American Dad Season 8 Review “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”

American Dad is a show that succeeds primarily on its manic cartoon energy. In "Why Can’t We Be Friends," the show’s absurdity engine seems to be running mostly on fumes, and so we get a half hour that tends to take its time with things, and only really has one story, not counting the runner with Roger (which I’ll get to later.)

This week, Stan once again reverts to a boyhood form, this time motivated by some not-uneasy feeling jealousy of his son’s best friend, Snot. It starts, however, as just hatred, or desire for Steve to grow up friendless like he did, or something, and so he fakes a mob hit to force Snot into witness protection, A.K.A. locking him up in a hotel with some food and giving his mother a flimsy excuse. (The gag with the psychic painting on Snot’s wall was pretty great, though.) It all resolves somehow, and maybe it’s sappy or maybe it’s mock-sappy, I can’t really tell, but it doesn’t quite matter, because the laughs were coming few and far between. Read More...


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