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'American Dad': Stan Replaces Roger With Andy Dick, Who Acts Just Like Him (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 21st 2011 4:36AM
Andy Dick replaces Roger, 'American Dad!'It's always fun when a celebrity does a guest voice on an animated series. A lot of times, they're even willing to have fun at their own expense. However, 'American Dad' (Sun., 7:30PM ET on FOX) smartly went with Nick Kroll to provide the voice of Andy Dick in their spoof of his off-screen antics.

After Roger moves out of the attic, Dick moves in. But, according to Francine, "You're renting the attic to someone who's exactly like Roger."

Anyone who's watched this show knows how insane Roger is, so it's absolutely hilarious to think of equating him to a real person. To drive the point home, we even got to see Dick behaving exactly like Roger does, in situations almost too bizarre to describe.

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Vince and His 'Lil' Entourage' Invade 'American Dad' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Feb 14th 2011 9:10AM
'Entourage' Spoof on 'American Dad'On 'American Dad' (Sun., 7:30PM ET on FOX), the heavily accented salesman at the retail shop isn't lying when he tells Steve and his buddy Snot that some pajamas that have piqued their interest may be bought out from under them.

"Just zis morning zhere vere four ozzer boys looking at these same very jammies," he warns. "They smacked of rich."

It seems an unlikely story, so the teens walk out. In saunter four boys who resemble kid-versions of Vince and his 'Entourage'.

Little Turtle yells, "Yo, Deutchland, ring those jammy-jams up 'cause we like 'em baggy and saggyyyy! ... Little Vince is throwing a sleepover, and Bindi Irwin is comin'!" Turtle, Johnny Drama, Vince and Eric all high-five. Yep, it's Lil' Entourage.

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Sundays With Seth: 'American Dad,' 'Family Guy' and 'Cleveland Show' Recaps

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 14th 2011 8:50AM
'American Dad' - 'A Pinata Named Desire'['American Dad' - 'A Pinata Named Desire']
['Family Guy' - 'Friends of Peter G.']
['The Cleveland Show' - 'A Short Story and a Tall Tale']


The gang reuinted this week, with all three Seth MacFarlane series back in new episodes. Apparently, FOX wasn't afraid of the Grammys at all, as they scheduled a full night of "Animation Domination."

The night started out with Stan and Roger competing over an acting position, moved through Peter and Brian coming to terms with their alcoholism, and wrapped with Cleveland's alcoholism getting him into trouble with the NBA. If only booze was factored into 'American Dad,' we would have had a cohesive theme.

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Sundays With Seth: 'American Dad' and 'Cleveland Show' Recaps

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 24th 2011 7:15AM
'American Dad' - 'Stanny Boy and Frantastic'['American Dad' - 'Stanny Boy and Frantastic']
['The Cleveland Show' - 'Like a Boss']


Growing up and growing older. With 'Family Guy' taking the week off, these were the themes explored in the other two Seth MacFarlane comedies.

I like when a comedy speaks to me on something I can relate to. And I think 'American Dad' was clever enough in approaching how our lives change as we get older in a way that both sides of the situation can relate to.

Those of us in the older demographics can feel for Stan and Francine wanting so desperately to be able to keep up with their young friends, while the youth among us can laugh about how lame old people are.

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Stan and Francine Struggle to Keep Up With Their Younger Friends on 'American Dad' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 24th 2011 1:10AM
'American Dad' - 'Stanny Boy and Frantastic'There's a reason most people hang out with other people around the same age as them. It's important to be able to keep up with your friends. On the latest 'American Dad' (Sun., 7:30PM on FOX), Stan and Francine got a chance to see just what they were made of in their middle years.

Trying to prove they could hang with the cooler, younger crowd, they agreed to a jog. Only, the meeting place was on the roof of a building, and it wasn't a jog they were singed on for. It was free running.

To Francine's credit, she was able to hang in there with the kids, but the picture wasn't nearly so pretty for Stan. He missed nearly every jump, and by the end of it. Well, let's just let the kids explain it for us.

"Dude, is that your shin bone?"

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Revenge of the Unappreciated Housewife on 'American Dad' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 17th 2011 8:55AM
Francine Gets Violent on 'American Dad'On 'American Dad' (Sun., 7:30PM ET on FOX), Francine has consistently maintained a stable home for her family, without complaint. Day after day she vacuums, launders their clothes, home-cooks every meal, goes grocery shopping and cleans the house.

What does she get in return? Roger smears deer blood all over the living room, for example. Time for Francine to get even -- in her dreams. She has a morbid fantasy about killing them all as they sit around the table. Stan's demise is the most gruesome: Francine decapitates him with a very large kitchen knife.

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Sundays With Seth: 'American Dad,' 'Family Guy' and 'Cleveland Show' Recaps

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 17th 2011 8:15AM
'American Dad' - 'Fart-Break Hotel']['American Dad' - 'Fart-Break Hotel']
['Family Guy' - 'And I'm Joyce Kinney']
['The Cleveland Show' - 'How Do You Solve a Problem Like Roberta?']


Well, things have certainly changed on the FOX Sunday lineup, and it looks like 'American Dad' is getting the short end of this particular stick. To make room for 'Bob's Burgers' in the post-'Simpsons' slot, FOX has shifted 'The Cleveland Show' to 9:30 PM ET, after 'Family Guy.' That move booted 'American Dad' to the top of the night, so to speak, at 7:30 PM ET.

Unfortunately, that's kind of before primetime even starts, and ratings history has shown that shows airing before 8 PM ET don't do so well in the ratings.

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Sundays With Seth: 'Family Guy' and 'Cleveland Show' Recaps

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 10th 2011 6:40AM
Drew Carey, 'Family Guy'['Family Guy' - 'New Kidney in Town']
['The Cleveland Show' - 'Ain't Nothing but Mutton Bustin'']


'American Dad' always seems to be the unloved stepchild of the FOX Sunday lineup. It gets pre-empted and bumped around more than anything, and this week was no exception.

With 'Bob's Burgers' premiering this week at 8:30PM ET, 'Cleveland' jumped to 9:30PM and 'American Dad' got the night off. When it comes back next week, it'll be in its new unfriendly 7:30PM timeslot.

That's where shows like ''Til Death' and 'King of the Hill' went when FOX didn't know what else to do with them but wasn't ready to put them down yet. Of course, if 'Bob' doesn't click with audiences, 'Dad' may be called back up to the big leagues before we know it.

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Sundays With Seth: 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad' Recaps (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 13th 2010 6:30AM
'Family Guy' - 'Road to the North Pole'['Family Guy' - 'Road to the North Pole']
['American Dad' - 'For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls']

This week, it was Cleveland's turn to take a break, aside from a quick cameo in the double-length 'Family Guy' Christmas special. I guess creator Seth MacFarlane is pretty excited to be in hi-def for this season of 'Family Guy,' because this is the second hour-long "epic" saga he's told in less than ten episodes this season.

The holiday special was the sixth installment in the 'Road to...' series of episodes that feature Brian and Stewie leaving Quahog to get into trouble, with musical numbers, in an ongoing homage to the classic 'Road to...' movies featuring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.

Their misadventures takes them to one of the most disturbing depictions of Santa Claus and the North Pole possibly ever seen on-screen. And yet, MacFarlane had an entirely different take on the jolly old elf ready in time for 'American Dad,' wherein the Smith family adopted a dangerous new holiday tradition.

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Stan Hunts for 'The Fugitive' Roger on 'American Dad' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 6th 2010 10:40AM
Roger Is The Fugitive on 'American Dad'On 'American Dad' (Sun., 9:30PM ET on FOX), Stan makes sure Roger is found guilty and given a prison sentence. However, the bus transporting the prisoner crashes, and Roger escapes. Tommy Lee Jones says he's the only guy who can capture the fugitive; but Stan soundly punches him out and commences his own pursuit.

Roger calls Stan's cell phone to taunt him while he hides out in a nail salon. "Roger, I don't care if I have to search to the ends of the earth!" Stan threatens.

Roger changes his disguise (sort of), but Stan still finds him. "Why was catching me so important?" asks the fugitive. Stan explains, "Because following the rules is hard work, and if I follow them, you should have to follow them too."

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Sundays with Seth: 'Cleveland Show' and 'American Dad' Recaps (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 6th 2010 7:00AM
'The Cleveland Show' - 'Murray Christmas'['The Cleveland Show' - 'Murray Christmas']
['The Cleveland Show' - 'Beer Walk!']
['American Dad' - 'The People vs. Martin Sugar']

For the second week in a row, 'Family Guy' took a break from the Seth MacFarlane line-up. Instead, we got a double-shot of'The Cleveland Show' so 'Family Guy' can air its hour-long Christmas episode next week. But, as we got surprise guest appearances from the cast of 'Family Guy' in both 'Cleveland' and 'Dad' this week, so it almost felt like they were right here where they belong.

Because it's been bumped from next week's holiday Seth-travaganza, 'Cleveland' had to air its holiday-themed episode tonight. It had a rather sweet message about love and family, so MacFarlane had to hurry up and get it out of the way so he could move on to more serious fare like the roles of men and women in the household, the importance of our justice system, and the tragedy surrounding the condition known as HLS.

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Sundays With Seth: 'The Cleveland Show' and 'American Dad' Recaps

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 29th 2010 7:00AM
'American Dad' - 'There Will Be Bad Blood'['The Cleveland Show' - 'Another Bad Thanksgiving']
['American Dad' - 'There Will Be Bad Blood']


Oddly, 'Family Guy' decided to skip the Thanksgiving festivities this year, instead airing a repeat. That left 'The Cleveland Show' and 'American Dad' to hold down the fort on their own in the Sunday Seth MacFarlane empire. Unfortunately, they dropped the ball in a major way, with two of the weakest installments yet for either series.

Both series took on the holiday, though 'Cleveland' only tangentially dealt with it. The episode was more of an exploration of the struggles in keeping the peace with extended family. 'Dad' was basically covering the same material, though to far more outrageous results.

In both shows, the siblings were completely different from one another, and apparently didn't communicate much. Donna's sister Janet is a wild child party girl who laughs at responsibility. Meanwhile, Stan learns that his brother isn't the poor half-Cherokee he's been assuming all these years. Instead, Stan's the poor one.

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'American Dad' -- Rich Brother, Poor Brother (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 29th 2010 6:43AM
'American Dad' -- Rich Brother, Poor BrotherA familiar Thanksgiving tradition -- once everyone is seated at the dinner table -- is hearing relatives yak about how absolutely great their lives are. But if your life is going badly (or if you're just polite and non-arrogant), another tradition is being stuck listening to people yapping about how awesome their lives are. Tonight's 'American Dad' (Sun., 9:30PM ET on Fox) took on both of these rich holiday traditions.

Every year, Stan Smith invites his half-brother Rusty (voiced by Lou Diamond Phillips) to his house in Langley Falls, Virginia. There, the Smith family lords it over their "poor" relative. For example, wife Francine takes the opportunity to brag about how her kitchen stove has four -- count 'em, four -- burners on it. Truly impressive.

But when Stan's son Steve gets overly rude about the "showing off in front of the impoverished relative" thing, Mr. Smith decides to teach his kid a holiday "lesson." ... But it's a lesson that backfires horribly.

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Jason Alexander Voices a Hypnotizing Shrink on 'American Dad' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 22nd 2010 9:00AM
Jason Alexander Voices a Hypnotizing Shrink on 'American Dad'Therapy is a valuable resource. It can unravel deep-seated psychological problems; it can even be used to broaden the mind. Unless you use it to hypnotize your wife every year for 20 years, that is. Which is the slight minor issue that comes up on tonight's 'American Dad' (Sun., 9:30PM ET on Fox).

If you've been wondering why Stan and Francine Smith have such a trouble-free marriage -- well, look no further. (Okay, not that they exactly have a trouble-free marriage. But considering that Stan is a sexist occasional psychopath -- it's fairly trouble-free.)

It turns out that Mr. Smith has been taking his wife to a shrink for two decades. He provides their therapist Sal (voiced by Jason Alexander) -- with a list of things for her to love and a list of things to forget. Seems like a foolproof plan!

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Sundays With Seth: 'The Cleveland Show,' 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad Recaps

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 22nd 2010 6:30AM
'Family Guy' - 'Brian Writes a Bestseller'['The Cleveland Show' - 'Fat and Wet']
['Family Guy' - 'Brian Writes a Bestseller']
['American Dad' - 'White Rice']


When you're thinking about a show that deals in such crude toilet humor like Seth MacFarlane's FOX triumvirate, I find they're at their best when dealing in satire and exploring genuine messages that relate to our lives. More significantly, they work because they can use the cover of being a silly cartoon to push buttons and make us face things that may otherwise be a little uncomfortable.

That's why I was so pleased to see that Uncle Seth imbued all three episodes with valid and controversial messages this week. Through the characters of Cleveland, Jr. and Kendra Krinklesac, MacFarlane had the perfect venue to explore the exploding obesity epidemic in America. 'Family Guy' dove headfirst into exploring these so-called inspirational self-help books that seem to dominate the sales charts.

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