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

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 15th 2010 6:00AM
'The Cleveland Show' - 'Little Man on Campus'['The Cleveland Show' - 'Little Man on Campus']

['Family Guy' - 'Baby, You Knock Me Out']

['American Dad' - 'Stan's Food Restaurant']

This week was all about characters stepping into new roles and finding out that you're never too old to realize your dreams, even if you didn't know they were your dreams. That was the case with Lois, as she embarked on an impromptu women's boxing career. Cleveland fought to recapture some of his high school glory by coaching the high school baseball team to the state championship. And Stan sought happiness in the restaurant business.

In each case, there was someone in the dreamer's corner, backing their play and really doing so for their own personal gain. Isn't that just how friends and loved ones are? In the case of Stan, he really should have known better. Roger?

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

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 8th 2010 10:50AM
'The Cleveland Show' - 'It's the Great Pancake, Cleveland Brown'['The Cleveland Show' Season 2, Episode 4 - It's the Great Pancake, Cleveland Brown']
['Family Guy' Season 9, Episode 4 - 'Halloween on Spooner Street']
['American Dad' Season 6, Episode 3- 'Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls']

It must be frustrating for creators of Fox shows to have to deal with the baseball post-season often pushing their Halloween-themed episodes off of the actual holiday. This year, the Halloween festivities are a week later on Fox Sunday.

The night kicked off with the latest installment of the 'Treehouse of Horror,' but it was all Seth MacFarlane after that. And we learned a few things about what Seth thinks Halloween is all about.

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Sundays With Seth: 'American Dad' Celebrates Its 100th Episode

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 4th 2010 3:00PM
'American Dad' - '100 A.D., Part 1'['The Cleveland Show' - 'Cleveland Live!' Season 2, Episode 2]
['Family Guy' - 'Excellence in Broadcasting' Season 9, Episode 2]
['American Dad' - '100 A.D., Part 1' season premiere recap]

The whole band got back together, so to speak, to celebrate the 100th episode of 'American Dad.' As Seth MacFarlane said in the dramatic introduction to the "live" episode of 'The Cleveland Show,' " 'American Dad' 's a show, too." It is indeed, Mr. MacFarlane. It is indeed.

But it wasn't 'American Dad' that offered us a special "live" edition to celebrate this momentous milestone. Instead, they promised to kill off 100 side characters that we'd come to know and love over five seasons of the series. What's that? You didn't know there'd been that many? Well, that's kind of the point.

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

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 27th 2010 12:15PM
'Family Guy' - 'And Then There Were Fewer'
['Family Guy' - 'And Then There Were Fewer' season premiere recap]
['The Cleveland Show' - 'Harder, Better, Faster, Browner' season premiere recap]

Last season, 'Family Guy' really started to come together toward the back half when it put less of its energy on random cutaways and spent more time on a cohesive plot. This re-energized the series and brought us some of its sharpest episodes yet.

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Sundays With Seth: Cleveland Strikes Back

by Jason Hughes, posted May 24th 2010 9:20AM
'The Cleveland Show' - 'You're the Best Man, Cleveland'The more hardcore fans of 'Family Guy' had probably already seen tonight's season finale hour-long spoof of 'The Empire Strikes Back.' Back in 2007, the series kicked off its sixth season with 'Blue Harvest,' an almost scene-by-scene parody of the original 'Star Wars.' This time around, the same attention to detail went into the making of 'Something, Something, Something Dark Side.'

Next to that, the events of 'The Cleveland Show' looked incredibly tame. However, as an ending for its first season, the finale did a great job of wrapping the season up with a lot of love, and even four nods to its father series, 'Family Guy.'

The premise had Cleveland's mother and father reuniting, to Cleveland's horror. A subplot involved the reading of Cleveland's ex-wife Loretta's will, where Cleveland was even more horrified to find who she left everything to.

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Sundays With Seth: It's Just One Madcap Adventure After Another

by Jason Hughes, posted May 17th 2010 9:03AM
'Family Guy' - 'The Splendid Source''American Dad' had its season finale one week early, to make room for Seth MacFarlane's second 'Star Wars' spoof on 'Family Guy's' one hour season finale next week. So I expected the show to pull out all the stops and send the Smith family on some kind of crazy adventure. What I didn't expect was for all three shows to break out the action.

Throughout all three series we took a road trip to the nation's capital, shook down a crooked casino, found one of the world's best kept secrets deep in the jungles of a remote desert island, and faced a terror beyond imagining deep in the bowels of space.

It must be sweeps! If these were live-action shows, can you imagine the budget? Even with animation, there were computer-rendered three-dimensional shots, explosions and cars vaulting through the air. I felt like I was watching one summer blockbuster after another.

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