“Family Guy”. 31 Jan. 1991. 25 Mar. 2013.
Family Guy is an American animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a dysfunctional family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; their children Meg, Chris, and Stewie; and their anthropomorphic pet dog Brian. The show is set in the fictional city of Quahog, Rhode Island, and exhibits much of its humor in the form of cutaway gags that often lampoon American culture.
“American Dad!”. 6 Feb. 2005. 28 Mar. 2013.
The series focuses on the dysfunctional Smith family, consisting of father, husband, and breadwinner Stan Smith; his better half, housewife Francine Smith; their college-aged daughter, Hayley Smith; and their high-school-aged son, Steve Smith. Outside of the Smith family, there are three additional main characters, including Hayley’s boyfriend turned husband, Jeff Fischer; the family’s pet fish ,Klaus, a man in a fish’s body; and most notably the family’s zany alien, Roger, who’s full of masquerades, brazenness, and shocking antics.
“The Cleveland”. 27 Sep. 2009. 27 Mar. 2013.
The Cleveland Show is an American animated show created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Henry, and Richard Appel for the Fox Broadcasting Company as a spin-off of Family Guy. The series centers on the Browns and Tubbs, two dysfunctional families consisting of parents Cleveland Brown and Donna Tubbs and their children Cleveland Brown, Jr., Roberta Tubbs, and Rallo Tubbs, and, like Family Guy, exhibits much of its humor in the form of cutaway gags that often lampoon American culture.
“The Jetsons”. 23 Sept. 1962. 12 Nov. 1987.
The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in primetime from 1962–1963 and again from 1985–1987 as part of the weekday/weekend morning programming block called The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera. It was Hanna-Barbera’s Space Age counterpart to The Flintstones. Reruns can be seen frequently on Boomerang. While the Flintstones live in a world with machines powered by birds and dinosaurs, the Jetsons live in the year 2062 in a futuristicutopia, 100 years in the future at the time of the show’s debut of elaborate robotic contraptions, aliens, holograms, and whimsical inventions.
“The Flintstones”. 30 Sept. 1960. 1 April 1966.
The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that was broadcast from September 30, 1960, to April 1, 1966, on ABC. The show was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. The Flintstones was about a working-class Stone Ageman’s life with his family and his next-door neighbor and best friend. The show’s continuing popularity rested heavily on its juxtaposition of modern everyday concerns in the Stone Age setting. The Flintstones was the most financially successful network animated franchise for three decades, until The Simpsons debuted.