25 Family Guy Facts To Make You Say Giggity

Posted by , Updated on January 11, 2017


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 was the first animated show to receive the Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Comedy Series" since "The Flintstones" did in 1961.

the-flintstonesSource: The Richest, Image: youtube.com

Many fans wonder why the show is set in the town of Quahog: a fictional town in Rhode Island. Some people claim the quahog was the mascot at MacFarlane's alma mater, but that would actually be Scrotie the Scrotum. (It's not hard to wonder how something like Family Guy came out of a school with such a nutty mascot.) The real reason is just that quahogs, a colloquial term for a clam common in the northeast, are plentiful in Rhode Island and the name wouldn't offend people.

quahogs LittleNeck_clams_USDASource: What Culture, Image: Wikipedia

Actor William H. Macy is more famous for his independent filmwork (and some larger roles such as in the film "Fargo"), but did you know he originally auditioned to be Brian's voice actor? It's not clear why he didn't get the role, but his iconic voice sure would have created a very different Brian persona than we know today.

william h macySource: The Richest, Image: Wikipedia

The Family Guy episode and homage to "Star Wars" named, "It's a Trap" features the simultaneous cameos of characters from other shows in the space bar. Look out for Bender from "Futurama," Coach John McGuirk from "Home Movies," and Roger from "American Dad."

family-guy-cameoSource: Twentieth Century Fox, Image: via buzzfeed

As was revealed in Season 12, Meg is actually short for Megatron, not Megan, after Peter officially changed it on her birth certificate.

meg-griffinSource: Family Guy Wikia, Image: EarWaxKid via deviantart

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