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The Best Brian Episodes of 'Family Guy'

Updated June 6, 2019 179 votes 42 voters 1.7k views12 items

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Every character in the Griffin family is essential to Family Guy, and yet without Brian Family Guy would be borderline unwatchable. After all, Peter is an unlikable oaf, Stewie is a homicidal maniac, Lois is sadly forgettable, Chris is Chris, and the whole family hates Meg. Since Family Guy's debut in 1999, Brian has been a lot of things, from a liberal caricature to a failed writer to a talking dog that loves a good martini. But as he's cycled through all of those personalities Brian Griffin has remained one thing; the straight man that says what we're thinking about everyone else in the Family Guy universe.

Some of the best Family Guy episodes are the ones that are completely Brian-centric, as the family dog's seeming normality allows the writers to throw him into abnormal situations. While fans and former fans of the show can complain about quality decline over the show's 17 seasons, the best Brian episodes always feel like classic Family Guy simply because Brian, ironically, has kept his humanity throughout the entire run of the series.

So let's start working on our novel, hump someone's leg to get a dry martini, and read this list instead of reading nothing because it's time to rank the best Brian episodes of Family Guy

  • Brian & Stewie
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    Brian and Stewie try to hatch an escape plan after they are locked in a bank vault; includes fan-favorite and previously unseen musical numbers. Their dilemma plays out in real time as they figure out how to escape.

    • Original Airing: May 02 2010
    • Season: Family Guy - Season 8
    • Episode Number: 17
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  • Road to Rhode Island
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    After Stewie is banished from his grandparents' house, Brian takes a trip to retrieve the terrible tyke. Missing their return plane, Brian and Stewie travel cross-country on foot.

    • Original Airing: May 30 2000
    • Season: Family Guy - Season 2
    • Episode Number: 13
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  • Brian Goes Back to College
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    Brian is hired by The New Yorker, but is later dismissed as he did not complete college, so he returns to finish his education.

    • Original Airing: Nov 13 2005
    • Season: Family Guy - Season 4
    • Episode Number: 15
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  • Barely Legal
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    Meg cannot find a date for the junior prom, so Brian goes with her. Events after the dance cause feelings to spiral out of control.

    • Original Airing: Dec 17 2006
    • Season: Family Guy - Season 5
    • Episode Number: 8
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