Head to Head – Family Guy

Welcome to the sixth installment of Head to Head, in which our Quickflix critics enter into a relentlessly bloody battle to the death based on the merits of a particular film (or in this case, TV show). This week, our critics get animated, and take on Family Guy.

DVDman will argue FOR the show and Simon Miraudo will argue AGAINST it. Let us know in the comments who you agree with. Let the bloodshed begin!

DVDman – 4/5

To accuse Family Guy of being a Simpsons rip-off is like saying Scary Movie is derivative, which only serves to illustrate that you’ve missed the point. The very fact that Fox gave Family Guy the green light when it has such striking similarities to The Simpsons proves that they are not playing to the same market and occupy entirely different spaces on the comedic landscape. Fair enough; both families are headed by an idiotic self-centred klutz, who rarely thinks before he speaks (Peter/Homer) and both have well-intentioned wives who are constantly trying to undo the wrongs committed by their blundering husbands (Lois/Marge), but Family Guy goes where The Simpsons dares not. It pushes the envelope to limits rarely matched on TV and because it is usually channelled through an evil-genius baby and a talking dog, it’s all OK. The show isn’t always side-splittingly funny, but it is hard to ignore the biting satire and foolish to suggest it’s edgy just for the sake of being edgy. What other show could get away with an exchange like this:

Interviewer: [Peter is at a job interview] So, Peter, where do you see yourself in ten years?
Peter Griffin:
[thinks] Don’t say doin’ your wife, don’t say doin’ your wife… [out loud]
Peter Griffin: Doin’ your, er… [sees photo of interviewer on the beach with his wife and son
Peter Griffin: … son? [interviewer’s shocked expression]


Simon Miraudo – 1/5

Sure, we’ve all had a giggle at Family Guy. It’s silly; it’s got a talking dog and an evil-genius baby. There’s nothing wrong with that. Except … there IS something wrong with Family Guy. Something EVIL… OK, it’s not evil. But anything this derivative shouldn’t receive the adulation it (bizarrely) receives. And I ain’t talking derivative of The Simpsons, because let’s face it, that show has covered every possible animated scenario imaginable. Family Guy is more concerned with referencing whatever pop cultural event is the thing of the moment, kind of like a weekly Disaster Movie. The show mistakes the ingenious satirical edge of The Simpsons, South Park and Futurama with explicit and often random references to sex, violence and drugs because … they can? Because it’s edgy? Because people can watch and say “oh no they didn’!” When Family Guy is the height of societal satire, society needs an overhaul.

Now it’s over to you! Who do you agree with? Do you think like DVDman, and believe that Family Guy is on par with The Simpsons? Or do you side with Simon, and believe that Family Guy is a sin of Date Movie proportions? Let us know! Choose your side! There can only be one winner!

Previous Head to Head’s

Shakespeare in Love – Winner: Simon
American Gangster – Winner: Simon
Crash – Winner: Simon
No Country for Old Men – Winner: DVDman

One Response to “Head to Head – Family Guy”

  1. This one belongs to DVDMan. Family Guy serves as a release for un-PC pure comedy. If we can no longer laugh at such things, freedom of speech is dead.

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