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Family Guy is an American animated television series about a dysfunctional family in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island. It was created by Seth MacFarlane for Fox Broadcasting Company in 1999. The show uses frequent "cutaway gags", jokes in the form of tangential vignettes that do not advance the story. The show is criticized for using story premises and humor similar to those used in episodes of The Simpsons, another animated series on the Fox network.[1] Numerous writers associated with The Simpsons, such as Matt Groening, Al Jean, David X. Cohen, Matt Selman, Tim Long, and Joel H. Cohen have made fun of Family Guy during public appearances, in interviews and on DVD commentaries.

"You know, it's funny. Matt Groening and I actually have a great relationship. We've talked several times in the past few weeks and joked about this. One day out of nowhere this rumor pops up in papers and magazines. Actually, it was probably one comment that was taken out of context in Blender. Matt's just a cool guy, and fortunately neither of us was ruffled by any of that stuff. We just laughed it off."
―Seth MacFarlane
"The rivalry is very affectionate. Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, is a good guy and he does great work, and I certainly have no problem with the perceived competition. If anything, we have the same kind of competition that Pugsley Addams and Eddie Munster had in the old days. They duked it out a few times, and so did Seth and I, but that's probably before your time. I think Family Guy and American Dad have definitely staked out their own style and territory, and now the accusations are coming that The Simpsons is taking jokes from Family Guy. And I can tell you, that ain't the case."
―Matt Groening

According to the DVD commentary in the Family Guy episode Movin' Out (Brian's Song) Fox cut the scene which makes a extended reference to The Simpsons. FOX refused to air it on the basis that they wanted "the feud" between him and Matt Groening. Seth goes onto say that there is no feud, and claims its only when Family Guy does a joke about The Simpsons, not when the Simpsons make a joke about Family Guy, it gets cut and that Fox are afraid of James L. Brooks. According to him, both Al Jean and James L. Brooks were upset over the scene, but Matt Groening apparently liked it, and Fox cut it from the final version, ruining the end of the first act of that episode. The full version of the scene was shown on Adult Swim and on DVD's.[2]

There was once a Super Simpsons/Family Guy Marathon Night on the channel FOX.[3]

The Simpsons met the Griffin family in a crossover episode of Family Guy, under the name "The Simpsons Guy", in September 2014.[4]

References to Family Guy in The Simpsons[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
Betty White - Family Guy on TV.png 11 241 "Missionary: Impossible" Betty White entreats viewers to help keep "this crude, low-brow programming" on the air, while the television next to her says "Family Guy".
Homer's clones - Peter Griffin.png 14 292 "Treehouse of Horror XIII" Homer creates clones of himself that mostly look and act exactly like him (except for being dumber). When the clones create an army of themselves, variations begin to appear, and one of the "variant" clones is Peter Griffin.
THOH XVI Al Family Guy Jean.png 17 360 "Treehouse of Horror XVI" Al Jean is credited as Al "Family Guy" Jean.
Peter Griffin (Italian Bob).png 364 "The Italian Bob" Swipes are taken at both Family Guy and Seth MacFarlane's other creation, American Dad!. In trying to identify Sideshow Bob, the Italian police look through a book of criminals, in which there are pictures of Peter Griffin (accused of "Plagiarismo," implying that Family Guy is a ripoff of The Simpsons) and Stan Smith (accused of "Plagiarismo de plagiarismo," implying that American Dad! is a ripoff of Family Guy, which, in turn, is a ripoff of The Simpsons).
Homerland couch gag 16.png 25 531 "Homerland" The characters of Family Guy, along with the other animated Fox shows,American Dad, Bob's Burgers and The Cleveland Show appear in the couch gag at the 25th Anniversary Special event in the Simpsons' living room.

Games[edit]

Picture Game Reference
The Simpsons Game When you're Bart in Matt Groening's level, you hear him say "I wish I invented Family Guy" and Homer mistakes Matt Groening for Seth MacFarlane.

Books[edit]

Picture Book Reference
Meg.png Comic Book Guy's Book of Pop Culture In the section "Bart's Guide to Lisa's Crappy Girl Comics" one of the comics shown is called "Meg, the girl from 'Family Guy'." Meg appears on the cover, colored yellow.
Chief Wiggum's Book of Crime and Punishment In "The Springfield Police Department's Evidence Locker!" section, one of the items seen is a TV playing cheap knock-off DVDs. The DVD playing is called "Future Guy" and shows Brian as Nibbler and Peter Griffin as Zoidberg.

References to The Simpsons in Family Guy[edit]

Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
4 58 "8 Simple Rules for Buying My Teenage Daughter" Stewie mocks his babysitter's boyfriend, saying, "Yes, we all love "Mr. Plow"! Oh, you've got the song memorized, do you? So does everyone else!".
Family Guy - Stewie on a trike.png 64 "PTV" The opening is a parody of the Naked Gun movies, with Stewie on a tricycle, at the end Homer Simpson is being chased into his garage as in the opening sequence to The Simpsons, with Homer being flattened by the bike. Peter then opens the door to the garage and remarks, "Hey, Stewie!...Who the hell is that?" (originally, Peter was supposed to imitate Homer Simpson running à la the opening sequence to The Simpsons, but the crew thought it was funnier if they used Homer instead, as Seth MacFarlane is a Simpsons fan, despite the supposed rivalry between Seth MacFarlane and Matt Groening).
Family Guy - Tracey Ullman shorts.png 74 "Peterotica" The Tracey Ullman Show cut-away is a reference to The Simpsons, who had their own filler on that show before having their own TV series. Noteworthy is the family’s poorly drawn appearance and unrefined voices, which are similar to the way The Simpsons characters were portrayed on Ullman’s show.
5 82 "Mother Tucker" Brian Griffin says to Stewie "I'm more of a sellout than you were when you did those Butterfinger commercials". It then cut to a scene of Stewie and a Butterfinger saying the tagline "Nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger", and then he says "D'oh"! This is a reference to the Butterfinger commercials Bart was in.
6 100 "Movin' Out (Brian's Song)" A gag, which was cut from the Fox broadcast, shows a banner saying The Simpson's Sundays on Fox come up during a scene with Marge. Family Guy character Glenn Quagmire comes in and tries to have sex with Marge. Marge runs off, with Quagmire following. Then Marge and Quagmire come back, and talk about how good it was, and decide to go back to the Simpsons' house, with the main characters looking at them. While at the Simpsons' house, Homer walks in on Marge and Quagmire. Quagmire panics and shoots Homer. Marge is about to call the police when she gets shot as well. Then Bart, Lisa and Maggie all also get shot.
103 "Lois Kills Stewie" Stewie sings a song about all the people he wants to kill. He also mentions: "The guy who watched The Simpsons back in 1994, and won't admit the damn thing isn't funny any more."
Homer Simpson in Family Guy The Juice Is Loose.png 7 119 "The Juice Is Loose" Mayor Adam West is seen talking to someone off the screen and leads the viewer to think he is talking to OJ Simpson, who is in the town, when he says: "We don't want you in our town Simpson. We don't love you like we did back in 1993... The screen cuts to Homer Simpson who says his trademark "D'oh". Then finishes with "And we don't want you here either OJ!" This references 1993 as The Simpsons" heyday and what is widely considered the peak of the show as well the year before the trial for the alleged crime happened.
120 "FOX-y Lady" When trying to sell his cartoon the Handi-Quacks to Fox, Peter says it will be like The Simpsons.
8 136 "Big Man on Hippocampus" When Peter learns that Meg is his daughter he utters "D'oh!". Lois responds to this by telling him that it isn't his catchphrase.
Family Guy executive producers.png 137 "Dial Meg for Murder" The font used for the executive producers credits is the Simpsons font.
Simpsons in Family Guy.png 10 173 "Cool Hand Peter" The jury in a trial to Peter consists by Krusty, Comic Book Guy, Willie, Edna, Ned, Otto, Moe, Mr. Burns, Lisa, Homer, Maggie, Marge and Bart.
187 "Family Guy Viewer Mail 2" Stewie jokingly says that Family Guy is based of The Simpsons.
Homer on Family Guy S11E02.jpeg 11 190 "Ratings Guy" After Peter destroyed TV through misusing their status as a Nielsen family, he goes to the Television Producers Guild to seek help fixing TV. Homer Simpson arrives to also claim he broke television, prompting Peter to say " a-ha! Looks like this is one we beat you to!".
The Simpsons Guy promo 1.jpg 13 232 "The Simpsons Guy" A 1-hour The Simpsons/Family Guy crossover episode.
14 252 "Guy, Robot" When drunk, Peter says "We act like we didn't take a lot from The Simpsons, but we took a lot from The Simpsons".
The Simpsons Inside Family Guy.png 15 273 "Inside Family Guy" In the opening photo montage, Brian is standing near a studio lot before a crowd. The screen pans to reveal it is actually The Simpsons' studio lot, similar to the actual one on the FOX Studios lot. Shown in the top left are Marge, Homer, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. Shown in the bottom left are Sherri, Terri, Moe, Krusty, Mr. Burns, and Smithers
The Simpsons Cop and a Half-wit.png 284 "Cop and a Half-wit" In the scene showing Peter and Joe disguising themselves to stop different crimes, the scene switches to the Simpson family on the couch, with them then looking at the screen, then the scene cuts away.

References[edit]

  1. Family Guy's Stewie Has an Untold Story. TV Guide. Archived from the original on 2006-10-25. “You know, it's funny. Matt Groening and I actually have a great relationship. We've talked several times in the past few weeks and joked about this. One day out of nowhere this rumor pops up in papers and magazines. Actually, it was probably one comment that was taken out of context in Blender. Matt's just a cool guy, and fortunately neither of us was ruffled by any of that stuff. We just laughed it off.”
  2. Commentary for Movin' Out (Brians Song)
  3. http://www.simpsonschannel.com/2006/02/this-week-super-simpsons-marathon/
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23373451

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