Family Guy Review: "Halloween on Spooner Street"

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Nine seasons in, Family Guy finally decided to join the ranks of The Simpsons with its first ever Halloween special. So how did the episode stack up against the iconic Treehouse episodes?

Trick or Treating

Well unlike its older cousin, Family Guy took a much more realistic approach (aside from Quagmire and Stewie briefly dying of an unnamed disease), by simply celebrating "Halloween on Spooner Street."

The main story line of Brian taking Stewie on his first Trick-or-Treating adventure was the strongest of the three story lines.  Besides being the most fleshed out of the three, it also had some of the best jokes.  Brian and the dog in the patio door.  Lois' shakedown.  The Pink Panther.

Meanwhile, the other two story lines had the much more traditional Family Guy pushing the envelope humor.  Chris and Meg's incestuous make-out?  Gross, but not funny.  Quagmire's incredibly drawn-out revenge plot?  Racist, and only somewhat funny.  The best gross out gag goes to Joe sleeping with Quagmire.  "I didn't feel anything, but you did!"

Overall, it was a fairly average episode.  Hopefully they'll keep up this new tradition next season and we'll welcome a second Halloween episode to our Sunday night lineup.  Now for our favorite Family Guy quotes from episode after the jump.

Brian: That jerk dog from our patio door somehow got inside a hubcap. | permalink
Stewie: It's True Blood.
Brian: No one knows what that is.
Stewie: Rich, gay people do. | permalink
Pink Panther: Hey first day being pink?
Brian: Yeah.
Pink Panther: Welcome to hell. | permalink
Quagmire: Oh yeah, I'm very in touch with my Asian roots. You notice I take my shoes off whenever I enter my house? I do five hours of math homework every night even though I'm not longer in school. Sometimes, I drink out of a wood box. I was a very cute baby and now I'm a joyless adult. | permalink
Stewie: How do you not know that your reflection in the patio door isn't another dog?
Brian: Hey, that guy is a d**k. | permalink
Lois: You can't just around in black face. It's racist. Now go upstairs and put on that Indian chief costume I bought you. | permalink

Halloween on Spooner Street Review

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I didn't feel anything, but you did!


You can't just around in black face. It's racist. Now go upstairs and put on that Indian chief costume I bought you.