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?