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Family Guy - Animated Series of the 90s

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Family Guy - Animated Series of the 90s

 

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Although this is mostly a 2000s show, it was launched in 1999, so it partly qualifies as a 90s TV program due to its popularity. Created by Seth MacFarlane it originally was aired on Fox from January 31, 1999 to February 14, 2002, then it was canceled but due to its favorable DVD sales and high ratings for syndicated reruns it convinced the network to renew the show starting on May 1, 2005 until our days.

It was focused on the Griffins, a dysfunctional family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; their children Meg, Chris, and Stewie; and their dog Brian. The show is set in the fictional city of Quahog, Rhode Island, satirizing many aspects of American culture, society, television as well as of the human condition; following the family's day-to-day life in suburbia.

Much like Futurama, Family Guy took everything positive from the cartoons of the early 90s combining it with the lack of political correctness of the 2000s. It often features other characters (Cleveland, Quagmire) but most story lines revolve around Peter, Lois, Chris, Meg, Stewie and their trusty talking dog, Brian. Nothing on Family Guys is what it seems, but it seems like everything you'd want to see in a cartoon.

The whole idea was conceived when MacFarlane, after developing two animated films, The Life of Larry and Larry & Steve redesigned the films' protagonist Larry and his dog Steve, and renamed them Peter and Brian, respectively. A pilot episode of 15 minutes was aired on Fox on December 20, 1998; and immediately was green-lighted by the network starting production.

The popularity of Family Guy made a spin off show, The Cleveland Show, to be produced. It has been nominated for 12 Primetime Emmy Awards and 11 Annie Awards, winning three of each; it also received 3 Golden Reel Award nominations, winning once. It was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2009, being the first animated series being nominated for the award since The Flintstones in 1961. Nonetheless, Family Guy has been negatively criticized for its similarities to The Simpsons, even having been protrayed on a cover of issue 458 of Mad Magazine, showing the shows' characters crossed over with characters of The Simpsons.

No matter the comparisons or critics, it is fair to say that this show made history by its own in one or another way, being worth its mention in this list of animated series that influenced Millennials.

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