Family Guy

Family Guy (1999)

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Question: In the episode where Lorreta cheats on Cleveland, who was that Guy in the Orange Afro Wig(?) who kicks Peter in the "nuts"? Is he from a show and, if so, which one?

Chosen answer: Family Guy writer and voice of Cleveland, Mike Henry, has an online show called "Kicked in the nuts" where he dresses up exactly as the character in the episode. Check out http://www.kickedinthenuts.com/

Andreas[DK]

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Question: Is it just me, or does the way Stewie says "Laugh and cry" in the opening titles change in different episodes? In some episodes it sounds like he's saying something like "Leff en cry" but in other episodes it sounds like "Laugh and cry".

Blibbetyblip

Chosen answer: In the first two seasons, the words "... Laugh and cry" sound to many like "effing cry" (or, "f-ing cry"). Aware of this confusion, Seth McFarlane re-recorded the line for the third season, enunciating more and emphasising the hard "L" sound in the word. From the fourth season, when the show was revived, it reverted to the original way.

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Question: Does anyone know if the new episodes of Family Guy will be on Cartoon Network or Fox?

Chosen answer: FOX will air them first, but not until next year at the earliest. After that, I am sure Cartoon Network will reshow them in syndication shortly thereafter.

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Question: Does any character in the show beside Brian and other kids his age understand what Stewie is saying? Or is it that Stewie doesn't realize it?

*BleuFever

Chosen answer: Stewie himself has explained to Brian that of the immediate family, only Brian can always understand him. The others, especially Lois, seem to get a vague impression of how he is feeling but do not hear the words. Most other characters can understand him, whenever it's convenient or needed for the story. A few times his parents can understand him, for comedic purposes.

Answer: Yes, everyone can understand and hear him, no one other than other babies and Brian takes him seriously because of the fact that he's a baby. This was stated by Seth MacFarlane.

New this month Answer: Chris understands Stewie as well.

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Question: Why do Chris and Meg wear their hats 24/7?

amycamille1975

Chosen answer: In season 11 episode 7 "Friends without Benefits", it was revealed Meg's heart was literally born in the wrong place and ended up in her head and her heart beats were shown beating on her head. Meg just wears the hat to cover it up. As for Chris, it's pretty much just a simple character decision. The real explanation is most likely that's it's a lot easier to animate characters with a near-permanent appearance.

Casual Person

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Question: Do we know anything about Brian's father?

Chosen answer: He isn't mentioned much, but in season 4, episode 2 - "Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High" when Brian introduces himself to Chris's class, it is revealed that Chris has been told that Brian's father's name was Coco and that he was hit by a milk truck.

Andreas[DK]

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Question: Can someone explain some of the episode titles to me, mainly "Death has A Shadow" (no one dies) and "I Never Met The Dead Man" (ditto) "Chitty Chitty Death bang", the list goes on.

Chosen answer: When the creators were naming the shows, they wanted to incorporate "Death" in the title as one big run along joke. This eventually stoppped when even they were confused on which shows were which.

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Question: I've noticed in the last two seasons that certain jokes and gags are ruined because the characters explain the whole point of them. Why do the writers feel that their humour needs to be explained?

Chosen answer: It's a meta joke. The "explaining the joke" is itself a joke, usually about how the family guy writers themselves recognise their reliance on certain types of humour.

Gary O'Reilly

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Question: In one of the first episodes, Brian sees a miniature horse-drawn wagon come around the couch and he chases it into the kitchen, where it disappears into the wall. What is this a joke about or reference to?

Chosen answer: Chuck Wagon dog food commercials - the Chuck Wagon would ride through the house with the dog chasing it only to disappear into the kitchen cabinet where the box of dogfood was kept.

Myridon

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Question: I saw an episode on FOX the other night where Peter flew around the world delivering packages and getting smarter the more he travelled. When I pressed the (i) button on my TV remote for info on the episode it said it was from series 13, however I own series 13 on DVD and that episode is not on there. I had never seen the episode before. So my question is this: are the seasons labelled differently on TV as opposed to the DVDs or is it a difference in the way countries label seasons, as I live in the UK not the US?

strikeand

Chosen answer: This is down to a difference between countries. I am also UK based and had this problem. What the UK considers a series of Family Guy is different to what the US considers. Another example is Series 6 in the UK features an episode called Saving Private Bryan. However, under the US listings (on IMDB) it comes up as series 5.

A Demon

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Question: In which episode is there a song about religion where one line refers to Jesus filling Lois' hole?

jfh

Chosen answer: It's from S13 E6 "The 2000 year-old virgin".

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Question: What episode is it where Lois tries to get fat to spite Peter?

Brad

Chosen answer: "Sibling Rivalry", Season 4, Episode 22. This was also the first appearance of Bertram.

LorgSkyegon

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Question: When Brian went to see his ex, Tracy Flannagn, and Tracy announces Brian has a son, why does Stewie start chanting, "Jerry! Jerry!"? Is that a reference to something or what?

Chosen answer: It references "The Jerry Springer Show" a "trash TV" talk show where people are often confronted with unknown children, their partners' secret lovers, etc. The crowd often chants the host's first name during the show.

Captain Defenestrator

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Question: I don't remember what episode this was in. There is a clip/flashback of Brian taking Stewie to a showing of Les Miserables, where Stewie becomes very excited because Kirk Cameron is going to be in it. What is the joke behind this?

Chosen answer: The joke is that only a girl would be excited about former teen heartthrob Kirk Cameron. There are many references through the entire show that Stewie might be gay.

Carl Missouri

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Question: What is it with the Jug that breaks down walls? It's red with a face on. I don't get this joke.

A Demon

Chosen answer: It's the Kool-Aid Man from Kool-Aid's commercials from the 70s and 80s. Kids would be hot and thirsty and call "Hey, Kool-Aid!" and he'd burst through a wall and say "Oh, yeah!"

Captain Defenestrator

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Question: One of the jokes I've never really gotten - on Quahog's news show, why do Tom and Diane point out that other reporters are Asian, Hispanic, etc?

Chosen answer: Most likely it is a joke on the reporters being a example of racial tokenism. For example Tricia Takanawa name, face, accent are of a stereotype Asian. The fact they refer to them by a race or ethnicity is more of a joke about that.

Lummie

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Question: What's the episode in which there is a scene where the Griffins are badly drawn characters on the Tracey Ullman show and Stewie has a thick Cockney accent?

Blibbetyblip

Chosen answer: It's from season 5, episode named "Peterotica".

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Question: How was the scene where Stewie dances with Gene Kelly achieved?

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: According to the episode commentary, it is literally just frame by frame editting of a sequence from the film "Anchors Aweigh", in which Gene Kelly dances with Jerry Mouse (from Tom and Jerry). They drew Stewie over Jerry in each frame, which is why he seems to stretch oddly in some parts (they had to match Jerry's movements exactly).

Gary O'Reilly

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Question: In Australia, where I live, the episodes Blue Harvest Part 1 and Part 2 are being released as a movie. Does anyone know if these episodes are going to be released on the Region 4 Season 7 DVD,(our seasons are numbered differently than the American ones) I don't want to buy Blue Harvest as a movie if it's going to be released as two episodes on the DVD.

Blibbetyblip

Chosen answer: I would say its almost certain that Blue Harvest will not be on the upcoming Region 4 release. Volume 6 in the US is being released without the Blue Harvest episodes and I would doubt it would be any different here in Australia. The Stewie Griffin movie that was released a while ago was released as a stand alone DVD and not included on the season DVD despite it also being screened on television.

Lummie

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Question: In what episode is the scene where Peter is at the ballpark yelling out "Butt Scratcher! Butt Scratcher!"?

Blibbetyblip

Chosen answer: No Chris Left Behind.

Movieman123

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Question: I seem to remember a parody where Stewie dresses like Maria from The Sound of Music when she sings "I have Confidence." If it is not just my imagination, can anyone tell me what episode and season this was?

Chosen answer: This actually came from the "Stewie Griffin: Untold Story" DVD. It was split into three episodes, and I believe this particular scene came from the first one.

Michelle

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Question: Is there any reason why, In Road to Rupert Stewie perfectly named out the name, city and state of the joke shop where he got the chattering teeth?

Chosen answer: It was referencing an identical joke made in the second season, where he referenced the joke shop multiple times in the episode.

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Question: What episode is it where Stewie is on the playground, and has a massive air strike with Bertram and his army and Stewie says Behold the Armada.

Chosen answer: It's called "Sibling Rivalry".

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Question: When the show makes jokes about scenes from other shows or movies (such as when they show TIE Fighters from Star Wars, which sound just like the ones in the movies), do they have to get some kind of permission to do the scenes or use the sounds?

Chosen answer: Not generally, no. As long as the use isn't too extended, copyrighted material can be used for the purposes of parody. This wouldn't necessarily exclude the makers asking out of courtesy, but there's no legal requirement to do so.

Tailkinker

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Question: I know this is a stupid question, but who is the "Family Guy"? I was told it was Peter, but I'm not so sure?

Chosen answer: It's Peter; he's the main protagonist in the series so naturally the title and theme song are referring to him.

Andreas[DK]

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Question: In the episode where Peter and his friends get stuck on an island, just before that happens they're on the boat and death comes and asks for a beer. Why does he come if no one dies?

Chosen answer: Death apparently expected one of them to die in the storm but he was obviously mistaken. As seen in pretty much all his appearances in Family Guy, Death really isn't quite on the ball with who is actually dead (or going to die) and who isn't.

Andreas[DK]

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Question: Why is it that in the newer episodes, the Griffins seem to hate Meg?

Chosen answer: They don't hate Meg, it's just a recurring joke in the show about how she's so uncool, even her family can make fun of her for it.

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Question: How come they only made three series? Was the show axed?

Chosen answer: The show was originally cancelled because of poor ratings, but many people believe this is because although people *wanted* to watch the show, Fox kept changing its time slot so no one knew when it was on. However, new series are being made (and aired) right now due to the high sales figures of the DVDs.

Gary O'Reilly

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Question: What does Stewie say in the opening sequence when only he is singing?

Chosen answer: He sings "Laugh and cry."

Andreas[DK]

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Question: I've noticed that every time Louis mentions Quagmire's name, she calls him Glen. I don't remember it mentioned anywhere in any of the episodes that his first name is Glen. Does anybody know for sure if this is his first name, and if not, why does Louis call him by that name?

Chosen answer: I have come across this many times with family and friends. It is quite informal calling someone by a nickname or surname and is usually only done by close friends. Maybe Lios would find it impolite to call Glen "Quagmire" as she does not know him as well as Peter does.

dgemba dgemba

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Question: I know that Seth MacFarlane does many voices, such as those of Brian, Peter, Stewie and other generic sorts of voices for background characters. I just wondered if anyone knew which of these voices was his own, or the closest to his own. He seems to use the "Brian" voice the most.

Chosen answer: The "Brian" voice is almost exactly like his own.

Xofer

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Question: Can the Griffins understand what Stewie says (like the audience can), or does it just sound like gibberish?

Chosen answer: Of course they can understand him, they talk to him all the time. They just think he is being silly or a baby when he expresses a want to take over the world.

SexyIrishLeprechaun

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Question: Why isn't Norm MacDonald credited with voicing the role of Death in the first episode the character appears? Also, why was he later replaced by Adam Carrolla?

Chosen answer: He did an uncredited cameo, often this happens if the actor's don't like their billing. Afterwards, he was too tied up with other projects to return.

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Lois: Hello?
Peter: I can't take the trash out today, I'm working late at the office.
Lois: The caller ID says you're calling from the kitchen. In fact I can see you.
Peter: [Edging sideways.] OK, can you see me now?
Lois: No.
Peter: Now I am at the office.

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Mistakes

They're in the Clam complaining that they can't drink when they make the revelation that Brian can because he's technically 56. But Quagmire should be able to drink, as in a much earlier episode, he's revealed to be over 60.

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Trivia

The voices of Brian, Stewie and Peter (as well as other minor characters) are all voiced by the creator, Seth Macfarlane.

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