Family Guy

Latest Articles


Tube riches: The best TV of 2012

Television, far from a vast wasteland these days, is often a digital cornucopia to be triaged.

By ERIC GOULD  |  December 14, 2012

Review: Ted

Seth MacFarlane is making his big-screen debut with yet another dope and his talking teddy bear.
Dumbing down Family Guy 's Brian for the big screen
By ANNE LEWINSON  |  June 29, 2012

Review: Bob's Burgers

Maybe it's too soon to worry about the fate of Bob's Burgers — Fox's new animated comedy series doesn't even premiere till this Sunday (January 9) at 8:30 pm. But consider Lone Star .
Medium rare: Can Bob's Burgers make the cut?
By RYAN STEWART  |  January 07, 2011

A music producer eyes a revival

It was 2006 and music producer Jo Jo Gator, a couple of decades removed from the glory days, needed to get back on the radar screen.
The Gator
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  April 16, 2010

Diamon Flip-Flops

If Al Diamon wants to break down the political and other mistakes of the 21st century, he could include a few of his own.
 Letters to the Portland Editor, January 15, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 15, 2010

Crossword: ''60 clues go in''

But in this themeless puzzle, only one solver reigns victorious.
But in this themeless puzzle, only one solver reigns victorious.
By MATT JONES  |  March 18, 2009


30 on 30

The Providence Phoenix celebrates 30 years with 30 interviews  
30 local luminaries look back on 30 years of the New Paper and the Providence Phoenix
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2008

Not by George

A long time ago, on a bricks-and-mortar soundstage far, far away, the last great Star Wars movie was made.
Robot Chicken: Star Wars
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 11, 2008

Parody flunks out

Artist Barry Blitt’s brilliant illustration — which sought to satirize the naysayers who portray Obama as a flag-burning, unpatriotic Muslim and his wife as a black-power radical — cut to the core of today’s political paradox.
Political humor is no longer welcome in Academia as administrators choke the life out of parody
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 30, 2008

Crossword: ''Center piece''

No theme, but a wide-open middle.
By MATT JONES  |  May 07, 2008

Clips ahoy

This past February, Tina Fey returned to host Saturday Night Live and announced, in mock triumph, that the Writers Guild of America had struck a deal with the studios that would pay them for on-line content.
The treasures of
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 22, 2008


A cop with an assitude

Mr. McGee comes by his name honestly. He is, quite simply, an ass.
Watertown’s Clambake Animation pushes TV’s boundaries with a homicidal heinie
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 09, 2008

Crossword: ''Stuck on you''

And you can't seem to get rid of it
By MATT JONES  |  January 30, 2008

Life in cartoon motion

Welcome to the Public Broadcasting System’s new show, What Were You Thinking, You Idiot?
Politics and ohter mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 30, 2008

Crossword: ''Cornering ability''

Words to wrap your head around
By MATT JONES  |  January 16, 2008

I scream, you scream

Kids still stream toward the siren song and that holy grail — frozen treats in paper packaging, paradise in the guise of a push-up pop.
A salute to ice cream trucks
By DAVID MASHBURN  |  August 27, 2007


Political cartoons

Among its hordes of firsts, The Simpsons helped transplant politicians from the cartoon funny pages to our television sets.
The 20 Best Animated Politicians in Cartoon History  
By DAVID MASHBURN  |  July 26, 2007

Crossword: ''Don't sweat it''

Initially, you might think these people stink.
By MATT JONES  |  June 13, 2007

Warm and Scratchy

The Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” isn’t just about programming smart animation for Futurama and Family Guy addicts.
14 new and exclusive tracks from "Adult Swim"
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 29, 2007

Crossword: 'Don't listen to them'

Laugh now, look stupid later
By MATT JONES  |  February 14, 2007

Bored? Not with these games

One way of channeling family competitiveness at holiday gatherings is to bring out a board game and gently coerce people to play it.
Role-playing, railroad-building, and good ol’ spelling
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 12, 2006


Game, show

We’re only a few hands in and already I’ve gotten Al Swearengen mad. You're with me, mousepad: Games we'd like to see. By Mitch Krpata
Playing TV’s biggest hits
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 05, 2006


Providence has turned up on television as a cartoon ( The Family Guy ) and as a randomly selected backdrop for a sentimental, filmed-in-Toronto drama ( Providence ).
The Brotherhood brings cable crime to Providence  
By JUSTINE ELIAS  |  July 05, 2006

Crossword: 'Bitch batch'

I'm guessing the sequel would be "Son of a . . . "
By MATT JONES  |  April 26, 2006

Crossword: 'nerdful things'

11 Book about a geeky niche publication whose readership went from 10 to 0?
Books Stephen King almost wrote
By MATT JONES  |  March 08, 2006