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Sundays With Seth: 'American Dad' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 28th 2011 8:45AM
'American Dad' - 'I Am the Walrus'['American Dad' - 'I Am the Walrus']

In case you were missing the Smith family on Sundays, FOX wanted to make sure you noticed them by airing a special episode at a special time right after 'Family Guy.' No, not a new episode of 'Family Guy,' but a repeat.

Maybe they thought they'd catch the people tuning in hoping to find a new 'Cleveland Show.'

Honestly, I can't figure out FOX's strategy with the way they schedule and air these shows on their Sunday night lineup. They mix-and-match repeats and new airings like crazy. I guess they're hoping people will tune in each week for the ones that are new and malaise will set in and they'll stay through the repeats?

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

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 21st 2011 8:30AM
'The Cleveland Show' - 'To Live and Die in VA'['Family Guy' - 'Trading Places']
['The Cleveland Show' - 'To Live and Die in VA']


This week was about stepping outside of your life. Sometimes, doing so can give you a whole new respect for what you have, while other times it can spotlight what you've maybe missed out on.

Our two Seth MacFarlane entries this week took that premise and ran with it, one in each direction.

'Family Guy' went down the fairly cliché route of having the parents switch family roles with the kids. Then, on 'The Cleveland Show,' it was Lester's turn to explore what his life could have been like had he not settled down with Kendra.

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Sundays With Seth: 'The Cleveland Show' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 14th 2011 8:45AM
'The Cleveland Show' - 'The Way the Cookie Crumbles'['The Cleveland Show' - 'The Way the Cookie Crumbles']

Things were lonely on Seth MacFarlane watch this week, with only 'Cleveland' turning in a new episode. I guess Cleveland was missing his friends from Quahog as well because the episode featured far more cutaways than its usual average.

'Cleveland' is usually a show that relies heavily on its plots and stories, and yet in this installment the cutaways offered perhaps the biggest laughs.

Maybe the writers had an inkling that this story, while well told and emotionally well balanced, was lacking in the yucks department so they fell back on the old tried and true.

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

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 7th 2011 9:15AM
'Family Guy' - 'The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair'['Family Guy' - 'The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair']
['The Cleveland Show' - 'The Blue, the Gray and the Brown']


Stan Smith must have been called away on some big-time CIA mission because 'American Dad' is off the schedule until the end of the month. Luckily, we still got a solid hour of Uncle Seth's special brand of humor. That meant yet another original song on 'The Cleveland Show' and yet another drawn-out fight on 'Family Guy.'

Still, I thought these were a couple of pretty solid installments. 'Cleveland' took an intelligent look at the issue of slavery and Civil War re-enactments, while 'Family Guy' showed us what would happen if Stewie had no conscience at all. It's not pretty.

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

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 21st 2011 8:05AM
'American Dad' - 'You Debt Your Life'['American Dad' - 'You Debt Your Life']
['Family Guy' - 'German Guy']
['The Cleveland Show' - 'Terry Unmarried']


While 'Cleveland' seemed to tackle the most serious issues, 'Dad' had the most laugh-out-loud moments and 'Family Guy' just came together as an all-around excellent episode. It was one of the new brand of 'Guy' episodes that featured a tighter plot and fewer cut-away gags. What that means is, more jokes that are organic to the actual storyline.

'American Dad,' on the other hand, managed to be brilliant with one very simple joke: Andy Dick is Roger.

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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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The Boys Get Busted When Tim Installs a Nanny-Cam in Their Truck on 'The Cleveland Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 24th 2011 3:59AM
'The Cleveland Show' - 'Like a Boss'It always sounds like it would be a great idea if one of your friends becomes your boss. Visions of half-days and sanctioned slacking off dance through your head. Unfortunately, the reality rarely delivers quite so generously, as Cleveland discovered on 'The Cleveland Show' (Sun., 9:30PM on FOX).

When Tim the Bear took a promotion that put him over Cleveland and Terry, the boys thought they were going to be able to get away with anything. Actually, they were just hoping to continue their usual slacking off and get away with it.

Unfortunately, Tim decided to install nanny-cams in the installation trucks to assess productivity. What he caught was a string of events that became more and more difficult to justify.

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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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The Fair Provides Father/Stepson Bonding on 'Cleveland Show' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 10th 2011 10:20AM
Rallo at the Fair on 'Cleveland Show'On 'The Cleveland Show' (Sun., 9:30PM ET on FOX), Donna insists that her husband work on their blended family and bond with his stepson Rallo. Things aren't going well, until Rallo spies a fair and wants to go.

"Paying five dollars to throw darts at a ballon for a Def Leppard cocaine mirror? Well, maybe that could be fun," says Cleveland. But instead, all the prizes are unlicensed knock-offs such as "Brat Simpson" and "Family Dude's Stevie."

Rallo Pulls Stewie's Stevie's cord, and the doll says, "I'm gaaay." Then the boy's off to "go poke a comatose goat."

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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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'Family' Guys Visit 'Cleveland Show' for Beer Walk (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 6th 2010 10:00AM
'Family Guy' Visits 'Cleveland Show'Cleveland has a creative way of raising money for his wife Donna's charity: a Beer Walk. On 'The Cleveland Show' (Sun., 8:30PM ET on FOX), he and his buddies will got sponsors to donate money for every beer they drink.

In a handy guest appearance/crossover, Cleveland's old friends from 'Family Guy' show up to assist (read: drink). What do Cleveland's new friends think of Peter, Quagmire and Joe? "Gay! Gay!"

"Really progressive-thinking friends you got there, Cleveland," Peter tells him. (Glenn) Quagmire says, "Yeah, I guess they like to throw around negatively inflected labels."

"You guys are the gays!" yells Joe. Then Donna approaches Joe and asks the wheelchair-bound friend a very personal question.

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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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'Cleveland Show' Browns Celebrate Thanksgiving with Las Vegas 'Natives' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Nov 29th 2010 10:30AM
'Cleveland Show' Spends Thanksgiving in Las VegasThe Browns did Thanksgiving Vegas-style on 'The Cleveland Show' (Sun., 8:30PM ET on FOX). Regardless of their varied experiences in the city, the family united for a big traditional feast.

Cleveland gave the toast: "It was the first Thanksgiving where civilized people came together with a bunch of godless savages -- much like today, as my family breaks bread with you, the human garbage of Las Vegas." He proceeded to welcome some Sin City natives, including "leathery showgirl, joyless blackjack dealer ... creepy rape-vibe Carrot Top [and] my sons' escort." Ah, Thanksgiving togetherness.

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