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April 16, 2017

Are you familiar with Family Guy? Who isn’t, right? Family Guy is one of the most popular animated television shows in history, winning countless awards and now chugging along strong into its fifteenth season. Family Guy depicts the life and antics of the Griffin family – Peter, Lois, Meg, Chris, baby Stewie, and talking dog Brian – and the other residents of their Rhode Island town of Quahog including notable fan favorites Greased Up Deaf Guy and Herbert the Pervert. The show is particularly known for its frequent cutaway scenes and references to pop culture of both days past and the modern era.
Created by Seth MacFarlane, Family Guy has ballooned into a massive empire worth around $2 billion. Its voice actors make $225,000 per episode, inching up to “The Simpsons” $400,000 per episode. The two shows have a (mostly) friendly rivalry, even creating an episode where the characters from both shows came together. Whether you’re a long-time superfan or just a casual viewer, in this list you’ll find out the answers to some of the most pressing questions regarding Family Guy, such as why Meg is so frequently abused and if Stewie is really gay. Find the answers to your biggest Family Guy questions in our list of 25 Family Guy Facts To Make You Say Giggity.

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Family Guy’s creator (and the voice actor for many of its characters), Seth MacFarlane, studied animation at the highly-regarded Rhode Island School of Design. His thesis was a short film about a witty dog and his owner, a concept which he was hired by Hanna Barbera to produce. (This is also the reason why the show has many cutaway spoofs of “The Jetsons” and “The Flintstones.”) Once Fox heard of the concept, they hired him to develop Family Guy.

Lois’ iconic phrase, “What the hell?” has appeared in almost every episode. When she doesn’t say it, another character says it in some way, and the only episode without this phrase is Season 3’s “From Method to Madness.”

Joe’s voice actor, Patrick Warburton, frequently receives calls from his mother – a devout Christian – begging him to quit the show. She even wrote the FCC asking it to ban the show.

Brian’s voice actor, Seth MacFarlane, basically uses his own voice for the talking dog – apropos since Brian is seen as the voice of reason throughout the show (and since some people speculate Brian is the actual writer of the show.)

Despite all the abuse or ridicule it seems Quahog Mayor Adam West takes, the real Adam West actually loves the show and voices his own character.

In the pilot episode, Lois had blond hair. The show’s designers decided to change it to orange, but they didn’t change Chris’ hair to match – hence why Chris is the only Griffin with blond hair.

Seth MacFarlane had a ticket booked on American Airlines Flight #11 on September 11, 2001. Due to a hangover, he was late to the airport and missed the plane which eventually crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Since MacFarlane voices most of the characters; listen for Dr. Hartman, Seamus the sailor, and Carter Pewterschmidt next time you watch the show. Fans of the show argue they all sound the same and that Peter and Ted (from the film of the same name) also sound the same.

During Family Guy’s initial production stages, the producers named each episode after a 1940’s mystery radio show, such as “I Never Met a Dead Man” for Season 1, Episode 2. Since the overly sulky titles didn’t match up well with the show’s comedic tone, this idea was abandoned early on.

Family Guy’s opening sequence has become pretty famous, but did you know it’s a direct parallel to the opening of the widely popular 1970’s sitcom “All in the Family”?

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