Family Guy, the long running FOX animated series was renewed last month, to the disatisfaction and rejoice of many viewers. The series, crafted by comedian Seth McFarlane, will return for its 14th season in the fall of 2016, alongside The Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers. Having been on the air so long, the show has never shied away from stepping too deeply inside the shoes of controversy and mayhem, often coming head to head with the conservative views of their home channel. After all this time, will the show finally be stepping down to make room for another? Here’s why I think it really needs to happen.
The Show Has Run Out of Originality
Anyone who’s been a dedicated viewer of the show for the past fourteen years can tell you that the show has never been afraid to shy away from endlessly reusing its limitless supply of viral running gags and nonsensical fart jokes. Some were even reused in the sequel to the Seth McFarlane directorial debut Ted and its 2015 sequel, noticeably more in the latter. Users on Reddit have compiled a list of all the recycled jokes used in Ted 2, check it out
Seth McFarlane Clearly No Longer Cares About Quality
The creator, star, and writer has, in interviews, often described his desire to end the series alltogether or have it go out with a movie. Clearly that mindset has taken hold as the quality of the show has slipped further and further into the cesspool of TV garbage that shows who overstay their welcome occasionally fall into. I can’t even remember the last time Family Guy had an episode I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. All I can seem to remember thinking is, “when is this going to end?”. It’s become as common a thought as, “Don’t forget to feed the dog”.
It Shouldn’t Stick Around Long Enough to Become Another ‘Simpsons’
The Simpsons, another that’s well overstayed its welcome, should’ve ended after the release of The Simpsons Movie, a film that told a complete tale, offered a good chunk of gratifying laughs, and gave the viewers an ending they could have easily lived with were it announced to be the finale of the decades spanning animated sitcom. I can’t imagine McFarlane wanting his first show to stick around long enough, just waiitng for another to come through and poke fun at its lazy, overdone, dull nature just as Family Guy has done to The Simpsons numerous times.
He’s Got a Better Show To Work With
American Dad! found new life on TBS recently and I have never been happier with the show since the move. It’s well done, it doesn’t pander, it has Roger, and I still look forward to watching it every single Monday night. Ever since it left FOX, the jokes have been better, the quality is outstanding, and the episodes have never been funnier. McFarlane should be proud of this show and proud of the effort his team and TBS have put into making it something worthwhile for their viewers. And it still has so much potential for the future. This is where his time and effort should really be put to good use.
And Then Of Course, He Does Have His New Show
FOX announced, alongside the renewal of Family Guy, that they had picked up another live-action series from McFarlane. Only this time, the show would star the actor/director/writer himself. The sc-fi dramedy, slated to premiere in 2017 with a straight to series order from FOX, is described as this,
Set 300 years in the future, the show follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar fleet. Facing cosmic challenges from without and within, this motley crew of space explorers will boldly go where no comedic drama has gone before.
With so much on his plate already, it seems likely that he’ll start to consider where his attention is best put. And since Family Guy has already accomplished so much in its time, it’s not unreasonable to think that it might be the very thing McFarlane can choose to live without.
And while it may be tough at first, I’m sure fans of the show will undoubtedly move on to whatever McFarlane puts out next.
Do you think ‘Family Guy’ should end? Should the series go out with a movie? Let me know in the comments section below!
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