Published Jan 01, 2006After getting away with politically incorrect murder for two abbreviated scattered seasons, Seth MacFarlane and his Family Guy project saw a green light from censors and ran with it. Season Three is the finest as well as most daring, dealing with everything from the Special Olympics and cocaine-addicted dogs with clever writing.
It’s heartbreaking that this cartoon had its life cut short just as it was truly finding its groove, balancing crude humour with an intelligent twist, delivered fast-paced with punch-lines that can leave you in tears.
This second instalment comes with more extras, including two very short but worthwhile featurettes on how the show managed to keep the Fox censors on their toes, as well as an overview. There are 28 deleted scenes done as animatics (storyboards with audio) but you get the idea.
The greatest asset is a complete un-aired episode "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein," which was pulled by Fox at the last minute. Peter gets the idea that befriending a Jewish man will make him more successful in life. The episode is hilarious, contains a great musical number and is really not that offensive, especially in context. Plus: original series pitch of pilot episode. (Fox)