Family Guy is basically The Simpsons on crack. Each episode is filled with random gags, hilarious one-liners, off colour gags and memorable characters. This also marks one of the most quotable cartoons in existence. I don't think I can remember the last time I could frequently quote a show without getting sick of it.
So why does Family Guy work so well? Other shows try to focus on laughs as well as interesting drama. But the drama and meaningful underneath just ruins everything. I realised after the umpteenth season of The Simpsons that if they focused just on the laughs then the show would be a lot better.
My prayers were anwered. Family Guy moves from one hilarious memorable scene to the next. It's brilliant because of how genius each and every episode is. Plots are clever, ideas are creative, characters are exceptional. In the space of one week I found myself watching about 55 episodes. It was all I did of an afternoon. And I thought it was fantastic!
Family Guy had such a strong entertainment influence that it tainted my image of other shows. I flipped on The Simpsons again not too long ago and found it painful to watch. Family Guy is the future of cartoon comedy. It has been cancelled so many times but comes back with a vengeance. If every show was of this high standard then TV would be a whole lot better.
The voice cast of Family Guy is sublime. The characters are well thought out and conceived. It's hard to choose just one favourite character because they are all so hilarious. Peter, Quagmire, Brian, Lois, Stewie - the list is endless.
Family Guy is also notorious for its clever parodies. Every episode could spoof several films in the space of 21 minutes. They also spoof TV shows and popular culture. The gags are so random but so funny. The creators of this show are genius.
I can't imagine a world without Family Guy. Its high entertainment value points out the flaws in other cartoon programs that just aren't funny after so many seasons. In its seventh season, Family Guy is still fresh. If anything it gets better with age. I could watch an episode everyday and never get sick of it.
This show is essential viewing.