Like The Simpsons, Family Guy lends itself to multiple viewings to catch each densely packed episode's way-inside "one-percenter" gags (so-called by the creators because that is the percentage of the audience who will get them), scattershot pop-culture references, surreal leaps and gratuitous pot shots at everyone from, predictably, Oprah, Kevin Costner and Bill Cosby to, unpredictably, Rita Rudner. Also like its Springfield counterpart, this series benefits from a great ensemble voice cast, with surprising contributions from a no-less-stellar roster of guest stars. --Donald Liebenson
So what's new with the Griffin family? Well, Brian has become addicted to cocaine - not ideal for a newly trained sniffer dog, Stewie's plot to take over the world is foiled by Bill Cosby and Peter is shocked to discover that his teenage son Chris has a bigger weiner than he does! Family Guy Season Three contains 21 lewd and crude episodes across 3 discs including Screwed the Pooch, Brian Does Hollywood, Ready, Willing and Disabled and Family Guy Viewer Mail #1 - a special episode in which Brian reads out viewer mail and does his best to answer their questions.
The characters are so memorable and individual, and it is impossible not to find aspects that you can relate to with each of them.
This programme is funny to adults and children alike, and makes a fab addition to any DVD collection. This series is as good as ever.
It is also pretty good value, as you get 18 episodes.
Fans of the show will be aware of how surreal some of the plots and scenes can be and in this series the episodes become even more dark and twisted. Stewie, the megalomaniac baby, becomes increasingly more camp, for example.
This series improves upon both of the first two seasons, providing more continuity between episodes (Peter losing his job, Brian continuing to feel listless), more laugh out loud moments, slightly fewer songs and some incredibly near to the knuckle themes and jokes. Quagmire, the Griffin's lothario neighbour, sets new standards in tastelessness.
It becomes easier to understand, although not support, why nervous TV Executives in the US would cancel the show. This DVD is a fitting memorial to a show that will be sadly missed for its imagination and humour.
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