Why I Love Family Guy – Part 1
There is a lot of talk in the world today about family guy. Not only is it on its third season, but it is already considered a cult show. From my own experience with the show, I can honestly say that this is a very interesting show, and it’s far from being an insult to the status of a family man or father to be.
Family guy is not a typical sitcom. While it may be called a family comedy, it is still not really the kind of show you’d expect to see on a sitcom. The first thing that hits you upon watching the show is that the characters are rich and have loads of money. The characters aren’t even trying hard to become famous, they just go along with the look, and they act in ways that appear very natural to the viewer.
However, this isn’t the worst part of the show for me. It is actually the worst part for all of the characters. And that is the fact that everyone is emotionally immature. Sure, their actions might appear innocent, but there is more to it than that.
In the first few episodes of the show, everyone has great chutzpah and knows how to put on a show. Each character, both the good and the bad ones, finds a way to shine and become popular among the masses. The character Chris is a socially awkward guy who perform well in school and have no real friends, and he becomes a celebrity, essentially because he is the oldest kid on the block. You don’t need me to tell you what happens next.
As soon as the kids reach high school, things get even worse. The characters in the show try to pretend like everything was fine, but the truth is, everything’s not fine. This is where the show’s brilliant satire takes place.
As far as comedy goes, the writers for the show were ahead of their time. What makes the show so great is that they take the moral issues of the situation and use it as a vehicle to lampoon every facet of our society.
One of the most common criticisms against the show is that the characters have questionable character’s motives, and that they just want to use people for attention. But I can’t help but think that they are great satirists. If they had given us a show based on what life is like for poor kids growing up today, I don’t think I’d be writing this article.
This is where I’m sure many of you are now, and I apologize in advance for my last statement, but I’ve watched a lot of family guy. You’d be surprised how many jokes, some very light, some pretty heavy, are ripped directly from the headlines today. And as for the characters’ maturity, you would be surprised at how much of an influence they actually have on the way people view the world.
It’s no coincidence that in the episode “Favors for Mr. Finch”, every single one of the characters talks about how poor they are, how difficult their lives are, and how their way of life has changed for the worst. It’s something they talk about everyday, and it’s no surprise that it has a huge effect on how people perceive them.
A joke about a mom who says that she wants to save up for a wedding with her daughter is a joke about how a divorced mother should behave towards her child. A joke about how a guy gets a fake job because he loves football so much is a joke about how he should not just go out and get a real job. The story is never over with, because the joke never stops.
This is funny TV show. It is not one that is meant to insult your fatherhood or the importance of your family.
In the end, it is the story behind the story that makes the family guy so great. Everything is a metaphor, everything is a double entendre, and everything is highly satirical. It is a great way to laugh at the absurdities of our modern day society, and it is a testament to the fact that it is easy to be a father today.