. Plus you get many extras, including some downloadable songs, an animatic (should you care about such things), and "Family Guy Presents: Seth and Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show". While it would've been nice to see a couple other episodes thrown onto here, I don't feel ripped-off or cheated by what I got.

Bottom line: if you like the show, you'll like this DVD.
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I saw this episode online and yes, it is funny... but not worth $10. This episode should have been included as a bonus episode in one of the season sets (which I have bought all of). Family Guy gets a strike on its permanent record for this greedy release in my book.
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By icaro on October 14, 2010
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I am family guy fan, but I don't think it is right to rip off the fans by claiming it is a "banned from TV" DVD when every swear was bleeped out
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Ok, look, I have loved Family Guy from day one (I have all the episodes released on DVD so far). I have noticed lately though that they seem to be carrying gags too long (IMHO to use up time) and the overall quality of the writing has diminished. That said, the regular show still gets a chuckle out of me once in a while. The ONLY redeeming feature of this particular product was it's brevity. Definitely not worth the money. I suggest you only get this if you can get it for FREE. The only reason I didn't give it one star was due to my fondness of the series in general. I am hoping the upcoming star wars parody will be better.
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The epidsode is ok, nothing out of the ordinary for family guy, except for maybe the highly touchy subject of abortion. But this epidode should be sold for no more than 2 dollars. As usual without fail, the Family Guy franchise takes another opportunity to gouge its fans for some more cash.
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My complaint is that it's only one show, the show itself I liked. It's just not worth 10 dollars.
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