Every character in the Griffin family is essential to Family Guy, but it's safe to say that none of them are as iconic as Stewie. Sure, Brian is the straight man who says what we're all thinking and Meg is the infinite punching bag of the series, but Stewie is one of the single most recognizable and greatest cartoon characters ever created. Since Family Guy's debut in 1999, Stewie has been a lot of things, from a homosexual caricature to a homicidal maniac to a British baby that the rest of the Griffins may or may not be able to understand. But as he's cycled through all of those personalities Stewie Griffin has remained one thing; hilarious.
Some of the best Family Guy episodes are the ones that are completely Stewie-centric, as they are often classics that show off the best of what Family Guy can be. While fans and former fans of the show can complain about quality decline over the show's 17 seasons, the best Stewie episodes always feel like classic Family Guy.
So let's grab our ray gun, eat some cool whip, and hope that victory is ours, because it's time to rank the best Stewie episodes of Family Guy.
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Brian and Stewie travel through alternate universes thanks to an out-of-this-world remote control - including a world run by dogs where humans are pets, and a post-apocalyptic world. Stewie wants to leave this world, but Brian wants to stay. They fight over the remote control, breaking it in the process. The find their doppelgangers in this alternative universe and the dog version of Stewie reveals he developed his own device to help with the situation.
Stewie: Oh, God, let's go, quick! Here comes an overweight cat with dollar signs for eyes and a hat that says "Social Security" pouring a bucket that says "Alternative Minimum Tax" over a sad Statue of Liberty holding a "Democracy" umbrella!
Brian: Okay, I'm a new neighbor, and you're my pet human, Hotchkis, got it?
Stewie: [stammers] I'm not so crazy about "Hotchkis" anymore.
Brian: What do you mean? You came up with Hotchkis.
Stewie: Eh, I know, but how about Axel or Maximillian or Dex? You know, it's gotta have an "x" in it 'cause that means I have cool parents who take me on expensive ski trips on spring break and I get to drink wine with dinner even though I'm only 14.
Stewie: You ever heard of the multiverse theory, Brian.
Brian: Of course I have. But I'm wondering if you have.Stewie: Oh my God, so transparent. The theory states that there are an infinite amount of universes coexisted with ours on parallel dimensional planes.
Brian: The dimensional planes, right.
Stewie: Oh, don't do that. Don't...don't repeat the last two words like you already kinda knew what I was talking about. You have no idea what I'm talking about.
- Original Airing: Sep 27 2009
- Season: Family Guy - Season 8
- Episode Number: 1
- Series: Family Guy
- 2358 VOTESPhoto: Fox
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. They also pass the time by getting drunk, discussing gun control, and analyzing Cesar Millan's philosophy about dogs.
Stewie: I like you lot. I guess you could say I... really like you. I would... even dare to go a little further, perhaps. I... care a great deal about you. Very great deal. Maybe even... deeper than that. I... I... I love you. I mean, you know, not in like a, "Hey, let's, you know, let's have an underpants party," or whatever grownups do when they're in love, but I mean, I mean, I love you as one loves another person whom one simply cannot do without.
Brian: Well I... I love you, too, Stewie.
Stewie: You give my life purpose, and maybe, maybe that's enough. Because that's just about the greatest gift one friend can give another.
Stewie: I'm uncomfortable, You have to change me.
Brian: I'm not changing you, we don't even have any diapers. Oh God, that smell is making me sick!
Stewie: Oh, thanks for making me feel more self-conscious. I can't stay like this tomorrow you know!
- Original Airing: May 02 2010
- Season: Family Guy - Season 8
- Episode Number: 17
- Series: Family Guy
- 3315 VOTESPhoto: FOX
When Brian points out that Stewie has never followed through with any of his plans to hurt Lois, Stewie, disappointed in himself, resolves to prove Brian wrong. Stewie follows through on his mission, but things get complicated when Peter is arrested for Lois' murder. Further twists emerge when Lois – still alive – reveals that it was Stewie who meant to take her life. Later, Stewie reveals the truth behind the entire incident.
Stewie Griffin: You know, Meg has really flourished since Lois was murdered.
Brian Griffin: What are you talking about? Lois' death was an accident.
Stewie Griffin: Which is what someone who pulled the perfect murder would want you to think.
Stewie: Farewell, Brian, I'm off to sea. An hour from now, I'll be surrounded by seamen; sperm whales and seamen. Oooh, a swallow.
- Original Airing: November 4, 11, 2007
- Season: Family Guy - Season 6
- Episode Number: 4, 5
- 4154 VOTESPhoto: FOX
Stewie starts hitting the gym with Peter after Joe's infant daughter beats him up. A trainer offers Stewie steroids and he quickly develops huge muscles and a lot of aggression which is mostly directed at Brian. When Stewie stops taking the drugs, Brian seeks revenge.
Peter: My baby boy got beat up by a girl!
Stewie: What was weird was that she was crying, but the way she was standing over me made it look like I was crying, which was weird.
Stewie: [singing] I got veins. They carry blood all over my baddy [Stops singing]. That's how John Mayer would say it. Baddy. I'm really into him right now. You'd better be okay with it!
Brian: Stewie, you look gross. You look like Lou Ferrigno's poop!
Stewie: I look like a guy who's been hitting the gym!
Brian: It has nothing to do with the gym, you're on drugs!
Stewie: It doesn't matter how you find the pot of gold, B to the rian. All that matters is that you beat the leprechauns.
Brian: That doesn't make any sense.
Stewie: It doesn't have to make sense when you look like this!
- Original Airing: Apr 26 2009
- Season: Family Guy - Season 7
- Episode Number: 13