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"It seems today, that all you see
Is violence in movies and sex on TV
But where are those good old-fashioned values
On which we used to rely?
Lucky there's a Family Guy!
Lucky there's a man who positively can do
All the things that make us
Laugh and cry!
He's... a... Faaam-ily... Guuuuuuy!"

Family Guy is an Animated Sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane about a Dysfunctional Family from Rhode Island, the Griffins — slow-witted blue-collar jerk Peter, who is basically a crueler, more imbecilic, and often more cheerful Al Bundy; smart and efficient (but neglectful and wild) House Wife Lois; insecure daughter Meg; moronic son Chris; martini-sipping intellectual and incredibly pretentious dog Brian; and laser-toting megalomaniac baby Stewie.

Premiering in 1999 on Fox, the show made history for American network television for being uncanceled — twice. Fox announced the show's cancellation after its second season in 2000 when it was beaten in ratings by shows like Frasier on NBC and especially ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, but the show was given a last-minute reprieve and Fox ordered another 13 episodes. However, its ratings suffered as its time slot changed constantly and it competed against the ratings-behemoths of Survivor on CBS and Friends on NBC. After the third season in 2002, Fox cancelled the show "for good," but in 2005, the show was resurrected yet again due to popular demand, impressive ratings for its reruns on Adult Swim, and unusually successful DVD-set sales.


Family Guy has since become one of the network's most successful franchises, promoted by its suits with the same fervor given to The Simpsons as well as American Idol and 24 in their heydays. This made Seth MacFarlane the highest-paid Hollywood writer for a few years after its second revamp, and allowed him to produce the Spin-Off series American Dad! (which was actually made to replace Family Guy) and The Cleveland Show, both under the same studio, along with the Star Wars spoof Family Guy Presents: Laugh It Up, Fuzzball.

Further media ventures in the wake of the show's pop culture phenomenon status include:

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Getting "Drunk" on Apple Juice

Brian recalls a time where he gave Stewie apple juice and told him it was wine, causing him to get "drunk" and sentimental.

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