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American Dad Season 10 Episode 3 Review: Welcome, Kim Kardashian!

A very special guest star played a very key role on  American Dad Season 10 Episode 3 . Okay, maybe  special  is the wrong word for Kim Kardashian. An attention-hungry, fame-loving former sex tape star played a key role on American Dad Season 10 Episode 3. That's better, right? We concur. Read More... http://www.tvfanatic.com/2014/09/american-dad-season-10-episode-3-review-welcome-kim-kardashian/

American Dad Season 8 Finale Review “Da Flippity Flop”

The end of a season of American Dad is, as far as I can tell, fairly meaningless. Production seasons and airing seasons don’t ever quite line up, and things get switched around so much that it’s hard to tell what exactly was initially meant to air when. So it makes sense that "Da Flippity Flop" doesn’t feel like much of a finale at all. In fact, I’d argue last week’s "Lost in Space" would have made a much stronger finale, but at the end of the day, none of that really matters. What matters is the episode at hand, and in this case, it was a pretty good, if unexceptional, one. READ MORE...

American Dad Season 8 Review “Lost in Space”

If you’ve been watching American Dad for this long, you should know by now that it’s a show that is never afraid to experiment. "Lost In Space" has an introduction from Hayley and a later cameo appearance by Roger, but other than that, features none of the regular cast. Mostly, we follow Jeff and Sinbad (voiced by himself) aboard an alien spaceship. It’s completely bizarre, but almost all of it works seamlessly, which is not always true of American Dad‘s far-flung experiments, so we get to enjoy it as well as admire its daring. READ MORE...

American Dad Season 8 Review “The Full Cognitive Redaction of Avery Bullock by the Coward Stan Smith”

The return of Stelio Kantos may have been my favorite thing about this week’s episode of American Dad with the unwieldy title, "The Full Cognitive Redaction of Avery Bullock by the Coward Stan Smith." It was relegated to a B-plot that barely existed, but I think that’s the smartest way to treat what’s essentially a tiny, tiny joke. A solid joke, but a tiny one, just a theme song. And sure, they manage to escalate it, with Roger recording a new version that includes Luis, but any further and it may have become annoying. READ MORE...

American Dad Season 8 Review “The Boring Identity”

Was it just me, or did this week’s American Dad, "The Boring Identity," feel somehow even more juvenile than usual? It was premised, essentially, on laughing at the concept of a "sensitive" man, and went on to make fart jokes, poop jokes, and a burp joke combined with an "old ladies are funny" joke. That, paired with the fact that it feels extremely similar to last week’s episode in terms of plot, made it a sub-par outing in my book. For the second week in a row, we get Francine attempting to change Stan for her own benefit; it’s just swapped from kinky to sensitive and caring this time around. And while I know that episode order for animated shows is often futzed with and mixed around, and maybe in some alternate universe these two episodes weren’t shown right next to each other, but still, I can’t help but compare them. And when I do, this week comes up lacking. The funniest part of the whole endeavor is Delroy, the manager of Futon World, who’s game for pretty much anything. He was great, in his absurd commitment to the role. READ MORE...

American Dad Season 8 Review “The Missing Kink”

Seth MacFarlane’s shows have a tendency to divulge in the occasional musical number, and usually, it works to the show’s success: take American Dad’s boy band spoof from earlier this season, as one example. But there was something just off about the kink-stravaganza from "The Missing Kink," and I think it might just be overexposure at this point. Anyone who’s seen a MacFarlane show, or to extend it further, the South Park movie or The Book of Mormon, is used to the idea of a broadway-style number about sexually explicit or otherwise out-there material. It’s not shocking anymore, and without a backbone of actually good music or funny jokes in every line, the premise of the thing just falls flat on its face. READ MORE...

American Dad Season 8 Review “Spelling Bee My Baby”

It’s clear that "Spelling Bee My Baby" was written during the "Tiger Mom" frenzy of the news cycle. And while it’s fun watching Francine go (suddenly) bananas over Steve’s chances at college acceptance, Mrs. Yoshida is pretty much just a caricature for the entire episode, and a bit of an uncomfortable one at that. Does she have to also be a ninja, American Dad? It’s not all that clever, and I didn’t really laugh at it, especially not the climactic sword fight. Also, why weren’t Francine’s Chinese parents brought in earlier? I’m not sure. At the very least, Francine’s off-the-cuff confession ("I put her in a cage") made me laugh, so this whole thing wasn’t meaningless. READ MORE...

American Dad Season 8 Review “For Black Eyes Only”

Well, here it is. American Dad has given us the next installment of the Tearjerker Saga, in "For Black Eyes Only," and it is… well, to be honest, it’s a little disappointing. Don’t get me wrong; it’s incredibly fun to watch, and the sheer audacity of a show taking an episode to re-purpose all its characters just to make a James Bond parody is something worth applauding. And, really, something only American Dad could do. The show takes the label "cartoon" very, very seriously, and it shows, especially in scenes like the opening this week, where Stan ends up wearing Francine’s (sorry, Sexpun’s) body like a hula hoop. READ MORE...

American Dad Season 8 Review “Naked To The Limit, One More Time”

It’s a weird week for  American Dad . Like a few times before, the show seems to be embarking on an actual plot with "Naked To The Limit , One More Time." That is, one that spans multiple episodes, and may change the continuity in a way that the show, which usually has an attitude more akin to Warner Brothers  cartoons in regards to character mutilation and reappearance, usually refrains from doing. Of course, I can’t know for sure until we see the next few episodes, but there is one coming up eventually called "Lost in Space," which I’m going to go ahead  and take as a hint. READ MORE...

American Dad Season 8 Review “Max Jets”

At the heart of  American Dad , there’s a great deal  of absurdity. Nonsense and silliness are this show’s driving engine, and even still, "Max Jets" demands that we accept some pretty ludicrous things. Where, for example, is Roger getting all his Max Jets money? And why don’t the Smiths  demand it from him all the time? The episode dismisses all this with a few asides from Klaus, which may be the first time in recent memory that Klaus provided something enjoyable to an episode. And so beyond that nutso setup, it’s another week where Roger-in-costume is a guest star, but I enjoyed it, probably mostly just on the strength of individual jokes. And individual jokes is where a show like this should be shining anyway. The weirdness of Roger’s "voting machine" excuse for fondling was great, as was Francine’s exclamation of "I can’t wait to be so close to Portugal!" upon finding out she may be going to Spain. Francine’s constant confusion, too, was a great runner ("What’s happening? I zoned out for a second."), and the entire sequence with the failed murder attempts was perfect. I don’t know if I’ve ever laughed harder at this show then when Hailey used her new-found telekinesis to fling that scorpion into her own face. READ MORE...