Tuesday, February 17, 2015

On The Air: American Dad (2005)

On Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane introduced us to a father figure who's about as sharp as a broken thumbtack. 10 years ago, aided by co-creators Mike Barker & Matt Weitzman, MacFarlane gave us another dad who's dumber than a bag of hammers. The difference is, he works for the CIA.

American Dad landed the plum post-Super Bowl slot when the big game aired on Fox in 2005. The 1st season resumed in the spring, and it's been off and running ever since. Another big difference is that MacFarlane, aside from voicing Stan Smith (the Dad in the title) and his alien boarder, Roger, isn't as creatively involved. In other words, this is as different from Family Guy in as many ways as you could imagine. The humor isn't quite so in your face and insulting. Stan's exaggerated jaw is enough.

After 10 seasons, the series has changed addresses, from Fox to TBS, whose sister network, [adult swim], already had repurposing rights. Fox aired the first 3 episodes of the new season, but the rest are on TBS/[as]. Fox decided to do away with their all-animated Sunday lineup, and are again trying out live-action comedies mixed with Family Guy, The Simpsons, & Bob's Burgers.

I think the success of this show may have inspired Sprint's recent promotion involving a bizarre nuclear family, for lack of better description. That's just my opinion, though.

Following is a remixed collection of intros featuring Stan & Roger from seasons 4-8:

I've tried watching this show. It makes my brain hurt.

Rating: C-.

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