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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 12:51 am
by Maui
Fievel wrote:Chicken fight was/is great.


Don't forget the evil monkey!!!!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 1:06 am
by Vegeta
I wasn't slamming chicken fight... those are pretty awesome. Just some of the others feel a little forced.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 1:24 am
by buster00
Bluebottle wrote: My girlfriend likes it, she just can't tell me why.


No, she can't. That is because she is a goddamn moron.

I didn't want to have to break it to you, but there it is.

Smart people do not like "Family Guy." It really is that simple.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 1:25 am
by Maui
buster00 wrote:
Bluebottle wrote: My girlfriend likes it, she just can't tell me why.


No, she can't. That is because she is a goddamn moron.

I didn't want to have to break it to you, but there it is.

Smart people do not like "Family Guy." It really is that simple.



hahahah, what an excrement disturber!!!!

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 1:39 am
by buster00
Maui wrote:One thing I know for sure that I always liked about Family Guy - is all the 80's references. They will throw in a Chuckwagon commercial, brady bunch reference, etc. - and I just found that very amusing.


Some people are very easily amused, aren't they?

LOL FUNNY I MEMBER SESME STREET!

THEREZ COOKIE MOSTER LOL!

TAKE THAT, OVERDONE 80S REFRNS LOL!

Can you hear my eyes rolling all the way over in Hawaii?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 1:39 am
by bluebottle
It's not that I don't appreciate the references, trust me, I'm in the right age group, I get all the references. References to me aren't jokes. They're references.

That doesn't mean they're not funny, because the references are generally out of context, so it's surprising, and therefore funny.

But I wonder sometimes about shows that are laden with pop culture references and whether or not they're just a result of lazy writing. Remember, despite comedy being around since the dawn of time (according to History of The World) pop culture references are a pretty current phenomenon.

(You could argue that they used to be "historical" references, like Bugs Bunny would do a joke about Custer's last stand, and to that I say, "uh... yeah... but... uh...")

And here's where personally I think people get divided on the show.

Some people like the references, because they "get the joke".

Other people don't like the references because they think that they are there to make other people feel smart because they "get the joke".

Each group thinks they're smarter than the other group.

As for the chicken fight... I think the first one was probably the funniest moment in the show's history.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 1:42 am
by buster00
Bluebottle wrote:they're just a result of lazy writing.


All you needed to say, Blue.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 1:46 am
by Lord Voldemoo
Bluebottle wrote:
Feel free to debate me on this, because frankly, I feel like the Zone has fallen into the "David Cassidy Fan Club" and no one wants to admit they don't like something, or argue about it, because they'll get flamed as being a "hater"


at least as far as buster is concerned, you needn't worry. :lol:

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 2:11 am
by bluebottle
Yeah, Buster, I'm happy you agree with me, but why the anger?

(braces self)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 2:30 am
by Ribbons
It's been a rough day for buster; he read "Funky Winkerbean"

The Official Family Guy Thread (now w/ Star Wars!!)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 2:38 am
by bastard_robo
The crack at Danny Elfman had me rolling.


The DR. WHO spot then had my sides splitting!

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 4:30 am
by Leckomaniac
I always found Family Guy to be mediocre, but mildly entertaining.

Then I went to university and I met the Family Guy frat boy contingent...and I wanted to blow my head off.

Why do the annoying frat boys always latch onto the mediocre shows?

So, yeah, my opinion is a bit biased because I am forced to interact with the most obnoxious people and they all happen to be fans of Family Guy.

Give me The Simpsons, Futurama, or South Park any day.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:40 am
by Nordling
I like Family Guy. For every moment that's bland, there's two that make me laugh. They don't swing for the bleachers every time, for somehow, for me that's okay.

Joe NEEDS to be Yoda. Can you imagine the tastleless jokes?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:32 am
by Fawst
The Todd wrote:Just watched this. The first 15 minutes or so have some laughs. After that, it went downhill fast.

"It's the ship the made the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs"

"Isn't a parsec a measure of distance?"

Funniest line in the show.


Stupid geek moment: this has actually been explained away in a Star Wars novel. But yah, that's a friggin riot :D

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:55 am
by Maui
buster00 wrote:
Can you hear my eyes rolling all the way over in Hawaii?


No, because I don't live in Hawaii.

Yes, I'm easily amused - I'm such a simpleton. It's a great way to be.



C is for COOKIE, that's good ENOUGH for ME! ;)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:56 am
by bluebottle
Maui wrote:
buster00 wrote:
Can you hear my eyes rolling all the way over in Hawaii?


No, because I don't live in Hawaii.


Maybe he was trying to factor in some crazy slingshot effect.

Re: The Official Family Guy Thread (now w/ Star Wars!!)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:58 am
by Maui
bastard_robo wrote:The crack at Danny Elfman had me rolling.


Yeah that was funny. I was so easily amused at that one. ;) 8)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:58 am
by godzillasushi
She lives in Mainframe...I think that's why we have the location there guys. Come on now!

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:59 am
by Maui
godzillasushi wrote:She lives in Mainframe...I think that's why we have the location there guys. Come on now!


That's right! Where's all the Reboot fans anyways?????

Especially the Canadian contingent - they should KNOW this show!!!

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:02 am
by bluebottle
I never got into Reboot because I found it to be to reference loaded and mean spirited.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:05 am
by Maui
Bluebottle wrote:I never got into Reboot because I found it to be to reference loaded and mean spirited.



Booooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

I think the humour was likely to technical as well for you. Something you were unable to compute. 8)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:06 am
by so sorry
Bluebottle wrote:I never got into Reboot because I found it to be to reference loaded and mean spirited.


IPAMPILASH!

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:10 am
by Pacino86845
Oh man, I'm embarrassed at how many hours I spent watching Reboot... Canadians are so dumb 'cause we watch shows like that... and Count Duckula. I hated that show (damned YTV) but kept watching it, it was so hypnotic.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:11 am
by Maui
Bluebottle wrote:I never got into Reboot because I found it to be to reference loaded


That it was - which is why it appealed to the computer geeks! It actually had more of an adult audience than a kidlet audience.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:19 am
by Pacino86845
I am qualified computer nerd and the thought of Reboot makes me want to kill myself.... on a related note Maui, and other programmers/computer nerds, Code Monkeys might be something to look out for. It's a G4 show, only ten episodes have been done so far, but it's a pretty hilarious animated show... done in 80s video game graphics. Easy to watch, not that many episodes to catch up on, totally worth it!

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 11:43 am
by Maui
Pacino86845 wrote:I am qualified computer nerd and the thought of Reboot makes me want to kill myself.... on a related note Maui, and other programmers/computer nerds, Code Monkeys might be something to look out for. It's a G4 show, only ten episodes have been done so far, but it's a pretty hilarious animated show... done in 80s video game graphics. Easy to watch, not that many episodes to catch up on, totally worth it!


Ok, I'll check out Code Monkeys. Sounds good!

Boo for showing no love for Reboot!!!!!! 8)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 12:48 pm
by SilentBobX
I love Code Monkeys. Incredible show. The last one they just did with the wrestlers was funny.

And I still don't get the hate on Family Guy to be honest. Lazy writing? Would it make every critic feel better if Seth McFarlane wrote until his eyes bled and he collapsed in a pool of sweat and urine? Point is, Family Guy's hilarious. Comedy doesn't necessarily have to come after toil and back breaking labor. Sometimes the simplest laughs are the best.

And I've sort of drifted away from South Park, to be honest. The last few episodes I saw were indeed funny, but I'll never understand how the WoW episode won an emmy. Especially with the scene where Cartman shits in a bedpan because he's too lazy to get up and go(sorry, he was so 'into' the game, pardon). Kinda proves that all these 'award' shows are beyond meaningless now.

Oh well.

Sad to hear they're not re-airing this, but I'm eagerly anticipating the Empire Strikes Back episode. Can't wait. BTW, did anyone else notice Roger from American Dad in the cantina? He's on the left as they walk in.

Mahalo

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 1:21 pm
by Cookie Monster
Maui wrote:
C is for COOKIE, that's good ENOUGH for ME! ;)


Indeed.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 2:28 pm
by Maui
Cookie Monster wrote:
Maui wrote:
C is for COOKIE, that's good ENOUGH for ME! ;)


Indeed.


Oh, I love Trash, anything dirty or dingy or dusty!

:)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 3:03 pm
by DennisMM
SilentBobX wrote:And I still don't get the hate on Family Guy to be honest. Lazy writing? Would it make every critic feel better if Seth McFarlane wrote until his eyes bled and he collapsed in a pool of sweat and urine? Point is, Family Guy's hilarious. Comedy doesn't necessarily have to come after toil and back breaking labor. Sometimes the simplest laughs are the best.


I hope I'm not misrepresenting the feeling I get from those who don't like the show. We're not expecting McFarlane and company to write 18 hours a day to make the show funnier. We're expecting jokes instead of the constant stream of media references. Building the show around references isn't necessarily lazy, but it's easy. It doesn't stretch the way The Simpsons in its better years and especially Futurama has stretched the comedy. Family Guy operates on the level of a mediocre sitcom like The King of Queens except that it constantly drags in the weird/odd/geeky references as opposed to the traditional sitcom gags - though the studly jokes and sex jokes get plenty of screen time, too.

To me, FG isn't just unfunny, it's boring. I'm not a big fan of South Park, but it takes chances. It stretches way too far sometimes, but like Futurama it displays some real imagination. FG is workmanlike.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 3:05 pm
by TonyWilson
I don't think those manatees are lazy at all. They work quite hard swimming with those balls.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 3:10 pm
by Fievel
King Of Queens never had Doug running home naked & crying after a prostate exam.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 4:07 pm
by Maui
TonyWilson wrote:I don't think those manatees are lazy at all. They work quite hard swimming with those balls.



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 4:47 pm
by DennisMM
I cannot dispute any of the three points made immediately above.

The Official Family Guy Thread (now w/ Star Wars!!)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:27 pm
by bastard_robo
I love family guy. I love the show because its doing stuff diffrent from Simpsons and South Park...

South Park is a hateful commentary on every day life

Simpsons is its own beast now

Family guy is a show written by some geeks who love popculture..

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:30 pm
by SilentBobX
Yes, sometimes the references on Family Guy do go on and on, but it makes me laugh. I mean, McFarlane has some serious geek cred imho. Getting Flint from GIJoe, putting Lion-O and Cheetara from Thundercats in the FG movie, etc. I can't help but respect that. I'm not gonna try and convert those who don't watch, I can only extoll the virtues of why the show makes me laugh. Life's too short not to find what you like and enjoy it.

Keep up the good work, manatees.

Mahalo

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:02 pm
by Maui
I would actually like to see an entire Family Guy episode dedicated to a chicken fight!

Re: The Official Family Guy Thread (now w/ Star Wars!!)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:15 pm
by Keepcoolbutcare
bastard_robo wrote:I love family guy. I love the show because its doing stuff diffrent from Simpsons and South Park...

South Park is a hateful commentary on every day life

Simpsons is its own beast now

Family guy is a show written by some geeks who love popculture..


and that's my main gripe with the show.

every time I've watched an episode, I can't help but flash to the other shows that FG invariably references/rips off.

and I find myself wondering why I'm not watching those shows instead.

"Family guy is a show written by some geeks who love popculture" - too true, but the landmark popcultural touchstones that the show stea...well, maybe not steals, but certainly something far more dubious than homages, those shows, to me at any rate, don't just feel like they were only written by "geeks who love popculture".

Sure, The Simpsons have riffed on most every iconic movie/TV/{insert media here} pop-cultural phenomena, but it also felt like the writers (and animators, 'cuz I don't see any of you defending the "look" of Family Guy, 'cuz, really, it's atrocious) have lived a little, have done stuff with their lives far more significant than just absorbing pop-culture.

Re: The Official Family Guy Thread (now w/ Star Wars!!)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:23 pm
by Maui
Keepcoolbutcare wrote:I don't see any of you defending the "look" of Family Guy, 'cuz, really, it's atrocious)



http://www.wallpaperbase.com/wallpapers/cartoons/familyguy/family_guy_1.jpg


The EVIL MONKEY will get you for that OAKLAND!!!!!!!

Re: The Official Family Guy Thread (now w/ Star Wars!!)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:33 pm
by Lord Voldemoo
Keepcoolbutcare wrote:(and animators, 'cuz I don't see any of you defending the "look" of Family Guy, 'cuz, really, it's atrocious)


Agreed, but the animation on the Star Wars ep was really quite good, and I'm not talking about the roto work. As I mentioned above they really nailed the character movements in each scene.

Now...they essentially just copied the movie of course, so that doesn't necessarily refute the "lazy" argument, but...

Re: The Official Family Guy Thread (now w/ Star Wars!!)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:56 pm
by bluebottle
Keepcoolbutcare wrote:Sure, The Simpsons have riffed on most every iconic movie/TV/{insert media here} pop-cultural phenomena, but it also felt like the writers (and animators, 'cuz I don't see any of you defending the "look" of Family Guy, 'cuz, really, it's atrocious) have lived a little, have done stuff with their lives far more significant than just absorbing pop-culture.


Right, there's a difference between using a pop-culture reference to say something, or to make a point - and using it as some sort of random element thrown into a scene for a quick gag. The thing about Family Guy is McFarlane doesn't exactly have a point. It's just a bunch of references and jokes. He doesn't say anything about the world.

Which is fine, there's nothing wrong with liking fast food entertainment.

Hell, look at all the people who love Dane Cook. They can't convince me to like him, and I can't convince them not to, but it's fascinating trying to figure out why they like him and I don't.

Re: The Official Family Guy Thread (now w/ Star Wars!!)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:10 pm
by Maui
Bluebottle wrote:
Hell, look at all the people who love Dane Cook. They can't convince me to like him, and I can't convince them not to, but it's fascinating trying to figure out why they like him and I don't.


I agree with you on this! Dane Cook is NOT funny! However, Family Guy is!

Re: The Official Family Guy Thread (now w/ Star Wars!!)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:06 pm
by Fievel
Maui wrote:
Bluebottle wrote:
Hell, look at all the people who love Dane Cook. They can't convince me to like him, and I can't convince them not to, but it's fascinating trying to figure out why they like him and I don't.


I agree with you on this! Dane Cook is NOT funny! However, Family Guy is!


I find both funny.

But then, I've been known to poop in the shower while I ponder who had the better role - Joanie or Chachi.

Re: The Official Family Guy Thread (now w/ Star Wars!!)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:44 pm
by Maui
Fievel wrote:
But then, I've been known to poop in the shower while I ponder who had the better role - Joanie or Chachi.


Neither, Pinky Tuscadero had the far superior role.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:28 pm
by DDMAN26
I thought the episode was very funny. My favorite line: "Hey maybe you can show me around you're home planet of Alderan, oh too soon." The railing coversation was very funny. I was surprised that they got Rush Limbaugh to do the show.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 10:02 am
by Pacino86845
Hehehe, a couple of chuckles here and there but it was cute more than funny, IMO.

I almost missed the Seth Green connection when they were making fun of Robot Chicken... I'd forgotten that he did a voice on Family Guy. [/not really a fan]

My favorite parts, believe it or not, were the recurring couch gag and "Red October shtanding by."

PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:54 am
by Maui
Pacino86845 wrote:Hehehe, a couple of chuckles here and there but it was cute more than funny, IMO.

I almost missed the Seth Green connection when they were making fun of Robot Chicken... I'd forgotten that he did a voice on Family Guy. [/not really a fan]

My favorite parts, believe it or not, were the recurring couch gag and "Red October shtanding by."


Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh Pacino!!!

PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 4:39 pm
by Fievel
Boy... they didn't take their time with this lawsuit or anything....

Weinstein Episode Lands Lawsuit

PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 4:46 pm
by Chairman Kaga
what a cry baby.

PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 4:48 pm
by Maui
I fear this recent post of Fievel's will only separate the Family Guy fans vs the non Family Guy fans. Maybe not....


:shock: :shock: :shock: