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What is this record-destroying scene in Family Guy a reference to?

Didn't even have to watch the video--the thumbnail was enough to know that this parodies the printer-destroying scene in Office Space.
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Meth dealer reference in Family Guy

That's Jodie Lee-Ann Sweetin, an actress and recovered drug addict, who wrote a book about it, called unSweetined. She tweeted about it in 2013: @SethMacFarlane I love Family Guy and was so stoked ...
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Why does Brian never translate what Stewie says?

Because the main characters can hear and understand him anyway so there is no point. Can all the characters hear Stewie when he talks? The single most asked question about the show. They can, they ...
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Why are gay men portrayed as stereotypically feminine in 'Family Guy'?

Stereotypes are used for comedy, and not only by Fox. In the case of Family Guy, it has a history of using stereotypes of anybody and everybody for comedic effect, be it race, religion, sexuality, ...
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Do the Griffins know that Stewie can talk?

In a interview with Seth MacFarlane the same question was made: Can all the characters hear Stewie when he talks? The single most asked question about the show. They can, they can hear him and ...
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Why are gay men portrayed as stereotypically feminine in 'Family Guy'?

Times Change It's worth noting that season 7 aired from 2008 to 2009 - so >15 years ago. A lot has changed in terms of LGBQT+ representation and popular culture since then. You could still be ...
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Why are gay men portrayed as stereotypically feminine in 'Family Guy'?

Creator Seth MacFarlane discusses the show's portrayal of gay characters an interview with LGBT magazine Advocate. A quote that seems relevant generally is: On top of that, with most of the gags ...
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What is the phrase "Paramedics, come on down!" in Family Guy referencing

It's a standard phrase used to call contestants on the show. The "Paramedics" part of the quote just indicates that emergency personnel are wanted. The Price Is Right is an American ...
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Cut scene reference, Family Guy's Chris is a reptile

This is a reference to the dilophosaurus in Jurassic Park. . Although this dinosaur exists, it did not actually have a folding cowl (this idea was taken from the frill-...
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What is the explanation for the laughing ostrich meme in Family Guy?

He first appears in the episode "Oceans Three and a Half" when Peter turns on Three and a Half Men, which begins with the line "Three and a Half Men was filmed in front of a live ostrich." After a ...
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Bald cross eyed character on Family Guy

It is Opie (voiced by Mark Hentemann) Opie is a mentally challenged ex-co-worker of Peter Griffin at the Pawtucket Brewery and ward of the state. He has won "Employee of the Month" at least ...
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Why does Stewie hate Lois?

To elaborate a little bit on what I said, Stewie is a megalomaniac who wishes to conquer the world. (At the first seasons, he later changes a lot) He sees Lois as his bigger threat as she brought him ...
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Why is Brian both a dog and a human?

Because he is a dog. That's the point of the character and we are shown it for the rule of funny many many times. Brian is unlike most dogs this way but he is still a dog. He knows this and it causes ...
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"I George Brent myself" meaning

It's a reference to hall-of-fame baseball player George Brett. https://deadspin.com/george-brett-would-like-to-tell-you-about-that-time-he-5052185 It's basically a reference to defecating in one's ...
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Meg sits in dark obsessing, reference?

This is a parody of a scene from Fatal Attraction. In Fatal Attraction, Glenn Close's character is obsessed with Michael Douglas's character, much like Meg is obsessed with Brian in this episode. ...
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What is the context of the quote “Sue, use your legs” - Stewie

Sue Bird's teammate Breanna "Stewie" Stewart used that line in this article: Stewie fixed my shot. Alright, so you know how I said that Stewie hasn’t gotten enough credit for Game 5? Well most of ...
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What is this meme from "Stewie joins a football team"?

It's a clip from the movie The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad. In this case Peter's been put over Detective Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) who is talking with Jane Spencer (Priscilla ...
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Meg having cake in the bathtub reference

Notice Meg's short hair and tattoo? That's Lena Dunham. They're parodying Hannah from Girls, who ate a cupcake in a tub in the very first episode. She was talking to Marnie at the time, though, and ...
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Is Stewie Griffin gay?

Yes. By 2009 it was known, but not explicitly stated in the show. It still hasnt in a decade after. According to creator Seth: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/seth-macfarlane-outs-...
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How many dogs can talk in Family Guy

Yes, multiple dogs can talk. Another one that has in multiple episodes is Brian's gay cousin Jasper in L.A., whom has a full time job and even gay married a human. Most animals have a variation in ...
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Why does Brian never translate what Stewie says?

I agree with TheLethalCarrot mostly. But I think what happened was for the first couple of series the gag was they couldn't understand him. But as the show went on the writers changed it to them ...
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Why is Will Ferrell's face pixelated in this Emmy Awards clip from Family Guy?

Making the presenter faceless draws more attention to the people winning the award, which is in line with what Stewie was saying. Having an instantly recognizable Will Ferrell up there would have ...
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What's the problem between Peter and the giant chicken?

According to a flashback in Da Boom, the fight started because the chicken handed Peter an expired coupon. The scene can be seen in this YouTube clip. In Meet the Quagmires, it is revealed that Peter ...
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How many dogs can talk in Family Guy

I remember Brian, Vinny, cousin Jasper, and I also remember an episode where peter bought a dog because Brian was getting old and I think his name was New Brian. I can't think of any others off the ...
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Why doesn't Lois leave Peter?

Probably because it's been done before, to a different degree. "Welcome Back, Carter" is the third episode of the ninth season of the animated comedy series Family Guy. It originally aired on ...
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In Family Guy, what does Quagmire's rodent mean?

As @Longshanks commented, it is a joke at the expense of the story about Richard Gere stuffing a Gerbil up his rectum (which Snopes tags as fake). In Family Guy, the gerbil is called Tony and it's ...
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How is copyright handled when Family Guy reused old footage?

Fair Use in the United States is pretty nuanced and open to interpretation. From section 107 of the Copyright Act: Courts will balance the purpose and character of the use against the other factors....
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What references are there in Stewie's Music Video in Family Guy?

Posting this as an answer only because it's too long for a comment. The song is Bryan Adams, "Everything I do" and the clips are from various music videos. I found a partial list on Reddit here Muse ...
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Why are gay men portrayed as stereotypically feminine in 'Family Guy'?

Television playing with a flouncing fairy gay stereotype, in the right way, has been acceptable in the gay community for decades. 1977's "Three's Company" featured a straight actor (John ...
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