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the U.S State
where Family Guy is set.

Family Guy is an American animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a dysfunctional family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; their children Meg, Chris, and Stewie; and their anthropomorphic pet dog Brian. The show is set in the fictional city of Quahog, Rhode Island, and exhibits much of its humor in the form of cutaway gags that often lampoon American culture.

The family was conceived by MacFarlane after developing two animated films, The Life of Larry and Larry & Steve. MacFarlane redesigned the films' protagonist, Larry, and his dog, Steve, and renamed them Peter and Brian, respectively. MacFarlane pitched a seven-minute pilot to Fox on May 15, 1998. The show was given the green light and started production. Shortly after the third season of Family Guy aired in 2001, Fox canceled the series, Putting the series to a 2-year hiatus. However, favorable DVD sales and high ratings for syndicated reruns on Adult Swim convinced the network to renew the show in 2004.

Family Guy has been nominated for 12 Primetime Emmy Awards and 11 Annie Awards, and has won three of each. In 2009, it was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, the first time an animated series was nominated for the award since The Flintstones in 1961. Family Guy has also received criticism, including unfavorable comparisons for its similarities to The Simpsons.

Many tie-in media have been released, including Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, a straight-to-DVD special released in 2005; Family Guy: Live in Vegas, a soundtrack-DVD combo released in 2005, featuring music from the show as well as original music created by MacFarlane and Walter Murphy; a video game and pinball machine, released in 2006 and 2007, respectively; since 2005, six books published by Harper Adult based on the Family Guy universe; and Laugh It Up, Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy (2010), a series of parodies of the original Star Wars trilogy. In 2008, MacFarlane confirmed that the cast was interested in producing a feature film and that he was working on a story for a film adaptation. A spin-off series, The Cleveland Show, premiered on September 27, 2009, as a part of the "Animation Domination" lineup on Fox. The eighth season of Family Guy premiered the same night. Family Guy holds a TV-PG and TV-14 rating, with the latter being used more often.

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Alex Borstein in 2006.

Alexandrea "Alex" Borstein (/ˈbɔːrstn/; born February 15, 1971) is an American actress, voice actor, writer and comedian. She is best known for her roles on two Fox series, MADtv and Family Guy. Borstein was born in Highland Park, Illinois, outside Chicago, the daughter of Judy and Irving Borstein, both of whom are mental health professionals. She was raised in a Jewish family with roots in Germany, Hungary, Poland, Mongolia, and Russia. She moved to San Francisco, where she attended San Francisco State University. She took a job at an ad agency where she wrote print ads for Barbie. Borstein started improv classes with the ACME Comedy Theater where she met both her writing partner and her future husband, Jackson Douglas. They began to work on the animated series Casper and Pinky and the Brain. Shortly after, she left her ad job to become a full time writer. In 1996, while still writing for Casper, Borstein worked on the popular TV show Power Rangers Zeo, where she provided the voice of Queen Machina, the queen of the Machine Empire. In 1997, Borstein became a cast member on the sketch comedy show MADtv. Borstein joined the cast of MADtv during Season 3 as a featured player, but she was upgraded to repertory in mid-season. Borstein was perhaps best known for playing Miss Swan. Borstein also played a number of other popular characters, often alongside Will Sasso in which their chemistry onscreen proved popular with fans until her departure from the show in 2002. In addition to Miss Swan, Borstein played Eracist Anne, "Stick Chick" Echo, singer Jasmine Wayne-Wayne, child prodigy Karen Goddard, lounge singer Shaunda, News at Six's outside-the-studio reporter Sue Napersville, and Cordo the GAP troll. When Seth Green made recurring appearances on the show to play mean boss Mr. Brightling, Borstein would play his mother Mama Brightling.

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Manson at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival
Credit: Georges Biard (uploaded by JJ Georges)

Brian "Marilyn Manson" Warner (January 5, 1969) is an American musician; well known for his outrageous stage persona and image as the lead singer of the eponymous band. Manson was featured on Family Guy episode "Saving Private Brian."

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Uh, there's a half-dead-fat-man eating a dead-fat-man...am I the only one who realized? Oh, okay...
— Stewie Griffin
 "The Fat Guy Strangler"

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...that the Family Guy episode "Ocean's Three and a Half" includes the actual audio of Christian Bale's outburst on the set of Terminator Salvation, making it appear to be directed at Peter Griffin?
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