Monday, April 28, 2003

The Family Guy Seasons 1 & 2 DVD set was one of the gifts I got for my birthday about a week and a half ago, and it's the only one I've had a chance to watch any of yet. It's great, every bit as funny and off-beat as I remember it, and it once again has me angry at the way Fox treated it, reluctantly uncancelling it only when it was Emmy nominated and even then subjecting it to schedule moves and pre-emptions so that nobody could find it. I adored the show, and still haven't seen about half of these episodes because I could never find them.

I have only watched discs one and two (of four), but the set is a laugh riot so far. The family moving into a dead aunt's mansion, post-Y2K apocalypse, "to the Pope-mobile!", Peter's complete butchering of "The King and I" and many other moments have been a lot of fun to watch. The commentaries are for the most part a little dull, but occasionally there's something really funny. I was a bit irked to hear that there were supposed to be commentaries on every episode, but that Fox decided some of them might offend the audience so they took them out. Offend... the Family Guy audience. That's *almost* as stupid as Warner Brothers removing all the commentaries from the South Park DVDs, although not quite as stupid, because that decision led to me not buying the South Park DVDs in hope that someone will eventually come to their senses and republish. I'm also irked that "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein" wasn't included, but hey, I've got an Internet connection, so at least I can *see* the episode, even if I can't have it on DVD.

All in all, though, this is a great set, and one of the best DVD sets I'll probably get this year.

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