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Reviews of Traditionally Animated Adult Cartoons: FAMILY GUY

FAMILY GUY

Original Air date: Jan. 31, 1991
Cancelled: Nov. 9, 2003
Returned to Air: May 1, 2005

GENERAL OVERVIEW:
The Griffin family of Quahog, Rhode Island and their eccentric friends and neighbors bring a certain whimsical charm to this Seth MacFarlane creation. Family Guy holds a distinct claim to fame, as being one of only a few shows to be cancelled, then returned to air. Ever since the return of family guy in 2005, the show remains popular with a wide audience. The format of the show consists of both strong stories, along side the most random of bits (for example Benjamin Disreili popping up and pointing out the fact that nobody knows who he is) give the show an eccentric feel. The first of many MacFarlance creations, the show brought the edge back, joining The Simpsons on Fox.

PROS:
The show is, by MacFarlane’s own admission, heavily influenced by The Simpsons, but goes off in a completely separate direction. The fact that the show’s format is, at times, a deconstructionist, existential, wild story, intercut by the cheesiest and most random jokes will leave the audience in stitches. Despite relying on cutaways and cheap gags, the episodes are true stories, the kind with a plot, often with a good message. The show also has, in my opinion, helped bring the showtune back to the mainstream. Whether it be parody or outright use, the musical aspects of this show are brilliant and magical.

While it seems that Seth MacFarlane voices everyone (Stewie, Brian, Peter, Quagmire, Carter, Doctor Hartman, Seamus, etc.), the other vocal talents on the show are phenomenal. Alex Borstein (Lois, Tricia Takinawa, et al), Mike Henry (Cleveland, Herbert, Bruce et al.), Seth Green (Chris) and Mila Kunis (Meg) have such chemistry, that the family really comes to life. But one of the things that makes the show truly spectacular is that many of the other voices (side characters, cut away gags) are often of the writers of Family Guy. This crossover allows the vision of the writers to come across very effectively, letting the audience see the original vision of the writers. 

CONS:
While the cut aways are an integral part of the show, they are usually hit or miss. Some are hilarious (Gay Jaws) and others are forgettable at best. The random nature of the show, and the limited amount of time that the show can run, often leaves the show scrambling towards an ending, that is, again, hit or miss. The other habit of taking a joke and beating it over the head can be either the funniest thing, or just painful. Basically, the whole show is often hit or miss. The funny episodes are some of the funniest on television, while the others can be a bit sad, and feel cheap, especially when paired next to a wilder one.

FINAL OVERVIEW:
Family Guy remains edgy, but is one of the few sitcoms (including live action) that has heart and content. The music makes the show come to life, and the zany nature of some of the jokes always gets a laugh. The fact that they cover all pop culture, and have done several parodies (STAR WARS!!!!) just gives it that edge. In my opinion, Family Guy is one of the funniest shows on TV, and has surpassed its “mother” (The Simpsons) in the best cartoon genre.

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Reviews of Traditionally Animated Adult Cartoons: THE SIMPSONS

I am sick in bed, and thusly have been watching a lot of television. I really like cartoons. Since I am a “adult”, I tend to prefer riskier humor. So here are some reviews of the  ”adult animated shows” that are still on the air.

I am purposely leaving out Robot Chicken, not because I don’t love it, but because I am only covering drawn animated shows, and Robot Chicken is stop-motion. 

THE SIMPSONS

Originally began airing on FOX Dec. 17, 1989

GENERAL OVERVIEW:
The Simpsons follows Homer and Marge Simpson, their children Bart, Lisa and Maggie, and their fellow residents of Springfield. The show was originally a short animation on The Tracey Ullman Show, but was eventually given legs of its own, and has since become the longest running primetime, scripted sitcom (that is including live-action) and is very close to becoming the longest running American scripted prime time television show. Created my Matt Groening, developed by Groening and James L. Brooks, and airing for the first time in 1989. Considered highly controversial when it first aired, The Simpsons is now very mainstream, and is considered the fountain out of which every current animated adult cartoon that has been on the air since.

PROS:
The Simpsons not only follows the traditional sitcom format (for the most part), but also jumps around, and does quite a few other kinds of comedies. On a side note, I have seen the Treehouse of Horrors Raven episode about a dozen times in various classes in school. The Simpsons Movie, released in 2007, was hilarious in its own right. The movie was tied closely enough to the main series that fans were happy, but also loose enough that those who hadn’t seen the series. Unlike many television series, the show continues to flourish.

The voice cast on the show has not changed much since the beginning. Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardly Smith, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer carry the bulk of the show, providing the voices for most of the main cast. The small cast doing multiple voices is reminiscent of classic radio shows of the 1940’s and 1950’s. Hank Azaria holds the record on the show for the most characters. While the vocals have evolved, the characters are still Iconic. As an aside, Dan Castellaneta just came up with “D’Oh!”, when the script called for a certain expression. D’Oh has since joined the American vernacular.

CONS:
While The Simpsons was really edgy when it came out, it has since become so mainstream, that other shows, including live-action, have passed it in edginess. Today, the show is a bit too tame. Often, the show is cited as being popular with “older” people, those who started watching the show as teenagers in the early 90’s. After over 25 years, the writers seem to be running out of ideas. Some of the ideas have become repetitive and often forced.

FINAL OVERVIEW:
The target audience for The Simpsons has evolved without meaning to, the show is still funny. The vocal actors carry every episode, making even the cheapest laughs funny. The show deserves all of the credit and praise it has garnered over the years. The show is still funny, and hopefully, it will remain on the air.

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People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to affect. But actually, from a non-linear non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of… wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff.

So I figured since GISHWHES 2014 starts tomorrow, I’m finally willing to share my voicemail from Misha Collins from last year.

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IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.—Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. 
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. 
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: 
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands. 
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

poorrichardsnews:

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.—Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. 

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. 

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: 

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands. 

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

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idreamofdean:

Watching the 2008 HBO John Adams miniseries.  Damn if Edward Rutledge isn’t the sassiest thing to come out of South Carolina.

Truth!