You're the new Allen Gregory! Enter summing up this page in his "Fresh Heir" review Man, this is worse than that time I had to remember my worst moments from Family Guy! Seth MacFarlane and his writing team sought to create a show that's so offensive it's funny.
In these cases, they probably put too much emphasis on the former. Sign your entries One moment to a troper, if multiple entries are signed to the same troper the more recent one will be cut. Moments only, no "just everything he said," "The entire show," or "This entire season," entries. This is subjective, the entry is their opinion. As above, anything contesting an entry will be cut, and anything that's just contributing more can be made its own entry.
Explain why it's a Dethroning Moment of Suck. We are not yelling the DMoSs out loud. To prove not everything pre-revival was a classic, we have the Season 1 episode "Brian: Portrait of A Dog", which shows the dog's Black Hole Sue tendencies went as far back as the first season. Well, at first, the episode starts out great with Brian feeling Peter doesn't respect him and Peter also feeling Brian doesn't appreciate him causing the former to run away.
But, then it goes completely downhill after Brian runs away and we are subjected to many many parallels to the s "Civil Rights" movements. It's a bad comparison for many reasons. First, equating a dog's albeit a human-level intelligent one problems with "leash laws" to the "Jim Crow" laws is just insulting on so many levels I don't know where to begin.
Second, the indignities that minorities had to endure were far worse than Brian not being allowed to drink at a fountain or having to wear a leash for his own protection. And, finally, the parallel just doesn't work because most dogs in the series are realistic animal-minded dogs About the only dogs in Family Guy that are of human level intelligence are Brian, New Brian deceased , Jasper, and the Griffin's old dog Todd. This isn't Brian asking for equal rights for his species. This is Brian complaining about not being treated "special" because he's a talking dog.
Not to mention that it can carry Fridge Logic Unfortunate Implications. People are trying to make dogs do human-like things all the time, so it's illogical to say that we're not treating them human enough.
An all-too-easy conclusion is that it's referring to interspecies romance Chilliwack: Most unforgivably for me was the fact that except for a few sparse moments, this episode was played dead serious. Viewers of the time had come to expect non-stop laughs from this show. It just wasn't funny.
And it didn't match any prior episodes in tone. There's a scene in "A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Bucks" where it shows an old fashioned Minnie Mouse being forced to strip against her will for a sleazy Walt Disney asking her if she wants to be famous. He threatens her too while Minnie cries in embarrassment. Whatever you may think of Walt Disney or his company, this was just plain sick and unfunny. I don't know if I'll be courting controversy by saying this, but I really and truly did not care for Season Two's or whatever season it was, due to network shuffling "Let's Go To The Hop".
The reason why is, well, rather simple, I thought it was an extremely boring episode, that somehow managed to irritate me at the same time. That cringe-inducing song in the middle, the unfunny cutaways keep in mind the first three seasons had the highest standard of humor and writing, in my opinion and how whiny Meg was throughout.
Peter's neglect didn't help much either, nor that damn Connie character. I can see why the writing staff don't like writing for Meg, because that episode was inoffensive to the point of well, being offensive, and when you're writing for Family Guy, that should be your number one priority: Seth once said "Fore Father" was the weakest episode of the first three seasons, but I'm inclined to disagree.
I'm actually surprised nobody's mentioned "To Love and Die in Dixie" yet. This was the first episode with Seth's over-the-top hatred of the Southern US on full display, especially Meg's class consisting of every snide stereotype imaginable like the preteen who already has a daughter, and an honest-to-God pig being part of the class. When the writers are giving Meg fair shakes, you know someone else is being savaged.
Saturday Knight", there's a cutaway scene showing actress Margot Kidder having a psychotic outbreak. The fact that a real person struggling with a mental illness is seen as little more than a disposable gag just shows how elitist and cruel the writers at Family Guy really are. Even South Park has the courtesy to show mentally ill people in a sympathetic light. Season 4 Man Called True: The very first thing the show did on returning - having Peter list off every canceled FOX show since Family Guy went off the air.
The sheer arrogance of the moment is staggering. I'm the only chance you have! The scene might have worked if they listed every show that was in Family Guy's time slot, but listing every canceled Fox show takes it to the point of masturbation. It's not the height of the show's offensiveness, but it's the point where the Character Derailment started to set in.
In the episode, two people commit suicide upon seeing how ugly Meg is. She wins a contest to turn an ugly woman into "someone of value to society". So she gets the makeover, and the only noticeable difference afterwards is that she has blonde hair and blue eyelids.
Remember, kids, it doesn't matter what else you do, if you have brown hair, you're a mind-blowingly ugly abomination! After Peter sees her with the makeover, he says "I always thought you were beauti-" and then bursts out laughing, unable to say it with a straight face, despite telling her she was beautiful before she got the makeover in the same episode.
Meg gets Acquired Situational Narcissism from the makeover, and is eventually forced to have it undone. She is actually glad to be "ugly" again, because she feels it was too much work being beautiful. Lois who up until then had spent the episode trying to comfort her , when she hears this, replies "Not for me, hunny". I don't know what the writers were thinking when they wrote this.
The fact that so many people consider Meg to be hideous makes even less sense, because she looks exactly like Lois whom everyone thinks is "hot" , albeit with a different hair color and glasses. The writers seemed to give Meg the love she deserved. So much for that. They could have give her a little more respect since that episode, but no, she had to go back to herself by the end. Because Status Quo Is God. And before you say "but that episode had An Aesop with Be Yourself!
I have a couple issues with the episode "Petarded". It's odd since I find the episode itself funny, but I think the decline of the show or at least Peter's character can be traced to this episode. By making Peter technically developmentally disabled, it now gave the writers free reign to make him do even the stupidest of acts.
If anyone calls them out on it, they can just say, "Well The other thing that bugs me is the scene where Peter is told he's developmentally disabled. The doctor shows an intelligence chart and it lists Creationists below developmentally disabled people. I hate this episode so much. Peter trying to sell his own daughter into slavery to settle a pharmacy tab with her later selling herself into it just because she's inexplicably jealous of Neil Goldman, a boy she's loathed for ages, having a girlfriend.
Stewie murdering the hypotenuse in the subplot, again out of jealousy. That ipecac vomiting scene that's nearly a minute long. That stupid "breakfast machine" cutaway which just results in Peter injuring himself yet again. Is there anything funny about any of this? Don't get me wrong. I like this episode for the most part. There's one thing that really pisses me off though. At the very end of the episode, Brian ends up failing his test that would've meant that he graduated and he says that despite failing, he has his pride because he didn't cheat.
Now that's a nice Family Friendly Aesop to end a pretty funny episode. What does the family do? They, no pun intended, Kick the Dog. They completely shoot down Brian's statement and say that he actually should have cheated! I do realize that Brian is an Author Avatar , but c'mon! You could've at least given him this instead of having the main family act like one giant Jerkass. It has to be the episode "Brian Sings And Swings".
The subplot, where Meg pretends to be a lesbian to get more friends, is yet more kicking of the Butt-Monkey and the moment where Lois, who of course has to be Teh Sex at all times, mocks Meg and then fakes lesbianism so much better than her daughter is yet another one that only makes Lois all the more unlikeable - but what really makes this episode so nauseating is the repeated butt-kissing administered to Frank Sinatra Jr, just so that Seth can get to sing with a Sinatra.
Yes, Seth, we get it - you have a fairly good singing voice. But Pavarotti or Presley you are not. Hell, you're not even Sinatra Jr. So just quit it already.
Oh, and would good old Author Avatar Brian really proclaim that he feels "like freakin' Jesus" when he sings? The former scene was just unnecessary violence and is uncomfortable to watch. The sheer unnecessary-ness of the latter scene was parodied five years later in a clip show, when Stewie cringes at the fact that they have to play "Shipoopi" again. Don't have a problem with something being uncomfortable to watch, but musical numbers are usually the dew line for a show having jumped the shark.
Mostly averted in Family Guy's case, as they're there due to MacFarlane's fanhood, but "Shipoopi" was some of the most overlong, unfunny, obnoxious filler I've seen, and it was compounded by giving the London Sillynannies a musical number of their own. Its only funny moment was showing John Madden dancing along in the broadcast booth. Talk about putting your worst foot forward. In the episode with the infamous Shipoopi scene while being pretty horrendous, is not the DMoS , Lois tells Peter that, if he got handicapped, she would just drop him.