Even though people say that Family Guy’s golden years are far behind them, after two cancellations, they have some adoring fans who kept winning the battle to bring them back.

Whether or not you think the South Park creators went too far in their harsh criticisms of the show, The Simpsons thought tearing Family Guy a new one was “God’s work.”

Wherever you fall down, here are 15 intriguing behind-the-scenes facts about the show.

Visual gag just for the writers.

Peter unconscious

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Same position? Oh yeah.

Anytime a character dies or is knocked unconscious, they are always lying with one hand on his back and the other on the ground. The animators have a favorite position, and just keep going with it.

Family Guy piggybacked on King of the Hill.

You guys wanna give me another shot?

MacFarlane first pitched Family Guy to Fox as Mike Judge was signing a deal for King of the Hill. Fox as hesitant to add another animated comedy and they passed on Family Guy.

One year later, MacFarlane followed up with Fox and because King of the Hill became so successful, they gave MacFarlane $50,000 to create a pilot.

Seth Macfarlane is a Hanna-Barbera alumnus.

Two weeks before graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Hanna-Barbera wanted him to move to Los Angeles and join their team.

With Hanna-Barbera, MacFarlane would contribute to 90s classic animated TV shows like Johnny Bravo, Dexter’s Labratory, and Cow and Chicken.

The Simpsons thought South Park was doing “God’s work”.

 
South Park version

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The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

According to Trey Parker, the writing staff at The Simpsons “hate” Family Guy so much that they sent the South Park crew flowers after they harshly criticized MacFarlane’s show.

When South Park ran an episode making fun of Family Guy, they received flowers from The Simpsons with a message that read, ‘You’re doing God’s work by ripping on Family Guy.”

Family Guy was originally supposed to be a series of shorts for MADtv.

Family Guy was supposed to be a series of shorts on MADtv, in the way that The Simpsons began on Tracey Ullman,” MacFarlane told IGN in 2003. “It just came down to a budgetary thing. They didn't really have the budget to do any kind of animation at that point.”

Chris’ link to The Silence of the Lambs.

Chris Griffin

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Seth Green said that when he auditioned for the role, he did an imitation of Ted Levine's character, Buffalo Bill, from The Silence of the Lambs, and tweaked his impression to make it sound as if it was coming out of a PA system.

Originally he was dared by a friend to do the “Buffalo Bill” voice at the audition, after they fooled around with the voice one night. Fortunately, the casting directors liked it.

Seth Macfarlane Almost Died in 9/11.

Seth MacFarlane

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Thank God for that brutal travel agent.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, MacFarlane was scheduled to travel on American Airlines Flight 11, one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Centers.

The reason that he missed his flight was due to drinking the night before, oversleeping and a mix-up by his travel agent.

Hungover as hell, he rushed to the airport and only missed the plane by minutes.

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