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SwanMan3000

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« on: 05-26-2004 06:25 »

Cant find a thread about it so close if you must.

American Dad is the new cartoon about a father who works for the CIA, he lives with his wife two children, an Alien and a German talking fish. Anybody heard any more about it?/ looking forward to seeing it?
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« Reply #1 on: 05-26-2004 09:16 »

Sounds like utter shite.
Grim

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« Reply #2 on: 05-26-2004 09:41 »

Hasnt Seth MacFarlane shelved this idea since Family Guy is back in production?
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« Reply #3 on: 05-26-2004 09:45 »

I found this when I googled for it, I see it is by the guy who made Family Guy so I guess it might be OK  smile

Since it doesn't start till February this might be a bit premature to talk about it  hmpf
DotheBartman

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« Reply #4 on: 05-26-2004 10:33 »

Early word is that its complete rehash-ville of Family Guy, which is pathetic considering Family Guy itself is being put back on.  In any case this show honestly looks pretty awful to me.
TheLampIncident

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« Reply #5 on: 05-26-2004 11:34 »

You guys suck, we need more people who praise the ground Seth MacFarlane walks on.
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« Reply #6 on: 05-26-2004 13:32 »

 
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Originally posted by TheLampIncident:
You guys suck, we need more people who praise the ground Seth MacFarlane walks on.

I liked Family Guy.  Its just that American Dad doesn't seem at all like a good idea.
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« Reply #7 on: 05-26-2004 15:11 »

American Dad sounds like a cheap ass Family Guy clone, the same idea people thought Futurama was just Simpsons in space.
TheLampIncident

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« Reply #8 on: 05-26-2004 15:33 »

So Nurdy, you could be wrong after all. I don't think we should be so quick to judge, I think we should all watch it at least once before forming an opinion of it. But it may be more clonish than we think: Apparently there may be crossovers between the two shows. That can't be good.
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« Reply #9 on: 05-26-2004 15:54 »

Lampy: Yes, I could be wrong. But I'll be suspicious if this guy was a big fat bumbler...
EvilLunch

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« Reply #10 on: 05-26-2004 18:04 »

He isn't really fat, and doesn't seem like a bumbler. Looks like a Joe who can stand, actually. But I mean.. Yeah.. Futurama never seemed to be like a Simpsons clone. This, however, smacks of laziness. Seth needs to let Family Guy rest and think up something original. I know he can if he tries.
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« Reply #11 on: 05-26-2004 19:01 »

It does look like a clone of Family Guy. Sure, there will be more political jokes and stuff, but it will also have the same "remember that time when..." or "X celebrity did something that makes no sense". I'll watch it to see what it's like, but I predict a lot of reused jokes.
Coop

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« Reply #12 on: 05-26-2004 19:04 »

The jokes and story in Family guy were cheap, and the show itself lacked substance.

If this show ever airs, I can't honestly see it ever distinguishing itself from family guy, which was a big piece of crap.


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« Reply #13 on: 05-26-2004 19:08 »
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He pitched the show to FOX, and they said they wanted it before Family Guy was confirmed to be coming back. Then when the new Family Guy episodes (w00t!) were announced, I guess American Dad was too far along in production for them to just cancel it.

That being said, you can't really blame Seth for agreeing to bring Family Guy back when a new show just like it was already in production. FOX probably drove a dump truck full of money up to his house.

I'd rather it be something new and different, but if it's funny I'll still watch it.

 
DrThunder88

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« Reply #14 on: 05-26-2004 20:04 »
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The family sounds a lot like the "Family Guy" family (husband, wife, teenage boy, teenage girl, baby, talking dog) with the talking dog replaced by a talking alien and the baby replaced by a goldfish.
Beamer

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« Reply #15 on: 05-27-2004 09:15 »

C'mon - give it a chance, people. You're badmouthing it 9 months before the first episode's even aired. Hell, everyone compared Futurama to The Simpsons before it premiered, and look at how wrong they were.

Anyway, in my own opinion - it sounds like it could go either way. With stuff like aliens and the whole CIA theme, it's definately going to be incredibly wacky, which is good for me because I love crazy humour. After all, that's what made Family Guy so hilarious. I'll wait until I see it before I decide whether I like it more or less than Family Guy, though.

I highly doubt I'll dislike it, being a Seth MacFarlane show and all... even if it does end up being a lot like Family Guy, I have no doubts in my mind that it'll be as funny as hell. Still, I'd want it to steer as far away from Family Guy as possible. No matter how funny it is, I really hope it's original.
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« Reply #16 on: 05-27-2004 09:48 »
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God, I hate the word whacky. Sorry Beamer, but I have this urge to poke your eyes out.

EDIT: No offence.
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« Reply #17 on: 05-27-2004 13:39 »

It's almost as bad 'Zany'.
Woodbot 2.0

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« Reply #18 on: 05-27-2004 13:54 »
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I think it will do OK,but will never be anything like Family Guy.
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« Reply #19 on: 05-27-2004 14:31 »

 
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Originally posted by Beamer:
I highly doubt I'll dislike it, being a Seth MacFarlane show and all... even if it does end up being a lot like Family Guy, I have no doubts in my mind that it'll be as funny as hell. Still, I'd want it to steer as far away from Family Guy as possible. No matter how funny it is, I really hope it's original.

I did read some article about American Dad saying Seth and Ricky made it a priority to make sure the show wasn't a Family Guy clone. I don't think it'll be the same.

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« Reply #20 on: 05-29-2004 23:10 »
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I'm with you, Lamp. However, we do live in a world where some people don't understand that writers have more than one aspect to them. The people that think American Dad will be a perfect clone of Family Guy are probably the same people that didn't see The Majestic because "Ace Ventura" was trying to do something other than... well, Ace Ventura.

Also, can't anyone appreciate a good cheap joke anymore? I know Futurama is good because it's so witty and subtle, but it had some cheap jokes too. And you laughed at them. You know you did. Why are so many people against a collection of cheap jokes that just slap you in the face? They're almost refreshing.

I know so many people who hate shows for the dumbest reasons. Seinfeld is a good example. Yes, the show was full of random "airline peanuts-y" jokes, but if you manage to look past that, there's a really deep and relatable show underneath. No one sees that part though. They just see the "He loves to pop in. I love to pop in. Everyone loves the pop-in! I pop in, he pops in, we all pop in! It's a pop-in party! A party of pop-ins!" and they all miss the good subtle jokes.

Same goes with FG. Once you accept that there's no coherent plot and all the jokes are cheap, you can just appreciate the show for what it is and start laughing at the jokes just because they're so random and cheap.

Long story short: American Dad has the potential to be a good show, as long as people stop being so intolerant of change.
EvilLunch

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« Reply #21 on: 05-30-2004 13:00 »

That's the thing, though. Seems like everyone around here WANTS change.. So much so that if it even looks as if it's no big change from Family Guy they're annoyed.
DotheBartman

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« Reply #22 on: 05-30-2004 17:03 »

And again, word from someone who's seen it is that it is in fact rehash-ville.
El Zilcho

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« Reply #23 on: 05-30-2004 17:21 »
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Originally posted by EvilLunch:
That's the thing, though. Seems like everyone around here WANTS change.. So much so that if it even looks as if it's no big change from Family Guy they're annoyed.

I could have worded my arguement better. What I meant to say was people are so stubborn that they think McFarlane is a one-trick pony and won't be able to change. As soon as people realize he just might be able to do something different, I've achieved my goal.

   
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And again, word from someone who's seen it is that it is in fact rehash-ville.

Have you seen it yet? Give it a chance before forming an opinion on it. I could be right, or I could be wrong. All I want is to give it a chance.
EvilLunch

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« Reply #24 on: 05-30-2004 18:09 »

Well, I'm looking forward to it. Even if it IS 'more of the same'.. Well, said 'the same' was damn funny. Be optimistic! Here's hoping it's even better than Family Guy.
bender+fry

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« Reply #25 on: 05-30-2004 20:38 »

itll be cool, but it really does seem to be a clone of family guy, with stewie as the alien and brian as the talking fish.
VelourFog

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« Reply #26 on: 05-30-2004 21:39 »

Entertainment Weekly said the preview of it was sucky. That's more than enough to convince me.
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« Reply #27 on: 05-30-2004 21:43 »
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boingo2000

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« Reply #28 on: 08-07-2004 20:33 »

*bump*

I just found this online:

6 minute American Dad pilot (wmv)

Now I liked Family Guy, but honestly, that sucked.  If the actual show's not going to be any better, they can count me out.
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« Reply #29 on: 08-07-2004 21:43 »

Yeah, as a trailer it didn't "Wow!" me.
It did seem entirely familiar though, same kind of jokes, even the same bloody family layout: Husband, wife, boy, girl, two weird characters.
homerjaysimpson

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« Reply #30 on: 08-07-2004 22:15 »

I wasted 6 mins of my life and I want them back.....I'll only waste them anyway.
Philp_J_Fry

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« Reply #31 on: 08-07-2004 23:14 »
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i couldn't get it to work but by reading your opinions it dosen't seem like im missing out much
Shaucker

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« Reply #32 on: 08-08-2004 00:16 »

That's SO disappointing. The Family Guy pilot at least was funny enough to catch my interest.
DotheBartman

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« Reply #33 on: 08-08-2004 02:28 »

Not good.  Title character got some laughs, but his stereotypical "conservative" nature would tire quickly in a series (I'm a liberal, but come on....).  Everyone else just sucks.  Not good.
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« Reply #34 on: 08-08-2004 04:54 »
« Last Edit on: 08-08-2004 04:54 »

I hate it. I hate them all. Kill them all.

Also: Didn't the first FG episode have someone falling off a chair?
El Zilcho

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« Reply #35 on: 08-08-2004 04:57 »

Personally, I didn't think it was that bad. If it weren't for the fact that they had to introduce the characters in six minutes, I think it could have been better, but still. It'll only last a season anyway, so who really cares?

Summary: Not what I hoped for, but I'll still watch it.
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« Reply #36 on: 08-08-2004 06:48 »

I shall join the grand conga line of 'meh.'

I like shooting toast, but still...

Ker-plonk.

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« Reply #37 on: 08-08-2004 14:51 »

"Alien who deeply resents the fact that he's not allowed to leave the house, and therefore, has been reduced to drinking wine and smoking cigarettes"- shameless Brian clone

"...and Klaus, a lascivious, German-speaking goldfish"- shameless Stewie clone

"Stan's son is a dorky teenager who tries to be cool"- shameless Chris/Meg clone

*Tut, tut, tut*
El Zilcho

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« Reply #38 on: 08-09-2004 16:43 »

Little known fact: Drunknmunky is a robot sent from the past to tell us things we already know.

I watched this again last night with a group of friends, and we all thought it was very "Family Guy" and very funny. I showed them the reviews on this page, and they said "What show were they watching?"

I also find it very interesting that the people who said about FG, "I'm willing to look past the bad plotlines and character development," are the same people now saying about AD, "Man, those characters are ripoffs. The show's plotline won't stand up for more than an ep."
TheLampIncident

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« Reply #39 on: 08-10-2004 13:53 »

I hate all of you! That pilot kicked ass. Anyone who says otherwise is wrong.
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