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The 15 Worst 'Family Guy' Episodes Ever 

Kyle Townsend
April 8, 2020 203 votes 47 voters 15 items

Family Guy has gone through a lot over the decades. It's weathered controversies and cancellations, but it's still has an amazing catalogue of quality episodes. However, you don't become a long-running cartoon without having a few stinkers along the way. This list looks at the worst Family Guy episodes of all time, based on your votes. 

Whether they watched it on Fox or Adult Swim, fans loved the early seasons of Family Guy, but that doesn't mean they were all winners. As the show has gone on, it's definitely had some misfires from time to time to the point where you're left scratching your head wondering, "How did that happen?" Even the worst episodes of Family Guy ever probably seemed like good ideas at first, but due to a litany of factors, something went wrong. 

From bad Family Guy moments to inappropriate storylines, this list covers the worst of the worst. Share your opinion so that new viewers know which episodes they can skip. 

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Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 15 Worst 'Family Guy' Episodes Ever
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Life of Brian

"Life of Brian" is the famous episode that killed off Brian. Stewie destroyed his time machine earlier in the episode, so he's unable to bring him back to life. The family tries to move on by adopting a new dog named Vinnie. 

Why it falls short: Fans hated that the Family Guy team decided to kill off a beloved character. They even started a petition to bring him back. Naturally, he returned to the show two episodes later, so in hindsight, the episode seems like a cop-out with no real consequences. 

Original Airing: November 24, 2013

Season: 12

Episode Number: 6

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Seahorse Seashell Party ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 15 Worst 'Family Guy' Episodes Ever
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Seahorse Seashell Party

As part of a special Fox event, a hurricane visits Quahog after also coming through Langley Falls and Stoolbend in "Seahorse Seashell Party." Brian trips on mushrooms while Meg finally confronts her family for treating her so poorly over the years. 

Why it falls short: Fans hated how this episode has a really disturbing message at its core. Meg suffers an immense amount of abuse at the hands of her family. But when she confronts them, they start turning on one another. She accepts her role as the family punching bag, making the message essentially that abuse victims should remain in abusive situations without a fight. Surely that couldn't be what the writers were really going for, was it?

Original Airing: October 2, 2011

Season: 10

Episode Number: 2

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Fresh Heir is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 15 Worst 'Family Guy' Episodes Ever
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Fresh Heir

In "Fresh Heir," Carter leaves his entire fortune to Chris. Realizing his chance to make a bunch of money, Peter gets Lois to divorce him, and he proposes to Chris. 

Why it falls short: "Fresh Heir" just makes your skin crawl. The plot deals heavily with incest, and even ignoring Peter's intentions to marry his son, many of the jokes are about incest in various other ways, such as Chris teaching Carter how to masturbate. It's really just gross. 

Original Airing: March 23, 2014

Season: Family Guy - Season 12

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Send in Stewie, Please ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 15 Worst 'Family Guy' Episodes Ever
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Send in Stewie, Please

"Send in Stewie, Please" focuses on Stewie meeting with a child psychologist. They make small talk until Stewie ultimately reveals that the voice he's been making all these years is just a facade. The psychologist has a heart attack, and Stewie lets him die so that his secret can remain safe. 

Why it falls short: There's nothing wrong with a bottle episode, but this is another Family Guy episode that leaves a bad taste in your mouth. We didn't really need to know Stewie has a different voice, and his decision to let the psychologist die just feels too dark, even for Stewie. 

Original Airing: March 18, 2018

Season: 16

Episode Number: 12

A bad episode?