Geek TV Review: Family Guy Season 11, Episode 2

In this episode, the second of the season, the Griffins find themselves being chosen to be a Nielsen family. That is, a family that gets to have their television watching habits tracked in the name of the all important ratings war. Predictably, Peter goes a little bit too far with the Nielsen boxes and ends up getting hundreds of them. He then is able to control what is on television by threatening to not watch certain shows if they do not bend to his every demand. These demands include having a lightsaber fight break out in Mad Men and local news anchor Tom Tucker cut off his fabled mustache. As one can guess, these hijinks lead to the town of Quahog assembling into a mob to attack Peter for altering their favorite shows to the point of being unwatchable.

While this episode did have more laugh out loud moments than the season premiere, it also fell flat. There were a couple of gags that got a good chuckle out of me, like the Stewie pretend time moment and Peter never getting picked for anything cut away. But the effortless humor that once permeated Family Guy is becoming scarcer. Most jokes are a stretch now, and some just completely miss the mark. The first two episodes of this season are a little flat when compared to Fox’s other animated offerings, Bob’s Burgers and American Dad. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. It seems as though American Dad is getting all the great writing. Family Guy is one of my all time favorites, so I’m really holding out for some great episodes in the future. Until then, I’ll just get my laughs from American Dad and Bob’s Burgers.

About Steven Brewer

I’m a lifelong comic book fan. Comics pulled me in at an early age, with influences ranging from Chris Claremont’s historic X-Men run, Walt Simonson’s Thor run, Mike Zeck’s run on The Punisher limited series, Jim Lee’s X-Men, the early 90’s X-Men animated series, and the best cartoon ever made, Batman: The Animated Series. As a kid, these comics and cartoons gave me a new world to go to when the real world wasn’t so nice. Because of this, comic books will always have a special place in my heart. I love everything about comics, and still get the same feeling reading them today as I did when I was a kid. My major in college was psychology, so I love to incorporate that into comics.
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