Family Guy has a stigma of relying solely on dirty humor that is more offensive than funny, but that's not true all the time. There are actually a lot of smart Family Guy jokes. Despite the show's reputation, it still has tons of viewers who aren't knuckle-dragging morons who watch it solely for the fart jokes. No, no - there are lots of intelligent people who watch Family Guy for the clever humor and the fart jokes.
At this point, Family Guy seems to exist in a similar reality to The Simpsons: only people who still watch it appreciate how funny it is. But like smart jokes in The Simpsons, there are lots of brilliant jokes on Family Guy that go unnoticed. Who are Sacco and Vanzetti? Who's Debussy? Seth MacFarlane and his gang definitely know. Here are a bunch of intellectual Family Guy jokes you missed. Or maybe you're brilliant and you caught them, too. There's really only one way to find out - read on to validate that big, beautiful brain of yours and vote up the funniest jokes in Family Guy that only smart people understand.
"Peter's Progress" Offers A Bevy Of Intellectual Humor
First of all, there's the fact that the title of the episode itself is rather intellectual, a play on John Bunyan's 1678 classic, Pilgrim's Progress. Then there are the meta jokes about promos for made-up shows like Shovin' Buddies and Slowly Rotating Black Man. And of course, Peter's commentary on America:
"We will have equal rights for all. Except Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, Jews, Gays, women, Muslims. Umm... Everybody who's not a white man. And I mean white-white, so no Italians, no Polish, just people from Ireland, England, and Scotland. But only certain parts of Scotland and Ireland. Just full blooded whites. No, you know what? Not even whites. Nobody gets any rights. Ahhh... America!"
A Headline Joke About Headline Jokes
In Season 4, episode 10, the Griffins win a boat race, which is reported in the paper. Also in the paper is a headline joke in the lower right hand corner: "DVD's Paused For Headline Joke - Millions Disappointed." It's a meta-messaround that's made much funnier for its antiquated reference to DVDs. What even are those?!
Mayor Wests Are Troublemakers
In Season 4, there's an episode that must have been titled by writer Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, as it's called "You May Now Kiss the... Uh... Guy Who Receives." (Get it? It's long.)
Anyway, the episode is about Mayor West banning gay marriage, and at one point he has an apparent throwaway line, saying, "I'm the only Mayor West that's in trouble!" But it wasn't a throwaway at all. It's a reference to former Spokane, Washington Mayor, Jim West, who supported anti-gay legislation until he was ironically (or maybe not) outed as having engaged in homosexual acts himself.
Peter's Neuro-Chemical Response To Adult Films
When Peter finds his old adult film collection, he's initially excited to sit down and watch it all. However, after a single session of self-gratification, he immediately decides he never wants to watch it again. This actually is an accurate representation of the neurochemical processes that occur during the viewing of adult films. Dopamine fires, often excessively, until the point of ejaculation where serotonin floods the brain. What is different with adult films is that the dopamine-induced urge to watch them overrides one's sense of morality, leading to a sense of regret once the production of dopamine abruptly ceases.