Family Guy and The Simpsons
Responding to an old "slam" against Family Guy by Simpsons creators (a scene in which one of Homer's clones is none other than Peter Griffin) Seth MacFarlane says: "The Simpsons and Family Guy are really the only two shows of their kind of television, there'll be comparisons made." McFarlane is right, but I've never completely understood why so many people want to compare the two shows directly. To me, Family Guy has always been very much a cartoon that just happens to be on primetime while The Simpsons have always been an "animated sitcom." The Griffin family exist wholly in a cartoon world where one can have his head lopped off with a Frisbee and then be back good as new in the very next scene. That's not difficult to understand when you take into consideration MacFarlane's past work on shows like Johnny Bravo. The Simpsons, while it certainly uses the cartoon format to its advantage, never strays too far from quasi-reality. Yes, they're both popular shows about an animated family, but I think the similarities end there.