Family Guy: Season 2 (1999 - 2000)

Season 2
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Air date: Sep 23, 1999

Lois' (voice of Alex Borstein) rich old Aunt Marguerite is planning a visit, which Peter (voice of Seth MacFarlane) dreads. But she drops dead at their front door. Marguerite was so rich that Robin Leach does the intro on her video will. Peter is thrilled to learn that despite her disapproval of their marriage (Peter was once their towel boy), she's left the Griffin family her lavish estate in Newport. Singing servants greet the family at the mansion ("We only live to kiss your ass!" opens the jaunty, +Annie-inspired number, which was nominated for an Emmy), and Peter lets Lois know that he's sold the house in Quahog. Newport is now their home. Peter's poor social skills alienate the new neighbors, so he asks Brian (MacFarlane) to teach him to be a gentleman. It's a tough job, but it's revealed in flashback that Brian got Marisa Tomei her Oscar, so he thinks he's up to the task. Unfortunately, Peter soon becomes the sort of snooty rich twit that Lois originally married Peter to escape. Lois wants to move back to Quahog, but the rest of the family isn't interested. "If I ever go back to Quahog," says Chris (voice of Seth Green), "it'll be just so I can poke poor people with a stick." This episode features an infamous parody of a commercial for diamonds, as well as the voice talent of Fairuza Balk.

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Air date: Sep 30, 1999

Peter's (voice of Seth MacFarlane) crusty old father, Francis (voice of Charles Durning), retires from Pawtucket Mills after 60 years. Francis is not exactly close to the family (he wanted Peter to marry a Catholic girl), but when Peter invites him to move in, he agrees. Stewie (voice of Seth MacFarlane) immediately adores the old tyrant, and takes to reading the Bible, but the rest of the family doesn't appreciate his domineering religiosity. "I didn't even know there was a 5:00 a.m. mass," says Chris (voice of Seth Green) one morning. "I didn't even know there was a 5:00 a.m." Peter claims the Bible is read in his house, but when Francis asks what his favorite book of it is, he fudges, "the one where Jesus swallows the puzzle piece and the man in the big yellow hat has to take him to the hospital?" Francis chastises Meg (voice of Lacey Chabert) for holding hands with the boy next door, and mistakes Chris' innocent trip to the bathroom for self-abuse. He even disapproves of the family watching The Dick Van Dyke Show. But things really get bad when Peter gets his father a job at his own place of employment, the toy factory. Francis' hard work quickly earns him a job as shop foreman. He's a tyrant, and when Peter tries to stand up to him, he gets fired. But Peter comes up with a "crazy idea" to resolve things. It involves kidnapping the Pope.

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Air date: Dec 26, 1999

Peter (voice of Seth MacFarlane) is excited about New Year's Eve, until a man in a chicken suit outside the supermarket tells him about Y2K. "What are you selling?" asks the initially confused Peter. "Chicken or sex jelly?" No one in the family takes the threat seriously except Peter, who ruins their New Year's plans by locking them in the basement. They wear radiation suits and watch the neon alabaster clam drop at midnight in downtown Quahog on TV. A second later, the world ends. Planes drop out of the sky, and every other dire warning about Y2K comes true. After Peter foolishly squanders their dehydrated food supply, the family hits the road, searching for a Twinkie factory in Natick. They manage to elude Jorad and his easily distracted band of highway warriors. They find an old man who's got plenty of room in his house and a healthy apple tree in the backyard, but they're driven away by fellow survivor Randy Newman, who sings about everything he sees. Eventually, they find the Twinkie factory and set about rebuilding civilization with Peter in charge. Aside from Stewie (voice of Seth MacFarlane) sprouting tentacles, everything seems to be going well. But Peter angers the townspeople when decides that New Quahog will be safer if he takes the town's irrigation pipes and converts them into guns. "A chicken in every pot and a cap in every ass," is his motto. This episode features guest voice appearances by Victoria Principal and Patrick Duffy.

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Air date: Mar 7, 2000

Lois (voice of Alex Borstein) is worried when she finds that someone has had an accident on the carpet. "How dare you sully my good name by spreading your slanderous filth!" is Stewie's (voice of Seth MacFarlane) response to the accusation. While Peter (MacFarlane) feebly works on potty training Stewie, we learn that a guilt-ridden Brian (MacFarlane) is actually responsible for the recurring messes. The truth comes out during a family visit to the supermarket. "Geez, Brian," a disgusted Peter asks, "where do you think you are, Payless?" Brian goes to see a shrink, Dr. Kaplan (voice of Sam Waterston), who believes that the poor pooch is having a midlife crisis. After traveling the globe fulfilling all his dreams, Brian returns home a new man. But when the vengeful Stewie urinates all over the house and frames Brian for the deed, the depressed dog returns to the couch, where he is told that the root of his problem is his secret love for Lois. This episode features an opening sequence in which Stewie destroys Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, but it turns out to be a dream. FOX cut this sequence from the initial airing, but it was restored when the episode was shown in reruns.

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Air date: Mar 14, 2000

Meg (voice of Mila Kunis) is humiliated at school because of her big handbag. She's determined to buy an expensive Prada bag to fit in. After his theme ("The Episode of Who's the Boss Where Tony Sees Angela Naked in the Shower") is chosen for Quahog's annual Harvest Day Parade, Peter (voice of Seth MacFarlane) pulls the entire neighborhood together to build their street's float. Meg's job hunt strikes pay dirt when a diner owner sees her with Stewie (MacFarlane) and mistakes her for an unwed teen mother. Spooner Street wins the float competition! The neighbors immediately begin fighting over who gets to keep the Golden Clam trophy. Peter suggests displaying it over the street, but when the trophy goes missing, accusations fly. Meg continues to bring Stewie to work, where customers take pity on her and give her big tips. At the diner, Stewie has his first taste of pancakes, and quickly grows addicted to them. Meg tells restaurant patrons that Stewie is a crack baby to boost her income. She'll soon have that Prada bag. But one customer takes more than a passing interest in Stewie, and soon the child services people are at the Griffins' door. When Stewie is put in a foster home, the bickering neighbors join forces to get him out. The closing credits of this episode feature a comedic reference to Trainspotting.

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Air date: Mar 21, 2000

Peter (voice of Seth MacFarlane) finds a lump in his breast, and, face to face with the possibility of death, his carefree attitude changes. He addresses his family at the dinner table -- "Y'know guys, I don't say this often enough, but...I'm gonna die." He shops for a casket, and has a yard sale. Then the doctor tells him the lump was just a fatty corpuscle. "How the hell can a dead comedian from the silent movie era be lodged in my left bosom?" Peter wants to know. Peter's newfound appreciation for life is tested when he gets his doctor bill. To avoid paying, he fills in the form to say that he's deceased. Things seem okay until Death (voice of Norm MacDonald) shows up at the Griffins' door. He's seen the medical form, and has mistakenly come to claim Peter. Stewie (MacFarlane) is delighted to meet Death, and invites him to dinner. After a pleasant meal, Lois (voice of Alex Borstein) tries to stall Death. "After dinner, we usually go into the living room and, uh, live for another 40 or 50 years." But Death is determined to take Peter. Peter makes a run for it, and Death twists his ankle while giving chase. While Death recovers on the Griffins' couch, Peter takes advantage of a death-free world by jumping off a skyscraper and starting a shoot-out at a local pub. Death agrees to spare Peter, but Peter has to take his place and do something "big" to show the world that the rules of death still apply. Death orders Peter to kill the cast of Dawson's Creek. "I knew it," says Peter. "As soon as that show came on the air, I said, 'I'm gonna be the one that has to kill those kids.'"

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Air date: Mar 28, 2000

The founder of the town's local theater troupe, the Quahog Players, dies, and Lois (voice of Alex Borstein) is thrilled to take over. Meanwhile, Peter's (voice of Seth MacFarlane) idea for a hot new Christmas toy, Mr. Zucchini Head, earns him nothing but ridicule. Encouraged to find an outlet for his creativity, Peter auditions for Lois' production of +The King and I. "This is a formality, since I happen to be doin' the director," Peter announces before launching into his rendition of the theme from Land of the Lost. Brian (MacFarlane) ends up getting the lead, while Peter is not cast. Lois assuages her guilt by appointing Peter the producer of the show. To drum up business, Peter goes to the local news station, where he gets coverage of the production by offering the lead role to news anchor Diane Simmons (Lori Alan). Despite Lois' protestations, Peter continues to make outrageous changes to the show. He wants to make it more like the popular Jerry Springer Show. "You're the worst thing to happen to musical theater since Andrew Lloyd Webber," complains Stewie (MacFarlane). When Lois and then Diane quit the show in disgust, Peter is unfazed. He decides to play the lead himself. At this point, his interpretation is set in the future, and ANNA is an acronym for Automaton Nuclear Neo-Android.

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Air date: Mar 28, 2000

Everyone in the neighborhood is excited to learn that they can get a free boat, just for listening to a boring time-share pitch. Peter (voice of Seth MacFarlane) is the only one who decides to take the salesman's "mystery box" instead of the boat. His prize turns out to be two tickets to the "Chuckle Bucket," a local comedy club. Peter gets drunk at the club and begins heckling. "Come on, skinny, make me laugh." He's so drunk, in fact, that he doesn't realize he's heckling a microphone stand. An indignant comic challenges Peter to take the stage himself, and he does. He gets laughs in his own crude, accidental way. "Urine happens to be very edgy," he defends his "routine" to Lois (voice of Alex Borstein). The next day, Peter's newfound belief in his wit leads him to tell a sexist joke to a female co-worker. The co-worker hires feminist attorney Gloria Ironbox (voice of Candice Bergen), who insists that Peter attend a workplace sensitivity training class. When that fails, he's ordered to go on a women's retreat for two whole weeks. He returns home a changed man. "Brian, put the tea on," he tells the dog. "I have stories." Peter has gotten in touch with his feminine side. He calls up Quagmire (MacFarlane) just to talk, and tries to nurse Stewie (MacFarlane). He gets a bumper sticker that reads, "My other penis is a vagina." He develops an inappropriately sisterly relationship with his wife. His friends take him to the Million Man March in an effort to help him reclaim his masculinity. When that fails, a frustrated Lois takes matters into her own hands.

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Air date: Apr 4, 2000

Chris (voice of Seth Green) is getting bad grades, so Lois (voice of Alex Borstein) says he can't watch TV until he does his homework. Peter (voice of Seth MacFarlane) and Chris enjoy watching "Gumbel 2 Gumbel," a show in which Bryant and Greg Gumbel portray beach cops. Peter lies to Lois about the homework so they can watch the show, only to find out it's been canceled. Determined to save the show, Peter barges into a network executive's office and threatens to go on a hunger strike. It doesn't last long. After a few uncomfortable moments, Peter asks the suit, "Are you gonna eat that stapler?" Later, Peter sees a news story about the "Grant-a-Dream Foundation." He calls up a Mr. Harris (voice of Martin Mull) and tells him that Chris is dying of a rare disease, and that his final wish is to have "Gumbel 2 Gumbel" put back on the air. Word spreads about Chris' condition, and soon Lois finds out about Peter's deception. She urges him to tell the truth, but, afraid of going to jail for fraud, Peter tells Harris that he has divine powers and has cured Chris' illness. "Anyone who wouldn't say their own son is dying to get the Gumbels back on TV is a racist," he indignantly tells Lois. "There, I said it." The news gets out about the "miracle healer of Quahog," and soon Peter has acolytes gathering outside his door to do his bidding. But Peter's claims anger the Lord, who sends plagues down on the Griffin house to teach him a lesson. Chris' school, Buddy Cianci Junior High, is named after the notoriously corrupt then-mayor of Providence, RI.

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Air date: Apr 11, 2000

Lois (voice of Alex Borstein) is running for school board president. Chris (voice of Seth Green) gets in trouble at school for peeking into the girls' locker room. When Peter (voice of Seth MacFarlane) goes to investigate, he runs into his favorite old teacher, Mr. Vargas. Vargas has been ordered to take mood-altering medication by the school board, and is no longer the lovable wacko Peter remembers. Peter urges him to give up the drugs. He does, and promptly gets fired for his erratic behavior. Peter decides to run against Lois for the school board, so he can reinstate his old teacher. "This will be even easier than running unopposed," says Lois, but Peter lets his competitiveness get the better of him and unleashes a few dirty tricks. Meanwhile, Stewie (MacFarlane) finds himself unaccountably missing Lois, and sings "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" to explain. At a televised debate, Peter attacks Lois for her personal habits, and accuses, "She freed Willie Horton. She nailed Donna Rice." Peter does a campaign ad in which he claims, "Lois Griffin is a slut," and uses a photo she gave him of herself in a nightie as his evidence. Peter's dirty tricks win him the election. His unique take on sex education, and his use of killer robots (straight out of Robocop) to handle school security win him accolades, but the dirty magazines he gave Chris come back to haunt him. This episode features the voice talents of Lee Majors and Dwight Schultz.

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Series 2 continues the animated antics of the constantly grousing Griffin family. The most noteworthy episodic development was the introduction of what would go on to become a very popular theme: "Road to" parodies that hearkened back to the Bob Hope-Bing Crosby song-and-dance comedies of old. The first one was "The Road to Rhode Island," which featured an elaborate musical number and had Stewie and Brian stranded in California and trying to make their way back to their home state. Stars who did voice cameos as themselves included Gregg Allman, Luke Perry, Robin Leach and Lee Majors.

Cast & Crew

Seth Green
Chris Griffin / Consuela's Husband
Alex Borstein
Lois Griffin as Mary
Seth MacFarlane
Peter Griffin / Brian Griffin / Stewie Griffin / Glenn Quagmire / Tom Tucker / Vern / Gregory Peck / Dr. Kratz / Additional Voices
Mila Kunis
Meg Griffin (archive footage)
Danny Smith
Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell
Mike Henry
Cleveland Brown / Greased-up Deaf Guy
Patrick Warburton
Joe Swanson as Imperial Probe Droid
Gary Cole
Cop / Coach
Rachael MacFarlane
Girl 2 in Commercial / Girl Jumping From the Tree
Adam West
Mayor Adam West / Fairy Godmother
Monte Young
Scott Wood
Glen Hill
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Critic Reviews for Family Guy Season 2

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (0)

If you find offensive humor funny, chances are you'll love this show.

Apr 11, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Sure, the show got cancelled after this, but it's episodes like this that helped make the show so successful on DVD, and ultimately helped bring the series back to television.

Nov 26, 2013 | Rating: 9.3/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Family Guy: Season 2

  • Sep 06, 2020
    Like before Im so impressed
  • Apr 06, 2020
    This is where they really start the funny clips going on
  • Oct 01, 2019
    My favorite season of the show. It's hilarious.
  • Jan 12, 2019
    Gut-bustingly hilarious with some unforgettable episodes and notable for being the first time we hear Mila Kunis voice Meg, Family Guy's sophomore season's outdated animation is easy to ignore thanks to how unapologetic it is in the darkness of its comedy.
  • Mar 19, 2016
    10/10 Would go to petoria again.
  • Dec 29, 2015
    This show is amazing!!!!!!!!
  • Sep 15, 2015
    Things started picking up this season after a pretty lackluster first season
  • Jul 14, 2015
    Family Guy's second season was just as much fun as the first one. Each of the episodes are engrossing in the story line and keep the viewer interested in what is happening and what is going to go on next in the episode. I admit, I didn't get the chance to enjoy this show until the DVD releases years later, but these episodes are very entertaining and satisfying to watch despite the age on the episodes. The only thing that really separates these episodes from more recent episodes are the animation quality and the jokes overall are better in the older seasons.
  • Jun 22, 2014
    A bit better nothing stands out though (basicly SEASON 2-9) a 5/10 or 6/10

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