Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Mike Henry, Mila Kunis, Seth Green
Created By: Seth MacFarlane
Directed By: Peter Shin, Mike Kim
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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Family Guy has been having it’s roller coaster moments the last few seasons. Some episodes are hilarious and other times they haven’t been. Season 13 is a better season than the previous season that’s for sure.
Season 13 starts with episode everybody was hoping for (or well at least some fans), The Griffins meet the Simpsons in Springfield. Peter bonds with Homer but towards the end, they battle it out over you guessed it, beer. Other storylines this season include: Brian gets plastic surgery and becomes a real estate agent, Peter and the guys try to help Jesus get laid since he’s a virgin, Stewie, Brian and Chris travel back in time on the Titanic, Stewie gets pregnant (yes), Megs gets a job at the airport, Peter gets into trouble with Liam Neeson when he think he can beat him up, and much more.
When I originally watch the 13th season of Family Guy, I thought it was okay. After re-watching it, I thought it was a lot funnier. The Family Guy / Simpsons crossover was pretty good but I actually thought it could have been a little bit better in some areas. Still, it was fun to see the shows finally cross paths. I wonder if the Simpsons would return the favor and do their take on Family Guy? The episode that the Outback Steakhouse extreme cutaway was hilarious. I don’t think I laughed out loud that much for the show like I did for that cutaway. I always enjoy when Brian and Stewie do some road trip or time travel, but this time they had Chris with them. Made for an entertaining episode.
This season had its fair share of cameos and guest spots like The Simpsons (duh), Liam Neeson, Allison Janney, Jeff Garlin, Julie Bowen and others. I’m glad Fox decided to release an entire season instead of splitting up episodes and calling it a volume. I blew by all the 18 episodes in the DVD set pretty quickly. That’s the great thing about Family Guy, the fact that you can watch several episodes in a row and not get sick of it. I just wish Fox gave fans a chance to buy these on Blu-Ray instead of just offering it on DVD. DVD quality was good and didn’t look too bad on the TV. But I watched these in HD and would like to continue to watch these in HD. What I do love about the DVD is having the episodes uncensored! It makes them so much more enjoyable.
Each disc has a few extras on it like commentary, some deleted scenes, a featurette on making of the Simpsons Guy episode and some animatics. I liked watching some of the deleted scenes and the featurette. I didn’t get a chance to check out the commentary and animatics don’t really interest me all that much.
Family Guy Season 13 has the Simpsons crossover episode and that’s probably worth the DVD alone, but there’s 17 other episodes that are funnier than that one. At this point, you either love or hate Family Guy so this review isn’t going to make up your mind. I’m not sure owning a DVD seems like a good idea since you can watch them in HD on Netflix.
Commentary by series writers, directors, producers, and cast members on select episodes
On the road to Springfield: The making of “The Simpsons Guy”
Full episode animatic on “Stewie, Chris, & Brian’s Excellent Adventure”
English Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital Surround
Widescreen 1.78:1 Color
Bottom Line: Funnier season than the last few seasons
Running Time: 414 mins