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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Random Facts

Here are some random facts about Family Guy that you may not have known!

- The characters of Peter and Brian are based from to Larry and Steve from the shorts The Life of Larry (1995) and Larry & Steve (1996). They were both written and directed by Seth MacFarlane.

- Before Seth MacFarlane created the idea of a regular half-hour series, he conceived of the Griffin family appearing as characters in animated shorts to appear on "MADtv" (1995). Many of the regular voice actors (including Alex Borstein, Phil LaMarr, Debra Wilson and Nicole Sullivan) are Mad TV alumni. Alex Borstein was the first cast on this show and is the only "official" cast member as the voice of Lois Griffin.

- "Quahog," the name of the Griffin's hometown, is also the name of an edible clam. The bar the characters frequently visit, "The Drunken Clam", is a reference to this.
Brian's voice is simply Seth MacFarlane speaking normally.

- Seth MacFarlane based the voice of Peter Griffin on a security guard he knew while going to college.

- Stewie's voice is based on Rex Harrison.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Musical Numbers Monday - Drunken Irish Dad

This weeks song is 'Drunken Irish Dad'. Unfortunately there is no video to accompany the sound due to copyright reasons.

The song is from the episodes 'Peters two Dads' - Season 5 episode 10.
It is a parody of 'My Bonnie Irish Girl' in the Walt Disney Film Darby O'Gill & The Little People.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Family Guy News

The 'News' posts will consist of the upcoming and recent episodes, as well as video previews and other up-to-date information.

Upcoming New Episodes
'Tiegs for Two' which airs April 10th on FOX. Brian enlists Quagmires help to find love, but things go downhill when they begin to compete for their ex's. Meanwhile, Peter becomes angry when the local dry cleaner looses his shirt. It's the 14th Episode for the 9th Season.

'Brothers and Sisters' which airs April 17th on FOX. When Lois' sister marries Adam West, they move into the Griffin household to be one big happy family. However not everyone is fond of the idea. It's the 15th Episode for the 9th Season.

'Its a Trap', the Third installment of the Star Wars series, is said to premier on Television sometime during the 9th Season.

Recent Episodes
'Trading Places' which aired 20th March on FOX.
Peter and Lois trade places with Meg and Chris to prove how hard it is to live their life.

'The hand the rocks the Wheelchair' which aired on 6th March on FOX.
Meg falls in Love with Joe and Stewie comes to realise that he was not as evil as he used to be and makes an evil clone of himself.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Character Profiles - Brian

Brian Griffin is an 8-year-old talking white Labrador who has lived with the Griffin family since Peter picked him up as a stray. He also possesses various anthropomorphic qualities, such as the ability to speak intelligently, drive a car, and walk bipedally. Earlier in the series, he used the catch phrase "Whose leg do you have to hump to get a dry martini around here?". He also has a particularly sharp wit. Peter is his best friend, despite Brian's vastly superior intelligence - on several occasions, Brian has had to explain Peter's inability to do various things, such as haggling over prices. In "Brian Goes Back to College", it is revealed that Brian went to Brown University in Rhode Island, but did not graduate.

Brian has a cultured background; he loves opera and jazz (he is a fan of John Coltrane) speaks fluent French and Tagalog, and is competent in Spanish. He is also a member of Mensa. He loves to sing and can imitate a barbershop quartet without accompaniment. He is an avid writer, having once been invited to write for The New Yorker, although he was fired once the magazine learned he did not graduate from college. He has also written a novel, although has made little progress other than the title Faster Than the Speed of Love, and a synopsis similar to the film "Iron Eagle III" (for which Stewie and Lois mock him) and has since been brought up several times throughout the series.

He is a smoker, an alcoholic and recovered cocaine addict. Brian discovered that his cocaine habit stemmed from his mother abandoning him for which he saw a therapist. He has also made references to either buying, being in possession of, or smoking marijuana in numerous episodes. In "420" he actually does a whole dance to the song A Bag of Weed. In "It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One", it is revealed he has a Ziggy tattoo. It is shown in "Brian & Stewie" he keeps a gun just in case he wants to commit suicide.