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Monday, July 04, 2005

Family Guy: Episode 4-6 update

Only one of the first three was great and the same applies in this batch. "Don't Make Me Over" was pretty good while "The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire" and "Petarded" were only fair.

I honestly think Seth MacFarlane has lost it. I see a bunch of raw hatred where they was once mostly over-the-top humor. Lines are being crossed now because I think MacFarlane has a vengeful attitude towards what was censured last time. Quagmire is a toilet freak who sleeps with his good friend's wife? Brian hits on Megan like Quagmire did years ago? Lois pulls down her pants to be spanked, Brian spanks her and nobody reacts? Family Guy was never great because it had no rules. It was great because it had rules but broke them with hysterical and often subdued bits.

I swear, MacFarlane would make every episode a version of The Aristocrats if he could just to be a prick.


Anonymous New Evolutionist said...

I gots to know: what is it with conservative bloggers and animated tv shows?

1:35 PM

Blogger Emerson said...


I'm neither a conservative blogger nor a conservative. 2004 was the first time I'd ever voted anything but Democratic.

I'm just a Family Guy fan who bought the DVDs and had high hopes for the new series. Every Family Guy person I know agrees with me on this new season.

2:34 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with Emerson on this. Family Guy isn't half as funny as it was before it returned from the grave. I almost wish that it had stayed off the air so I could appreciate the old episodes on Adult Swim and wonder "what might have been" if those assholes at Fox hadn't cancelled it.

Now that I know that "what might have been" turned out to be not all that great after all, I think I would have been better off just catching reruns on Adult Swim.

And it's not a conservative opinion. Funny is funny, politics or not. And the new Family Guy isn't funny.

Anonymous has spoken!

2:44 PM

Blogger Emerson said...

Thank you, Anonymous. I'm glad I caught you in a good mood this time!

3:00 PM

Anonymous New Evolutionist said...

Sorry, Emerson, I thought you described yourself once as neoconservative, at least in certain respects. This was not intended as a jab. And it's a pretty useless generalization.

It seems like I've come across countless rightish bloggers who thought that the cancellation of Futurama signalled The End of Civilization As We Know It.

5:25 AM

Blogger Emerson said...


If you keep this up I won't do the 36 page dissertation on New Musik, 12 pages alone on the song "New Evolutionist".

I am a neocon for a lack of a better word, but I don't see that as conservatism. I think the left has failed liberalism, and the Marxist far left has too much power in the party. I don't call myself a moderate because that's almost impossible, like saying you're objective. I believe in both Freedom and Responsibility. How that plays out is what defines my politics.

Futurama was a great show I didn't watch enough of. That conservatives love it just shows they like good animation.

8:05 AM

Anonymous New Evolutionist said...

I agree with your definition of neoconservatism. As I said, a silly generalization.

However, Futurama was mid-brow one-liner shite, much as Groening's "other show" has been for most of the past 10 years.

The FG was recommended to me, but I've never been able to sit through it. It's so crude.

8:22 AM

Blogger Emerson said...

The old run had its charms and there was a lot of sublime humor in there. It sure was crude though and the new shows are just nasty (with no other quality).

I'm no prude. As I like to point out, sex in movies and TV shouldn't exceed PG. Porno should only be XXX and sick enough to make a sailor puke.

11:17 AM

Anonymous New Evolutionist said...

And I say crude as a regular South Park viewer. Go figure.

I guess some crudities are more equal than others.

11:37 AM


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