I don't think Fox had banked on Family Guy being the success it did when it came out in 1999. They had banked on Futurama being the hit show and Family Guy just being filler material until they decided to pull the plug and put another show with an awful concept in it's place.
Even in the beginning, Family Guy got a bad wrap of being told it was nothing but a rip off of the Simpsons. And the Simpsons, who were obviously threatened by Family Guy's success took a shot at the show placing Peter Griffin in with Homer's reject clones.
Fox obviously thought Family Guy had no chance of being a success.
But they were absolutely wrong. Family Guy was a hit and Futurama was not the success they… Read more