Monday, September 19, 2011

Three Kings: Best Family Guy Episode Ever


OK, so maybe it isn't the best ever, but for our purposes, it is. During the seventh season of "Family Guy," Stephen King gave permission to parody three movies based on his work.

"Stand By Me," "Misery" and "The Shawshank Redemption" get the "Family Guy" treatment, although probably kinder than some parodies.

The important thing to remember is that these are parodies of the movies, not really of the written works. It's a gray area for some, but still important to know.

OK, putting away the uber-nerd part of me. Getting to the silly, ridiculous part.

 Most of the jokes are pretty obvious, but that's the M.O. for "Family Guy." My favorite of the three segments is the middle one, based on "Misery." In many ways, it's the most like the rest of the show. Stewie as number one fan to Brian's writer reflects the disturbing relationship the two have for most of the series.

The running gag for all three segments is Joe, the wheelchair-bound cop, losing the use of his legs as three different characters.

There's a joke that one could compile enough clips of "The Simpsons" to reproduce "Citizen Kane." "Family Guy" is building up a supply of "The Shining" clips.

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