Family Guy Makes Emmy History

July 21, 2009 by  
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Family Guy, the irreverent TV show about a suburban household that includes a cigar-smoking dog and a machiavellian infant, has been nominated for an Emmy award.

It is the first time a cartoon has been put forward for the award since the Flintstones in 1961, and serves as a the final act of vindication for the show’s producers after Fox temporarily canned the show in 2003 (a spectacularly unpopular move, even by its standards).

Predictably, the news has sparked furious debate among critics and blog inhabitants, reminding us how seriously some people take their comedy. Many are questioning why The Simpsons never received a nomination when at its peak (commonly understood to be at least a decade ago).

However, the shows main rival in this generation of animated American comedy has consistently been South Park, with the two taking frequent digs at each other in recent years. This nomination may serve as a knock-out blow in that battle as some might argue that South Park’s once great writing partnership has been on the wane of late.

Family Guy follows the adventures of Peter Griffin and his unusual family in the fictional city of Quahog, Rhode Island. Its trademark is outrageous, often surreal story lines and a penchant for drink, slapstick violence and sex.

Beating off stiff opposition from Brian the dog, perhaps the character most loved by fans is that of Stewie Griffin, a baby whose plots to kill his own mother and take-over the world are carried out with camp and worldly cynicism.

Rumours that he is already penning an acceptance speech are as yet unfounded.

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