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Family Guy is an animated sitcom that debuted in Fox in 1999, but was eventually cancelled in 2002 due to poor ratings and for initially being considered a sub-par rip-off of The Simpsons. However, the show's ratings increased after Adult Swim picked up reruns in 2003, and the popularity that ensued led to Fox reviving the show in 2005, where it continues to this day. It is known for basing most of its jokes around pop-cultural references and cutaway gags, which is interesting considering Chris rips it off so much in his comics, much like the show rips off everything else.
Influence on Chris
Chris has variously expressed fanaticism for the series and watches it regularly. It can be inferred from this that the show's frequent use of non-sequitur, referential humor has bolstered Chris's belief that reproducing (or at least "borrowing") themes, motifs and characters from other works makes for legitimate, original art and has influenced his muddled understanding of parody.
Also significant is his citing of Family Guy as material that endorses homophobia, having completely misinterpreted what was a not-so-subtle jab at the prejudice in an episode. As the series often deals with issues of bigotry and other social taboos in a manner which to most would constitute unsubtle, perhaps even ham-fisted, irony, the question is raised as to what other messages from the show Chris takes at face value.
The specific scene which Chris referenced depicted Stewie quoting the Bible to prove that Gay marriage is wrong, the joke being twofold; Stewie himself is ambiguously gay, making his quoting of the Bible hypocritical, and, as pointed out by Brian, he is too infantile to properly contextualise Biblical scripture, a dig at precisely the sort of brainless Bible-thumping Chris exhibits. This joke obviously soared over Chris's head, and even now, Chris references that scene to prove that being gay is wrong. What's even more ridiculous is the fact that Chris seems to have not heard of any specific parts of the Bible that condemn homosexuality, despite being a supposedly devout Christian his entire life, until it was spelled out in an animated comedy series.
The series is the "inspiration" for Chris's infamous Ghostbusters "skitch" that appeared in Sonichu #7 and contained the one-off appearance of his character Sammy, a creation that was a mix between Chris and Peter Griffin. Chris had hoped that the creator of Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane, could possibly use his "skitch" in a future episode, but he unfortunately didn't realize MacFarlane is quite capable of making unfunny, plagiarized, poorly drawn, boring shit on his own.
Sonichu #8 featured the line "Insert rod 'A' into slot 'B'" as an apparent example of dirty talk; in Emission Impossible" "Insert rod support A into slot B," was an example of awful innuendo. Meanwhile, Bubbles Rosechu asks Blake what he wished for and he says "It's already come true"; this could be directly from Sixteen Candles, but could also be from the parody of this scene in Family Guy's "PTV".
The "Spring Break" plotline also owes a lot to Meg and Lois's story in "A Fish out of Water", including the bit where every channel is showing Spring Break, even the news channels.
Chris and Meg
Chris has a crush on Meg Griffin (a cartoon character, for those keeping track at home). However, what Chris doesn't seem to understand is that a good portion of the show's "humor" is intended to come at the expense of Meg Griffin. She is mostly portrayed as fat, unlikeable and ugly (sound familiar?) and given very few lines in episodes. Despite her portrayal, Chris has developed feelings for her, perhaps finding a kindred spirit in another person whose only use seems to be to entertain the masses by being constantly mistreated by the world at large (that or her name just reminds him of someone...). Although she is underage, Chris has sought porn of her, going so far as to assimilate it into his drawings.
On 8 October 2009, he commented on a YouTube clip from the episode "Road to the Multiverse" depicting a hot alternate-universe Meg, lamenting that if only MacFarlane let Meg turn eighteen that CWC would "be all over her sweet pussy and breasts."
In Sonichu #10, Chris inserted Meg into the comic, having her compliment Chris on the comic. In turn, Chris defends Meg's "honor" by beating up a guy who insults the two of them. He then kisses Meg, cheating on his future wife Lovely Weather. It turns out that Meg is Silvana Rosechu, an evil hermaphrodite furfag, in disguise. When accused of being a pedofork (Meg is 17), Chris retorted "SHE PUSHED HERSELF ONTO ME!"
Chris also wrote about her in Mailbag 20:
Chris's message to Seth MacFarlane
| Hello Seth,
I am a long-time Family Guy Fan. I have purchased the Blu-Ray of your Calvacade; I enjoyed all but the homosexual and dick jokes (I detest the homos very strongly). For your next bunch of 50 or so videos, please do more breast and vagina jokes.
Also, in Family Guy, PLEASE give Megan more respect, because she IS VERY BEATIFUL in my perspective, and she truly deserves MORE Positive attention and less abuse. Give her an irreversable Love Potion or something yo give her the attention that she deserves for MULTIPLE SEASONS and MULTIPLE CONSISTANT episodes.
We LOVE Megan Marie Griffin.
Christian Weston Chandler, creator of Sonichu and Rosechu at http://www.cwcville.com
On 9 December 2009 Chris said that he'd heard rumors that Seth MacFarlane was planning on including him in a future Family Guy episode. This obviously fake news inflated Chris's ego to gigantic proportions, to the point where he felt the need to pitch an idea for the plot. Below is the plot he posted on the CWCipedia.
|I, Christian Weston Chandler, have described the story in a nutshell in my recent video. But to reiterate (the final story will be typed up then copied/pasted onto this page), The show opens on Megan going onto the Cwcipedia on her computer in her room, reading the latest page uploaded and enjoying it. Later, she sends a message for the Mailbag, asking if I could come to Quahog for their upcoming Comic Book Convention to show off my work. I respond, "I just may, Meg. ;)" Then I later drive up to Quahog in my car (debatable on the destination being the Comic Con or the Griffin House), either way, the Griffins greet and welcome me. Then I break out my two S-Chu Balls, toss them and release Sonichu and Rosechu; more greetings. Megan thanks me very much for my compliments I gave a lot of, and we hang out throughout the episode (I hope she has turned Eighteen by the time I get there, so this can be a really good story). For the "B" Story, Brian gets a bit antsy around the Lovehogs' cuddlings, and he just could not help but ask them about how they maintain their relationship. And Sonichu and Rosechu tell Brian and help him find himself a new good girlfriend. **Suggestion to Seth, Let's Add a Smart, Sweet Girl Dog for Brian (Yes, SHE TALKS), as for breed, I think any sexy breed (not a poodle; nothing against poodles, but I feel that a poodle might not work well for Brian).|
Chris also described the plot in his 9 December 2009 C-Log; basically the same, except that it was an anime con.
Although Chris loves Family Guy, he has several ideas that he's certain would make the show much, much better. Most of his suggestions revolve around his infantile fears of homosexuality, his sad ability to fall desperately in love with fictional women and issues with the plot that only someone with autism would notice. Also, the tower incident that Chris is referring to takes place in the Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story. However, Chris is wrong about it causing Stewie to be straight. This is because it is pretty obviously hinted in this movie that he is gay, as he is a virgin at 30, still shows very flamboyant tendencies and is very reluctant to have sex with a woman.
Also: subtle hints of bestiality.
- "Megan does not deserve the abuse she gets. She is a Beautiful Girl, she is Very Smart, and she is the Oldest of the three children. So, Why.T.F. does Seth let most everyone treat her terribly? What is it about her that everyone is seeing to instinctively wail on her by default? WHAT and WHY?!"
- "Stewie should have let that tower fall on him; at least in the future scenario there, he Ended Up Straight."
- "Chris finally got the best girlfriend he could ask for at the end of Season 6, Anna, so what happened to her between then and when Connie dated him in Season 7?"
- "While I can see Brain looking for the womanly qualities that he finds in the women he's dated, why does he not date female talking dogs who are That Pretty, Smart and all that?"
- "In "Road to Multiverse", in the "Robot Chicken" Universe, Stewie asks Seth Greene through Chris, "How does it feel to be on a Major Network for 30 Seconds?" Upon watching the video file on my PS3, the time in that universe was Only 20 Seconds Total, and there were NO additional portions of that scene in the version later shown on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. Seth McFarline owes Seth Greene 10 Seconds and then some."
- Chris wants American Dad to have "Haley" in more episodes.
- He does not care for all the dick jokes in The Cleveland Show.
Chris recycles Family Guy jokes at every opportunity, usually so out-of-context that they make no sense.
- In CWC's Second Message, he was angry that people were saying he was a pedofork, like Herbert.
- Chris said "SHAZZAM!" when cybering with "Vanessa Hudgens", a joke borrowed from "The Perfect Castaway" and "Fifteen Minutes of Shame."
- Chris constantly described Asperchu as "blocky" and "low-resolution", which is taken from "Road to the Multiverse."
- In Rollin' and Trollin', Chris called Obama "a regular stand-up family guy."
- In Kacey Call 11, Chris talks about how he hated finding out that Stewie is gay. He also claimed that Family Guy was temporarily cancelled in 2002 because everyone was "distracted" by 9/11, even though it had already been temporarily cancelled in 2000 due to low ratings, and they hadn't been getting any better in 2001.
- Chris's Public Announcement for Congress segues into the theme tune of The Facts of Life, a joke taken from "Running Mates."
- In Kacey Call 22, Chris told her that he ignores it, or turns down the volume, when Stewie acts gay or when pro-homo scenes appear in Family Guy.
- The story JenkinsJinkies told about his gay experience at camp was allegedly inspired by Peter's parrot squawking "I had a gay experience at camp!" in "Long John Peter".
- In Chris Sings Fart Song for Flora, Chris sings the fart song from "The Man with Two Brians."
- Chris's knowledge of Mormonism is mainly derived from "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Fonz."
- Chris has referred to his obesity as a "Buddha belly"; this is probably taken from "To Love and Die in Dixie."
- Chris sang "Never Gonna Give You Up" in Chris Chan Update 24 September 2008 - he doesn't seem to link it to Rickrolling and probably knew it from "Meet the Quagmires".
- Chris imitated Peter (horribly) when talking to Clyde Cash in Mumble 4: "Hey listen, Peter Griffin, he's a family guy and he's retarded and yet look at his life!"
- Chris often declares that a person or situation "grinds his gears," which was Peter Griffin's stock saying in Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story.
- When acting as the Grimace, Chris said that Grimace is autistic, which he took from a throwaway line in "Prick Up Your Ears."
- In Mailbag 25 Chris gives some awful relationship advice which seems to have been inspired by the Family Guy episdoe "Bill & Peter's Bogus Journey".
- The video It's not that cold shows Chris reenacting a scene shown in the episode "Stew-Roids", where Chris Griffin is exposed doing the exact same routine.
Other MacFarlane shows
American Dad! is another MacFarlane series, again based around a single family. Unlike the two other MacFarlane shows (and countless others before them), main character Stan Smith actually manages not to be a fat loser, being in decent physical shape and coming across as reasonably intelligent, albeit with poor judgement which is further clouded by his hard-right political views. Not surprisingly, this is the MacFarlane show that Chris appears to pay the least attention to, though he does appear to be somewhat of a fan. Chris stated on the CWCipedia that "There should be More Stories starring Haley." Hayley Smith is the left-wing daughter of Stan Smith. Doubtless Chris wanted more Hayley stories, not due to his love of marijuana jokes or the Democrats, but because he thought she was sexy.
The Cleveland Show
27 September 2009 saw the debut of The Cleveland Show, a Family Guy spin-off that answered the question, "What would happen if we took a fairly bland supporting character on Family Guy and gave him his own show?" Naturally, it sounded like a solid gold idea to Chris, as he plugged the show heavily on one of his Captain's Logs. The eager endorsement of the show by an odorous, bra-wearing creepy-ass manchild is certainly much appreciated by the Fox Network.
It would seem Chris may have been too hasty in his initial endorsement of the show. In a CWCipedia update on 11 December 2009, after making several idiotic points about Family Guy, his analysis of The Cleveland Show consisted simply of, "I do not care for all the dick jokes." This didn't stop him from buying the show's first season through the PlayStation Network, though.
In another eerie coincidence, an episode revolved around a sex doll named Kimmi.
On 22 March 2010, Chris broke his vow never to use the Internet again after thirty-six hours to complain about changes in the show's voice acting. He would continue his whining in a video about his favorite comedians two months later.
In an October 2010 video, Chris held up a DVD box set of the first season of The Cleveland Show and performed a terrible rendition of the show's theme tune. He spent $30 on this set, much to Jackie's chagrin.
Sadly, Chris's seal of approval did nothing to help the show's fortunes, and it was cancelled in May 2013. Chris does not appear to have commented on the show's demise, suggesting that even he had stopped caring by this point.
- Sammy - Chris's bastard love child creation of him combined with Peter Griffin
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force
- Monty Python's Flying Circus
- South Park
- Kacey Call 16
- Cwcipedia page on Family Guy
- Mailbag 37
- Mailbag 41
- Mailbag 42
- Mailbag 43
- Mailbag 45
- Jackie E-mails 5
- IRC (27 December 2008)
- Father Call, Vivitheg's AIM chat, sports bra
- Jackie Chat 8