American Dad!: Season 4 (2008 - 2009)


Season 4
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Air date: Sep 28, 2008

It's Roger's 1600th birthday, but the Smiths are too freaked out by Steve's impending puberty to celebrate. So Roger decides to make his own birthday fun.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2008

Roger plays detective to track down a case of what he suspects is identity theft. Meanwhile, the Smith family gets sucked into a mean game of Simon Says.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2008

Bullock makes Stan his No. 1 at the CIA, a promotion that makes the furious Francine the No. 1 babysitter for Bullock's baby son. Bullock needs someone to watch the kid because his wife's been kidnapped by Iraqi insurgents.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2008

Stan learns that Francine was engaged to another man before she met him, and tracks the guy down to size him up. Then he wants Francine to choose between them. Meanwhile, Steve can't stay away from a schizophrenic cat that literally has nine lives.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2008

Steve plots revenge after girlfriend Debbie (voice of Lizzy Caplan) loses a very dirty election for class president. But it backfires badly.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2008

Hayley goes on a rampage after her boyfriend breaks up with her, but she calms down when she begins dating Stan's CIA body double, Bill. Stan heartily approves of the match, but the sight of Bill makes Francine queasy. As for Bill, he thinks Francine is hot. Meanwhile, Steve and Roger get jobs separating male and female chicks at a Chinatown hatchery, but Stan revolts when he learns what happens to the chicks after he's finished sexing them.

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Air date: Nov 30, 2008

Stan emcees a CIA telethon to raise funds for the agency's torture budget after Congress slashed it. But Roger is out to sabotage it because Stan stole the idea for it from him. Lisa Edelstein has a voice cameo as a magician's assistant.

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Air date: Jan 25, 2009

When Steve suffers indignities in school because of the back brace he must wear for his scoliosis, Stan confides in him that he wears a wig to cover his baldness. Meanwhile, Roger invites both Francine and Hayley to a posh spa even though he has only two passes, so he sneaks in Hayley in a suitcase, raising the suspicions of the house detective (voice of Forest Whitaker). Other guest voices include Jon Cryer and Niecy Nash.

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Air date: Feb 8, 2009

Stan is ecstatic---and energetic---when a coworker (voice of David Koechner) gives him pills that allow him to stay up all night. He's also surprised when he discovers that instead of spending the time on hobbies, he'd rather spend it with Francine.

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Air date: Feb 15, 2009

The Smiths catch Roger spending time with another family---and it turns out that he has been a family "cheater" for decades. Guest voices include Will Forte of "Saturday Night Live" as a security guard and comedian Ken Jeong as a psychologist.

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Season 4 of the animated misadventures of CIA operative Stan Smith and his family opened in a blaze of glory with "1600 Candles," which was nominated for a primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour). In it, Roger celebrates his 1600th birthday, but the Smiths are too freaked out by Steve's impending puberty to celebrate. So Roger decides to make his own birthday fun. In other excellent outings: Stan learns that Francine was engaged to another man before she met him, and tracks the guy down to size him up. Then he wants Francine to choose between them; and Stan spends a night out with the guys and has a lot of explaining to do because of it. The latter episode featured the voice talent of singer Joss Stone who played an unattractive young woman and a hooker.

Critic Reviews for American Dad! Season 4

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The show always seems far too eager to ape Family Guy rather than dig deeper for a unique entry point into the world of nihilistic shock comedy.

Oct 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Fortunately, the writers get their act together by the time series four comes around.

Oct 3, 2018 | Full Review…

American Dad was designed to replace Family Guy. But it was also made with the lessons that McFarlane learned from his first show's limitations. But, the second show often tries to act like the first, and it falls apart.

Oct 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Dad!: Season 4

  • Jul 25, 2019
    Just as good as Season 3, if not better, American Dad! finally 100% escapes from Family Guy's shadow with great voice acting, episodes that decide to experiment a bit with the show's formula (hint: it's the "Tearjerker" episode) and better gags with characters that might have been cringy in earlier episodes being...slightly less cringy making the fourth season the season that's a must-have for your DVD collection of Seth MacFarlane shows.
  • Jan 30, 2014
    Not a fan of this show at all!

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