Family Guy: Season 4 (2005 - 2006)

Season 4
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Air date: May 1, 2005

Producer Seth MacFarlane wastes no time biting the hand that feeds him in this first episode Family Guy's fourth season. Mocking the fact that the series had been cancelled by Fox in 2002, only to be brought back by public demand, the season opener finds Peter Griffin casually rattling off a list of titles of unsuccessful TV series which Fox had inflicted on the public during that two-year hiatus. The episode itself was inspired by the brouhaha over Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, though in form and content it looks more like a Hitchcock thriller. While on their second honeymoon, Peter and Lois sneak a peak at the sequel to Gibson's "Jesus" film, The Passion of the Christ II: Crucify This. The couple ends up destroying the film, thus incurring the wrath of two movie-loving priests. Meanwhile back in Quahog, it is up to Brian and Stewie to dole out punishment when Chris is caught with booze at the high school dance.

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Air date: May 8, 2005

Brian takes over as substitute when Chris' teacher quits after winning the lottery. Before long Brian is transferred to a special-ed class, where he is supposed to encourage his students to lower their expectations (as if they could get any lower). Meanwhile, Chris falls in love with his new teacher Lana Lockhart, voiced by Drew Barrymore. Amazingly, Lana is willing to reciprocate--but only if Chris is willing to do a "special" favor that may land him in prison for life! The pop-culture gags this week include references to Dead Poets Society and Law & Order.

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Air date: May 15, 2005

Hoping to set a world's record, Peter eats several bags full of nickels--and as a consequence he loses his eyesight. In his efforts to adjust to his blindness, Peter inadvertently becomes a hero during a fire (good thing he couldn't see what was going on or he'd have run like a bunny!) Gina Gershon makes a guest voice appearance, just in case you were wondering if it was really her voice. And don't be too disturbed by that lengthy fist fight between Peter and a huge chicken; it's merely the continuation of a gag introduced two seasons earlier in the episode DaBoom.

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Air date: Jun 5, 2005

Fed up with being shot down by good-looking guys again and again, Meg decided to undergo a fashion makeover. The Griffins are so impressed by the results that they instantly form themselves into a family singing group. They are booked on Saturday Night Live, where Meg makes a rather abrupt transition from girlhood to womanhood. Those keeping track of the series' cultural references should have their hands full in this episode, which includes "quotes" from Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, King of the Hill, The Wizard of Oz, The Empire Strikes Back, Coyote Ugly, MAD TV and the collected works of Garrison Keillor.

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Air date: Jun 12, 2005

The sex-obsessed Quagmire thinks he'd died and gone to heaven when he is propositioned by Loretta, the bored wife of neighbor Cleveland. As for Loretta's husband, he has precisely no idea what's going on--no surprise, since he never has any idea of what's going on. Alerted by Peter and Brian, Cleveland finds out about his wife's indiscretion and plots a unique revenge--once the smoke stops spouting from his ears. This episode offers pop-cultural references to four of the Rocky films, as well as the extremely obscure series Kicked in the Nuts!

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Air date: Jun 19, 2005

Peter thinks he's suddenly become brilliant after winning a game of "Trivial Pursuit", little realizing that Lois had merely let him win. To let Peter down easy, Brian the dog arranges for his master to get an IQ test. As a result, Peter is classified as "retarded"--and he intends to take full advantage of the fact that the world gives a special pass to Special People. In the same spirit of taste and delicacy, this episode offers a musical performance by a singing tumor, and a knee-slapping reference to the bombing of Hiroshima.

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Air date: Jun 26, 2005

The fact that Brian is a dog does not disqualify him from being a contestant on the TV reality series The Bachelorette. Nor does it prevent Brian from falling in love with Brooke (voiced by Jessica Biel), the ambitious starlet who much choose from several bachelors to win the Big Prize. At the same time, Chris is bedeviled by a huge and ever-growing zit, which not only talks (with the voice of Kevin Richardson) but is also clearly intent upon world domination (or at least "Chris domination"). Listen for the references to Blazing Saddles and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

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Air date: Jul 10, 2005

Peter is so desperate to pay off his $34,000 pharmacy bill that he sells his daughter Meg to the druggist Mort Goldman and his family. Meg might have been able to withstand this humiliation were it not for the fact that Mort is the father of her nerdy nemesis Neil. Meanwhile, Lois finds the "perfect" babysitter for Stewie, a knockout named Liddane. Before he succumbs to puppy love, Stewie delivers a lengthy rant dissing the "average" fan of The Simpsons--and elsewhere, we're treated to references to Pee-wee's Playhouse, Kramer vs. Kramer, Dazed and Confused and Growing Pains.

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Air date: Jul 17, 2005

Lois develops kleptomania, leading to a wild shoplifting spree. She lands in prison, only to be broken out by Peter and the kids. The Griffins then take refuge from pursuing policeman Joe Swanson by hiding in "Asiantown." Alas, Joe manages to pick up their trail (no great trick, since Peter has become a popular sumo wrestler), whereupon the family retreats to the sewers, where the plot thickens, as it were. So far as we can determine, this is the only American TV cartoon episode of recent memory to reference the names of both Karl Malden and Corey Haim (two treats in one!)

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Air date: Jul 24, 2005

Hoping to fulfill a dream she's had since teenhood, Lois defies her parents in embarks upon a career as a model. Not only does this make husband Peter jealous, but it also exacts a huge toll on Lois when she starts popping diet pills. As Peter cooks up a plan to win his wife back, baby Stewie concocts "CashScam", a pyramid scheme, with a reluctant Brian (who needs the money for his worm medication) as his head henchman. Among the pop-culture references in this episode are jibes at Sesame Street and Six Feet Under, and even a broadside aimed at Family Guy fans who have nothing better to do with their time than pause their DVDs to catch the jokes they'd missed first time around.

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Series 4 continues the animated antics of the constantly grousing Griffin family. Among the highlights: They form a rock band and land a spot on "Saturday Night Live," where Meg hooks up with Jimmy Fallon (as himself); Lois turns kleptomaniac and goes on a shoplifting spree, which lands her in prison; Freshman Chris gets hazed on his first day of high school and runs away to join the Peace Corps, only to be shipped off to South America; and NFL quarterback Tom Brady (as himself), impressed with Peter's skills at moving bodies, signs him to the New England Patriots. Other stars doing voice cameos include Drew Barrymore, Judd Hirsch, Emeril Lagasse, Bob Costas and Jay Leno.

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
John Viener
Video Store Clerk
Patrick Warburton
Joe Swanson as Imperial Probe Droid
Danny Smith
Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell
Ralph Garman
John Smith
Adam West
Mayor Adam West / Fairy Godmother
Johnny Brennan
Mort Goldman as Lando Calrissian
Chris Sheridan
Thomas Edison's Neighbor
Rachael MacFarlane
Girl 2 in Commercial / Girl Jumping From the Tree
Mark Hentemann
Phony Guy as Admiral Ozzel
Gary Cole
Cop / Coach
Chuck Klein
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Critic Reviews for Family Guy Season 4

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

This kind of material would wear thin after a while if the characters weren't as distinct and endearing as they are, most notably Stewie, the wrathful infant.

Nov 26, 2013 | Full Review…

Family Guy, despite some initial missteps at the beginning of its new season, shows signs of regaining its admirable mix of niche nostalgia and hysterical characterizations.

Nov 27, 2013 | Full Review…

The new Family Guy is much like the first, an animated family sitcom that tries too hard to be quirky and is only sporadically funny.

Nov 26, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The time off and the series' subsequent success on DVD and cable has given creator Seth MacFarlane more time to work on character dynamics and sub-references.

Nov 26, 2013 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The constant cross-references to musicals, literature, plays, and other TV shows might amuse some viewers.

Nov 26, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Family Guy: Season 4

  • Oct 26, 2020
    When I watch this show I think its great
  • Sep 06, 2020
    Im really impressed with it all
  • Feb 09, 2020
    The show's best season by far. Has some of the funniest episodes like "PTV", "North by North Quahog" and "Petarted". Other than maybe season 5-7, nothing comes close to this fantastic season
  • Jan 12, 2019
    A few cliched episodes and padding that isn't always limited to cutaways can't stop Family Guy from being a real gut-buster in its hilarity and having some well-animated sequences in a few select episodes and not-so-subtle satire on absurd censorship standards of the time in one particular episode.
  • Jan 26, 2017
    Family Guy is a 2-edged sword. At times hilariously irreverent, zany, and clever; other times, deeply uncomfortable and overly insulting. Luckily, the first 6 seasons are far more of the shinny edge of the sword.
  • Dec 23, 2016
    Best Season BY FAR! :)
  • Dec 10, 2016
    I liked old Family Guy but new eps are horrible. Season 4 is ok though. Not seasons 1-3 good but mostly enjoyable.
  • May 08, 2016
    This is the best season of Family Guy, hands down.
  • Sep 15, 2015
    In my opinion, this is still the best season Family Guy has ever had, complete with 2 of my all time favorite episodes, "Petarded" and "PTV"
  • Jul 15, 2015
    This season is particularly interesting because it's the first one back after the show was revived from the dead due to surplus DVD sales and large syndication ratings. The animation is the same quality as with the previous seasons, using hand-drawn techniques colored completely with the computer, but this season follows along with the others in that it offers a large amount of fresh material for fans of the show to laugh at and for others to be offended by and complain about.

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