Family Guy: "Extra Large Medium" Review Season 8, Episode 12


This one will certainly get some politically correct Down syndrome advocates all riled up, but Family Guy is nothing without a little controversy. Still, it would be nice if this episode had some consistent humor to go along with that controversy, but the content here is all over the place, from downright hilarious to stunningly bad.


The show opens with a Starlight Express joke that fails horribly, which is followed up by an inexplicably odd piece of humor featuring a British butterfly catcher. In fact, the first few minutes are full of jokes that just don't plain work, with the exception of Stewie digging a hole to put half his football-shaped head in so he can sleep on his side - now that was clever.


There's a joke that refers to another joke from a season or two ago, with the two European guys that have been living in the U.S. long enough to almost sound American. If you hadn't seen that episode, you'd be lost. Even if you had, the reference is worthless here, wedged into a scene it has no business in.


And the duck Founding Father? That was painful, but mercifully short.


But things pick up later on in the show, starting with a revelation that Chris has fallen for a girl with Down syndrome. Stewie's reaction is priceless, but he vows to help his brother out with his crush. Seth MacFarlane has an unnatural obsession with musical numbers, and this episode gets one, titled "Down Syndrome Girl." The scene goes on for far too long, but the song does have some clever lyrics and there's some nice animation there. Chris's Down syndrome girl turns out to be a major bitch (apparently a theme this week with The Cleveland Show covering the same ground), and so the show delivers a message about Down syndrome sufferers being truly "just like everyone else." It's an odd message of equality that certainly has a valid point but still probably won't be well-received by many.


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Feb 15, 2010 5:49PM EST

this episode wasn't that funnybut it was clever

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Feb 16, 2010 12:35AM EST

I started watching this episode and I thought that they extended Stewie's song a lil too much. I got tired of the dry comedy and ended up not finishing, something I don't do when it comes to watching Family Guy. Not one of their good episodes.

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Feb 23, 2010 9:21PM EST

this is a great post, i really enjoyed reading it. I have this episode on my website for free, my giving back to the sidereel community. :)

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