4/11/2007

Rush Limbaugh Meets Peter Griffin

I've been meaning to post something about the Fox animated sitcom, "Family Guy" for some time. The show ran on Fox at the turn of the decade until it was cancelled after a few season. Then, due to reruns on the Cartoon Network and DVD sales, it became the first show in history to be cancelled and then brought back years later in its original form. The show is very funny and known for cramming more pop culture references in the span of 30 minutes than seems possible. It's been parodied by The Simpsons as a ripoff of that show and more recently was the subject of an episode of South Park where they revealed the "writers" of Family Guy to be manatees who simply shuffled "idea balls."

It's creator, writer and predominate voice talent of the show is Seth MacFarlane, who is an interesting case-study in and of himself. When Family Guy delves into politics, it cuts both ways some of the time, but mostly it comes off as very liberal, especially where the family dog Brian is concerned. MacFarlane himself is very liberal and a strong critic of everything George W. Bush and the war in Iraq. Somewhat ironic for the fact that MacFarlane was very nearly killed on 9/11. He was supposed to be on one of the planes that crashed but was late and missed the flight. Despite this, he has said on the record that he sees the War on Terror in light of 9/11 as an "overreaction."

But we can forgive him due to the fact that if it weren't for liberals, we'd have no entertainment industry whatsoever, and the show is still funny despite any political quips. However, I had noticed lately that the show had really been lacking in laughs as it tried to make politics more of a central focus. The recent episode where Lois slept with Bill Clinton was very lame, and despite the fact that it portrayed Clinton as a sex-crazed dog, it still made him out to be the best president in history. The problem was, very few laughs. I started to worry that maybe the show had seen its best days.

Then something strange happened today. I caught the very end of Rush Limbaugh's radio show and he said that he had to catch a flight to meet with the producers of Family Guy so he could record a guest spot as himself on the show. I guess it shouldn't be surprising as Family Guy has had a slew of guest voices that easily rivals that of The Simpsons, some for merely one line, but upon hearing that Rush would be on the show (and presumably in a reasonable positive light) it got my attention. We'll have to see what it will be like when Rush Limbaugh meets Peter Griffin.