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In the April 27th episode of Family Guy, “Former Life of Brian,” the walking-talking Griffin family dog, Brian, discovers he has a 13-year-old human son named Dylan. This revelation soon leads to the surly teenage Dylan moving in with the Griffin family and causing general havoc. Eventually Brian bonds with Dylan over shared marijuana smoking. Afterwards Brian becomes an attentive Dad and helps “straighten out” Dylan before sending him home to his mother.


The show continues to push the envelope with sexual, violent and even illegal drug content during primetime. The Griffin family infant, Stewie, makes frequent attempts to seduce the 13-year-old Dylan. The following exchange is heard over a baby monitor when Dylan finds Stewie nude in his room. Stewie: ”Oh, just a little something I do once a week around here called a naked tea party. Got my tea cup here, now all I need is a tea bag. That's something that interests you, my friend?” Dylan: “You're weird.” Stewie: “Yeah, and you're attractive, now take your [bleeped ‘f*cking’] pants off.”


In a flashback, Brian is shown to be indifferent to his girlfriend Tracy’s sexual molestation by her father. Tracy: “And then in high school I was violated sexually by my father, it happened on numerous occasions and I was too afraid to tell anyone because I felt like it was my fault.” Brian: “So... you do go all the way.”


The idea of family bonding over the shared smoking of marijuana is also played for laughs. Brian bumps into Dylan, dislodging his bag of marijuana, which both Brian and Dylan believe belongs to them. We cut to a smoke-filled room where a mellow Brian and Dylan talk in parsed language, indicating they are high and finally getting along. The shared interest leads to a father-son reconciliation and paves the way for Dylan to turn his life around.


In another graphically violent scene, Dylan beats an “evil monkey” to a pulp with his bare hands, killing him.  Blood is shown pooling around his body. In addition, the episode contained numerous instances of coarse foul language. 


For the graphic sexual, violent and illegal drug content, Family Guy again deserves the title of Worst TV Show of The Week.

Worst TV Show of the Week

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