Family Guy has been around for thirteen seasons, with season fourteen beginning with all the other fall premieres. Seth MacFarlane is now 41 and, when the show began, he was 26 - his sprawling success puts most people to shame.
The show, a sleeper hit that progressively became a cultural juggernaut, has spawned two spinoffs, American Dad and The Cleveland Show. Although The Cleveland Show was a bit of a bust, it still got four full seasons, which is a lot considering the gladiatorial nature of network television. American Dad is hugely popular, with some people even preferring to it to its pater familias.
Obviously, a show cannot run for so long without changing a little. When it began, Peter was a misogynist toy-assembler, Stewie was a precocious mastermind with a great vocabulary, Lois was an overworked housewife, Meg was an insecure teenage girl, Chris was a basket case with a monkey in his closet, and Brian was the voice of reason. Now, Peter is a misogynist middle-manager, Stewie is an ambiguously evil fop, Lois is a lech, Meg is a baseball glove, Chris is largely unchanged, and Brian is a liberal douchebag.
However, with this composition, the show still works and people still tune in. If it hadn’t changed at all, people might have thought it was stale after so many episodes.
Whether you’ve been a fan of Family Guy since the beginning or have just jumped in on it recently, if you want to know some trivia, stick around for the twenty five fun facts about Family Guy.
25 Family Guy Was Cancelled Twice
24 The Reason Meg Griffin Is Abused…
23 Carter Pewterschmidt and Doctor Hartman Have The Same Voice
22 The Reason There Are So Many Hanna-Barbera Cutaways
21 “Damn You, Vile Woman!” Stewie’s First Words
20 Chris’s Full Name Is Christopher Cross Griffin
19 Death Was Originally Going To Be A Theme In Every Episode
18 Family Guy Was The First Animated Program To Be Nominated For Outstanding Comedy Since The Flinstones
17 Bonnie Swanson Was Pregnant For Nearly 7 Years
16 Speaking of The Swanson Children
15 Seth MacFarlane Was Almost Caught in 9/11
14 Glen Quagmire’s Features Were Modeled after Bob Hope
13 Lois Was Originally Blonde
12 There’s A Family Resemblance Drawn Into The Characters
11 The Opening Credits Are Based on All In The Family
10 The “Big Fat Phony” Guy Was Credited As Holden Caulfield
9 The Main Cast Makes Between $175,000 and $250,000 Per Episode
8 The Show Has Been Named Worst TV Show Of The Week 44 Times By The Parents TV Council
7 Quagmire Is 61 Years Old
6 Meg Was Originally Voiced By Lacey Chabert
5 Someone Says “What The Hell?” In Every Episode
4 The Writers Pick And Choose When The Family Hears Stewie
3 Neil Goldman Is Named After One Of The Show’s Writers
2 Carrie Fisher Does The Voice of Peter’s Boss
1 The Family Guy Franchise Is Worth $2B
The most merchandized television show of all time is The Simpsons. It practically invented merchandise, for crying out loud. But Family Guy comes close. It is a literal multi-billion dollar industry, with not only the actual show bringing in a lot of money for the network and creators, but also DVD sales, which are part of the reason the show was revived, as well as posters, clothes, mugs, and even, at one point, a video game.
Sources: familyguy.wikia.com, imdb.com, news.com.au, hollywoodreporter.com
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