vcalzone wrote:Oh, hell. I was seriously hoping that at least someone would be on here pointing out that the episode wasn't that funny. Unless you'd never heard those criticisms about Family Guy before (which I somehow doubt), there was almost no real humor to be found, and it was even worse than last week's. I actually fast forwarded through the last 5 minutes or so, because I just couldn't sit through it all.
I won't go too far into the Family Guy debate here (done that WAY too many times by now), but even if the jokes are interchangeable, at least quite a few of them are funny, and the style of humor is pretty consistent throughout (unlike, say, tonight's episode of South Park). You say that it's a series of absurd jokes and non sequiturs thrown together, and I say you're absolutely right. I don't get why that is supposed to mean the show has no artistic merit or cohesiveness. It worked well enough for Monty Python (who I'm not trying to say Family Guy is on the same level as).
Tv junkie wrote:As this season progresses I'll be comparing it slightly to The Simpsons season 10.
vcalzone wrote:Tv junkie wrote:As this season progresses I'll be comparing it slightly to The Simpsons season 10.
Amazing how we both can agree on that, but mean two completely different things.
I've said it on this blog and elsewhere that Family Guy's humor can be very jarring at times. Whatever plot there is has to be ground to a halt in order to insert as many one-off gags as possible. There's no effort on behalf of the writers to try and weave jokes into the story, jokes simply pop in and out wherever they seem to fit. In that regard, it's not even comparable to shows like South Park and The Simpsons, which take a more substantive approach to their humor and satire, even if South Park appears to delve into the same scatological humor as Family Guy at times.
There's a mistake that a lot of critics make, and that's to judge a show on what you think it should be rather than what it's actually trying to be. Does Family Guy use interchangeable jokes? Yes, it does, and so did the classic Warner Bros. cartoons from which the show takes its aesthetic. Family Guy has never been about depth, it has always been, from the first season on, about getting yucks. It is a CARTOON in every sense of the word, a series of animated drawings packed with as many jokes as possible, plot be damned. Nobody watches Family Guy hoping to hear some profound truth or see some hidden injustice exposed. If they want that kind of experience, they'll watch South Park. Or, if they can wrap their mind around the concept that two cartoons can have vastly different approaches to humor, they might actually be able to watch and enjoy both.
I also wasn't sure what the writer's really think of Family Guy, because isn't Cartman usually the idiot with the dumb opinion?
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