Seth MacFarlane is clairvoyant! Well, not exactly, but there are several times Family Guy predicted the future. The writers over at The Simpsons may actually have a better telepathic track record, but Fox’s other long-time animated series is also quite impressive at predicting events that no mere mortal could have possibly foreseen. Don’t believe it? Check out these seven insane Family Guy predictions.
Granted, some of these Family Guy jokes that came true are more striking than others. There is a bit of a stretch to link Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death to a Family Guy episode that references former Vice President Cheney’s hunting accident. But Bruce Jenner’s sex change was foreshadowed by the show years before the athlete’s official announcement. Didn't see Kevin Spacey’s sexual assault charges coming? Little baby Stewie Griffin did way back in 2005.
It is rather remarkable to see how Family Guy predicted things. Of course, most of these are nothing more than pure coincidence. But that doesn't mean that we can’t be impressed.
Twenty years ago, would anyone have ever predicted that Bruce Jenner, an apparent model of male masculinity, an Olympic gold medal winner of the men's decathlon, would make a transition to female? Perhaps the folks at Family Guy saw this coming?
In one clip from a Season 7 episode entitled "We Love You, Conrad," Stewie disagrees with Brian over Bruce Jenner's gender, saying: "No, Brian. That’s what the press would have you believe, but he’s not [a man]. Bruce Jenner is a woman. An elegant, beautiful Dutch woman."
The show alluded to this again in Season 10's episode called "Lottery Fever," when Peter calls Bruce Jenner to dance for Navy Seals. Peter says to the crowd, clearly commenting on Jenner's feminine Burlesque moves: "Just wanted to remind you fellas what you're all fighting for."
Years after Family Guy foreshadowed this surprising scenario, in 2015, Jenner announced that she would be making a transition from male to female. She now goes by the name Caitlyn Jenner.
During a Season 4 Family Guy episode back in 2005, there is a scene in which baby Stewie is seen running naked through a shopping mall. He is terrified; he screams, "Help! I've escaped from Kevin Spacey's basement."
12 years later, actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making inappropriate sexual advances toward him in 1986, when he was just 14 years old. After Rapp came forward with his allegations, several additional men also made claims against the two time Academy Award-winning actor, including eight people who worked with Spacey on Netflix's House of Cards.
During a Family Guy episode that aired on March 17, 2013, less than one month before the attack actually happened, the hit show accidentally foreshadowed the events. Peter Griffin wins the Boston Marathon after taking out several runners with his car. Later, Peter Griffin converts to Islam, and it isn't until the next episode that Peter realizes he's joined a terrorist organization. When he calls to confirm, he accidentally triggers two separate bombs.
It should be noted that Family Guy does take place in the New England area. However, just one month after the Season 11 episode aired, the incident at the Boston Marathon occurred, where two bombs were set off, taking the lives of three and injuring many more. One of the men responsible reportedly ran his brother over with his car while they were fleeing the scene.
Fox opted to remove the episode from Hulu and their internet site. They also stated that the episode would not air in future reruns.
While not as spot on as some of the other predictions, there's still spooky overlap between Family Guy and reality in this Season 10 episode. This episode was broken into shorts including "Fatman and Robin," in which Peter is cursed by having everything and everyone he touches turn into Robin Williams. Peter becomes so crazed by the constant appearance of the comedian that he attempts to take his life many times.
On August 11, 2014, news broke that Academy Award-winning actor Robin Williams had committed suicide. It may be a bit of a loose link to match the Family Guy episode up with the beloved actor's death. However, it's certainly a weird parallel to feature Williams in an episode of the series that features a suicide plot line. An even bigger coincidence is that BBC3 was airing the episode as news broke of Williams' death.