Whereas it doesn’t match the satirical chunk and razor-sharp storytelling of its adult-oriented animated cousins The Simpsons and South Park, Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy remains to be one of many funniest reveals on the air. It was initially dismissed as by-product, then grew into its personal factor because the pitch-black model of The Simpsons, then ultimately developed meta layers because the present started repeatedly deconstructing itself.
Throughout the previous twenty years (weathering two cancelations alongside the best way), Household Man has attracted some spectacular A-list expertise to make visitor appearances. Like The Simpsons’ current seasons, these superstar visitor stars are a blended bag.
10 Greatest: James Woods
James Woods performed himself as a Kwik-E-Mart clerk getting ready for a task in The Simpsons, however his most famed animated avatar is the exaggerated degenerate that stole Peter Griffin’s id in Household Man.
Each time Woods seems on the present, the writers get extra ruthless in lampooning Woods’ notorious traits – troublesome to work with, dangerously amorous and so forth. – and each time, Woods is sport.
9 Squandered: Tony Sirico
Paulie Walnuts was at all times one of many funniest characters on The Sopranos and Tony Sirico is clearly on good phrases with the Household Man employees, so he and the present seem to be a match made in heaven. Sadly, Sirico confronted the insurmountable problem of briefly changing Brian.
After the writers inexplicably killed off Brian, solely to resurrect him a couple of episodes later, the Griffins received a brand new speaking canine, Vinny, a thinly developed assortment of Italian-American stereotypes that paled compared to Brian.
8 Greatest: Carol Channing
Carol Channing performed herself in “Patriot Video games,” wherein she participates in a star boxing match with Mike Tyson and by some means manages to win by by no means taking place, ultimately exhausting Tyson.
On high of that, the guess that Brian loses on the combat is what results in the basic operating gag of Stewie mercilessly beating Brian daily he doesn’t pay up: “The place’s my cash? You gonna gimme my cash? The place’s my cash, man!?”
7 Squandered: Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds guest-starred as himself within the B-plot of “Stewie Goes for a Drive.” He strikes into Cleveland’s home whereas he’s capturing a film in Quahog and inexplicably flirts with Peter till an uncomfortable Peter calls him on it and Ryan claims he was by no means interested in him and strikes away.
The actor behind the Merc with a Mouth is a seemingly excellent match for the juvenile, darkly comedian world of Household Man, however they squandered him with a weird storyline that goes nowhere.
6 Greatest: Robert Downey, Jr.
Lengthy earlier than the position of Tony Stark put Robert Downey, Jr. again on high of the world, Household Man featured him as a visitor star within the episode “The Fats Man Strangler.” Downey performs Lois’ long-lost brother Patrick, who was despatched to a psychological establishment after being scarred by his mom’s affair with Jackie Gleason.
Lois releases him from the establishment and invitations him to remain in the home. The Griffins are uncomfortable round Patrick and his imaginary spouse Marion and it’s ultimately revealed that he’s a serial killer who targets chubby guys.
5 Squandered: Ed O’Neill
Ed O’Neill, who made his title starring in Married…with Kids however is now finest recognized for playing Jay Pritchett on Modern Family, guest-starred within the Household Man episode “Papa Has a Rollin’ Son.” He performed Bud Swanson, Joe’s ableist dad who he by no means instructed about his incapacity.
There’s loads of comedian potential in Peter pretending to be Joe till he can construct up the braveness to inform his dad who he’s, however the ableist jokes are offensive with out Household Man’s standard chunk, so that they get outdated shortly.
4 Greatest: KISS
Within the early seasons of Household Man, one in all Peter’s defining traits was his obsession with KISS. In that spirit, the glam rockers appeared as themselves in a couple of episodes of the present.
They seem in a snippet of a corny vacation particular wherein the band saves Santa Claus in “A Very Particular Household Man Freakin’ Christmas,” whereas “Street to Europe” revealed that Lois used to this point Gene Simmons.
3 Squandered: Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston had performed a few minor roles on Household Man, like reprising his position as Hal from Malcolm within the Center for a gag about murdering his spouse, earlier than being forged to interchange the late, nice Carrie Fisher as Peter’s boss on the brewery.
The one drawback is that Cranston’s character, Bert, has been given no distinguishing traits that make him stand out. The actor who gave the world Walter White deserves higher materials.
2 Greatest: Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore’s visitor spot on Household Man changed into a recurring position as Brian’s relationship with the dim, however well-meaning Jillian was prolonged throughout a couple of episodes. At one level, Brian moved in together with her, and had to soak up Stewie as a roommate to make up the lease.
Every time Jillian seems on the present, like within the Agatha Christie-inspired homicide thriller episode “And Then There Had been Fewer,” Barrymore at all times brings her A-game to the position.
1 Squandered: Kaitlin Olson
Kaitlin Olson, finest often called “Sweet Dee” Reynolds from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, was forged to play Quagmire’s sister within the season 10 episode “Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q.”
Olson introduced her all to the episode – and has a confirmed observe document of pitch-black humor from It’s At all times Sunny’s storied historical past – however “Screams of Silence” is broadly thought of to be one in all Household Man’s worst installments. It’s about home violence and the rationalization of an abusive relationship; it’s uncomfortable at finest and unwatchable at worst.
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