Family Guy Essay

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Ken Maynard WR 121 M 2:00pm-4:50pm Ms. Krumsiek Nov. 4, 2013 In Antonia Peacocke’s essay “Family Guy and Freud: Jokes and their relation to the Unconscious”, she shows how the television series Family Guy has more than just humor and jokes. She believes behind the humor, there is an appealing message in many of the shows. Peacocke goes on to give a Freudian-type theology to the creator of Family Guy, Seth McFarlane. Peacocke says that she used to despise the show, but found it more difficult to avoid it then watch it. Today, she can’t get enough of it. She says “the program holds endless fascination” (300) to her. According to the essay, Peacocke says with its extremely offensive humor, it is still a top rated show. Peacocke also states that although in the beginning, she was “adamantly opposed to the program for its particular brand of humor” (300). Today, she can’t get enough of the show. In her essay, she says the show crosses the line of indecency. She also states that “I believe Family Guy has its intelligent points, and some of its coarse scenes often have hidden merit” (308). She does go on to conclude in her essay That “jokes all have their origins, and the funniest ones are those that hit home the hardest; if we listen to Freud, these are the ones that let our animalistic and aggressive impulses surface from the unconscious” (308). Peacocke describes just how the show has used its humor to talk about taboo subjects through humor. Peacocke’s essay “Family Guy and Freud: Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious” successfully shows her purpose of giving those who don’t know the show, with all its controversy, still has some value to it. She successfully showed how she disliked the series and after giving the show a try can’t get enough of it. No matter how much the networks have been ridiculed for broadcasting the show, it is still very successful

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