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Family Guy

Family Guy
The Griffin family. Back: Lois, Peter, Meg, Chris, front: Brian, and Stewie
Above is the Family Guy logo, bold, blue letters in all caps spelling out "Family Guy" with a small cartoon antenna television used to dot the "i" in "Family". Below is the Griffin family. In the front left is Brian a white dog standing on his hind legs, holding a martini. To the back of him is Peter, a fat man with green pants and a basic white button-up shirt, and Lois, a thin, red-haired woman with blue-green earrings and shirt, full-length khaki pants and red shoes; Lois is embracing Peter. In the foreground is Stewie, a baby with a football-shaped head, wearing red overalls over a yellow shirt and holding red and yellow ray-gun. On the far left is Chris, a large male teenager with blue shirt, black pants, messy blonde hair and yellow hat, and the far right, Meg, an unappealing female teenager with a pink shirt and matching beanie hat, jeans and glasses.
NameFamily Guy
FormatAnimated series
Created bySeth MacFarlane
Developed by 
Voices of 
Theme music composerWalter Murphy
ComposerWalter Murphy
Country of origin 
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes165
List of episodesList of Family Guy episodes
Executive producer  ---- 
Producer  ---- 
Camera setupAnimated rendition of single-camera
Running time20 � 23 minutes
Production company 
Distributor20th Television
Original channelFox
Picture format 
First airedOriginal series:
{{Unbulleted list|January 31, 1999 � February 14, 2002}} Revived series:
May 1, 2005
Last aired
StatusReturning series
Preceded byLarry and Steve
Related shows 

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'Family Guy' is an American animated television series created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a dysfunctional family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; their children Meg, Chris, and Stewie; and their anthropomorphic pet dog Brian. The show is set in the fictional city of Quahog, Rhode Island, and exhibits much of its humor in the form of cutaway gags that often lampoon American culture.

The family was conceived by MacFarlane after developing two animated films, The Life of Larry and Larry & Steve. MacFarlane redesigned the films' protagonist, Larry, and his dog, Steve, and renamed them Peter and Brian, respectively. MacFarlane pitched a seven-minute pilot to Fox on May 15, 1998. The show was given the green light and started production. Shortly after the third season of Family Guy aired in 2001, Fox canceled the series. However, favorable DVD sales and high ratings for syndicated reruns on Adult Swim convinced the network to renew the show in 2004.

Family Guy has been nominated for 12 Primetime Emmy Awards and 11 Annie Awards, and has won three of each. It has garnered three Golden Reel Award nominations, winning once. In 2009 it was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, the first time an animated series was nominated for the award since The Flintstones in 1961. Family Guy has also received criticism, including unfavorable comparisons for its similarities to The Simpsons.

Many tie-in media have been released, including Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, a straight-to-DVD special released in 2005; Family Guy: Live in Vegas, a soundtrack-DVD combo released in 2005, featuring music from the show as well as original music created by MacFarlane and Walter Murphy; a video game and pinball machine, released in 2006 and 2007, respectively; since 2005, six books published by Harper Adult based on the Family Guy universe; and Laugh It Up, Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy (2010), a series of parodies of the original Star Wars trilogy. In 2008 MacFarlane confirmed that the cast was interested in producing a feature film and that he was working on a story for film adaptation. A spin-off series, The Cleveland Show, premiered on September 27, 2009, as a part of the "Animation Domination" lineup on Fox. The eighth season of Family Guy premiered the same night.

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