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The iTunes picture for Family Guy's 7th season, with the 11th episode starting the downfall.

Since the 7th season's 11th episode, "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven", from Family Guy, an American animated sitcom that used to be a smash hit, has later become criticized for various reasons, even when the episode might have been known as the downfall of Family Guy as said either from critics of Family Guy or fans of Family Guy.

Why These Seasons Suck

  1. The characters are now unlikable, flanderized, and/or horribly hopeless (especially the Griffin family).
  2. Some episodes are offensive and mock tragic things.
  3. Most of the episodes have really misguided morals for everyone. (Like "Peter-assment" and "Love Blacktually".)
  4. Stereotypes about many certain groups of people (like gay people, black people, Jewish people, people with disabilities, etc.)
  5. A lot of bad episodes from these seasons. The episodes might have even cluttered this wiki like what SpongeBob SquarePants (Seasons 6-8) and The Fairly OddParents (Season 6-10) did.
  6. Most of the endings to the episodes are unsatisfying and mean-spirited.
  7. They keep scapegoating and making fun of famous, adored people, making them look either bad, untalented, or acting like pure dummies.
  8. A lot more of the male characters fall under Seth MacFarlane's Unfair Sex Trope. Which is where the male characters are meant to be rooted as evil scumbags that are to blame for everything, while the female characters are to be rooted for because they are portrayed as angels by the writers.
  9. The humor's either disgusting, confusing, or relies on pop culture references.
  10. The voice acting's sometimes dull, with most of the celebrities in the show sounding nothing like they do in real life. This is particularly a problem when a celebrity is not voiced by himself for obvious reasons, like O. J. Simpson or Michael Moore. Even more obvious is that they don't credit them as special guest stars.
  11. At times, the jokes, gags, and episodes rip-off plots from American Dad and The Simpsons.
  12. Incredibly annoying voice acting for some of the characters, especially Lois.
  13. Most of the morals in the episodes are just downright terrible and hurtful to many.
  14. Too many pop culture references and cutaway gags.
  15. The majority of the characters have changed throughout the series, like Brian Griffin who went from a smart mouthed but likable voice-of-reason dog to a self-centered, alcoholic, liberal douchebag and occasionally Atheist fundamentalist (in other words, Seth MacFarlane's political soapbox) that makes lies to get attractive women to like him and thinks other religions are purely evil and their followers are dummies despite not all of them are. And Lois Griffin who went from a nice and compassionate wife of Peter Griffin to a short-tempered, selfish, and immature dominator wanna-be who sometimes abuses Peter, has pure lack of depth in her character, and acts like she has pure dominance over Peter's life.
  16. The Griffin family (the main characters) behave more like destructive bad guys who see reckless violence upon innocent bystanders as the sole answer to all problems and hardly even behave like heroes. A good example of this is in the episode, "Road to the North Pole", where Stewie and Brian actually kill a couple so they will not call the police, tie up their young daughter and get off scot-free.
  17. Quagmire has developed a hatred towards Brian. Not because of anything personal, because he's become a surrogate for the fans that started hating Brian heavily. In fact if you watch the clip where Quagmire reveals why he hates Brian, you'll notice that there is nothing related that involves Quagmire.
  18. The abuse jokes and gags about Meg are just unfunny, mean-spirited and overused, making the characters seem even more unlikable.
  19. Tons and tons of product and celebrity placement.
  20. Nearly every moment is overused and out-of-place pop culture references. In fact, watch the episode HTTPete, the episode's literally nothing but pop-culture references.
  21. Over half of the jokes and cutaway gags are offensive and far over the edge, even making fun of tragic moments in history that shouldn’t be joked about. In one episode, "Brian’s a Bad Father", where Peter gave Susie, a baby, a blowjob. (No joke.) In another episode, "American Gigg-olo", Brian tried to save a woman but after finding out she has a baby, he let them both drown. (Nice going, Brian.)
  22. There’s always parodies of something that occurred in real-life, in movies or on TV, one minute you’re watching Family Guy, the next you’re watching the parody of some other thing.
  23. Most of the new characters are really useless or bland.
  24. Most cutaways and scenes portray nothing but being filler. (Example: the Conway Twitty cutaways.)
  25. Most recently, the show has been continuously making Autism jokes. (The most notable occurrence was in Season 14 where there was an Autism joke in five episodes; with the first four times being consecutive, and in the 15th season's 6th episode: Hot Shots.)
  26. Part of the soundtrack is just a bunch of stolen songs from the 80's or 90's.
  27. Overuse of toilet humor and fart jokes.
  28. While the animation is good it can also look bland at the same time.
  29. The episode "Ratings Guy" (While decent and likable) has a sign that says "were going a long way into ripping The Simpsons and American Dad off into RIPPING OURSELVES OFF" let that sink in.
  30. Peter Griffin NEVER SHUTS UP.
  31. Some of the episodes have very stupid names like Hannah Banana.

Examples of Bad Episodes

Season 7

Season 8

Season 9

Season 10

Season 11

Season 12

Season 13

Season 14

Season 15

Season 16

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Brian and Stewie have an awesome and believing friendship, and they are usually the main highlight of any episode.
  2. There are some pretty good story ideas and episodes. (Like the "Road To" miniseries, "Into Fat Air", and some subplots.)
  3. In Season 16, the Griffin family (namely Peter and Chris) finally reconcile with Meg, thus there being less and less ”Meg Torture” gags.   
  4. Better animation, compared to the previous seasons.
  5. Some jokes are decent. (Such as Cleveland's bathtub gag).
  6. Some good plots with heartwarming moments. (Such as Stewie having a British girlfriend who acts just like him).
  7. Most of the cast and crew still haven't changed.
  8. The action scenes are still good. (Such as the fight between Peter and the Chicken, which is akin to the Godzilla fights).
  9. It's at least getting better.
  10. The Quagmire gags are still hilarious.
  11. Joe Swanson, Stewie Griffin, Cleveland Brown, Glenn Quagmire, Bruce and Meg Griffin are still the only likable and sane characters in the show.
  12. Adam West is still a funny character.
  13. Some moments became popular memes. (Like "Road House").
  14. As mentioned before, there are good episodes in the show, even if these are few and far between.
  15. James Woods is one of the very few Family Guy cameos that are quite entertaining.
  16. It had a crossover with The Simpsons called "The Simpsons Guy" which is pretty decent and funny.
  17. Natalia from the episode Nanny Goats is actually a pretty interesting new character, unlike most.

Examples of Good Episodes

Season 7

  • I Dream of Jesus
  • Road to Germany
  • The Man With Two Brians
  • Fox-y Lady
  • 420
  • Three Kings

Season 8

  • Road To The Multiverse
  • Hannah Banana
  • Quagmire's Baby
  • Big Man On Hippocampus
  • Dial Meg for Murder
  • Something Something Something Dark Side

Season 9

  • And Then There Were Fewer
  • Road to the North Pole
  • Welcome Back Carter
  • It's a Trap
  • New Kidney in Town
  • Trading Places

Season 10

  • Back to the Pilot (depending on your view)
  • Forget Me Not
  • Mr. And Mrs. Stewie
  • Internal Affairs

Season 11

  • Into Fat Air
  • 12 And a Half Angry Men
  • Bigfat
  • Roads to Vegas

Season 12

  • Quagmire's Quagmire (Depending on your view.)
  • Meg Stinks!
  • Chap Stewie

Season 13

  • The Simpsons Guy
  • Quagmire's Mom
  • Fighting Irish

Season 14

  • Peternormal Activity
  • A Shot in the Dark
  • Papa Has A Rollin Son
  • A Lot Going on Upstairs
  • An App A Day

Season 15

  • High School English
  • Gronkowsbees
  • Passenger Fatty Seven
  • Dearly Deported
  • A House Full of Peters

Season 16

  • Emmy Winning Episode
  • Nanny Goats
  • Follow the Money
  • Dog Bites Bear
  • Family Guy Through the Years
  • Switch the Flip (Even though the switching bodies plot was used before in other TV shows.)