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Family Guy - Volume Eleven (Fox DVD Set)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: B Episodes: B

Now running stronger than ever after 10 Seasons, Family Guy continues to pack a powerful punch that dances the line between smooth satire and college potty humor. After some troubled beginnings Family Guy managed to build a fan base that continuously comes back for more.

Season 10 does feature some of the best episodes to date as the writers of the series consistently manage to put the characters in off the wall situations that push the limits of right and wrong.

The series has long since abandoned continuity and reality in favor of furthering pop culture references, inserting the occasional impromptu musical number, and perpetuating general insanity. This line of creativity has polarized the fan base; making some upset, but for the most part keeping audiences laughing.

The show is very different from how it started (something explored this season), but that is not a bad thing as the series has managed to mature over time and cater to the fans.

This set, though titled Volume 11, actually encompasses 23 episodes of Season 10. Those episodes include:

  1. Lottery Fever

  2. Seahorses Seashell Party

  3. Screams of Silence: The Brenda Q Story

  4. Stewie Goes for a Drive

  5. Back to the Pilot

  6. Thanksgiving

  7. Amish Guy

  8. Cool Hand Peter

  9. Grumpy Old Man

  10. Quagmire and Meg

  11. The Blind Side

  12. Livin' on a Prayer

  13. Tom Tucker: The Man and his Dream

  14. Be Careful What you Fish for

  15. Burning Down the Bayit

  16. Killer Queen

  17. Forget Me Not

  18. You Can't Do That on Television, Peter

  19. Mr. and Mrs. Stewie

  20. Lego My Meg-o

  21. Tea Peter

  22. Family Guy Viewer Mail

  23. Internal Affairs

The technical features of this DVD set are right on par with the previous couple releases on DVD. The series was broadcast in HD though only a standard DVD release is available at this time. The picture is presented in a clean, clear, crisp 1.78 X 1 Widescreen that demonstrates vibrant colors and a near pristine image. It will only get better than this once on Blu-ray. The sound is a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track that is lively, but would be better as a DTS track; again Blu-ray will fix this. The host of musical numbers, lively action, and a full orchestral back track make Family Guy a rather impressive series.

The extras include:

  • Deleted Scenes for multiple episodes

  • Audio Commentaries

  • Looking Back to the Pilot Featurette with cast and crew

  • Select Episode Animatics

  • Fishin' Around with Ricky Gervais Featurette

  • Ron McFarlane (Seth's dad) Reads Viewer Mail

- Michael P. Dougherty II


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