boo boo wrote:
Family Guy's writing reminds me of a Wikipedia article, it seems to be composed by god knows how many people who aren't even working together. It's like all the staff members are asked to write all the jokes they came up with that day on a torn piece of paper and somebody just puts it all into a hat without looking at it and calls it a script.
Compare that to The Simpsons, South Park and Futurama where the story comes first and the gags come later. Thus a good episode stays consistantly good because there's actually a structure to it. Not that a show can't just be total randomness. But Family Guy is no Monty Python.
On the early episodes of Family Guy, while there were cut-away gags, most of the jokes fit within the context of the plot. It was a lot closer to classic Simpsons in terms of it's use of flashbacks and cutaways. But those were so popular that they became abused and Family Guy lost its way.
As for American Dad, the early episodes were genuinely terrible. It's improved a lot since then, but most of the characters annoy me. Rodger is the best, but he doesn't save the show, in my opinion. However, American Dad has improved enough that it's justifiable to like it.
Everyone has their shows they like or dont like and whatever else.
Stan and Roger easily carry the show on their own most of the time and Francine can be funny too and even Steve at times. The talking fish doesn't get much TV time but he can also be funny along with some side characters. To be honest, I didn't start watching this show until last year. I never gave it a chance, I just thought it was some crappy spinoff from Family Guy but one day I decided to give it a chance and now it's my 2nd favorite animated show behind South Park.
It's more clever than Family Guy and other shows. Every show out there has it's fans and it's haters anyway. I never like it when someone makes fun of someone else for liking a show unless if it's REALLY BAD. Like those movies, Meet the Spartans, Epic Movie, Disaster Movie....people who love those movies should be put in prison.