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Family Guy Volume 2 sees the return of America's most outrageous animated family with all 21 Season Three episodes, plus one never-before-seen episode - "When You Wish Upon A Weinstein" banned from TV, and only available in this collection!
In this hilarious final volume, the Griffin family faces all-new dilemmas, including Brian's unintentional foray into directing porn, Stewie's rants on national TV, Meg's date with a nudist and Lois' Yuletide insanity.
Meanwhile, Peter is surprised to discover Lois was once a groupie, and his son, Chris, is more "endowed" than he is.
The third and final season of Seth MacFarlane's late, lamented Family Guy finds television's most dysfunctional cartoon family even more animated than usual. As MacFarlane notes in a bonus segment about the controversial series' censorship battles, he was inspired to go for broke, thinking that the series, already juggled like a hot potato in the schedule (at one point, it aired opposite the mighty Friends), had been cancelled. Just as Spinal Tap walked the fine line between "clever and stupid," so did Family Guy gleefully mock the line between "edgy and offensive." Case in point is this set's holy grail: "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein," not aired during the series' original run, in which clueless Rhode Island patriarch Peter Griffin is convinced that if his lumpen son is to be rich and successful, he must become Jewish.
Like The Simpsons, Family Guy lends itself to multiple viewings to catch each densely packed episode's way-inside "one-percenter" gags (so-called by the creators because that is the percent of the audience who will get them), scattershot pop-culture references, surreal leaps, and gratuitous pot shots at everyone from, predictably, Oprah, Kevin Costner, and Bill Cosby to, unpredictably, Rita Rudner. Also like their Springfield counterparts, this series benefits from a great ensemble voice cast, with surprising contributions from a no-less-stellar roster of guest stars. Yes, that's actually Kelly Ripa as her "real" self, a heart-devouring alien in "Family Guy Viewer Mail #1," and June Foray popping in as Rocky the Flying Squirrel in "Brian Does Hollywood." Family Guy's stock has recently risen with its addition to Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim" lineup, a much better fit than prime time. To see Peter invite Charles Manson to a party for Sharon Tate ("but only if you don't embarrass me") is to marvel how much of this ever got on the air. Happily, it is on DVD. --Donald Liebenson
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Which means that it is time to get this DVD and get caught up.
Featuring 22 episodes from the third season, this DVD showcases the further adventures of the borderline-insane Griffin family and their dysfunctional neighbors, all of whom contribute something unique to the comedic mosaic. The standouts are Stewie, the megalomaniacal toddler, Brian, the sarcastic, martini-sipping family dog, and Quagmire, the womanizing swinger who is funny when he scores, and even funnier when he doesn't.
Comparisons will be made, justly, to the Simpsons. While there are some similarities, Family Guy is far more extreme and over-the-top, and will appeal to anyone look for a seriously politically incorrect comedy.
Highest possible recommendation.
Following the 11 month hiatus, Seth brings the Griffin family back for what is often cited as the funniest of the seasons. The third season features "The Thin White Line", featuring Brian's personal struggle with a cocaine addiction, while taking many pop culture shots at breakfast cerial magnate Toucan Sam and late night mainstay David Letterman. "Brian wallows and Peter's Swallows" contains the Emmy winning song, written and performed by none other then Seth MacFarlane, recounting life in America over the years the agoraphobic elderly woman has missed. The follow-up to "The Thin white Line" finds Brain as a struggling screenwriter in Hollywood, with special guest appearences by porn legends Jenna Jameson and Ron Jeremy.
Fans of Family Guy must not despair, as the what was thought of as the last season of Seth's short lived endeavor will return for a fourth season, and Seth has once again cajoled most of the writers to return, and once again reassembling the veteran Hollywood voice talents to return.
Peter Griffin-a lazy, stupid fat guy and main character
Lois Griffin-his sexy wife
Stewie Griffin-a surprisingly mature baby genius
Chris Griffin-a relatively stupid fat kid
Meg Griffin-the unpopular loser
Brian Griffin-their witty, alcoholic, talking dog
Quagmire-Peter's horny friend who is in love with Lois
Joe-Peter's disabled police officer friend
Tricia Takinawa (after doing a documentary on sex by sleeping with Quagmire) - "I have a question for you, sir-"
Quagmire - "And I have a question for you-Why are you still here?"
Lois-"Peter, can you fix the bathroom pipe? Its been leaking for days-"
Peter-"-I already did"
Lois-"...No you didn't, its still leaking"
Peter-"No Way! I will give you all my Star Wars guys if I'm wrong! Except for BobbaFet. No matter how sure I am, I never risk the Fet-Man"
Meg (while in 'the south')-"...and in the north, glasses are really sexy"
Hick boy-"Wow, she's really sumthin'.Read more ›
This Vol. 2 collection of season 3 is the high point in Family Guy's short life. While seasons 1 and 2 were funny, season 3 hit on all cylinders. The humor is jam packed in these episodes and if you watch them multiple times you will begin to notice subtle jokes and inuendos never before seen. This is definatly a must-buy if you like to laugh and are not looking to be offended.
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who cant love the family guy ... this series will not disappoint ... a lot of laughs in this seriesPublished on April 2 2013 by Gregory A. Boshaw
When I first saw Family Guy I valiantly defended it against the criticisms levelled at it. However, this season following on from the first season which was really good, does... Read morePublished on June 23 2009 by Neil Olsen
family guy dvds are actually what got them back on t.v it sold over 90 milions of its dvds vol1 and 2.if they didnt put family guy on dvd the show woudnt have come back. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2006 by T. Skylar
For a show that managed to come back from being cancelled by Fox, it was great to have it on DVD to watch all of Seth's great work. A great show and a great DVD set. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2006 by Jeff Summers
This show copies of the Simpsons like heck, as I said in my other review for Family Guy Seaon 1&2. Sure, it's funny, but I just can't let that slide in the reviews any more. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2005 by RICK
I love family guy. This is one of the best cartoons ever if not the best. It can be better then the Simpsons.Pure respect to the creator of this show. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2004
Hilarious, funny, super funny, hilarious, I thought I'd die laughing. Plus Lois is a babe! If this isn't comedy at it's best then I guess I'm wrong cause I think it's comedy at... Read morePublished on Sept. 14 2004 by Kilgore
hey, this is amazing, all family guy stuff is. the best episodes are the, the thin white line, and brian does hollywood. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2004