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Worst TV Show of the Week

Family Guy on Fox


On a 2009 episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane was asked what he thought of the movement toward atheism which was then gaining momentum (a self-serving question if ever there was one, since Maher also used the opportunity to plug his pro-atheism documentary Religulous). MacFarlane exclaimed, “I think it’s about f***ing time.” Given Family Guy’s habitual use of blasphemous imagery and language on his various shows, it comes as no surprise that MacFarlane would concoct a scene in which a pornographic film is shown in the middle of a church service. The Sunday, January 16th episode of Family Guy (9:00 p.m. ET) centered on Lois’ secret lurid past, showcasing pornographic images and dialogue which earned the program the title of Worst TV Show of the Week.

In a convoluted set-up, Lois befriends the magnetic new anchor of the local evening news, Joyce Kinney. They bond, sharing intimate secrets about their lives. Lois reveals that she once starred in a porno flick. In the next news broadcast, the Griffins are shocked as they watch Joyce’s expose on pornography…with Lois as the main culprit:


Joyce: “Pornography. The very word conjures up images of red-light districts, unprotected sex, and of course the turn of the century pornograph machine. But it seems pornography has finally found its way to our neighborhood. Yes, local housewife and church organist Lois Griffin has revealed to this reporter that she appeared in a pornographic movie back in the early 1980's.”


The title of the film in which Lois starred is revealed to be “Quest for Fur.” As it turns out, Joyce had been bullied by Lois in high school, and the segment exposing her was Joyce’s act of retribution.

Lois tries to find solace in church, but the priest and entire congregation ostracize her. In order to preemptively stem the gossip, Lois confronts the congregation by actually playing the porno at church. She introduces the film thusly:


Lois: “Who did Jesus hang around with? Mary Magdalene. And who was she? A prostitute. Which means, if she had cameras back then I bet she would have done a porno. And if she did, I know that Jesus would have forgiven her.”


The camera focuses on a patch of hair, perhaps pubic. The camera widens to reveal that it is the underarm hair of a caveman. Lois enters the scene dressed as a cavewoman. They start to neck, tonguing each other grotesquely. The caveman takes off her underwear; her crotch is obscured by a parishioner's head. Brian, the dog, looks down at his crotch, as a woman twists her lipstick applicator to elongate the red cosmetics (meant to suggest Brian is having an erection). The priest reacts, “I know I'm a man of God, but that (bleeped s***) is hot!”, as the whole congregation erupts in applause.

Religion is often ridiculed and belittled on television; but no program offends more rudely than Family Guy. For this it has been named Worst TV Show of the Week.

Worst TV Show of the Week

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