25 Family Guy Facts To Make You Say Giggity

Family Guy is one of the most popular animated television shows in history, winning countless awards and now chugging along strong into its fifteenth season. The show depicts the life and antics of the Griffin family – Peter, Lois, Meg, Chris, baby Stewie, and talking dog Brian – and the other residents of their Rhode Island town of Quahog including notable fan favorites Greased Up Deaf Guy and Herbert the Pervert. The show is particularly known for its frequent cutaway scenes and references to pop culture of both days past and the modern era.

Created by Seth MacFarlane, the show has ballooned into a massive empire worth around $2 billion. Its voice actors make $225,000 per episode, inching up to “The Simpsons” $400,000 per episode. The two shows have a (mostly) friendly rivalry, even creating an episode where the characters from both shows came together. (Speaking of, if you’d like to learn more about the Simpsons, check out our list of 25 Simpsons Facts You Probably Never Knew About.) Whether you’re a long-time superfan or just a casual viewer, in this list you’ll find out the answers to some of the most pressing questions regarding Family Guy, such as why Meg is so frequently abused and if Stewie is really gay. Find the answers to your biggest Family Guy questions in our list of 25 Family Guy Facts To Make You Say Giggity.

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Family Guy's creator (and the voice actor for many of its characters), Seth MacFarlane, studied animation at the highly-regarded Rhode Island School of Design. His thesis was a short film about a witty dog and his owner, a concept which he was hired by Hanna Barbera to produce. (This is also the reason why the show has many cutaway spoofs of "The Jetsons" and "The Flintstones.") Once Fox heard of the concept, they hired him to develop Family Guy.

seth macfarlaneSource: The Richest, Image: gageskidmore via Flickr

Lois' iconic phrase, "What the hell?" has appeared in almost every episode. When she doesn't say it, another character says it in some way, and the only episode without this phrase is Season 3's "From Method to Madness."

lois-dinnerSource: The Richest, Image: youtube.com

Joe's voice actor, Patrick Warburton, frequently receives calls from his mother - a devout Christian - begging him to quit the show. She even wrote the FCC asking it to ban the show.

patrick warburtonSource: The Examiner, Image: gageskidmore via Flickr

Brian's voice actor, Seth MacFarlane, basically uses his own voice for the talking dog - apropos since Brian is seen as the voice of reason throughout the show (and since some people speculate Brian is the actual writer of the show.)

brian_griffinSource: What Culture, Image: en.wikipedia.org

Despite all the abuse or ridicule it seems Quahog Mayor Adam West takes, the real Adam West actually loves the show and voices his own character.

Adam_WestSource: Twentieth Century Fox, Image: Wikipedia

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