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Family Guy is an animated comedy about the dysfunctional Griffin family. Head of the house is lazy drunk Peter, married to Lois, with dim son Chris, unattractive daughter Meg, evil genius baby Stewie and talking dog Brian. FOX 1999-???

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Episode 10 - FOX-y Lady

30 July 2009

Synopsis: Lois becomes a news reporter for FOX but Brian warns about their conservative bias. Meanwhile Peter and Chris create a show called Handi-Quacks to pitch to FOX.

The Good: The whole Handi-Quacks story is silly and predictable but fine for what it is. Peter just does have a natural comic air about him when he gets excited and the absurdity of his pitch keeps this interesting. Peter and Chris talking about Meg behind her back is fine. It’s a typical Family Guy exaggeration of a real life situation but starts to grow tiresome the more they rinse it.

Lois’ story is also fine. It’s hardly new to claim FOX news has a conservative bias though I suppose making the whole story about Fred Savage is certainly different. Throughout a few jokes do work ok. Peter drawing a duck version of Lois who he names “Bitch duck” was nice and straightforward. The satire of making an animated show was handled nicely at times; with Jo attempting to get his wife a job and Peter foolishly turning down the offer from FOX.

I also liked Peter’s new driving licence photo (of him looking drunk) which he hopes will fool cops into assuming that’s what he looks like normally when they pull him over for drunk driving.

Flashback ratio (good-medium-bad): 0-2-2

The Bad: It just felt like a lot more could have been done with either story to be funny or to just make a point. Lois clutching her breast in pain is a reminder of how annoying some Family Guy jokes can be and the usual assortment of sex jokes cross various lines of decency.

Best Joke: Lois takes Brian with her to FOX. She introduces him to her boss and Brian makes it clear what he thinks of him by saying “How’s it going Adolf?” He retorts “I’ll have you know my grandparents died in the Holocaust. Ha ha ha no I’m just joking. They were there though.”

The Bottom Line: More purpose in the plot and more jokes related to the story than usual.

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