• Unbelievable Violence on Family Guy

    by  • November 8, 2017 • Fox, Violence • 2 Comments

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    The cartoon’s parody of Quentin Tarantino excels even that director’s love of gore. 

    Fox’s Family Guy has never been what one would call “classy.” The show can be mildly clever at times, but when it goes to excess — as it frequently does — it brings out content no kid should see.

    This was demonstrated on the Sunday, November 5th episode. When lead character Peter is fired from his job, a series of vignettes show what happens next, each in the style of a current director (Wes Anderson, Michael Bay, and Quentin Tarantino). For adults familiar with Tarantino’s output, the result is humorously over-the-top; but for a prime-time audience, it is also wildly inappropriate. Family Guy airs at 9:30 p.m. Eastern/Pacific; but this is only 8:30 Central/Mountain, where many  children are still in the viewing audience. (In fact, for some years, Family Guy ads in the Hollywood trade press carried the boast, “Top in Viewers 2-11!”)

    Watch the following clips, and ask: is this something children should be able to see, even by accident?



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    2 Responses to Unbelievable Violence on Family Guy

    1. Georgi Malchov
      May 23, 2018 at 1:20 am

      Here is another problem about Family Guy:
      In Australia, the season 17 DVD of the show is rated MA15+, citing “strong themes, animated violence and sexual references”. The rating is the same for current FOX8 airings. That’s a good start for my argument, since any Australian content rated MA15+ is restricted for local citizens 15 years and older.

      However, if we go back all the way to the show’s early years, then things like Disc 3 of the Season 3 DVD, the 2006 video game and the 2005 DVD “Happy Freakin’ Christmas” are classified M. Now comes the troubling part: M means that the content is recommended for a mature audience 15 years and older, however those people under that age can view it if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. This is proof that M-rated stuff related to Family Guy is tricking children into watching the show(unless the parental lock system is enabled), in the same way as American airings, which have a TV-14 rating.

      But it gets even worse. A game called “Family Guy Quiz”, made by some company named Rewards Venture, is rated PG(parental guidance recommended for younger viewers), citing “mild coarse language”. That’s right, a game about Family Guy trivia. Rated PG! FOR “MILD COARSE LANGUAGE”!!! What’s more, if you look up “Family Guy” on the Australian Classification Board’s website, you will get such classics(sarcastically speaking) as “Family Guy Guess the character”, “Family guy 2018″ and “Family Guy: SkateBoard Day”. All these games are rated G, suitable for all ages. G-rated content related to Family Guy brings up the most results from the aforementioned search(41).

      This is beyond disgusting. The ACB should be ashamed of themselves for introducing kids to dark humor. I’m talking about all these cheap knock-offs featuring characters from the show which are shamelessly rated G.

    2. Some guy Online
      November 25, 2017 at 10:21 am

      This content is not friendly! Not for locals! This episode should just only air on TBS or Adult Swim when children are not watching. I would file a complaint to the FCC.

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