Hello I'm Christina Hartman from About.com and today we're profiling 'Family Guy.' From 'South Park' to 'The Simpsons,' the oxymoron of animated but not-for-little-kids TV shows continues with the widely successful 'Family Guy.''Family Guy 'is an animated American sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane that follows the life of the Griffin Family in Quahog, Rhode Island. The characters include, Peter, Lois, Meg, Chris and Stewie Griffin along with their dog, Brian. The show uses the family's daily life and cutaway humor to make hilarious and often inappropriate jokes about culture.MacFarlane says the Griffin family actually came from two animated films he made during and shortly after college entitled The Life of Larry and Larry & Steve. These movies feature a middle-aged man and his self-proclaimed intellectual dog, Steve. Sound familiar? MacFarlane redesigned the two characters into Peter Griffin and Brian, and 'Family Guy' was born.MacFarlane pitched a seven-minute pilot of the show to Fox Broadcasting in 1998 and Fox gave him 13 episodes. The first premiered Jan. 31, 1999, following Super Bowl XXXIII and was criticized for it's not-so-family-friendly humor. 'Family Guy' had a three-season run before it was cancelled. Pitted in time slots against shows like Frasier, Friends and Survivor, the sitcom had trouble bringing in the ratings its first three seasons.The show was cancelled by Fox in 2002 but the reruns were bought by Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. On Adult Swim, the show became a success, as did the release of the sitcom's first and second season DVDs shortly after. One DVD set sold 2.2 million copies, making it the best-selling television DVD of 2003 and the second-highest-selling television DVD ever. Due to the response on Adult Swim and the record-breaking DVD sales, Fox picked 'Family Guy' up again for 35 episodes in 2004. The saga continued.As of fall 2012, Family Guy had won four Emmys and three Annie Awards for animated work, and was still going strong on Fox primetime. For more information, check out About.com.
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