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May 8, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 09:35 AM ET

One of the smartest and funniest men...anywhere, Seth MacFarlane

Meet the man responsible for "Family Guy."  Find out what he thinks is funny…and when funny goes too far.  Or does it?

The highest paid writer in Hollywood opens up to Larry on a variety of topics tonight!

Plus Penn Jillette and Rachael Harris join Seth later in the show for a comedy panel’s take on the news…nothing is off limits!

WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO ASK SETH MacFARLANE?

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Cajazz76:24:8   April 22nd, 2010 9:06 pm ET

I'll bet the comments are limited here tonight..what can you criticize about the comedy antics of Seth MacFarlane...he is a classic.


Jerry   April 22nd, 2010 9:07 pm ET

I love your show family guy but I feel you show some antisematism in you r shows


Michael Armstrong Sr.   April 22nd, 2010 9:09 pm ET

What do you thing about Sara Palin .


marilynn michaels   April 22nd, 2010 9:12 pm ET

I am absolutely hooked on FG!! I see it a few times a day; and I am proof you don't have to be a high school male to love it. I'm in my early 50's female, and my favourite characters are Brian and Stewie.

Marilynn from Toronto


Denise Atkins   April 22nd, 2010 9:14 pm ET

I love this show, even when sometimes it touches on sensitive topics. As a Black woman, I really want to ask, does Seth really dislike hip-hop/ rap music as much as perceived on the show or is it just certain rappers?


Michael Armstrong Sr.   April 22nd, 2010 9:17 pm ET

I think if a politician cant take the heat then they should get out of the kitchen .


Zee   April 22nd, 2010 9:18 pm ET

While humor is good I do believe the making fun of religion is not the right thing (be it Islam, Christianity or any other). Islam has been a hot topic and it is unfortunate that people are using it to gain cheap publicity. New channels always show the isolated bad incidents (while ignore the good one’s) and focus on their ratings. We, as people, should be more responsible. True humor does not require you to hurt sentiments and values of others.


Izgil   April 22nd, 2010 9:24 pm ET

Seth, can you guarantee that Family Guy lives for at least 10 more years?


Joseph   April 22nd, 2010 9:24 pm ET

Express your opinions about gay rights and the obama administration? Obam's administration strongly supports gay rights, but not marriage. Do you feel this way too?


chrissy harris   April 22nd, 2010 9:26 pm ET

I love seth!! Will you marry me?? I have to love any man that can tell the same stories over and over and get me to laugh everytime!! Pure genius!!!❤


Todd Jessup   April 22nd, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Seth you are awesome! My daughter and I watch Family Guy daily. We own all the DVD's. I hope you keep the show on for years and years to come.


sergio   April 22nd, 2010 9:40 pm ET

hello im sergio im from mexico and here we are big fan of family guy
how you create family guy ?
and who was your model or the preson you base to create them?


Tony   April 22nd, 2010 9:46 pm ET

I heard Mr. Macfarlane mention that he is not religious, but yet he said the word GOD two times. Hmmmm.


laura   April 22nd, 2010 9:47 pm ET

why cower to ignorant bullies, giving them the power they want to believe they have?!?


Lydia Reed   April 22nd, 2010 9:47 pm ET

I was wondering Seth, are you going to make fun of the Twilight series? I know you are enough of a comedy genius to make a good joke about it.


Charles P.   April 22nd, 2010 9:48 pm ET

I love Family Guy! Will Seth ever make fun of Muhammad?


Eric   April 22nd, 2010 9:49 pm ET

On the issue about being able to partray the prophet Mohammed, I have this thought. Why does one religion have the authority to attack another for showing a picture of a diety? Why does one religion get to super impose their restrictions on others? Is there a morality issue here? Yes.

I always like to flip the situation. Select members of the islam world want to kill a Dutch cartoonist for depicting the prophet. This artist is not in the Muslim world and there is no 'world law' that says he can't. Why should the Islam world be allowed to say this artist must die. I am not looking at the issue of morality but the issue of justification


Leslye Killian   April 22nd, 2010 9:52 pm ET

How is it ok to mock the forced (she was not dying) death of Terri Schiavo, when her family is still alive? Her father died with deep grief that he was unable to protect his daughter; and this is entertainment!?


Chera Meredith   April 22nd, 2010 9:53 pm ET

What? So, it's okay to degrade and bash religions as long as they don't threaten to kill you? Wow! So, Jesus gets made fun of – and since he preaches "love your neighbor." He is free game? So, what's a Christian to do?


Alan   April 22nd, 2010 9:56 pm ET

Question is for Penn b/c I could see Seth cringing when it was asked regarding whether Comedy can go too far?
Are you serious??? It's okay to pander to Islamic extremism and censor South Park, but it's green-light-go to bash Judaism and Christianity as well as every other major religion and (institution) b/c of violent threats??
Is not the point of humor and comedy to be 'equal opportunity offenders' when it comes to this?
You sir are a complete hypocrite and I have lost total respect. What about support of the first amendment for this panel of guests that are making fortunes off of offending every group in the name of humor. It is either all okay or none is okay.


Jean   April 22nd, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Seth said he is not religious. He would have perished on 911 if he had not missed the plane. Who saved him from such a fate? Surely, he is not commending himself about that. The more he should be religous and thank our God, the Creator and Ruler of the world and of us human beings for protecting him and saving him. He should give God due honor , thanks and praise. He looks young and healthy enough and today he appears to be making a mint which is another reason he should give God due recognition, thanks and praise. Seth there is a God! He is also our fair and just Judge for all eternity. May God bless, grace and enlighten you to see the light. Our Jesus Christ is The Life, the Truth and the Way, the Light of the world.


Noel   April 22nd, 2010 10:03 pm ET

when will there be a Quagmire show?
and will there be a family guy/american dad mash-up?


shaz   April 22nd, 2010 10:04 pm ET

The point lies in the fact that even muslims do not make fun of muhammed, so that doesn't give anyone the go ahead to make fun of their religious leader. its one thing if they did make fun of him and they're telling everybody else not to – but they're not, they don't make fun of him and i think ppl should start realizing that. christians make fun of jesus, so if someone else makes fun of them there's really not much they can do about. i'm pretty sure this makes sense🙂


Theresa Willeford   April 22nd, 2010 10:06 pm ET

I don't understand the comment by the "Family Guy" staff member who indicated it was touching on a morally sensitive area when "South Park" did a show that involved Islamic beliefs. This may be true, but what about the frequent "South Park" shows that featured as much mean-humor as possible about Christianity? Mr. Penn didn't mention anything about those shows being offensive and hurtful to Christians (And this comes from a liberal, gay-rights-supporting Roman Catholic – yes, we exist, since Christ was also obviously a compassionate liberal).
Theresa


Jean   April 22nd, 2010 10:38 pm ET

I love good, clean comedies and enjoy them very much. All In The Family is one which I could see over and over again. My family and I had some good laughs. It was enjoyable. I recall those days coming home from work, knowing that this comedy would be on that night. We quickly did what we had to do and ate and sat comfortably on the chesterfield and viewed All In The Family. One half hour in the evening was insufficient for us. From time to time, re-runs are played.
Today, I ask what happened to those good, clean, family comedies. Recently, one evening, I happened to switch TV stations and saw this comedy. I viewed it for a few minutes but I was not amused by the swear language and filthy language and the mention of the Most Holy Name of Jesus and the question inappropriate question which was asked of him. I did not find the comedy enjoyable and switched channels. This comedy could be enjoyable but I wished that profane and swear language which is referred to as dirty, street language not be used and if they want a wider audience of adults and children.
These people think that everyone of us are one and the same and will enjoy the same movies, programs and comedies. Not so. Not everyone enjoys be they movies, programs and comedies which contain swear and filthy language.


Cajazz76:24:8   April 22nd, 2010 10:41 pm ET

Jean

Are you implying that God interceded in saving Seth MacFarlane from a premature death? I am truly inspired an intrigued. Please enlighten me as to how he does this. It is my understanding on that same day, two tall buildings known as the Twin Towers came crashing down and killed over 3000 people. I think, according to statistics, as many as 75% of them may have been Christians. How did an apparent atheist or non-believer come to be saved from his demise? Was it the possibility the God you speak of was stranded on Boston or Baltimore-Washington airports? I really can understand it if a travel glitch impeded his intervention to prevent those deaths.


cooper   April 23rd, 2010 12:19 am ET

In your first three seasons,before the show was cancelled, the writing seeed to be much more cutting edge. Do you think that the writing style has become more "corporate" as the show has become more successful?


Christina   April 23rd, 2010 12:25 am ET

Seth.... I love your toon..... I think it's brilliant and hillarious:}


Vanessa Dean   April 23rd, 2010 12:52 am ET

Did you model any of your character after any of your friends or family? Which characters and which friends &/or family?


Dahlia Medina   April 23rd, 2010 1:01 am ET

Dear Seth, I am a huge fan and I was wondering if you belive that South Park is just getting singled out? They have crossed a line many shows, comedians, actors and politicians have talked about. I belive that South Park just triggered this and if they are getting blamed all other shows that have done the same need to be in the same situation. I was owndering if you agree with me and I would be honored if you anwsered this.

-Dahlia Medina, 13
Poway, CA


Matthew C. Phoenix, AZ   April 23rd, 2010 3:23 am ET

In your comical depictions on your show; are your topics driven predominately on what sells or what you or other writers are desiring to express themselves


jeremy   April 23rd, 2010 3:31 am ET

I am a huge fan of both family guy and american dad. I would like to know what is the best show of family guy and american dad you have ever done and what is the worst show you have done if any?


Derk Digler   April 23rd, 2010 3:33 am ET

What the hell you liberal, Larry you had seth by the balls and didn't even try to pursue him. Of course because the joke was about Sara Palin's you let him slide with back tracking comments like percentages of political or personal. What about the fact that he's making fun of a Child with down syndrome to spite Sara Palin. What a total COWARD. Yeah I enjoy your show but your a coward that hides behind it.


Matthew G., Boston, MA   April 23rd, 2010 3:34 am ET

Seth,
What direction do you think your show, in the television entertainment marketplace, will be headed in the next ten years?

With a large amount of American society being oppositional to much of your comic ingenuity and creativity(offensive or not), what will be your plans in changing or evolving the show?


Scott Adams   April 23rd, 2010 4:16 am ET

I'm inclined and then not so much to say "wtf"... I'm a fan of both Family Guy and Southpark. I understand that they both have their sponsers, networks, etc to consider before going on national tv and broadcast their "official" views to their existing and potential audiences... I get it... I just really wish I could speak w/ them and find out the their real opinions away from the cameras and soundbytes... I'm also fans of all three panelists on the show and I really like their work... If they really do believe what they said during the interview then more power to them... I found Penn's kowtowing to Islam slightly disturbing, borderline fellatio, but if he's like that towards any/all religion then good for him... he's walking the walk. I, myself, perceive organized religion as silly and unnecessary and should be considered fair game as far as comedy is concerned... I get that most religions take themselves too seriously, but to warn people of, or threaten individuals with, violence because of something so trivial is ridiculous and unreasonable. And yes, I know that religion is inherently unreasonable, but c'mon... people need to grow up... here's a straw... suck it up and deal


marius   April 23rd, 2010 5:52 am ET

the best ,,family guy,, i m from romania =))))))..100$milion ufffff .the man it is the best...=))))


marius   April 23rd, 2010 6:01 am ET

I M FROM ROMANIA ...YOU ARE NR 1 .... YOU=CRAZY MAN =)))))..FAMILY GUY IT IS THE BEST ..I DONT SPEACK ENGLISH VERY G..D....I DONT READ ENGLISH VERY GO..D...I READ CAHHHHHHHHHHHHH.=)))))))))))))...SALUT LARRY KING THE SHOW IT IS FANTASTIC...SALUTTTT


Muhammad Jaber   April 23rd, 2010 8:49 am ET

if you slam my mother or call me "mother futher" I won't get angry at you.. May Allah forgive you, but I won't let you slam or make fun of Jesus Christ, because being a Muslim, I can't be real Muslim unless I believe in the fact that Jesus Christ,peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, is a messanger of Allah.. I really wonder how could you have let such a psych dubbed" Seth MacFarlane" slam and mock Jesus?!!!

kuwait – Muhammad Jaber
kuw556@hotmail.com


gerald Jolly   April 23rd, 2010 9:32 am ET

AHHHHHHHHH! is'nt it great to bring religion into a non-religion issue.

I dont watch his show very often, but when I do I find it very humorous

Althought I am sure that a stauch catholic, would worry that Jesus might be watching the watchers and send them straight to hell.

BURN BABY, BURN

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHH!


gerald Jolly   April 23rd, 2010 10:01 am ET

@ Jean.

And Jesus said when he addressed thr throngs of followers on Mt. Saini.

Quote: "A warning to all of you, if you find something funny and you laugh at it, you are under the influence of the anti-christ, LUCIFER, and being that, you will join him in his kingdom of HELL."

Under the strict rules of Christianity it is forbiden to be happy and joyfull and laugh.

Otherwise, you must accept the punishement of burning in the everlasting fires of hell.

YOU AND I BOTH KNOW THAT IS TRUE "RIGHT"


Expat American   April 23rd, 2010 11:58 am ET

MacFarlane is a brilliant writer. His social commentary on American society – the ignorance, the isolationism, the fear and xenophobia that exists internally as well as towards the outside world is a true wake up call. The episode when Brian and Stewie travel back in time only to find that Hitler wears a McCain/Palin pin on his shirt is just one example.


Cajazz76:24:8   April 23rd, 2010 3:23 pm ET

@Jean

Oops!..my bad!..found your Jesus today...under a pile of rocks..stoned and wearing a Tea Party button...while praying to Sarah Palin...and listening to Fox News....quite a multi-tasker..rather miraculous..


Margaret Patterson   April 23rd, 2010 6:34 pm ET

Mr. MacFarlane, I don't watch your shows; they have no redeeming social value. Actually I don't watch TV a lot, but I was watching Larry King when you were on. My immediate reaction to the Down syndrome satire was one of disbelief. You see, I know families with Down Syndrome children and the heartache they go through knowing the uncertain futures of their kids. Then the Shivo satire really knocked me for a loop. Six months ago we had to "let my brother go" after his 4th heart attack. He was a model human being-only 66 years old. Anyone who would use these terribly sad conditions to "get a laugh" is less than–something–I don't know what. What are you, Mr. MacFarlane?


Julia   April 23rd, 2010 9:41 pm ET

Seth is funny, handsome and intelligent. Hope you have him on the show again soon!


Atheist007   April 24th, 2010 12:27 am ET

@ Jean

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?

Then he is not omnipotent.

Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.

Is he both able and willing?

Then why have evil?

Is he neither able nor willing?

Then why call him God?


IKHAN   May 8th, 2010 3:38 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Hi folks.
Well some may say that organized religion is all a load of non-sense but the reality is that billions on this planet follow one faith or the other.
And most take their religion seriously. So why go poking fun at some religious figures revered by a billion plus people- Jesus, Mohammed, Moses, Solomon,Buddha, Lord Krishna,Guru Nanak or others.
I just read a post saying that Family Guy seems anti-Semitic. Well I am sure Seth could go to jail or lose his job & career if he ever dares to be anti -Semitic we have laws against that you know.
So why not tread carefully & avoid provocation. It would be a sensible thing to do wouldn't it ?


Smith in Oregon   May 8th, 2010 7:39 pm ET

I imagine family guy with a home along the once pristene Gulf Coastal region where the home prices will drop to mere pennys of what they once were worth, would be rightly upset. Just breathing in the horrible pungent smell of creosote would be enough to drive away most residents across that entire multi-state region for years to come.

It appears the long shot of the never tried before deep sea crude Oil collection box failed. Deep sea crystals called hydride's apparently formed which plugged the exit and Ocean crews have swung the useless at this time collection box some 600 feet to the side of the erupting spill.

Expanding one a very bad situation in the Gulf of Mexico is the pre-existing Dead Zone which extends for THOUSANDS of miles where no sea life exists and is thought to directly result from the run-off from pesticides and fertilizer chemicals migrating down the Mississippi Delta region out into the Gulf of Mexico.

This enormous heavy crude Oil spill is entirely likely to join and greatly expand the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Currently the Dead Zone is one of the largest of its kind in the entire world. The Republican-Tea Party members and lawmakers must be high-fiveing their latest achievement in their latest lasting legacy of morass.


Terrence Isbell   May 8th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

I wanted to ask Seth, does he ever plan on writing or directing a live-action vehicle, whether a film or sitcom?


Siella Watson   May 8th, 2010 9:08 pm ET

Can the family understand what stewie is saying?


Mike   May 8th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

What is the strangest thing a fan has ever asked of you?


Nicole   May 8th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

What was your inspiration for creating Qwagmire? Who is he based off of>


Kevin   May 8th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

Dear seth do you ever feel bad about what you make fun of on your show family guy.


unknown   May 8th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

how did u come up with all the characters & giggty giggty goo all right


Dylan McConnell   May 8th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

Seth, on behalf of the less than 1% of Family Guy fans that enjoyed last Sundays episode I would like to say thank you. You made the Brian/Stewie relationship a lot deeper than previously depicted. But the question remains: why on Earth did you have to go so far in that episode. I know a lot of fans were taken aback or even vowed to never watch another episode mostly because of Brian eating Stewie's feces.

Still love the show! Bring back Frank Sinatra JR again!


crazy mary   May 8th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

We love Family Guy! Thank you Seth McFarland for your comedy and honesty. You rock!! My husband wants to know how much pot you guys smoke for an episode?–just kidding.😀 I know you guys are just high on life.😉

so I didn't know that he was behind Jonny Bravo. My son and I love that show.

Love You!!


Carole from Minneapolis   May 8th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

Seth is awesome! If more people were like him and didn't take themselves so seriously, the world would be a much better place. Not "Kumbaya-ing" either! Keep it coming!


Jaclyn   May 8th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

What offends you?


Llauren Williams   May 8th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

i have to say, i love the show, it is wonderfully hilarious. I am just wondering if there has been talk about maybe having a reunion between the people in Family guy, and Clevelands new family? personally i think it would be soo funny!


William Ades   May 8th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Are your characters impersonations/satires/mockeries of people from your life?


Ahmed Bassit   May 8th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Hello!! I Love all of your shows , but I was wondering : Do you think that we can laught of everything ?


pheonix snyder   May 8th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

where did you get the idea for brian


Steve   May 8th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Humor has always been used to place unspeakable topics on the table for discussion. Family Guy has been the catalyst for some of the best conversations I've ever had.
My question for Seth...
Have you ever had a topic, not a skit, but a topic that you considered, and discarded for reasons of offensiveness?

BTW. You and your team are brilliant!!! I love watching my DVD's and seeing something subtle I've missed before
Steve


Amy from Cincinnati   May 8th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

You ROCK!!!! Anyone who doesn't get your work or is offended by it should NOT TUNE IN...seriously!


Jon   May 8th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Seth, I love family guy I've been watching it since i was in high school and now as a 28 year old with my own independent thoughts I can't help but see the liberal undertones the show has taken. I used to appreciate the brash and naked comedy but have recently been turned off by the overtly liberal slant the show has taken, ontop of this, I'm a democrat! How come the show has gone in this direction? If i wanted my news, I'd turn on CNN, i want to be entertained.


Betsy   May 8th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Years ago I watched only one part of an episode of “Family Guy,” in which the father stabbed Yogi Bear. I was nauseated from this and immediately changed the channel. Needless to mention, I never watched again. The fact that Mr. McFarland makes millions of dollars with this tasteless, cruel, unfunny, and disgusting garbage only proves H. L. Mencken’s point that “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.”


austin crabb   May 8th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

were did u get the idea for family guy?


India Edwards   May 8th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Hi Seth! Hi Larry! I want to tell Seth you are a GENIUS! You are equal in making fun of everyone and everything! Do not let anyone ever tell you that you don't rule. I freaking LOVE YOU! India from South Carolina.


Karen Asaro   May 8th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Hi Seth,
I have only seen the show twice. I did laugh at a few things. I would like to know if you had a family member, child or parent who had downs syndrome or was in a presistent vegatativ state, maybe a spouse, how would it make you feel?
maybe you will have a child who is a victim of a near drowning, not a pretty sight), would it still be funny if it caused you anguish and or heartache?

Do you joke about your near miss?


Robert Bulterman   May 8th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Seth, what's next. Movie?


Mechelle   May 8th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Larry,

I personally think that the creator of "family guy" is a person with no morals, desrespecfull, full of him self. He don't care about the fellings of familys that have special need kid, for expample, and notice that I don't have kids on my own. He just hate republicans, conservative things, christians, everything that is write.I don't have any respect for him whatsoever, but I will like to ask this to this person and is: WHY HE DOESN'T MAKE FUN OF MOHAMMED? If he is afraid or have some respect he shut not make fun of him or Jesus Christ. I wish he have some respect for the people.


Will   May 8th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Family Guy is one of the funniest shows on tv, I'm hooked on watching it every Sunday. So a question that I really want answered is "Why is Stewie amost always portrayed as being gay?"


Elijah   May 8th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

So why is it exactaly that Meg is hated so much? Is there a possibility that the Smiths from American Dad and the Griffins will every meet in canon with both shows.


Bryan and Melissa   May 8th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

Why did Cleveland get a spin off ? I think Quagmire should have a spin off instead


Elijah   May 8th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

What is it exactally that gave you your idea for Quagmire?


Fernando De Fina   May 8th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Seth, will they ever have a episode about 2012


Frogmountain   May 8th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Hey Seth, why do you hate Meg? She never, ever gets a break on your show.


Jim W   May 8th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

What do you think of South Park creators Matt and Trey? Personally and professionally, do you like there show? American Dad is awesome and deserves all the good ratings that it will have coming its way.


Heath   May 8th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Seth, will you ever star on Family Guy as your own character and does stewie ever succeed in killing Louis?


Ellen   May 8th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Do your parents share your same sense of humor?


Jay   May 8th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Did you write most the episode revealing that Quagmire hates Brian? How much of yourself is in that episode?


Will   May 8th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

Do you have any idea how Family Guy will end?


Noah   May 8th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

seth, how much longer will family guy be on tv for?


george washington   May 8th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

what do you think pushes the limits beyond funny to cruelty?


Elijah   May 8th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

In the South Park episode where Cartman is trying to get an episode of Family Guy pulled, would you Seth, agree that it takes one episode to get pulled before it compromises the entire show ?


anthony klages   May 8th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

hey im a huge fan of family guy and i was jw what do U think about cartoons making fun about the news and politics and events that are going on in the world. do u think it should be allowed on tv??


Mark Friedman   May 8th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

I'm an atheist and I don't go around killing people who don't agree with me. Anyone with any beliefs will find something in the media to be offended by. Get over it. I think Richard Dawkins got it right. There should be worldwide outrage at Islamic petulance about what gets shown or printed in the media. Seeing people cow tow to this nonsense is pathetic.


joshua matthew hudmon   May 8th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

dear Seth to me your show family guy is the best thing that happened to television. The fact is so what if some one don't like what you are doing a lot of people don't care about a lot of stuff so let them whine and complain but please don't give up on family guy


Reggie Hurd   May 8th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Hey Seth,

Love the show. Thanks for the effort.

Why is Meg the whipping post on the show?

Reggie


angus   May 8th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Lighten up...It`s a show!Quit being so UPtight.


joshua matthew hudmon   May 8th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

family guy is the greatest show ever made


Mason   May 8th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Hey ur awesome i like stewie so is he gay or not


Nadia   May 8th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

With regards to Penn's comments on Islam:

We need to re frame the conversation. Those that were threatened after the depiction of Prophet Muhammad, are not all of Islam or all of Muslims. Depictions and imagery in Islam is an interpretation. Islam is not like the Catholic Church, it doesn't exist in one place, with one central chain of command, there are as many versions of Islam as there Muslims and that would equal over a billion. We can't critique Islam through Muslims, we can only critique Muslims interpretation of Islam.


A Ressella   May 8th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

This comment is for Rachael Harris. Unfortunately I cannot find a website for her, so I will post it here. I DO NOT appreciate her stating that Tea Party people or Republicans are all racists! Is she really that STUPID! It is sad that this is what this country is coming to, that if you don't agree with someone and they are black, then you are automatically a racist. Martin Luther King Jr. would be ashamed of what is happening right now.


Kathy   May 9th, 2010 12:11 am ET

Seth being an equal oppotunity offender, what or how does he feel about South Park's backing down from use of muslim character


diana   May 9th, 2010 12:15 am ET

Why is Meg always being picked on lol


Andrea Madrigal   May 9th, 2010 12:21 am ET

How do you feel about children watching your programs? Why do you let Fox air them during times that kids are awake and watching tv? Don't you think that it is your responsibility to make Fox air the programs with a warning to parents or at an hour that most children are in bed? And why market the products to young children?


John q.   May 9th, 2010 12:22 am ET

Are you going to make fun of this situation on an upcoming episode?


donnell douglas   May 9th, 2010 12:28 am ET

what gave you the idea for american dad,family guy, and the cleveland show?


JRod78   May 9th, 2010 12:29 am ET

How did James Woods come to be such a recurring character on the show? Adam West as well? Absolutely hilarious!


Walter Williams   May 9th, 2010 12:32 am ET

Hi mr Seth how do I get my cartoon started an make a cameo on family guy I'm a big fan I have all the seasons on DVD an do not miss a show I'm from new Orleans your show lifts me when I'm having a bad day.


David Luft   May 9th, 2010 12:33 am ET

Seth im 15 years old and love your shows. i wanna go to RISD and be an animator just like you. Do you have any advice?


Brendan Thorn   May 9th, 2010 12:34 am ET

is their any advice you can give to a young artist?


Maggie   May 9th, 2010 12:38 am ET

What's up with the skyscraper behind the Griffin home? Sometimes it looks like it's been bombed.


Sam   May 9th, 2010 12:42 am ET

Are you thinking to produce a 3D movie?


peggy   May 9th, 2010 12:49 am ET

question for seth, how do you go about singing during family guy? since you do a lot of the voices that share duets, is it strange for you to have to sing the song multiple times in different voices? who is your favourite voice to sing in?

love family guy and american dad!


David Luft   May 9th, 2010 12:54 am ET

anything you could tell us about Ted or your fourth animated series


John Robison   May 9th, 2010 12:57 am ET

Will Family Guy be on air in the distant future? Is Family Guy going to be another Seinfeld? Meaning, quitting while ahead?


Joey   May 9th, 2010 12:59 am ET

The reason the tea parties are all middle to upper class people is nopt because of racism you morons, it's because these are the classes that will have to foot the bill for all of these ridiculous programs, while others who contribute absolutely nothing. This is why these people are pissed off!!!


MIke   May 9th, 2010 1:31 am ET

Cannot begin to say how angry we are with the moronic disgusting family guy show and the classless moron mcfarlane.

It is a reflection on that segment of society which thinks that anything goes under the guise of comedy. It doesn't require intelligence or creativity to garner laughs from a morally decrept and a low brow segment of society that drools over an inept tasteless attempt at humor.

you don't get it mcfarlane whose feeble attempts at trying to emulate the show as a great accomplishment of satire. There are certain lines you do not cross, trying to degrade Jesus Christ and the belief system of millions.

Interesting how the Jewish faith is not bombasted to the extent of the Christian religion.

We and others will not support or purchase products or services from anyone associated with the program as it is digusting vulgar piece of garbage.


James in Idaho   May 9th, 2010 1:32 am ET

The Tea Party movement isnt' racist as a whole, they just have a lot of racists at their gatherings, and even those that dont' still have the vast majority of their members being "new independents" aka, republicans who've given up the republican title for something with less of a stigma attached to it.

For the record, I've been independent since before Lou Dobbs stole it for the conservatives. Back to it then...

Here are the facts about the tea party that they never fail to mention that way they never feel they need to deny it...

Over 80% of them are republicans. Sure they'll say they're independent now, but that's just their state of denial. Leaving the other 20% coming from the Libertarian, anarchist and so-called Blue dog democrats.
Over 90% of them are whites, 58% of those whites being southern whites.
They claim they are not a racist organization, and as I've stated previoulsly that is true in some small part, however, that doesnt' mean they're unhappy with the amount of racists at their groups and gatherings, and have done little or nothing to prevent them from coming again.
They all subscribe to one conspiracy theory or another, or one cover up theory or another.
Many claim they are jsut as unhappy with Bush, but then they only say that about the way he spent money, rather than what he spent it on.
Many at the tea parties claim to be a part of a militia, and that they're out to protect their guns, and yet only throw out cursory data concerning any genuine threat to that right. As well, they have their wires crossed; militias prepare for defense, terrorists plot to attack, but tea partiers... they're of a mutated stripe... they plot to ... ?defend?

They all claim to have a mistrust of government, and yet we heard none of that prior to a black man being elected president. While it's true many people who were displeased with george bush before barck obama became president have elected to join the tea party movement, the tea party movement itself never really had a problem with bush.

A vast majority of tea partiers are also birthers.
Some believe the twin towers was an inside job [insert people unhappy with bush before the election of barack obama here].

While it's true that tea partiers do have some legitimate concerns, such as border security, over spending, and pandering to foreign countries for what we can essentially produce at home, most of their arguements are entirely unfounded, unjustified, pety, and illegitimate.

So, when all of these facts are taken into consideration, racism seems a likely bet.


Smith in Oregon   May 9th, 2010 2:27 am ET

There have been several polls conducted by University's as well as national pollsters which show a much higher level of racism in the Republican-Tea Party members. They seem taken over by White Supremacists whose message is so identical that their hate pamphlets are routinely handed out at Republican-Tea party meetings and conventions. RINO purity and Racial purity have the same smell of nonsense and the same utter lack of American values.

Their recent battle cry has been to send all American citizens born in America from illegal immigrants stripped of their American citizenship and shipped back to the country of that infants parents. That is no different than what White Supremacists have shouted for decades in rounding up the African Americans and send them back to Africa.


Smith in Oregon   May 9th, 2010 2:31 am ET

Is the Republican Tea Party heavily influenced and composed of Racist White Supremacists?

A series of polls and studies appears to indicate YES THEY ARE!!!

Tea Party speakers and rallies have depicted President Barack Obama as a African witch doctor, denounced his supposed plans as "white slavery," and likened Congress to a slave owner and the taxpayer to a "n--r."

That seemed very racist and directly from the White Supremacists pamphlets they routinely hand out with their hate speeches. My thoughts at that time was YES the Republican Tea Party was largely a racist organization further fanning the flames spewed from White Supremacist organizations.

A new survey by the University of Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race & Sexuality offers further insights into the racial attitudes of Republican Tea Party members. "The data suggests that people who are Tea Party members and supporters have a much higher probability"—25 percent, to be exact—"of being racially resentful compared to non-Republican Tea Party members.

Surveyors asked respondents in California and a half dozen battleground states (like Michigan and Ohio) a series of questions that political scientists typically use to measure racial hostility. On each one, Tea Party backers expressed more resentment than the rest of the population, even when controlling for partisanship and ideology.

These results are echoed and backed up by a recent New York Times/CBS News survey finding that white Tea Party supporters were more likely to believe that "the Obama administration favors blacks over whites" and that "too much has been made of the problems facing black people." The survey also showed that Republican Tea Party members are whiter, older, and wealthier than average Americans.

Is the Republican Tea Party heavily influenced and composed of Racist White Supremacists? YES THEY ARE!!!


Paul   May 9th, 2010 3:14 am ET

Question to Seth, Who is the hardest actor to work with?


kiki   May 9th, 2010 3:47 am ET

What can I say I love you Seth you have gone where everyone is afraid to go. Your show sparks controversy the words and actions of this show are amazing and true! Do you think the show will be on in the distant future?


RealThero   May 9th, 2010 3:50 am ET

I think it's perfectly fine that the creators of South Park create episodes that follow the laws of our broadcasters. We shouldn't be afraid to share our ideas because of violence. That how our country was created.


Jessica   May 9th, 2010 3:54 am ET

Is Stewie homosexual or heterosexual? Can the mystery be solved?


Tiara   May 9th, 2010 4:08 am ET

It would've been nice if Penn would have let Rachel finish her thought before interrupting her! You don't become an ahole just because someone disagrees. She had valid thoughts and it would've been NICE, Penn, to let her finish them. I was excited about him but he was just rude and childish this go round.

On a happier note, I always look forward to Seth! The man is truly his own class of brilliant. I loved the interview. I was happy to see that he didn't back down from the views and gags he expresses on FG. Treat everyone equally, that means everyone gets picked on.


Isabelle GRIMALDI   May 9th, 2010 5:20 am ET

Hi Seth!

would you have precise ideas about a similar european family?

Which one? British? French? Italian? Greek?

(;


rizzo   May 9th, 2010 5:24 am ET

are you going to make a cartoon for for your mother cheating on your father ...like to see that it going to be a fun and your parents might make some money


Lisa Twiner   May 9th, 2010 5:31 am ET

Way too much! This guy is over the top. Why make parody of an incapacitated and now dead women? That is not funny. He will never realize this until he has tragedy in his life. Who will laugh then?


ladyluck   May 9th, 2010 5:34 am ET

We were in Maui for New years '10 and think I saw Seth in one of the bars! Love Family Guy though, it's great for those nights with your friends. Anyone who takes it too seriously, has no sense of humor. He's made fun of my race, and I don't see a difference between this show and any comedian out there making money by making fun of stereotypes.


Roman   May 9th, 2010 5:35 am ET

Do you feel yourself better, than Matt Groening?🙂
Roma


NUBE   May 9th, 2010 5:41 am ET

LOVE THE SHOW IT IS FUNNY


derrick chappell   May 9th, 2010 5:42 am ET

i love the show can i be on or how can i get all the uncut shows. i am a big fan please let me knos somethin


jordan   May 9th, 2010 5:48 am ET

you have remade star wars will you remake wizard of oz


derrick chappell   May 9th, 2010 5:48 am ET

shouldnt have to worry its all entertainment. hell in that case they wouldnt beabel to do any reglist movies because that would be offinceive. people need to lighten up big time


derrick chappell   May 9th, 2010 5:52 am ET

i am a huge famliy guy fan i just want to get all the episodes. i dont want to miss out on an uncut show


Bphillips   May 9th, 2010 5:53 am ET

im dissapointed they bleeped out muhammad when showing the south park clip. I think every show out there should start depicting muhammad.


michael p.   May 9th, 2010 5:53 am ET

About South Park: They showed Muhammad years before the Danish cartoons and nobody cared. After the Danish cartoons all of a sudden it became a big thing and issue.


Klaus Jakobsen   May 9th, 2010 5:56 am ET

Whenever I make fun of / a joke with someone, I have one golden rule: both sides have to be able to laugh from the joke. If both sides can't do that...it isn't funny.

I'm a Christian, and I don't care if someone shows a picture of Jesus, doing something, as long as the context is not to mock Jesus. Same goes with any other religion – it's all about showing respect.

In the name of press freedom and the right to political freedom, I believe that we should all have the right to display whatever we want. But it doesn't mean that one should do it – one CAN show respect...


Molly   May 9th, 2010 5:59 am ET

Dear Seth/Larry,

Q to Seth: do you realize that the 'Family guy' is a propaganda of abusive behavior/abuse against women and children by men in the families? Abusers are made but not born. Did you ever think that due to the popularity of your show it may have a great influence on young people's behavior in their own families in the future?


muffi   May 9th, 2010 6:40 am ET

Regarding the South Park depiction of the Prophet.
I consider my myself to be a good & practicing Muslim.

First let me make a few things clear :

1. I do not support the fact that the radicals are "threatening to kill" the cartoonists, diplomacy or sanity should have be used.

2. On the other hand, I condemn the act of the South Park cartoonists.

Having said that, for many years, I have been a "devout" fan of South Park, and have always loved their cartoons. In the earlier episodes, I did not appreciate the fact that Jesus/Moses were depicted in their Cartoons (for my religious beliefs being a Muslim), but Christians or Jews did not take action, so things did not get serious. Every time I saw those episodes, I dreaded the day that the Prophet Mohammed would also be a victim. Unfortunately that day did come.

WHY the Christians and Jews continue to "stay silent" or "accept" constant humility of their Prophets in the media & movies has always confused me, maybe they don't mind it, I do not know. (It does seem to me that the role of Prophets in for the "common-man Christian" is not sanctified. Whereas in Islam, even the must "un-religous Muslim" would condemn such a thing. This is a fundamental Muslim belief.

When it comes to comments about Islam, all we ask for is respect for the other persons views. Muslims respect their Prophets more than anything, why would you coax someone when everyone knows it is not appreciated? Why would anyone want to jeopardize their relations? (What little they maybe)

A very small example,
In the Football Cup 2006 Finals, Zenadine Zidane head butted the Italian Materazzi, because he insulted his mother by calling her a "whore".
Was Zidane justified for using violence against Materazzi? NO.
BUT if someone can get justifiably angry over comments passed about his mother – whom every person understands is an unbreakable bond – why shouldn't the Muslim world be in uproar when their Prophet is being attacked?

This is what Islam teaches us. (Yes, I agree there are many who are staining the true Islam.)

Respect the other person.
That's all this world needs. That is all we ask for.


carroll redd   May 9th, 2010 8:17 pm ET

I need to get the mailing address of roland martin as i have some very good material about a great 92 yr.old black man who was just put into the whos who in black houston tx. as a living legend. has written 12 books since he was 80. so please let me know where i can send you some material on him. thank you


Winston   May 9th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

These shows by Seth Macfarlane American Dad and Family Guy are indeed hilarious, but I do believe on some accounts that when it comes to topics such as religion Mr. Macfarlane may be pushing his luck. Episodes like "Dope & Faith" and the very beginning of the episode "Of ice and men" are examples.


Winston   May 9th, 2010 10:23 pm ET

These shows by Seth Macfarlane American Dad and Family Guy are indeed hilarious, but I do believe on some accounts that when it comes to topics such as religion Mr. Macfarlane may be pushing his luck. Episodes like "Dope & Faith" and the very beginning of the episode "Of ice and men" are such examples.


crazy mary   May 10th, 2010 3:13 am ET

"Joey May 9th, 2010 12:59 am ET

The reason the tea parties are all middle to upper class people is not because of racism you morons, it's because these are the classes that will have to foot the bill for all of these ridiculous programs, while others who contribute absolutely nothing. This is why these people are pissed off!!!"

Yes, Joey. I as an American do understand this. However, these classes are also making the rules and running the country and corporations with their CEOs and therefore, deciding the hourly wages that Americans make. I have been a minimum wage employee most of my 31 yr. old life. I can safely say that we work harder, labor-wise, than do the management. The higher up they go the more cushy things get and the more advantage they take of their desk jobs–and with a 40 hr or more work week–who might blame them? They spend more time at their jobs than with real family and friends.

I think the 40 yr. work week isn't what it used to be. Slavery went out decades ago, so its not really fair and healthy to demand quantity over quality. But that's how many of the factories are now these days.

A 40 yr. work week should be more laid back but isn't in today's society. So shorten the work week then, or make it so you can have 2 part time jobs and still get decent health care.

The upper and middle class are a small percentage of people whom may have worked hard to get where they are by sacrificing family and their personal lives, but are now just money hungry with corporate greed. It really is sad. And some just got there smoothly out of nepotism, so they are out of touch with the real American economy.


IKHAN   May 10th, 2010 1:24 pm ET

@ Muffi
I think I tend to agree with what this writer says.
I have yet to come across a Christian who does not revere Jesus Christ (peace be upon Him) as Lord & Savior . Among my friends there is a lot of resentment on Jesus being targeted in cartoons & movies for a caricature.
I'm sure the same is the case with those of the Jewish faith. So why offend them. Make fun of Christians,Muslims or Jews all you can but spare their religious figures, that's what I say.


James in Idaho   May 11th, 2010 3:27 am ET

Heck I say make fun of everyone to a point. Reverence isn't needed from others as much as humility is needed from ourselves.

I dont' revere Jesus, though I appreciate the stories told about him, and the same goes fof moses and noah, and Enoch and Abraham. I am not familiar with Muhammed or Buhdda, but I dont' need to be to know that I dont' revere them either. They're stories that teach us lessons, nothing more and nothing less. I revere them no more than I would Gandalf the Grey or Professor Dumbledoor or Charles Xavier. Each character helps us think more of our most noble ideals, btu in the end, they're just stories. You want a real hero? Look to your neighbor or firefighter.

Why make fun of a good story when there are so many bad ones one can latch onto?


Expat American   May 11th, 2010 9:45 am ET

Seth McFarlane’s social commentary on Americans through humor is intelligent.

His detractors fail to see past their ‘outrage’; yet these are the same people who turn around and fear any brown-skinned person at the airport.

One of his best plugs was when Hitler wore a GOP McCain/Palin pin on his uniform.

Classic and not so far from the truth.

Well done, Family Guy!


Jennifer   May 11th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

Seth......................YOU ROCK!!!!
It would not matter who, what, where or why, any topic is going to be offenensive or controversial to someone in one way or another.
Let your creativity roll!!!!!

Faithful fan.


Expat American   May 12th, 2010 10:37 am ET

No one is spared on Family Guy. This is why the show, while a cartoon, is much more intelligent than many actual television programs out there. In some ways, MacFarlane is using the sanitized format of cartoons to reveal through humor the ugly side(s) of America – the side many outside the U.S. can easily see; while those within think they feel safe in concealing with arrogance from the outside world.

There is much more to ‘Family Guy’ than its detractors are ‘offended’ by. And what would you rather watch? Family Guy or say, ‘Sex and the City II’ featuring ridiculous, asinine female characters who are nothing more than aging, wrinkled self-obsessed buffoons acting out pretty much the fantasy of those in real life who wish they lived that existence…and who most likely cry foul at the mention of ‘Family Guy’.


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