The adventures of the Griffin family continue apace with this latest Family Guy
boxset, which once again delivers many hours of quite brilliant animated comedy.
The show, for those new to it, follows the wonderful Griffin family, headed up by the daft but loveable Peter and the happily oblivious Lois, through to their teenage kids Chris and Meg. But as any seasoned Family Guy viewer will happily tell you, the gold of the show lies with the two characters who are the brains of the family. On the one hand there’s Brian the dog, and then on the other is the little baby Stewie. He, surely, is the absolute highlight, a maniacal evil genius of a child, who in this season seven set finally manages to kill Lois. Insert your own evil laugh here.
The 12 episodes on offer in the Family Guy season 7 boxset aren’t all vintage, but there are some cracking inclusions. The 100th episode special is a good place to start, and then there’s the small matter of President Bush’s underwear going walkabout. Throw in a bit of time travel for Peter, and it’s the usual oddball mix that helps make the show so strong.
With plenty of rewatch value and a continued ability to generate laughs, Family Guy is a show that’s still thriving on the evidence with this set. And frankly, the next collection of episodes on DVD can’t come quickly enough. --Jon Foster
The complete seventh 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 (voice of Seth MacFarlane) is a big TV fan; mom Lois (voice of Alex Borstein) is a former heiress who gave up her riches to marry the man she loves; 16-year-old Meg (voice of Mila Kunis) is a drama queen eager to be accepted by her peers; 13-year-old Chris (Seth Green) likes his food and has the beginnings of a TV habit which could grow to equal his dad's; baby Stewie (voice of MacFarlane) is a malevolent genius with plans for complete global domination; and martini-guzzling Brian is, well, the family dog. The episodes are: 'No Meals on Wheels', 'Boys Do Cry', 'No Chris Left Behind', 'It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One', 'Meet the Quagmires', 'Movin' Out (Brian's Song)', 'Believe It Or Not, Joe's Walking On Air', 'Stewie Kills Lewis (1)', 'Lois Kills Stewie (2)', 'McStroke', 'Padre De Familia' and 'Peter's Daughter'.