This perfectly summarizes why I love the Simpsons and hate Family Guy.
I watched that episode with my family and I could just feel how uncomfortable everyone was. Honestly, it was a really jarring, unpleasant episode.
Homer is a terrible dad. So is Peter. But Homer’s saving grace has always been that he tries—he’s bad at it and he fucks it up a lot, but he loves his family and he wants to be better than he is.
One of my favorite Homer moments is in “Diatribe of a Mad Housewife.” Tl;dr Marge writes a steamy romance novel starring herself and Ned, and when Homer finds out, he chases down Ned and, rather than attack him, asks him to teach him how to be a better husband.
There’s some part of his stupid self that wants to do better.
I never got that impression with Peter. Instead, the family has gotten more and more abusive towards Meg. It’s really unsettling for me when I started realizing that’s what happens sometimes in abusive families. Abusers sometimes single out one child to abuse, and quite often the other family members take the abuser’s side. After all, it’s easier to side with an abuser than to run the risk of becoming the target yourself.
There’s never really a point where it seems like Peter cares at all that his shitty behavior impacts his family. It actually seems to have gotten worse over the years. He expects everyone to clean up his messes because that’s always what happens; there’s really no reason for him not to be shitty.
And it’s easy to see how Meg is affected. She doesn’t have much of a character, really, because so much her screen time is devoted to being abused. The bits of character development all seem to hinge on her being this sad, neglected person who’s trying her best but never really gets any help from anyone. Quite the opposite; there have been a lot of episodes where her family sabotages any attempts to be herself.
It can be easy to forget how awful this behavior is when the only context is the show itself (frankly, everyone on Family Guy is kind of terrible). Seeing it played against the Simpsons, who are a flawed and dysfunctional but ultimately loving family, was painful to watch.
Family Guy - Comedy for Sociopaths.
Normally I don’t repost much, but this one here sums up why I hate Family Guy. Haven’t watched much of that show and never managed to watch it more than 10 minutes. I switched channels or turned it off after a while, because that show is so annoying and painful to watch. Instead to laugh, I just got angry.
Couldn’t put my finger on it why, back then I thought it was the drawing style, boring story-lines and the voices.
So I never bothered to look at it again. But I kept hearing that Meg gets bullied, even worse: by her own family! How much of a sad person do you have to be to come up with stories like that and sell them as comedy? There is nothing funny about bullying and abuse! I just find it sad and depressing.
So sick and sad that stuff like this gets green lit, funded, produced and shown on TV, while other good shows get cancelled or never produced. Shows how messed up media is(by reinforcing such behavior) and how messed up someone has to be to find such things funny.