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5 reasons 'American Dad!' is funnier than 'Family Guy'

Seth MacFarlane has become one of the major forces in comedy over the past decade, and although his rise to fame started with the release of Family Guy, the argument could be made that American Dad! has actually evolved into a funnier show in recent years.

With the help of Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman, American Dad! has developed into its own animated comedy powerhouse. The show has been running strong for 13 seasons, has been nominated for a pair of Primetime Emmy Awards, all while being well-received from fans of all ages.

MacFarlane has released plenty of great projects, but here are a handful of reasons why American Dad! is actually funnier than his original series, Family Guy.

5. No Cutaways
One of the biggest knocks on Family Guy over the years has been its reliance on cutaways like, “Halloween is a bigger letdown than being a Mets fan.” While these jokes can be funny at times, they can definitely be overused.

American Dad! doesn’t rely upon these cutaways, instead focusing on different kinds of humor to entertain its audience. It might not always work, but critics of MacFarlane definitely appreciate his willingness to try something else.

4. A Funnier Celebrity Character
Sorry, Adam West, but American Dad! has the better celebrity that’s a regular character on the show.

Stan Smith’s boss, Deputy Director Avery Bullock, is actually Sir Patrick Stewart. Unlike West, Stewart doesn’t star as himself, but instead plays the insane director of the CIA who is perhaps the most mentally unstable character in the entire show. After all, he is a cocaine addict who has had relations with Stan’s daughter, Hayley.

Adam West might be a crazy mayor, but Director Bullock wins the battle of celebrity characters.

3. A More Likable Family
Everyone that’s a MacFarlane fan loves Peter Griffin and probably Stewie and Brian. However, outside of those three, who else in the family is that popular? People can’t stand Meg, while Lois and Chris seem to be very dry and boring characters.

That’s not the case with the Smiths, because all of the family members have developed over the years and embraced some hilarious roles. Stan is the ultra-conservative father, Francine is the dumb mom with the dark past, Steve is the R&B-singing virgin, Hayley is the classic hippy stoner, Klaus is the talking fish that no one likes and Roger is just, well, Roger.

You may not like most of the Griffin family, but chances are that you’re a fan of almost every member of the Smith family.

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2. Much Darker Subject Matter
Although MacFarlane has always enjoyed a bit of dark humor in his shows, American Dad! isn’t afraid to pump the gas a little bit when it comes to more controversial topics and scenes compared to Family Guy.

Whether it’s unnecessary violence like Roger crushing a dirty cop’s head in “Cops and Roger” or the issue of keeping a dog on life-support alive by replacing it’s skull with a baseball mitt in “Stan’s Best Friend,” American Dad! finds a way to make these unbelievably messed-up situations entertaining.

1. Roger Smith
You can be a fan of any number of Seth MacFarlane characters, but when it comes to the best, there isn’t a more hilarious character on any TV show or movie that he’s been a part of than Roger.

The sexually ambiguous, alcoholic alien has become such a popular character because of his love of dressing up in costumes and embracing different personas. Roger has played what seems like hundreds of different characters, from the ultimate evil persona in Ricky Spanish to the extravagantly wealthy Max Jets.

As a sociopath that will go to any lengths to get attention or get his way, Roger has stolen the show in countless episodes, making him the No. 1 reason why American Dad! is MacFarlane’s funniest show.

Tyler Brooke is a contributor and associate producer for FanSided.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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