Oh, complaining about television. Ain't living in the free world grand?
So I enjoyed Family Guy
back when I first saw it, at all of 15 and a half and squeed over the jokes built around vaudeville and Silent movies and enjoyed the spark it seemed to have that The Simpsons
was started to lose by the late 'nineties. Then it seemed to become less and less funny and as of late, downright unwatchable. This article from a few years ago gives excellent reasons as to why.
:( Read the article )
I don't agree with all the points (I greatly enjoyed The Critic
), but I do agree with most of 'em, particularly the smugness factor. Soooo, add on top of that I had noticed from the get-go that it was almost blatantly ripping off the tone of the earlier, better Simpsons
episodes (including the flashbacks which Simpsons
writers have admitted after the popularity of Family Guy
they've stopped doing), particularly Homer's id, but I didn't particularly care since it was an animated show about a family (or so the advertising went) so of course there were going to be some similarities. Of course, comparing the two directly really shows the "theft" rather than the "similarities". And lest we forget that this article was written nearly five years ago and the show, in my opinion, has nose-dived since then.
Oh, FOX network, when will you pull your head out of your ass? You've let so many brilliant shows die or go to shit.