At the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival earlier this month,
American Dad and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane talked about his
planned remake of the classic animated series The Flintstones. He assured
the audience, "We're kind of
shooting for the level of edge in mid-'90s Simpsons. You're not going to
see abortion jokes." Pardon the PTC for being skeptical. MacFarlane has made a
career out of being irreverent. Actually, “irreverent” doesn’t begin to define
his noxious brand of comedy; “offensive,” “disrespectful,” “smug,” and
“repugnant” are more like it. For a taste of what MacFarlane’s version of The
Flintstones could potentially devolve into, one needs only look at the
“edgy” content in the March
25th episode of American Dad (Sundays, 9:30 p.m. ET), theWorst TV Show of the Week.
In this episode, Stan and Francine attempt to prove a point by living on minimum
wage for a month in order to get their deadbeat daughter Haley and her
free-loading husband Jeff to move out of their home. Stan and Francine rent a
room in a squalid apartment complex andhear a man knocking on
their neighbor's door.
Man: “Charlotte, I know you in there, bitch!...Open, bitch!”
The sound of the man breaking down the neighbor’s door is heard. A woman screams
and gunshots are heard. Francine cries and Stan tries to comfort her.
Stan: “It's okay. It's over Francine. She's dead. She's finally dead. She's dead
Eventually, Stan and Fran end up sleeping in their car.
Francine: “I can't get warm!”
Stan: “I know what will warm us up!”
Stan puts a CD in the CD player.
Francine: “No, Stan! Those homeless people are watching us!”
Three homeless men are shown staring in the car window.
Homeless Man: “It's okay!”
Stan: “Francine, we don't have much but we do have each other. I think we should
sex each other.”
Homeless Man: “He's right!”
Francine: “I don't want to sex, Stan!”
Francine tries to convince Stan to give up his quest to prove to Haley and Jeff
that they could live on $938 a month. Suddenly, the homeless man interrupts
Homeless Man: “Hey guys, you gonna do it or what? My boner's freezing out here!”
Completely destitute and left to pursue his ridiculous quest without Fran, Stan
teams up with a deranged homeless man to commit a robbery. Stan suggests they
rob his own house. As they creep through the house, Jeff hears them and runs out
of the kitchen with a large knife. He tackles the homeless man to the ground and
stabs him repeatedly. The homeless man grabs Jeff's hands and helps Jeff
continue to stab him. Blood squirts out. Stan pulls Jeff off of the homeless
man, and Jeff turns around and stabs Stan in the shoulder. Francine turns on the
light and they all realize it is Stan. Stan breaks down and admits that he
couldn't live on only $938 a month. Stan implies that he performed sexual acts
Stan: “I did things out there. I did things with my hands and my mouth that I'm
not proud of, just to get by! It's what you do. It's what you've got to do!”
As the family continues to talk, suddenly the homeless man regains consciousness
and stands up and runs into the knife that Jeff is holding. The knife plunges
all the way through the man's body and sticks out the back. The man bleeds
profusely and rubs his body against the wall, trying to draw something with his
blood. When Francine guesses correctly the Pyramid of Giza, the man falls
forward, dying. The knife pops out of his body and does a flip through the air,
falling back down to stab the man in the head. The man dies.
Seth MacFarlane has mocked religion, 9/11, and the Holocaust – just to name a
few. Why on Earth would anyone think that The Flintstones is somehow too
sacred, when MacFarlane has demonstrated time and time again that for him,
For yet another
excessively violent, sex-laden episode, American Dad rightfully deserves
the titleof Worst TV Show of the Week.
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