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American Dad!

American Dad!

TBS 2005

The series focuses on an eccentric motley crew that is the Smith family and their three housemates: Father, husband, and breadwinner Stan Smith; his better half housewife, Francine Smith; their college-aged daughter, Hayley Smith; and their high-school-aged son, Steve Smith. Outside of the Smith family, there are three additional main characters, including Hayley's boyfriend turned husband, Jeff Fischer; the family's man-in-a-goldfish-body pet, Klaus; and most notably the family's zany alien, Roger, who is "full of masquerades, brazenness, and shocking antics."

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My Review of American Dad!

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Seth MacFarlane is definitely one of the most creative minds in the world of animated sitcoms. When I first started watching Family Guy, I was shocked and sensed confusion, yet, I liked it. So, I am definitely a big fan of MacFalarne’s second big sitcom hit American Dad. He definitely aced it and rubbed it in the face of doubters, because initially Family Guy was supposed to be scrapped to make space for American Dad, however, both shows are running, Seth is juggling both shows, and there are no signs of setbacks.


American Dad is an animated series for adults, it rotates around a family headed by a conservative eccentric father who works as a CIA agent, his immediate family is even more eccentric or rather silly in a super fun way. An additional 3 squatters of sorts also share the family house. 

The absurd and hilarious nonstandard upper-middle-class American Dad family the Smiths consists of 4 members, Stan the conservative father; Francine the housewife; Hayley the leftist, hippie daughter; and Steve the rather dorky son, they live in the fictional community of Langley Falls, Virginia, along with their 3 housemates that consist of Klaus, a deceiving nefarious Goldfish that has a German athlete’s brain; Roger, the selfish, master of disguise, a treacherous Alien; and Hayley’s boyfriend “current husband” Jeff Fischer who is always stoned. They are all wacky in the funniest way you can imagine, most of the events and interactions in their lives are a series of random hilarious oddities suitable only for adults.

The cast that plays the theatrically shady characters in American Dad is an interesting head-scratching mixture of personalities. Seth MacFarlane voices Stan Smith the father and Roger the alien too, he is also the creator of the show. Wendy Schaal voices Francine Smith the mother, Rachael MacFarlane voices Hayley Smith the daughter, and as you guessed it, she is Seth’s MacFarlan sister. Scott Grimes voices Steve Smith the son. Dee Bradley Baker voices Klaus Heisler the evil talking Gestapo-minded goldfish. Jeff Fischer voices Jeff Fischer, Hayley's boyfriend (then-husband), yep there was no need to change his name for the show, he is always baked in real life too. Patrick Stewart voices Deputy Director of the CIA Avery Bullock, Stan's boss.

I first thought that Seth MAcFalarne was inspired by his earlier creation Family Guy when he envisioned American Dad, but as it turns out, he and his friend and co-creator of American Dad Matt Weitzman invented the concept for the show out of frustration with the Bush administration. The series first premiered on Fox on February 6, 2005, and since then it has been smooth sailing. More than 340 episodes aired so far and more are coming. In 2014 the show moved to TBS and as per viewers, it got funnier, which I find true. I believe that these improvements can be attributed to the addition of a more intriguing background and new support characters, additionally, some of the episodes became more about other characters outside the Smiths family. 

The Smiths' big two-story home on Cherry street might seem like a normal home, but every now and then a secret room, facility, or something even crazier is revealed as part of it.

American Dad is very unique and different from other shows such as Family Guy where you will see plenty of cutaway gags and setup punchlines. The humor in American Dad is a result of its quirky and shady characters and the relationships between them.  It is a farce, as fictional as it can get but with so much real-life stuff the audience can relate to. In a nutshell, it uses deliberate in-your-face nonsense mockery of real-life situations. It is simply a joy to watch, it will definitely straighten out your mood.

Sophie ☕️🍰 - jun 05, 2022

The 10 Best Episodes of American Dad!

American Dad! - S3E19

#1 - Joint Custody (Season 3 - Episode 19)

Roger becomes a bounty hunter, and he and Stan race cross-country to turn in Jeff, who is wanted for smuggling pot into Florida.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 238 votes.

American Dad! - S9E18

#2 - Lost in Space (Season 9 - Episode 18)

Jeff must prove his love for Hayley to Emperor Zing in order to find his way home from the spaceship that abducted him.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 455 votes.

American Dad! - S7E16

#3 - Jenny Fromdabloc (Season 7 - Episode 16)

After Snot professes his love for Hayley and gets shot down, Steve and Roger devise a plan to cheer him up. Roger dresses up as Steve’s cousin from New Jersey, Jenny Fromdabloc, and Snot falls hard for her. Meanwhile, Stan wants to live like a gentleman of the 1960s, complete with dark suits and dry martinis.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 292 votes.

American Dad! - S10E18

#4 - Permanent Record Wrecker (Season 10 - Episode 18)

Stan is fired from the CIA in a round of budget cuts, but since his 20 years of work experience are classified and hidden from his "permanent record", the only job he's able to land is at the local grocery store where Steve is the manager. Meanwhile, Roger bets an annoying coffee shop musician that he can outplay him in one week. To accomplish his goal, he enters into a Faustian bargain with Lorenzo, a guitar-instructing infomercial host.

The episode was rated 7.91 from 364 votes.

American Dad! - S6E16

#5 - Bully for Steve (Season 6 - Episode 16)

Roger studies crime scene photography; Stan bullies Steve in hopes of toughening him up.

The episode was rated 7.90 from 273 votes.

American Dad! - S6E18

#6 - Great Space Roaster (Season 6 - Episode 18)

It’s Roger’s birthday, and he begs to be roasted, but when he ends up devastated by the jokes, he vows to pull his life together. Things take a turn for the worse when Roger takes it one step too far, causing the Smith family to go on the run

The episode was rated 7.90 from 273 votes.

American Dad! - S8E16

#7 - The Kidney Stays In the Picture (Season 8 - Episode 16)

Stan fears he may not be Hayley's real father, so he goes back in time to find the truth. In doing so, he disrupts the past and must save the future.

The episode was rated 7.87 from 351 votes.

American Dad! - S9E19

#8 - Da Flippity Flop (Season 9 - Episode 19)

When Stan refuses to switch Klaus back into his original body, he steals Stan's body; Roger builds a gym in the attic.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 445 votes.

American Dad! - S7E8

#9 - For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls (Season 7 - Episode 8)

Despite Francine's warning, Stan gives Steve a gun for Christmas; Steve accidentally shoots Santa.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 337 votes.

American Dad! - S10E9

#10 - Vision: Impossible (Season 10 - Episode 9)

Roger suffers a horrific car crash as he tries to take a picture of his crotch on a traffic speed cam. After waking up from a coma, he starts to have eerie visions of the future, and saves the Smiths from a terrible fire. But, Roger's abuse of his newfound powers soon draws the ire of his fellow family members and the Smiths must learn to cope with the uncertainty of the future.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 377 votes.

American Dad! - S4E1
#11 - The Vacation Goo
Season 4 - Episode 1

When Francine discovers that all of their family vacations have been artificially created memories, she gets very angry and demands a real vacation. However, when the vacation seems too good to be true, Francine is convinced it's the work of the CIA and causes the family to suffer the consequences. Meanwhile, Roger attempts to become the greatest actor who ever lived.

The episode was rated from 384 votes.
American Dad! - S6E9
#12 - Rapture's Delight
Season 6 - Episode 9

When the Smith family goes to church on Christmas Day, Stan is furious when he can’t get a good seat. While Francine tries to ease his frustration, a moment of divine intervention occurs. Upset that he has been left on earth with Francine during the ultimate fight between good and evil, Stan ditches his wife to get into the pearly gates of heaven, but when Francine is kidnapped, Stan fights to get her back.

The episode was rated from 337 votes.
American Dad! - S9E14
#13 - Spelling Bee My Baby
Season 9 - Episode 14

Francine tries to rig the school spelling bee so that Steve will win; Stan and Roger try to rush Hayley's grieving process so she will be available to judge their badminton game.

The episode was rated from 429 votes.
American Dad! - S4E16
#14 - Spring Breakup
Season 4 - Episode 16

Stan has a Spring Break-induced mid-life crisis. With Francine away visiting her parents, Roger invites Spring Breakers to party at the Smith household. But Stan nearly has a Spring Breakdown when he falls prey to booze-cruising Jessica and Steve tries to lose his virginity to the luscious Carmen Selectra.

The episode was rated from 252 votes.
American Dad! - S8E13
#15 - Dr. Klaustus
Season 8 - Episode 13

Roger acts as the family therapist as his alter-ego "Dr. Penguin" until he is sent out to fight the war in Iraq. Klaus decides to take Roger's role while he is away, but not without major ruckus being caused.

The episode was rated from 320 votes.
American Dad! - S9E3
#16 - Can I Be Frank With You?
Season 9 - Episode 3

Francine thinks Stan spends too much time with his friends; a boy band recruits Steve and his friends for a music video.

The episode was rated from 504 votes.
American Dad! - S6E1
#17 - In Country... Club
Season 6 - Episode 1

When Steve is selected to sing the national anthem at the Langley Falls Veterans' Day celebration, he gets some heat from Stan who doesn't think he's ready for such an undertaking. Unimpressed with Steve's vocal talents, Stan decides Steve needs to experience real war in order to sing about our country's military prowess. But things quickly go south when Roger gets involved and Steve goes bananas.

The episode was rated from 366 votes.
American Dad! - S9E2
#18 - Killer Vacation
Season 9 - Episode 2

During the Smith family's tropical vacation, Stan is ordered to kill the activities director at their resort; Jeff and Hayley try to rekindle their romance.

The episode was rated from 465 votes.
American Dad! - S8E2
#19 - Hurricane! (III)
Season 8 - Episode 2

When a hurricane hits Langley Falls, the Smiths fight like mad to survive in their home. The crossover starts on The Cleveland Show S03E02 The Hurricane (I) and Family Guy S10E02 Seahorse Seashell Party (II).

The episode was rated from 433 votes.
American Dad! - S2E15
#20 - With Friends Like Steve's
Season 2 - Episode 15

After Steve shows a lack of interest in Stan's job, Stan replaces him with Barry, Steve's malicious friend. Barry frames Steve to eliminate him from the household, but when Steve discovers Barry's weakness, he relies on his CIA skills to save the family. Meanwhile, Roger takes an impressive keg-stand and uses it to become a fraternity brother.

The episode was rated from 301 votes.

Last updated: dec 06, 2022



actually American dad is my third best animated series after futurama and the simspsons.


I thought this was going to be a background noise watching. Just let it run and whatever. But no, this is surprisingly funny. Virtually every single episode makes me laugh out loud...


Trakt gets it's episode information from TVDB and there it's according to FOX (http://www.fox.com/americandad/recaps/season-9/episode-19) and not the scene naming. You would have to name them like this: http://thexem.de/xem/show/93.


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