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Raves Continue! The absolute best animated comedy series: THE FAMILY GUY - A must buy!

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Ronald Epstein, Jun 14, 2003.

  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator
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    A few months back when I reviewed this title
    for Ron's Reviews, I had sampled just
    three of the 28 episodes that comprised this
    Season ONE and TWO DVD collection.

    Over the past week, I have spent every evening
    watching at least one or two episodes per night
    and having the absolute time of my life in the
    process.

    I can't believe Fox canceled what I believe to
    be the most innovative and outrageously funny
    animated comedy ever brought to television.

    I think the main reason I love this show so much
    is because it seems to be written by people who
    have grown up during the same era I have. The
    show constantly cuts itself off from the main
    story line as it interjects some sort of whacky
    side-line incident that relates to a television
    show, movie, or long-forgotten commercial. The
    show is chock-full of movie and TV commercial
    references that are so well parodied that you
    can't help but bust out laughing.

    Family Guy also pushes the envelope as far as it
    can. Though I can certainly understand why parents
    might not want their children to watch this show, it
    makes perfect entertainment for us older kids.

    My favorite moments from the first boxed set?
    The WILLY WONKA parody was priceless! The Griffins
    on Reality TV was expertly captured. Most of all,
    I give tribute to every cutaway that expertly
    parodied some sort of childhood memory I had
    forgotten about over the years.

    I am a huge fan of THE SIMPSONS and I have recently
    been introduced to FUTURAMA -- but by a long shot,
    THE FAMILY GUY is the most cleverly written and
    produced animated series that I have ever seen.
    Unfortunately, the program ended up being a perfect
    example of how a five-star show could be so badly
    time slotted by a network to the point where it got
    canceled by its own mishandling.

    You guys know that when I like something, I talk
    highly about it. When I don't like something, I
    don't hesitate to trash it on this forum. May I
    take this opportunity to turn a few more of you
    on to THE FAMILY GUY. It may be the most underrated
    of all the Fox animated sitcoms, but I promise you
    that buying this under $40 boxed set may be the
    most enjoyable purchase you have made in some time.

    I look forward to discovering the episodes on the
    upcoming Volume 2/Season 3 boxed set as well as
    hearing comments from fellow FAMILY GUY fans.

    Go Stewie!
     
  2. TonyD

    TonyD Who do we think I am?

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    well said ron the side interjections or digressions were genius.

    i loved when in one ep they were watching my favorite game show, MATCH GAME.

    "Forgetful Freddy is so absent minded that when he tried to remember his friends name, he drew a _________."

    or the time they were watching wheel of fortune. the answer was "GO TUCK YOURSELF IN" a T and the word IN were missing from the puzzle.
     
  3. Jarrod Hines

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    The most important aspect of the show (in my opinion, naturally) is the fact that the viewer never really knows what to expect from moment to moment; this is quite an escape from the formulaic crap that is common on TV today. I am especially fond of the moments that replicate real-life situations or stand as peculiar (and often brief) asides to the main story, such as Stewie and Brian discussing which car they like best (prior to hotwiring one) during "Road to Rhode Island."

    Stewie impersonating Bill Bixby's David Banner also had me in the floor the first time I saw it [​IMG]
     
  4. David Owens

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    Ron-

    You're in for another good time with Season 3. I think the envelope is even pushed further with the last batch of episodes that were made.

    I started watching the show from its post-Super Bowl premiere back in 1999. (mostly because I used to work with a guy who could pass for Peter Griffin's twin in real life), but from the 1st show I was hooked. I've gone through all of Seasons 1 and 2 probably 3 times so far and still fall off of the couch in hysterics.

    It's refreshing to see DVD bring this hidden gem to people's attention after Fox gave it the shaft. I only hope that now that the DVD has reportedly sold 400,000 copies, and the reruns on the Cartoon Network (which you may want to catch for a preview of Season 3 Ron) are among the highest rated shows on cable, that someone gives the show a new lease on life.
     
  5. David Lambert

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    Ron, well said. I'm glad you're fully converted now.

    Hey, did you ever read Gord's interview with Seth? Great stuff there.

    And keep in mind that there is talk of a direct-to-DVD feature-length Family Guy release! I hope it really happens...
     
  6. Adam_WM

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    I also cannot wait for the new box. When the show was on, I only saw the first season because of cancellation and re-shifting of time slots, etc. I am anxiously awaiting the new set. As my for one of my favorite moments,

    GO _UCK
    YOURSELF

    =

    GO TUCK
    YOURSELF
    IN
     
  7. Scott_J

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    Adam, that was a classic moment.

    Puzzle: GO _UCK
    YOURSELF

    Contestant: "Go tuck yourself in."

    Peter: "I was so close."

    Awesome show. Can't wait for the next set in September.
     
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    I LOVE The Family Guy. And I have many people here (and at DVDfile) to thank for it. I never watched the show when it was on. I knew of it, but never bothered to tune in (that and Fox's crazy scheduling). When the DVDs came out, everybody was raving about them and I finally caught one ep on the Cartoon Network. I cracked up the whole episode and with that, I got online and paid $12 extra shipping to have the set sent to my house overnight (I was on a trip and wouldn't be home for until the next night). It's a shame this show didn't last longer than it did, but I hope the possiblity of the feature-length DVD Seth mentioned last week or so comes true.
     
  10. Joe D

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    I absolutely love The Family Guy. I think the whole show can be summarized in the first episode when Peter is in court and everyone is saying "Ohh No," and then The Kool Aid Dude comes in and says, "Ohh Ya."

    It's just a great moment and shows what will become of the series.
     
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    yes, family guy is my absolute favourite show ever... I can't wait for season three.

     
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    Yes! I'm so glad that you discovered, fully, the greatness of the show, Ron. [​IMG]

    In the opinion of this Family Guy fan, it is even funnier than the much loved Simpsons, a show that I am no longer a fan of BTW.

    'Stewie' is one of the funniest animated creations in a long time, an infant with a football-shaped noggin and a thirst for evil plots, both against the world...and his own mother! [​IMG]

    I started a topic on the show in the tv area a couple of months ago asking precisly why the show was cancelled, I got many different explanations, but the concencous seems to be that it was simply moved around too much and pitted, unfairly, against bigger shows like Friends.

    It's as if FOX were TRYING to kill this poor show! Perhaps because it made them nervous on a weekly basis, who knows. What IS clear is that they were damn fools for cancelling it.

    "She'll pretty much have to..." [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    I love The Family Guy as well. As far as how it compares to King of the Hill, The Simpsons and Futurama, well, I'm glad I don't have to choose.
     
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    I was finally able to pick this up from work yesterday and spent all day watching it. Absolutely hilarious. I can't wait for the next volume.
     
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    not only is it boneheaded, but they did it like 3 times!

    If I recall, they cancelled it, the fans complained, the renewed it for season 2.

    They cancelled it again, and renewed it when they found a blank spot on the schedule. After season 3, it was cancelled for the last time... (that's what i remember at least.)

    I can see Peter now...

    My Hairy _unt

    "Hmmmm..."
     
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    I too think Family Guy was much more consistantly funny than The Simpsons. And I love The Simpsons.

    "Stewie, do you wany some ice cream?"

    "Yes, and I don't want any sprinkles. For every sprinkle I find, I will kill you!"

    Jimmy!
     
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    Family Guy is, without a doubt, one of the sickest and most subversive television shows ever to hit primetime - and I love it!

    The final season has some outstanding episodes, including one where Brian becomes addicted to cocaine. The Griffins place him in a very posh rehab center. Upon touring the swanky facility, Chris exclaims "Wow! No wonder people do drugs!!!"
     
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    I enjoyed the continuity they had between shoes sometimes. It was almost like a sitcom in that way. This is seen with the evil monkey in Chris's closet... also the Season 3 plot-line of Peter trying to find work and another character getting killed off.

    What burns me about the DVD set is that Seth and crew had recorded commentaries for all 28 episodes, in addition to the fact that the commentaries Fox kept were also cut (all that dead air time...). But, its hard to fight the machine, especially when I never would've believed this would come to DVD.

    Matthew Furtek
     
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