Family Guy: Season 3 (2001 - 2003)

Season 3
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Air date: Jul 11, 2001

Season Three of Family Guy begins with the opening episode of a two-party story as Brian, the Griffin family's talking, martini-imbibing dog, makes a concerted effort to overcome his selfishness. Before long, he is working as both a seeing-eye dog, and as a drug-sniffing pooch for the police. Unfortunately, Brian's addictive personality gets the better of him when he comes across a cache of cocaine. This lands the Griffen family's dog in rehab, where he is told that his master Peter is a bad influence. Thus does Brian secretly sneak off for a long, long trip, far, far away from Quahog. Listen for the voice of June Foray in a quickie "Rocky and Bullwinkle" reference, not to mention a cameo appearance from "Froot Loops" spokesbird Toucan Sam!

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Air date: Jul 18, 2001

In the conclusion of a two-part story, the Griffins' talking, martini-drinking dog Brian has determined that his master Peter is the cause of his addictive personality, and thus he has left Quahog to seek his fortune elsewhere. Brian ends up in Hollywood, where through certain connections he finds working directing porno films. Meanwhile, malevolent infant Stewie Griffin auditions for the TV show "Kids Say the Darnedest Things" (the better to put in motion his latest scheme to take over the world). Winning the audition, Stewie also wins his family an all-expense-paid Hollywood. This week's obscure pop-culture references include "guest appearances" by actor Ray Liotta and porn star Jenna Jameson (who, as usual, is bound to please!)

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Air date: Jul 25, 2001

Lois gets steamed--or rather, smoked--when Peter's toy company is bought out by El Dorado Cigarettes, the better to promote "coffin nails" for the kiddie trade. To get Peter out of his hair, the president of El Dorado gives him a big promotion with a fat new salary. But, wait, there's more: Because he is the archetypal "big dumb fat guy", Peter is sent to Washington by his bosses to lobby against an anti-tobacco bill, promoted by congressman who laments that "cigarettes killed my father--and raped my mother." Watch for references to such pop-culture esoterica as The Godfather Part II, That Girl and Schoolhouse Rock. And how does Alyssa Milano figure into all this?

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Air date: Aug 1, 2001

In the wake of a devastating hurricane, Quahog's favorite watering hole, the Drunken Clam, is purchase at bargain rates by Britisher Nigel Pinchley, who converts it into an English pub. Later, Nigel and his family move next door to the Griffins, whereupon mean-spirited infant Stewie takes it upon himself to play "'Enry 'Iggins" to Nigel's Cockney-accented daughter. Obscure cultural references this time out include quotes from The Count of Monte Cristo, the 1982 Disney movie Tron, the comic strip "Dilbert", and the heretofore undisclosed fact that the Americans defeated the British during World War 2. This episode was originally slated to air during Season Two.

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Air date: Aug 8, 2001

Peter becomes overly competitive with Chris when he discovers that his son possesses a bigger penis than he does. This leads to Peter forcing Chris to join a gun club and participate in a hunting trip, with amazing results. (Guns, hmmm? Calling Dr. Freud).Meanwhile, daughter Meg has problems of her own when she tries out for the cheerleaders squad and ends up a "flag girl"--and her troubles don't end just because the band performs "Electric Avenue" (or something like it). As for the cultural reference, this week's episode serves up side glances at Elton John, Ally McBeal, Rooster Cogburn and comic-strip character Andy Capp.

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Air date: Aug 15, 2001

Peter (voice of Seth MacFarlane) and Lois (voice of Alex Borstein)' anniversary is coming up, and Lois isn't interested in gifts so much as romance. But Quagmire (MacFarlane) gets the guys a tee time at the fancy Barrington Country Club. Peter sends Lois on a "romantic" anniversary scavenger hunt (i.e. wild goose chase), so he can spend the morning golfing. Cleveland (voice of Mike Henry) can't play due to family obligations, but Peter insists on going forward. Then it starts to rain, and his friends go home, but Peter soldiers on. While Lois races around town searching for the clues he's left for her, Peter is struck by lightning on the golf course. Death (voice of Adam Carolla) makes another appearance, but he reassures Peter that he's just having an out-of-body, "near-death experience." Death warns Peter that Lois will divorce him one day. He can't put Peter back into his lifeless body until he has a revelation, but Peter can't seem to grasp the lesson that Death is trying to impart. He revisits his past -- his courtship of Lois, his disastrous first meeting with her father, after which her dad had him knocked unconscious, rolled up in a carpet, and dumped naked into the ocean. During their adventures, Death has to return home for lunch with his mother (voice of Estelle Parsons), who nags him about his own lack of a girlfriend. In exchange for Death's help with Lois, Peter helps Death make a date with the woman of his dreams. This episode features the vocal talents of Peter Frampton.

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Air date: Aug 22, 2001

As Quahog braces itself for the annual Autumnal invasion of the New York "leafers", Lois decides to take a Tae-Jitsu class. Her new-found martial arts skill come in handy when Peter decides to rid his front lawn of the annoying leaf-lovers from Manhattan. Clearly, however, violence is not the answer to the Griffins' problems--at least not until the knock-down, drag-out brawl at the end of the episode. In addition to a satirical skewering of the TV ratings system, this episode also features references to Ralph Macchio and the three villains from Superman II. And guess where the libidinous Quagmire "gets it struck" this time?

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Air date: Aug 29, 2001

The Griffins visit Toys 'R' Overpriced, where they buy Stewie (voice of Seth MacFarlane) his first tricycle. Later, when a teacher is arrested for teaching "crackpot theories" at Meg's (voice of Mila Kunis) school, a news team shows up, and Meg finds herself smitten with news anchor Tom Tucker (MacFarlane). She has a fantasy about him (a parody of the Phoebe Cates pool scene in Fast Times at Ridgemont High) and decides to apply for Channel 5's Young Anchor internship program. Thanks to co-anchor Diane Simmons' insecurity about picking a pretty girl, Meg is chosen for the internship, but unluckily, her partner intern is Neil (voice of Seth Green), the nerdy A/V guy who has a massive crush on her. Stewie learns to ride his tricycle, while Peter (MacFarlane) proudly videotapes, until he's distracted by the (American) beauty of a plastic bag blowing around in the wind. Stewie has his first encounter with the concept of bullying when Charlie (voice of Josh Peck) steals his new wheels. Later, when the infamous "Mass Media Murderer," known for killing newspersons, is spotted on top of Town Hall, Tom and Diane give Meg and Neil the story. When it seems like the hapless teens are going to be murdered, Meg gives Neil a kiss, which is captured on videotape. In the nick of time, a superheroic Hugh Downs (doing his own voice) comes to the rescue, and Meg has to deal with the ugly repercussions of that kiss. Soon, Neil is handing out T-shirts at school festooned with the image of their lip-lock, and bringing his parents over for dinner at the Griffins'. This episode features the voice talents of Michael Chiklis and Abe Vigoda, along with references to Mr. Sherman and Peabody and Quantum Leap.

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Air date: Sep 5, 2001

The death of Peter's boss Mr. Weed in a freak accident (he choked on a dinner roll) results in the shutdown of the Happy-Go-Lucky toy factory. Now out of work, Peter can fulfill his lifelong dream being a knight in a Renaissance Faire. Unfortunately, he runs afoul of the Black Knight (voiced by Will Ferrell), and a duel to the death is the only option (if only he'd bonded with 16th century German astronomer Johannes Kepler!) Permission to use the song "So Long, Farewell" from The Sound of Music was granted only after the Family Guy producers agreed to a set of conditions nearly as draconian as the TV ratings system. However, the reference to actress Margot Kidder and her health problems passed with no trouble at all!

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Air date: Sep 19, 2001

Since he lost his job, Peter (voice of Seth MacFarlane) has gained a lot of weight from sitting on the couch watching television. After a walk on the pier with Brian (MacFarlane), he decides to become a fisherman. "That's how a real New England man makes his living," he reasons. He buys a boat at a police auction for 50,000 dollars, only to learn that its previous owner, Salty, died while chasing after "Daggermouth," the man-eating bluefish. Peter then goes to "Jim's Bank" for a loan so he can pay for his boat. He soon runs into conflict with Henessey, a veteran fisherman who resents the newcomer. Peter's having a hard time earning a living, and to make matters worse, he failed to read the loan papers he signed, and the bank is repossessing everything the family owns. Meanwhile, Meg (voice of Mila Kunis) is distraught about missing out on spring break. In an effort to placate her, Lois (voice of Alex Borstein) takes her to a fancy spa. When that doesn't do the trick, Lois drives Meg to spring break. Meg is embarrassed to be seen there with her mother, and it only gets worse when Lois parties her way to popularity among Meg's peers, neglecting her daughter in the process. While Lois and Meg negotiate their bacchanal, Peter is desperate to come up with the money to keep their home from being taken by the bank. When he learns that there's a 50,000-dollar bounty on Daggermouth, he and his friends set out to capture the dreaded beast. This episode features the vocal talents of Michael Chiklis and Brian Doyle Murray.

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Series 3 continues the animated antics of the constantly grousing Griffin family. Among their wacky adventures: They move to the South after entering the Witness Protection Program; Peter discovers he had a black ancestor who was a slave once owned by Lois' family; Peter and Lois turn swingers and she reconnects with an old flame, while he hooks up with Jennifer Love Hewitt (as herself); and Peter and Lois attend a KISS concert (with the band members playing themselves). Other popular stars providing voices include Peter Frampton, Will Ferrell, Mark Hamill, Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa.

Cast & Crew

Seth Green
Chris Griffin / Consuela's Husband
Mila Kunis
Meg Griffin (archive footage)
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
Mike Henry
Cleveland Brown / Greased-up Deaf Guy
Danny Smith
Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell
Patrick Warburton
Joe Swanson as Imperial Probe Droid
Gary Cole
Cop / Coach
Johnny Brennan
Mort Goldman as Lando Calrissian
Rachael MacFarlane
Girl 2 in Commercial / Girl Jumping From the Tree
Adam West
Mayor Adam West / Fairy Godmother
Ralph Garman
John Smith
Mike Barker
Additional Voices
Chris Cox
Justin Timberlake
Scott Wood
Glen Hill
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Audience Reviews for Family Guy: Season 3

  • Sep 06, 2020
    Im really impressed with this delirious season
  • Apr 06, 2020
    It's where I seem to see the most animations I've seen in the seasons when they improved their animations
  • Jan 12, 2019
    Quite possibly one of the best seasons of the show to date, Family Guy is just as hilarious as the last two, if not more with some great episodes to go along with their witty titles, unforgettable vocal performances, better animation and a surprisingly poignant ending for one of the episodes.
  • Dec 29, 2015
    This show is amazing!!!!!!!!
  • Jul 14, 2015
    Since I didn't see Family Guy when it originally aired, this season always baffles me. This is another strong season of a mercilessly hilarious TV show with characters we can sympathize with and stories we identify with and enjoy, so it comes as a major surprise to hear the news of ratings failing for this show, leading to a steady decline and the ultimate cancellation of this show. As I stated in my other reviews for Family Guy so far, this season is just as funny and fresh as the first two were. Seth MacFarlane, at this point in the show's run, seems to be going strong with the idea and really takes advantage of everything that is put in front of him to use and produces some of the best entertainment available for its time. The animation is still choppy and lower quality in direct comparison to the later episodes produced, but it was still a wonderful season.
  • Mar 02, 2014
    The last good season of Family Guy
  • Jan 30, 2014
    Very funny, best one of the cartoon shows in my opinion!
  • Jan 29, 2014
    The cliffhanger storyline of Brian Griffin is one of the episodes that stand out in this season; while it isn't as good as the second season, it at least holds up to it.
  • Jan 05, 2014
    Family Guy seems to have found its footing earlier than The Simpsons, and has already dug itself into a rut. It's still funny, but some of the episodes seem tired.

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