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American Dad: It's Good to be the Queen

by Ryan j Budke, posted Feb 27th 2006 11:38AM
american dad; fox; cartoonEveryone who watches American Dad knows that Stan Smith is a shallow guy. Heck, if it was your first time watching American Dad, you'd get that in about five minutes, because it's pounded over you head again and again and again and... You get the point, we ALL get the point. This is my biggest problem with the show, it's like a skipping record, we just keep seeing the same thing over and over. The occasions where the needle actually gets back on track are awesome, but the monotony is ridiculous. Speaking of monotony, on with the show!

American Dad suffers from what I'm going to call the "According to Jim syndrome". This is where the main character's (in this case, Stan Smith) negatives far far outweigh his positives, leaving you to wonder why his wife puts up with him, let alone is still with him. Sure, Peter Griffin and Homer Simpson are two complete idiots too, but in Family Guy's case, it's just so out-there that it doesn't matter, and Lois doesn't really seem to mind, and when it comes to Homer, both us as the audience and Marge realize that his heart is in the right spot. Fran Smith, on the other hand, doesn't really seem to like her husband very much, spends every episode fighting with him, and it's just very tedious.

This week we saw him wreck everything with Fran's 20th high school reunion, just so he could have a dance with the homecoming queen, someone he thought was his wife. This wasn't anything we haven't seen on the show since the beginning. As with The Simpsons last night, the sub-plot missed it's mark for me too. I think I can kind of see what they were trying to do with the "Pizza Jesus", Roger and Steve, but it once again, wasn't funny for me.

I think this show could be brilliant, and has been a couple of times in the past, but for the most part is just very "blah" for me. It didn't help that it followed after one of the funniest Family Guys of this season. If the American Dad crew can get themselves out of this rut, I'll be looking forward to it more and more. Let me know what you think.

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And the author of this article has what I like to call "Still Holding On To Post-Cancellation Family Guy" syndrome.

It is absolutely DISGUSTING that this person is willing to make so many unsubstantiated excuses to trash this show. Like for instance, he says that the show continually reminds us that Stan is shallow and we continue to have this point drilled into our heads. And we don't get the same treatment with Peter's stupidity? But then he tries to cover for Peter by saying that his ridiculousness is so off-the-wall that it doesn't matter. Yeah, nice cover....that COMPLETELY excuses Family Guy in this area, and in his words, "just doesn't matter." Yeah, it's that simple, apparently. Incredible.

He also explains that tonight's episode contains stuff that "wasn't anything we haven't seen on the show since the beginning." I waited with bated breath as I moved to the next sentence to read the example, but lo and behold, none was to be found. Such an incredible accusation, but nothing to back it up (remember when I remarked about the "unsubstantiated excuses to trash this show"? Well, there was MY example).

This guy needs to let go of Family Guy. After it was cancelled, McFarlane invested his time and energy into THIS show...which is why post-cancellation, Family Guy was reduced to "Lost"-eqsue mile-a-minute flashbacks, lame sight-gags, and totally unfunny singing sequences that drag on longer than necessary (like that Shadoopy crap. I mean, what in the HELL was that?).

American Dad's intimidation is obviously breeding hatred for this show and devoted, sheep-like loyalty for Family Guy, even though it undoubtedly sucks now.

February 27 2006 at 11:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The best part of Fox's sunday lineup this week was definately the rerun of Family Guy. I love that epsiode so much. Also I laughed a lot during a preview for Fox's upcoming show, "Unan1mous", though I think that was supposed to be dramatic (seriously WTF?)

Oh no! Did I hit Crazy Stairs?

February 27 2006 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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