Family Guy has been one of the most successful adult cartoons in history. Why is it so popular? Probably because Seth McFarlane, the show’s creator, applies it to real world scenarios, and has all the characters say what we’re all thinking. The characters are shameless, and very honest with their feelings. The show is celebrated season after season, and probably will continue for years to come. Here are some of the most interesting facts you’ll be surprised to know about Family Guy!
1. Chris’ voice is based on Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs.
Seth Green has mentioned this a few times on Conan and in the commentary for Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story. Chris even recreates the infamous scene from the film.
2. Peter and Brian stemmed from MacFarlane’s 1997 Cartoon Network short Larry & Steve.
After working on Johnny Bravo, MacFarlane created the two characters that would inspire his entire franchise.
3. Family Guy was the first animated program (since The Flintstones) to be nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series at the Emmys.
The series was nominated in 2009.
4. The guy who always calls Peter a “big fat phony” is credited as Holden Caulfield, after the main character of Catcher in the Rye
5. The Family Guy theme song pays tribute to All in The Family’s.
6. After its second cancellation, over 100,000 fans signed a petition to bring it back on air.
After the unfortunate news, DVD sales skyrocketed and the fan base demanded the show be resurrected.
7. Death was originally going to be a theme in every episode.
MacFarlane explained during a press tour that each episode would have a very ominous title borrowed from an old ’40s radio suspense drama that had nothing to do with the show.
8. Seth MacFarlane had a ticket for a 9/11 plane.
Seth told Piers Morgan, “I turned to the guy next to me and said, ‘My God, that was the flight I was supposed to be on.’” He was flying back from giving a speech at his alma mater, and had a ticket for American Airlines Flight 11.
9. American Dad’s Roger, Futurama’s Bender, and Home Movies’ Coach John McGuirk all have cameo appearances in the Star Wars-refe
10. Brian Griffin was named “Stoner of the Year” by High Times in 2009.
11. The main cast makes upwards of $225,000 each per episode.
12. Family Guy has been named the “Worst TV Show of the Week” 44 times by the Parents Television Council.
13. Lois was originally blonde.
The pilot shows Lois with blonde hair rather than her signature red locks.
14. Quagmire is 66 years old according to his driver’s license.
15. Stewie is exactly 1 ¾ years old.
16. Meg was originally voiced by Lacey Chabert, aka Gretchen Wieners.
After the first season Chabert’s contract expired, and she was replaced with Mila Kunis
17. The chicken that fights Peter is named Ernie.
Voiced by Danny Smith, Ernie the Big Chicken has been a running joke throughout the show’s history.
18. Every episode includes at least one character saying “what the hell” to another.
19. The creators pick and choose when Stewie can be heard and understood by his family.
20. Peter changed Meg’s full name from Megan to Megatron.
21. Bonnie was pregnant for nearly seven years.
She finally had Susie, voiced by Patrick Stewart, in Season 7, Episode 7.
22. William H. Macy auditioned for the role of Brian.
23. Quagmire’s voice is based on radio announcers in the 1940s and ’50s.
MacFarlane told Access Hollywood in 2007 that Quagmire was imagined as an “anachronistic ’50s guy.”
24. Neil Goldman is named after one of the show’s writers.
25. Peter is based on a security guard at MacFarlane’s college.
MacFarlane revealed to HLN he loved his voice and “thick, boisterous” accent.
26. It takes a full year for one episode to get on air.
27. Nearly every episode has two versions: one for DVD and one for television.
MacFarlane told Access Hollywood, “We do DVD versions in which you can see the show untouched.”
28. When the show first aired, MacFarlane was the youngest executive producer in all of network television.
He was only 24.
29. Carrie Fisher, aka Princess Leia, is the voice behind Peter’s creepy boss Angela.
30. Adam West actually loves the show.
MacFarlane said in a featurette, “The single most demanded character in Quahog is Adam West.”
31. The franchise is worth $2 billion.
Barbara Walters revealed this statistic while sitting down with MacFarlane.
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