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Family Guy Facts

One of the best TV-shows that premiered in 1999, Family Guy is an American animated sitcom that was created by Seth MacFarlane for FOX Network, about a dysfunctional family in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island.

The show revolves around the bumbling, blue collar antics of the dad, Peter Griffin. Hi wife Lois is a stay-at-home mom and came from a very well to do family. Peter and Lois have three children: unpopular, homely teenage daughter Meg; overweight teenage son Chris who is somewhat a younger version of Peter; and infant son Stewie, a diabolical child with adult mannerisms who speaks with an English accent and complete with arch-villain phrases. There is a question to whether everyone can actually hear him when he speaks.

Let's get one thing straight right off the hop: Family Guy is not, never has been, and never will be, The Simpsons. Family Guy is kind of the new bolder and funnier Simpsons. Family Guy is freakin' hilarious but be warned, it is definitely not for the kids. Not only is there tons of sexual humour, but an overabundance of nonsensical and somewhat unnecessary extremely violent scenes. Really, it would be just as funny if not more so without all the violence.

Family Guy is popular with the teen to young adult population and is often quoted due to the shows comedic one-liners, insults and irony. You can find many addicted fans in the huge community of Family Guy freaks on Facebook. A proven audience favorite and FOX Sunday-night staple, Family Guy is ranked No. 1 and is well known world wide.

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The cast of voices for Family Guy:

Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin, Glenn Quagmire, and Tom Tucker:
Voice characterizations by Seth MacFarlane

Lois Griffin, Loretta Brown (character was retired in season four), and Trisha Takanawa:
Voice characterizations by Alex Borstein

Chris Griffin:
Voice characterization by Seth Green

Meg Griffin:
Voice characterization by Mila Kunis

Voices for several recurring characters in several episodes other than those listed are performed by the main cast including impersonations of celebrities and pop-culture icons.

Some other regular Family Guy cast members include:

Mike Henry as Cleveland Brown
Patrick Warburton as Joe Swanson
Adam West as the mayor Adam West
John G. Brennan as Mort Goldman
Jennifer Tilly as Bonnie Swanson
Adam Carolla as Death
Nicole Sullivan as Muriel Goldman
Carlos Alazraqui as Jonathan Weed (until the character was killed off in season three)
Lacey Chabert voiced Meg Griffin for the first fifteen episodes
Lori Alan as Diane Simmons.
Butch Hartman as Dr. Hartman, the family doctor, and other various characters.

An interesting tidbit:

Carol Burnett versus the "Family Guy"

Comedian sues over porn shop spoof of beloved charwoman character

Comedian Carol Burnett, angered by her portrayal as a janitor in an adult film store in the animated TV show "The Family Guy," has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Twentieth Century Fox.

According to Burnett, 73, she was approached by Fox in mid-2005 for permission to use the theme song from "The Carol Burnett Show" in a "Family Guy" episode. She declined the request.

Burnett alleges in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, that she then became a target of the raunchy Fox show. Burnett claims that after she refused to license her music, Fox caused a "Family Guy" episode to "be rewritten to disparage Ms. Burnett using Ms. Burnett's signature ear tug."

In the episode, Family Guy characters are seen entering a porn shop. Peter wonders if it will be dirty, another remarks that the business is clean because "Carol Burnett works part-time as a janitor there."

The animated female janitor appears modeled after the Burnett's "Charwoman" character that the comedian created decades ago ("Charwoman," the complaint notes, is known for her trademark blue bonnet, and she always carries a mop and bucket).

n the "Family Guy" episode, entitled "Peterotica," a "slightly altered version of Carol's Theme is playing" while the animated janitor is on screen, situated next to a bin of blow-up dolls.  Burnett also takes issue with a "vulgar comment" made by one of the characters in relation to the star's trademark ear tug.

The performer's lawsuit, which seeks in excess of $6 million in damages, also charges Fox with misappropriating her name and likeness and violating her publicity rights.

Hmmmm, not funny.

Alternately, you can view the clip here for a laugh:

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2007/0316072carolburnett1.html