Family Guy Review: "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q"

Tonight’s episode of Family Guy was very strange.  Not strange in the strange, incoherent way that Family Guy often tends to be.  Although "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q," was coherent and focused on one pretty great storyline, it felt like the episode was trying to tell a morality tale in a twisted fashion.

"Screams of Silence" mainly evolved around the return of Quagmire’s sister Brenda, who is still with her abusive boyfriend, Jeff.  With the episode focused on such a dark, tragic theme, with moments of harrowing beating scenes, I was tersely afraid that Family Guy would go too far with its jokes.  Fortunately, it didn’t.  But unfortunately, it took the alternate route of not being funny at all. 

They could have made such a smart, satirical episode that seriously addresses the issue of domestic abuse.  Was that too much to expect from a show like Family Guy?  Perhaps.  But then what’s the point in creating an episode revolving entirely around domestic abuse?  Without the irony, without the light-heartedness, it just became a depressing episode that put me on edge. Read More...


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