Family Guy: One Big Dysfunctional Family Essay

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Family Guy, an animated sitcom about a New England family and their everyday dilemmas, is a way for viewers to see the comedic side of a dysfunctional family. The Griffins consist of Peter and Lois, the patriarch and matriarch, and Meg, Chris, and Stewie are the children(Family Guy). Every character is different from the next character. They are also weird in their own way. The television show itself displays feminism, structuralism, and gay and lesbian criticism. Each character in the show also displays those criticisms in a certain fashion. Family Guy can be offensive to viewers with its satire, and the way the show delivers its message can make the family and the other characters in the show seem dysfunctional. Peter Griffin, who is …show more content…
Peter stops criticizing women but, but he never stops being an idiot. Peter also represents wholeness. Wholeness means a system functions as a unit. Without one part the whole system is useless. That is how Peter is. Without Peter, there is no Family Guy. Peter's antics and slanderous comments are what keep the television show afloat. Mark Lilly states," the homophobic critic will resort to raw abuse, with a vehemence that is normally uncharacteristic of the writers I will cite" (Lilly,7).Peter can also be offensive gay, lesbian, and transgender people. He is impulsive, and he does not think his thoughts all the way through. In episodes like "You May Now Kiss the... Uh... Guy Who Receives" and " Quagmire's Dad" Peter criticizes Jasper for trying to marry the same sex, and criticizes Quagmire's Dad for getting a sex change. He constantly harasses them, and causes them pain and hurt. In American Feminism: New Issues for a Mature Movement Janet K. Boles states that, "women who fought for equal rights in movements the most were predominantly white, middle class, middle aged —over 30— college educated women of markedly more moderate political ideology"(Boles,39). That is exactly who Lois Griffin is in Family Guy. Lois Griffin is a stay at home wife and mom who brings a sense of consciousness to the family. Though she is cliché stay at home wife, Lois has had her moments of pride and strength. For example in the episode , "It Takes a Village Idiot, and I
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