Good Old-Fashioned Values

Gender and Family in Family Guy, American Dad! and The Cleveland Show

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About the Book

Seth MacFarlane has made an immense mark on popular culture through both his live action and animated television series: Family Guy, American Dad!, The Cleveland Show, and The Orville. While MacFarlane has garnered a large legion of fans, even those who do not personally watch Family Guy, this longest running series, will be quick to recognize images of Peter and Stewie Griffin: a caricature of the clueless dads from sitcoms of yesteryear and an inexplicably queer-coded evil baby genius, respectively.
This book explores Family Guy and Seth MacFarlane’s other animated series closely, examining how the series uses satire and other strategies to construct specific ideas related to sex, gender, and family. The authors argue that the series, like many other television series, contribute to our collective understanding of family, and reinforce (at times) unfavorable gender stereotypes.

About the Author(s)

Melissa Vosen Callens is an associate professor of practice in communication at North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota. Her writing can be found in English Journal and The Journal of Popular Culture.
Olivia Vogt is an independent scholar in Fargo, North Dakota. Their research has been shared at a variety of academic conferences, including the National Communication Association, the International Communication Association, and the Popular Culture Association.

Bibliographic Details

Melissa Vosen Callens and Olivia Vogt
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8892-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5365-5
Imprint: McFarland