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The third and final season of Seth MacFarlane's late, lamented Family Guy finds television's most dysfunctional cartoon family even more animated than usual. As MacFarlane notes in a bonus segment about the controversial series' censorship battles, he was inspired to go for broke, thinking that the series, already juggled like a hot potato in the schedule (at one point, it aired opposite the mighty Friends), had been cancelled. Just as Spinal Tap walked the fine line between "clever and stupid," so did Family Guy gleefully mock the line between "edgy and offensive." Case in point is this set's holy grail: "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein," not aired during the series' original run, in which clueless Rhode Island patriarch Peter Griffin is convinced that if his lumpen son is to be rich and successful, he must become Jewish.

Like The Simpsons, Family Guy lends itself to multiple viewings to catch each densely packed episode's way-inside "one-percenter" gags (so-called by the creators because that is the percent of the audience who will get them), scattershot pop-culture references, surreal leaps, and gratuitous pot shots at everyone from, predictably, Oprah, Kevin Costner, and Bill Cosby to, unpredictably, Rita Rudner. Also like their Springfield counterparts, this series benefits from a great ensemble voice cast, with surprising contributions from a no-less-stellar roster of guest stars. Yes, that's actually Kelly Ripa as her "real" self, a heart-devouring alien in "Family Guy Viewer Mail #1," and June Foray popping in as Rocky the Flying Squirrel in "Brian Does Hollywood." Family Guy's stock has recently risen with its addition to Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim" lineup, a much better fit than prime time. To see Peter invite Charles Manson to a party for Sharon Tate ("but only if you don't embarrass me") is to marvel how much of this ever got on the air. Happily, it is on DVD. --Donald Liebenson

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • 22 episodes on three discs, including the never-before-seen "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein"
  • Commentary for "Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington," "Death Lives," "Mr. Saturday Night," "Ready, Willing and Disabled," "Brian Wallows," "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein"
  • 28 deleted scenes (animatics)
  • Original series pitch (cut-down of pilot episode)
  • Two new featurettes: "Uncensored" and "Series Overview"
  • Number of discs: 3

Cast

Seth MacfarlanePeter Griffin/Brian Griffin/Stewie Griffin
Alex BorsteinLois Griffin
Seth GreenChris Griffin
Mila KunisMeg Griffin
Carlos AlazraquiMr. Jonathan Weed
Thomas DekkerKid in Bathroom
Leif GarrettHimself
Mike HenryVarious
Haley Joel OsmentKid in Bathroom
Patrick WarburtonJoe Swanson
Wally WingertDr. Bruce Kaplan
Gary ColeMichael Eisner
Jenna JamesonJenna Jameson
Ron JeremyRon Jeremy
Ray LiottaZack
Kevin Michael RichardsonBill Cosby
Alyssa MilanoHerself
Lori AlanDiane Simmons
Edward AsnerSteve Bellows
Hugh LaurieBar Patron
Jennifer TillyBonnie Swanson
Patrick DuffyJack
Rachael MacFarlaneVarious
Adam CarollaDeath
Peter FramptonHimself
Laura SilvermanAmy
Michael ChiklisBronx Guy #1
Phil LaMarrVarious
Ralph GarmanDustin Hoffman
Abe VigodaHimself
Adam WestMayor Adam West
Charles DurningFrancis Griffin
R. Lee ErmeyCoach
Will FerrellThe Black Knight
Jimmy KimmelVarious
Majel BarrettShip Computer
Wallace ShawnBertram
Dakota FanningLittle Girl
Bob BarkerHimself
Jane LynchFrench Teacher
Tony DanzaHimself
Alex RoccoBea Arthur
Peter CrissPeter Criss
Ace FrehleyAce Frehley
Gene SimmonsGene Simmons
Paul StanleyPaul Stanley
Melora HardinPatsy Ramsey
Fred WillardDave Campbell
Jennifer Love HewittHerself
Andy DickAndy Dick
Jon FavreauThe Pope
Michael McKeanVarious
Bill GoldbergAngry Bus Passenger
Judy GreerVarious
Regis PhilbinRegis Philbin
Kelly RipaKelly Ripa
Michael WinslowMichael Winslow
Mark HamillLuke Skywalker

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  • Genre: TV
  • Theme(s): Satire/Parody/Comedy
  • Director: David Zuckerman
  • Producer: Fox
  • Length: 474 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJul 11, 2001
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 9, 2003
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