Family Guy shouldn't work at all. Even by the witless standards of modern television, it is breathtakingly derivative: does an animated series about the travails of a boorish, suburban yob with a saintly wife, a hopeless son, a clever daughter and a baby sound familiar at all? Even the house in Family Guy looks like it was built by the same architects who sketched the residence of The Simpsons. However, Family Guy does work, transcending its (occasionally annoyingly) obvious influences with reliably crisp writing and the glorious sight gags contained in the surreal flashbacks which punctuate the episodes. Most importantly, the show's brilliance comes from two absolutely superb characters: Stewie, the baby whose extravagant dreams of tyrannising the world are perpetually thwarted by the prosaic limitations of infanthood, and the urbane family dog Brian--Snoopy after attendance at an obedience class run by Frank Sinatra. Family Guy does not possess the cultural or satirical depth of The Simpsons--very little art in any field does. But it is a genuinely funny and clever programme. --Andrew Mueller
What better way to commemorate Star Wars' 30th anniversary than with this double-length Very Special Episode, a full-scale, awesomely animated spoof that recasts George Lucas's saga with Family Guy's galaxy of characters: Chris (Seth Green) is Luke; Lois (Alex Borstein) is Princess Leia; Peter (Seth McFarlane) is Han Solo, but not, as expected, Jabba the Hut; Brian (Seth, again) is Chewbacca; Quagmire (and again, Seth) is C3PO; Cleveland is R2D2; Herbert, the creepy senior paedophile, is Obi-Wan (both voiced by Mike Henry); and, of course, Stewie (Seth, one more time) is Darth Vader ("My diapers have gone over to the dark side"). Poor Meg is reduced to a cameo as the hideous reptilian creature that haunts the garbage compactor. Blue Harvest is reverently faithful to A New Hope, while engaging in typical Family Guy pop-culture references (everything from old commercials to Doctor Who, Airplane, Dirty Dancing, and Deal or No Deal) and bizarre digressions (the iconic opening crawl detours into an appreciation of a "way naked" Angelina Jolie in Gia). Along for the wild ride are Judd Nelson, who contributes a voice cameo as John Bender for a Breakfast Club gag, Rush Limbaugh railing against futuristic affirmative action on Tatooine talk radio, and Beverly D'Angelo and Chevy Chase as the vacationing Griswolds observing the rebellion from their orbiting station wagon. A Star Wars spoof in 2007 isn't exactly uncharted territory. As Chris Griffin notes in this episode's final moments, Robot Chicken brilliantly did it months earlier (and let us not forget Mel Brooks's Spaceballs from 1987; or, on second thought...). But the Force is strong with Family Guy, and who could resist the opportunity to hear the Muzak playing in a Death Star elevator? --Donald Liebenson, Amazon.com
The third season of Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy finds television's most dysfunctional cartoon family even more animated than usual. As MacFarlane himself noted, he was inspired to go for broke, thinking that the series--already juggled like a hot potato in the US TV schedules (at one point, it aired opposite the mighty Friends)--had been cancelled. Just as This Is Spinal Tap walked the fine line between "clever and stupid", so Family Guy gleefully mocks the line between "edgy and offensive". 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 percentage 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 its Springfield counterpart, this series benefits from a great ensemble voice cast, with surprising contributions from a no-less-stellar roster of guest stars. --Donald Liebenson
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play. In Season 11, Peter befriends Ryan Reynolds (guest-voicing as himself), the Griffins struggle to stay grounded after winning the lottery, Meg falls for an Amish boy and Stewie gets behind the wheel to take the family car for a spin. Then, on Meg's 18th birthday, Quagmire moves in for the kill, and Peter tries to put an end to the relationship. Finally, Brian and Stewie travel back in time to the very first episode of the series. Family Guy - Season 11 delivers more of the rude, crude, and over-the-top humour that fans have grown to love and comes loaded with exclusive, never-before-seen extras, including extra-rude extended episodes, hilarious deleted scenes, and clips to go. Episode List: Halloween on Spooner Street Baby, You Knock Me Out Brian Writes a Bestseller Road to the North Pole (2 part episode) New Kidney in Town And I’m Joyce Kinney Friends of Peter G. German Guy The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair Trading Places Tiegs For Two Brothers and Sisters The Big Bang Theory Foreign Affairs Special Features: Select scene animatic for "Baby, You Knock Me Out" Select scene animatic for "Trading Places" Exclusive The Cleveland Show - Season 2 Episode: "Beer Walk" Deleted scenes Nine downloadable, original Family Guy songs: Drunken Irish Dad, Gott Give Up the Toad, Me and Jesus, My Fat Baby Loves to Eat, Prom Night Drunken Dumpster Baby, The Friendship Song, You and I So Awfully Different, You Do and You Have… Four exclusive mash-up clips: Would You Rather? Drunken Moments, All Dressed Up and Lois 15 clips to go with the best scenes from Season 11: A Small Domestic Dispute, Brian and Stewie Get Help From a Canadian, Stewie Gets Emotional, Joe Takes Meg to Dinner, Lois on the News, Porn or Por
The show follows the adventures of lovable oaf Peter Griffin (Seth MacFarlane) and his hilariously odd family of middle-class New Englanders. Lois (Alex Borstein) is Peter's loving wife, a former Miss Teen Rhode Island who rules the roost but is one step away from a nervous breakdown. Then there are their kids: frumpy 16-year-old Meg (Mila Kunis), the family's punching bag; 13-year-old Chris (Seth Green), a kid who doesn't understand girls, much less the evil monkey who recently emerged from his closet; and 1-year-old Stewie (MacFarlane), a diabolically clever baby whose burgeoning sexuality is very much a work in progress. Rounding out the Griffin household is Brian (MacFarlane), the family dog, a member of Mensa with a penchant for dry martinis and dumb blondes. During the upcoming season, the Griffins and fellow Quahog residents attend a party at James Woods' mansion and are embroiled in a classic "whodunit" murder mystery. Meanwhile, Lois becomes a local sports hero, and Stewie works for Brian as his literary manager. Actors Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, Mike Henry, Danny Smith, Patrick Warburton & Lori Alan Certificate 15 years and over Year 2011 Languages English Subtitles English; Danish; Finnish; Norwegian; Swedish Region Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.
All three special episodes of the animated comedy series, spoofing the original Star Wars films. 'Blue Harvest' tells the story of 'Star Wars: A New Hope' (1977), as Brian the dog becomes Chewbacca; Peter is Han Solo; Lois plays Princess Leia, and Chris t
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The debates have already been raging across the Internet over whether Family Guy has peaked, whether it’s the funniest show on television at the moment, and whether it’s better than The Simpsons, or some way behind it. Yet while most will agree that season five isn’t the best the show’s creators have produced, don’t let that blind you to the sheer joy contained within this DVD set.The highlights of Family Guy for many, of course, are Stewie the ingenious baby and the family’s dog Brian (arguably the sanest one of the lot), and both are in fine form here. And while this series again allows many of the supporting characters a space in the limelight, it’s Stewie and Brian who remain responsible for some of Family Guy’s funniest moments. Bluntly, there are plenty of them.Still, there’s little getting away from the fact that season five lacks the spark that energised the superb first two or three series, and as a result, there are episodes here that are good where they were once great. There are, still, plenty of examples of the old magic, and it’s still primarily a real pleasure that’s pretty much guaranteed to raise laughs from those who don’t mind their entertainment with a bit of edge. But it’ll be interesting to see where Family Guy goes from here, and whether its real glory days are permanently consigned to the past. --Jon Foster
In Season 11, Peter befriends Ryan Reynolds (guest-voicing as himself), the Griffins struggle to stay grounded after winning the lottery, Meg falls for an Amish boy and Stewie gets behind the wheel to take the family car for a spin. Then, on Meg's 18th birthday, Quagmire moves in for the kill, and Peter tries to put an end to the relationship. Finally, Brian and Stewie travel back in time to the very first episode of the series. Family Guy Season 11 delivers more of the rude, crude, and over-the-top humour that fans have grown to love and comes loaded with exclusive, never-before-seen VAM, including extra rude extended episodes, hilarious deleted scenes, and clips to go! Episodes Comprise: Halloween on Spooner Street Baby, You Knock Me Out Brian Writes a Bestseller Road to the North Pole (2 part episode) New Kidney in Town And I'm Joyce Kinney Friends of Peter G. German Guy The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair Trading Places Tiegs For Two Brothers and Sisters The Big Bang Theory Foreign Affairs Actors Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Mila Kunis, Mike Henry, Danny Smith, Patrick Warburton, John Viener, Alec Sulkin, Ralph Garman, Adam West, Lori Alan, John G. Brennan & Phil LaMarr Certificate 15 years and over Year 2011 Languages English Region Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.
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