Good, Bad & Ugly Review: American Dad! on TBS


Rotten Tomatoes Rating: NA (Critics) / 91% (Audience)
Created By: Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman
Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Dee Bradley Baker, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes and Rachael MacFarlane
Channel: TBS

Synopsis:The random escapades of Stan Smith, an extreme right wing CIA agent dealing with family life and keeping America safe, all in the most absurd way possible. (Source)


The Good:
The first episode for AMERICAN DAD! on it’s new network TBS, “Blonde Ambition” continues the over-the-top shocks that this show has become known for with the B-storyline featuring patriarch Stan Smith coming up with the most ridiculous reason for wanting to move to a gated community and ends up with him and his son in a life or death struggle against a pack of guard dogs.
The humor is still as in your face as ever and I guess TBS has a more laz standards system because one of the characters was allowed to say “shit” without it being bleeped. If that is a small sign of things to come then I am expecting Roger the alien to get up to some truly envelope pushing shenanigans this season. And this episode introduced another Roger persona in Jojo Quinoa…a total party animal and serious fan of Richard Chamberlin’s singing.
The jabs at celebrity activism were really cutting and funny and the dance off between Hayley and Francine was great.

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The Bad:
The A-storyline was not as much fun as the B-storyline most likely because it was an episode focusing on the Smith family daughter Hayley. There were still some really funny moments but it was not as gut busting as this show is capable of being.

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The Ugly:
The fact that a shit show like MULANEY was given AMERICAN DAD!’s spot on the FOX Sunday night line-up is just criminal.

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Final Verdict: This was a funny episode but not as funny as this show is capable of being. If I were in charge I would not have used a Hayley episode as the debut on a new network. But still even a middle of the road AMERICAN DAD! is better than most so-called comedies on network TV.

Rating: B

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