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Brian: Portrait of a Dog 

Brian's life is on the line after he refuses to be treated like a dog.


Seth MacFarlane (created by), Seth MacFarlane (developed by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Seth MacFarlane ... Peter Griffin / Brian Griffin / Stewie Griffin / Tom Tucker / Jake Tucker / Announcer / Game Show Host / Blue M&M / Deer / Pillsbury Doughboy / Dog Sheriff / MacGyver / Jury #1 (voice)
Alex Borstein ... Lois Griffin / Liza / Girl in Commercial / Jessica Fletcher (voice)
Seth Green ... Chris Griffin / Manager / Officer #2 (voice)
Lori Alan ... Diane Simmons (voice)
Butch Hartman Butch Hartman ... Charles Montrose / Vet (voice)
Rachael MacFarlane ... Various (voice)
Mary Scheer ... Ann Landers / Mary Bradford / Mother (voice)
Joey Slotnick ... Cashier / Officer (voice)
Dick Van Patten ... Tom Bradford (voice)
Wally Wingert ... Various (voice)


Brian agrees to help out Peter by entering a dog show, but then quits in mid-performance when commanded to beg. After storming out of the house following an argument with Peter, Brian gets stopped by the police for using a drinking fountain meant for people, and finally ends up under arrest and facing the death penalty for biting someone. Only now when it looks like he will be taken away from them forever, does the family realize how important Brian is. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Animation | Comedy


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Did You Know?


In the courtroom, Brian tries to cite a case, called Plessy v. Ferguson, as precedent. Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), is a landmark United States Supreme Court decision in the jurisprudence of the United States, upholding the constitutionality of state laws requiring racial segregation in public facilities under the doctrine of "separate but equal". See more »


When writing to MacGyver, Peter writes on the envelope 725 Spooner Street. In later episodes, it is revealed that the Griffins live on 31 Spooner Street. See more »


Peter Griffin: Look, you got everything you could possibly want right here, now just eat your cinnamon buns, and stop being a bad dog.
Brian Griffin: [gasp] How dare you? How dare you?
Peter Griffin: How dare I? How dare I? Where do you think you're going?
Brian Griffin: Out.
Peter Griffin: Hey, hey you're not going anywhere without your leash.
Brian Griffin: I don't need your damn leash and I don't need you! I'm going for a walk.
Peter Griffin: Don't worry. He won't get far without this.
[holds up spark-plug wires from the car]
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References Cabaret (1972) See more »

User Reviews

Great Season Closer
21 June 2020 | by injury-65447See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this one.

For a show that revolves around silly gags and puerile jokes, this episode has a surprising amount of heart and emotion. We really feel for Brian and his struggle to be accepted and the lick he gives Peter at the end is heartbreakingly sweet.

The most hilarious scene for me is when Peter & Brian are transported back into an old timey cartoon about fixin' the shed. It's great & adorable.

A superb episode that expertly balances the laughs with a genuine story.

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Release Date:

16 May 1999 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Surround)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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