American Dad! (season 3)


American Dad! (season 3)
American Dad! Season 3

DVD box sets for American Dad! Volumes 3 and 4; the season was released in two separate volumes.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 16
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Original run September 23, 2007 –
May 18, 2008
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 Volume 3: April 15, 2008
Volume 4: April 28, 2009
Season chronology
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List of American Dad! episodes

American Dad!'s third season aired from September 23, 2007 to May 18, 2008.

The season consisted of sixteen episodes. The first half of the season is included within the Volume Three DVD box set, which was released on April 15, 2008 and the second half is included within the Volume Four DVD box set, which was released on April 28, 2009. The third season consisted of one 2AJNxx holdover episodes while the remaining episodes of the season were from 3AJNxx production line.

Because of the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike, there was a shortage of episodes this season. Much like Family Guy, the episodes that did air during the WGA strike aired without permission from Seth MacFarlane, since MacFarlane showed support for the writers by not finishing any planned episodes until the strike ended.

Reception

The season was nominated for a Teen Choice Awards. [1]

Reviews were mostly positive. (Expand with reviews) [2] [3]

Episodes

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
U.S. viewers
(million)
43 1 "The Vacation Goo" Albert Calleros Josh Bycel & Jonathan Fener September 30, 2007 (2007-09-30) 2AJN22 6.07[4]
When Francine discovers that all of their family vacations have been artificial memories created by the CIA so that Stan could ditch the family, she demands a real vacation. Meanwhile, Roger makes a desperate effort to be the greatest actor who ever lived. 
44 2 "Meter Made" Bob Bowen Dan Vebber October 7, 2007 (2007-10-07) 3AJN01 6.29[5]
During an attempt to gain respect and be a "somebody," Stan finds himself becoming a meter maid. He and Francine then use his authority as such in everyday life to get away with anything. Meanwhile, Roger paints a nude picture of Hayley. 
45 3 "Dope & Faith" Caleb Meurer Michael Shipley October 14, 2007 (2007-10-14) 3AJN02 6.20[6]
Stan thinks God has sent him a friend after praying for one. The man turns out to be an atheist, however, so Stan tries to convince his friend that God exists by making his life miserable. Meanwhile, Roger convinces Steve that he has been accepted at Hogwarts
46 4 "Big Trouble in Little Langley" John Aoshima Rick Wiener & Kenny Schwartz November 4, 2007 (2007-11-04) 3AJN03 7.08[7]
Francine's foster parents come to stay with the Smiths; Stan is greatly annoyed by their presence that he decides to find Francine's real parents, hoping it will set things right. He may regret when he learn just how selfish the Dawsons are. Stan learns to appreciate the Lings after Mr. Ling risked his life to save him from his burning home. Meanwhile, Steve tries to live to the extreme in order to get to second base with the class hottie. 
47 5 "Haylias" Brent Woods David Zuckerman November 11, 2007 (2007-11-11) 3AJN04 7.77[8]
Hayley, having been brainwashed as a child by the CIA, is placed under Stan's control after he activates her trigger word to stop her from moving to France; Stan, however, discovers that doing so has deadly consequences for him. Meanwhile, Steve and Roger become rival detectives. 
48 6 "42-Year-Old Virgin" Pam Cooke Nahnatchka Khan November 18, 2007 (2007-11-18) 3AJN05 8.12[9]
At a poker game with the guys, Stan reveals that he has never actually killed anyone and is therefore a "killing virgin." Stan's image in the house changes quite a bit, so Roger and the guys decide to help him pop his killing cherry. 
49 7 "Surro-Gate" Tim Parsons Erik Durbin December 2, 2007 (2007-12-02) 3AJN07 5.67[10]
Francine decides to be a surrogate, against Stan's wishes, for her gay neighbors Terry and Greg. Meanwhile, after Klaus swears horrible revenge on Steve and Roger after a prank, the two become reclusive and hide in the attic. 
50 8 "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever" John Aoshima Jim Bernstein December 16, 2007 (2007-12-16) 3AJN12 7.17[11]
Stan dies during his ambition to find the perfect Christmas tree. He arrives in Limbo where he learns his family's lives are threatened, so he goes to desperate measures to return to Earth and receive a second chance at life. 
51 9 "Frannie 911" Joe Daniello Brian Boyle January 6, 2008 (2008-01-06) 3AJN06 5.19[12]
Francine tries to show Roger that Stan still loves him by faking his kidnapping. But when Roger can't help but act up, she forces him to act nice. Meanwhile, Steve practices becoming a backup dancer while Hayley and Klaus play "Truth or Dare." 
52 10 "Tearjerker" Albert Calleros Jonathan Fener January 13, 2008 (2008-01-13) 3AJN08 8.62[13]
In this James Bond parody, Stan plays a 007-type secret agent sent to stop the diabolical Tearjerker (played by Roger) from fulfilling his master plan to create a movie so sad that it causes anyone who watches it to cry themselves to death. 
53 11 "Oedipal Panties" Rodney Clouden David Hemingson January 27, 2008 (2008-01-27) 3AJN09 6.13[14]
Feeling threatened by Stan's mother, to whom Stan is once again giving support with her failing relationships, Francine seeks to loosen the umbilical cord and find out what goes wrong with her boyfriends. Meanwhile, Steve accidentally catches the Ich from Klaus. 
54 12 "Widowmaker" Bob Bowen Keith Heisler February 17, 2008 (2008-02-17) 3AJN10 5.35[15]
Francine pushes Stan to open up to her emotionally but, after a few psychiatrist sessions with Roger, he's more touchy-feely than she can handle when he tells her he killed her friend's husband. Meanwhile, Steve vows vengeance when Hayley kills the queen bee from his science project. 
55 13 "Red October Sky" Caleb Meurer Steve Hely April 27, 2008 (2008-04-27) 3AJN11 6.76[16]
Stan is assigned to track down a former KGB agent, eventually discovering that the man is his new next-door neighbor and is trying to turn Steve into a communist. Meanwhile, Roger and Klaus head to Europe for a little R & R. 
56 14 "Office Spaceman" Brent Woods Laura McCreary May 4, 2008 (2008-05-04) 3AJN13 6.28[17]
When the CIA initiates an Alien Task Force, a peculiar twist of fate puts Roger in charge of the task force in disguise, who marks Stan as an alien to protect his own identity. Meanwhile Francine comes to grips with being left-handed. 
57 15 "Stanny Slickers II: The Legend of Ollie's Gold" Pam Cooke Erik Sommers May 11, 2008 (2008-05-11) 3AJN14 5.67[18]
After officially dying and coming back to life, Stan decides to leave a legacy on the world and begins to search for legendary buried treasure. As the search for gold goes "North," life at home heads south as Hayley turns to body-piercing, Steve creates a robotic girlfriend and Roger files for sexual harassment. 
58 16 "Spring Breakup" Albert Calleros Nahnatchka Khan May 18, 2008 (2008-05-18) 3AJN17 5.64[19]
Stan has a Spring Break-induced mid-life crisis. With Francine away visiting her parents, Roger "Scotch Bingington" invites Spring Breakers to party at the Smith household. But Stan nearly has a "Spring Breakdown" when he falls prey to a sexy booze-cruiser and Steve tries to lose his virginity. 

References

General
  • American Dad: Volume 3 and 4 episode commentaries. 2006-7. 
Specific
  1. ^ Awards for American Dad at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/reviews/American-Dad-Volume-Release/7403
  3. ^ http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/33713/american-dad-vol-3/
  4. ^ "Weekly Program Ratings". ABC. October 2, 2007. http://abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=100207_05. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Weekly Program Ratings". ABC. October 9, 2007. http://abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=100907_06. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Weekly Program Ratings". ABC. October 16, 2007. http://abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=101607_06. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  7. ^ T. Calabria, Rosario (November 5, 2007). "Broadcast TV Ratings for Sunday, November 4, 2007". Your Enternainment Now. http://yourentertainmentnow.com/2007/11/05/broadcast-tv-ratings-for-sunday-november-4-2007/. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Weekly Program Ratings". ABC. November 13, 2007. http://abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=111307_07. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Weekly Program Ratings". ABC. November 20, 2007. http://abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=112007_06. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  10. ^ T. Calabria, Rosario (December 3, 2007). "Broadcast TV Ratings for Sunday, December 2, 2007". Your Enternainment Now. http://yourentertainmentnow.com/2007/12/03/broadcast-tv-ratings-for-sunday-december-2-2007/. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  11. ^ T. Calabria, Rosario (December 17, 2007). "Broadcast TV Ratings for Sunday, December 16, 2007". Your Enternainment Now. http://yourentertainmentnow.com/2007/12/17/broadcast-tv-ratings-for-sunday-december-16-2007/. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Weekly Program Ratings". ABC. January 8, 2008. http://abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=010808_07. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Weekly Program Ratings". ABC. January 15, 2008. http://abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=011508_03. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  14. ^ T. Calabria, Rosario (January 28, 2011). "Broadcast TV Ratings for Sunday, January 27, 2008". Your Enternainment Now. http://yourentertainmentnow.com/2008/1/28/broadcast-tv-ratings-for-sunday-january-27-2008/. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Weekly Program Ratings". ABC. February 20, 2008. http://abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=022008_06. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Weekly Program Ratings". ABC. April 29, 2008. http://abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=042908_06. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Weekly Program Ratings". ABC. May 6, 2008. http://abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=050608_02. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Weekly Program Ratings". ABC. May 13, 2008. http://abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=051308_06. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Weekly Program Ratings". ABC. May 20, 2008. http://abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=052008_05. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 

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