The Decline of Family Guy

See how Family Guy went from funny to awful in just 5 seasons.
September 06, 2007
I'm here to talk about an adult show that premiered on January 31, 1999 and originally ended on February 14, 2002, only to be brought back on May 1, 2005. This show is entering its 6th season and has many similarities to the Simpsons, and that show is Family Guy.

The first 3 seasons of Family Guy were hilarious and brilliant, I laugh everytime I watch them, when it originally ended in 2002, I think it shoud have stayed like that, because I thought that when it came back, it stopped being funny. They used more cutaway jokes, not enough plot, and they made some characters more annoying.

Here are the 5 characters who changed the most:

First, lets talk about Meg. Meg was an annoying character since the first episode, but now she's gotten worse. She became more bossy, naggy and feminine, like Lisa Simpson, but I like Lisa and she's only 8, but Meg is 17, she should know better. According to many sorces, Meg is the most hated character on Family Guy, and I can see why(rhyme not inteded).

Second, there's Lois. Lois was an alright character back then, but now, she's a jackass. She turned into a stereo-typical bossy house wife, like Marge Simpson. All she does is yell and has sex with Peter now, which gets very irritating. Lois has ever since became one of the most annoying characters on the show.

Third, we have Peter. The thing on what they did to Peter is similar to what they did to Homer Simpson: they made him dumber and turned him into a total jackass. According to Wikipedia, Peter hates most of his family, especially Meg, and his abuse has gotten more common in later seasons, and thats not very funny anymore. He's still my favorite character though.

Fourth, we've got Chris. Chris has become extremely stupid past the years, I don't really need to comment on him, he doesn't feel needed anymore.

Last but not least, we have Stewie. In the first 3 seasons, Stewie's "bad boy" level ranked up with Bart Simpson and Eric Cartman, but now, he's just gay. Sure, he still tries to kill Lois, but not as much as before. Probably the last time Stewie was "cruel and evil" would be this scene taken from the season 4 episode "Patriot Games":
This was quite possibly the last time he was evil and not gay.

Now lets talk about the show's increased use of cutaway jokes, it feels like they now use cutaway jokes every 30 seconds. One time I was watching an episode of the 4th season on Adult Swim, I literally felt like there was no plot whatsoever and was just cutaway jokes.

The show's use of cutaway jokes was mocked on the 2 part South Park episode "Cartoon Wars", where Cartman calls Family Guy "just one random interchangeable joke after another."

But I'm not saying every new episode was crappy, I enjoyed "North by North Quahog" and "Meet the Quagmires" (both pictured above) a lot, and some cutaway jokes like "Ding Fries are Done" and "It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time" were very good, although many of them weren't very funny.

In closing, Family Guy has gone way downhill after season 3, if you want to watch the new episodes, go ahead, but they're not as good. Family Guy is starting thier 6th season and if the episodes don't blow me away like the old ones I AM Done! Compare Family Guy to The Simpsons, the 1st and 2nd seasons of Family Guy are much better than the 1st and 2nd seasons of The Simpsons, the 3rd seasons for both shows are the same amount of good, and the 4th and 5th seasons of The Simpsons are much better than the 4th and 5th seasons of Family Guy, although both shows are good.

Pictures taken from Wikipedia and Youtube.
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