Fox pulls 'Family Guy,' 'American Dad' episodes in wake of shootings

Seth MacFarlane fans won’t be able to get their fix with new episodes of his animated comedies this weekend.

Family Guy

In the wake of Friday’s Connecticut elementary school shooting incident, Fox quietly dropped the first-run eps in favor of reruns to avoid any potentially offensive content. Twenty- eight people reportedly died, which includes 20 children.

“Family Guy’s” “Jesus, Mary and Joseph!” and “American Dad’s” “Minstrel Krampus” will be replaced by respective reruns “Grumpy Old Man” at 9 p.m. ET and “Wheels & The Legman and The Case of Grandpa’s Key” at 9:30 p.m.

The 7 p.m. “The Cleveland Show” repeat “Die Semi- Hard” Will also be replaced by repeat “Menace II Secret Society.”

A new “Cleveland Show” episode will air at 7:30 p.m., followed by a new “Simpsons” at 8 p.m. and a first- run “Bob’s Burgers” episode at 8:30 p.m., all as scheduled.

Syfy pulled a new episode of “Haven” Friday that included fictitious high school violence.

Back in April 2011, Fox pulled “Family Guy,” “American Dad” and “The Cleveland Show” episodes that had a hurricane- themed crossover after the southern United States were ravaged by tornadoes. The episodes aired later on that year.


Written by: KurtK26
Dec 15th, 2012, 12:47 pm


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Message Posted On Dec 17th, 2012, 8:13 am

The American Dad episode I could understand, after all the premise is a demon punishing children & one promo shot showed a demon paddling Steve. Naturally that could be seen as generic 'violence towards children' in light of Newtown.

The Family Guy episode seems like a knee jerk reaction considering FOX's description was simply "Peter tells his own version of the Nativity". I can't imagine how gun violence against children could be incorporated into that scenario.

What is interesting is as of today, according to FOX's schedule and online schedules, American Dad's 'Season's Beatings' is still slated to rerun this Sunday. In it Stan decides he must kill Hayley & Jeff's adopted child who's the anti-Christ. It seems to me that would be more offensive than a demon spanking Steve since, Acts 2 & 3 consist of literally trying to kill a child.



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Message Posted On Dec 15th, 2012, 11:29 pm

@MorningStar: Everything I've read says that FOX pulled the episodes just on the off chance anything in them might offend someone. It sounds like political correctness run amok to me. Although I don't get the point of doing that if they are just going to air re-runs of those shows anyway, because as you said, there is no episode of either FG or AD that won't manage to offend somebody.


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Message Posted On Dec 15th, 2012, 11:19 pm

I'm a tad confused. Were the episode pulled because of some kind of content, or was it simply to play it safe? Because there's no episode of Family Guy or American Dad that won't offend. There's being sensitive and then there's overreacting.


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