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Family Guy has the highest popularity rating on Fox Network. Once this series was taken off the air, it got a stronger fan base. Family Guy was the first television series to be put back on the air. Family Guy is the most controversial show on the air. Fox and the FCC are keeping a close eye on whatever Seth Macfarlane decides to throw at them.

 

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Specifically, Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy is representative of this new genre, and its
unique life in syndication invites a rhetorical criticism for the following reasons: (1) Family Guy
combines unique stylistic devices which function to create a pastiche text capable of consistently
violating the audience’s expectations; (2) Through the heavy use of intertextual and selfreflexive strategies, Family Guy nods to the increasing difficulty in distinguishing media from
reality, while also suggesting a reinterpretation of the term self-reflexivity; and (3) Family Guy,
targeted at 18-39 year-old males, includes extremely sexist commentaries which serve to mock
working-class male stereotypes while simultaneously subordinating working-class status.

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Lauren Walters

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In conclusion, Family Guy mocks almost every sensitive subject their is, whether that may be an event, or a person. I believe Family Guy teaches viewers to laugh at themselves. 

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In terms of “Family Guy” and its impact on cultural satire, Goldberg said he thinks the issue doesn’t revolve around whether or not the show takes things “too far,” but how certain aspects of the show interfere with one’s own personal beliefs.

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Family guy is just as offensive as any other adult cartoon such as South Park.

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Ironically, the opening song to Family Guy is satirical of the Griffin’s reliance on their
family television. In fact, Catherine Seipp of United Press International remarks that “the Family
Guy family watches a lot of TV, even more so than The Simpsons with their glassy-eyed
devotion to ‘Itchy and Scratchy’” (Seipp). Similar to The Simpsons’ opening scenes, many
Family Guy episodes launch with the family squeezed onto the couch and huddled down on the
floor, intently “tuned in” to their television, and promising viewers another television show about
watching television.

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The opening song to the show ends with the family sitting on or around the couch awaiting to watch televison. Most of the characters' time is spent in front of a television. More often than not, Family guy acctually incorporates what the characters' are watching on their television into the script. Viewers watching Family Guy will also be watching the television program the characters are watching.

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Family Guy has dealt with numerous political, moral and economic issues in society mostly by poking fun at world and government figures such as Hitler and past presidents and at the flaws in society such as loopholes in our legal system, poverty, crime, personal relationship problems and more. His abrupt, truthful and sometimes even offensive manner of facing these issues in his series is what really makes him a pioneer.

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Serious past events such as Hitler's time in power are spelled out in a manner of satire. This is what really makes Family Guy such a controversy.

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Among males 18 to 34, often cited as the most desirable demographic in advertising, Family Guy is the highest-rated scripted program in all of television. . . . It is the second-highest-rated show among males 18 to 49. It is among the most-downloaded shows on iTunes and the most-watched programs on Hulu, and it was the eighth most-pirated show of 2007 on BitTorrent sites.

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Family Guy is one of the few shows in television history to be cancelled and then picked up again by the same network. Originally, the series ran on Fox for three seasons (1999-2001) before it was dropped. During a two-year hiatus, DVDs raised Family Guy from cult status to widespread popularity. The show returned to Fox in May 2005 and begins a new season this fall, airing Sunday nights.

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The show was put on air again because of it's upset fanbase from the cancelation alone. Once Family Guy returned, the show became more popular than when it was first canceled.

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“The First Amendment is best applied in the broadest sense possible,” MacFarlane said to the crowd in Burns Back Court on the Westchester campus. “I owe my livelihood to the First Amendment. Without [it], I’d probably be standing here wearing a barrel with a stubby cigar like an old-timey hobo.”

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“Family Guy” is a cartoon social parody that has been at times controversial. For this reason, each episode is subjected to close scrutiny by Fox Networks and the Federal Communications Commission. Also, MacFarlane has been at the center of several lawsuits concerning trademarks and copyright infringement. He has also exercised his First Amendment rights in his personal life as a participant in the 2007-2008 Writer’s Guild of America strike and as a supporter of the gay and lesbian community.

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In the show Family Guy, the characters have referenced Fox Network and the FCC directly. This was an attempt to address an authority exercising the first ammendment.

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During college, he created his thesis film entitled The Life of Larry, which was the predecessor to The Family Guy. Seth is an Emmy Award-winning American animator, composer, writer, producer, actor, and voice actor. Other works besides Family Guy include another popular animated television series named American Dad!, and he recently began working on a spinoff from Family guy called The Cleveland Show, based around the life has also made several guest appearances as an actor on shows such as Gilmore Girls and The War at Home. Besides having a career in animation, Seth occasionally speaks at universities and colleges throughout the United States. Just recently, MacFarlane signed a deal with The Fox Broadcasting Company, for $100 million, making him the highest-paid television writer and producer in history.of the character Cleveland Brown, a character from Family Guy.

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Seth Woodbury MacFarlane created the show Family Guy. Seth was born on October 26, 1973 in Kent, Connecticut. In his early life as a young boy, he developed an interest in illustration and began drawing cartoon characters like Fred Flinstone and Woody Woodpecker. Later in his teenage years, he went to high school and then went on to study animation at the Rhode Island School of Design where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

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