First, I am thrilled about the prospect of new episodes in 2005.
It is a great show that consistently cracks me up.
I am even glad Fox is committed to the new episodes so much that they have been running Family Guy Marathons on Wednesdays to get it back in people’s minds.
But I am concerned that the network censors are going to gut the cutting edge humor.
Two pieces of evidence indicate this is a concern:
They’ve shown EIGHT episodes on Fox since they began the re-airings. NOT ONE of them was When You Wish Upon a Weinstein! We’ve all seen the episode. It is FAR less “offensive” than most others (the handicap olympics one comes to mind).
They’ve been using the mute button on some of the language. Last night, Peter called some one a “Son of a (MUTE).” I remember hearing the word BITCH on TV back in the 1980’s. Is BITCH now a scary word in a post-Janet Jackson’s tittie world? Even worse though, last week, they censored the word “CRAP” (the old man explaining electricity.) At the time, I thought it was just an audio glitch, but when I heard the muting this week, I knew it was intentional!
I am worried if they bring it back, it will not only be heavy handed on the mute button, but they will be harder on editing content.
I am not sure I want Family Guy Lite episodes.
Anyone else worried about this?
And because it always seems to come up in a Family Guy thread, please let this replace the inevitable debate.
ANGRY POSTER: Family Guy Sucks. They should have brought back Futurama instead.
ANGRY RESPONDER: Nuh-uh. Futurama SUCKS! Family Guy is MUCH better!
REASONABLE RESPONDER: Now. There are a lot of people who like both shows. It’s not a competition!
LESS ANGRY POSTER: I still wish we’d get more Futurama.
MULTIPLE POSTERS: Me, too.
HIJACKING POSTER: Man, the Simpsons sure did jump the shark with Saddlesore Galactica!