Family Guy - Season 5 [DVD]
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The fifth volume of episodes of the animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane. 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 MacFarlane) is a big TV fan; mom Lois (Alex Borstein) is a former heiress who gave up her riches to marry the man she loves; 16-year-old Meg (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 (MacFarlane) is a malevolent genius with plans for complete global domination; and martini-guzzling Brian (MacFarlane) is the family dog. The episodes are: 'PTV', 'Brian Goes Back to College', 'The Courtship of Stewie's Father', 'The 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 'The Griffin Family History'.
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
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Here we are feasted with another 14 episodes and they are all great,some are more funny than others in truth,but all are entertaining,all are warped and all are sharper than a suitcase of blades.Family guy challenges everything,and takes no prisoners,celebrities are beaten down in family guy,few are left with their pride intact.
The characters of the griffin family again are portrayed as a unit of fools and we have to admire that,the recurring back up characters again shine such as quagmire who gets engaged and loses his traits,much to peter griffins horror,we view much more beside,in fact too much to mention,but this is comedyy that wont suit everyone and im sick of comedies that cater for the needs of the majority anyway so there you have it,a brief summary but one you shouldnt avoid.
The show remains as consistant as ever and the gags are bang on. Yes I will admit that on occasions the setups for the trademark "Like the time I..." cut-to gags aren't always that smooth, but you easily forgive them for it because the end joke will always have you in stiches. The storylines remain fresh and excellently written. ("PTV", "The Griffin Family History" and "Peterotica" are my own personal favourites)And there's the fantastic one-liners and un-P.C humour that we've come to expect from FG, and they dont let us down. The animation too is also worth mentioning, with some really impressive looking scenes and effects in many of the episodes.
And also you get added bonus of commentaries on EVERY episode this time around from Seth MacFarlane and Co, and a whole load of deleted scenes which is the iceing on a very delicious Family Guy cake. (CAUTION - Just a metaphor, do not attempt to eat the DVD as it will probably, amongst other things, affect your Statutory Rights)
So buy it. Most probably the best purchase you'll make this year.