Parents' Guide to

Family Guy

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Contrary to its title, this isn't a family show.

TV Fox , Syndicated Comedy 1999
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 304 parent reviews

age 12+

Early Seasons Okay for 12+, Anything after season 10 is 14+

Let's start with this, I'm guessing all the ratings saying 17+ are people who watched the uncut later seasons. If your kid wants to watch this show, just know the first 9-10 seasons aren't any worse than shows like The Office and Friends, after that it gets more on the TV-MA side, and not only are the later seasons more inappropriate but their too political and lower quality, so your kid won't even want to watch them. Now let's talk about the early seasons, the early seasons are still crude (Worse than The Simpsons but far cleaner than South Park). They have TV-14 language (Bitch, ass, damn), mild drinking, slapstick violence and implied sex and sexual dialogue, a few of the jokes are pretty crude but they'll fly over any kids over 12's head. They're nothing worse than The Office or Arrested Development jokes and for that matter come off even less explicit just because it's cartoon. So yeah the first 9 seasons are pretty good and funny and kids will enjoy it.
age 16+

It earns a tv MA rating

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (304 ):
Kids say (959 ):

This show's wacky brand of fast-paced humor isn't for everyone. But those willing to laugh along with its zany jokes, will find Family Guy hilarious. As a plot device, Peter's visions can serve as a distraction, ultimately disrupting what might be a storyline. On the other hand, the constant references to musicals, literature, plays, video games, and other TV shows might amuse some viewers.

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