I’ve really missed Family Guy since the third series ended a few years back. Well, it would be more accurate to say “since Sky lost interest in showing it” rather than the series ended, but it amounts to the same thing. I’ve got the DVDs, of course, and BBC2 are now showing episodes on Saturday nights, but it seems we’re still going to have to wait a while to see the new fourth series. But in the meantime, there’s this direct to DVD “movie” release. It actually seems to be three episodes with some linking material rather than a real movie, but it’s still a great deal better than the traditional poke in the eye with a sharp stick.
It’s pretty much the mixture as before – baby Stewie is still psychotically planning the murder of his mother Lois, dad Peter is as clueless as ever, and the flow of one-liners and surreal episodes are in full effect.
In between all the sub-plots, the main story is about what happens when Stewie sees a man on television who looks incredibly like himself. Convinced that the man must be his real father, Stewie heads off across country, accompanied by the sarcastic family dog, Brian.
After the usual setbacks and silliness, Stewie finds the man from the TV and learns the truth about him…