American Dad Season 2

June 19th, 2007 DVD Reviews, Film, Xpress

It’s a wonder there haven’t been more Simpsons rip-offs. For a concept that began nearly 20 ears ago similar projects have only sprung up recently, but it casts a long shadow over both Family Guy and American Dad.

Although both shows were created by TV wunderkind Seth MacFarlane, it’s the latter that behaves like the darker, nastier cousin of the genre, like The Simpsons on the late night playboy channel coked up on ice.

To call it a Simpsons rip-off isn’t a criticism. It takes the formula of a simple suburban family, fast gags (even the recurring joke during the title credits that changes each time — like Bart’s 100 lines on the blackboard, family patriarch Stan picks up the paper to a different headline every day) and turns them up to 11. Not scared to shy away from jokes about child molestation, porn, politics or use the F word, it’s a deliriously funny and sardonic critique on modern America.

Not being the original season, you’re missing some of the backstory, but the characters are so distinctive you’ll come to know and love them in no time.

Each of the 15 or so episodes comes with a commentary but the show’s so funny you won’t need them unless you’re a diehard fan. Listen for the celebrity guest voices and help America laugh at itself with the some of the best funniest satire around.


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