Fox Family Feud Over 'Family Guy'

Family Guy is not exactly known for being family friendly, despite its sarcastic title, but occasionally the envelope is pushed a little too far, and this seems to be the case for the latest new episode, "Road to Germany."


The episode riled up some trouble by "suggesting rather directly that Nazi officers would have supported the McCain-Palin ticket," which did not sit well with the Fox News Channel.


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Fox Family Feud Over 'Family Guy'


What do you think? Did "Road to Germany" go to far or was it just the usual humor of Seth MacFarlane taking on the election?


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Oct 21, 2008 4:27AM EDT

I don't think people should get to riled up about the fact that McCain-Palin were compared to Nazi soldiers. First of all, everyone has a right to their own opinion, which exercises our right to freedom of speech. For years tv shows have made fun of almost anything and everything, so what's the big deal now? Just because this presidential election to some people is considered controversial, doesn't mean that "Family Guy" or any other tv show can't state their own opinion or version of this election!Hey if Seth MacFarlane compares McCain and Palin to Nazi soldiers, then that's just the way it is!

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Oct 21, 2008 8:38AM EDT

totally agree

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Oct 21, 2008 11:52AM EDT

haha what he was only pointing out the obvious scheme of things! DONT VOTE

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Oct 21, 2008 1:04PM EDT

Family Guy has always shown i think it is pro democratic. Which is wierd since it is on Fox which leans towards Republicans, but i dont care the show is still funny as hell.
Wont Stewie have to kill himself now that tyhe time machine is destroyed?

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Oct 21, 2008 8:39PM EDT

Absolutely. Look, I'm republican, and I still laughed at the joke. The show is funny, Seth MacFarlane is funny, and he is entitled to his opinion. I am not agree with it in general, but in context of the episode, it was pretty damn funny. And Fox News is only pushing this because they only have the tedious tidbits of the campaign and the bad economy to focus on. This only makes me pity them for being so dumb.

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Oct 22, 2008 4:46PM EDT

i agree with the person who posted the first
people are USED to this from shows like southpark and family guy- why make a big deal all of a sudden 8-) its not something new they did! the offended people omgz! no its been goingon for years and everyone was fine so fox should stop trying to be an attention whore

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Oct 22, 2008 11:27PM EDT

Hahahahahahaha

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Oct 24, 2008 6:47PM EDT

who cares do u believe that people will vote differently because of family guy.... NO

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Oct 26, 2008 6:07AM EDT

seth macfarlane is obv a liberal pig who should have enough common sense not use his show to push his political agenda

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Oct 26, 2008 2:43PM EDT

twista2000 has the right idea, before they made a big deal of it i barely noticed it, during the episode briefly saw the joke thought that was funny then forgot it, making a big deal turns it into something memorable and in the end is this going to sway voters!

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Oct 26, 2008 9:26PM EDT

wait, hold on, "liberal pig"? really? reeallly? wow, ok, didn't know people like that still existed. wow, liberal pig. huh what was the other one . . . republican fatcat? liberal pig and republican fatcat. sorry for obsessing, i just wasn't aware people still thought like that, ya know, dismissing other peoples contradicting views in such a ignorant and juvenile manor. wow.
oh, as for the show, i thought the political plug was a little much. don't get me wrong, i laughed, but Nazi? i thought it was a little much, i mean, this era pretty much holds Nazi's up as our standard for moral evil, and while i dont agree with the opinions held up by the current incarnation of the republican party, i personally believe it is born more out of willful ignorance then moral evil.

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Oct 27, 2008 2:43AM EDT

You know the only reason they are having doubt is because fox is a republican channel. Seth Mcfarlane has ALWAYS been out of line on his comedy but no one has stopped him because it's HILARIOUS. With all his jokes about racism, women, and other countries now a little political joke is causing an uproar? That's ridiculous! I know I might be a democrat, and I think Seth is completely right about how stupid McCain and Palin are, I think that this is no big deal! Putting all polotics aside, he has a right to his opinion. And it was funny! It was the one part of the show I cracked up at... the rest was OK. Anyways, I think that this is not even that bad... all he's simply saying is that he thinks their party is bad. So what? Believe me, he's done MUCH WORSE.

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Oct 27, 2008 6:36AM EDT

lawl, remember the blue harvest episdoe. Bush/Cheney sticker on the back of the imperial destroyer. rofl.

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Oct 27, 2008 7:16AM EDT

If you guys don't vote that means you're fine with way things are and I'm sure NONE of you guys are, so don't even say "Don't vote"
I forgot who said that but I totally agree with that statement.

Now with all that aside, I think FOX is just overreacting. South Park has touched every single thing possible and The Simpsons, as well so why not Family Guy? Most of the things that FOX have is crap anyway so they should at least allow funny crap like Family Guy.

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Oct 27, 2008 7:09PM EDT

Interesting views expressed by some of you. I rather enjoyed them. As for the show, like many have said this is nothing new from them, don't know why it is such an uproar case now. I've seen way worst from South Park, but whatever. This situation got exactly what FOX wanted and that is our attention. That's right FOX is an attention whore but all of the networks are; that's why they have the ratings system. lol

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Oct 27, 2008 9:25PM EDT

I reckon were all doing exactly what Seth wanted...discussing his show, giving him more publicity. for every person who gets on their soapbox and rants about this show being inappropriate, ten people wil want to watch the show to see what the fuss is about. why do people still not understand this? there is no such thing as bad publicity! when people get in a flap, theyre basically just advertising the show.
personally i thought the joke was pretty funny, one of the funniest bits in the episode. I notice people dont seem to be complaining about the whole Nazi/Jewish side, which personally i think could be more offensive than suggesting they would vote for mccain. he was probably trying to run for president in 1939 anyway, hes that old...
if you dont like something about a TV show, DONT WATCH IT!!!! its not a difficult premise. any sort of debate or discussion about a TV show is ultimately publicity, so youre just playing into their hands and earning the show more notoriety, which im not sure family guy needs. i mean, could it be more notorious?!

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Oct 28, 2008 12:28PM EDT

Have South Park done anything on the presidential debate?
Remember the 'snuke' in Hillary Clinton's snizz, but they haven't made any kind of reference in recent episodes to the actual presidential campaign have they? They're running out of time if they want to make an impression.
As for Family Guy, it's not like their comparing McCain/Palin to Nazis, they're just saying Nazis would choose them over Obama. Fox has to decide whether it wants quality programming with free speech, or to provide programming that influences the public to vote their way, which would basically prove Family Guy correct as that almost sounds like Facism.

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Oct 29, 2008 2:08AM EDT

Ok, first off, it is a joke pure and simple. They only poke fun for the laughs of people that get it. Those who don't get it bugger off.

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Oct 29, 2008 9:25AM EDT

Family Guy has always loved to be controversial. And lets be honest, as long as the show runs it will be. That being said, even I who has always loves the show thinks they sink a bit too low sometimes. However... I laughed at the McCain joke, and I am pretty sure I wasn't the only one. I did forsee backlash from this, but with them doing a Nazi themed episode I am surprised that was the only trouble they got into!

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Oct 30, 2008 2:48PM EDT

Who cares, people need to realize life is WAY TOO SHORT to get upset about such trivial matters like this. If you don't like it, don't watch it. People can be SO whiny it's ridiculous.

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Nov 1, 2008 4:32PM EDT

I´m sorry but that was the best episode of Family Guy I have seen for a long time (since the good older episodes). That was some funny shit, and I voted for McCain and Palin.

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Nov 3, 2008 12:22AM EST

Right to free speech? Nah

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Nov 10, 2008 11:35PM EST

wow fox is suck a d1ck its just a cartoon if they dont like it takeing the p11s then dont watch it

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