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American Dad!
American Dad!
is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman
Matt Weitzman
for the Fox Broadcasting Company.[2][3] American Dad!
American Dad!
is the first television series to have its inception on Animation
Animation
Domination.[4] The series premiered on February 6, 2005, following Super Bowl XXXIX, three months before the rest of the first season aired as part of the Animation
Animation
Domination block, commencing on May 1, 2005.[5][6] Creative direction of American Dad!
American Dad!
has largely been guided by Barker (prior to his exit from the show in season 10) and Weitzman as opposed to MacFarlane, resulting in a series that is different from its counterparts.[7] Unlike its sister shows, Family Guy
Family Guy
and The Cleveland Show, American Dad!
American Dad!
does not lean as heavily on the use of cutaway gags, and is less concerned with conventional "setup-punchline" jokes,[3] instead deriving its humor mostly from the quirky characters, the relationships between family members, and the relatively relatable plots. The show is not as heavy on pop cultural allusions as MacFarlane's Family Guy, and is more concerned with telling stories while maintaining the integrity and realism of the family members.[2] While the core issues and resolutions are relatable in most episodes, the show nonetheless weaves in fantastical elements, pitching the tone of the show somewhere between observational comedy and farce.[8] The plots are often absurd, but they are grounded by family stories and real-world issues.[9] American Dad!
American Dad!
has been nominated for numerous awards, most prominently three Primetime Emmy Awards and two Annie Awards. In June 2013, it was awarded as top television series by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Since its debut, American Dad!
American Dad!
has broadcast 241 episodes (March 2018). The total number of seasons and organization of episodes within these seasons are in dispute because of a discrepancy in how official sources report this information. One model suggests the first season of American Dad!
American Dad!
comprises the first 7 episodes, while another model suggests the first season comprises 23 episodes.[10] Beginning on October 20, 2014, TBS picked up the series for the 12th season following the final 3 episodes airing on Fox as the 11th season. American Dad!'s 15th season (4th on TBS) began with a Christmas
Christmas
special on December 25, 2017,[11] and officially premiered with the 236th episode of the series on February 12, 2018.[12] On January 11, 2018, TBS renewed the series for a 16th and 17th season.[13]

Contents

1 Premise 2 Cast and characters

2.1 Voice cast 2.2 Main characters

3 Production

3.1 Early seasons and comparison with Family Guy
Family Guy
and All in the Family 3.2 Development of a specific identity 3.3 Developing plot lines and scripts 3.4 Animated scenes 3.5 Editing, completion, and deadlines 3.6 Setting

4 Plot techniques

4.1 Farces 4.2 Surreal humor

4.2.1 Non sequitur

4.3 Plot twists and unexpected elements 4.4 Story arc use 4.5 Black comedy

5 Episodes 6 Season number discrepancies and episode misreports

6.1 Season number discrepancies 6.2 Episode misreporting by Fox

7 Adjustments in on-air presentation, production and broadcasts

7.1 The unaired precursory pilot 7.2 Characterization 7.3 Network relocation from Fox to TBS 7.4 Mike Barker's exit

8 Reception

8.1 Series premiere 8.2 TBS ratings 8.3 Nielsen ratings 8.4 Awards and nominations

9 Other media

9.1 DVD releases 9.2 Potential film adaptation 9.3 Crossovers with other animated sitcoms 9.4 Online Gambling

10 See also 11 References 12 External links

Premise[edit] The series focuses on the eccentric upper middle class Smith family in the fictional community of Langley Falls, Virginia
Virginia
and their three housemates:[3] Father, husband, CIA Agent, Republican, and breadwinner Stan; his wife and homemaker/housewife, Francine; their liberal, hippie, college-aged daughter, Hayley; and their dorky high-school-aged son, Steve. There are three additional main characters, including Hayley's boyfriend and later husband, Jeff Fischer; the family's unusual goldfish, Klaus, who has the brain of an East German athlete; and Roger, the alien, who is a deceitful, self-serving master of disguise.[14][15] Stan's boss Avery Bullock, the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is a recurring character. Cast and characters[edit] Voice cast[edit] See also: List of guest stars on American Dad!

Cast members

Seth MacFarlane Wendy Schaal Scott Grimes Rachael MacFarlane Dee Bradley Baker Jeff Fischer Patrick Stewart

Stan Smith, Roger Francine Smith Steve Smith Hayley Smith Klaus Heissler Jeff Fischer Deputy Director Avery Bullock

The voice actors are not assembled as a group when performing the lines of their characters; rather, each of the voice actors perform their lines privately. The voice actors have stated that because of their personalities and tendency to goof off when together as a group, they would never get anything completed if they performed their lines collectively.[16] Main characters[edit] Main article: List of American Dad!
American Dad!
characters

The Smith family, from left to right: Roger, Francine, Stan, Klaus, Hayley, and Steve.

American Dad!
American Dad!
centers on the absurd circumstances, adventures and domestic life of its title character Stan Smith, his immediate family, and their three housemates. Adding to all the ridiculousness and absurdity are the various personality traits of all the show's eccentric main characters, listed as follows:

Seth MacFarlane
Seth MacFarlane
voices Stan Smith (father/husband) and Roger (alien) Wendy Schaal
Wendy Schaal
voices Francine Smith (wife/mother) Scott Grimes
Scott Grimes
voices Steve Smith (Stan and Francine's son) Rachael MacFarlane
Rachael MacFarlane
voices Hayley Smith (Stan and Francine's daughter) Dee Bradley Baker
Dee Bradley Baker
voices Klaus Heissler
Klaus Heissler
(the Smiths' man-in-a-fish-body pet) Jeff Fischer voices Jeff Fischer (Hayley's boyfriend then husband) Patrick Stewart
Patrick Stewart
voices Deputy Director Avery Bullock
Avery Bullock
(Stan's Boss)

Production[edit] Early seasons and comparison with Family Guy
Family Guy
and All in the Family[edit] When asked what first spurred the idea for American Dad!
American Dad!
Seth MacFarlane answered, "It was right after the [2000] election, and me [sic] and co-creator Matt Weitzman
Matt Weitzman
were so frustrated with the Bush administration that we would just spend days bitching and complaining, and we figured we should channel this into something creative and hopefully profitable."[7][10] In early February 2005, Barker stated, "About a year and a half ago, Seth called and asked if Matt and I would be interested in working on a show about a right-wing CIA agent and his liberal daughter. It was right up our alley, and everything just fell into place."[5][10][17] On September 14, 2003, Variety reported that Fox Broadcasting had ordered a pilot presentation of the then tentatively titled American Dad!
American Dad!
and "If greenlit, American Dad! could launch as early as fall 2004." At the time, Fox was aiming to develop a new lineup of adult animated sitcoms.[18]

Mike Barker: co-creator and co-showrunner from seasons 1 through 10

American Dad!
American Dad!
had a mid-season debut. Its first episode, titled "Pilot", was originally shown directly following Super Bowl XXXIX
Super Bowl XXXIX
on February 6, 2005. The rest of the first season, however, would not launch until May 1, 2005, on Fox's Animation Domination lineup which had its debut on that date.[6][9][19] Initially, it was a replacement for the originally failed series Family Guy
Family Guy
(1999–2002). American Dad! was originally intended to be Fox's answer to the hordes of fans left behind from the original failure of MacFarlane's previous animated venture.[2] Just three short months after American Dad!'s debut however, Family Guy
Family Guy
was revived, leaving American Dad!
American Dad!
with a formidable expectation: whether the series could distinguish itself from its counterpart and succeed on its own merits.[2] Instead of taking over creative direction of the series, MacFarlane left the job largely in the hands of Barker and Weitzman so as to distinguish American Dad![7] In its early going, American Dad!
American Dad!
brought in strong ratings but fought an uphill battle in gaining widespread acceptance and approval from viewers and critics alike.[10] The popularity of MacFarlane and his involvement with Family Guy
Family Guy
have led to foregone conclusions and prejudices against American Dad!
American Dad!
as a rip-off of the predecessor[10] and some critics had already written off American Dad!
American Dad!
prior to its birth as nothing more than a pale imitation of Family Guy
Family Guy
and MacFarlane's attempts to get his old show back on the air.[9] One example, prior to the American Dad!
American Dad!
series debut, a writer of The Washington Post published a piece that reads "But those same executives have also given MacFarlane a whole new animated half-hour to play with in the disappointing American Dad!
American Dad!
The new series officially premieres in May but has a sneak preview tomorrow night in the coveted post-Super Bowl time period ... The look and pace of American Dad!
American Dad!
is the same as Family Guy."[20]

Co-creator and sole showrunner Matt Weitzman

In actuality, however, the program's beginnings take cues from the TV series All in the Family, almost a farcical animated version of the live action sitcom.[21][22] Both shows make use of political satire, bigotry, ludicrous expressions of Conservatism from their paternal main character (Stan likened to Archie Bunker), and sensible expressions of Liberalism from their daughter character (Hayley likened to Gloria Stivic). Moreover, the daughter in both series each have a Liberal hippie boyfriend turned husband (Jeff likened to Michael Stivic) of whom the daughter's Conservative father is antagonistic towards. Also in both, the daughter lives in her parents' home with her boyfriend turned husband as a housemate. American Dad! in its original form was even said to have been inspired by All in the Family.[21][23] Development of a specific identity[edit] In American Dad!'s initial seasons MacFarlane was described as focusing more attention on his coexisting obligation of Family Guy. This was to the extent that American Dad!
American Dad!
was completely secondary to him, and he did not understand the show. Because he was not getting the show at the time, he was described as "just going along for the ride." Likewise, the rest of the show's creators Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman were also trying to figure out the show and where it was going.[9][10]

Co-creator Seth MacFarlane

After American Dad!'s initial couple of seasons and as it progressed, the show began to increasingly develop its very own distinct approach and identity, becoming more and more distinguished from all other programs on the air. Standing out from its counterparts increasingly with each passing season, the series has been described as eventually becoming the weirdest show in network prime time. It has been characterized as serving up distinguishing blasts of surrealism.[9] As the series progressed, MacFarlane realized that Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman were on to something uniquely appealing; moreover, he realized they were on to something that sharply contrasted from Family Guy, which audiences appreciated.[9][10] After the show's first several seasons, MacFarlane not only came to fully understand and appreciate American Dad!'s value but also came to consider himself a huge fan of the series. Taking note of his Twitter followers increased fanaticism and excitement over American Dad!
American Dad!
and the "Roger" character, MacFarlane began putting considerable amounts of his time and efforts into the series, more so in the last several seasons than ever before (this observation made in fall 2012).[9] In describing American Dad!
American Dad!
comedy styles, Barker noted that it is not as reference-laden as Family Guy
Family Guy
or South Park. He added that American Dad!'s humor more frequently derives from "the human condition and emotions that everyone can relate to: ego, the feds, etc. And for that reason, I think our humor is a little more evergreen."[24] Developing plot lines and scripts[edit] On developing scripts for American Dad!
American Dad!
episodes, co-creator Mike Barker revealed that he and the rest of the show's staff never know when and from where plot line ideas will emerge. "Just as an example," Barker explained, "All About Steve" is an episode where Stan wants his son to be more of a jock and more like he was when he was his age. That whole episode came about from one of our writers Dave Hemingson coming into our office, telling us he just visited the dentist and he may need to get braces. And the idea of a grown man with braces appealed to us, and we just decided what if we put Stan in braces, and he understands for the first time what it's like to feel like a geek."[25] During the 2012–13 season, Barker revealed that much of his inspiration for American Dad!
American Dad!
plots has come through listening to music. Barker's revelation to use music as a muse for his American Dad! writing came from attending the 2008 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. During that event, he watched the rock band My Morning Jacket perform a four-hour set in the rain and realized from the experience that he could generate ideas for American Dad!
American Dad!
by tapping into music: "From that point on, I realized that music should be playing a bigger role in my writing", Barker told the Louisville Courier-Journal. "Writing is hard for me, and when you hear music that inspires good ideas, you're really grateful."[26] The Beginning of the show's main theme "Good Morning USA" uses the beginning introduction to "Stars and Stripes Forever". In particular, Barker has credited music from Wax Fang
Wax Fang
for his inspiration in writing certain American Dad!
American Dad!
plots. Said Barker, "There's just something so inherently cinematic about Wax Fang's music. [Scott] Carney's voice is stunningly clear and dramatic. And his lyrics are specific enough to build stories around while staying flexible enough for different interpretations." Barker added that through listening to the Wax Fang
Wax Fang
track Majestic, he was able to come up with major plot elements for the episode "Lost in Space" (this episode features the Wax Fang
Wax Fang
songs Majestic and At Sea).[27] Barker has stated that once he and the rest of the show's staff get the idea for the plot line, they spend a couple of weeks in a room with all the screenwriters. There, they break the story and make sure that each act of the two act breaks are strong. As another procedure, Barker stated that they make a point of twisting the story in such a way so as to make audiences come back for more after the commercial break.[25] "The final process," Barker explained, "is sending a screenwriter out to write the script. The screenwriter gets two weeks to write the script. The script then comes back." Barker explained that they then all edit and rewrite it, "hopefully keeping as much of the first draft as we can and punching the jokes and making sure all the motivations are there, and then we take it to the table and read it."[25] In February 2005, Barker stated that as creative directors, all decisions made about the plot line and direction of the series go through himself and Weitzman. He explained that the show had reflected their point of view since the beginning. Barker has also credited the program's other staff beyond himself, Weitzman, and MacFarlane, remarking "We couldn't have made it all happen without them." At the time, it was noted that the series had a staff of 17 writers, which was described as "a big undertaking."[21] When Barker was asked what his favorite part was of the American Dad! pre-production process, he answered, "I like the story breaking process, personally—coming up with the stories. To me, that's the most gratifying."[25] Barker and Matt Weitzman
Matt Weitzman
have stated that they are accustomed to feeling scruples with adding certain material into the plots, but always follow this up by going ahead with incorporating the material anyway. They added that their goal is to create laughs combined with groans and going over the line.[28] Animated scenes[edit] MacFarlane played a lead role in the animated character designs for American Dad!.[21] In describing the characters' appearances, Weitzman remarked "It's all very bright, very easy on the eyes."[5][17] In explaining the animated side of the job, Barker stated, "Fifty or so animators from the Fox animation group are involved. A lot is done in-house: poses, models, props, all storyboards and timing."[21] Also as reported in February 2005, animation for American Dad!
American Dad!
is colored and detailed overseas. Sunwoo Entertainment of Korea was said to handle that end of the pre-production process.[21] Editing, completion, and deadlines[edit] Barker has explained that because American Dad!
American Dad!
creators are working in animation as opposed to live action, they have the ability to redraw and rewrite up until the show is aired. However, Barker has also stated, "It's really hard to accept anything less than perfect when you start to get wrapped up in this process of being able to constantly make changes. Eventually you have to kind of bring down the hammer at the color stage and live with what you've got." Barker has explained that, ultimately, the creation process of an American Dad!
American Dad!
episode is completed upon the producers' say-so, not anyone else's.[25] When American Dad!
American Dad!
co-creator Matt Weitzman
Matt Weitzman
was asked what his favorite part was of the show's pre-production process, he answered, "I probably enjoy the editing process a lot. I think I like the fine tuning of things and making things happen just so. Making the episode just kind of pop in its own subtle ways."[25] American Dad!
American Dad!
creators have revealed to working significantly in advance of newly broadcast episodes. As many as 20 to 42 unaired episodes are typically ready for finishing touches. Barker explained that a key to this system is making sure that the writing is timeless, as opposed to topical and contemporary. He added that if any material within the script deals with contemporary issues, the creators have to hope that they're also contemporary issues two years down the line. When asked whether or not this method has ever brought on difficulties, Barker answered in the affirmative and explained:

Harriet Miers
Harriet Miers
was, like, the White House Press Secretary, I think, and we had a joke about her. (Miers was a former White House Counsel, who was briefly nominated for the Supreme Court
Court
by President George W. Bush.) And I remember watching on air and having to Google
Google
who our own joke was, because it had been so long since the joke was pitched. But in terms of stories, we're less likely to be burned by a current-event issue no longer being current.[9]

In discussing the creation of American Dad!
American Dad!
and animated sitcoms in general, MacFarlane has stated:

It's an enormous amount of work. What goes into putting together an animated show, it's just staggering ... I always knew there was a lot of work that went into making an animated show. Doing a traditional sitcom, process-wise it feels like a breeze compared to doing an animated show. You can get it all done in a couple of months as opposed to a year. Doing an animated show, it's like putting together a little movie every week. Everything is storyboarded with the intricacy of a feature film action sequence. You have to edit with a musical score in mind. And of course, we use an orchestra for each episode. So it's really like putting together a little feature each week and I was just shocked at how much—not to underplay all the work that goes into live-action sitcoms—but my God, it's definitely a much more difficult medium to me.[7]

Conversely, Barker has stated:

Working on animated shows like American Dad!
American Dad!
is such a breath of fresh air. You don't have to worry about sets and such that you have to worry about for live-action. Animation
Animation
can give you more freedom.[21]

Setting[edit] The Smith family and their two housemates reside on Cherry Street in the fictional suburb of Langley Falls, Virginia.[29] It is worth noting that there is an actual Langley, Virginia
Virginia
(home to the headquarters of the CIA, which is where Stan works in the series) and a Great Falls, Virginia, both communities located in Fairfax County, Virginia. The Smiths and their two housemates live in a large, two-story residence with a basement and an attic. In addition, the Smith house is apparently enhanced with numerous secret rooms, facilities, and large habitats, these unorthodox attachments usually only seen once for each (i.e., the episodes "Of Ice and Men", "Bush Comes to Dinner", "The Missing Kink", "The Full Cognitive Redaction of Avery Bullock
Avery Bullock
by the Coward Stan Smith", etc.).[30] The house is also shown to be filled with many pitfall traps, one of which is filled with alligators and another named by Stan as the "Pit of No Return."[31][32] Greg and Terry are a gay couple that live across the street from the Smiths. Within the neighborhood, they are portrayed as running a neater and tidier home than the Smiths. Greg and Terry are also the local news anchor for W-ANG-TV. Also in the area is the high school attended by Steve, Pearl Bailey High School.[33] Plot techniques[edit] Farces[edit] American Dad!
American Dad!
has commonly made use of farces as most of the predicaments that befall the main characters have escalated into the extremes, to the point of getting outrageously out-of-hand.[3][34][35] For example, in the episode "Home Wrecker", Stan and Francine's marital harmony breaks down from a difference of opinion on remodeling the house. It gets to the point where they divide the house in two, each decorating their half of the house in their desired fashion. Not satisfied with this however, they both attempt to drive the other out of the home and eventually erect a colossal block wall, dividing the two halves of the house. The rest of the family members are forced to spend one holiday after the next alternating between Fran's and Stan's place (the sides of the house treated as distinct homes). As another example, in the episode "Stan's Food Restaurant", Stan asks for Roger's help in starting a restaurant. As things progress, Roger makes heavy changes in the layout, eventually kicking Stan out of the project. Stan retaliates by opening another restaurant next door, which becomes a smashing success. Roger responds by blowing up Stan's restaurant but destroying his own in the process. Stan threatens to kill Roger, but backs down after Roger pulls a gun on him and tells him to relax.[35] Surreal humor[edit] American Dad!
American Dad!
plots are generally teeming with surrealism and nonsensical elements.[36] Many of the occurrences, circumstances, and behaviors are unrestrainedly preposterous, senseless, and illogical.[3][37] As further examples of surrealism on American Dad!—in the episode "Hurricane!", a ferocious bear pauses in his attack, lowers his eyelids halfway, and repeatedly shakes his head horizontally, shaming Stan for missing him in a harpoon shot and instead spearing Francine into a wall; in the episode "Why Can't We Be Friends?", the hallways of the Smith house transform into dark and dangerous ghetto alleyways for every time Roger ambushed, stole money from, and even tried to forcibly rape Jeff Fischer;[38] in the episode "The Missing Kink", Steve and family fish Klaus are shown competing in a one-on-one basketball game between each other, the score nearly tied at 11 to 10; also in the "Missing Kink" episode, the Smith house is shown to consist of a never-before-seen underworld to which various friends and acquaintances of the Smiths party and frolic; in the episode "The Full Cognitive Redaction of Avery Bullock
Avery Bullock
by the Coward Stan Smith", Stan has a never-before-seen secret control room hidden underground just beside the house. The control room door's exterior side is camouflaged with the grass surrounding it. The room is filled with highly advanced, state-of-the-art equipment. Access to the control room is achieved through a handprint reading device that extends from the ground when Stan extends his arm/hand at it; etc.[36][37] Non sequitur[edit] Among one of the many forms of surreal humor and nonsense elements that have been used by American Dad!
American Dad!
is the non sequitur. This arises when the show's focus becomes sidetracked by entirely unknown and unrelated characters in circumstances that are irrelevant to the episode's main plot. Typically when this happens, it is after the show has maintained focus on its main characters for much of the episode; following this, the scenes randomly lose focus and become deeply wrapped up into the lives of never-before-seen characters who are non-central to the plot. A prime example of this is in the episode "Homeland Insecurity". As opposed to scenes focusing on main characters, attention is redirected deep into the lives of unknown characters who gain possession of Roger's transforming feces turned gold. As another example, in the episode "The Missing Kink", the show's focus is sporadically sidetracked with brief scenes revolving around the life of a drug abusing bird and Francine's inexplicable ability to both understand and communicate with the bird's chirping.[36][39] Plot twists and unexpected elements[edit] The series has abounded with random, unexpected occurrences and surprise plot twists as result of the characters and the very makeup of the program.[40] For example, in the episode "The Full Cognitive Redaction of Avery Bullock
Avery Bullock
by the Coward Stan Smith", Steve refers to Roger for help in dealing with a school bully. Because Steve is able to correctly predict Roger's original game plan of handling the situation himself under an alter ego, Roger throws him a curveball: he not only hires someone else, Stelio Kontos (from the episode "Bully for Steve"), to handle the matter but hires him to bully Steve in combination with Steve's original bully. As another example, in the episode "The Vacation Goo", Francine becomes frustrated that she cannot get the family together for Sunday night dinner. For family time, Stan suggests a vacation, and the Smiths have a great time in Maui
Maui
as a family. This is up until Roger shuts down the mechanism Francine and the kids are all attached to so as to believe they are all on vacation. Francine and the kids then learn that Stan has been programming a pseudo-vacation every year in a contraption dubbed "the goo chambers". After learning of this, Francine demands they go on a real vacation. Twice they appear to do so, first skiing, then to Italy, until it is ultimately revealed that they are in the "goo chambers" all along, with Steve and then Hayley having programmed the vacations, respectively. In the episode "Spelling Bee My Baby", Steve deliberately misspells his words in a spelling bee so as to express his love for Akiko (who is also competing), instead spelling random Tyler Perry/Madea films.[40] Story arc use[edit] Another technique used by American Dad!
American Dad!
is the story arc. On several occasions, a circumstance expands and progresses across a collection of episodes.[3][17] As an example, one of Hayley's temporary breakups with Jeff expanded across a string of episodes, in which she instead temporarily dated a black man in a koala body, Reginald Koala—known for his very urban mannerisms and behaviors. As another example, since the 9th season episode "Naked to the Limit, One More Time", Jeff Fischer has been absent from the Smith house and planet Earth altogether. In that episode, Jeff is blindsided when Roger hurls him into a spaceship. This spacecraft belongs to Roger's race of aliens and was intended to return him back to his birth planet; however, Roger remains behind after casting Jeff into the spaceship. The spaceship immediately takes off and Jeff is not seen until several episodes later, the episode "Lost in Space". During episodes that aired between the two aforementioned episodes, allusions to the ongoing plot line are made. For example, in the episode "Spelling Bee My Baby", Hayley is shown holding out hope for Jeff's return. In the episode, Roger and Stan attempt to rush Hayley through her grieving process so she will be willing to be their tennis official.[3][41] In the episode "The Longest Distance Relationship" Jeff gets in touch with Hayley via a radio and ultimately tells her not to wait for him and to move on with her life. This story arc is finally resolved in the episode "Holy Shit, Jeff's Back!", Jeff supposedly returns to Earth but it turns out to be an alien called Zebleer masquerading as Jeff and the real Jeff has been dissected, however Jeff's brain is transplanted into Zebleer's body allowing the real Jeff to live, after which Stan and Hayley's memories are wiped, leaving them unaware that Jeff is no longer entirely human. This plot point is continued at the end of "Bahama Mama", where Roger mentions Jeff cannot get Hayley pregnant because he has an alien body, so he agrees to rebirth Jeff in "Roger's Baby". By the end of the episode, Jeff is human again and with Hayley on Earth. In discussing the cartoon's distinguishing story arc element, co-creator Mike Barker explained:

We just try to obey basic rules of continuity. We try to avoid stories where a character is taking a big step like marriage and then not going back to it. I think by doing that, then in the future when we have big changes, the audience knows that they're going to be living with those changes for a while. So it's not just a thrown-away bit. It kind of endows that story beat with more power because it's going to last. It's not just going to be a reset button.[9]

Black comedy[edit] Much of the wit used in American Dad!
American Dad!
has come in the form of black comedy as many of the predicaments and circumstances have made fun of the characters in life-threatening, disastrous, terrifying, and traumatic situations.[42] As an example, the episode "A Ward Show" is chock full of suicide and murder: Roger became Steve's legal guardian and responded to him getting picked on at school by rigging the teachers' cars with explosives and killing them all. Later on in the episode while Principal Lewis was driving his vehicle with Steve as the passenger, he informed Steve that he was about to drive off the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon
in a murder-suicide. This culminated in Roger saving the day, his love supernaturally allowing the car to fly once Principal Lewis drove off the Canyon; however, another vehicle with a random white man and a black boy in it (opposite of Principal Lewis, a black man and Steve, a white boy) had also, coincidentally enough, driven off the opposite side of the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon
in a murder-suicide attempt. This resulted in a midair collision between the car with Principal Lewis and Steve in it and the car with the white man and black boy in it.[42] Another example, in the episode "Da Flippity Flop", Roger leaves a long series of harassing answering machine messages for Steve, trying to get him to sign up for his gym. In these messages, Roger is also heard snapping on various people, killing three individuals from reckless driving, landing himself in court, and subsequently becoming irate and shooting up numerous people at the city courthouse for being scolded to turn off his mobile phone.[43] Episodes[edit] Main article: List of American Dad!
American Dad!
episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired

First aired Last aired Network

1 7 February 6, 2005 (2005-02-06) June 19, 2005 (2005-06-19) Fox

2 16 September 11, 2005 (2005-09-11) May 14, 2006 (2006-05-14)

3 19 September 10, 2006 (2006-09-10) May 20, 2007 (2007-05-20)

4 16 September 30, 2007 (2007-09-30) May 18, 2008 (2008-05-18)

5 20 September 28, 2008 (2008-09-28) May 17, 2009 (2009-05-17)

6 18 September 27, 2009 (2009-09-27) May 16, 2010 (2010-05-16)

7 19 October 3, 2010 (2010-10-03) May 22, 2011 (2011-05-22)

8 18 September 25, 2011 (2011-09-25) May 13, 2012 (2012-05-13)

9 19 September 30, 2012 (2012-09-30) May 12, 2013 (2013-05-12)

10 20 September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29) May 18, 2014 (2014-05-18)

11 3 September 14, 2014 (2014-09-14) September 21, 2014 (2014-09-21)

12 15 October 20, 2014 (2014-10-20) June 1, 2015 (2015-06-01) TBS

13 22 January 25, 2016 (2016-01-25) June 27, 2016 (2016-06-27)

14 22 November 7, 2016 (2016-11-07) September 11, 2017 (2017-09-11)

15 22 December 25, 2017 (2017-12-25) TBA

Season number discrepancies and episode misreports[edit] Season number discrepancies[edit] There are multiple conflicting reports and models as to the number of seasons American Dad!
American Dad!
has had.[10] (A): One of the reports upholds a one-season-fewer numbering model: Under this arrangement, season 1 is a combination of both the first 7 episodes and the following 16 episodes, despite the separation of these two episode collections by a summer hiatus. Under this system, season 1 is uncharacteristically longer in contrast to the rest of the show's seasons, consisting of 23 episodes.[44][45] (B): The other report upholds a one-season-more numbering model: Under this arrangement, season 1 ended after the program's first 7 episodes leading into the summer hiatus. Season 2 then picked up when the following 16 episodes began that fall. Under this system, season 1 is uncharacteristically shorter in contrast to the rest of the show's seasons, consisting of only 7 episodes.[46] Commentary from American Dad!
American Dad!
co-creators Matt Weitzman
Matt Weitzman
and Mike Barker has largely been consistent with (A): on September 28, 2012, the two were interviewed and reported that they had 20 episodes completed for the then imminent "2012–13 eighth season," and were in the process of doing early work on the show's "2013–14 ninth season."[47] During the show's life on Fox however, the network contradicted that arrangement as it presented information on the show's now former website in the form of (B): in listing all episodes from the 2012–13 season, Fox reported each as existing as part of the show's "ninth season."[48] In addition, Fox contradicted its own American Dad!
American Dad!
website, also supporting the one-season-fewer numbering scheme: Fox Flash, which is the publicity center for Fox, labeled the 2012–13 broadcasts as the "eighth season."[49] Websites releasing the show's season-based ratings have also used the one-season-fewer numbering method. Episode misreporting by Fox[edit] It is evident that Fox either miscounts American Dad!
American Dad!
episodes or at least intentionally discounts one episode of the series. This was established in Fox advertisements for the episode "Lost in Space." The episode was promoted by Fox as American Dad!'s 150th episode. Subsequently, numerous mainstream media reports also labeled the episode as the 150th.[50][51][52] In actuality, however, it was the show's 151st episode while the episode "The Full Cognitive Redaction of Avery Bullock
Avery Bullock
by the Coward Stan Smith" was the 150th episode of the series. In addition, Fox has misreported the "Lost in Space" episode as the revealing of Roger's birth planet. In actuality, the setting of this episode is a spaceship owned by members of Roger's alien race. To date, Roger's birth planet has yet to be revealed.[53] Adjustments in on-air presentation, production and broadcasts[edit] The unaired precursory pilot[edit] While the series premiere of American Dad!
American Dad!
is entitled "Pilot", "Pilot" is not the show's actual pilot presentation. The actual pilot is a 6-minute version of the first 6 minutes in the series premiere. This precursory pilot was used by MacFarlane, Barker and Weitzman to sell American Dad!
American Dad!
to Fox and was never aired along with the rest of the series. While much of the dialogue and general scenery were simply redone between the precursory pilot and the following series premiere, there are sharp distinctions between the two. Differences also exist between the precursory pilot and the official series as a whole. Most of these are in pictorial technique. For example, scenes from the pilot are drawn in a rougher, more cursory fashion with weaker coloration than scenes from the official series. Most prominently, Steve's physical design and outfit in the predecessor greatly contrast from his official design and outfit. In addition, Steve is voiced by Ricky Blitt in the precursory pilot but by Scott Grimes
Scott Grimes
in the official series. There are also variations in Steve's personality.[54][55] Characterization[edit] Early episodes of the series featured political banter between the conservative Stan and liberal Hayley. However, the creators learned quickly that this had only "a limited shelf life" and did not provide them as much as they originally thought it would. Said co-creator Matt Weitzman, "There are times when we still have that kind of dynamic between them, but not nearly what it was in the first season. And I think the show, honestly, has grown and benefited from it, because that would have gotten boring after a while."[9] Roger was enhanced by being provided with a running gag of alternate disguises and freedom to exist outside of the Smith house. The show's original concept basically portrayed him as being similar to Alf, having him sit in the house all day while commenting on life. The creators, however, have stated that the character was far too much fun to keep restricted to the house, and having him interact with different people provided for lots of material. The creators have further appreciated the direction of Roger for the fact that he almost serves as a different guest star for each episode what with his many alter egos. The show's staff believe this element of the show highlights MacFarlane's versatility as he voices Roger and his countless alter egos.[9] There have been three versions of the "Steve" character, the creators having twice made considerable adjustments to his design. Steve's initial design ended up being a one-off execution limited to the unaired precursory pilot (not to be confused with the series premiere, entitled "Pilot"). By the season premiere, Scott Grimes
Scott Grimes
had begun voicing Steve, and his design was made taller, more filled out, and less geeky. After early seasons of the series, Steve was remodeled again. This time he was made softer, more emotional, cuter and more endearing, creating a sharper contrast to his father Stan's ruggedness and machismo.[56] Between the eighth and ninth seasons there were significant changes in the show's writing staff. Mike Barker mentions (with one-season-less numbering) "We lost some animators, and we lost a lot of writers. Season eight, our writing staff is about 65–70 percent new."[9] Network relocation from Fox to TBS[edit] On July 16, 2013, it was announced that American Dad!
American Dad!
had been cancelled by Fox. Shortly thereafter, however, the cable station TBS picked up the show for a 15-episode 11th season, slated to premiere on October 20, 2014.[57][58] Currently, TBS airs reruns of American Dad! in syndication.[59] The tenth season was initially to be the final one on Fox; however, on July 20, 2014, it was announced that Fox had three unaired episodes left for broadcast. Two of the three aired back-to-back on September 14, 2014, and the final one aired on September 21, 2014. Reports from Fox seemed to imply that these three episodes constituted a season of their own, season 10. Among multiple discrepant reports from TBS however, one indicated that the three episodes were the beginning of the 11th season to resume on their network.[60] TBS actually debuted their first episode through social media websites YouTube
YouTube
and Facebook
Facebook
on October 13, 2014. However, the October 20, 2014 date still applies to the television debut.[61] On the show's network relocation, Mike Barker has stated, "It's going to be the same American Dad!, just in a different place." Barker also joked that the network relocation was to execute a Tyler Perry crossover they [Barker and American Dad!
American Dad!
production staff] had long aspired to.[62] In reality, the purpose of the network relocation was Fox's move away from the " Animation
Animation
Domination" format to make room for sitcoms like Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It may also have been due to the arrival of a new animated series from Family Guy
Family Guy
writer Mark Hentemann and executive produced by American Dad!
American Dad!
creator Seth MacFarlane
Seth MacFarlane
called Bordertown. Mike Barker's exit[edit] On November 4, 2013, it was announced that Mike Barker had departed American Dad![63] Barker had served for ten seasons as the show's co-creator/executive and producer/co-showrunner. Matt Weitzman
Matt Weitzman
is now serving as the show's sole showrunner. The news came as early production for season 11 commenced. As of November 2013, the show's production crew was developing its first four episodes for season 11, slated to begin airing on October 20, 2014 when American Dad!
American Dad!
moved to TBS. Barker remained under an overall contract with 20th Century Fox Television.[64][65] Following Mike Barker's exit, Brian Boyle replaced him as the showrunner for the television series[66] and his sole character on the show, Terry Bates, was written out of the series.[citation needed] Reception[edit] In 2016, a New York Times
New York Times
study of the 50 TV shows with the most Facebook
Facebook
Likes found that American Dad!
American Dad!
"is not popular in Utah or much of the South".[67] Series premiere[edit] Until season 12 when American Dad!
American Dad!
moved to TBS, all but one episode originally aired on Animation
Animation
Domination. The program's series premiere is the only episode that pre-dates the Animation
Animation
Domination lineup. In addition, American Dad!'s series premiere predated the rest of the first season by roughly three months. The series premiere episode, "Pilot", aired directly following Fox's broadcast of Super Bowl XXXIX on February 6, 2005. The episode aired alongside The Simpsons and pulled in 15 million viewers,[68] with 23 million viewers overall.[69] Both Animation Domination and the rest of the show's first season commenced on May 1, 2005. The show returned with the episode "Threat Levels", obtaining 9.47 million viewers, after the season premiere/revival of Family Guy.[70] TBS ratings[edit] On November 18, 2014, it was reported that the show's outstanding performance in cable had quickly moved TBS to order another season of the series, bringing the show to 13 seasons.[71][72] Nielsen ratings[edit]

Season No. of episodes Timeslot (ET) Network First aired Last aired Overall ratings

Date Premiere viewers (in millions) Date Finale viewers (in millions) Rank Viewers (in millions)

1 2004–05 7 Sunday at 11:15 pm (Episode 1) Sunday at 9:30 pm (Episodes 2-7) FOX February 6, 2005 15.10[73] June 19, 2005 6.55[74] 67[75] 8.49[75]

2 2005–06 16 Sunday at 9:30 pm September 11, 2005 7.83[76] May 14, 2006 6.86[77] 97[78] 7.16[78]

3 2006–07 19 Sunday at 8:30 pm (Episodes 1-10) Sunday at 9:30 pm (Episodes 11-19) September 10, 2006 8.93[79] May 20, 2007 7.62[80] 79[81] 7.6[81]

4 2007–08 16 Sunday 9:30 PM September 30, 2007 6.07[82] May 18, 2008 5.64[83] 105[84] 6.6[84]

5 2008–09 20 September 28, 2008 6.89[85] May 17, 2009 5.64[86] 96[87] 5.5[87]

6 2009–10 18 September 27, 2009 7.12[88] May 16, 2010 5.82[89] 84[90] 5.9[90]

7 2010–11 19 Sunday 9:30 PM (2010) Sunday 7:30 PM (2011) October 3, 2010 6.16[91] May 22, 2011 3.57[92] 111[93] 4.07[93]

8 2011–12 18 Sunday 9:30 PM September 25, 2011 5.83[94] May 13, 2012 4.13[95] 110[96] 5.47[96]

9 2012–13 19 September 30, 2012 5.25[97] May 12, 2013[98] 4.01[99] 84[100] 5.24[100]

10 2013–14 20 Sunday at 9:30 pm (Episodes 1-11) Sunday at 7:30 pm (Episodes 12-20) September 29, 2013 4.32[101] May 18, 2014 2.36 89 5.14

11 2014–15 3 Sunday 9:00 PM (Episode 1) Sunday 9:30 PM (Episodes 2-3) September 14, 2014 2.62 September 21, 2014 3.03 TBA 2.77

12 2014–15 15 Monday at 9:00 pm TBS October 20, 2014 1.09 June 1, 2015 1.113[102] TBA 1.118

13 2015–16 22 Monday at 8:30 pm[103] January 25, 2016[103] 1.04 June 27, 2016 0.98[104] TBA TBA

14 2016–17 TBA November 7, 2016[105] 1.00[106] TBA TBA TBA TBA

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Outcome

2005 Teen Choice Awards[107] Choice Summer Series American Dad! Nominated

Teen Choice Awards[107] Choice V-Cast American Dad! Nominated

2006 Golden Reel Award[108] Best Sound Editing in Television Animated American Dad!
American Dad!
for episode "Homeland Insecurity" (1.6) Nominated

Teen Choice Awards[107] Choice TV: Animated Show American Dad! Nominated

2007 Annie Awards[108] Best Writing in an Animated Television Production Dan Vebber for episode "The American Dad After School Special" (2.2) Nominated

GLAAD Media Award[108] Outstanding Individual Episode For episode "Lincoln Lover" (2.4) Nominated

Golden Reel Award[108] Best Sound Editing in Television Animated American Dad!
American Dad!
for episode "Dungeon and Wagons" (2.5) Nominated

2008 Teen Choice Award[108] Choice TV: Animated Show American Dad! Nominated

2009 Prism Award[108] Comedy Episode For episode "Spring Break-Up" (3.16) Nominated

Primetime Emmy Awards[109] Outstanding Animated Program American Dad!
American Dad!
for episode "1600 Candles" (4.1) Nominated

Teen Choice Awards[110] Choice TV: Animated Show American Dad! Nominated

2010 Annie Awards[108] Directing in a Television Production Pam Cooke and Jansen Lee for episode "Brains, Brains & Automobiles" (5.4) Nominated

Artios[108] Outstanding Achievement in Casting Linda Lamontagne Nominated

Teen Choice Awards[111] Choice TV: Animated Show American Dad! Nominated

2011 Teen Choice Awards[112] Choice TV: Animated Show American Dad! Nominated

2012 Primetime Emmy Awards[113] Outstanding Animated Program American Dad!
American Dad!
for episode "Hot Water" (7.1) Nominated

POPrepublic.tv IT LIST AWARDSM[114] Favourite International TV Show American Dad! Nominated

2013 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers[115] Top Television Series American Dad! Won

2015 People's Choice Awards[116] Favorite Animated TV Show American Dad! Nominated

2016 People's Choice Awards[117] Nominated

2017 People's Choice Awards[118] Nominated

Primetime Emmy Awards[119] Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance Dee Bradley Baker
Dee Bradley Baker
for "Fight and Flight" Nominated

Other media[edit] DVD releases[edit]

DVD Name Release dates Ep # BBFC/IFCO/ACB rating Additional information

Region 1 Region 2 Region 4

Volume One April 25, 2006 April 24, 2006 May 24, 2006 13 12/15/M This 3-disc box set includes all 7 episodes of Season 1 and the first 6 episodes of Season 2 ("Pilot" through "Stan of Arabia: Part 2"). Special
Special
features include commentaries, featurettes, and animatics. It was renamed 'Season 1' for regions 2 and 4. When a compilation comprising Volumes 1–3 was released in the UK, 'Season 1' was renamed to 'Volume 1' much like its US counterpart.

Volume Two May 15, 2007 May 28, 2007 May 21, 2007 19 12/15/M This 3-disc box set includes the remaining 10 episodes from Season 2 and the first 9 episodes from Season 3 ("Stannie Get Your Gun" through "The Best Christmas
Christmas
Story Never"). Special
Special
features include commentaries on all episodes, featurettes, multi-angle scene studies, and deleted scenes. An uncensored audio track is also available on the episode "Tears of a Clooney".

Volume Three April 15, 2008 May 12, 2008 May 14, 2008 18 15/15/M This 3-disc box set includes the remaining 10 episodes from Season 3 and 8 of the first 9 episodes from Season 4 ("Bush Comes to Dinner" through "Frannie 911"), though "The Most Adequate Christmas
Christmas
Ever" does not appear on the DVD.[120] Special
Special
features include commentaries on all episodes, unrated audio, a table read, and deleted scenes.[121]

Volume Four April 28, 2009 April 20, 2009 November 18, 2009 14 15/15/M This 3-disc box set includes the remaining 8 episodes of Season 4 (including "The Most Adequate Christmas
Christmas
Ever") and the first 6 episodes of Season 5. Special
Special
features include commentaries on every episode, storyboards/animatics, multi-angle scene studios, deleted scenes, and optional censored audio. On the Region 2 DVD release, a typo was made on the back cover.*

Volume Five June 15, 2010 June 14, 2010 November 3, 2010 14 15/15/M This 3-disc boxset includes the remaining 14 episodes from Season 5. Special
Special
features include commentaries on all episodes, deleted scenes, and a Power Hour Drinking Game.

Volume Six April 19, 2011 June 27, 2011 July 13, 2011[122] 18 15/15/M This 3-disc box set includes all 18 episodes from Season 6. Special features include commentaries on selected episodes, deleted scenes, and the making of the episode "Rapture's Delight".[123]

Volume Seven April 17, 2012 May 14, 2012[124] May 16, 2012 19 15/15/M This 3-disc box set includes all 19 episodes from Season 7, along with commentaries on select episodes, deleted scenes, American Dad!
American Dad!
at Comic-Con 2010, and "I ❤ Sir Patrick Stewart".

Volume Eight September 24, 2013 August 5, 2013[125] August 21, 2013 18 15/15/M This 3-disc box set includes all 18 episodes of Season 8, along with commentaries on select episodes, deleted scenes, and "Stan's Booty Dance".

Volume Nine July 1, 2014 October 6, 2014[126] September 3, 2014 19 15/15/M This 3-disc box set includes all 19 episodes of Season 9. The Region 1 version is an Amazon exclusive being manufactured on demand on DVD-R by CreateSpace.

Volume Ten May 21, 2015[127] October 17, 2016[128] January 6, 2016 20 15/15/M This 3-disc box set contains all 20 episodes from Season 10. The Region 1 version is an Amazon exclusive being manufactured on demand on DVD-R
DVD-R
by CreateSpace.

Volume Eleven December 13, 2016 November 14, 2016[129] November 30, 2016 18 15/15/M This 3-disc box set contains all three episodes from Season 11 and all 15 episodes from Season 12. The Region 1 version is an Amazon exclusive being manufactured on demand on DVD-R
DVD-R
by CreateSpace.

Volume Twelve November 7, 2017 November 13, 2017

22 15/15/M This 3-disc box set contains all 22 episodes from Season 13. The Region 1 version is an Amazon exclusive being manufactured on demand on DVD-R
DVD-R
by CreateSpace.

The Volume One release was retitled Season One for the Region 2 and 4 releases, however the subsequent releases retained the Volume titles. On the packaging for the Season 1 release on Region 2 DVD, there was no mention of audio commentaries or some of the bonus features, leading many to mistakenly believe they had been omitted from the release. The Region 2 and 4 DVDs do not have censored audio tracks on any episodes; however, Volume 3 has so-called "uncensored tracks" on the set (probably an error from the transfer because the tracks are already automatically uncensored on the set). The Volume 4 DVD release blurb contained information on the episode "Phantom of the Telethon", which was instead featured on Volume 5. On Volume 6, despite claims of being uncensored, the bleeps from "Home Adrone", "My Morning Straitjacket", and "G-String Circus" are not removed. Volume 9 features all episodes from Season 9, but features the poster from Season 10's "Poltergasm".

Potential film adaptation[edit] At Comic-Con 2013 on July 20, Mike Barker revealed that an American Dad! movie—centering on Roger and set on his birth planet—may take place in the future. Barker did not announce any specifics as it relates to the nature and type of film he and the rest of the show's creators had in mind for the series; however, he strongly suggested that a movie is where the show's staff and creators would like to take things. Barker further hinted that an American Dad!
American Dad!
movie may already even be in the works and partially written. No further information about the movie was released following Barker's exit from the series in November 2013.[62] Crossovers with other animated sitcoms[edit] American Dad!
American Dad!
characters have appeared on other animated sitcoms and vice versa. To date, all of American Dad!'s crossovers have involved two other animated programs. The other two animated programs were also created by Seth MacFarlane: Family Guy
Family Guy
(the crossover episode "Bigfat" also consisted of King of the Hill
King of the Hill
characters), and the cancelled series The Cleveland Show. On December 8, 2013, Bart Simpson
Bart Simpson
made a cameo appearance in the American Dad!
American Dad!
season 10 episode, "Faking Bad". Though unofficial, this marked the first ever Simpsons/ American Dad!
American Dad!
crossover.[130] Online Gambling[edit] Playtech
Playtech
signed on for the development of a 40-line branded slot game based on Fox Broadcasting Company's animated sitcom, American Dad. Released online in May 2017, Stan Smith, Francine, Hayley, Klaus and Roger are featured along with special game bonuses including re-spins, free spins and 'Wheels and the Legman'.[131] See also[edit]

Animation
Animation
portal Television in the United States
Television in the United States
portal

Animated TV series The Cleveland Show Family Guy The Simpsons

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American Dad!

Characters

Stan Smith Francine Smith Steve Smith Hayley Smith Roger Klaus

Episodes

Season 1

"Pilot"

Season 2

"All About Steve" "Stan of Arabia: Part 1" "Stan of Arabia: Part 2" "Stannie Get Your Gun" "Finances with Wolves"

Season 3

"Camp Refoogee" "The American Dad After School Special" "Lincoln Lover"

Season 4

"The Vacation Goo" "Surro-Gate" "Tearjerker"

Season 5

"The One That Got Away" "Pulling Double Booty"

Season 6

"In Country...Club" "Moon Over Isla Island" "My Morning Straitjacket" "G-String Circus" "Rapture's Delight" "Don't Look a Smith Horse in the Mouth" "Cops and Roger" "Bully for Steve"

Season 7

"Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls" "Stan's Food Restaurant" "White Rice" "For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls" "Fart-Break Hotel" "Stanny Boy and Frantastic" "A Piñata Named Desire" "You Debt Your Life" "I Am the Walrus" "Jenny Fromdabloc" "Home Wrecker" "Flirting with Disaster"

Season 8

"Hot Water" "Hurricane!" "A Ward Show" "Virtual In-Stanity" "The Scarlett Getter" "Ricky Spanish" "Toy Whorey"

Season 9

"National Treasure 4: Baby Franny: She's Doing Well: The Hole Story" "The Missing Kink" "Lost in Space" "Da Flippity Flop"

Season 10

"Minstrel Krampus"

Season 11

"Blagsnarst, a Love Story"

Season 12

Season 13

"The Two Hundred"

Season 14

Season 15

Related

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Animation
Domination

Articles and topics related to American Dad!

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Seth MacFarlane

Filmography Awards

Series created

Family Guy
Family Guy
(1999–2000; 2001–02; 2005–present) American Dad!
American Dad!
(2005–present) The Cleveland Show
The Cleveland Show
(2009–13) The Orville
The Orville
(2017–present)

Films directed

Ted (2012) A Million Ways to Die in the West
A Million Ways to Die in the West
(2014) Ted 2
Ted 2
(2015)

Studio albums

Music Is Better Than Words
Music Is Better Than Words
(2011) Holiday for Swing
Holiday for Swing
(2014) No One Ever Tells You
No One Ever Tells You
(2015) In Full Swing (2017)

Novels

A Million Ways to Die in the West
A Million Ways to Die in the West
(2014)

Characters

Peter Griffin Brian Griffin Stewie Griffin Glenn Quagmire Stan Smith Roger

See also

Fuzzy Door Productions The Life of Larry and Larry & Steve Rachael MacFarlane "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy Night of the Hurricane

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Fuzzy Door Productions

Seth MacFarlane

Television series

Animated

Family Guy
Family Guy
(1999–2003; since 2005) American Dad!
American Dad!
(since 2005) The Cleveland Show
The Cleveland Show
(2009–13) Bordertown (2016)

Live-action

The Winner (2007) Dads (2013–14) Blunt Talk
Blunt Talk
(2015–16) The Orville
The Orville
(since 2017)

Documentary

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)

Films

Straight-to-DVD

Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (2005)

Theatrical

Ted (2012) A Million Ways to Die in the West
A Million Ways to Die in the West
(2014) Ted 2
Ted 2
(2015)

Web series

Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy (2008–09)

Studio albums

No One Ever Tells You
No One Ever Tells You
(2015) In Full Swing (2017)

Night of the Hurricane

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Fox animation

Current

The Simpsons
The Simpsons
(since 1989) Family Guy
Family Guy
(1999–2003; since 2005) Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
(since 2011)

1990s

The Critic
The Critic
(1995) King of the Hill
King of the Hill
(1997–2010) Futurama
Futurama
(1999–2008) The PJs
The PJs
(1999–2000)

2000s

American Dad!
American Dad!
(2005–2014) Sit Down, Shut Up (2009) The Cleveland Show
The Cleveland Show
(2009–2013)

2010s

Allen Gregory
Allen Gregory
(2011) Napoleon Dynamite (2012) Bordertown (2016) Son of Zorn
Son of Zorn
(2016–2017)

Animation
Animation
Domination High-Def

ADHD Shorts Axe Cop Golan the Insatiable High School USA! Lucas Bros. Moving Co. Major Lazer Stone Quackers

Related

The Simpsons
The Simpsons
shorts (1987–1989) Night of the Hurricane
Night of the Hurricane
(2011) Fox cartoons Animation
Animation
Domination

High-Def

20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox
Animation

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TBS original programming

Former

1970s debuts

Best of World Championship Wrestling
Best of World Championship Wrestling
(1973–87) Braves TBS Baseball (1973–2007) Georgia Championship Wrestling
Georgia Championship Wrestling
(1972–84) WCW Saturday Night
WCW Saturday Night
(1971–2000)

1980s debuts

The Baseball Bunch
The Baseball Bunch
(1980–85) The Catlins (1983–85) College Football on TBS (1982–2006) Clash of the Champions
Clash of the Champions
(1988–97) Down to Earth (1984–87) G-Force: Guardians of Space (1986) Kid's Beat (1983–97) NASCAR on TBS (1983–2000) National Geographic Explorer
National Geographic Explorer
(1986–99) NBA on TBS (1984–2002) The New Leave It to Beaver
The New Leave It to Beaver
(1986–89) Night Tracks
Night Tracks
(1983–92) Rocky Road (1985–87) Safe at Home (1985–88) Starcade
Starcade
(1982–83) Tom and Jerry's Funhouse on TBS (1986–95) Tush (1980–81) WCW Main Event
WCW Main Event
(1988–98) WCW Power Hour (1989–94)

1990s debuts

2 Stupid Dogs
2 Stupid Dogs
(1993–95) Between the Lines (1991–94) Captain Planet and the Planeteers
Captain Planet and the Planeteers
(1990–96) Cartoon Planet
Cartoon Planet
(1995) The Chimp Channel (1999) Dinner and a Movie (1995–2011) Live from the House of Blues (1995) Monkey-ed Movies ((1998) The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest
The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest
(1996–97) SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron (1993–94) WCW Pro (1994–98) WCW Thunder
WCW Thunder
(1998–2001)

2000s debuts

10 Items or Less (2006–09) The Bill Engvall Show
The Bill Engvall Show
(2007–09) Daisy Does America (2005–06) Frank TV (2007–08) He's a Lady (2004) House Rules (2003) Lopez Tonight
Lopez Tonight
(2009–11) Meet the Browns (2009–11) Midnight Money Madness
Midnight Money Madness
(2006) Minding the Store (2005) My Boys
My Boys
(2006–10) Outback Jack (2004) The Real Gilligan's Island (2004–05) Ripley's Believe It or Not! (2000–03) Tyler Perry's House of Payne (2007–12) Worst Case Scenarios (2002)

2010s debuts

America's Greatest Makers (2016) Are We There Yet? (2010–13) Bam's Bad Ass Game Show (2014) CeeLo Green's The Good Life (2014) Clipped (2015) Cougar Town
Cougar Town
(2013–15) Deal with It (2013–14) Deon Cole's Black Box (2013) Funniest Wins (2014) Funny or Die Presents: America's Next Weatherman (2015) Glory Daze (2010–11) Ground Floor
Ground Floor
(2013–15) King of the Nerds
King of the Nerds
(2013–15) Meet the Smiths (2015) Men at Work (2012–14) Neighbors from Hell
Neighbors from Hell
(2010) The Pete Holmes Show
The Pete Holmes Show
(2013–14) Sullivan & Son (2012–14) Separation Anxiety (2016) Tarantula (2017) Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host
Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host
(2013) Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse
Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse
(2011–12) Wedding Band (2012–13) Who Gets the Last Laugh? (2013) Your Family or Mine (2015)

Current

American Dad!
American Dad!
(since 2014) Angie Tribeca
Angie Tribeca
(since 2016) Conan (since 2010) The Detour (since 2016) Drop the Mic (since 2017) Final Space
Final Space
(since 2018) Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
(since 2016) The Guest Book (since 2017) The Joker's Wild
The Joker's Wild
(since 2017) The Last O.G.
The Last O.G.
(since 2018) Major League Baseball on TBS
Major League Baseball on TBS
(since 2008) Movie and a Makeover (since 2006) NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship
NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship
(since 2016) NCAA Division I Men's Basketball
Basketball
Tournament (since 2011) People of Earth
People of Earth
(since 2016) Search Party (since 2016) Wrecked (since 2016)

Upcoming

Close Enough
Close Enough
(2018)

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Prime time
Prime time
animated television series in the United States

ABC

The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show
(1960–62) Calvin and the Colonel (1961–62) Capitol Critters (1992) Clerks: The Animated Series (2000) The Critic
The Critic
(1994) The Flintstones
The Flintstones
(1960–66) The Goode Family
The Goode Family
(2009) The Jetsons
The Jetsons
(1962–63) Jonny Quest (1964–65) Matty's Funday Funnies
Matty's Funday Funnies
(1959–1961) Matty's Funnies with Beany and Cecil
Beany and Cecil
(1962) Peanuts
Peanuts
television specials (since 2001) Top Cat
Top Cat
(1961–62)

CBS

The Alvin Show
The Alvin Show
(1961–62) CBS
CBS
Cartoon Theater (1956) Creature Comforts
Creature Comforts
(2007) Family Dog (1993) Fish Police (1992) Garfield
Garfield
television specials (1982–1991) The Gerald McBoing-Boing
Gerald McBoing-Boing
Show (1956–57) The Sabrina the Teenage Witch Show (1970–74) This Is America, Charlie Brown
This Is America, Charlie Brown
(1988–1990) Wacky Races (1968–1970) Where's Huddles? (1970) Peanuts
Peanuts
television specials (1965–2000)

Fox

Allen Gregory
Allen Gregory
(2011) American Dad!
American Dad!
(2005–2014) Axe Cop (2013) Batman: The Animated Series (1992–93) Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
(since 2011) Bordertown (2016) The Cleveland Show
The Cleveland Show
(2009–2013) The Critic
The Critic
(1995) Family Guy
Family Guy
(1999–2002; since 2005) Futurama
Futurama
(1999–2003) Golan the Insatiable
Golan the Insatiable
(2013–15) High School USA!
High School USA!
(2013) King of the Hill
King of the Hill
(1997–2010) Lucas Bros. Moving Co.
Lucas Bros. Moving Co.
(2013–14) Napoleon Dynamite (2012) The PJs
The PJs
(1999–2000) The Simpsons
The Simpsons
(since 1989) Sit Down, Shut Up (2009) Son of Zorn
Son of Zorn
(2016–17) Peanuts
Peanuts
television specials (2011)

NBC

The Bullwinkle Show (1961–63) The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo (1964–1965) Father of the Pride
Father of the Pride
(2004) God, the Devil and Bob
God, the Devil and Bob
(2000) Jokebook (1982) The Ruff and Reddy Show (1957–1960) Sammy (2000) Stressed Eric
Stressed Eric
(1998) Wait Till Your Father Gets Home (1972) Peanuts
Peanuts
television specials (1971–1994)

PBS

Adventures from the Book of Virtues (1996-2000) Click and Clack's As the Wrench Turns
Click and Clack's As the Wrench Turns
(2008)

Syndication

The Huckleberry Hound Show (1958–1962) The Sabrina the Teenage Witch Show (1970–74) Tiny Toon Adventures
Tiny Toon Adventures
(Prime Toons) (1990–91) Wait Till Your Father Gets Home (1972–74)

The WB

Animaniacs
Animaniacs
(1993–98) Baby Blues (2000) Freakazoid!
Freakazoid!
(1996) Invasion America
Invasion America
(1998) Mission Hill
Mission Hill
(1999–2000) The Oblongs (2001) Pinky and the Brain
Pinky and the Brain
(1995–98) The PJs
The PJs
(2000–01)

UPN

Dilbert (1999–2000) Game Over (2004) Gary & Mike (2001) Home Movies (1999)

Authority control

.