Creator Seth MacFarlane drew on his own New England upbringing to create the dysfunctional Griffin family and the other less-than-endearing inhabitants of Quahog, Rhode Island. In addition to animating the original concept, MacFarlane also voices the show's three most indelible characters: recklessly stupid paterfamilias Peter Griffin, sophisticated pooch Brian and Stewie, the one-year-old obsessed with world domination.
Though comparisons are inevitable, from the outset Family Guy established itself as no mere Simpsons clone. Quahog is both a more realistic and far less cuddly place than Springfield. The Griffins and their neighbours inhabit a town where both random acts of violence and virulent verbal abuse are doled out on a regular basis; they indulge in copious (albeit mild) swearing; and the mocking of minorities, PC attitudes and pretty much anyone and anything else, is delightfully commonplace. Most joyfully distinctive of all, though, are the flashbacks, surreal episodes and sundry other non sequiturs that continually interrupt the Griffins' daily lives.
The show is also characterised by a plethora of pop-culture references, many of which will fall flat for a non-US audience. But the scattershot approach to jokes--they just keep coming and coming--ensures that for every one you don't get, there will be three that will have you in stitches. Rumours abound of a potential fourth season and even a movie; but for now this is the definitive collection.
On the DVD: The Family Guy Collection presents the episodes on discs as they appeared in the original three box sets, with no extra features nor anything as useful as a "Play All" facility. Two bonus discs contain all the additional material: here 14 episodes have optional chatty, laid-back commentaries from MacFarlane and other members of the creative team. MacFarlane also appears in the short featurettes, talking about the show's creation and its interminable censorship problems. The rough-and-ready original pilot is also here, as well as animatic storyboards for selected scenes and seven TV promo spots. While the extra features alone are unlikely to tempt anyone who already has the series box sets, those who have only sampled Family Guy so far will not want to miss this opportunity to own every joyous episode. --Mark Walker
love family guy and came in good condition ands came quick to and would recommend it to people to get if you want to have a laughPublished 19 months ago by Miss M L LANG
Absolutely brilliant. I wanted to get my Family Guy collection started so thought I might as well buy these first 3 series in bulk in this box set. I am not disappointed. Read morePublished on 15 May 2011 by None3
a must for eveyone, fast efficient service as always and a good resonable price. highly recommended. bought as a giftPublished on 13 May 2010 by Susan A. Clay
Like a lot of people, Family Guy completely passed me by when it was on TV for the first time. I (again, like a lot of people) wrote it off as no more than a Simpsons clone. Read morePublished on 20 Aug. 2006 by M. Appleton
Futurama was my favorite TV show, until 20th Century Fox canceled it but to be honest I only discovered The Family Guy last month, as I don't have a satellite system and boy I have... Read morePublished on 9 Oct. 2005 by "piccklehead"
Oh man this is cool! If you're a fan of Family Guy then this is the box set for you, unless of course you already own seasons 1 - 3 on DVD. If this is you then stop reading now! Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2005 by J Kelly
It was such a relief when i discovered Family Guy, The Simpsons was really getting on my nerves, there were never ending repeats on the TV everyday, and the morrals for the... Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 2005
Enthusiast will deny and discourage it, but similarities between Family Guy and the Simpsons are most definitely there. Read morePublished on 27 July 2005 by Kevin W
The best of the best, the creme de la creme this is the DVD to surpass ALL comedy DVD's. Family is the single funniest cartoon I have ever seen. Read morePublished on 26 July 2005 by "benhajduk"