The ratings for Family Guy have been dying for years as the show has been going more and more extreme and grotesque. Killing off a character is a common move as a last ditch effort to revive a dying show. And the reason is because it works. While it won't save the show, it does draw eyes and conversations. That translates into a temporary bump in ratings which means more advertising profits to pull in before pulling the plug. The show will only last another season or two and expect plenty more things to draw attention and views until then.
With the other characters as he used to have. He's much more funny as a straight guy when Peter says some retarded crap. When he doesn't really interact with the family as much, there's no one he can be a foil to, which makes him much less funny overall.
I hope the new character is close to the Griffins so he can be a better straight guy.
He deserved to die. He wasn't even funny. Vinny is like totally tubular. I am the genius. A 2 year old got laid yesterday and got married. Give me a song. You suck. I ate your mom. I ate p[izza for rainbows. Peniseni sucks. Well...... That was my debate SO EAT IT.
For as long as Family Guy has been around, it's no question that we as viewers will have formed some sort of sentimental connection to the characters that have been either annoying the piss out of us or making us laugh for years. Killing Brian off in such an abrupt, regular way was honestly touching (or funny) to the audience in general.
That having been said, their mistake lies in immediately replacing Brian. Now it looks less as if he was killed off to provide story and more like he was killed off to be replaced.
Killing off a major character is a freedom the program has. If they had killed off someone like Peter, it might be a little different though. Peter is the face of Family Guy and Brian was more of a main character who was off to the side. He was the perfect character to kill off and create drama. Also, they wanted to start this controversy, so that it would have people talking, Family Guy fans and even people who weren't. So I say they should have. It was a bold move on their part, and it did exactly what they wanted it to do.
- I haven't seen the latest episodes of Family Guy. I watched from season 1 all the way to season 11 and then I was officially done with Family Guy. The jokes were the same, the characters were the same, the formula was very much the same. They'd recycle a lot of plot ideas -- I just felt the whole show was pretty stale.
Brian was a decent character through the whole series. He was dry as all hell, but he managed to balance out the craziness of the other characters.
If Family Guy is to be revived, in my opinion, something fresh is needed. Some new characters, new location even? Who knows.
Brian was poorly written. That's all there is to it. His character was cliché for a starter. An alcoholic who was also an Atheist? His hippy 'philosophy'? Let's talk about him being an Atheist. He has met Jesus three times. THREE times. And is he still an Atheist? Yep.
Also, how can you say that Brian was the best character? He loved Peter's wife! He wanted to have sex with his best friend's - and owner's - wife! How disrespectful is that!
I'm glad he is dead. I am not glad about the R.I.P pages.
I'm pretty sure it was just an attempt to stir up controversy and bring in more viewers. This season will feature episodes called "Brian's a Bad Father" and "Brian the Closer". My prediction is he'll be back in another later episode known as "3 Acts of God" or the Christmas episode where Stewie will "devise a master plan to get the one and only thing he wants for Christmas".
Seth McFarland has said that he thinks family guy should be cancelled and that the life of a TV show is about 7 seasons. He has also become quite bored with family guy which has come to be apparent in his script writing. By killing Brian he signaled the beginning of the end of family guy which will end in its ultimate cancellation so that Seth McFarland can move onto other projects. I bet american dad will be cancelled next
Brian was a complete imbecile. His whole character was represented on Family Guy as some sort of genius who had great insights yet the imbeciles around him couldn't appreciate. Yet the fact of the matter is he was no more intelligent or sophisticated than anyone around him. The only difference being that whenever he gave one of his sycophantic humanistic speels, the Family Guy producers put uplifting music behind his words to give his words an aura of honor and prestige that was completely undeserved. Good riddance to such a narcissistic and ridiculous character.
Brian was a great character! He always had a relationship or story with someone. Now they have Vinny! Vinny is nowhere NEAR as good as Brian! At first I thought Stewie would bring him back to life or something! I said, "They can't kill Brian...." This is an end to Brian's life.
Brian was the best family guy character who should go down as one of the best cartoon dog characters of all time. If Family Guy wanted to gain more viewers, they did the opposite. He was the best liberal dog ever. The thing I don't understand is that many Family Guy character's have "died" numerous times, but have come back to life i.E. Lois, Meg. I don't see why they can make Brian miraculously come back to life too.
Brian was a loving family member of the Griffins. He was sort of the middle man who made connections with everyone in the family. But Meg on the other hand...Did anyone really even like her? Yes, you could argue that some people did like her but the majority of the fan base would've rather seen Meg go rather than the loving character Brian. Who knows though maybe he is really not dead.
Yes, more characters would be good, but can't they have Brian with Vinny? I bet it would be more interesting to see the two together. Looking through the perspective of the characters, Stewie would have more fun time, there would be more "intellectual" jokes and so much more. Like they say, twice the fun, not kill the fun then try to build it up again...
He was a big part of Family Guy, and many fans were dependent on this character. Putting him away permanently means for them, they will stic to the past and not continue with the show, which would heavily shake up the industry. Do not take the risk; even though the reception of his death may seem a bit mixed, you NEED to put him back by next season.
It seems rather counter-intuitive of FOX and Seth Macfarlane to of killed of Brian. I personally feel that Brian had a lot of traction with regard to the viewers and many other characters could have taken his place, which we as the viewer do not care so much about. This is the case when looking at how characters such as Joe, or Quagmire could have been killed of without to much of a controversy developing.
First of all there were plenty of episodes that revolved mainly around brain. It'll be kind of awkward to show them now. I heard the reason Seth did this was because he needed Stewie to interact with a dog with a different personality. But He could have just made Brian have a near death experiance and changed his general personality. Still if family guy keeps going for five more seasons and they get new veiwers, they're goning to see episodes with Vinny and other Episodes with Brian, and they'll be confused.
Brian Griffin was one of the best characters on Family Guy. He always led Stewie to do dumbass*d things, Peter to fail, and made episodes of his wannabe relationship with Lois. It seemed like a desperate move to kill Brian in hopes of finding a new character to replace him. Brian was valuable to Family Guy, and they may have just lost a few viewers. If anything, kill Adam West or something, not one of the original family guy characters!
I have no proof but I'm thinking they did it just for ratings. The Italian dog character doesn't work for me in the slightest. I could be wrong, but even though they who has gone past the 7 year life span of an average show, killing off core characters is silly. Brian will be back!
Cause its Brian f'n Griffen! And there wouldn't be a show without him. That vinney dog is just annoying and counter intuitive to what Brian gave to that show. If you need to add a character that bad to boost railings then let vinney be one of the neighbors dogs and keep brian. I don't know how much you've read on the internet but this is more important to the American public than curing cancer. Seriously, look it up.