Family Guy, Vol. 1 (Seasons 1 & 2)
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Meet the Griffins: Peter, the big, lovable oaf who always says what’s on his mind. Lois, the doting mother who can’t figure out why her baby son keeps trying to kill her. Their daughter Meg, the teen drama queen who’s constantly embarrassed by her family. Chris, the beefy 13-year-old who wouldn’t hurt a fly, unless it landed on his hot dog. Stewie, the maniacal one-year-old bent on world domination. And Brian, the sarcastic dog with a wit as dry as the martinis he drinks. The animated adventures of his outrageous family will have your whole family laughing out loud.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #1685 in DVD
- Brand: Family
- Model: 3007wfp
- Released on: 2003-04-15
- Rating: NR (Not Rated)
- Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 4
- Formats: Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD, NTSC
- Original language: English, French, Spanish
- Subtitled in: English, Spanish
- Dimensions: .94 pounds
- Running time: 22 minutes
To the ranks of shows too brilliant and outrageous for prime time (The Ben Stiller Show, Andy Richter Controls the Universe), add Seth McFarlane's Family Guy. This animated series, which debuted after the 1999 Super Bowl, simply sparked too much controversy and offended too many sensibilities to survive (Entertainment Weekly dubbed it "the Awful Show They Just Keep Putting on the Air"). That the Fox network also played hackysack with its schedule, ensuring viewers would not be able to find it, sealed its fate (it was cancelled in 2002). This boxed set containing all 28 episodes from the first two seasons is payback for the show's devoted cult following, who may be moved to echo the words of infant Stewie Griffin, the megalomaniacal 1-year-old bent on matricide and world domination: "Victory is mine!"
The dysfunctional Griffins of Quahog, Rhode Island, invite comparisons to The Simpsons. The testicular-chinned father, Peter Griffin, is a clueless oaf in the Homer mold. "Peter, what did you promise me last night?" asks his long-suffering wife Lois in one episode. "That I wouldn't drink at the stag party," he replies. "And what did you do?" she asks. "Drank at the stag part--oh ho ho, I almost walked into that one," he cackles. Other family members include teenage daughter Meg, a desperate high school social pariah; 13-year-old son Chris, a chip off his father's blockhead; and Brian, the family's sarcastic talking dog. But this series' true inspiration is football-pated Stewie (voiced by McFarlane, who earned an Emmy), who was born to be a Bond villain once he escaped his mother's "ovarian bastille." Family Guy recklessly ventured where The Simpsons feared to tread. In one episode, Meg's one and only friend turns out to be the member of a suicidal cult. In another, Death (voiced by Norm McDonald) becomes an unwanted houseguest. Each episode plays fast and furious with surreal flashes (in one episode, Peter turns his house into a puppet) and pop-culture references and TV, movie, and commercial parodies that invite repeated viewings. Freed from its own family-hour bastille and the whims of dim network executives, Family Guy can be appreciated at last on its own profane, sacrilegious, and irreverent terms. Welcome to the DVD family, Griffins. --Donald Liebenson
All the episodes that aired in seasons 1 & 2
Family Guy only had a three season run (I think after a year of silence it's safe to say there won't be anymore). These two DVDs make up over half of the 50 episodes in the series. Despite what you may have heard, these 28 episodes entail every episode that aired in the first two seasons. Because of Season 1's late start, a lot of season 1 episodes were pushed into season 2, which in turn pushed some season 2 episodes into season 3.
The series starts of very strong for a first-time viewer. The episodes are packed tight with jokes and often go off on wild tangents. The early stories are a little weak, but they pick up in the second season where the series gets even more creative. Definately something that keeps getting better through the second season. The third season was a little weaker, so if you were only getting one of the two sets, I'd recommend this one.
If you've never seen Family Guy, then be warned: it's not for everyone. It's got crude humour, and isn't afraid to poke fun at just about anything, despite what popular opinion might be.
The DVD set also comes at a relatively cheap price, considering you're getting 28 episodes of Family Guy goodness. The third season set would most likely entail the other 21 episodes (22 if they include the unaired "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein") and thus in two purchases you can have all of Family Guy.
It was too smart & too good a show for TV....
"Family Guy" required attention, but it was well-worth the "effort." Smart, funny, sometimes even offensive, it never, ever disappointed. But quality TV doesn't always mean good ratings; this show will go on the long list of shows that died premature deaths because it was too hip for TV. Moments of this show pop into my mind from time to time, and I always find myself smiling and laughing when they do. Check this set out and get the same enjoyment that I have. This was one of television's very best.
One of the Funniest Animated Shows Ever Made.
Although I don't think the show was better than the older episodes of the Simpsons, I do think that during the time it was on the air it was better than the Simpsons. The show is really fond to pop-culture junkies or just people in need of a good laugh. Unfortunatly, FOX cancelled it and it's not coming back. To all of you angry fans that hate FOX for cancelling it, don't. It wasn't FOX's fault. The show stopped because the cast and crew split up. Luckily (in my opinion) South Park has been getting funnier. But still I'm thankful that the FOX production companies are immortalizing this classic series on DVD.
The thing I like most about Family Guy is the range of inteligence that it appeals to. Whether your a know-it-all super genious with high standards or a complete moron the show is sure to please because it's funny on so many levels.
For fans of the show this is a must buy. For newbies, find a friend who is a fan of the show. Unless your in the category of the pretensiously snobby, Family Guy is sure to please.