April 27, 2005

Family Guy is back

Family Guy has achieved the rarest of feats; it's been uncancelled. The first of the new episodes aired last night, and it's as great as ever. From the opening scene where Peter lists all the recently cancelled shows, through "Passion of the Christ 2: Crucify this" (trailer voiceover: "This July… Let he who is without sin… Kick the first ass.") through to the Mount Rushmore ending, this is comedy genius.

As always, Stewie gets the best lines; to Brian, when he's forced into doing a nappy change, laughing maniacally, "How does it smell, dog? Does it smell like servitude?"

I hear that BBC2 have the rights to this new series. I can't wait to see what they do with it; given that this episode included framing a child by putting coke into his locker, it's difficult to see it going out in the early evening slot. But it doesn't seem like BBC2 9pm material either. Perhaps they'll just do an Arrested Development with it and bury it. Their loss.

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  1. I'm fairly sure it hasn't premiered in the US yet.

    But I also know you wouldn't have aquired the leaked copy…

    27 Apr 2005, 23:37

  2. Given the DVD sales of Family Guy, BBC2 may well be more charitable to it than they have been to American comedies in the past (Arrested Development, Seinfeld etc). But then again, possibly not.

    I think it's starting in the States next week, though several people I've spoken to have already seen it.

    27 Apr 2005, 23:51

  3. What does it matter if BBC2 do a Seinfeld with Family Guy? Surely fans will watch it regardless of what time it's on.

    28 Apr 2005, 00:17

  4. BBC2 has, more or less, always been a pioneer in British broadcasting and tends to have the greatestshows on terrestrial tv. I'd say it had integrity but that would contradict the last 10 years of my life ("We have cancelled XX great series in order to make way for snooker!").

    Considering it's played host to the Apprentice (which is essentially one swear word after another) I don't think Family Guy should cause too much bother.

    Except perhaps the whole "Passion of the Christ 2" sequence. Christians and Muslims might not like that bit.

    28 Apr 2005, 00:44

  5. Long Live Family Guy…Comedy Genius!!

    "Gay's don't vomit…they're notoriously clean people…they have been ever since they came to this country from France"


    28 Apr 2005, 03:04

  6. Hmn, wonder if Paramount or FX are likely to pick it up for sat viewers? I'll be pencilling in the DVD for future purchase when it appears to keep the series on the go (even if the Wife's not a fan).

    28 Apr 2005, 16:10

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