Who knew on January 31, 1999, when we watched the first show of Family Guy Full Episodes what a huge success it would be. As we know there are many animated shows that do very well on TV. Yet in turn we also know there are many that do not last at all. As well it’s also always unknown as to what people are going to think is funny and worth watching every week. Generally shows the depict any class of individuals that are below the perceived norm is usually a good bet. So maybe this was the right time for the entrance of the wonderful Griffin family.
The lovely Griffin families, quite the dysfunctional family, to everyone except the Griffin family. There is the father Peter, the mother Lois, daughter Meg, son Chris, baby Stewie and their anthropomorphic dog Brian. They all reside in their lovely hometown of Quahog. The creator of the Family Guy, Seth McFarlane, also lent his voice to this show as one of the Griffins as well as he was one of the producers. The very first episode was broadcast right after Super Bowl XXXIII and was watched by an estimated 22.01 million viewers. There was a lot of praise from most critics and generally was received very well. There was some dislike as to the themes of the shows, though the majority quite enjoyed the dysfunction of the Griffin family and the uniquely human acting dog.
The idea for Family Guy Full Episodes was conceived in 1995 by Seth MacFarlane. He created his thesis film The Life of Larry which was submitted to Hanna-Barbera and he was hired by the company. In 1996 MacFarlane created a sequel to it called Larry and Steve, which Larry was a middle aged man and a dog named Steve. This short was broadcast and Fox saw it and called MacFarlane and the rest is history, as they say. The characters of Peter and Brian were inspired by the Larry show and expanded from there. MacFarlane was well on his road to fame with his new show Family Guy. There were seven episodes in the opening season which ran from January 1999 to May 1999. Let’s take a look at each of the shows:
Death has a shadow
This was the very first show ever of Family Guy. The show starts with Peter applying for welfare after he lost his job. He does this to support his family, then he gets a cheque in the mail. They have misplaced the decimal point and the check is for $150,000, Peter takes the cheque and uses it to buy lavish gifts for the
family. When Lois gets the real cheque in the mail she, always being the logical one, is upset at Peter. Wanting to make Lois happy Pater and Brian drop the surplus money out of a blimp above and during Super Bowl XXXIII. Both are arrested for their antics and taken to jail. Lois, explaining the situation, pleads with the courts to be lenient.
I never met the dead man
This is the show where Peter becomes addicted to TV. While driving Meg home Peter is distracted from TV in one of the homes they drive by. He crashes into the cities cable transmitter, and reception is down for all of Quahog. He does convince his daughter Meg to take the blame for him. When Meg confesses that Peter did do it the whole town turns on him. That is until dear Lois once again steps forward to save him. This does work temporarily and Peter inspired takes his family all over to different functions. He then meets William Shatner. Meg, learning how to drive, hits a rainstorm where she kills Shatner and injures Peter.
Chitty Chitty Death Bang
This is the show for Stewies first birthday. Peter accidentally loses the reservation for the birthday party. Peter needs to try another plan for a party and when he fails to do so he reroutes a circus parade into his backyard. Meanwhile Stewie confuses his birthday with the Man in White who delivered him as an infant. He thinks he’s coming back to put him back into Lois’ womb. Peter gives Meg permission to go to a friend’s party, which actually turns into a cult party and they are all going to do mass suicide. Before Meg can drink the drink Peter stops her. The cult leader notices Meg didn’t drink the drink and puts on his white robe and heads to her house. Stewie sees the cult leader traps and kills him thinking he is the Man in White.
Mind over Murder
Stewie begins teething and Lois tells him the pain will go away in time so he builds a time machine. Meanwhile Lois asks Peter to take Chris to a soccer game, while there Peter punches a pregnant lady in the tummy and is put under house arrest. Peter getting bored being at home opens a bar in his basement so he can see his friends. Lois doesn’t like this idea till she gets to sing at the bar. Peter becomes jealous. A cigarette starts a fire and they attempt to escape. Stewies time machine takes everyone back to when Peter was asked to take Chris to the game; he then destroyed the time machine.
A Hero Sits Next Door
After Peter injures the newest Happy Go Lucky employee during softball practice he is ordered to find a replacement. Meanwhile Lois is welcoming the new neighbors. Peter hears Joe, the new neighbor, used to play ball so invites him to be the replacement. He then discovers Joe is in a wheelchair. Despite the chair Joe helps them to win the game and Peter is jealous of course. In attempts to become a hero Peter tries to stop a bank robber. He ends up hostage until Joe saves him. This is disappointing to Peter yet his family tells him they are proud.
The Son Also Draws
Show #6 starts with Chris being ejected from the youth scouts when he ran over the troop leader with a car. Peter is mad and packs the family in the car to take Chris back. At a pit stop at a Native American Casino Lois becomes addicted and loses the family car. Peter pretends to be Native American to get it back. He is sent on a vision quest to prove this and Chris goes with him. They return to the casino and get the car.
Brians Portrait of a Dog
A heat wave has hit Quahog. Wanting to buy air conditioning the Griffins ask Brian to enter a dog show for the $500 first place prize. The show covers arguments between Brian and Peter and in the end Brian is back home.
This is just a recap of the first season, and what a season. Family Guy Full Episodes has caught the hearts of millions and they are anticipating the seasons to come. It’s exciting to see what MacFarlane has in store for next year.