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Family Guy gets The New Yorker treatment

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 9th 2006 9:09PM
Brian the DogOf all the shows on TV, the last one I ever expected to see reviewed in the pages of The New Yorker was Family Guy. Not that the show doesn't have any sophisticated humor; it's just that the sophistication is buried so deep under fart jokes and silly flashbacks that I figured it would never enter The New Yorker's radar screens. So you can imagine my surprise when I opened my copy of the lastest issue this afternoon and saw this positive review by Nancy Franklin (the review also mentions American Dad, largely in negative terms. Franklin even manages to squeeze in a mention of Drawn Together, which she liked, sort of).

The review mostly summarizes what most Family Guy fans already know about the show: it's cancellation, it's popularity on DVD and Adult Swim, and the show's resurrection. But you have to remember that Franklin needs to go back over this well-tred ground so the readers -- who probably don't overlap too much with the show's fans -- have an idea of what the show's about. Most interesting is the lead paragraph, where Franklin takes a roundabout road to saying how mostly men make cartoons because we were never trained to be Nice and Proper like women were.

Also funny are the fluffy character descriptions, like when Franklin characterizes Stewie as "foppish and maniacal, and creepily pansexual." Really. I kinda had a feeling Stewie was foppish. But I never would have pegged him as pansexual. I think.

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ErricZ

forz, i think you did not read the whole article:

"In an episode a couple of months ago, Brian got a job at The New Yorker. On his first day, he found out that there were no toilets in the bathrooms; the people who worked there, he was told, didnt need them, because they didnt have anuses. Later that day, Brian was fired when the editor discovered that he hadnt graduated from college. Were all terribly sorry that Brian had such a bad experience, and wed like him to know that he can come back anytime. There will always be a toilet here for him."

January 12 2006 at 3:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
forzaq8

i think they didn't see the episode where brain write for The New Yorker

January 10 2006 at 3:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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