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“Oh Yeah!”: Family Guy as Magical Realism?

“Oh Yeah!”: Family Guy as Magical Realism? alison crawford the premiere episode of family guy, titled "Death Has a Shadow," was first broadcast on the FOX Network on 31 January 1999, after Super Bowl XXXIII. It begins with patriarch Peter Griffin preparing for the bachelor party of a work colleague and promising his wife, Lois, that he will not overindulge. He does, however, to the tune of thirty-seven beers, which his son Chris heralds as a "new family record." Despite suffering from a hangover, Peter goes to work the next morning and falls asleep while monitoring the production line at the toy factory. Following a subsequent local news report on the large number of unsafe toys suddenly being sold, Peter is fired for negligence. To keep Lois from finding out, he applies for welfare support and, because of a bureaucratic error, receives a weekly check for $150,000. He tells Lois he has been given a big raise at work and starts spending the money extravagantly. When she discovers Peter's deception, she orders him to return the money, and he decides the best way to do this is by throwing the cash from a blimp during the Super Bowl, which causes a riot in the stadium. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Film and Video University of Illinois Press

“Oh Yeah!”: Family Guy as Magical Realism?

Journal of Film and Video , Volume 61 (2) – May 16, 2009

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alison crawford the premiere episode of family guy, titled "Death Has a Shadow," was first broadcast on the FOX Network on 31 January 1999, after Super Bowl XXXIII. It begins with patriarch Peter Griffin preparing for the bachelor party of a work colleague and promising his wife, Lois, that he will not overindulge. He does, however, to the tune of thirty-seven beers, which his son Chris heralds as a "new family record." Despite suffering from a hangover, Peter goes to work the next morning and falls asleep while monitoring the production line at the toy factory. Following a subsequent local news report on the large number of unsafe toys suddenly being sold, Peter is fired for negligence. To keep Lois from finding out, he applies for welfare support and, because of a bureaucratic error, receives a weekly check for $150,000. He tells Lois he has been given a big raise at work and starts spending the money extravagantly. When she discovers Peter's deception, she orders him to return the money, and he decides the best way to do this is by throwing the cash from a blimp during the Super Bowl, which causes a riot in the stadium.

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Journal of Film and VideoUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: May 16, 2009

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