- TV. Watch. Repeat. -Inside The History Of 'Family Guy,' A Nostalgia Meme Account Before Nostalgia Meme Accounts
To the enjoyment of many a teenaged boy — and to the chagrin of many a South Park staff member — Family Guy premiered in 1999 with a new animation technique that would later be used in Emmy winners like 30 Rock: the cutaway shot. These shots were ridiculous, they were random, they were written by manatees, some might say, but they also felt warm and cozy to a generation of viewers who loved nostalgic pop culture references before meme accounts took up that mindshare.
I was one of those viewers, which is why I was excited to dive into the history of Family Guy and its multi-hyphenate creator, Seth MacFarlane, alongside my co-host Allison Piwowarski on our latest episode of our TV origins podcast, TV. Watch. Repeat. During this week's episode, we learn about the animated short that launched MacFarlane into recognition, exactly why South Park dunked so heavily on Family Guy, and the Oscar-nominated actor who almost voiced Brian.
So grab your Kool-Aid and enjoy the story of Family Guy on our latest episode of TV. Watch. Repeat. on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. And be sure to check out our other pop culture podcast, Pop Chaser, for all your entertainment headline needs!