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Death Has a Shadow 

After drinking too much at a stag party and falling asleep at work, Peter loses his job, signs up for welfare, and gets more money than expected.

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Seth MacFarlane (created by), Seth MacFarlane (developed by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview:
Seth MacFarlane ... Peter Griffin / Brian Griffin / Stewie Griffin / Glenn Quagmire / Tom Tucker / God / Kool-Aid Guy / Johnson / Reporter / Bill Clinton / Charlie / Tom Hanks / Jerry Seinfeld / Dick / Black Woman / Mike Brady / Porno Bogart (voice)
Alex Borstein ... Lois Griffin (voice)
Seth Green ... Chris Griffin / Greg Brady (voice)
Rachael MacFarlane ... Meg Griffin
Lori Alan ... Diane Simmons / Nancy the Postal Lady (voice)
Fred Tatasciore ... John Madden (voice)
Butch Hartman Butch Hartman ... Various (voice)
Wally Wingert ... Various (voice)
Phil LaMarr ... Judge (voice)
Billy West ... Various (voice)
Joey Slotnick ... Dick Clark (voice)
Carlos Alazraqui ... Mr. Weed (voice)
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Storyline

Against strict orders from Lois, Peter drinks profusely at his buddy's bachelor party. After showing up at work hung over, Peter gets fired. When he applies for welfare, they accidentally send him a check for $150,000, which leads to a spending binge. When Lois discovers the truth, Peter attempts to return the money to the taxpayers by dumping it from a blimp at the Super Bowl. But when he is arrested, his family must come to the rescue.

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The idea for Peter to apply for welfare and unintentionally become wealthy was suggested by executive producer David Zuckerman, who suggested the idea in order to add a larger amount of plot to the episode. See more »

Goofs

Quagmire is present at Peter's trial, but in several shots his face is drawn incorrectly. See more »

Quotes

Stewie Griffin: Damn you, vile woman! You've impeded my work since the day I escaped from your wretched womb.
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Connections

References When Animals Attack! (1996) See more »

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So Offensive.....It's Funny!
10 August 2013 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

Family Guy is perhaps the most offensive animated series on network television when this first aired. But the show is a hilarious satire on the classic American way of life and I love how brutal some pop culture media are depicted. This came out right after the Super Bowl in 1999 and apparently lots of people enjoyed it.

This first episode, "Death Has a Shadow" is a good kickoff. We meet the Griffin family led by the patriarch, Peter. We meet the typical housewife, Lois, daughter Meg, son Greg, talking dog Brian, and diabolical baby Stewie. Peter loses his job after sleeping at work, but he decides to go on welfare to support his family. But of course, the law will catch up.

This show came out when Seth McFarlane wasn't even famous yet, but of course this show gave him headlines. He is a very talented voice actor. I love how he doesn't allow mercy. He made some pretty funny but offensive references to Adolf Hitler, the film "Philadelphia", and "Casablanca." But, the jokes were pretty darn funny. All in all, this is a good first episode. I rate it 9/10.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1999 (USA) See more »

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