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Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian Fragrance Launch, Glendale, CA on October 22, 2010
Born Kimberly Noel Kardashian
October 21, 1980 (1980-10-21) (age 31)
Los Angeles, California, US
Nationality American
Occupation businesswoman, socialite, television personality, model, actress
Years active 2007–present
Known for Reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Kourtney and Kim Take New York
Height 5 ft 2.5 in (1.59 m)
Spouse Damon Thomas
Kris Humphries
Parents Robert Kardashian (father)
Kris Jenner (mother)
Bruce Jenner (stepfather)
Relatives Kourtney Kardashian (sister)
Khloé Kardashian (sister)
Robert Kardashian Jr. (brother)
Kylie Jenner (half-sister)
Kendall Jenner (half-sister)

Kimberly Noel "Kim" Kardashian[1] (born October 21, 1980)[2] is an American businesswoman, socialite, television personality, model, and actress. She is known for the E! reality series that she shares with her family—Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Kardashian's prominence has increased as of January 2011 with the premiere of Kourtney and Kim Take New York, the second spin-off of Keeping Up with the Kardashians (the first being Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami), debuting on E!, with the series following Kim and sister Kourtney Kardashian as they leave Los Angeles to open a third D-A-S-H store in New York City.

Kardashian has launched multiple fragrances, guest starred on numerous shows, competed on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, and has had roles in movies such as Disaster Movie and Deep in the Valley. In 2010, Kardashian, along with her sisters Kourtney and Khloé, released an autobiography, Kardashian Konfidential.[3]

* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
o 2.1 2007–present: Reality television
o 2.2 2007–2010: Modeling and retail
o 2.3 2010–present
* 3 Personal life
o 3.1 Relationships
o 3.2 Sex tape
* 4 Activism
* 5 Controversy
o 5.1 Cookie Diet lawsuit
* 6 Filmography
* 7 References
* 8 External links

Early life

Kardashian was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of attorney Robert Kardashian and Kris Jenner (née Houghton). Her father was a third generation Armenian American and her mother is of Dutch and Scottish descent.[4] Her paternal great-grandparents immigrated to Los Angeles from Armenia. Her last name in Armenian (spelled Քարտաշեան in Armenian) means "son of a stonemason." Although only half Armenian, she states that she "was raised with a huge Armenian influence, always hearing stories of Armenia, eating Armenian food and celebrating Armenian holidays".[5]

Kardashian has two sisters, Kourtney and Khloé, and one brother, Robert. She has stepbrothers Burton Jenner, Brandon Jenner, and reality TV star Brody Jenner, step-sister Casey Jenner, and half-sisters Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner.[6]

She attended Marymount High School.[7]
2007–present: Reality television

Kardashian first rose to fame in February 2007 when she starred in a sex tape with R&B singer Ray J. In October 2007 she along with her two sisters, mother, brother, half-sisters, and stepfather starred in the E! television series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. As of October 2011, the series has aired 69 episodes over six seasons. She became friends with Paris Hilton,[when?] who introduced her to the socialite scene.[8]

Her first acting role was in the television series Beyond the Break. She then starred in the 2008 disaster film spoof Disaster Movie as Lisa. Kardashian appeared in the How I Met Your Mother episode "Benefits". She also appeared on the Season 3 premiere of the series 90210 with her sisters Khloé and Kourtney; they all played themselves.[9] Kardashian was a guest hostess of WrestleMania XXIV and appeared as a guest judge during Cycle 13 of America's Next Top Model.[10] On December 16, 2009, Kardashian made a guest star appearance on CBS's CSI: NY with Vanessa Minnillo.[11]

Kardashian was one of 13 participants on the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars.[12] She was partnered with Mark Ballas and was the third contestant voted off the show on September 30, 2008, finishing in 11th place overall.[13]
2007–2010: Modeling and retail

Kardashian co-owns a clothing boutique called D-A-S-H with her sisters Kourtney and Khloé.[14]
Kardashian in Santa Monica, California on May 13, 2009 at Maxim's 10th Annual Hot 100 Celebration

In December 2007, Kardashian posed nude for Playboy.[15] She has also featured in numerous international editions of FHM, including the cover of the April 2010 Australian edition and the UK March 2011 edition.[16] In February 2008, Bongo Jeans announced that Kardashian would be their face model.[17] She also models for Balenciaga shoes,[citation needed] Carl's Jr. fast food, Sugar Factory lollipops, and various other products.[18][19]

Kardashian released her own fragrance product in 2010.[20]

In March 2009, Kardashian launched an endorsement with ShoeDazzle shopping,[21] of which she is the co-founder and chief fashion stylist..[18] The following month on April 9, 2009, Kardashian released a workout DVD series, Fit In Your Jeans By Friday, with trainers Jennifer Galardi and Patrick Goudeau.[14][22] In September 2009, Fusion Beauty and Seven Bar Foundation launched "Kiss Away Poverty", with Kardashian as the face of the campaign. For every LipFusion lipgloss sold, $1 went to the Foundation to fund women entrepreneurs in the US.[23]

Famous Cupcakes, a Los Angeles bakery, created a vanilla cupcake mix for Kardashian. The cupcake flavor is called Va-Va-Va-Nilla.[18]

Kardashian has also created jewelry along with her sisters, Khloé and Kourtney. They produced a collection for Virgins, Saints, and Angels in 2010.[24]

Again with her sisters, Kardashian has released various clothing lines. One called K-Dash was to be sold on QVC in 2010,[25] and in the same year they produced a range for Bebe.[26][27][28] As of August 2011 they are creating another for Sears, called the Kardashian Kollection.[29]

In addition, Kardashian and her sisters created a sunless tanner called Kardashian Glamour Tan in 2010.[30]

On July 1, 2010, the New York City branch of Madame Tussauds revealed a wax figure of Kardashian.[31]

Kardashian is the producer of The Spin Crowd, a reality television show about Command PR, a New York City public relations firm, run by Jonathan Cheban and Simon Huck. The show follows them as they settle into their new offices in Los Angeles. Kardashian is friends with both, specifically Cheban, and frequently appears on her reality shows. She also appeared at the 2010 MTV VMAs on September 12, 2010.[32] She also appeared in and was the subject and judge of a task on the ninth episode of Season 10 of The Apprentice in 2010; the two teams had to create an in-store display for her new perfume line, to be sold at Perfumania.[33][34]

Kim, Kourtney, and Khloé wrote an autobiography entitled Kardashian Konfidential. The book was released in stores on November 23, 2010.[35]

In December 2010, Kardashian filmed a music video for a song titled "Jam (Turn It Up)". The video was directed by Hype Williams; Kanye West makes a cameo in the video.[36] Kardashian premiered the song during a New Year's Eve party at TAO Las Vegas on December 31, 2010.[37] The song was produced by The-Dream and Tricky Stewart. Kardashian said that she was forced into doing the song by friends such as Ciara, Kanye West, and "Turn It Up" producer The-Dream. When asked if an album is in the works, Kardashian replied: "There's no album in the works or anything – just one song we did for Kourtney and Kim Take New York, and a video Hype Williams directed, half of the proceeds we're giving away to a cancer foundation, because The-Dream's and one of my parents passed away from cancer. It's just all having fun – with a good cause".[38] Jim Farber, writing for the Daily News, called the song a "dead-brained piece of generic dance music, without a single distinguishing feature," and suggested that the single made Kardashian the "worst singer in the reality TV universe."[39]

Kardashian's 2010 earnings were the highest among Hollywood-based reality stars, being estimated at $6 million.[40]
Personal life
Kardashian at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival for the premiere of Wonderful World.

In 2000, Kardashian married music producer Damon Thomas; their relationship ended in divorce in 2004. Subsequently she dated R&B singer Ray J, NFL star Reggie Bush[41] and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin.[42] She was also seen with model Gabriel Aubry.[43]

Kardashian then began dating NBA player Kris Humphries of the New Jersey Nets in October 2010. They became engaged in May 2011,[44] and married on August 20, 2011 in Montecito, California.[45] It was reported that Kardashian and Humphries would make $17.9 million from the nuptials,[46] and that they paid nothing of the $20 million costs associated with it. Three $20,000 Vera Wang gowns and $400,000 worth of Perrier-Jouët champagne were given free, as were invitations from Lehr & Black estimated at $10,000 and $750,000 for catering for the 500 guests at the reception.[47] After just 72 days of marriage, Kardashian filed for divorce from Humphries on October 31, 2011, citing irreconcilable differences.[48] Some news outlets have surmised that the marriage was actually a publicity stunt to promote the Kardashian brand and television ventures.[49]
Sex tape

In February 2007, a pornographic home video she made with singer Ray J was leaked.[50] Vivid Entertainment bought the rights for $1 million and released the film as Kim Kardashian: Superstar on February 21.[50] Kardashian sued Vivid for ownership of the tape. In late April 2007, Kardashian dropped the suit and settled with Vivid Entertainment for $5 million.[51]

Kardashian has supported the recognition of the Armenian Genocide on numerous occasions and has encouraged Barack Obama and the United States government to consider its acknowledgement. On April 21, 2011, a few days before the 96th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, she wrote about the issue on her blog in an effort to put it under spotlight and also sent a tweet to her fans urging its recognition.[52]

On April 1, 2010, Kardashian joined Cyndi Lauper in the launch of her Give a Damn campaign to create a wider awareness of discrimination against the LGBT community as part of her True Colors Fund.

In May 2009, Kardashian stirred controversy over the way she held a cat during a photograph.[53] In 2010, animal rights organization PETA criticized Kardashian for repeatedly wearing fur coats, and named her as one of the five worst people or organizations of 2010 when it came to animal welfare.[54]

In June 2010, The Guardian commented on her ability to attract payments of up to US$10,000 from sponsors for each tweet that she broadcasts, noting that she is "an American reality TV star whose sole talent lies in her large rump".[55]
Cookie Diet lawsuit

Dr. Sanford Siegal, the creator of the Cookie Diet, sued Kardashian, claiming she defamed him on Twitter. According to Siegal, Kardashian tweeted in October that he was "falsely promoting" that she was on the cookie diet. Siegal filed a claim in a Florida state court claiming the statements are false and defamatory. He also alleges that Kardashian was on QuickTrim's payroll when she posted the tweet. Kardashian's tweet appears to stem from an article on CookieDiet.com, that named Kardashian as one of many celebrities who saw positive results on the diet. Kardashian sent a cease-and-desist order to Siegal, demanding the link be removed.[56]

* 2007–present: Keeping Up with the Kardashians as Herself
* 2008: Dancing with the Stars as Herself
* 2008: Disaster Movie as Lisa Taylor[57]
* 2009: CSI: NY as Debbie Fallon (1 episode)
* 2009: America's Next Top Model as herself (Season 13, 1 episode)
* 2009: Deep in the Valley as Summa Eve
* 2009: How I Met Your Mother as herself (1 episode)
* 2009: Beyond the Break as Elle (4 episodes)
* 2010: 90210 as herself (season 3 premiere)
* 2011–present: Kourtney and Kim Take New York
* 2011: America's Next Top Model as herself (Season 17, 1 episode)
* 2012: The Marriage Counselor as Ava[58]


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I thought that Kardashian Konfidential was a really good book. It kept my interest throughout the whole time. It told all their little secrets and gave fashion tips. Overall, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone. Read full review
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this is my favorite book of all times , i love the kardashians very much ! im their biigest fan ever. so this book to me was a good book not just because i love them . but because it tell so much about them to inside and out. Read full review
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This triple mini autobiography is in fact better than I expected. We see so much of these women on television and in magazines that I thought there wasn't much else to tell, but this book instantly ... Read full review
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While I really like the Kardashians, everything in the book was basically the exact same as the reality show and the E! True Hollywood Story. I mostly flipped through it and looked at the photographs. I did like the random facts about each sister, however. Read full review
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So I checked this book out from the library because I was nosy. I like these girls when I watch the show. I think the pictures are great... but the advice was so just blah. Better advice from JWOWW in her book! Read full review
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What does this have to do with Operation Repo?

Although I have been watching that Lizard Lick Towing show more, lately :hi
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CC's Op-Repo thread is about to crack 30,000 views. Give yourself a pat on the back... :dump
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OP-Repo and other matters of world importance...

truTV executives think we don’t care that some of their shows are faketruTV »
by Andy Dehnart / May 31, 2011, 5:55 PM

comment »When Court TV rebranded itself as truTV, the network said it would focus on shows that are “not reality” but “actuality.” That could have meant the network was going to order shows that followed “actual” people and events rather than soft-scripted, heavily orchestrated reality shows. Instead, they use the word “actuality” because “bullshit” wouldn’t work so well as a tagline.

While the network has aired real, truthful reality series like Black Gold, which is produced by Deadliest Catch creator Thom Beers, some of its shows are just fiction masquerading as reality, such as Operation Repo, which has actors acting out scripted stories, even if they are “based on real events.” That’s not reality TV, but because it’s framed as a reality show, it draws viewers who think the stories involve real people and have real consequence.
Its executives don’t care.

Turner Broadcasting’s Steve Koonin told the L.A. Times, “Notice we don’t say it’s reality. We call it actuality. This is our version of reality.” And the channel’s executive vice president and general manager, Marc Juris, told the paper, “What’s critical is that the people who are the main characters are real. These are real teams. This is their profession, and these are their stories.”

And while at least one of the network’s stars insists in the story that his show is real, even if these are “real teams” and “their stories,” what we’re watching is still fakeness passed off as and capitalizing on people’s appetite for actual reality. As some jerk reality TV critic quoted in the story says, that’s offensive to pretend that the only thing that matters is that the people are real, even if they’re doing fake things.
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on to 50,000 views with;


Hoboken, our new best friend, refuses to let Snooki, JWoww’s show film thereJersey Shore »
by Andy Dehnart / February 1, 2012, 12:56 PM

comment »A Jersey Shore spin-off starring Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley is supposed to start filming this month, but Hoboken, New Jersey, has denied 495 Productions a filming permit, protecting the rest of the country by at least delaying their return to the attention of cameras.

City of Hoboken’s film commission denied the permit Monday, calling the production “an attractive nuisance” and noting that a “proposed 24-hour filming permit would violate” a rule against “filming after 11:00pm in a residential area.” It also says that filming people whose whereabouts would be known by fans would be “making crowd and traffic control impossible” and affect residents, “unnecessarily degrading their quality of life.” The Jersey Journal published the letter from the film commission.

Might the show try to film there anyway? A letter from mayor Dawn Zimmer [PDF] says the city was “extremely surprised to learn … that 495 Productions filmed in public areas without a required film permit in one location,” and citing the community’s past “significant corruption,” says that “there will be zero tolererance for this kind of approach.” It adds, “Any attempts to film in a manner that is not permitted without a permit will be dealt with immediately and aggressively by the city of Hoboken.”
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this topic should push the thread views to 100,000+
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Michael Sorrentino

Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino (right) with Paul DelVecchio in Florence, Italy (May 2011)
Born July 4, 1982 (1982-07-04) (age 29)
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
Other names The Situation, Mike, Sitch
Occupation Television personality, model
Years active 2009–present

Michael Sorrentino (born July 4, 1982[1]), publicly known by his nickname The Situation, is an American television personality. He has appeared on the MTV reality show Jersey Shore since its premiere in 2009.

Early lifeSorrentino was born in West New Brighton, Staten Island, New York, and grew up for most of his childhood in Manalapan Township, New Jersey.[2] Sorrentino attended Manalapan-Englishtown Middle School and Manalapan High School.[3]

Sorrentino worked as an assistant manager of a fitness center in Staten Island.[4] When he was 25, he lost this job and began underwear modeling.[5]

CareerSorrentino has been a cast member on Jersey Shore since its debut in 2009. Since appearing on that show, Sorrentino has been a guest on many TV series, such as The Howard Stern Show,[episode needed] The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien,[episode needed] Jay Leno Show,[episode needed] Lopez Tonight,[episode needed] SportsNation,[episode needed] Chelsea Lately,[episode needed] The Ellen DeGeneres Show,[episode needed] and Conan.[episode needed]

Sorrentino was a contestant on Season 11 of Dancing with the Stars,[6] eliminated on the 4th week. His partner was Karina Smirnoff.

In 2010, Sorrentino appeared with Bristol Palin in a public service announcement for The Candie's Foundation, as part of its Pause Before You Play campaign to prevent teen pregnancy.[7]

In January 2011, Sorrentino signed on to star in the YOBI.tv "Random Talent" webseries co-starring British comedian Ben Green.

Sorrentino made more than $5 million in 2010, the second highest of any other reality star after Kim Kardashian.[8][9] This money was accrued through endorsements with Devotion Vodka,[10][11] Reebok Zigtech shoes,[citation needed] as well as a ghost-written autobiography,[12] a rap song,[citation needed] a workout DVD,[12][13] a vitamin line for GNC,[4] a clothing line,[14][15] and appearances including Jersey Shore and Dancing with the Stars. His book release was described as a failure, selling an estimated 12,000 copies as of January 2011.[16]

In March 2011 Sorrentino appeared on the Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump; most of his presentation was booed.[17] In August of that year, Sorrentino was offered a "substantial" sum of money by fashion retailer Abercrombie & Fitch not to wear the company's clothes. A spokesman for the company explained that "Mr Sorrentino's association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image."[18][19] In November 2011, Sorrentino filed a lawsuit against A&F after the company violated his copyrights in making shirts that said "The Fitchuation" and "GTL...You Know The Deal."[20]
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33,000+ VIEWS. NICE!!
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Digspeed wrote:33,000+ VIEWS. NICE!!

Over 35,000 views now. Wow! :hi

The show I really have been watching, is South Beach Tow, the Miami Beach towing show. Crazy stuff, and much funnier than Operation Repo :haha

I have been seeing the previews for Lizard Lick Towing, and look forward to a new season of Ronnie, Bobby, and Amy :thumbs
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almost @ 40,000 views. thanks for stopping by... :bs
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Digspeed wrote:33,000+ VIEWS. NICE!!

Over 35,000 views now. Wow! :hi

The show I really have been watching, is South Beach Tow, the Miami Beach towing show. Crazy stuff, and much funnier than Operation Repo :haha

I have been seeing the previews for Lizard Lick Towing, and look forward to a new season of Ronnie, Bobby, and Amy :thumbs
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Over 41,300 views...

But aside from Operation Repo, I now watch South Beach Tow and Lizard Lick which are both great, but equally fake shows...

This has been the most popular thread, packed full of info. Who has new info :wtf
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By the way, if you ever freeze frame the tow truck on South Beach Tow, you can see the license plate is NOT a Florida tag. Rather, it is an old Hazzard "prop" tag, leftover from the Dukes of Hazzard :jsmile Strange, but true :thumbs
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Will check that next time :beer
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Jeroenvgfn wrote:Will check that next time :beer

Did you see it? What a great show :zs
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any updates on this Operation Repo show? I notice this thread is over 50,000 views.

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This thread has been a little soft the last few months. Hope this "livens" the discussion to push viewership over 60,000... :blah

Hardcore Pawn
Reality television
Leslie "Les" Gold
Seth Gold
Ashley Broad
Hardcore Pawn is an American reality television series produced by RDF USA (later Zodiak USA) and Richard Dominick Productions for truTV about the day-to day operations of American Jewelry and Loan, a family-owned and operated pawn shop in Detroit, Michigan's 8 Mile Road corridor.[1][2]

The series premiered on August 16, 2010,[3] delivering two million viewers, setting a record as truTV's most-watched series premiere ever.[4]

No. of seasons

No. of episodes
113 (List of episodes)

Detroit, Michigan

Running time
30 minutes

Production company(s)
RDF USA / Zodiak USA
Richard Dominick Productions

Original channel

Original run
August 16, 2010 – present
[hide] 1 Overview
2 Reception 2.1 Comparison to Pawn Stars
2.2 Reality versus scripting

3 Episodes
4 Spinoffs
5 See also
6 Notes
7 References
8 External links

Overview[edit source]

American Jewelry and Loan is owned by Leslie "Les" Gold, the grandson of a pawnbroker who once owned Sam's Loans, a now-defunct pawnshop on Michigan Avenue in Detroit.[5] Les first opened American Jewelry at the Green Eight Shopping Center on 8 Mile Road in Oak Park in 1978, moving to its present location in 1993.[3]

In 2011, American Jewelry expanded to its second location when it acquired Premier Jewelry and Loan in Pontiac;[6][a] the new location was featured in the first few episodes of Hardcore Pawn's fifth season,[9] and in two episodes of the sixth season, where Seth considers selling the Pontiac location behind Les's back.[10][11]

Les's business partner and only son, Seth, a graduate of the University of Michigan has been the co-owner of American Jewelry since graduating over seven years ago and handles the shop's marketing. Seth claims that if it wasn't for him, the shop's only marketing would be "an ad in the Yellow Pages".[12] Les's daughter, Ashley, (with a bachelor's degree in business administration from Michigan State University and earned her graduate diamond certification from the Gemological Institute of America), is the co-owner and has been working at American Jewelry for more the fifteen years, and returned to the shop after taking three years off for maternity leave. Les' son and daughter are the futures owners of the shop. The sibling rivalry between her and Seth is a common element of many episodes.[13]

On January 25, 2013, it was announced that the show had been renewed for a seventh season by TruTV. The show averaged 2.6 million viewers during its sixth season.[14]

Reception[edit source]

Comparison to Pawn Stars[edit source]

The show has been largely compared to Pawn Stars on History, but in the vein of similar programs (Operation Repo and All Worked Up for example), the focus is mainly on the human aspects of drama, rather than the significance of the items being brought into the shop.[15]

Due to similarities to Pawn Stars, Hardcore Pawn has been described as simply being a knock-off and a capitalization on the breakout success of Pawn Stars.[16] Les Gold claims that his show is a true representation of what a pawn shop does, focusing on the human element and showing that people are suffering tough times and need money for food and rent.[3][17]

According to Marc Juris of truTV, any similarities between the shows are coincidental. He also noted that Hardcore Pawn was in development for more than a year and two test episodes aired in December 2009. Regarding the initial identical time slot with Pawn Stars, Juris claimed the choice was made because Hardcore Pawn fit well with Operation Repo. The second season debuted in December 2010, in the Tuesday at 9 pm ET timeslot.[18]

Reality versus scripting[edit source]

Owner Les Gold said at the launch of the show that there would be no staged antics, products or characters on the show.[3] However, New York Post writer Linda Stasi has opined that some situations in Hardcore Pawn are set up.[19]
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The Griffin family
Back: Chris, Peter, Stewie, Lois, Meg
Front: Brian
Genre Adult animation
Animated sitcom

Black comedy
Off-color humor
Surreal humor[1]

Created by Seth MacFarlane
Developed by

Seth MacFarlane
David Zuckerman

Voices of

Seth MacFarlane
Alex Borstein
Seth Green
Mila Kunis
Mike Henry

Theme music composer Walter Murphy

Walter Murphy
Ron Jones

Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 12
No. of episodes 219 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)

Seth MacFarlane
David A. Goodman
Chris Sheridan
Danny Smith
Mark Hentemann
Steve Callaghan
Alec Sulkin
Wellesley Wild


Shannon Smith
Julius Sharpe
Kara Vallow

Editor(s) Mike Elias
Camera setup Animated rendition of single-camera
Running time 20–23 minutes
Production company(s)

Fuzzy Door Productions
20th Century Fox Television

Distributor 20th Television
Original channel Fox
Adult Swim (episode 50)
BBC Three (episode 147)
Picture format

480i (SDTV) (1999–2003, 2005–2010)
720p (HDTV) (2010–present)

Original run Original series:

January 31, 1999 – November 9, 2003

Revived series:
May 1, 2005 –
Preceded by Larry and Steve
Related shows

American Dad!
The Cleveland Show

External links
Official website

Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; their children Meg, Chris, and Stewie; and their anthropomorphic pet dog Brian. The show is set in the fictional city of Quahog, Rhode Island, and exhibits much of its humor in the form of cutaway gags that often lampoon American culture.

The family was conceived by MacFarlane after developing two animated films, The Life of Larry and Larry & Steve. MacFarlane redesigned the films' protagonist, Larry, and his dog, Steve, and renamed them Peter and Brian, respectively. MacFarlane pitched a seven-minute pilot to Fox on May 15, 1998. The show was given the green light and started production. Shortly after the third season of Family Guy aired in 2001, Fox cancelled the series, putting the series to a 2-year hiatus. However, favorable DVD sales and high ratings for syndicated reruns on Adult Swim convinced the network to renew the show in 2004 for a 4th season, which began airing on May 1, 2005.

Family Guy has been nominated for 12 Primetime Emmy Awards and 11 Annie Awards, and has won three of each. In 2009, it was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, the first time an animated series was nominated for the award since The Flintstones in 1961. Family Guy has also received criticism, including unfavorable comparisons for its similarities to The Simpsons.

Many tie-in media have been released, including Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, a straight-to-DVD special released in 2005; Family Guy: Live in Vegas, a soundtrack-DVD combo released in 2005, featuring music from the show as well as original music created by MacFarlane and Walter Murphy; a video game and pinball machine, released in 2006 and 2007, respectively; since 2005, six books published by Harper Adult based on the Family Guy universe; and Laugh It Up, Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy (2010), a series of parodies of the original Star Wars trilogy. In 2008, MacFarlane confirmed that the cast was interested in producing a feature film and that he was working on a story for a film adaptation. A spin-off series, The Cleveland Show, featuring Cleveland Brown, aired from September 27, 2009 to May 19, 2013. "The Simpsons Guy", a crossover episode with The Simpsons, is scheduled to air in Fall 2014.[2] Family Guy is a joint production by Fuzzy Door Productions and 20th Century Fox Television and syndicated by 20th Television.[3]


1 Origins
2 Production
2.1 Executive producers
2.2 Writing
2.3 Early history and cancellation
2.4 Cult success and revival
2.5 Lawsuits
2.6 Voice cast
3 Characters
4 Setting
5 Hallmarks
5.1 "Road to" episodes
5.2 Humor
6 Reception and legacy
6.1 Ratings
6.2 Success
6.3 Awards
6.4 Criticism and controversy
7 International broadcast
8 Other media
8.1 Comic books
8.2 Live performances
8.3 Film
8.4 Spin-off
8.5 Video games
8.6 Crossovers with other animated series
9 Merchandise
10 See also
11 References
12 External links

Main article: The Life of Larry and Larry & Steve

MacFarlane initially conceived Family Guy in 1995 while studying animation at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).[4] During college, he created his thesis film entitled The Life of Larry,[4] which was submitted by his professor at RISD to Hanna-Barbera. MacFarlane was hired by the company.[5] In 1996 MacFarlane created a sequel to The Life of Larry entitled Larry and Steve, which featured a middle-aged character named Larry and an intellectual dog, Steve; the short was broadcast in 1997 as one of Cartoon Network's World Premiere Toons.[4]
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Larry (left) and Steve (right) as they appeared in Larry & Steve (1997), an animated short directed by Seth MacFarlane. Larry and Steve would form the basis for the Family Guy characters of Peter and Brian, respectively.

Executives at Fox saw the Larry shorts and contracted MacFarlane to create a series, entitled Family Guy, based on the characters.[6] Fox proposed MacFarlane complete a 15-minute short, and gave him a budget of $50,000.[7] Several aspects of Family Guy were inspired by the Larry shorts.[8] While working on the series, the characters of Larry and his dog Steve slowly evolved into Peter and Brian.[6][9] MacFarlane stated that the difference between The Life of Larry and Family Guy was that "Life of Larry was shown primarily in my dorm room and Family Guy was shown after the Super Bowl."[8] After the pilot aired, the series was given the green light. MacFarlane drew inspiration from several sitcoms such as The Simpsons and All in the Family.[10] Premises were drawn from several 1980s Saturday morning cartoons he watched as a child, such as The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang and Rubik, the Amazing Cube.[11]

The Griffin family first appeared on the demo that MacFarlane pitched to Fox on May 15, 1998.[12] Family Guy was originally planned to start out as short movies for the sketch show MADtv, but the plan changed because MADtv's budget was not large enough to support animation production. MacFarlane noted that he then wanted to pitch it to Fox, as he thought that that was the place to create a prime-time animation show.[10] Family Guy was originally pitched to Fox in the same year as King of the Hill, but the show was not bought until years later, when King of the Hill became successful.[10] Fox ordered 13 episodes of Family Guy to air in midseason after MacFarlane impressed executives with a seven-minute demo.[13]
Executive producers

MacFarlane has served as an executive producer during the show's entire history, and also functions as a creative consultant. The first executive producers were David Zuckerman,[14] Lolee Aries, David Pritchard, and Mike Wolf.[15] Family Guy has had many executive producers in its history, including Daniel Palladino, Kara Vallow, and Danny Smith. David A. Goodman joined the show as a co-executive producer in season three, and eventually became an executive producer.[16] Alex Borstein, who voices Lois, worked as an executive and supervising producer for the fourth and fifth seasons.[17] A more involved position on the show is the show runner, who acts as head writer and manages the show's production for an entire season.[18]

The first team of writers assembled for the show consisted of Chris Sheridan,[19] Danny Smith, Gary Janetti, Ricky Blitt, Neil Goldman, Garrett Donovan, Matt Weitzman, and Mike Barker.[20] The writing process of Family Guy generally starts with 14 writers that take turns writing the scripts; when a script is finished it is given to the rest of the writers to read. These scripts generally include cutaway gags. Various gags are pitched to MacFarlane and the rest of the staff, and those deemed funniest are included in the episode. MacFarlane has explained that normally it takes 10 months to produce an episode because the show uses hand-drawn animation. The show rarely comments on current events for this reason.[21] The show's initial writers had never written for an animated show; and most came from live-action sitcoms.[10]
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Matt Weitzman (left) is a former staff writer and Mike Barker is a former producer and writer of the show. Both left the series to create the ongoing adult animated sitcom American Dad! with Seth MacFarlane. Barker would depart American Dad! as well, following production of the show's 10th season.

MacFarlane explains that he is a fan of 1930s and 1940s radio programs, particularly the radio thriller anthology "Suspense", which led him to give early episodes ominous titles like "Death Has a Shadow" and "Mind Over Murder". MacFarlane explained that the team dropped the naming convention after individual episodes became hard to identify, and the novelty wore off.[22] For the first few months of production, the writers shared one office, lent to them by the King of the Hill production crew.[22]

Credited with 16 episodes, Steve Callaghan is the most prolific writer on Family Guy staff. Many of the writers that have left the show have gone on to create or produce other successful series. Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan co-wrote 13 episodes for the NBC sitcom Scrubs during their eight-year run on the show, while also serving as co-producers and working their way up to executive producers.[23] Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman left the show and went on to create the long-running and still ongoing adult animated series American Dad! MacFarlane is also a co-creator of American Dad![24][25] On November 4, 2013, it was announced that Barker had departed American Dad! during its run as well, after 10 seasons of serving as producer and co-showrunner over the series.[26]

During the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, official production of the show halted for most of December 2007 and for various periods afterward. Fox continued producing episodes without MacFarlane's final approval, which he termed "a colossal dick move" in an interview with Variety. Though MacFarlane refused to work on the show, his contract under Fox required him to contribute to any episodes it would subsequently produce.[27] Production officially resumed after the end of the strike, with regularly airing episodes recommencing on February 17, 2008.[28] According to MacFarlane, in 2009, it costs about $2 million to make an episode of Family Guy.[29]
Early history and cancellation

Family Guy officially premiered after Fox's broadcast of Super Bowl XXXIII on January 31, 1999, with "Death Has a Shadow". The show debuted to 22 million viewers, and immediately generated controversy regarding its adult content.[30] The show returned on April 11, 1999, with "I Never Met the Dead Man". Family Guy garnered decent ratings in Fox's 8:30 pm slot on Sunday, scheduled between The Simpsons and The X-Files.[13] At the end of its first season, the show was No. 33 in the Nielsen ratings, with 12.8 million households tuning in.[31] The show launched its second season in a new time slot, Thursday at 9 pm, on September 23, 1999. Family Guy was pitted against NBC's Frasier, and the series' ratings declined sharply.[13] Fox removed Family Guy from the network's permanent schedule, and began airing episodes irregularly. The show returned on March 7, 2000, at 8:30 pm on Tuesdays, but was constantly beaten in the ratings by the new breakout hit Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, coming in at No. 114 in the Nielsen Ratings with 6.320 million households tuning in.[32] Fox announced that the show had been canceled in 2000, at the end of the second season.[33] However, following a last-minute reprieve, Fox announced on July 24, 2000, its intention to order 13 additional episodes of Family Guy to form a third season.[30]

The show returned November 8, 2001, once again in a tough time slot: Thursday nights at 8:00 pm ET. This slot brought it into competition with Survivor and Friends. (This situation was later referenced in Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story).[34] During its second- and third-season runs, Fox frequently moved the show around to different days and time slots with little or no notice and, consequently, the show's ratings suffered.[35] Upon Fox's annual unveiling of its 2002 fall line-up on May 15, 2002, Family Guy was absent.[13] Fox announced that the show had been officially canceled shortly thereafter.[36]
Cult success and revival

Fox attempted to sell the rights for reruns of the show, but it was difficult to find networks that were interested; Cartoon Network eventually bought the rights, "[...] basically for free", according to the president of 20th Century Fox Television.[37] Family Guy premiered in reruns on Adult Swim on April 20, 2003, and immediately became the block's top-rated program, dominating late-night viewing in its time period versus cable and broadcast competition, and boosting viewership by 239%.[13][38] The complete first and second seasons were released on DVD the same week the show premiered on Adult Swim, and the show became a cult phenomenon, selling 400,000 copies within one month.[13] Sales of the DVD set reached 2.2 million copies,[39] becoming the best-selling television DVD of 2003[40] and the second-highest-selling television DVD ever, behind the first season of Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show.[41] The third-season DVD release also sold more than a million copies.[38] The show's popularity in DVD sales and reruns rekindled Fox's interest,[42] and, on May 20, 2004, Fox ordered 35 new episodes of Family Guy, marking the first revival of a television show based on DVD sales.[41][43]

"North by North Quahog", which premiered May 1, 2005, was the first episode to be broadcast after the show's hiatus. It was written by MacFarlane and directed by Peter Shin.[44] MacFarlane believed the show's three-year hiatus was beneficial because animated shows do not normally have hiatuses, and towards the end of their seasons, "... you see a lot more sex jokes and [bodily function] jokes and signs of a fatigued staff that their brains are just fried".[45] With "North by North Quahog", the writing staff tried to keep the show "[...] exactly as it was" before its cancellation, and "None of us had any desire to make it look any slicker".[45] The episode was watched by 11.85 million viewers,[46] the show's highest ratings since the airing of the first season episode "Brian: Portrait of a Dog".[47]

In March 2007 comedian Carol Burnett filed a $6 million lawsuit against 20th Century-Fox, claiming that her charwoman cartoon character had been portrayed on the show without her permission. She stated it was a trademark infringement, and that Fox violated her publicity rights.[48][49][50] On June 4, 2007, United States District Judge Dean D. Pregerson rejected the lawsuit, stating that the parody was protected under the First Amendment, citing Hustler Magazine v. Falwell as a precedent.[51]

On October 3, 2007, Bourne Co. Music Publishers filed a lawsuit accusing the show of infringing its copyright on the song "When You Wish Upon a Star", through a parody song entitled "I Need a Jew" appearing in the episode "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein". Bourne Co., the sole United States copyright owner of the song, alleged the parody pairs a "thinly veiled" copy of its music with antisemitic lyrics. Named in the suit were 20th Century Fox Film Corp., Fox Broadcasting Co., Cartoon Network, MacFarlane and Murphy; the suit sought to stop the program's distribution and asked for unspecified damages.[52] Bourne argued that "I Need a Jew" uses the copyrighted melody of "When You Wish Upon a Star" without commenting on that song, and that it was therefore not a First Amendment-protected parody per the ruling in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc.[53][54] On March 16, 2009, United States District Judge Deborah Batts held that Family Guy did not infringe on Bourne's copyright when it transformed the song for comical use in an episode.[55]

In December 2007, Family Guy was again accused of copyright infringement when actor Art Metrano filed a lawsuit regarding a scene in Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, in which Jesus performs Metrano's signature "magic" act involving absurd "faux" magical hand gestures while humming the distinctive tune "Fine and Dandy".[56] 20th Century Fox, MacFarlane, Callaghan and Borstein were all named in the suit.[57] In July 2009 a federal district court judge rejected Fox's motion to dismiss, saying that the first three fair use factors involved — "purpose and character of the use", "nature of the infringed work" and "amount and substantiality of the taking" — counted in Metrano's favor, while the fourth — "economic impact" — had to await more fact-finding. In denying the dismissal, the court held that the reference in the scene made light of Jesus and his followers — not Metrano or his act.[58][59] The case was settled out of court in 2010 with undisclosed terms.[60]
Voice cast
Further information: List of Family Guy cast members and List of Family Guy guest stars

Seth MacFarlane voices three of the show's main characters: Peter Griffin, Brian Griffin, and Stewie Griffin.[61] Since MacFarlane had a strong vision for these characters, he chose to voice them himself, believing it would be easier than for someone else to attempt it.[11] MacFarlane drew inspiration for the voice of Peter from a security guard he overheard talking while attending the Rhode Island School of Design.[62] Stewie's voice was based on the voice of English actor Rex Harrison,[63] especially his performance in the 1964 musical drama film My Fair Lady.[64] MacFarlane uses his regular speaking voice when playing Brian.[11] MacFarlane also provides the voices for various other recurring and one-time-only characters, most prominently those of the Griffins' neighbor Glenn Quagmire, news anchor Tom Tucker, and Lois' father, Carter Pewterschmidt.[65]

Alex Borstein voices Peter's wife Lois Griffin, Asian correspondent Tricia Takanawa, Loretta Brown, and Lois' mother, Barbara Pewterschmidt.[66] Borstein was asked to provide a voice for the pilot while she was working on MADtv. She had not met MacFarlane or seen any of his artwork, and said it was "really sight unseen".[67] At the time, Borstein was performing in a stage show in Los Angeles. She played a redheaded mother whose voice she had based on one of her cousins.[66][67]

Seth Green primarily voices Chris Griffin and Neil Goldman.[65][68] Green stated that he did an impression of the character Buffalo Bill from the thriller film The Silence of the Lambs during his audition.[69][70]

Mila Kunis and Lacey Chabert have both voiced Meg Griffin.[65] Chabert left the series because of time conflicts with schoolwork and her role on Party of Five. When Kunis auditioned for the role, she was called back by MacFarlane, who instructed her to speak slower. He then told her to come back another time and enunciate more. Once she claimed that she had it under control, MacFarlane hired her.[71]

Mike Henry voices Cleveland Brown, Herbert, Bruce the Performance Artist, Consuela and the Greased-up Deaf Guy.[72] Henry met MacFarlane at the Rhode Island School of Design, and kept in touch with him after they graduated.[73] A few years later, MacFarlane contacted him about being part of the show; he agreed and came on as a writer and voice actor.[73] During the show's first four seasons, he was credited as a guest star, but beginning with season five's "Prick Up Your Ears", he has been credited as a main cast member.[73]
Main cast members
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Seth MacFarlane Alex Borstein Seth Green Mila Kunis Mike Henry Patrick Warburton
Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin, Glenn Quagmire, Tom Tucker, Carter Pewterschmidt, Dr. Elmer Hartman, Seamus, Kevin Swanson, Jesus, others Lois Griffin, Loretta Brown, Barbara Pewterschmidt, Tricia Takanawa, others Chris Griffin, Neil Goldman, others Meg Griffin Cleveland Brown, Herbert, Bruce the Performance Artist, Consuela, the Greased-up Deaf Guy, others Joe Swanson

Other recurring cast members include Adam West as the eponymous Mayor Adam West;[74] Jennifer Tilly as Bonnie Swanson;[75] John G. Brennan as Mort Goldman and Horace the bartender; Carlos Alazraqui as Jonathan Weed;[76][77] Adam Carolla and Norm Macdonald as Death;[78] Lori Alan as Diane Simmons;[79] and Phil LaMarr as Ollie Williams and the judge.[80] Fellow cartoonist Butch Hartman has made guest voice appearances in many episodes as various characters.[81] Also, writer Danny Smith voices various recurring characters, such as Ernie the Giant Chicken.[82] Alex Breckenridge also appears as many various characters.

Episodes often feature guest voices from a wide range of professions, including actors, athletes, authors, bands, musicians, and scientists. Many guest voices star as themselves. Leslie Uggams was the first to appear as herself, in the fourth episode of the first season, "Mind Over Murder".[83] The episode "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" guest starred the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, including Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, Wil Wheaton, Marina Sirtis, and even Denise Crosby (season 1 as Tasha Yar), playing themselves; this is the episode with the most guest stars of the seventh season.[84][85]
Main article: List of Family Guy characters

The show revolves around the adventures of the family of Peter Griffin, a bumbling blue-collar worker. Peter is an Irish-American Catholic with a prominent Rhode Island and Eastern Massachusetts accent.[86] He is married to Lois, a stay-at-home mother and piano teacher who, as member of the Pewterschmidt family of wealthy socialites, has a distinct New England accent.[87] Peter and Lois have three children: Meg, their teenage daughter, who is awkward and does not fit in at school, and is constantly ridiculed and ignored by the family; Chris, their teenage son, who is overweight, unintelligent and a younger version of his father in many respects; and Stewie, their diabolical infant son of ambiguous sexual orientation who has adult mannerisms and uses stereotypical archvillain phrases. Living with the family is Brian, the family dog, who is highly anthropomorphized, drinks martinis, and engages in human conversation, though he is still considered a pet in many respects.[88]

Many recurring characters appear alongside the Griffin family. These include the family's neighbors: sex-crazed airline-pilot bachelor Glenn Quagmire, Cleveland Brown and his wife Loretta Brown, paraplegic police officer Joe Swanson, his wife Bonnie and their baby daughter Susie (Bonnie is pregnant with Susie from the show's beginning until the seventh episode of the seventh season); neurotic Jewish pharmacist Mort Goldman, his wife Muriel, and their geeky and annoying son Neil; and elderly ephebophile Herbert. TV news anchors Tom Tucker and Diane Simmons, Asian reporter Tricia Takanawa, and Blaccu-Weather meteorologist Ollie Williams also make frequent appearances. Actors Adam West and James Woods guest star as themselves in various episodes.
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The skyline of Providence, as viewed from the northwest looking southeast, from left to right: One Financial Center, 50 Kennedy Plaza, and the Bank of America Tower
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The skyline's animated Family Guy counterpart

The primary setting of Family Guy is Quahog (/ˈkoʊhɒɡ/ [pron. ko-hog or kwo-hog], a fictional Rhode Island town. MacFarlane resided in Providence during his time as a student at Rhode Island School of Design, and the show contains distinct Rhode Island landmarks similar to real-world locations.[89][90] MacFarlane often borrows the names of Rhode Island locations and icons such as Pawtucket and Buddy Cianci for use in the show. MacFarlane, in an interview with local WNAC (Channel 64) "FOX Providence Eyewitness News", stated that the town is modeled after Cranston, Rhode Island.[91]
"Road to" episodes
Further information: Road to... (Family Guy)

The "Road to" episodes are a series of hallmark travel episodes.[92][93][94] They are a parody of the seven Road to... comedy films starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.[93] These episodes have always involved Stewie and Brian in some foreign, supernatural, or science-fiction location, unrelated to the show's normal location in Quahog. The first, entitled "Road to Rhode Island", aired on May 30, 2000, during the second season. The episodes are known for featuring elaborate musical numbers, similar to the Road films.[95] The episodes contain several trademarks, including a special version of the opening sequence, custom musical cues and musical numbers, and parodies of science fiction and fantasy films.[96]

The original idea for the "Road to" episodes came from MacFarlane, as he is a fan of the films of Crosby, Hope, and Lamour. The first episode was directed by Dan Povenmire, who would direct the rest of the "Road to" episodes until the episode "Road to Rupert", at which point he had left the show to create Phineas and Ferb.[97][98] Series regular Greg Colton then took over Povenmire's role as director of the "Road to" episodes.[99]

The "Road to episodes are generally considered by critics and fans to be some of the greatest in the series, thanks to the developing relationship between Stewie and Brian, and the strong plotlines of the episodes themselves.[100]

Family Guy uses the filmmaking technique of cutaways, which occur in the majority of Family Guy episodes.[101] Emphasis is often placed on gags which make reference to current events and/or modern cultural icons.

Early episodes based much of their comedy on Stewie's "super villain" antics, such as his constant plans for total world domination, his evil experiments, plans and inventions to get rid of things he dislikes, and his constant attempts at matricide. As the series progressed, the writers and MacFarlane agreed that his personality and the jokes were starting to feel dated, so they began writing him with a different personality.[102] Family Guy often includes self-referential humor. The most common form is jokes about Fox Broadcasting, and occasions where the characters break the fourth wall by addressing the audience. For example, in "North by North Quahog", the first episode that aired after the show's revival, included Peter telling the family that they had been cancelled because Fox had to make room in their schedule for shows like Dark Angel, Titus, Undeclared, Action, That '80s Show, Wonderfalls, Fastlane, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, Skin, Girls Club, Cracking Up, The Pitts, Firefly, Get Real, Freakylinks, Wanda at Large, Costello, The Lone Gunmen, A Minute with Stan Hooper, Normal, Ohio, Pasadena, Harsh Realm, Keen Eddie, The $treet, The American Embassy, Cedric the Entertainer Presents, The Tick, Luis, and Greg the Bunny. Lois asks whether there is any hope, to which Peter replies that if all these shows are canceled they might have a chance; the shows were indeed canceled during Family Guy's hiatus.[103][104][105]

The show uses catchphrases, and most of the primary and secondary characters have them. Notable expressions include Quagmire's "Giggity giggity goo", Peter's "Freakin' sweet", and Joe's "Bring it on!"[102] The use of many of these catchphrases declined in later seasons. The episode "Big Man on Hippocampus" mocks catchphrase-based humor: when Peter, who has forgotten everything about his life, is introduced to Meg, he exclaims "D'oh!", to which Lois replies, "No, Peter, that's not your catchphrase."[106]
Reception and legacy
Season Episodes Time slot (ET) Season premiere Season finale TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions) Date Viewers
(in millions)
1 7
Sunday 8:30 PM

January 31, 1999
May 16, 1999
N/A 1998–99 #33 12.80
2 21
Thursday 9:00 PM

September 23, 1999
August 1, 2000
N/A 1999–2000 #114 6.32
3 22
Thursday 8:00 PM

July 11, 2001
November 9, 2003
N/A 2001–02 #125 4.50
4 30
Sunday 9:00 PM

May 1, 2005
May 21, 2006
7.88[109] 2005–06 #68 7.90
5 18
September 10, 2006
May 20, 2007
9.15 2006–07 #71 7.20
6 12
September 23, 2007
May 4, 2008
7.68[111] 2007–08 #84 7.94
7 16
September 28, 2008
May 17, 2009
7.33[112] 2008–09 #69 7.56
8 21
September 27, 2009
May 23, 2010
6.13[114] 2009–10 #53 7.56
9 18
September 26, 2010
May 22, 2011
5.85[116] 2010–11 #56 7.66
10 23
September 25, 2011
May 20, 2012
5.35[118] 2011–12 #70 7.30
11 22
September 30, 2012
May 19, 2013
5.16[120] 2012–13 #63 6.94
12 TBA
September 29, 2013
Spring 2014
TBA 2013–14 TBA TBA

Catherine Seipp of the National Review Online described it as a "nasty but extremely funny" cartoon.[122] Caryn James of The New York Times called it a show with an "outrageously satirical family" that "includes plenty of comic possibilities and parodies."[123] The Sydney Morning Herald named Family Guy the "Show of the Week" on April 21, 2009, hailing it a "pop culture-heavy masterpiece".[124] Frazier Moore from The Seattle Times called it an "endless craving for humor about bodily emissions". He thought it was "breathtakingly smart" and said a "blend of the ingenious with the raw helps account for its much broader appeal". He summarized it as "rude, crude and deliciously wrong".[125] The series has attracted many celebrities, including Emily Blunt, who has stated that Family Guy is her favorite series; she has expressed strong interest in becoming a guest star on the show.[126] The New Yorker's Nancy Franklin said that Family Guy is becoming one of the best animated shows; she commented on its ribaldry and popularity, and said the show was of better quality than The Simpsons.[127] The show has become a hit on Hulu; it is the second-highest viewed show after Saturday Night Live.[128] IGN called Family Guy a great show, and commented that it has gotten better since its revival. They stated that they cannot imagine another half-hour sitcom that provides as many laughs as Family Guy.[129] Empire praised the show and its writers for creating really hilarious moments with unlikely material. They commented that one of the reasons they love the show is because nothing is sacred—it makes jokes and gags of almost everything.[130] Robin Pierson of The TV Critic praised the series as "a different kind of animated comedy which clearly sets out to do jokes which other cartoons can't do."[131] Family Guy has proven popular in the United Kingdom, regularly obtaining between 700,000 and 1 million viewers for re-runs on BBC Three.[132]

Many celebrities have admitted that they are fans of the show. Robert Downey, Jr. telephoned the show production staff and asked if he could produce or assist in an episode creation, as his son is a fan of the show, so the producers came up with a character for Downey.[133] Lauren Conrad met MacFarlane while recording a Laguna Beach clip for the episode "Prick Up Your Ears", (season 5, 2006).[134][135] She has watched Family Guy for years and considers Stewie her favorite character.[134] Commenting on his appearance in the episode "Big Man on Hippocampus", (season 8, 2010), actor Dwayne Johnson stated that he was a "big fan" of Family Guy.[136] Johnson befriended MacFarlane after he had a minor role in Johnson's 2010 film Tooth Fairy.[136] R&B singer Rihanna has admitted to being a fan of Family Guy,[137] as has pop singer Britney Spears; she tries to imitate Stewie's English accent.[138] Spears, who was mocked for her personal problems in the South Park episode "Britney's New Look" in 2008, offered to appear in a cameo to hit back at the similar animated show, but MacFarlane declined, stating that he did not want to start a feud with the series.[139]

Family Guy and its cast have been nominated for thirteen Emmy Awards, with four wins. MacFarlane won the Outstanding Voice-Over Performance award for his performance as Stewie;[140] Murphy and MacFarlane won the Outstanding Music and Lyrics award for the song "You Got a Lot to See" from the episode "Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows";[140] Steven Fonti won the Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation award for his storyboard work in the episode "No Chris Left Behind";[141] and Greg Colton won the Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation award for his storyboard work in the episode "Road to the Multiverse".[142] The show was nominated for eleven Annie Awards, and won three times, twice in 2006 and once in 2008.[143][144][145] In 2009 it was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, becoming the first animated program to be nominated in this category since The Flintstones in 1961.[146] The Simpsons was almost nominated in 1993, but voters were hesitant to pit cartoons against live action programs.[147][148] The show was nominated for a Grammy in 2011.[149] Family Guy has been nominated and has won various other awards, including the Teen Choice Awards and the People's Choice Awards.[150][151][152] In the 1,000th issue of Entertainment Weekly, Brian Griffin was selected as the dog for "The Perfect TV Family".[153] Wizard Magazine rated Stewie the 95th-greatest villain of all time.[154] British newspaper The Times rated Family Guy as the 45th-best American show in 2009.[155] IGN ranked Family Guy at number seven in the "Top 100 Animated Series" and number six in the "Top 25 Primetime Animated Series of All Time".[129][156] Empire named it the twelfth-greatest TV show of all time.[130] In 2005 viewers of the UK television channel Channel 4 voted Family Guy at number 5 on their list of the 100 Greatest Cartoons.[157] Brian was awarded the 2009 Stoner of the Year award by High Times for the episode "420", marking the first time an animated character received the honor.[158] In 2007 TV Guide ranked Family Guy number 15 in their list of top cult shows ever.[159] Family Guy has garnered six Golden Reel Awards nominations, winning three times.[160] In 2013, TV Guide ranked Family Guy the ninth Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time.[161]
Criticism and controversy
See also: Criticism of Family Guy

One of the initial critics to give the show negative reviews was Ken Tucker from Entertainment Weekly; he called it "The Simpsons as conceived by a singularly sophomoric mind that lacks any reference point beyond other TV shows".[162][163] The Parents Television Council (PTC), a conservative, non-profit watchdog, has attacked the series since its premiere and has branded various episodes as "Worst TV Show of the Week".[164][165][166] In May 2000 the PTC launched a letter-writing campaign to the Fox network in an effort to persuade the network to cancel the show.[167] The PTC has placed the show on their annual lists of "Worst Prime-Time Shows for Family Viewing" in 2000, 2005, and 2006.[168][169][170] The Federal Communications Commission has received multiple petitions requesting that the show be blocked from broadcasting on indecency grounds.[171] Tucker and the PTC have both accused the show of portraying religion negatively, and of being racist.[172][173] Because of the PTC, some advertisers have canceled their contracts after reviewing the content of the episodes, claiming it to be unsuitable.[174][175] Critics have compared the show's humor and characters with those of The Simpsons.[162][176]

Various episodes of the show have generated controversy. In "The Son Also Draws" (season one, 1999) Peter jokes that "Canada sucks"; this caused controversy with Canadian viewers.[177] In "420" (season seven, 2009) Brian decides to start a campaign to legalize cannabis in Quahog; the Venezuelan government reacted negatively to the episode and banned Family Guy from airing on their local networks, which generally syndicate American programming. Venezuelan justice minister Tareck El Aissami, citing the promotion of the use of cannabis, stated that any cable stations that did not stop airing the series would be fined;[178] the government showed a clip which featured Brian and Stewie singing the praises of marijuana as a demonstration of how the United States supports cannabis use.[179] In "Extra Large Medium" (season eight, 2010) a character named Ellen (who has Down syndrome) states that her mother is the former Governor of Alaska, which strongly implies that her mother is Sarah Palin, the only woman to have served in the office of governor in the state. Sarah Palin, the mother of a special-needs child, criticized the episode in an appearance on The O'Reilly Factor, calling those who made the show "cruel, cold-hearted people."[180]
International broadcast
Country Network(s) Premiere date Timeslot Sources
Australia Seven Network
7mate April 9, 1999
September 27, 2010 Thursday nights [181]
Canada Global
Teletoon (Canada)
Adult Swim January 31, 1999
September 1, 2003
July 4, 2012 Sundays at 9:00 pm
Weeknights at 9:30 pm
Weeknights at 12:00 am [182]
India STAR World Unknown Everyday at 12:00 am [183]
Ireland 3e Unknown Tuesdays at 11:00 pm [184]
New Zealand FOUR Unknown Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm (repeat), Sundays at 8:00 pm (new episode) [185]
Pakistan Star World Unknown Unknown [citation needed]
Philippines Jack TV Unknown Saturdays at 9:00 pm [186]
Southeast Asia Fox Channel launch
(January 5, 2010) Mondays – Fridays, 8:40 am & 3:00 pm [187]
United Kingdom BBC Three September 21, 1999 Monday-Saturday, 11 pm (repeats); Sundays, 10 pm (new episode) [188]
Fox Thursdays, 9 pm [189]
United States Fox
Adult Swim
Broadcast syndication
CW January 31, 1999
September 1, 2003
September 10, 2007
September 8, 2003
September 10, 2007 Sundays at 9:00 pm
Weeknights at 11:00 pm, 11:30 pm, 2:30 am, 3:00 am
Various timeslots
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8:00pm
Various timeslots [190]
Other media
Comic books

A comic book based on the Family Guy universe is being produced. Published by Titan Comics, it will be edited by Steve White and illustrated by Anthony Williams and S. L. Gallant. The writing and the illustrations will be supervised by the show's producers.[191] The comics will consist of a main story, a short story, and a gag strip. The first comic book was released on July 27, 2011.[191]
Live performances

As promotion for the show, and, as Newman described, "[to] expand interest in the show beyond its diehard fans",[192] Fox organized four Family Guy Live! performances, which featured cast members reading old episodes aloud. The cast also performed musical numbers from the Family Guy: Live in Vegas comedy album.[192] The stage shows were an extension of a performance by the cast during the 2004 Montreal Comedy Festival.[192] The Family Guy Live! performances, which took place in Los Angeles and New York, sold out and were attended by around 1,200 people each.[193]

In 2007, at the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, MacFarlane performed (as the digitally inserted Stewie and Brian) the ceremony's opening number. He performed a song insulting modern television to the tune of the song "The Fellas At The Freakin' F.C.C." performed in the episode PTV. The song insulted TV shows such as Two and a Half Men, Desperate Housewives, and Scrubs, as well as the final scene of The Sopranos.

In 2009 a special televised performance show aired entitled Family Guy Presents Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show, in which voice actors Alex Borstein and MacFarlane performed songs from the show, as well as a parody of Lady Gaga's song "Poker Face" in the voice of Marlee Matlin, who appeared on stage as a guest during the performance. Some new animated gags also appeared in the show.[194]

On July 22, 2007, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, MacFarlane announced that he may start working on a feature film, although "nothing's official."[195] In TV Week on July 18, 2008, MacFarlane confirmed plans to produce a theatrically released Family Guy feature film sometime "within the next year."[196] He came up with an idea for the story, "something that you could not do on the show, which [to him] is the only reason to do a movie." He later went to say he imagines the film to be "an old-style musical with dialogue" similar to The Sound of Music, saying that he would "really be trying to capture, musically, that feel."[197] On October 13, 2011, Seth MacFarlane confirmed that a deal for a Family Guy film had been made, and that it would be written by himself and series co-producer Ricky Blitt.[198]

On November 30, 2012, MacFarlane confirmed plans to produce a Family Guy film.[199]
Main article: The Cleveland Show

MacFarlane co-created—alongside Mike Henry and Richard Appel—the Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show, which premiered September 27, 2009. They began discussing the project in 2007.[200][201] Appel and Henry served as the show's executive producers and showrunners, handling the day-to-day operations, with limited involvement from MacFarlane.[202] Henry and Appel conceived the show as "more of a family show, a sweeter show" than Family Guy.[203] The first season consisted of 22 episodes,[204] and the show was picked up by Fox for a second season, which consisted of 13 episodes. The announcement was made on May 3, 2009, before the first season began.[205] It was extended to a full second season.[206] Appel signed a new three-year, seven-figure deal with Fox to continue serving as showrunner on The Cleveland Show in 2010. Fox chairman Gary Newman commented: "What is special about him is his incredible leadership ability."[207] The show follows the Family Guy character Cleveland Brown, who is voiced by Henry, as he leaves the town of Quahog and moves with his son to start his own adventure.[200]

Fox canceled The Cleveland Show on May 13, 2013, roughly a week before the May 19 conclusion of its fourth season.[208] On July 16, 2013, MacFarlane confirmed an upcoming twelfth season episode of Family Guy centering on Cleveland's return to Quahog.[209]
Video games

The Family Guy Video Game! is a 2006 action game released by 2K Games and developed by High Voltage Software. The game received mixed reviews, averaging 50% favorable reviews for the PlayStation 2 version,[210] 51% for the PlayStation Portable version,[211] and 53% for the Xbox version,[212] according to review aggregator Metacritic. The game received praise for its humor,[213] but was criticized for its short playtime[214] and "uninteresting gameplay".[215] On November 2, 2009, IGN journalist Ryan Langley reported the production of a Family Guy-based party game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii. He cited the LinkedIn profiles of former HB Studios developer Chris Kolmatycki and Invisible Entertainment co-owner Ron Doucet, which stated that the individuals had worked on the game.[216] MacFarlane recorded exclusive material of Peter's voice and other Family Guy characters for a 2007 pinball machine of the show by Stern Pinball.[217] A game called Family Guy Online was announced.[218]

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse, which is centered around the episode "Road to the Multiverse", was released on 20 November 2012.
Crossovers with other animated series
See also: Family Guy, American Dad! and The Cleveland Show crossovers

Family Guy characters have appeared on other adult animated sitcoms and vice versa. Notable crossovers have involved two other programs in particular, both from Seth MacFarlane: American Dad! and the now cancelled series The Cleveland Show.

King of the Hill's Hank Hill has also appeared on Family Guy in the episode "Bigfat".

Family Guy has also been parodied on South Park,[219] in a two-part episode called "Cartoon Wars".

It was announced that a special episode of Family Guy featuring an official crossover with The Simpsons is set to premiere in 2014.[220]
Main article: List of Family Guy DVDs

As of 2009, six books have been released about the Family Guy universe, all published by HarperCollins since 2005.[221] The first, Family Guy: Stewie's Guide to World Domination (ISBN 978-0-06-077321-2) by Steve Callahan, was released in April 26, 2005. Written in the style of a graphic novel, the plot follows Stewie's plans to rule the world.[222] Other books include Family Guy: It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One (ISBN 978-0-7528-7593-4), which covers the events of the episode "It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One";[223] and Family Guy and Philosophy: A Cure for the Petarded (ISBN 978-1-4051-6316-3), a collection of 17 essays exploring the connections between the series and historical philosophers.[224] A book written from Brian's point of view (written by Andrew Goldberg) was published in 2006, called Brian Griffin's Guide to Booze, Broads and the Lost Art of Being a Man.[225]

Family Guy has been commercially successful in the home market.[226] The show was the first to be resurrected because of high DVD sales.[227][228] The first volume, covering the show's first two seasons, sold 1.67 million units, topping TV DVD sales in 2003, while the second volume sold another million units.[227][229] Volumes six and seven debuted at fifth place in United States DVD sales;[230][231] volume seven was the highest-selling television DVD, selling 171,000 units by June 21, 2009.[231] Family Guy Presents Blue Harvest, the DVD featuring the Star Wars special "Blue Harvest", was released on January 15, 2008, and premiered at the top of United States DVD sales.[232] The DVD was the first Family Guy DVD to include a digital copy for download to the iPod.[232] In 2004 the first series of Family Guy toy figurines was released by Mezco Toyz; each member of the Griffin family had their own toy, with the exception of Stewie, of whom two different figures were made.[233] Over the course of two years, four more series of toy figures were released, with various forms of Peter.[234] In 2008 the character Peter appeared in advertisements for Subway Restaurants, promoting the restaurant's massive feast sandwich.[235][236]
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