Release: Apr 24, 2011 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: DaxRider123 - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Comparison between the TV Version and the extended DVD Version (both included in the DVD Box "Volume 8").
10 new/extended scenes (4 of them offer alternative footage)
+ 3 scenes with auditory censorship
Difference: 146.7 sec (= 2:27 min)
Family Guy is a very successful show aired on FOX. Since some jokes are simply too rude to air them on national television, the producers have to censor/cut scenes from time to time. However, they sometimes also cut some jokes away in order to reach the appropiate length for a TV-episode. Therefore, not all the changes that were made are a result of censorship. Nevertheless there still are enough hilarious, outrageous jokes in the show - fans will be in for a good time, weven when watching the TV Version on FOX. (I'm speaking from experience.)
BTW, it airs every sunday evening on FOX. That's really nice because you can also watch the new American Dad episode as well as the new episode of The Cleveland Show. So you've got a terrific triple feature. If you're watching FOX anyway, you can also watch the latest Simpsons episode. After all, what's better than spent your whole evening laughing your ass of while watching the latest episodes of the series by Seth MacFarlane plus some new adventures of Homer & Co?
The newest DVD Box-Set of Family Guy was released in July 2010. Just as usual, the box doesn't include a whole series but rather the second half of the 7th season and the first half of the 8th season. However, the UK makes everything even more complicated by calling the exact same Box-Set "Season 9" (which was released in November 2010).
However, fans probably got used to all these confusing titles, so let's just focus on the extended episodes on the new DVDs. Just as for the other Box-sets, the episodes in "Volume 8" are usually about 1 or 2 minutes longer than the TV Versions (which are included in the bonus material of the DVDs).
Episode 7x10 ("FOX-y Lady") offers a lot of things that were already censored in older episodes: a "retarded"-joke (FOX especially dislikes these when they occur several times in one episode), the evil curse "god damn", more explicit sexual innuendos and other bad words.
There's also a nice new scene where American Dad-regular Patrick Stewart has a little cameo and some more rude gags at the expense of FOX - according to the audio commentary, the scene with Martin Luther King was just too much for them.
Before Peter asks for Quagmire's driver's license, he in the DVD Version asks Joe for his - resulting in a joke about his disability / a reference to mentally handicapped people.
Peter: "Hey, let's see yours, Joe!"
Peter: "Come on!"
Joe sighs and gives Peter the license; the latter immediately notices something.
Peter: "Wait, why does it say..."
Joe: "Yeah. They were all out of handicap that day, so I got retarded."
For reasons of continuity, the following animation is different. In the DVD Version, Peter looks towards Joe when Cleveland holds Quagmire's license in his hands.
DVD Version 10.8 sec longer
The family sits around on the sofa for the first time in this episode. Then you hear an announcement from the TV: "We now return to Woody Allen's Bananas Over Broadway."
Brian: "I hate it when Woody casts another actor in a role he's supposed to play 'cause they always act like him."
Stewie: "What are you talking about? I thought Patrick Stewart was great as Melvin Shiverman."
Then follows a cut to a little clip from TV where Patrick Stewart looks like Woody Allen.
Patrick: "You know, Nietzsche says we're doomed to live the same life over and over again, which is bad news because it means I have to sit through the Ice Capades again."
In the DVD Version, Lois complains about Peter's desire for news-reporter Rhonda Latimer. After that, she turns her head to the side 5 frames earlier than in the TV Version (which won't be illustrated below).
Lois: "Again, Peter? You have a wife, you know?"
Peter: "Lois, if it makes you feel any better, I'm thinking about her every time I masturbate to her."
DVD Version 6.9 sec longer
When Seth Rogen says "What the fuck?", the F-Word was beeped.
Only in the DVD Version Seth adds: "Did you eat pussy backstage?" Then follow a few more frames which are not illustrated below.
DVD Version 1.3 sec longer
In the DVD Version, Peter's sentence is different when he gets worked up over the High-Def announcement.
TV Version: "Son of a bitch!"
DVD Version: "God damn it!"
TV Version 0.4 sec longer
In the DVD Version you see 3 additional competitors. At first there is Al Harrington (any Family Guy nerd will probably know him from the great ads). Then you see Consuela and finally Shamus.
Al: "Fear-based, right-wing agenda-pushing news stories! Fear-based, right-wing agenda-pushing news stories! Fear-based, right-wing agenda-pushing news stories! Hi, I'm Al Harrington of Al Harrington's Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tubeman Warehouse and Emporium. Due to the lack of interest in my shoddy merchandise, a soul-crushing divorce, and a never-ending custody battle, I am desperately trying to get another line of work, and I am hoping to pass the news on to you!"
Consuela: "I...I no can read these words."
Shamus: "This is the way we deliver the news on the high seas."
He starts to sing: "Thirteen are dead in a subway in Paris and heavy rains flooded the east side of Pittsburgh. And gas prices have hit a 14-year high. And Britney backed over her 7-month-old..."
After the Al Gore-sound they show Lois another room.
Editor: "And this is our Fox News daycare center."
Lois: "Where are all the kids?"
Woman: "Sorry, a lot of the children aren't here today because their parents have their day off for Martin Luther King day."
Brian: "Isn't that in January?"
Woman: "Oh, no. At Fox News we celebrate the day he was shot."
The part that's marked bold can only be heard in the DVD Version - you hear what exactly they use as their refrigerator. They also included a slightly different animation of the movement of the lips.
"Oh, we just use Anne Coulter's vagina."
DVD Version 0.2 sec longer
The following scene is a little more explicit in the DVD Version. While the employee in the TV Version just says "There's never anything good in here" he in the DVD Version bends down, looks between her legs and then says the same thing.
No difference in time.
Lois questions her task to find out whether or not Michael Moore is gay.
Lois: "Are you sure that's a real news story?"
Editor: "Absolutely, Lois. It's human interest."
After Lois accepts, only the DVD Version shows Stewie as a news anchor.
The audio commentary reveals that this is a parody of Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who repeatedly spoke against Family Guy. The scene especially makes fun of O'Reilly's infamous "Fuck it, we'll do it live"-outbreak.
Brian: "Hey, where's Stewie?"
Stewie: "That's tomorrow, and that is it for us today."
He pauses for a second and then continues a little more critically; "Okay, I don't know... Whatever it is, it's not right on the teleprompter."
A man from off-screen; "There it is. We're gonna do Sting, yeah."
Stewie: "There's no words there. To play us out. What does that mean? To play us out? To end the show?"
Man from off-screen: "Yeah. Yeah."
Stewie: "All right. Go! Go!"
Man: "In five, four, three..."
Stewie: "That's tomorrow, and that is it for us today and we'll leave you with a... I can't do it. We'll do it live. We'll do it live. Fuck it. Do it live! I'll write it and we'll do it live! Fucking thing sucks!"
Man: "In five, four, three..."
Stewie: "That's tomorrow, and that is it for us today. I'm Stewie Griffin. Thanks for watching. We'll leave you with Sting and a cut off of his new album. Take it away."
He kindly looks into the camera. Then you see him from above, throwing his pen away; he backs off a little and then continues to rabble.
The voice from The Wonder Years (Daniel Stern) comments Fred Savage's angry comment that he doesn't need the voice anymore.
"Well, Christ, Fred. You don't have to be a dick about it."