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I am just curious to know why Bonnie Swanson, wife of Joe Swanson, was kept pregnant until the seventh season.

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Because it's cartoons — Stewie is still a baby, too. Generally, cartoons are not too happy about altering the state of the show by letting big things happen.

Cartoons are for a lot of people not shows they follow consistently, rather they just watch a few episodes once in a while in no particular order. To that end, if the scenario changed in every episode (like it does with more continious story-telling tv shows like Breaking Bad), it would confuse the audience.

Imagine watching just a few random episodes of Breaking Bad: you'd have no idea what was going on. That's great for such a dramatic show, but not the norm in comedies and cartoons.

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Why would an animated series have inherently less loyal viewers? If I like a TV show I keep watching it, whether the characters are drawn or played by humans doesn't matter to me. - The serial vs procedural issue exists for live action shows as well. And there are animated shows that are serialized, e.g. Young Justice, which I watched every episode of. – Oliver_C Nov 23 '13 at 13:10
@Oliver_C This might sound condescending, but I can assure you it's not: From your profile I can see that you're 36 and you say you've watched every episode of a TV show produced for Cartoon Network (a children's channel). I know there are exceptions, and I feel like it's fair to say that you're not the avenrage viewer that I'm describing in my answer. Notice I say "a lot of people", not "all people". Besides, this is just what I gather from my understanding of the viewers of shows such as Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, South Park, etc. – kba Nov 23 '13 at 16:03
According to Seth MacFarlane the target audience for Family Guy is Men, 18 to 34. Just because a show is animated doesn't mean it's only for kids, at least not anymore. Some of todays "cartoons" are actually rather sophisticated. – Oliver_C Nov 23 '13 at 16:28
I'm not talking about Family Guy, but Young Justice. I know Family Guy is an adult show. – kba Nov 23 '13 at 17:45
To quote Wikipedia: Young Justice has garnered critical acclaim for its originality as well as its mature and complex storyline (I only mentioned this series because it's an example of a serialized animated show) - As I said earlier, the serial vs procedural problem, which seems to be the essence of your answer, applies to both, animated and live action shows. You seem to say that animated shows have to be procedurals because they have less viewer loyalty. I don't understand why you think that's the case? – Oliver_C Nov 23 '13 at 21:38

Family Guy, American Dad and shows like that are semi non-linear. They reference past seasons and so time does go on in their worlds, but they aren't that linear that they define age of characters.

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This adds nothing to the accepted answer. – Chenmunka Jan 11 at 14:13

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