Anyone who tunes in to a Seth MacFarlane creation should expect some extremely dark comedy - a fact that's been true since his first hit, Family Guy. The show has been on the air since 1999, and during that time there have been plenty of times Family Guy went super dark. Seth MacFarlane and his writers have welcomed all kinds of controversy with shocking jokes about death, abortion, incest, drunk driving, Michael J. Fox, and many other taboo topics.
Keep reading to see how Family Guy has crossed the line with some of the darkest jokes of any TV show, ever.
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You Have AIDS Song
Another dark, but uncomfortably catchy Family Guy jingle pops up when Peter forms a singing group dedicated to giving people bad news. The group appears in a hospital room and lets a man know he has AIDS with lovely barbershop-style singing.Did you laugh, but feel bad?
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Prom Night Dumpster Baby
Teenage pregnancy is a serious topic that affects thousands upon thousands of people every year. So it's no wonder that Family Guy decided to make a jingle out of it. One episode of Family Guy shows a young girl at her high school prom ditching her newborn child in a dumpster. This immediately sets off a song titled “Prom Night Dumpster Baby,” during which the abandoned child sings that he “has no mom or dad,” and that his “story isn’t long but, boy, it’s awfully sad.”Did you laugh, but feel bad?
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Michael J. Fox Ruins Peter's Shirt at a Wine Party
Michael J. Fox has struggled with Parkinson’s disease since 1991, and first announced the diagnosis to the public in 1998. Since then, he has been the subject of several Family Guy jokes. One episode shows Peter explaining to the family why he only has two white shirts. He claims that he used to have three but the third one “got ruined at that wine tasting at Michael J. Fox’s house.” Rather than immediately recreate the scene, the show instead has Peter just telling the audience what happened because seeing the footage “would just make us all sad.”Did you laugh, but feel bad?
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Reimagining the Cosby Show Opening
Not too long after comedian Bill Cosby was accused of sexually assaulting more than 50 women, Family Guy decided to remake the opening of his classic ‘80s sitcom. The Griffin family and friends are crowded around the TV when the announcer is heard welcoming audiences back to “The Cosby Show, knowing what we know now.” The bit then recreates the opening sequence of The Cosby Show, but features the show’s female stars all passed out. At one point Bea Arthur is seen stammering in the background without pants shortly before the NBC peacock stumbles into frame with a glass in its hand.Did you laugh, but feel bad?