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Does Everyone Despise Fox

I am – Hercules!!

It’s a new cartoon series from “Family Guy” creator Seth McFarlane, this time about a CIA operative, the extraterrestrial living under his protection, and a goldfish with the brain of a German skier. The second episode airs May 1.

Ain't It Cool News says:

... amazingly unfunny … a colossal miss and one of the more ill conceived shows you're likely to see. … The only real laugh in the thing comes when [CIA man Stan Smith] shoots a toaster out of paranoia -- and that gag comes from the eighties show "Sledge Hammer!" who Smith acts just like. …

Variety says:

… spraying jokes against the wall, too few of which stick … despite occasional chuckles, "Dad" doesn't know best. … the low batting average and scatological emphasis conspire to narrow the program's appeal. … it's hard not to like a series whose pilot features a pandering headline that reads, "TV Critics Broker Mideast Peace Deal," but I still managed, mostly because it felt as if I'd seen every beat of this before. … plenty of the jokes sound designed for, if not written by, those with a bad case of the munchies …

The Hollywood Reporter says:

… It's bound to offend a few self-appointed guardians of decency; everyone else should enjoy its mildly subversive and proudly underground style. …

USA Today gives it two stars (out of four) and says:

… If the characters are similar to those you'll find on Family Guy, so is the show's lack of interest in character continuity and development. … Too few of the jokes work, and too many mistake bad taste for good humor. …

Entertainment Weekly gives it a “B-” and says:

... Family Guy is so beloved you want [Seth McFarlane] to do it again. Sadly, he has. The Smiths are a pale imitation of Guy's Griffin clan, including the same lame kids, weird dad (Stan could be Peter's right-wing, gun-toting cousin), and mom-loving pet — this time a fish. ...

Newsday says:

... I can't believe Fox would insult "The Simpsons" - its greatest contribution to popular culture and satirical art - by pairing it with a show that doesn't have a third of its wit or originality. ...

The Detroit Free Press gives it two stars (out of four) and says:

… If you like your cartoon humor rude, crude and painfully obvious, then McFarlane's your man. … Just like "Family Guy" "American Dad" is often not very funny at all. … Fox may have the last laugh with "American Dad." But I'm still waiting for my first.

11:10 p.m. ET. 8:10 p.m. PT. Sunday Fox.

I am – Hercules!!

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  • I For one have been Looking Forward to This Show for a very very Long Time!

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 8:43 p.m. CST

    I hope this fails for "Family Guy's" sake

    by the G-man

    I want MacFarlane putting all his effort into the FG revival.

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Non of these even hold a candle to Futurama..

    by Kelvington

    I'll never understand how they can bring back Family Guy, and add American Dad, when Futurama is still gone. FG was good, and had it's moments, but none of them hold a candle to Bender line. Wake up fox! Bring back a decent show.

  • If You Please Post it.

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 8:46 p.m. CST

    it's not that bad... not a great pilot,, but pretty funny

    by Jarek

    The first time I saw Family Guy I didn't much like it either. It grew on me though, and now I love it. This has potential, and is a lot darker in tone and humour than it's sister show.

  • Long Live FAMILY GUY

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 8:56 p.m. CST

    I thought the Futurama pilot was pretty lame too

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    Thought it was pretty lame compared to the Simpsons. I'll give this show a shot for a few episodes at least past the pilot.

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 8:57 p.m. CST

    And Family Guy is coming to FOX on May 1st

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    as I understand it.

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 9:01 p.m. CST

    How do critics and execs not see that everyone hates The Simpson

    by Monkey Butler

    I mean, they're kissing that show's arse in a review of a completely different show. Fair enough, Fox wants to keep it on the air because it's an awesome money-earner, and it does have the occassional decent episode, but why pretend that it's as good as it was almost 15 years ago?/////////And Herc, clearly not EVERYONE despises American Dad, hence the couple of lukewarm-to-positive reviews ;)

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Futurama could still Return!

    by Ines5

    Reruns of FUTURAMA have often as Popular as reruns of Family Guy so if New Episodes of Family Guy are very very Successful and if American Dad is Hit Then Fox or Cartoon Network will Want Futurama Back!

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 9:53 p.m. CST

    does anyone in this thread speak english as a first language?

    by Toe Jam

    christ, it seems like everyone who's posted already has absolutely no grasp of grammar.

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Futurama dies, Family Guy is ressurected from the dead...

    by Osmosis Jones

    ...and now more Seth McFarlane crapola is polluting the airwaves. And talk about some of the ugliest character designs in recent animation history. Flush this turd and bring back Futurama!

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 10:31 p.m. CST

    No, Futurama will never return

    by genro

    The only reason FOX bit on bringing back FG was because they own it, like the Simpsons, and unlike Futurama, which is owned by Groenig. Groenig could have taken Futurama to another network, but according to him, the animation costs were through the roof. McFarlane was willing to bring FG back because, quite simply, what else did he have? I'm sure he's got a better deal this time, also.

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 10:55 p.m. CST

    I hated Family Guy

    by Voice O. Reason

    That is, until I actually sat down and watched an episode and laughed my ass off.

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 11:24 p.m. CST

    My ... God ...

    by jgsugden

    I've watched 5 minutes of this show ... and it is the worst TV I've ever seen. McFarlane is soooooo much better than this show ...

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 11:36 p.m. CST

    I'm watching it now and it BLOOOOWS!

    by Jeditemple

    Man, this is unbelievable! How can this crap come from the same man who created the great "Family Guy?"

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 11:42 p.m. CST

    have to see a few more eps

    by ReDWasK

    hit and miss that and we dont know the characters yet (i mean, even stewie was a bit much at first) though...seems like he's recycling his ideas...

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Yep, it's just like Family Guy

    by Bryan

    Occasional mild laughs drowned in piles of horrible drawing. At least the gay alien is not blatantly ripped off from another show, as far as I can tell. I liked the joke about God calling Bush on the phone. I don't think I'll ever watch it again though. So it will probably be a huge cult hit and marketing phenomenon like all the other bad to mediocre cartoons on the air.

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 11:44 p.m. CST

    American Dad is teh s uck

    by mustang_dvs

    Wow. This show sucks ass by the metric ton. I just hope that "Family Guy" hasn't suffered from hiatus.

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 11:47 p.m. CST

    what's up with the family guy haters on aicn?

    by Dr Farragammo

    All I hear is Family Guy & now American Dad bashing. I'm watching Dad as we speak. so far it's ok. But anyone who didn't laugh their ass of about last week's family guy's Margo kidder bit, and Stewey's unbelievable rant on fellow toddler he'd do is seriously devoid of a sense of humor. fucking hilarious.

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 11:47 p.m. CST

    holy fuck, that was fucking awful

    by Toe Jam

    i swear i could almost smell the stench of shit coming from my television set. i really hope this isn't indicative of what family guy will be like upon its return. and yes, american dad is a clone of family guy -- a depressingly unfunny, stinky nut-filled turd of a clone.

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 11:47 p.m. CST

    So far, not impressed.

    by The Killer-Goat

    Not quite the same humor as Family Guy. That is, we've already seen these jokes done before on FG with more personality and timing. I loved the in-your-face formula of Family Guy, where each episode was really just a paper-thin excuse of a plot to cram one crude/shocking joke after another. At least with that you knew to expect a string of visual gags for the sheer hell of it. But I didn't laugh once at American Dad. Shame, really. Hope the next episode if far better.

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 11:49 p.m. CST

    The "Gay" alien *IS* derrivative - he's obviously modeled after

    by mustang_dvs

    Paul Lynde played 'Uncle Arthur' on "Bewitched"

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 11:51 p.m. CST

    and I thought family guy sucked

    by INWOsuxRED

    The first half of American Dad of American dad was horrible beyond all human comprehension. I guess when you sell enough horrible DVDs for a network, they'll let you put anything on right after the superbowl.

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Simpsons have been sucking lately...American Dad is an American

    by HanFiredFirst

    And Fox programmers are idiots. They started The Simpsons at 7:45 I guess so I missed the first act, but I guess I didn't miss much since it turned out to be one of the standard unfunny episodes that are way too familiar lately. All I could get from it was that it guest-starred a bunch what I guess are supposed to be famous athletes though I never heard of any of them. And American Dad is such an obvious rip-off of Family Guy it's pathetic. It took me a while to warm up to Family Guy but I don't think I'll warm up to American Dad for some reason. The Fox programmers topped off the evening by brilliantly starting an episode of King of the Hill about half-way through to make up for the lost 15 minutes or whatever it was from the StuporBowl post-game lobotomy show. Eh, screw it.

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 11:56 p.m. CST

    by cookylamoo

    Simpsons really sucked tonight. God, the Fox touch of shit has even affected the greatest show on TV.

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 11:57 p.m. CST

    This show sucks balls...

    by meburma

    Just like Family Guy does.

  • Feb. 6, 2005, 11:57 p.m. CST

    So if you hate FG and American Dad, what DO you like?

    by TraitorZaarin

    Just so I can get a sense of what you consider hilarious cartoon comedy at the moment. Old Simpsons eps don't count. Aqua Teen Hunger Force? Venture Bros? What?

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Most pilots suck balls

    by Savage Jimmy

    Let this show get into its own stride and don't judge it by the fucking pilot! And on another note, it sucks that Fox is getting the new FG episodes when it was Cartoon Network which resurrected it from the dead. Now Cartoon Network will be stuck running crap like that God-awful Tom Goes to the Mayor. Ugh!

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 12:14 a.m. CST

    "Roger Ramjet" from 40 years ago was more satirical than this.

    by FrankDrebin

    And MacFarlane once again has the husband punching out the wife and slamming the daughter to the floor. Ooh, edgy!

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 12:21 a.m. CST

    TV Pilots

    by DanielKurland

    I completely agree that most pilots seem off and are not as funny, but I truly enjoyed the pilot for "Arrested Development". Many fantastic jokes, and it is on par with the rest of the episodes. I do not mind watching it over in the least.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 12:28 a.m. CST

    enough cartoons...

    by oh_riginal

    Bring back That's My Bush!!! Or at least put it on DVD. That show was funny as hell, admit it!!

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 12:36 a.m. CST

    South Park is 1,000 times better

    by Hercules

    So is Venture Bros.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 12:41 a.m. CST


    by smackfu

    Wow, could 'American Dad' be any worse? I've witnessed funnier miscarriages. What an absolute wretched shitfest, I can't believe they put it on the air. I haven't actually *seen* the show, but I'll download it tomorrow. Family Guy is the most unfunny show on tv. Oh yes, and Simpsons hasn't been funny for almost 10 years...did I forget anything? Oh yes, bring back Futurama. I think I'm going to write an AICN cartoon chat bot that only outputs these three sentiments, randomizing the exact wording, and see if people can tell the difference between it and an actual AICN talkbacker. Aren't you guys late for the Star Wars Episode III talkback, where you will state that Lucas raped your childhood and is a talentless hack?

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 12:42 a.m. CST

    The "god calling Bush" scene was a good example of network-appro

    by FrankDrebin

    The scene SEEMS to be blasting Bush for name-dropping God in his speeches. But the scene also seems to be saying that Bush DOES have a connection with God. Can you even HAVE satire without a point of view? I guess, with the country split 50/50 on so many issues, you can't afford to lose half your audience by taking a position. So instead of roasting Homeland Security, "American Dad" is about a not-too-bright operative who simply loves his country too much ("The Tick" with flag-waving).

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 12:45 a.m. CST

    to Monkey Butler

    by Bryan

    I don't think it's accurate to say "everyone hates the Simpsons." Certainly it is well past its peak, but I still enjoy it. Regardless, the reason it's mentioned in reviews of shows like "Family Guy" and "American Dad" is because it is the template that those shows are so poorly slopped on top of. Not just the basic setup of the show (suburban family with crazy dad, daughter and son), but the pacing and style of jokes (including those tv parodies that the Simpsons cut back on so many years ago) is undeniably lifted wholesale from the Simpsons. Doing it badly doesn't make it something new. So even if everybody did hate the Simpsons, it would almost be negligent not to mention it in a review of these shows. (King of the Hill is the most consistent of the Fox shows these days - at least when they show it once every three months.)

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Frank Drebin - You might be taking the show too literally.

    by TheTsordiLine

    And the end of that scene was gold. "I've got Dick Cheney on the other line, I've got to take it . . . Yes sir."

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 12:56 a.m. CST

    ... I can't believe Fox would insult "The Simpsons" - its greate

    by Godai-kun

    Funny, since I think the reason I liked American Dad as much as I did was because it followed a particularly unfunny Simpsons episode. By comparison, AD is a masterpiece. I liked the alien more than I thought I would, but I still hate the fish (saw a 5 minute preview a few months ago). In Macfarlane's defense, when this show was developed, Family Guy was a failed show. The dvds weren't out yet and the show wasn't coming back. He probably didn't think anyone would remember Family Guy, much less call American Dad a ripoff of it. Though I admit now that Family Guy is returning, Dad is pretty redundant. Still, I think the show deserves a full season just to see if Macfarlane can iron the kinks out, but after that, he should focus all of his attention on Family Guy.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 12:58 a.m. CST

    I'm seein "Family Guy" style jokes, and I'm having a decent time

    by Tall_Boy

    Alright pacing and gags, but as I was watching it, I just wanted to see Peter & Co., not this bunch.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Some really funny moments

    by Lazarus Long

    Yeah, it wasn't very consistent, but I laughed out loud on several occasions. The scene in the mall where the dad gets away with the girl's purse, and the son riding the water buffalo mascot. Most shows on TV don't have 2 jokes that good in a whole show, so I'd give it a break until we get more. The Simpsons won't be good again until they stop relying on celebrity guests to bring in viewers. Fucking pathetic.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 1:13 a.m. CST

    by Godai-kun

    I'm sick of the Futurama vs. Family Guy debate. They've never competed against one another. The success of one can only help the other. So what's the beef, sir? The poster who said that Groening owns the rights to Futurama is correct. It wouldn't pay for Fox to pick it back up. Cartoon Network would be the most obvious choice for renewal, but the computer effects make the show very expensive to produce. I have read that David X. Cohen would love to continue the show. Let's hope he gets the chance. So love or hate Family Guy, but quit being bitter about its success in reference to Futurama's completely unrelated misfortunes.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 1:15 a.m. CST


    by Monkey Butler

    Fair enough, although I don't agree with you (The Simpsons was originally just like any other family/suburban sitcom, and it gradually became what it is now because the writers ran out of ideas and because of a change in the cultural zeitgeist - how's THAT for a eumphamism). I can't actually comment on the show's pacing etc. cos I haven't seen it, but if the style really is Simpsons-esque (although the TV parodies were a staple of FG too, and they were in no way influenced by The Simpsons) then I guess I'm wrong. But my point still stands - people are way too willing to defend The Simpsons because of it's cultural impact and because of what it used to be, when really all it needs now is to be taken outside and shot. And Toe Jam, STFU, as long as you can read a post, what does exact spelling/grammar matter on an Internet messageboard? Seriously, you've got some mistakes in your own post, but nobody cares because it's still readable. So I recommend you stop being such a faggot.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 1:18 a.m. CST

    It takes like 6 to 9 months to get something animated in Korea a

    by TheMatarife

    I mean, you can't exactly pull off really great cutting edge humor if it takes half a year to get an episode out with your REALLY clever (SARCASM) election joke with Bush and Kerry. Not to mention Fox would probably air it out of order like they've done with all their other shows, meaning it might be up to a year before they get out a joke on whatever the hot topic of the week is. It's just asking for failure. Southpark and K-Street managed to pull off their current events jokes cause their production time is like a week. They have 0 chance of relevance without switching to flash animation or something like that.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Funny They Should Compare The Simpsons...

    by FlickChick

    Was I the only person who noticed how the Super Mario gag seemed to come right out of nowhere in the same way, much of The Family Guy's gags do??? Hmmm...

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 1:36 a.m. CST wasn't bad at all...

    by jtp972

    Pretty good, actually. It seems like people (critics and fans alike) want to compare it to "Family Guy" as far as quality. This was the first way it's going to be rounded into "Family Guy" form yet. I swear...sometimes I wonder how ANYTHING makes it as fussy as critics and fans alike can be. Just once I want something to come out and people on these talkbacks...gasp...actually enjoy it!! It was funny. It has potential. It's already better than most other sitcoms on TV.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 1:55 a.m. CST

    agreed on "That's my Bush"

    by symphy

    I really really really want that on DVD too. :) I guess technically since I burned the eps from my ReplayTV to a DVD I DO have them "on DVD", but it's just not the same...

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 2:05 a.m. CST

    The emperor has no clothes!

    by Silver Shamrock

    even a below average Simpsons was still funnier than this. You'd think after all these years Seth would come out with both guns a blazin' it's a bit presumtive of him to pull a David E Kelley settin up franchises.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Family Guy and Futurama pilots were a million times better than

    by George Newman

    I love love love Family Guy and i had some high hopes this was very stupid. The alien and fish are terrible (it's like they split Brian in two) and the wife character is incredibly forgetable. The daughter and Dad are okay but this was not funny. Not funny not funny. so bad. ugh.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 3:56 a.m. CST

    WHY THIS??

    by bubcus

    Saw chunks of the show while at the airport tonight and none of us really cared for it. We were like "this looks like a bad knock-off of Family Guy." Stick with Family Guy. At least FUTURAMA looked different from SIMPSONS. This looked like a rehash of the same but not nearly as appealing. (And sorry, the American Hardcore Patriotism central theme it came across as having doesn't do much for this Canuck... it's like watching a big propaganda commercial for the Country next door (sort of like how all the other countries in ID4 were waiting for the Americans to figure it out...).

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 3:59 a.m. CST

    It wasn't terrible. As for The Simpsons, no one critic will badm

    by Grabthars_Hammer

  • The Simpsons were suprisingly funny after the superbowl, something they havent been in about 8 years. There were plenty of video game / macintosh references. Super Mario scene was eerily reminiscent of Family Guy. Anyways, on to American Dad: what threw me off, was how i could recognize all the voices from Family Guy, like the characters seemed forced. 'God' was seth's normal voice and Brian from Family Guy, and the alien was Cleveland the black neighbor. The wife is easily forgettable. The fish has plenty of Nazi / Communist jokes potential, and the alien is full of UFO reference possibilities. I just didnt like the animation, it seemed like some sort of half assed upgraded Rug Rats on Nickelodeon. I dunno, when i first saw Family Guy i was instantly hooked, this show didnt blow me away on the first viewing. I wanna see more episodes before i say "OH MY FUCKING GOD SETH MCFARLANE RAPED MY CHILDHOOD"

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Some dittos...

    by FiMo719

    Flick Chick, dracul4u: Add me on to the list of people that felt that the super mario scene (while funny) was very FG-like. When I watched it, I didn't think it was "ripping off," though. I felt more like the Simpsons crew felt the need to prove that they could do that same type of joke and remind people that they pioneered it (whether they did or not is a whole other issue). George Newman: I thought the same about the alien and fish. Brian split in two and neither as clever. The worst part is, who are the breakout stars of family guy? Brian and Stewie. Two half brians running around barely add up to that duo. I'll watch another ep. or two, see if it can get on its feet, but my expectations are low (which I guess is good for Seth, that much easier to impress).

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 4:42 a.m. CST

    It was on par with the first Clerks cartoon...

    by Nexus-6

    meaning, it wasn't very good but had enough laughs to justify it's existence. All the laughs in Clerks came at the end though(i'm referring to the episode that goes all anime), here they were scattered around a bit. True, it is better than most sitcoms, but you know what? Most sitcoms are flat-out terrible. I think one of the things that bothers me about Family Guy(and now AD), it that it is one ugly cartoon. No real good designs, terrible coloring, so-so animation. The characters aren't interesting either. Peter Griffin is pretty funny, but he's no Homer. Also a lot(okay, almost all) of the jokes in Family Guy aren't particularly witty, but they go for the shock value. There's very little rewatchability with these shows. I own the first Family Guy set, and after watching it a few times I can honestly say I don't really like that show. Will I watch new episodes of Family Guy? Probably. And I bet I'll laugh some too. But once I've seen it already, it's no longer funny. I can watch old Simpsons, and to a lesser extent, old South Park over and over. Family Guy/American Dad just aren't memorable. I can think of several funny gags from Family Guy, but for the life of me I couldn't tell you the plot of the episode they're in. ----- It's not really fair to compare Futurama to Family Guy, for several reasons. But you have to admit, whether you laugh or not, Futurama is perhaps the best LOOKING animated series ever. I bet a single episode of Family Guy or American Dad costs 1/10th of what an episode of Futurama costs. It's no wonder FOX wanted more of the cheaper shows. ----- Sorry for another tangient-filled post.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 4:52 a.m. CST

    "I can't believe Fox would insult 'The Simpsons' by pairing it

    by Voice O. Reason

    Have you SEEN the other shows "the Simpsons" usually gets stuck with?

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 4:55 a.m. CST

    Family Guy sucks, American Dad sucks, Futurama sucks, The Critic

    by Vicconius

    Nuff said.

  • Your welcome.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 6:21 a.m. CST

    The 1st Family Guy was uneven. Just like any pilot. Things do ne

    by Mr. Profit

    People hate everything on first viewing, but they'll give crap like Point Pleasant 2nd and 3rd chances. Why?

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 6:28 a.m. CST

    And Fox has to let The Simpsons goe peacefully. It was so sad to

    by Mr. Profit

    The show is such a huge part of my childhood and can still make me laugh when I think of old episodes. Why wo why doe's fox keep it on the air when it's way past it's prime? The show isn't a simple show like Law and Order that can go on forever. The show already set up it's characters long ago, and new episodes make the characters do stupid things. Why would Homer do that stupid dance and make his son feel bad because he beat him at the carnival? And did anyone else think that that joke went on way too long? The whole episode could not even touch the brilliance of the episode when Homer wanted to take sexy pictures for Marge and Bart went upstairs and almost caught him. And when Homer looked at the window, Bart was there watching in shock. He pulled the curtain down and when he pulled it up to see if he was there. Millhouse was there too in shock as well. Funny shit. I'm not a person who is apart of the "It's cool to hate the Simpsons" trend. But as a fan, I do know when something is weak. And I can let go.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 7:42 a.m. CST


    by Evil Chicken

    The reviewers should stop mincing words. They need to express how they really feel. It's time for introspection.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Eight episodes of Simpsons so far this season, and only one has

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    Best one so far: The episode in which Marge started working at Moe's. And, frankly, it wasn't even that good. We're almost half-way through this season -- there better be some good episodes coming, or this could be one of the absolute worst seasons of The Simpsons.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 8:59 a.m. CST

    hey, now, the Nelson ep was good

    by symphy

    And that was this season, and reminded me of the early days.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 9:29 a.m. CST

    you know I really like the family guy...

    by dale dragon

    and I thought some of american dad was funny, and Im sure it will become funnier... I just thought that it was almost too similar to the setup of family guy. instead of brian the talking dog, you have a talking fish. instead of stewey you have a gay alien. I just think these characters would be better suited if they were side characters on the family guy.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 9:33 a.m. CST

    And I quote,,,

    by Dataset

    From: Toe Jam -------Subject: does anyone in this thread speak english as a first language? Comment: christ, it seems like everyone who's posted already has absolutely no grasp of grammar.---------- Does anyone else find this slightly ironic?

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 9:52 a.m. CST


    by speed

    I have almost worn my family guy dvds out I have watched them that much. AND I don't understand the hatred for the show. I LOVE the simpsons and I love family guy. I don't understand the problem. it's not like family guy existing is causing some interdimensional rift in the simpsons universe and sucking out all the creative and funny dialogue from it's writers....hang on....

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 10:44 a.m. CST

    what are you people on

    by Mr Brownstone

    that was fucking hilarious!

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 12:26 p.m. CST

    i despise family guy

    by yeah i'm a jerk!

    and really the simpsons have become really lame. i think it's time fox looked at some other sources for new animated shows. king of the hill still rules!

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 12:34 p.m. CST

    It was f***ing hilarious!

    by Sidious-1138

    Did I see the same show? I guess if you don't like Family Guy, you wouldn't like this either

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Family Guy rocks

    by zacdilone

    But American Dad doesn't. I chuckled once. It just plain doesn't work.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Once again this site shows a bizarre bias against McFarlane

    by Craiggers

    It seems that every chance Herc gets he disses Family Guy for no other reason at all but to be contrary to popular opinion. No matter what some snobby critic at Variety says, the millions of dvds that were sold say differently: Family Guy is funny. Now, as for American Dad, that may be a different story... but I don't see any other really bad show getting coverage like this. THis is just Herc taking any jab he can at Family Guy

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 12:55 p.m. CST


    by jsm1978

    Both of these shows are garbage. For the life of me I can't see why anyone cares for them.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 12:56 p.m. CST


    by Regenhund

    I'm pretty conservative, so I wasn't sure if I was hating American Dad becuase it was repeatedly slapping me in the face, but I'm glad to see that, No, it wasn't just me, it really was a steaming pile of dog shit. That said, I love Family Guy, and still watch the Simpsons faithfully (although mostly out of habit lately- tonight's episode was pretty pathetic, even by this season's standards). Best current animated show is undoubtedly Venture Bros. Let's see some Team Venture talkbacks! <woof>

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 1:46 p.m. CST

    I kinda liked it!

    by Hjermsted

    I had no idea about American Dad nor any expectations. I laughed and thought most of it was pretty funny. -mattro

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Love "FG" hated "AD"

    by the G-man

    I didn't hate "Family Guy" when it first came out. I kept watching it, after all. But "American Dad" was just, well, boring. Granted, I'm a pretty conservative guy, and this show is definitely not coming from that perspective, but I can still laugh at shows that poke fun at the GOP (for example, the "Sideshow Bob for Mayor/Birch Barlow" ep is one the Simpsons' best)....IF they are funny. This wasn't.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 2:46 p.m. CST

    The Simpsons rock! FG rocks! Futurama rocks! AD WILL rock!

    by J-Dizzle

    That's right assholes, I still like the Simpsons and it's still on the air because it's still one of FOX's highest rated shows, meaning people still enjoy it! Why let a show die when so many people still watch it? Because people on AICN don't like it? Don't like it? Then don't watch, but don't try and spoil the fun for everyone else by demanding that FOX take it off the air. Futurama could still come back to FOX (long shot), but I'm content with watching it on Cartoon Network. FG has always been funny. As for AD, the show has to be given time.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Funnier than Family Guy

    by LordSoth

    Only having seen the last 5 minutes of American Dad, I loved it! For the record, I rarely find Family Guy to be particularly funny. Long live Futurama!

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Fast Predators, Slow Children

    by DomisInnerChild

    That was the only thing I remember being funny in the Family Guy premier. I sort of liked the Fish in AD. I don't know why, but "Happy Hour!" maybe me laugh.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Plain and Simple: Tried Too Hard

    by Van Damned

    Sorry, I don't recall the pilot episode of "Family Guy' being so slapped together. And the Paul Lynde alien gets on your nerves after the first gag.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Venture Bro.s kick ass

    by pablo2004


  • Feb. 7, 2005, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Since we're talking about the Simpsons

    by Homer Sexual

    I'd like to say that the last few years have been perfectly fine, IMO. Last night's episode was crap, of course, because it was the "Post-super-bowl-episode." And I agree that the guest voices often detract from the overall quality of some episodes. When Homer pretended to be a fighting robot last season, well that is one of the all-time greats! And the first 2 seasons don't hold up at all--watch the DVDs! Even the third season is mediocre-to-good, with Season 4 being the first really kick-@$$ season. ps. American Dad was a pale copy of Family Guy, for sure. Watchable, but come on, "derivative" doesn't begin to describe it. At least they seem to have ripped off Spewy the Alien from Get A Life back in 1991!

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Stop writing "AD"

    by Gilda Mundson

    I know you mean American Dad, but my first reaction is that you all are talking about "Arrested Development." (Which is soooo much of a better show. I really missed it this week.)

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Bitch Bitch Bitch

    by Chirko

    You know...I've come to realise that 85% of the people who post here are just plain whiney bitches. No matter what happens you'll complain. I love Futurama, love Family Guy, live in Australia so haven't seen American Dad yet and hate the Simpsons but I'm not going to bitch and moan about it still being on the air because: HEY! people enjoy it. Let them enjoy it. You know the TV does have more than 1 channel. If you don't like something just say so, don't bitch and complain and moan and whine and act all mightier than least Seth McFarlene HAS a fucking TV show you losers.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 7:17 p.m. CST

    "The second episode airs May 1"?????

    by snow scorpion

    "Here's the premiere episode. Come back in three months to see the next one." Is that what passes for clever thinking in Hollywood?

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 8:35 p.m. CST

    The teacher and the frog!!!

    by JarJarIsVader

    That part with the teacher buttoning up his shirt and the frog laying on his back. That made me shout, "Oh GOD!" Its a dark show...I didnt like Futurama at first but it grew on me. I'll give American Dad a few more shots. But the Fish and the Alien are too much. Get rid of one of them. Oh and the God thing was funny too. Jar Jar Is Vader!

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Family Guy is great, but American Dad sucks big time

    by Swarmy

    Hard to believe it's the same creator.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 9:29 p.m. CST

    American Dad has the exact same humor as Family Guy

    by 9 Fingered Frodo

    American Dad reminded me why I hate Family Guy.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Well Screw them. I like Dad.

    by Atomica

    I know it's a bit dry, but i think it's funny as hell and that everyone should give it a chance beyond the Pilot.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 10:20 p.m. CST

    "Spewey the alien from Get A Life"

    by Osmosis Jones

    Special Person, Entering World...Egg Yolks.

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 11:42 p.m. CST

    I couldn't get through 10 min of this...

    by Russman

    It's a dog. Here's why... it's too quiet and it's just not funny. After the Simpsons hit, all the nets came out with other animated shows - pretty much all of them failed. All of those shows had one thing in common - they were really quiet. There's dead space between the dialogue and behind it. Simpsons, Family Guy and Futurama didn't have that.

  • Feb. 8, 2005, 2:23 a.m. CST

    I must be in the minority here.

    by Hung-Wei Lo

    Am I the only one who likes The Simpsons, Futurama, AND Family Guy? They each have their share of crappy episodes (usually the first few), but they all have genuine laugh-out-loud-milk-through-the-nose jokes. I really don't understand people dissing a show just because it supposedly 'rips-off' something from another show. If what they rip off is something I like, then dammit, keep up the good work. But of course, none of these animated series hold a candle to Captain Planet -- now there's a laugh riot from pilot episode to series finale...and I was only twelve at the time.

  • Feb. 8, 2005, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Funniest current animated show is...

    by Bryan

    nothing. I wanted to answer someone's question about what current animated show IS funny to those of us who hate Family Guy. Unfortunately I think the only one that is really still strong is King of the Hill, and sometimes I wonder if Fox even knows they are supposed to be airing it. (Seems like the Sunday schedule changes every two weeks.) I watch and enjoy The Simpsons, but agree that it has lost most of its magic. I would say Sealab and Harvey Birdman, but both of those were brilliant in their previous seasons and sort of lost it this time (I'm not sure if Sealab can recover from losing their lead voice actor). But I guess I'm getting old and my tastes are out of the mainstream. I have watched the following but do not understand their continuing popularity: Aqua Teen, Family Guy, South Park, Invader Zim. Also, I am picky about drawing and do not think Seth McFarlane should be allowed in the same room as a pen or paper, even under supervision.

  • Feb. 8, 2005, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Finally watched both this...

    by Childe Roland

    ...and the Simpsons before it on my DVR last night. Both, indeed, sucked the highest of hard ones. American Dad tried too hard, pretty much all the way through, and came across like a long, painfully unfunny story told by a coked out ADD sufferer. Simpsons was just half-assed and, as several have pointed out, seemed to blow its entire comedic wad on the short and completely out of character Mario segment. Simpsons hasn't done this kind of humor with any success or consistency since Conan stopped writing for the show. And, even though this bit was funny, within the context of the episode and the series as a whole these days, it just felt like a desperate attempt to be "hip." Even South Park is starting to lose its edge. For anyone looking for some quality animated entertainment, seasons 1 & 2 of Aqua Teen Hunger Force are a great investment on DVD. Venture Brothers is worth recording. And I'll be giving Family Guy a shot when the new episodes start airing. But American Dad has me feeling very cautious about the state of Seth's funny bone after his extended vacation.

  • Feb. 8, 2005, 2:42 p.m. CST

    That blew more chunks than was in my 2 year old daughter's vomit

    by The Gipper

    I tried to like Family Guy. I really did. Sadly, it is just such a crapfest that even I couldn't bear it anymore. I actually "hate" very few shows. FG is one of them. Even then, I decided to give AD a shot just to be fair. My reaction was worse. I don't hate it, I'm just completely apathetic about it. In my book, that is worse because at least FG stirred an emotion. AD was as dead as that goldfish should be.

  • Feb. 8, 2005, 2:49 p.m. CST

    what a surprise

    by PlantBoy!

    A Seth McFarlane creation that's unfunny. Couldn't see THAT coming...

  • Feb. 8, 2005, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Giant sucking sound

    by Shayde

    That's the sound of this show sucking. What the hell is Fox thinking? Oh, right... they aren't. Laughed once... and that was at the Charles Nelson Reilly voiced alien. Fox network execs need to ALL be fired.

  • Feb. 9, 2005, 1:54 p.m. CST

    South Park is losing it's edge?

    by DomisInnerChild

    Did you actually see the last few episodes? "Hail Satan!" and Paris Hilton hacking up cum still get laughs months after they aired.

  • Feb. 9, 2005, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Fox to dump Arrested Dev for this crappy Dad

    by Agent_99

    Fox has cut short its order of episodes for Arrested Development. They are moving American Dad into Arrested's timeslot. And there is a big huge rumor that Arrested is not getting picked up for a 3rd season. So let's see: less of the funniest show in years for more of the lame-ass jokes from McFarland? Good going, Fox!

  • Feb. 9, 2005, 5:15 p.m. CST

    south park

    by symphy

    agreed -- the woodland critter christmas episode may very well have been the best south park episode, ever. They've been incredible this season.

  • Feb. 9, 2005, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Tragedy (AD getting booted, AD?)

    by SmarkJobber

    "Arrested Development" has more genuine humor in one episode than an entire box set of "Family Guy." Seth McFarlane is a pox against comedy. It's bad enough his shows just plain suck and wallow in derivativeness, but for Fox to downsize "Arrested Development" (an original, smart, and yes, funny show -- the only sitcom I've watched religously in years) so "Family Guy II" can air in its timeslot is downright fuck-ed up!

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Lefties hate American Dad

    by INWOsuxRED

    McFarlan is a lefty, or at least that is what he said when he was on Air America. That being said, his shows still suck. Hopefully Arrested Development can somehow wind up on HBO in an hour block with Curb Your Enthusiasm. No need to watch FOX anymore on Sundays!