The debates have already been raging across the Internet over whether Family Guy
has peaked, whether its the funniest show on television at the moment, and whether its better than The Simpsons
, or some way behind it. Yet while most will agree that season five isnt the best the shows creators have produced, dont let that blind you to the sheer joy contained within this DVD set.
The highlights of Family Guy for many, of course, are Stewie the ingenious baby and the familys dog Brian (arguably the sanest one of the lot), and both are in fine form here. And while this series again allows many of the supporting characters a space in the limelight, its Stewie and Brian who remain responsible for some of Family Guys funniest moments. Bluntly, there are plenty of them.
Still, theres little getting away from the fact that season five lacks the spark that energised the superb first two or three series, and as a result, there are episodes here that are good where they were once great. There are, still, plenty of examples of the old magic, and its still primarily a real pleasure thats pretty much guaranteed to raise laughs from those who dont mind their entertainment with a bit of edge. But itll be interesting to see where Family Guy goes from here, and whether its real glory days are permanently consigned to the past. --Jon Foster
The entire fifth season of the animated sitcom. The Griffins are an average North American family living in an average North American home in an average North American town. The dad Peter is a big TV fan; mom Lois is a former heiress who gave up her riches to marry the man she loves; 16-year-old Meg is a drama queen eager to be accepted by her peers; 13-year-old Chris likes his food and has the beginnings of a TV habit which could grow to equal his dad's; baby Stewie is a malevolent genius with plans for complete global domination; and martini-guzzling Brian is, well, the family dog. The episodes comprise: 'PTV', 'Brian Goes Back to College', 'The Courtship of Stewie's Father', 'Fat Guy Strangler', 'The Father, the Sun and the Holy Fonz', 'Brian Sings and Swings', 'Patriot Games', 'I Take Thee Quagmire', 'Sibling Rivalry', 'Deep Throats', 'Peterotica', 'You May Now Kiss the....Uh....Guy Who Receives', 'Petergeist' and 'Griffin Family History'.