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Family Guy: Volume Eleven

by Louise Adams
Friday Oct 4, 2013
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While Seth MacFarlane’s scatological obsessions might be wearing thin eleven years in (and certainly don’t translate into Oscar-worthy patter), it’s refreshing to hear obscenities in their proper places here in the uncensored "Family Guy Volume Eleven." The lack of "fuck" in primetime makes the series too sanitized when played on the dinosaur that is now network TV.

Special features on the 23-episode, 3-disc set from 2011 and 2012 include writer, director and producer commentary, plus animatics, on select episodes; deleted scenes; a "Fishin’ Around with Ricky Gervais" featurette and audio outtakes from his "Be Careful What You Fish For" episode, where he plays jerky dolphin Billy Finn.

Cate Blanchett plays Penelope in "Mr. and Mrs. Stewie;" Ryan Reynolds plays himself in "Stewie Goes for a Drive;" and Ellen Page shows up in "Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream." The Griffins also use Stewie’s time machine to go "Back to the Pilot" episode on Jan. 31, 1999.

While Seth MacFarlane’s scatological obsessions might be wearing thin eleven years in (and certainly don’t translate into Oscar-worthy patter), it’s refreshing to hear obscenities in their proper places here in this uncensored set.

"Family Guy Viewer Mail #2" shows the British show on which the American version is based, complete with dreadful teeth; after an accident, Peter creates a dystopia where everyone he touches becomes a hirsute Robin Williams character, and Stewie’s POV is pondered.

Other episodes include "Lottery Fever," "Seahorse Seashell Party," "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q," "Thanksgiving," "Amish Guy," "Cool Hand Peter," "Grumpy Old Man," "Quagmire and Meg," "The Blind Side," "Livin’ on a Prayer," "Burning Down the Bayit," "Killer Queen," "Forget-Me-Not," "You Can’t Do That on Television, Peter," "Leggo my Meg-o," "Tea Peter," and "Internal Affairs."


"Family Guy Volume Eleven"
DVD Set
$39.98
http://www.fox.com/familyguy/

Louise Adams is a writer, actor, educator, yogini and nom de guerre. @MzzzAnthrope

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