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American Dad! is a satirical Americanmarker animated series owned by Underdog Productions and Fuzzy Door Productions and produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television.

It was created by Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, as well as two former Family Guy writers, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman. The pilot episode aired in the United Statesmarker on Fox on February 6, 2005, thirty minutes after the end of Super Bowl XXXIX; the regular series began May 1, 2005, after the season premiere of Family Guy. American Dad follows the events of CIA agent Stan Smith and his family.

The series is currently in its fifth season, which premiered on September 27, 2009. It has been officially renewed for a sixth season on October 29, 2009.

Opening sequence

Similar to other animated shows' opening sequences, American Dad! features a recurring gag that is changed for every episode, except for "Office Spaceman", which started with the sequence interrupted early. After Stan wakes up singing "Good Morning, U.S.A." and has breakfast with his family, he heads out his front door and picks up the newspaper waiting on his front porch. He then cartwheels into his car and drives to his CIA office. The newspaper's front-page headline is different for each episode, like in The Simpsons (e.g. couch gags, Bart Simpson's chalkboard punishments, Lisa Simpson's saxophone piece, and, in the case of the post-2009 openings, the billboard messages as the camera travels to Springfield Elementary). It is usually a topical joke such as "Child obesity up, pedophilia down" ("Four Little Words"), "Economy turns corner, falls down stairs" ("Roger Codger"), "Bush finally gets joke about last name" ("Deacon Stan, Jesus Man"), "Iran changes flag to middle finger" ("Black Mystery Month"), or "Israel pulls out of Gaza, Gaza not pregnant" ("A Smith in the Hand"). These headlines are satirical in nature, usually directed at the United States Government, the media, or current affairs. A notable exception is the episode "Office Spaceman", whose headline, "ALIEN SPOTTED!" (featuring a picture of Roger on the front page), shifts the sequence directly into the episode itself.

As of season 4, the opening sequence has been replaced with a new one, starting with the episode "1600 Candles". While featuring the same music, most of the interaction with the family has been changed. Replacing the newspaper gag used in the first three seasons is Roger popping up next to Stan in the family's SUV to sing the final "Good Morning, U.S.A.!", wearing a different costume each time. Roger's sudden appearance causes Stan to end the sequence by crashing into the flagpole at the C.I.A. building. This opening sequence has continued into season 5.

Crossovers with Family Guy

Certain characters and locations have been featured in some episodes of Family Guy, another animated comedy created and produced by Seth MacFarlane.
  • "Meet the Quagmires" - Roger makes a last-minute cameo asking the Griffins, "Who ate all the Pecan Sandies?". His line is a reference to a line he said early in the American Dad! pilot episode, asking Francine if she bought Pecan Sandies while she was out shopping.
  • "Blue Harvest" - Roger appears in the cantina scene socializing and sipping red wine with a glass in each hand.
  • "Lois Kills Stewie" - Stan and Avery meet Stewie who calls Stan "Joe", then explains that he looks like someone he knows.
  • "The Man With Two Brians" - Carol Alt is told she was mocked in an episode of "The Family Man", alluding to Family Guy, which she enquires "the one with the fish?", she is then informed "no that's American Boy" alluding to American Dad! and the similarities between both Family Guy and American Dad!
  • "Three Kings": Peter closes the episode by referring to American Dad as "Whatever FOX is limping to the barn with."


Main cast

Main cast members
Seth MacFarlane
(Stan and Roger)
Wendy Schaal
(Francine)
Scott Grimes
(Steve)
Rachael MacFarlane
(Hayley)
Dee Bradley Baker
(Klaus)


Crew





Episodes

DVD releases

DVD Name Release dates Ep # BBFC/IFCO/OFLC Rating Additional Information
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Volume One April 25, 2006 April 24, 2006 May 24, 2006 13 12/15/M This 3 disc boxset includes the first 13 episodes from Season 1 (Pilot - Stan of Arabia: Part 2). Special features include commentaries, featurettes, and animatics. It was renamed 'Season 1' on region 2 and 4. When a compilation comprising Volumes 1-3 were released in the UK, Season 1 was renamed to Volume 1 much like its US counterpart.
Volume Two May 15, 2007 May 28, 2007 May 21, 2007 19 12/15/M This 3 disc boxset includes the remaining 10 episodes from Season 1 and the first 9 episodes from Season 2 (Stannie Get Your Gun - The Best Christmas Story Never). Special features include commentaries on all episodes, featurettes, multi-angle scene studies, and deleted scenes. An uncensored audio track is also available on the episode "Tears of a Clooney".
Volume Three April 15, 2008 May 12, 2008 May 14, 2008 18 15/15/M This 3 disc boxset includes the remaining 10 episodes from Season 2 and 8 of the first 9 episodes from Season 3 (Bush Comes to Dinner - Frannie 911), though "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever" does not appear on the DVD. Special features include commentaries on all episodes, unrated audio, table read, and deleted scenes.
Volume Four April 28, 2009 April 20, 2009 November 18, 2009 14 15/15/M This 3 disc boxset includes the remaining 8 episodes of Season 3 (including The Most Adequate Christmas Ever) and the first 6 episodes of Season 4. Bonus features include commentary on every episode, storyboards/animatics, multi-angle scene studios, deleted scenes and optional censored audio.
Volume Five 2010 2010 2010 TBA TBA
  • The Volume One release was retitled Season One for the Region 2 and 4 releases, however the subsequent releases retained the Volume titles.


  • On the packaging for the Season 1 release on Region 2 DVD, there was no mention of audio commentaries or some of the bonus features whatsoever, leading many to believe they had been omitted from the release.


  • The Region 2 and 4 DVDs do not have censored audio tracks on any episodes, although Volume 3 has so called "uncensored tracks" on the set, which was probably an error from the transfer because the tracks are already automatically uncensored on the set.


Notes

  1. Andreeva, Nellie. 'American Dad' cleared for Season 6 Hollywood Reporter (October 29, 2009)
  2. American Dad DVD news: Details for American Dad - Volume 3 | TVShowsOnDVD.com
  3. American Dad DVD news: Press Release for American Dad - Volume 3 | TVShowsOnDVD.com
  4. American Dad: Volume 4 on Play.com


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