The show continues with the business as usual mantra, and does it to the best of its capabilities. Roy and Moss are the key standouts, as usual, as they maintain the humour they've kept throughout the four seasons. Douglas is not far behind, even if he hasn't had the best humour compared to the duo. Last, but this time not least, Jen, where she finally begins to get some humour of her own, even if it seems limited.
This was the IT Crowd's Dark Side of the Moon. Moss and Roy retain their humour and quirkyness, whilst Richmond is as gothic as ever. Although Denholm would depart, the void was virtually filled with his oversexed son Douglas, played by the Volvic Volcano voice of Matt Berry, who plays the role remarkably well. My sole complaint with this series is again with Jen. Sure, she gains another dimension, but she is by far the weakest of the cast members.
With that said, the second season pushed the boundaries of plot-lines in a clever and witty way. It is, without a doubt, a season to watch if you want to know what the IT Crowd is like.
The IT Crowd starts off its infancy with a rocks-and-diamonds season of episodes. Sure, Moss and Roy more than make up for the season with their quirky and unusual characteristics, alongside the eccentric and somewhat-blind Denholm and the gothic Richmond, but Jen is just not in the same ballpark as those three characters.
The way it ends is such a spit in the face to the fans who enjoyed the series, regardless if they enjoyed Charlie Harper or not. Chuck Lorre should be ashamed of himself for ending the show on a horrendous whimper.
With Season 11 containing some more bad episodes, including 'Turban Cowboys', where the Family Guy writing staff again screw Brian over to make guest character Mahmoud a terrorist, and 'Lois Comes Out of Her Shell', which features Lois trying to shed her 'mom image' by doing stuff youthful people would do, whilst Stewie goes head to head with a rather smart yet somewhat-unexplained revenge-seeking turtle, Season 11 is saved with the good again outweighing the bad barely, including 'Yug Ylimaf', where Brian has to turn time in the right direction as Stewie faces the verge of pre-life and the subsequent death, and '12 and a Half Angry Men', where Brian again attempts to convince the rest of the jurors for Mayor Adam West's innocence. Be forewarned about it's sloppy finish to the series, though.
This is what the modern Family Guy should be doing: It starts off with a homage to Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None', and several other episodes, including 'Baby You Knock Me Out', where Lois becomes a dominant force of female boxing and faces Deidre Jackson, and 'Brian Writes a Bestseller', where Brian titularly writes a lousy book that somehow becomes a hit. Even though there are some atrocious and mind-boggling episodes, including 'And I'm Joyce Kinney', where Lois apparently has sex with Stewie Griffin's supposed biological father in a porno Lois shows to church and forces off Joyce Kinney, even though Stewie got the football shape by jumping on the bed too high and hitting the ceiling if you go by continuity, but, hey, it would at least be the last season where Family Guy delivered good episodes regularly, before a slew of atrocious episodes season after season would appeal to a more degenerate audience.
After seeing an episode of the recent Family Guy series, I am stunned that the episode the fans consider the worst of all time, is actually the most underrated Family Guy episode ever. I do enjoy Family Guy and the episodes that centre on Stewie and Brian, but this episode really actually was an episode that Family Guy needed to keep their empire from losing their ground. And Vinny, had he have been given time, I'm pretty sure that the fan butthurt would've worn off.
Sadly, the most ironic thing with this series, Vinny appeared in three episodes that were actually well-received by the critics. Compare this to Brian, who (despite being a central family character) appeared in only two good episodes out of 11 episodes of this season. And the first episode where Brian officially returns, Peter impales and disembowels a whale. That pretty much says it all here; I see no return to the golden age for Family Guy.
Possibly the only show that could give 'The Simpsons' a run for its money - and this show was from 'The Simpsons' Matt Groening, no less. Does he relent on a show ahead of its time? No; he simply pulls off the potential humour and the visuals, and its wide array of characters, which really do help this show.
What turned me off of watching this series were the first four episodes; while it may seem that I got off the train too soon, I don't regret the decision. For a show claiming to be a 'King of the Hill' replacement, it has failed: it doesn't have the similar jokes, it doesn't have the similar concept, the plotlines don't have any potential used upon and two of the three main female characters are voiced by men. I'd buy it if four of the five main characters (clearly excluding Bob) were voiced by women, but this just reminds me of parody fandubs in a way.
It's clearly a black-version of Family Guy, but at least they managed to prove that they could make a TV series starring Cleveland Brown work, beating out other potential candidates at the time, like Joe (considered 'too eccentric') and Quagmire (who wouldn't learn anything, plus he acts like a jerk to Brian no matter what happens). While everyone won't agree with me on this, I consider The Cleveland Show to be up there with the first three seasons of Family Guy.
I think it's clear that by the tenth season, Family Guy has turned into a more terrible version of the post-golden era Simpsons, because the first two episodes involve Peter being a jerk to his friends after winning the lottery (twice), and the family end up falling apart after Meg's unnecessary outburst while Brian ends up going on drugs which involve his ear cut off (respectively). The next two episodes certainly don't help, with Brenda (who was thought to be a one-time character with Quagmire's failed joke) getting a main episode where Quagmire tries to choke himself while watching porn, and the fourth honestly missing the mark despite a few good jokes (again, respectively). While there are some good episodes of Family Guy in this season, especially 'Back to the Pilot', 'Amish Guy', 'The Blind Side' and 'Killer Queen', season 10 was mostly miss, with the third episode - an episode focusing on Quagmire's sister trying to break up with her abusive boyfriend being almost bereft of any sort of laughter - cementing the mentioned claim.
Family Guy's return in Season 4 was long-awaited at the time, and MacFarlane doesn't disappoint with a wonderful lineup, especially when Peter Griffin joins the New England Patriots, Lois Griffin ends up snapping and starts stealing items from the mall, and Brian Griffin goes back to college in an attempt to be accepted by the news team while Peter and his gang reform the A-Team. It's also the debut of the vaudeville-duo that always seem to crack me up for some odd reason or another.
Family Guy certainly did step up the following season, with episodes involving Peter Griffin taking over Lois' stage production, the four friends/family ending up showing signs of animosity after they end up winning the trophy with their "Who's the Boss" float, and the moment when Y2K (when it was a thing 15 years ago) took its toll on the world, with Peter running as Mayor of a town that hosts the Twinkie building. I recommend that you watch this series before the more violent and unusual storylines kick in.
Look, it's not the best way that Robin Williams could return in, but at least he tries to be as humourous as he can be in this series, with many others (James Wolk, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Hamish Linklater and Amanda Setton) pulling their own weight as well. Unfortunately, as much as I hate to admit it, Robin Williams' somewhat triumphant return will most likely last for one season.
Sure, it is riddled with questionable storylines, the most questionable being Peter Pan as Rumplestiltskin's father, but this season really started to grow on me as well, as the team of good and bad in the past two seasons pair up together to find Henry, and despite every obstacle thrown at them, they manage to return unscathed at Storybrooke. Unfortunately, the second half of the series is in jeopardy given that a) Storybrooke is washed over with a green mist (sorry, spoilers) b) Rumplestiltskin may be killed off (again, I apologise), which is a shame because he is my favourite character in the series, and c) given the final moments of the first half of the season, it could go downhill from there, especially when one of the final moments were Hook being hit in the tinker-bells and then shut out by Emma Swan. But we'll just have to wait and see.
This was the season where The Simpsons would become the longest-running animated show in history. And they really saved the best for this season, with brilliant quotes, wonderful storylines, great performances, and features some of the best episodes in Simpson history. It truly was The Simpsons in its prime.