Whether you have been a diehard fan since the very beginning or you still watch reruns of your favorite episodes on the streaming service of your choice, the adult animated sitcom Family Guy has made an enormous impact on pop culture, cartoons, and comedy. When it began, the show garnered fans and critics alike. After its revival, the cartoon has gone on to receive accolades, including a 2009 nomination for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, which hasn’t happened to an animated show since The Flintstones back in 1961. It has spawned a spin-off series and has finally made a crossover episode with its rival, The Simpsons.
The sitcom is known for its liberal commentary and its comedic cutaways which bridge gaps between generations of pop culture lovers. Though the ratings have seemed to dwindled,fans continue to learn about the show, its creator, cast and its characters. There seem to be more facts emerging. Some of you already know about the obvious facts, particularly that Seth Green (who plays Chris) pulled inspiration from Silence of the Lambs serial killer Buffalo Bill.
Below is a list of 10 surprising facts that you probably didn’t know about the hilarious sitcom.
10 Family Guy Was Based Off Seth MacFarlane’s College Thesis
9 Lois Was Supposed To Be Blonde
8 The Feeding Of Tom Selleck Is MacFarlane’s Favorite Cutaway
7 The Episode Titles Were Going To Be Based On Old Mystery Radio Shows
6 “What The Hell…”
5 Quagmire Is A Lefty
4 William H. Macy Auditioned For Brian
3 The Opening Title Is A Reference To "All In The Family"
2 Seth MacFarlane’s Least Favorite Episode Is “Fore, Father”
1 Syndication Is The True Reason Behind Family Guy’s Resurrection
Rumors of high DVD sales were once believed to be the reason why Fox ultimately revived the show. Even though that and a fans-signed petition of over 100,000 signatures played a role in its revival, it was actually because of good ol’ syndication. Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” helped to both maintain loyal fans and bring in some new ones. Once Fox took noticed of the show’s growing viewership, they decided to give the show a second chance. Who knew that syndication can be such a godsend!
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