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The 15 Worst 'Family Guy' Episodes Ever

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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    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
    • Series: Family Guy
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    Stewie is Enceinte

    In "Stewie is Enceinte," Brian no longer wants to hang out with Stewie. As a result, Stewie impregnates himself with Brian's DNA to try to force him to come back. 

    Why it falls short: It's just plain weird. It's clear this episode just want to go for shock value, and there aren't that many jokes to offset the unpleasantness. 

    • Original Airing: March 8, 2015
    • Season: 13
    • Episode Number: 12
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    212 VOTES

    Brian's a Bad Father

    Brian reunited with his estranged son Dylan after he becomes a cast member for a new Disney Channel show. Brian uses this opportunity to further his writing career, alienating Dylan even more. 

    Why it falls short: Yes, the title of the episode kind of says it all, but it becomes really hard to find Brian likable after seeing him treat his son so poorly. The B-plot is not much better with Quagmire shooting Peter in the head. 

    • Original Airing: January 26, 2014
    • Season: 12
    • Episode Number: 11
    • Series: Family Guy
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    324 VOTES

    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
    • Series: Family Guy
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