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The 5 best Seth MacFarlane characters

Seth MacFarlane has become one of the biggest comedic creative talents of the millennium, and while the 42-year-old has created countless characters, there are a select few that really stand out.

With popular shows like American Dad!, Family Guy, and The Cleveland Show (okay, maybe not that last one) and movies like Ted, Ted 2, and A Million Ways to Die in the West, MacFarlane has created a very successful career for himself. These shows and movies have featured some characters that most Americans can probably name, but let’s go ahead and choose the five most memorable characters that continue to make fans laugh.

5. Peter Griffin
Memorable quote: “You know how you always wanted a real diamond engagement ring? That’s right, I bought a horse!
The face of Family Guy is an obvious choice for this list, but I couldn’t place him higher than No. 5. Peter Griffin can be a fantastic character thanks to his shenanigans and goofy references, but at times, Peter’s antics can be a little too predictable. Still, it’s hard not to love Peter, especially when he’s bringing his A-game.

4. Ted
Memorable quote: “I look like Snuggles’ accountant
No one was really quite sure what to expect when Seth MacFarlane announced that he would be releasing a movie, but somehow the combination of Mark Wahlberg and an animated teddy bear became a box-office hit. The pot-smoking, carefree Ted was a goldmine for great quotes and was involved in so many hilarious situations that this list wouldn’t really be complete without him.

3. Brian Griffin
Memorable quote: “Whose leg you gotta hump to get a dry martini around here?
The alcoholic, aspiring writer and dog that is known as Brian Griffin is partly a reflection of MacFarlane. In fact, the creator has even admitted as much, saying that there are some similarities between the two. Brian can be really pretentious at times, but that’s a big part of what makes his character so entertaining.

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2. Stewie Griffin
Memorable quote:  “Mom. Mom. Mommy. Mom. Ma. Ma. Mom.
There’s just something about a baby with a British accent that is occasionally an evil genius that makes for a great character. Even when Stewie Griffin isn’t causing mayhem, he’s still great for a one-liner here and there that can put any scene over the top. He’s a fantastic character, but when it comes to MacFarlane, there’s only one character that you can put at No. 1.

1. Roger Smith

Memorable quote: “Huge heroin fan. Don’t use it, just like being around it. Study it. Appreciate it. Use it sometimes.
Without question, Roger is the greatest character that MacFarlane has ever created. It took a few seasons before the American Dad! writers really knew what to do with Roger, but once they did, they never looked back. The sexually ambiguous alien with a drinking problem who loves dressing in costumes and rarely breaking character has stolen the show in so many episodes that it’s really hard to pick just one quote from him. Honestly, if we’re talking about all-time greatest comedic TV characters, Roger Smith belongs somewhere on that list. With personalities like Dr. Penguin, Ricky Spanish, Max Jets, and countless others, Roger easily takes the top spot on our list.

Tyler Brooke is an associate producer at 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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