Family Guy has been a beloved and controversial animated series since its debut in 1999. With 21 seasons and counting, the Griffin family has given us some unforgettable episodes that showcase the show’s unique charm and humor. Let’s delve into the ten best Family Guy episodes of all time, with a closer look at each.
10. Death is a B****
In Death is a B****, Peter’s accidental declaration of his own death on a hospital bill sets off a chain of hilarity. When he encounters the real Grim Reaper, brilliantly voiced by Norm MacDonald, things take a surreal twist. With Death out of commission, Peter is reluctantly thrust into the role of the Grim Reaper, leading to a series of darkly humorous situations.
9. Family Guy Viewer Mail #1
Family Guy Viewer Mail #1 takes an innovative approach by exploring three fan-suggested scenarios. In the first, Peter meets a genie, resulting in unexpected wishes and consequences. The second scenario sees the Griffins gaining superpowers, leading to comical chaos. Finally, the episode parodies The Little Rascals as everyone in Quahog becomes children. This anthology episode showcases the show’s versatility and creativity.
8. To Love and Die in Dixie
When Chris witnesses a bank robbery, the Griffins enter the Witness Protection Program and relocate to the Deep South. Each family member has a chance to shine in this new and strange environment. Chris discovers his courage and a budding romance, while Peter and Brian embrace their roles as town sheriffs, leading to hilarious situations. Stewie’s musical talent with the banjo adds an extra layer of humor.
7. Airport ’07
In Airport ’07, Peter’s misguided attempt to make his truck fly results in a plane crash, causing Quagmire to lose his job as a pilot. The Griffins reluctantly host Quagmire, leading to uproarious and occasionally disturbing antics. The heart of this episode lies in Quagmire’s quest to regain his sense of purpose and fulfillment, making it one of the best chapters for this fan-favorite character.
6. Da Boom
In the Y2K-themed Da Boom, Peter’s paranoia leads the family into a bunker on New Year’s Eve. When the Apocalypse unexpectedly occurs, it leads to a series of hysterical and surreal moments, including Peter’s rise as a post-apocalyptic leader, Stewie’s transformation into an octopus, and the bizarre fusion of Cleveland and Quagmire. Da Boom is a benchmark episode that sets a high standard for the series.
5. North by North Quahog
North by North Quahog marks the show’s return after a three-year cancellation. Peter and Lois embark on a romantic getaway that takes a suspenseful turn when they encounter Mel Gibson’s controversial sequel to “The Passion of the Christ.” Meanwhile, Stewie takes on babysitting duties for Meg and Chris, leading to amusing yet heartwarming moments. The episode also begins with Peter humorously addressing Fox’s decision to cancel the show.
4. Blue Harvest
In Blue Harvest, the Griffin family loses power, prompting Peter to entertain them with his unique take on the Star Wars story, starting with Episode IV. The parody is a comedic masterpiece with each character brilliantly taking on iconic Star Wars roles. The episode is filled with witty humor and references, such as the heroes stealing a couch from the Death Star and Rush Limbaugh hosting an intergalactic talk show.
3. Brian Wallows and Peter’s Swallows
As punishment for a DUI, Brian is court-ordered to assist a bitter, elderly woman. Despite initial animosity, Brian develops a deep connection with her and helps her find the courage to see the world. This heartfelt storyline is complemented by a side plot where Peter’s growing beard becomes a bird’s nest, adding an extra layer of humor. The episode’s emotional depth is captured in the Emmy-winning song “You’ve Got A Lot To See.”
2. Road to Rhode Island
In the first of Family Guy’s many “Road to” episodes, Brian goes to pick up Stewie from a vacation but misses their plane, leading to a journey back to Rhode Island on foot. Meanwhile, in Quahog, Lois unwittingly subjects Peter to pornographic films disguised as marriage counseling tapes. Both storylines are rich in humor, but it’s Brian and Stewie’s journey that carries emotional weight. They reconcile with Brian’s estranged mother, and their bond grows stronger. The episode culminates in an outstanding musical number, setting the stage for Brian and Stewie to become one of television’s most iconic duos.
After actor David Hyde Pierce experiences a wardrobe malfunction live at the Emmys, the FCC tightens censorship on television. In response, Peter creates his own TV channel with NSFW programs to combat the censorship. The FCC retaliates by censoring everything in real life. PTV brilliantly satirizes censorship and showcases Family Guy’s willingness to challenge societal norms. The episode, notably, features the memorable “FCC Song.”
These top Family Guy episodes represent the, blended humor, satire, and heartfelt moments. Whether you’re a longtime fan or new to the show, these episodes are essential viewing.