Seth MacFarlane’s ‘American Dad’ Renewed For Seventh Season

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Yesterday Fox announced that American Dad,  the second show from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, will return for a seventh season. Barring any surprise cancellations, this will leave Fox with five regular animated shows on Sunday nights.

American Dad got its start back in 2005, a year after Family Guy‘s fans convinced Fox to return it to the lineup. While the initial seasons did well with The Simpsons and Family Guy serving as lead-ins, the last two years have seen the ratings slip for Seth’s middle child. Season 6 has averaged just over 5 million viewers an episode, down significantly from last year.

Many speculated that Fox’s midseason newcomer Bob’s Burgers was intended to replace American Dad. However, the new Loren Bouchard (Home Movies) show has fared only slightly better since its pilot. Both shows are regularly beaten by The Simpsons, Family Guy and MacFarlane’s third project, The Cleveland Show.

No one could blame viewers for thinking that American Dad is just a mindless spin-off of Family Guy. But in the last few years the show has really come into its own, developing its own style and humor. The biggest departure from its progenitor is the lack of cut-away gags, for which Family Guy has earned the adulation of fans and (at times) the ire of critics.

American Dad began as a simple satire of ultra-conservative Americans, with dad Stan (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) regularly being taught the error of his ways by his progressive daughter Hayley (MacFarlane’s sister Rachel). Characters like Stan’s Stepford housewife Francine, Roger the alien,  nerdy son Steve and talking fish Klaus were largely filler, serving as a backdrop to the morality play arcs of the first two seasons.

But in a strange reversal, American Dad has become far less political than Family Guy, focusing on organic situational and character-based humor that the latter show has long since abandoned. As a cohesive and funny story from start to finish, American Dad resembles early episodes of The Simpsons and South Park far more than Fox’s other Sunday night comedies.

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I’m a big fan of American Dad, and I’ve found it’s only getting better while Family Guy and The Cleveland Show stagnate. Here’s hoping that next season viewers give Fox reason to keep it around.

American Dad airs Sunday nights at 7:30 PM, during Fox’s “Animation Domination” programming block.

Source: Fox

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  1. Hmm interesting. I used to watch it in the early seasons but I went off it recently. I prefer FG now. And Cleveland has always been poor.

  2. awesome, this show is hilarious

  3. IMO American Dad has become the funniest of Seth Macfarlane’s shows. It’s a shame more people don’t bother giving it a chance just because it still has that Family Guy knock-off vibe.

  4. American Dad IMO is Seth’s best show. Glad to see it got another season. Hopefully they can get rid of Bobs Burgers.

  5. Couldn’t agree more. American Dad is EASILY Seth MacFarlane’s best show. Last season’s “Rapture” episode was — and I say this without a hint of irony — truly a masterpiece.

    Also, while I think the first season was lacking, especially toward the beginning, every season since has been fantastic.

  6. I watched the first three seasons of American Dad and other than the episodes where they went to the middle east and when Stan locked the neighbors in the backyard I really didn’t find any of them funny. So when does the show get good? Season 4, 5, 6?

  7. Please Fox cancel the Cleveland Show….I saw the pilot and it sucked!!! Family Guy is growing stale…American Dad I wasy better and very under rated,

    • You’re absolutley spot-on, bro. The Cleveland Show needs to be cancelled (I read online somewhere that it’s not getting a fifth season thank God), Family Guy is getting old and I hate it now but American Dad, on the other hand, is better. More consistent and relevant with the jokes, more character development and yes, very underrated, I agree. FG is now buried underneath a pile of random flashbacks and pop culture references (up to and including Star Wars). More people need to give AD a chance. The show is actually going somewhere with the stories.

  8. Roger IS the show. Aside from that, everything else is hysterical and absolutely brilliant. I think moving the time slot is helping to kill the ratings.

    Bob’s Burgers looses me, in that the animation is lacking. It has it’s moments, but more often than not, I am revolted by it’s misuse of this particular brand of humor… I thought Home Movies was far more origional. Dr. Katz could be considered classic in it’s own right, but maybe because it used popular comedians of the time could be dated at this point? We already have a chick that’s voiced by a dude… Dr. Girlfriend is the only dude sounding chick I ever want in my cartoon. Bob’s isn’t quite hitting the mark.

    Cleaveland I hope will hit it’s stride. I do find it uniquely funny, in that it is based on an African-American family and allows for a different approach to how the humor is presented. therefore, I feel that there is a chance to explore the characters’ development further. I mean, come on… Russian/Christian Bears, Rednecks, an obese possibly gay son, a black version of Stewie… Need I say more? This has potential brewing… I think the “Live” episode was very, VERY effective and extremely well done. Solid Gold dancers, a drunken Roberta, and a Ghetto-Ass Dead Beat Dad having an affair with a Bear… Count me in. Maybe, Wanda Sykes could guest star as a love interest for Rollo, and it can be a Blaxploitation spoof; Again, count me in. Based on the multi-media success of The Boondocks overall, maybe Cleaveland has the potential to become the mainstream networks’ “equivalant”.

    The Simpsons is going the way of the dinosaurs.

    Family Guy is constantly stretching to go somewhere, in a good way. It has set the tone for balls-to-the-wall cartooning. Would we have Adult Swim airing Robot Chicken if it hadn’t’ve picked up the show in syndication?

    I am VERY excited to see a live action film from Seth hit the big screen based soley on The Cleaveland Shows’ style of humor, and the intelligence that comes across in American Dad’s delivery of well crafted comedic timing and unabashed handling of camp.

  9. I find American Dad the pennical of funny. Roger and Stan are the Jerry and Lewis of the 2000′s. I hope it last for twenty years just like the Simpson’s. I cannot get enough of this show. Woweeeeee!!!!

  10. The Cleveland Show’s not bad. It has it’s funny moments, and the characters are easy on the eye. Wish FOX would consider bringing back King of the Hill and replace Bob’s Burgers.

  11. Reality TV, dramas and even most sitcoms have gotten so stale lately the only thing I live for is AD! And Please make a trash talking Roger doll. It would sell!

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