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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Family Guy, Vol. 1 (Seasons 1 & 2)

Family Guy, Vol. 1 (Seasons 1 & 2)
DVD ~ Seth Macfarlane

Product Details

Starring: Seth Macfarlane, See more

Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)

Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Box set

Aspect Ratio(s): 1.33:1

Audio Encoding: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

Rated: NR
Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
DVD Release Date: April 15, 2003
Run Time: 632

DVD Features:
Available subtitles: English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
28 episodes from the first 2 seasons on 4 discs

Disc 1:

Commentary on "Death Has a Shadow" and "The Son Also Draws"

Disc 2:

Commentary on "Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater", and "Holy Crap"

Disc 3:

Commentary on "Fifteen Minutes of Shame" and "Let's Go to the Hop"

Disc 4:

Commentary on "He's Too Sexy for His Fat" and "E. Peterbus Unum"

Behind-the-scenes featurette

Internet promo spots

Number of discs: 4

Note on DVD sets: During shipping, discs in multidisc sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.

From IMDb: Quotes & Trivia
ASIN: B000083C6V

Average Customer Review: Based on 580 reviews. Write a review.

Amazon.com Sales Rank: #66 in DVD

Popular in: Coventry, RI (#12) , Cranston, RI (#2) . See more


FAMILY GUY debuted after the Superbowl in 1999 and currently airs on Thursday on FOX Television Networks.

(that last line i didnt understand...)

FAMILY GUY VOLUME ONE DVD Special Features And Disc Content Specifics:

All Season Two episodes of FAMILY GUY are compiled on 4 dual-layered discs (full frame, aspect ration 1.33:1). Each episode is presented with English Dolby Surround, French Stereo and Spanish Dolby Surround Sound. In addition, the following special features are exclusive to each disc:

Disc One:
Death Has a Shadow (1/31/99)
I Never Met the Dead Man (4/11/99)
Chitty Chitty Death Bang (4/18/99)
Mind Over Murder (4/25/99)
A Hero Sits Next Door (5/2/99)
The Son Also Draws (5/9/99)
Brian: Portrait of a Dog (5/16/99)

Bonus Features

Commentary: "Death Has a Shadow" and "The Son Also Draws"
Seven Internet Promos

Disc Two:
Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater (9/23/99)
Holy Crap (9/30/99)
DaBoom (12/26/99)
Brian in Love (3/7/00)
Love Thy Trophy (3/14/00)
Death is a B(i)tch (3/21/00)
The King is Dead (3/28/00)
Bonus Features
Commentary: "Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater" and "Holy Crap"

Disc Three:
I Am Peter, Hear Me Roar (3/28/00)
If I'm Dyin', I'm Lyin' (4/4/00)
Running Mates (4/11/00)
A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Bucks (4/18/00)
Fifteen Minutes of Shame (4/25/00)

Road to Rhode Island (5/30/00)
Let's Go to the Hop (6/6/00)
Bonus Features
Commentary: "Fifteen Minutes of Shame" and "Let's Go to the Hop"

Disc Four:
Dammit Janet! (6/13/00)
There's Something About Paulie (6/27/00)
He's Too Sexy for His Fat (6/27/00)
E. Peterbus Unum (7/12/00)
The Story on Page 1 (7/18/00)
Wasted Talent (7/25/00)
Fore, Father (8/1/00)
Bonus Features
Commentary: "He's Too Sexy for His Fat" and "E. Peterbus Unum"

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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful:

The Funniest Animated Fox Show Yet!, January 26, 2003
Reviewer: Michael Pappalardo (Ronkonkoma, NY United States) - See all my reviews

I am a long-time Simpson fan...ever since the Simpsons first came on the scene back in the late 80's I would watch the show every chance I got. But over the years the Simpsons started getting a little stale. And that's when Family Guy came in.

Family Guy is, by far, the funniest animated television series since the Simpsons were in their prime. We're weighing in alot of shows here...Ren and Stimpy, Futurama...but there's something about Family Guy that just warrants gut-busting laughs. Maybe it's Quagmire's ridiculous attempts at picking up women, Peter's wealth of ignorance, little Stewie's attempts at world domination, or just the random silliness thrown in to all of the episodes, such as appearences by the Kool Aid man, the 'Two Scoops' sun from the old Raisin Bran commercials, references to the old Incredible Hulk television series...and alot more.

Family Guy is definitely not for the kids...all of the situations are adult and sometimes are borderline risque (which got the series cancelled, unfortunately). The network censors and committees have no idea what they've done...they threw away a gold mine.

While it could never truly replace the Simpsons, Family Guy was well on its way to becoming the new dominant animated series on Fox. The Simpsons have been stale the last few years...Family Guy breathed new life into prime time animation that you just don't see anymore. It's too bad, really. In any case, don't pass up the opportunity to own every episode on DVD!!

Fans will love to have all episodes on dvd, I know i'm looking forward to it. And even if you've never seen it, then take my advice: Pick it up anyway! You will not regret it! The extra features are a little bare bones, but it doesn't matter. The show has enough laughs to keep you coming back...even watching the same episode twice won't lessen the amount of laughs you get from it. Definitely a great idea to put this classic but short lived series on DVD!

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Some Episodes Stand Up To Repeat Viewing, Some Don't, August 6, 2005
Reviewer: Michael Kent (Canada) - See all my reviews

First of all, I'd like to say that I love this show.

Having said that, there are a few things that come to mind, one being the comparisons between Family Guy and The Simpsons, which others have elected to point out.

Some of which include:

1)Both fathers are morons who like to hang out with their friends at the local bar or sit in front of the TV.

2)Both feature evil sons, though Stewie is more of an evil genious while Bart is just evil.

3)Both feature mothers with annoying voices...though Lois will use her sex appeal...and both wear green.

4)Both have outcast daughters...at least Lisa is smart...Meg is just a drag with her whining and her "woe is me I'm unpopular" attitude.

5)Both feature a mix of regular and semi-regular supporting characters.

6)Both families have dogs...and this is where Family Guy scores, as Brian is vastly superior in intellect and everything else to Santa's Little Helper.

Without Brian and Stewie, this show would probably go nowhere and would certainly not have been resurrected as a series through its DVD sales. Do I see the show lasting sixteen years as The Simpsons has done? No, and this is the main reason... with The Simpsons, it took several viewings of episodes for me to become bored with certain ones...with Family Guy there were a few I would skip after viewing a couple of times.

It'd be nice to say that these episodes stand up to the test of time, but certain ones don't hold up.

Among these are:

Chitty Chitty Death Bang - not that funny to begin with (with the exception of Brian's line "I SAID runt.")the whole cult, let's drink some poisoned punch thing.

DA BOOM - Too much like The Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror episodes and not consistant with the remaining episodes.

THE KING IS DEAD - Just not much to offer in this one at all in the way of humor.

I AM PETER, HEAR ME ROAR - Not that this is a bad episode, but that nipple sucking scene with Peter and Stewie gives me the creeps.

RUNNING MATES - Just shows what a jerk Peter can be towards his wife...much like THE KING IS DEAD.

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND BUCKS - I guess I just find most episodes revolving around Chris or Meg boring and this one is right at the top.

E PETERBUS UNUM - Just the title alone makes it worth skipping.

Having said that, I would recommend the following as episodes worth repeated viewing:

DEATH HAS A SHADOW - The first and one of the better episodes of the first season.

MIND OVER MURDER - Lois becomes a stage attraction after Peter opens a bar in his basement after being placed under house arrest.

BRIAN: PORTRAIT OF A DOG - Brian faces the death penalty after running out on the family after misbehaving at a dog show.

BRIAN IN LOVE - Could Brian's carpet wetting problems have anything to do with his love for Lois?

DEATH IS A BITCH - Death is injured, so Peter has to take over his duties (this is one The Simpsons blatently ripped off in one of their Treehouse episodes when Homer kills death, then becomes him)

IF I'M DYIN', I'M LYIN' - Peter says Chris is dying so they can get their favorite show back on the air, then becomes known as a healer when Chris is "cured".

ROAD TO RHODE ISLAND - Probably the one I watch the most. I like the song Brian and Stewie sing and the interaction between the two on the road. Brian shows once again how he is at once the most adult and the most flawed character on the show.

LET'S GO TO THE HOP - Peter goes under cover to infiltrate the toad lickers at Meg's high school. Great musical number here, too.

DAMMIT, JANET! - The first of the "Stewie In Love" themed shows.

WASTED TALENT - Who knew Peter could play the piano...as long as he was wasted?

If nothing else, it proves the whole Family Guy pattern that some shows hit the mark while others just splat against the wall and slide to the ground. I would still recommend this box set, for it has some very entertaining episodes, but don't be surprised if you cross some off the list along the way.

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To be fair..., August 4, 2005
A Kid's Review

I personally think that this show doesn't suck, and the Simpsons don't suck either. I think that everyone has a right to their opinion ( to those who are saying we dont have rights,more or less, stick it in your ear) It's all based on YOUR opinion. just cause some guy says the Simpsons rock and this sucks, that's not gonna harm you cause you can just go on and ignore that guy, right? All I'm doing is just trying to keep the peace here.

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Great Start but dies, August 3, 2005
Reviewer: unknownpersn "4d" (California, LA USA) - See all my reviews

The first time I saw family I thought it was incredibly funny. It gets boring after viewing the same episodes a few times. Is it me or did the comedy die down when they came up with the new ones? Well anyways I switched back to watching the Simpsons new or not I think the Simpsons are far superior. P.S. people can compare the Simpsons to Family Guy if they want to

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One of the funniest shows on TV., August 2, 2005
Reviewer: 14-Year Old Movie/Game Lover "Adam Sims" (I may be from Kentucky, but I'm not a redneck) - See all my reviews

Before I review this, I want to talk about the 1 and 2 star reviews. Most are made by hard-core [and I mean REALLY HARDCORE] Simpsons fans, little kids who can't understand the adult humor, people who hate "offensive" humor, or people w/o a sense of humor [like that Michael guy below me.]

FG was first aired in the beginning of 1999. But it was canceled in 2003. But, do to popular demand, the show is back with new episodes! The show revolves around the Griffin Family:

PETER: The man of the house. Very fat and stupid, and his hilarious antics will make you bust a gut.

LOIS: Peter's redhead wife. She is much smarter than Peter and lives as housewife.

CHRIS: The 13-year old son. He is about as stupid and as fat as Peter.

MEG: The 16-year old teenage daughter. She's like most girls her age: Ponders about what's "in", wants to be popular, and she's pretty embarrassed by her family.

STEWIE: The super-intelligent baby who can talk and wants to rule the world and kill Lois. This guy is hilarious!

BRIAN: The talking dog. Loves to drink martinis. A cool character.

The neighbors are also pretty funny. My favorite neighbor has got to be Quagmire the pimp.

This DVD has 28 shows:

Death Has a Shadow
I Never Met the Dead Man
Chitty Chitty Death Bang
Mind Over Murder
A Hero Sits Next Door
The Son Also Draws
Brian: Portrait of a Dog
Peter Peter Caviar Eater
Holy Crap
Da Boom
Brian in Love
Love Thy Trophy
Death is a Bi*ch
The King is Dead
I am Peter, Hear me Roar
If I'm Dyin', I'm Lyin'
Runnng Mates
A Picture's Worth a Thousand Bucks
15 Minutes of Shame
Road to Rhode Island
Let's Go to the Hop
Dammit, Janet!
There's Something About Paulie
He's Too Sexy for His Fat
E Peterbus Unum
The Story on Page One
Wasted Talent
Fore, Father

A great collection of shows, but it needs more special features, like commentaries on ALL the episodes, not just some, and some Easter Eggs. Ah well.

Also note that this show is NOT for little kids. I recommend it for ages 12+.

One more thing, try to get the limited edition DVD which includes a T-shirt right in the box, plus a bonus disc which includes an episode of American Dad [a pretty funny show.]

FG fans must get this!


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