TV: "Family Guy"

What a misnamed show. A cartoon about a perverse “family.” The mother gives her teenage daughter a little advice about how to get a guy interested in her. “Why don’t you just show him the goods?”

Scatalogical (I’d like to meet the person who made up this word) humor abounds. Problem is, it’s not funny. And indecency in general abounds. Time to send another e-maill to the FCC.

God bless,

If it werent funny to people it probably wouldnt be making money :open_mouth:

Ed, for the first time I agree with you on a media topic! I know people who like this show and tried to watch a few episodes myself, but I soon found it way too crude and pointless for my taste. Despite all their flaws, the Simpsons do have pretty decent family values and is one of the only shows that you see the main characters in church on a regular basis. I think I’ll stick to the Simpsons over the…whatever-the-heck the Family Guy’s name is. Just my two cents, of course :slight_smile:

It’s funny because it’s so absurd. It makes FUN OF “showing the goods”, etc.

We love it.

It’s satire. Absurd satire. It makes fun of absolutely everything and everyone.

Even the TITLE of the show is a satire. Family guy? Nothing could be further from the truth! Peter Griffin is the worse family guy ever!

Some people will like the show and some won’t, just like some people like Mad Magazine and others don’t and some like Lucille Ball and others don’.t (My mother and father thought Lucille Ball was silly and they didn’t like her. Freaky, I know. But I was never allowed to watch her while I was growing up.)

Different strokes for different folks. I can appreciate why some people don’t like it.

I don’t think the show is a poor influence on society or culture. It helps express all the aburdity in our culture, where the media goes hyper over the death of dogs in spectator dogfights, but they ignore the killing of humans in the womb.

Family Guy is totally inappropriate for children, as is most television. With young teens, I think it should be watched with parents. It has a lot of very abstract humor, and some young teens might not be able to process it and understand how the absurdity of the show magnifies the reality of modern life.

I happen to love the show. My favorite was the episode where Quahog was destroyed in a nuclear holocaust during Y2K, and the family walked to a Twinkie factory and ate twinkies to survive.

I’d just like to remind my Christian brothers and sisters that there’s a line that shouldn’t be crossed when dealing with ‘entertainment.’

Many hours are spent dwelling on perverse (i.e. unGodly, inappropriate, bad) entertainment that can affect your mind and your spirit. A fascination with body orifices, nudity and sexuality? You can dress it up all you want or call it satire or absurd, but it is junk with a capital J. On a spiritual level, it is corrupting since it follows the omnipresent Dysfunctional Family model that pervades all media.

For 30 years, a slow, subtle poison has been (documented) dripping into the Body of Christ. Years of thinking “Oh, that’s not that bad. Oh, that’s not that bad.” Has led to - now it’s really bad but people aren’t noticing. Christian people who are now living and acting just like their secular counterparts.

My brothers and sisters, bring every thought into obedience to Christ.

God bless,

The Stranger
A few months before I was born, my dad met a stranger who was new to
our small Tennessee town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with
this enchanting newcomer, and soon invited him to live with our family.
The stranger was quickly accepted and was around to welcome me into
the world a few months later.

As I grew up I never questioned his place in our family. In my young
mind, each member had a special niche. My brother, Bill, five years my
senior, was my example. Fran, my younger sister, gave me an opportunity
to play ‘big brother’ and develop the art of teasing. My parents were complementary instructors-- Mom taught me to love the Word of God,
and Dad taught me to obey it.

But the stranger was our storyteller. He could weave the most fascinating
tales. Adventures, mysteries and comedies were daily conversations. He
could hold our whole family spell-bound for hours each evening.

If I wanted to know about politics, history, or science, he knew it all. He
knew about the past, understood the present, and seemingly could predict
the future. The pictures he could draw were so life like that I: would often
laugh or cry as I watched.

He was Iike a friend to the whole family. He took Dad, Bill and me to our
first major league baseball game. He was always encouraging us to see the movies and he even made arrangements to introduce us to several movie
stars. My brother and I were deeply impressed by John Wayne in particular.

The stranger was an incessant talker. Dad didn’ t seem to mind-but sometimes Mom would quietly get up-- while the rest of us were enthralled with one of
his stories of faraway places-- go to her room, read her Bible and pray. I
wonder now if she ever prayed that the stranger would leave.

You see, my dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions. But
this stranger never felt obligation to honor them. Profanity, for example,
was not allowed in our house-- not from us, from our friends, or adults.
Our longtime visitor, however, used occasional four letter words that
burned my ears and made Dad squirm. To my knowledge the stranger
was never confronted. My dad was a teetotaler who didn’t permit alcohol
in his home - not even for cooking. But the stranger felt like we needed exposure and enlightened us to other ways of life. He offered us beer and
other alcoholic beverages often.

He made cigarettes look tasty, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished.
He talked freely (probably too much too freely) about sex. His comments
were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing.
I know now that my early concepts of the man-woman relationship were influenced by the stranger,

As I look back, I believe it was the grace of God that the stranger did not influence us more. Time after time he opposed the values of my parents.
Yet he was seldom rebuked and never asked to leave.

More than thirty years have passed since the stranger moved in with the
young family on Morningside Drive. He is not nearly so intriguing to my
Dad as he was in those early years. But if I were to walk into my parents’
den today, you would still see him sitting over in a corner, waiting for
someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures…

His name? We always just called him TV."

-Told by Keith Currie

anyone see the episode that made fun of the Catholic Church? later on in the show the Vatican came out with the Super Devil who rode a motorcycle… i thought the show was funny until that point.

Yes well sometimes the problem with many comedic shows is that people find it funny until it makes fun of something close to themselves and then it somehow isnt funny anymore :rolleyes:

Actually, they just showed that episode of Family Guy last week. It couldn’t have been a Catholic Church for a number of reasons. The organ that Lois was playing was up on the altar–I didn’t think this was ever allowed in Catholic Churches, even contemporary ones.

Also, the minister held “tryouts” to see who the new organist would be. I didn’t think this ever happened in the Catholic Church, either.

The episode never did say “Catholic” church. Lois addressed the minister as “the minister,” not Father.

It was just a “church.”

And they weren’t making fun of the church. Baby Stewie gobbled down a lot of the communion wafers, got sick, threw up, and all the people in the church said he was possessed. The Griffin family fled the town and holed up in Texas, where the news reporters warned people about the Super Devil. Brian (the dog), who is anti-gun, received a free gun with his purchase of liquor, and when he was playing with the gun and discovering that it was kind of fun to shoot a gun, he accidentally shot the Super Devil. It was really funny!

The episode was about stereotypes and how harmful they are. Supposedly open-minded Brian was terribly prejudiced against the Texans, the church members were quick to see a “demon behind every bush”, some of the Texans were prejudiced against gay people–it just showed what is quite true in our country–most of us have a prejudice against someone or something.

I really despise this show. It’s a cheap knockoff of The Simpsons. It’s overly crude, crass, tasteless, and downright blasphemous at times. Not to mention the animation SUCKS.

And it’s not even funny either. South Park is all those things and still manages to get some guilty laughs out of me when I see it. I’m not saying South Park is good, it’s way too crude and juvenile, but compared to Family Guy:thumbsup:

FG is junk. For the most part I just ignore it rather then getting all worked up about it.

This show is definitely worth complaining about. It is not entertainment and based on that one description, vomiting the Eucharist is blasphemus.

Catholics, I think, need to say enough is enough. Ignoring anti-Catholic programs do not make them go away and do not let the producers know that there are those who think they are creating problems. If we don’t complain they’ll just keep on going.

God bless,

i don’t know any other church that after a reading from the bible say “Thanks be to God.” but that just be my own ignorance. i don’t know any other church that exorcises demons, actually believes that the wafer and wine are Jesus, plus the fact that they believed in the Super Devil that the Vatican told them about makes me believe that they were talking about the Catholic Church. just because they didn’t put the organ in the right place doesn’t mean anything since most non-Catholics attack “teachings” Catholics have but don’t.

Give me a break.

Does it make me a bad Catholic that I own Seasons 1-3 on DVD?

If you do not like the show, don’t watch it. Obviously, if it bothers your conscience, avoid it, but don’t start threads saying that everyone must avoid it and write letters to the FCC because you are uncomfortable with it. Have you seen the episode where they make fun of Jews? Its not just Catholics! There are Catholics out there who can watch it and not feel guilty because it’s just a TV show. Do you really think anyone takes it seriously? After the credits at the end of the show start rolling, my mind is somewhere else.

What you watch can and does affect you spiritually and mentally.

If I see something wrong, I will complain about it. It’s what I’m supposed to do. I’m not going to ignore the across the board media trend to portray Dysfunctional as funny. And it’s getting worse. Also, I’m not going ignore attacks against the Church.

God bless,

If you let it. Obviously, you are weak in this area, and that’s ok. I commend you for realizing it, and staying away from the temptation. But, for me, it’s not a temptation.

There is nothing inherently evil with watching television shows that you or others may find offensive. This is where I can exercise my Christian Liberty.

If you’re so irked about these kinds of shows, then stop complaining and do something about it. That’s what you’re supposed to do.

:thumbsup: Yep - to all that!


I’m not accusing you of anything. I have watched television over the last 30 years and the fact is this: slowly, gradually, like turning up a volume dial, a little suuggestive dialogue, a little skin, a few off-color remarks, all the way up to NYPD Blue with Partial Nudity, Profanity, Fornication and simulated sexual encounters.

Of course, slow poisoning is hard to notice. But one day, you could become totally secular in your everyday life. And that appears to be the case for a lot of people I know who are or who were Catholic. The evidence is them using profanity, having sex outside of marriage, wearing provocative/immodest clothing, and allowing their kids to run roughshod over them. The world didn’t change by itself over 30 years, but TV and the Movies have always been allowing a little more and a little and a little more poison. What was rated R a few years ago is now what? PG? PG 13? That’s what I’m concerned about.

Anyone focusing their mind for hours on anything sinful, immoral and devoid of virtue and laughing about it tends to distract from leading a Christ centered life.

God bless,

I don’t think TV should be the only scapegoat. So many other factors have contributed to the moral bankruptcy we live in. I blame birth control, poor Catholic education, and the govenment when they interfere when a parent spanks their child. Parents are afraid to discipline because of stupid laws.

I’ve watched TV for most of my life. (50 years). I’m not a couch potato; I watch a few hours a week.

I am not completely secular. Far from it. As I get older, I become closer to Jesus and more interested in spiritual things, Church, the Bible, and heaven.

I have a daughter who is a professional stage manager, and works in all kinds of plays and other entertainment. It has not made her completely secular. On the contrary, she has decided to join the Catholic Church and will start RCIA in a few weeks.

As I’ve gotten older, I have also become more mellow. NOT more tolerant–just more mellow. I choose my battles more carefully and don’t get involved with attacking entertainment because it usually just gives the objectionable media more publicity.

I think Family Guy is hilarious. I understand why others don’t think it’s funny. There are certain shows I don’t think are funny that everyone else seems to love (e.g., the detestable Everybody Loves Raymond).

I say rather than attack TV, which is never,ever going to go away in the U.S., it would be better to expend energy preaching the Gospel, either in words or deeds, whatever your gift is. Hold up the Lord and people will come!

Also, I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it. ENCOURAGE your artistic children to consider careers in the entertainment industry. Christians in the business act as salt and light, holding back the evil that would otherwise completely dominate entertainment. GET INVOLVED!

And pray for the entertainment industry. They really need it, especially Christians who are working on the “front lines.”

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