The Case Against Seth MacFarlane

I’m still in the middle of moving all my crap from the old computer to the new one. But this startling bit of news got my pull-ups in such a twist that I had to end my blogging break early.

For those of you who don’t feel like reading the article, it says that Fox has reduced this season’s order of Arrested Development episodes to make room for hack comedy golden boy, Seth MacFarlane and his second shit pile of a show. I always hated Family Guy for its obvious jokes and lame eighties references, but at least it was an original show that managed to suck in new and innovative ways. American Dad is just a cheap knock-off, clearly showing that MacFarlane is comedy’s Brett Ratner.

This post is just in jest if that untalented douchebag is looking for a young writer who also remembers things from the eighties.

If you’re at all interested in Arrested Development and how it’s put together, The Onion AV Club has an excellent interview with series creator Mitchell Hurwitz. And for balance, they also did an interview with the moron a few weeks ago.

I’m sorry I haven’t done anything political in a while. Social Security’s been all the rage, and as a deadbeat cartoonist, I don’t make enough to pay into the system. Plus finding something funny to do with annuities is beyond my limited skills. Hopefully once Dean is named DNC chair, the political debate won’t be dominated by the likes of mystery tools.

104 thoughts on “The Case Against Seth MacFarlane”

  1. in the 90s both American Dad and Family Guy were pretty funny but when they were brought back for the second time they were trying to be political push a social agenda at the expense at the expense of humor.

    I resent being preached at as if my American values are corrupt and need to be upgraded to the values of some guy who writes drivel for television

  2. Y’know, I never did dig Family Guy; I watched an episode at a friend’s house one time, and all I could think of was “weren’t these gags already done for The Simpsons”? Seriously, man; that’s all it is, basically — warmed-over Simpsons, without the sympathetic characters.

    American values are corrupt to the core and are certainly in need of an upgrade — if not total reconstruction — but, yeah, I certainly wouldn’t want them “upgraded” to those of a second-rate Matt Groening wannabe.

  3. Seth MacFarlane is a hack, and a one-trick pony, which shows through all of his work. The fact that this was written over 8 years ago, and still stands true, even with all of his new ‘work’ and accomplishments says something about MacFarlane’s range. Guy is talented, sure, but misses that crucial elements of adaptation and evolving to be nothing but a few cheap laughs.

  4. Happy 2014 y’all! HaHA! Thanks for the OP Brian, now nine years old and still ending angry searches like mine (now, even just typing “seth macfarlane is a” leads Google to some nice guesses).

    Oh yeah, my point…Seth MacFarlane was, is, and always shall be a smarmy, smarter-than-average but not-really-that-smart-hence-the-success, clueless, sort-of-well-meaning-but-terribly-insecure-hence-the-lazy-and-mean-spirited-boring-shit, disappointingly unoriginal little man whose own frightened, super-easy, recognition-based “comedy” sensibility just happened to nicely overlap that of millions of other sort-of-bright-but-not-really people whose own insecurities were soothed by the same sad, sad “I FEEL SO INVOLVED!” sensation (mistaking it for actual comedy) that previous commenter Seth’s A Douche nailed so deftly nearly five years ago.

    Here’s another explanation of his work — I’m not a Christian like this author, but check out what C.S. Lewis said about “flippancy” in The Screwtape Letters. (Note that this is part of a letter written from a senior demon in Hell to a junior demon on Earth, telling him how to make people miserable, educating him on how much “better” flippancy is than other sources of laughter, like joy, fun, or actual jokes):

    “But flippancy is the best of all. In the first place it is very economical. Only a clever human can make a real Joke about virtue, or indeed about anything else; but any of them can be trained to talk as if virtue were funny. Among flippant people the Joke is always assumed to have been made. No one actually makes it; but every serious subject is discussed in a manner which implies that they have already found a ridiculous side to it. If prolonged, the habit of Flippancy builds up around a man the finest armour plating…that I know, and it is quite free from the dangers inherent in the other sources of laughter. It is a thousand miles away from joy; it deadens, instead of sharpening, the intellect; and it excites no affection between those who practice it.”

    Suck it MacFarlane, suck it fans.

    Happy 2014 everyone!

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