American Dad!

American Dad!
American Dad!
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The Smith family. From left to right: Roger, Francine, Stan, Klaus, Hayley and Steve.
Genre Comedy
Dark comedy
Political satire
Created by Seth MacFarlane
Mike Barker
Matt Weitzman
Voices of Seth MacFarlane
Wendy Schaal
Scott Grimes
Rachael MacFarlane
Dee Bradley Baker
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 120 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Seth MacFarlane
Mike Barker
Matt Weitzman
Producer(s) Kara Vallow
Editor(s) Mike Elias
Bobby Gibis
Kirk Benson
Rob DeSales
Running time 22-24 minutes
Production company(s) Fuzzy Door Productions
Underdog Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Distributor 20th Television
Original channel Fox
Picture format 480i (SDTV) (2005–2009)
720p (HDTV) (2010–present)
Original run February 6, 2005 (2005-02-06) – present
Related shows Family Guy
External links

American Dad! is an American animated television series created by Seth MacFarlane and owned by Underdog Productions and Fuzzy Door Productions. It is produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Creators and main directors, MacFarlane (creator of Family Guy) as well as two former Family Guy writers, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman aired the pilot episode in the United States on Fox on February 6, 2005, thirty minutes after the end of Super Bowl XXXIX; the regular series began May 1, 2005, after the season premiere of Family Guy. American Dad! follows the events of CIA agent Stan Smith and his family. Unlike Family Guy, American Dad! does not heavily rely on cutaway gags but instead focuses more on situational humor and non sequiturs.

American Dad! was officially renewed for a seventh season, bringing the series through the 2011–12 season.[1][2] On September 20, 2010, TBS began re-running American Dad!, and now airs the series weekdays at 1ET. Fox also began syndicating American Dad! reruns to local stations in September 2010, with those episodes airing on weekends but as of September 19, 2011 it now airs weekdays. On December 27, 2010, American Dad! began airing on Adult Swim. American Dad! is shown on FX and BBC Three in the UK and 3e in the Republic of Ireland.



American Dad! centers on the domestic life of its nominal title character, Stan Smith, a staunchly conservative, Republican, CIA agent and self-proclaimed patriot. He is married to Francine Smith, a ditzy housewife who is trying to make up for a wild youth. Their two children are Hayley, a passionately liberal college-aged activist who Stan seems to be in tension with often, and Steve, a nerdy, wimpy high schooler who constantly attempts to live up to Stan's expectations but can never really measure up to the high standards in place for him. The Smith family is also in possession of two bizarre nonhumans — Roger, an escaped alien from Area 51 whom Stan is covertly housing in defiance of his employer due to the fact that Stan owes Roger a "life debt" (until he saves Roger's life and then admits he likes Roger), and Klaus, an anthropomorphic goldfish whom the CIA implanted with the brain of an East German Olympic ski jumper, who seems to have a thing for Francine.

The Smith family resides on 43 Cherry Street, in the fictional community of Langley Falls, Virginia in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The town name is a composite of Langley and Great Falls, two unincorporated communities located in Fairfax County.

Plots generally center on the misadventures of various family members in their respective realms. Recurring themes include Stan's desire to see Steve mature properly, Roger's desires to establish a life outside of the house, Francine's desire of breaking out of an overly structured lifestyle, Hayley's desire to rebel against her father's politics, and Steve's desire to finally become one of the cool kids and "get some boob". Stan's conservatism is treated as buffoonish and self-abnegating.

Opening sequence

American Dad! features a recurring gag in its opening sequence that is changed for every episode. Originally, this took the form of a newspaper headline, usually featuring a topical, satirical joke directed at the United States Government, the media, or current affairs. One exception is episode 14 of Season 3, "Office Spaceman", where Stan picks up the paper to read the headline "Alien Spotted!"; the theme music abruptly stops and the episode begins. As of Season 4, the opening sequence had been replaced, starting with the episode "1600 Candles". While featuring the same music, most of Stan's interaction with the family has been changed. Replacing the newspaper gag used in the first three seasons is Roger popping up next to Stan in the family's SUV to sing the final "Good Morning, USA!", wearing a different costume each episode. Roger's sudden appearance causes Stan to crash into the flagpole at the CIA building, thereby ending the sequence.

Main cast

Main cast members
Seth MacFarlane by Gage Skidmore 5.jpg Wendy Schaal by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg Scott Grimes by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Rachael MacFarlane by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Dee Bradley Baker by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Seth MacFarlane
(Stan and Roger)
Wendy Schaal
Scott Grimes
Rachael MacFarlane
Dee Bradley Baker


American Dad! has received generally positive reviews from critics and scoring an average user score of 7.2/10 on Metacritic.[3] Critics of the show initially focused on the similarities of the shows format and characters to Family Guy.


Television ratings

Season Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Ranking Viewers
(in millions)
1 February 6, 2005 May 14, 2006 2005–2006 #85[4] 7.1[5]
2 September 10, 2006 May 20, 2007 2006–2007 #79[6] 7.6[6]
3 September 30, 2007 May 18, 2008 2007–2008 #105[7] 6.6[7]
4 September 28, 2008 May 17, 2009 2008–2009 #96[8] 5.5[8]
5 September 27, 2009 May 16, 2010 2009–2010 #84[9] 5.9[9]
6 October 3, 2010 May 22, 2011 2010–2011 #111 4.7
7 September 25, 2011 Spring 2012 2011–2012 TBA 5.83

Crossovers with related shows

Characters from Family Guy and The Cleveland Show have made crossover appearances on American Dad!:

  • Brian Griffin has made brief cameos in "The People vs. Martin Sugar" as Stan's #1 Fictional Dog. Brian carelessly asks Stan, "Do I know you?" before walking away and Stan shouts, "Stop pretending I don't exist!" and in the Family Guy episode Excellence In Broadcasting, Stan commends Brian for being conservative.
  • It should also be noted that in Lois Kills Stewie, Stan and his boss make an appearance and try to catch Stewie after he breaks into the CIA.
  • In The Worst Stan, Steve and Roger are watching an unknown episode of Family Guy featuring Stewie and Brian.

DVD releases

DVD Name Release dates Ep # BBFC/IFCO/ACB rating Additional Information
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Volume One April 25, 2006 April 24, 2006 May 24, 2006 13 12/15/M This 3 disc boxset includes the first 13 episodes from Season 1 (Pilot – Stan of Arabia: Part 2). Special features include commentaries, featurettes, and animatics. It was renamed 'Season 1' on region 2 and 4. When a compilation comprising Volumes 1–3 were released in the UK, Season 1 was renamed to Volume 1 much like its US counterpart.
Volume Two May 15, 2007 May 28, 2007 May 21, 2007 19 12/15/M This 3 disc boxset includes the remaining 10 episodes from Season 1 and the first 9 episodes from Season 2 (Stannie Get Your Gun – The Best Christmas Story Never). Special features include commentaries on all episodes, featurettes, multi-angle scene studies, and deleted scenes. An uncensored audio track is also available on the episode "Tears of a Clooney".
Volume Three April 15, 2008 May 12, 2008 May 14, 2008 18 15/15/M This 3 disc boxset includes the remaining 10 episodes from Season 2 and 8 of the first 9 episodes from Season 3 (Bush Comes to Dinner – Frannie 911), though "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever" does not appear on the DVD.[10] Special features include commentaries on all episodes, unrated audio, table read, and deleted scenes.[11]
Volume Four April 28, 2009 April 20, 2009 November 18, 2009 14 15/15/M This 3 disc boxset includes the remaining 8 episodes of Season 3 (including The Most Adequate Christmas Ever) and the first 6 episodes of Season 4. Bonus features include commentary on every episode, storyboards/animatics, multi-angle scene studios, deleted scenes and optional censored audio. On the Region 2 DVD release a typo was made on the back cover.*
Volume Five June 15, 2010 June 14, 2010 November 3, 2010 14 15/15/M This 3 disc boxset includes the remaining 14 episodes from Season 4. Special features include commentaries on all episodes, deleted scenes, and a Power Hour Drinking Game.
Volume Six April 19, 2011 June 27, 2011 July 13, 2011[12] 18 TBA This 3 disc boxset includes all 18 episodes from Season 5. Special features include commentaries on selected episodes, deleted scenes, and the making of the episode Rapture's Delight.[13]
  • The Volume One release was retitled Season One for the Region 2 and 4 releases, however the subsequent releases retained the Volume titles.
  • On the packaging for the Season 1 release on Region 2 DVD, there was no mention of audio commentaries or some of the bonus features whatsoever, leading many to (incorrectly) believe they had been omitted from the release.
  • The Region 2 and 4 DVDs do not have censored audio tracks on any episodes, although Volume 3 has so called "uncensored tracks" on the set, which was probably an error from the transfer because the tracks are already automatically uncensored on the set.
  • The Volume 4 DVD release blurb contained information on the episode Phantom of the Telethon, which was instead featured on Volume 5.
  • On Volume 6, despite claims of being uncensored, the bleeps from Home Adrone, My Morning Straitjacket, and G-String Circus are not removed.

International broadcasting

Country Network
United States Fox (new episodes, 2005-)
TBS (reruns, 2010-)
Adult Swim (reruns, 2010-)
Syndication (reruns, 2010-)
Canada Teletoon at Night (English)
Télétoon la nuit (Quebec French)
Global (English)
India Fox
United Kingdom BBC Three(New episodes and re-runs)
Ireland 3e
Australia Seven Network (2005-2010)
7mate (new episodes and reruns)
Fox8 (new episodes)
The Comedy Channel (reruns)
New Zealand FOUR
Netherlands Comedy Central
Israel Hot
Hungary Viasat 6
Poland Canal+
Philippines Jack TV
France Canal +
NRJ 12
Italy Fox
Germany Comedy Central Germany
Latvia MTV Latvia
Lithuania MTV Lithuania
Spain Neox
Brazil FX
Russia 2x2
Portugal Fox
Sweden MTV Sweden
Turkey Comedymax


  1. ^ Robert Seidman. "Fox Renews 'American Dad' for a Seventh Season". TV by the Numbers. 
  2. ^ Michael Ausiello. "Breaking: Fox Renews American Dad". TVLine. 
  3. ^!/season-1
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media. May 26, 2006. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "2006–07 primetime wrap". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media. May 25, 2007. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Season Program Rankings from 09/24/07 through 05/25/08". ABC Medianet. May 28, 2008. Retrieved July 3, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "Season Program Rankings from 09/22/08 through 05/17/09". ABC Medianet. May 19, 2009. Retrieved July 3, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (May 27, 2010). "Full Series Rankings for the 2009-10 Broadcast Season". Deadline. 
  10. ^ Lambert, David (January 10, 2008). "American Dad — New Details for Dad DVDs Include Specs, Episode List & Some Extras". TV Shows on DVD. 
  11. ^ Lambert, David (January 18, 2008). "American Dad — Press Release for Volume 3 DVD Set ***Updated: Package Art!***". TV Shows on DVD. 
  12. ^ Buy American Dad! - Volume 6 (3 Disc Set) @ EzyDVD
  13. ^ American Dad DVD news: Announcement for American Dad - Volume 6 |

External links

Preceded by
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The Simpsons
American Dad!
Succeeded by
Grey's Anatomy

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