Family Guy is one of the most iconic animated series of all time. With 14 seasons and a 15th on the way, there’s hours of the Griffin family’s shenanigans for your viewing pleasure. Naturally, there’s a tough question that comes up: what’s the best Family Guy episode?
Which episode was not only the funniest or the most clever, but also the most valuable one? I’m here to discuss my choice for the best Family Guy episode.
PTV: the Best Family Guy episode?
Season 4 episode 14 is what I believe to be the best Family Guy episode, as well as my personal favorite. It features some of the best jokes in the series as well as one of the most relevant lessons. More is explained below.
The episode begins in a cave in Afghanistan. Osama Bin Laden films a video message – but not before flubbing up, resulting in wacky bloopers.
Stewie Griffin then comes out of disguise to beat up Osama and his entire video crew, spouting “don’t ever let me catch you guys in Quahog” before riding off.
The actual episode starts with Peter getting ready for the Emmys, but Lois tells Peter that Meg’s play is more important. Unwillingly, Peter sits through the play.
The next day, it’s found out that David Hyde Pierce had a wardrobe malfunction that resulted in his testicles being exposed on live television. In response to the incident, the FCC censors television.
Angered by this, Peter runs his own television station named “PTV” which airs network programs uncensored as well as original content.
Lois calls the FCC to shut down PTV. To take things another step further, the FCC decides to censor all of Quahog in real life. This goes as far as stopping people from having sex. To Lois’ frustration, she admits that Peter was right.
The Griffin’s move to Washington to stop the FCC by showing them that lewd imagery is present all around them, thus lifting the ban on Quahog and ending the episode.
Where to start? A big chunk of the episode could be displayed as one big highlight reel. Stewie Griffin taking out Osama bin Laden with a rubber chicken is excellent symbolism for comedy ending up triumphant over terrorism.
In general, the humor for this episode stands out. For fans of laugh-out-loud comedy, this is a must-see. Perhaps the most well known part of the episode is the “FCC Song.” The song is catchy, entertaining, and pretty much rings true about the eponymous government agency.
It even features a montage of the shows most outrageous moments throughout the song. Vulgarity is what Family Guy is known for, and this was the most opportune time to show that.
I’m not one to try and find morals and lessons where they don’t fit, but I really do feel that there’s something a lot of people can learn from watching this episode: Censorship is unnecessary and poisonous.
If people see something that they’re not yet adjusted to, they’re more likely to freak out over it. Censorship doesn’t help anybody adjust to the real world at all; it just shelters them from the truth. What children see relies on their parents and not on the media, as well.
I believe this lesson is getting more and more relevant as time goes on, especially with the many outcries for and against political correctness currently happening. With the knowledge that we retain, it’s all up to whether or not we hear what we don’t want to.
“PTV” is undoubtedly one of Family Guy’s most iconic episodes and a fan-favorite for sure. The episode itself gained very positive reception, such as an 8.6 on IMDb. The director of the episode, Dan Povenmire, was even nominated for an Annie award.
All-in-all, I loved this episode and still do. What are your thoughts on it? Do you have a favorite Family Guy episode? I’d love to read the comments below.