Is it just me, or has Family Guy been downright dreadful recently? I watched Sunday's episode and couldn't help but be infuriated. Thank you, Seth Macfarlane, for playing the entire "Dancing In The Street" video during the middle of the show. I'm sure it helped save on animation time. The hilarious thing is that they probably had to pay a boat-load of money to get rights for the video, so it is doubtful it saved money, just the physical time of animating an actual cartoon and/or writing actual jokes.
I've read sub-par reviews for the first few episodes of South Park this season, but I have to admit, South Park is much, much funnier than Family Guy. In fact, American Dad is much, much funnier than Family Guy. Cleveland Show is hit or miss for me.
So what's the problem? Is Seth Macfarlane spreading himself too thin by having 63 animated shows and hosting Comedy Central Roasts? I can't figure it out, but I'll tell you what I can figure out- that an hour long episode with Stewie and Brian trapped in a bank vault is not a funny premise and it was executed even worse.
This is not to say that I never, ever laugh during any episode. I'm sure there are chuckles here and there, but as a whole, the show seems to be lacking. Sure, South Park or The Simpsons will have their ups and downs during the years, but both shows stay consistently funny. I'm afraid Family Guy could be going the way of Bob's Burgers (never seen the show, just assuming it's not good.)
So what can they do? Well, for starters, let's make Stewie a badass again. We get it. He's overcompensating for his potential homosexuality. Just drop the soft stuff and get back to Stewie trying to kill Lois and dominate the world. "Victory is mine!"
In fact, bring all the characters back to their roots. Peter needs better shenanigans. Give a 12-pack of Pawtucket Patriot Ale and have him go to town. Feature Quagmire more. Let Brian fall in love with another dog or something- who knows? If I was a writer, I'd work for them and help them out. As it stands, I'm just a terrible blogger who is not finding recently Family Guy episodes funny. "You know what really grinds my gears..."