Written on: 19/03/2007 by rds1
Family Guy has to be one of the funniest TV shows ever made. It has the same sort of humour that the Simpsons has but takes the comedy to a completely new level.
There are so many scenes which make you cry with laughter because the jokes are taken so far, and often to the detriment of the plot. One example is when Peter has a fight with a man dressed in a chicken suit distributing promotional vouchers. The vouchers are out of date so Peter yells, 'you b****rd' and starts punching him. You expect this to be the end of the scene, but then they continue to fight for about two minutes and replicate loads of famous fight scenes from films like The Matrix!! 2 minutes is a long time for a cartoon! And when Peter has finally killed the chicken man he walks off into the sunset like it is the end of some action film. It is just so unbelievably random, this is unique for a cartoon because apart from maybe South Park, you know the limits of all the other comedy shows.
Another funny scene is where Stewie (genius toddler with English accent) says about something 'that was nearly as disturbing as that cartoon I saw the other day' and it cuts to a copy of a Bugs Bunny cartoon. The hunter guy with a stutter says 'I'm gonna catch me a wabbit' and walks along with his shotgun. Then Bugs Bunny appears, chewing a carrot and says,'what's up doc?' And then totally unexpected, the hunter guy shoots him in the chest twice and Bugs yells,'ow, what the hell are you doing' then the hunter walks up to him and shoots him in the head one last time, then breaks his neck and drags him off behind him, leaving a trail of blood.
This is typical of the brilliant show, you are totally shocked, then you find it hilarious, then you finally see how insightful the show is. Because this is what really happens when someone hunts rabbits and it makes you think 'what right do people have to just go and kill animals as sport?'
Finally, on the surface this is simply a hilarious cartoon show which isn't for young children. But underneath, there are occasionally bits that make you laugh and think as well.
Family Guy is on BBC2 and BBC4 quite late at night on certain days of the week, and there are also loads of DVD's around. I only have Freeview though and it is probably on Sky frequently.