Official: TV Show ‘Family Guy’ Updates Ending Plans After 25 Years

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The "Family Guy" family, including Brian the dog, Peter, Stewie, Lois, and Meg in their usual attire, sitting on a purple sofa.

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It seems today that all you see is long-running television series being canceled, but lucky there’s a Family Guy.

Family Guy quickly became one of the most popular adult animated TV shows of all time, joining The Simpsons as a leader in the product. Created by Seth MacFarlane, this animated series has become a cornerstone of American humor, known for its irreverent jokes, offbeat characters, and biting satire. Since its debut, Family Guy has captivated audiences with its unique blend of humor and heart, becoming one of the longest-running and most beloved animated shows in television history.

Illustration of Stewie and Brian from "Family Guy." Stewie, in a tuxedo, is falling with a surprised look, while Brian, wearing a collar, looks shocked against
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In the early 2000s, Family Guy faced its share of challenges. After an initial run from 1999 to 2002, the show was canceled due to low ratings. However, its devoted fanbase rallied behind it, leading to a resurgence in popularity. Thanks to strong DVD sales and reruns on Adult Swim, Family Guy experienced a renaissance, leading to its revival in 2005.

Since then, the Griffin family and their eccentric cohorts have continued to entertain audiences with their outrageous antics. Now, as the series celebrates 25 years since its inception, creator Seth MacFarlane is reflecting on the show’s enduring success and the possibility of its future.

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In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, MacFarlane discussed the longevity of Family Guy and the prospect of bringing the series to a close after 22 seasons. Despite the show’s remarkable run, MacFarlane remains contemplative about its future. As fans have wondered when the show might be permanently ending, MacFarlane addressed those concerns and confirmed what we all wanted to hear about the end of Family Guy.

“At this point, I don’t see a good reason to stop. People still love it. It makes people happy and it funds some good causes,” MacFarlane stated candidly. “It’s a lot of extraneous cash that you can donate to Rainforest Trust and you can still go out to dinner that night.”

After 25 years, MacFarlane has confirmed its end is not in sight, at least not for the near future. Despite the show’s ongoing popularity and charitable endeavors, MacFarlane acknowledges that there have been moments when he considered concluding Family Guy. He confirmed that he had thought about the ending of the 25-year-old show at different points.

“There was a time when I thought, it’s time to wrap it up. At this point, we’ve reached escape velocity. I don’t know that there’s any reason to stop at this point unless people get sick of it. Unless the numbers show that people just are, ‘Eh, we don’t care about Family Guy anymore.’ But that hasn’t happened yet.”

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MacFarlane’s contemplation underscores the delicate balance between creative fulfillment and audience reception. While Family Guy continues to resonate with viewers, there remains a lingering uncertainty about its future trajectory. As television landscapes evolve and audience tastes shift, the question of when to bid farewell to beloved characters becomes increasingly complex.

Throughout its storied history, Family Guy has navigated myriad challenges, from cancellation to revival, all while retaining its signature brand of humor. Yet, as MacFarlane ponders the possibility of concluding the series, fans are left to speculate about what the future holds for the Griffin family and their zany adventures.

The television series just wrapped up its 22nd season this week on FOX, and the episode is now available on Hulu and Disney+.

The cast of Family Guy comprises a talented ensemble of voice actors who breathe life into the show’s eclectic array of characters. At the helm is creator Seth MacFarlane, who lends his voice to several key roles, including the bumbling patriarch Peter Griffin, the erudite martini-swilling dog Brian, and the diabolical baby Stewie. Joining MacFarlane are voice actors Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, and numerous others, each bringing their own unique vocal talents to the table. Borstein shines as the sharp-tongued matriarch Lois Griffin, while Green infuses the family’s teenage son, Chris, with a blend of naiveté and humor. Kunis rounds out the cast as the voice of Meg Griffin, the oft-maligned and misunderstood teenage daughter.

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While The Simpsons had long been hailed as the reigning champion of animated comedy, Family Guy carved out its own niche with its irreverent take on modern life and pop culture. With its rapid-fire jokes, cutaway gags, and colorful cast of characters, Family Guy captured the attention of audiences worldwide, establishing itself as a formidable force in the realm of animated television. The dynamic between Family Guy and The Simpsons took an intriguing turn when both series found themselves under the Disney umbrella following the company’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox (now 20th Century Studios).

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