Family Guy can be a very misanthropic show: the sense that maybe these people just do not like each other sometimes pervades the series, seemingly depending on who’s writing the script.
So unfortunately, it can be often just quite an unpleasant experience to see through. Case in point: "The Giggity Wife."
Charmese, Quagmire’s prostitute wife, felt less like a character and more like a way for the writers to create the most disgusting piece of humanity they could - and then they had their fun making fun of what they created, expecting the viewer to go along with it.
Really, it was just unpleasant more than anything. I didn’t really feel sympathy toward Quagmire for trying to get out. If anything, I was disgusted that he and his friends would go out, get wrecke, and then just try to get out of suffering the consequences for any of their actions. And you wonder why Lois is emotionally distant, as Baio said?
Peter and Quagmire trying to hook up went about as poorly as one could have expected, and of course they didn’t wind up actually having sex, just getting almost there before Charmese called it off. And there was the whole gay panic angle of “OMG Peter and Quagmire are going to have sex, how disgusting and awful” that got played up as well.
The biggest laugh of the night came via a cutaway, where Peter as a Mexican soap opera star slapped three women and flew away in a giant sombrero. It made no sense and left me feeling terrible for myself that I laughed at it. But it was still better than most everything else tonight. Oh, and there was the irony of the band Chicago playing during a scene that took place in Boston. Hah.
I don’t expect this show to be intelligent humor, but I do want to walk out of it without that kind of icky feeling that makes me regret having ever watched it in the first place. Yes, there were some funny lines - as seen on our Family Guy quotes page - but when this sitcom seems capable of so much more, why settle for mediocre offensiveness that’s just full of rotten humans doing rotten things?
Also, breakfast food is the best kind of food, Lois. Why would anyone eat anything other than breakfast food?
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