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Seth MacFarlane is the creator for the shows Family Guy and The Cleveland Show and co-creator of American Dad. He also provides the voices of many characters on these shows. Most notably, he provides the voice of Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, and Brian Griffin in Family Guy and Stan Smith and Roger Smith in American Dad.

He was a guest star in "Super Trivia", during a period of time where Family Guy was cancelled. His failed attempt to remake The Flintstones was parodied in "The Granite Family".


Early Interest with Cartoons[]

Seth MacFarlane was always interested in drawing cartoon characters, such as Fred Flintstone and Woody Woodpecker. His first animated cartoon was entitled "Space Pirates," which Seth later remarked as being "terrible."[1] He also had a comic strip in the local paper entitled Walter Crouton, which he worked on for years.

Career[]

Seth MacFarlane was the youngest person to receive his own animated television show when Family Guy first aired. At that time, it was very rare for a cartoon to address such adult issues as HIV and bestiality. The show was cancelled for three years, but the show was picked up for a fourth season, when Seth offered to make what later became a direct-to-DVD movie that would later air as three episodes of the show.[2] He also co-created American Dad and made a Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show. It should also be noted that his success at getting Family Guy back on the air could be partially due to the syndication of Family Guy on [adult swim].

Seth MacFarlane has not limited himself to animation. He made a live action film entitled Ted. The film centered on a teddy bear that was brought to life years earlier because of a wish on a falling star. Seth also had the honor of hosting the Oscars. Ted 2 released in 2015, and a prequel series Ted began streaming on Peacock in January 2024.

MacFarlane also directed the 2014 film A Million Ways to Die in the West. He is also the series creator of 2017 series The Orville.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force[]

In the Season 2 episode "Super Trivia," Seth loaned his voice to an incredibly intelligent character known as Wayne "The Brain" McClain. In the episode, Wayne continuously won Trivia contests at a bar, greatly upsetting Frylock. It was revealed at the end of the episode that all of the questions were merely illusions created by Wayne and that the bar and everything in it (except the Aqua Teens and Carl) were also illusions created by Wayne.

He discussed creating a remake of The Flintstones, but the project was ultimately dropped. This was parodied in the season 9 episode "The Granite Family".

Trivia[]

  • Seth was scheduled to be on one of the planes, American Airlines Flight 11, which was hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Due to a hangover from the night before and his travel agent giving him the incorrect departure time, he ended up missing this flight by arriving 10 minutes late at the airport.

References[]

  1. Barbara Walters' Ten Most Fascinating People of 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKnNsrfbk4s
  2. Family Guy Stewie Griffin: the Untold Story DVD commentary.
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