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22 Hidden References You Never Noticed in Family Guy 

Oliver Hanson
Updated July 13, 2020 1.7M views 22 items

Seth MacFarlane is best known for his sense of humor, as well as the way he incorporates pop culture references into everything he writes. However, perhaps his greatest achievement has been the longevity of Family Guy, which has remained a fixture in pop culture ever since it premiered in 1999. There's also plenty of other shows like Family Guy.

Much like his other projects, Family Guy has a ton of hidden references and Easter eggs scattered throughout each episode. While some of the references are super obvious, there are a handful that proved just how clever MacFarlane could be with his pop culture jokes.We've put together a list of MacFarlane's greatest hidden Easter Eggs in Family Guy - see if you can remember all of them! 

Whether it be a reference to one of the show's most memorable creative voices, a hidden callback to a previous joke from seasons ago, hidden characters from other MacFarlane projects, or timely jokes and plot lines, here are some of the most well-hidden references and Easter eggs featured throughout every episode of Family Guy up until this point!

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Pause for a Headline Joke, Leave Disappointed
Pause for a Headline Jok... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 22 Hidden References You Never Noticed in Family Guy
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When the Griffins win a boat race, their story is plastered all over newspapers everwhere in the episode titled "Model Misbehavior". Keeping in line with the show's nods to its viewers, another headline below reads "DVDS PAUSED FOR HEADLINE JOKE - MILLIONS DISAPPOINTED." Family Guy knows how dedicated its fans are to finding these Easter eggs - so this one was a totally hilarious let down. 
WWID
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During the Passion of the Christ 2: Crucify This in "North by North Quahog", viewers might miss a fairly post-modern joke featured briefly. As Jesus is driving in some kind of midlife crisis convertible, his license plate reads WWID (What would I do?), which is a playful spin on the phrase "What would Jesus do?"
Ron Jones, Walter Murphy, and John Williams
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In "Brian Does Hollywood", there is a sequence near the end of the episode which features famous pornstar Ron Jeremy presenting the award for Best Original Score in an Adult Film, and the nominees include Ron Jones, Walter Murphy (both heavily invovled in the musical components of Family Guy), and famed composer John Williams.

The idea of the man who scored Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Jurassic Park scoring a porno is totally absurd and hilarious. 

A Familiar Movie Scream
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The Wilhelm Scream is featured several times throughout various episodes of Family Guy. Its frequent use is a pretty funny nod to the soundbite's overruse in cinema and movies, specifically in the Star Wars films.