Top 10 Worst Family Guy Episodes of All-Time


The Top Ten

1 Life of Brian

This episode is insulting: they take a character nobody likes kill him in the most brutal way possible to ignite sympathy for the unlike able character, replace him with someone who is functionally the same in every way possible, bring him back a few episodes later in the most insulting way possible, give him a license to do whatever he wants, and assume people won't care because he died. Brian May be back, but he is still dead to me.

Haha, then why are you on this list if he can't complain? That's the point of this list. - DCfnaf

The scene where Brian gets ran over the car has got to be the most violent display on the show that I have ever seen. and that's including three episodes. The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair, where Stewie creates an evil and violent clone of himself, Brian Griffin's House of Payne, where stewie spends the entire episode with his head cracked open, and Screams of Silence of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q, where a woman is viciously abused by a man for the whole episode!

This episode is disturbing to say the least. Brian is my favorite character and killing him off is probably the worst decision in Family Guy history. Even though this episode is bad its not the worst. Brian is a Bad Father should be here at number one.

My mum looks like brian and brian died. Witch made me think that my mum died :(

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2 Seahorse Seashell Party

In my opinion, this is the worst episode of the series. It was a part of a ratings trap that failed miserably alongside the "Seth McFarlene Mentality of Atheist are Losers" logic episode of Cleveland Show and an entire episode of nothing with American Dad. Okay, the best part was that Meg finally stood up for herself and verbally deconstructed her abusers in Peter, Chris and Lois. It was self-satisfying and worth seeing it finally happen after Dial Meg for Murder. But then, the Status Quo is God bullcrap kicks in, when Meg and Brian talk. I literally lost faith in Family Guy after she says she should be the lightening rod to absorb their negativity for them to stay together. No, No, No. That is horrible. So this episode is suggesting for the viewers to stay in an abusive relationship for the benefit of the abusers? No, if you are in an abusive relationship, the best thing to do is to tell someone, and get out of it. The abusers do not deserve any benefit or to be happy. And ...more - SoullessAir

For starters, FOX advertised this episode saying that all of MacFarlane's shows (which are all pretty much the same thing) were gonna be in one, unfortunately its only for a quick gag that wasn't even that funny.

Then you get the Griffin family telling Meg off more than usual, also Brian has shrooms, we get some visuals which is where 90% of the show's budget went to given that there is little to no movement on anything that wasn't the bad trip. So anyways, after being up to some visuals, here comes the ballbuster. Meg does quite possibly the most bad assed thing she has ever done in this show, she exposes everyone in the Family for the idiots they are, kinda like what Quagmire did to Brian. But then the moral, tells Meg to be the "lightning rod" of the family again. Which made me stop watching Family Guy ever since. People say "Life of Brian" was bad, but I call bull on that, it was obviously a publicity and ratings stunt. This episode shows precisely ...more

An episode that tells people to stay in abusive relationships for the sake of the person abusing them? How is this NOT number 1? Aside from that, it's the same boring Family Guy crap. Also, with the mushrooms subplot, they waste their entire animation budget on taking the viewer through a bad trip that either grosses them out or bores them. This is the worst episode of any cartoon PERIOD. And that's taking Allen Gregory and Brickleberry into account.

This episode was actually good (until Meg talked to Brian) - Kid_ethinederland

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3 Fresh Heir

Don't forget about that one scene where Peter comes home with a deaf kid's decapitated head because he confused him for A bully at Chris's school. Family Guy just confuses disturbing for funny.

After a few years of avoiding Family Guy for how stupid it had gotten in 2009, this is one of the few episodes I've watched for the first time in years.

Its gotten to the point where its funny how lazy this show got. However it wasn't as terrible as it was in 2009 when the show basically became Seth MacFarlane's propaganda mouth piece, but still pretty lazy.

It's so bad, its almost good. Almost.

That's it. I'm officially done with family guy. I was able to tollerate the horrible recent episodes, but this one was just wrong. Peter tries to marry Chris. I'm sorry. If this is what Family Guy is reduced to, I'm afraid I'm going to have to stop watching new episodes every sunday. maybe when Seth Macfarlene cancelles his other shows, then he might have time to improve Family Guy, but until then, I won't watch anymore new episodes.

so cringy

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4 Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q

This episode truly was hard to watch, I'm not gonna lie. what's bad about it is that it's an episode saying that domestic abuse is bad while it comes after an episode where the moral is that you should stay in an abusive relationship for the abuser's benefit. so this episode was probably made to take control of their previous episode's problem. and what's worse about this episode is that just because you make an episode like just to cover your ass then it's not covering your ass at all, it's making you a hypocrite. both these episode's (this one and the previous one that comes before it) mere existence disgusts me on so many levels.

This is episode in my opinion, is not only the worst Family guy episode ever... but the worst episode in all of media! It makes fun of something dark and depressing and even the jokes work when it's situation like this... I MEAN! "Courage The Cowardly Dog" did right but Family Guy just ruined the whole idea of putting something dark and depressing and putting humor in it... - 18cwrogers

How in the world is this not number 1?! First off, "Brian and Stewie" should NOT be here. It has some bad moments, but it's a cute episode other than the diaper scene. THIS episode, is horrible. The whole episode is just Jeff beating Brenda up. I liked about... two scenes in the entire episode. The end is bad, too. Brenda shouldn't cry over Jeff. She should thank her brother and his friends for saving her. Very violent and definitely NOT worth your time.

Quagmire is a hypocritical jerk in this episode!

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5 Brian's a Bad Father

I actually don't HATE this episode. Was Brian a dick? Yes. Did he have a funny moment? Yes, which was when he drove off with the entire buffet table after Dylan pretty much holds a mirror to his face. What people need to realize about this one is that Brian doesn't stay as a jerk the whole time; he feels so guilty and angry at himself that he drinks to try to cope with depression. He's clearly sorry and he's man enough to face what he did! Cut the guy a little ' slack! I mean, Peter can burn down a children's hospital, abuse his daughter, "bond" with Stewie by torturing Lois, kick Joe out of his restaurant for being handicapped, attempt to marry his son just for money, and yell the "you-know-what" word in a black neighborhood, and no one says anything to him because he's Peter Griffin. Meanwhile, Brian can't write a book, be a little bit smug, go out with women, or try to advance his writing career by collaborating with his son (even though he screws up) without ...more

This one had absolutely no funny moments. The story about Dylan become a child star was just boring, and the ending with peter in a wheelchair was just disturbing. Family Guy is just getting worse and worse.

This episode is horrible Peter being a complete idiot, Brian for being a dishonest sociopath, and this episode telling people specifically 14 year olds how to cut themselves. I believe it would deserve to be higher on the list just do not watch it again. One other thing please stop putting the words of the audience in the mouths of sex offenders please - Fazbear97

Dylan is a Spoiled Brat! I want to see Trevor Philips beat the crap out of Dylan!

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6 Herpe the Love Sore

First of all, I usually defend Brian when he does something wrong. I don't mind him dating, considering he's so insecure inside and he always tries so hard to make things work out, and no one ever gives him a chance. I also don't mind Brian's bad-writer/liberal douche pretention, considering he can do it and still be hilarious, and the same thing goes for him hitting on Lois, considering everybody else does it, too. But this is the one time where he goes too far, and it's not the fact that he kept on dating people even though he gave Stewie and Chris herpes; it's his flagrant disregard for it. It wasn't intentional, in my mind, but it's still going way too far. Remember, Stewie ASKED Brian to do the blood brother thing, and I guess Brian forgot about it, but he went too far nonetheless. He apologies at the end, but he's crossed the line that he can't cross, and that doesn't get fixed with an apology, despite Stewie forgiving him.

Brian could have admitted he had herpes but NO he has to do the blood brother thing with Stewie and give him herpes. Not even that, he doesn't even care that much that he gave him herpes. Then, later in the episode, you find out that Brian also gave Chris herpes. AND Brian was still dating a lot of people while he had herpes which is a douche move. Brian got some of what he deserved but not enough. Also the B plot was awful; it basically said soldiers could do whatever they want. The way they abused Peter, Joe, and Quagmire was awful, because they got away with it. And the fact the crowd in the bar was cheering at the end was only icing on the cake.

I hate Peter Griffin. But this episode he got his ass kicked the entire time for... wanting his booth. I actually found myself hoping for Peter to win. But because they're navy seals, they can beat three civilians half to death... and get awarded?! And the A plot was God awful with Brian, not only someone he knows, not only a baby, but someone that has been with him on countless adventures, and even said that he loves him, he goes and gives him herpes. The ending is just horrible with Brian shrugging of giving one of his best friends an STD.

It was just such a disturbing episode- I usually let a lot of things slide but this was just so bad. Brian literally gives a baby herpes and a teenager (Chris) with no regret. The scene's was so disgusting

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7 Not All Dogs Go to Heaven

Family Guy just showed a perfect display of how in the beginning you can root for someone till the end they end up the villain. That was Meg when she brought religion into the family, but when Brian said he was an atheist Meg tried to to shove religion down his throat. But, Brian lied to Meg About being converted just so he can buy alcohol. That just made him look weak. Then he takes Meg to a BOOK BURNING, so Seth MacFarlane is saying that all religious people think that all books are harm to God and we want to go back to the Dark Ages. This insults religious people, atheists and all people in between this is the worst episode of the worst season of Family Guy

Considering how opposed religious and agnostic groups are to each other, I didn't even know doing something like this was even possible. - alphadan12

Meg is absolutely the worst character in Family Guy history. This episode is one of the many reasons why. She tries to shove her Christian beliefs down Brian's throat, which basically shows that she's not a good Christian. People are complaining that Brian turned her into an atheist, but she wasn't even a good Christian to begin with. Meg is absolutely the biggest problem with this episode.

Don't blame Meg. This episode is anti-religious and wants you to hate both Meg and religions. If you find Meg annoying, let me tell you, it's fully intentional. - Svampbob164

When I was first watching this episode I thought it would be a nice story to show that the family truly does care for Meg. But instead we got an anti-Christian episode that's not only insulting but uncomfortable to watch. Family Guy should issue an apology to all religious people.

So Brian is basically saying that God doesn’t exist because not all women are physically attractive? That’s just dumb

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8 Brian and Stewie

I voted this up only to comment. I swear, everybody on this list hates the episodes that had a meaning. I loved this episode. Watching Stewie and Brian locked in that room helped me understand the relationship they have. It was very well put together, but I guess simple minds wouldn't understand and would rather watch Peter fart in Meg's face for 21 minutes.

I know some people like this episode for the serious moments and doing something new. But ambition does not equal quality and by god, this episode is just boring. The jokes aren't funny, its just gross out humour, if I can even call it humour. It doesn't feel like Family Guy, especially without the cutaways. And those serious moments? Yeah, way to make a 180 and go the opposite way of the show. Especially if you know that these moments won't have any effect on the rest of the series. It isn't engaging, it isn't funny, it isn't enjoyable and its emotionally draining.

Not funny, depressing, and lack of characters. This episode has the perfect formula for everything you don't want in an episode.

This is the most boring episode of Family Guy EVER! - Datguyisweird666

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9 Brian Griffin's House of Payne

This was the episode that made me stop watching Family Guy. The episode is terrible even by recent Family Guy standards.

The "Plot A" of the episode is boring. Brian tries to pitch his T.V. pilot, and James Woods ruins it. None of the jokes involving this were funny. The "Plot B" of the episode is the real reason this episode reaches a new level of bad. Chris and Meg accidentally knock Stewie down a flight of stairs resulting in him cracking his head and exposing his brain, so they try to hide Stewie's injury from the rest of the family by making him wear hats and drawing eyes on his head. Peter finds out about the situation and helps Chris and Meg hide it from Lois.

This episode is chocked filled with gross out moments and characters who are at their most abhorrent. One cutaway gag shows Stewie at the park in what appears to be a coonskin cap, but then, the cap stars moving and reveals itself to be a REAL racoon. The racoon starts chewing and tugging ...more

This is what I think is wrong with the new Family Guys especially this one. The characters seem like awful people and their all so one-dimensional. We also never see Stewie, who spends half the time getting thrown behind Lois' car and with a raccoon put on his head. Brian spends the whole time only caring about getting his show on T.V. until Lois knocks some sense into him. We see Chris and Meg be horrible people towards Stewie. I regret watching this one and I only saw it once.

This is the episode that made me give up on Family Guy. The A-Plot is tired,boring and James Woods shouldn't have been there. But the B-Plot is awful. Basically it says that infant abuse is funny and the family are all asss in this episode. Plus the crack on Stewies head made me nearly throw up. Seasons 1-4 were great stuff and seeing my former favourite show turn into this is really sad.

This episode just plain SUCKED. I mean the whole concept was just bland and strange. And seeing Stewie's head cracked open the whole episode just gave me chills. Not to mention how everyone treated him. He's a oNE YEAR OLD BABY WITH HIS HEAD CRACKED OPEN! Don't treat another kid like Meg. Haven't the Griffin's had enough child abuse?

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10 Fore, Father

Why all the hate for Seth? He hasn't even written any episodes on this list. I don't think he's written any since North By North Quahog way back in Family Guys golden era. Also, it's an ADULT cartoon, if you're looking for serious intellect and day to day bull just stick to daytime dramas.

I HATE THIS EPISODE WITH A PASSION. I HATE IT SO MUCH. A boring plot, dumb unfunny jokes, and you have a formula of disaster. Even Seth MacFarlane is quick to realize this was the worst in the series.

I can't help but find Cleveland jr annoying as hell in this episode

Especially where he just runs at the end of the episode with no reason why - sryanbruen

Even though this is an old episode I still hate it.

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The Contenders

11 Family Gay

This episode isn't bad! I love this episode!

I find it hypocritical that a show which promotes acceptance of LGBT people uses the overused stereotype of the effeminate and flamboyant gay man who likes musicals, baking and fruity cocktails. The writers should realise that being a gay man does not equal effeminacy, In fact most gay men hate camp gay men for giving other gay men a bad name. - OC96

This episode is kind of funny...

Wait..what I thought Family Gay was just a parody name for people who dislike/hate it.

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12 The Juice is Loose

This list is pretty terrible. I see nothing wrong with a bunch of these, like... Probably the entire top 10. This episode, however, is terrible. There are a few good jokes, but the entire thing seems like 3 good ideas and 17 bad ideas poorly meshed together. The Conway Twitty part went on for way too long, definitely, but my least favorite jokes were the "dumb beaver" jokes. I also hated the scene where OJ randomly killed 2 people in the crowd after his terrible speech. The intro said this was a lost episode. It should've stayed lost. - worstmusicoftheyear

A broken plot with out of nowhere twists and unfunny jokes that go on far too long, awful pacing, a slap in the face ending and a really forced plot. - Pug

Edit: This list is a bit better now. I hate about 2/3rds of the episodes in the top 10 at this point. This episode is still the worst one in my opinion.

This episode is just not funny and I skip it every time it comes up on Netflix

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13 Quagmire's Dad

Yet another terrible episode from Season 8. Here we go again with the show lacking more and more development on Quagmire. These writers are sure are getting lazy and they keep on focusing more on the plot rather than the characters.

Part of the episode, starting with Brian meeting Brenda and they "hit the beds together", is just an excuse to torture Brian even more than the lazy ass writers did in "Jerome is the New Black", Brian has done nothing to do to deserve being hated and getting beaten up by Quagmire so it really fails at trying to be funny, what didn't even make sense is that when Quagmire was beating up Brian, no one seems to be home and all in all this just makes it the worst episode for Brian, and makes Season 8 the worst and laziest season of all.

If you're going to try to portray a sensitive topic like that of transgender people your first step should be actually trying to find out what things are like from their perspective. When you don't you become as bad as a highlight reel of the status-quo bigoted jokes that EVERYONE HAS TOLD 1000 TIMES ALREADY. Ignoring the outright offensiveness of this it's just lazy. They even had Brian puke when he realized that he slept with a "man". Did they just find a laundry list of transphobic cliches and decided to use it as a checklist as they wrote it?

If you're going to be bigoted at least come up with a new way to be bigoted.

I Can't Believe Peter is still friends with Quagmire after what he did to Brian.

"Hey... I f***** your dad." For me, that line kept the episode from being a disaster because Brian got his money's worth.

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14 The 2000-Year-Old Virgin

Hated it hated it hated it with every fiber of my being. I saw it once, never again. The "joke" in this episode is that Jesus is a manipulative, sex-crazed douchebag who wants to score with Lois. That's it. Now I understand that devout Christians are most likely not going to see this episode nor watch Family Guy at all for obvious reasons, but this just comes off as cringeworthy and not funny. Now, I'm not in any way perfect. I am myself a very lapsed non denominational Christian, however I am also aware of the sensitivities surrounding world faiths. In my view defaming revered icons of world religions is not funny. Where's the humor? "Oh look there's a sacred figure of a major world faith. Let's turn him/her into an ass." Were they taking a page out of Charlie Hebdo's playbook? Were they trying to be like South Park saying either it's all okay or none of it is? Is it just to push the boundaries of what they can get away with? They've already shown child murder, ...more

I hated this episode.

"Hey, remember Jesus from "I Dream of Jesus"? Let's make a sequel to that episode, except let's make it a 40 Year Old Virgin ripoff and turn him into a manipulative, sex-crazed virgin ass who wants to get laid in Quahog. Oh, show all of the worst parts, piss off religious people as satire, have Peter continue his pedophilia from Fresh Heir, and lets have the episode remember almost nothing about I Dream of Jesus. Good, NOW LETS MAKE TONS OF HILARIOUS JOKES ABOUT PISSING OFF THE RELIGIOUS! THAT'S TOTALLY A GOOD IDEA! "

Why is this not higher? Most of the episodes on here were at least memorable for something. This episode is just forgettable, unfunny, insulting, in your face, down your throat, tedious, offensive, cringeworthy, bland, infuriating, aggrivating, lowest common denominator garbage. - JARHEAD5000

I don't even know what to say

If only Mr. Enter got to do a lot more Animated Atrocities including on Family Guy but also Admirable Animation on episodes on PhantomStrider's list of favourite Family Guy episodes according to one of his lists. - The Ultimate Daredevil

15 A Fistful of Meg

The main plot is good, but the subplot is just as lazy as the two season 8 episodes. Brian has seen Peter naked numerous of times before this episode so it definitely doesn't make sense and its lazy writing at it's most extreme. Another Brian-abused episode.

This episode was disgusting, very, VERY, violent, with a few sex jokes, and why the hell would Quagmire have a main role in this episode? It was very disturbing especially when brian goes naked. - HELLADERE120

This episode was not funny. It was SCARY!

Love the Meg plot, hate the Brian plot.

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16 Foreign Affairs

The plot was Bonnie goes to Paris because she wants to have an affair. Now let me say this. People who cheat on their spouse are scumbaggy, but Bonnie is a particularly loathsome type of scumbag. She openly tells Lois about it. She is hands down the most detestable character on the show. Dull and boring and also hates her own husband enough to cheat on him and in another episode wants to kill him. Joe should've broken it off then, but because his character is faithful to his family and his friends, he'll keep forgiving her until they both die. Joe deserves way better than Bonnie. The episode as a whole just fell flat. I can't even remember anything else about the episode. Horrible premise to an otherwise forgettable episode.

This episode was very hard to watch. Seth MacFarlane should be embarrassed with this one. it was the worst in the entire series and foreshadowed more bad episodes to come.

Brian and Stewie weren't in this episode because they were locked in the bank vault, which would explain what Peter and Lois were doing when Brian and Stewie were stuck in the bank vault.

Joe should have said bye bitch

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17 Hannah Banana

Miley Cyrus is in it. Enough said...

I like this episode, but Miley Cyrus was in it. That's all.


18 Peter-assment

Ugh this episode... is cringe inducing. It acts like men can't be sexually assaulted but they can. Lois is even more obnoxious and unlikable in this episode. Peter tries to tell her that he doesn't want to sleep with his boss. Yet Lois makes things way worse for him. Then his boss tries to commit suicide just because Peter doesn't want to sleep with her. Which is TERRIBLE by the way. Then Peter wears a disguise and does his boss. The overall message to this episode is bad, the writing is bad and the concept is bad overall. This is one of the worst episodes of the series.

See ladies, you're not the only ones who have harmful stereotypes placed on you, apparently in this episode everyone says Peter is wrong for saying that he was sexually harassed because all men are perverts and should want sex all the time. The worst part is the fact that this stereotype is EVERYWHERE! Nearly 100% the media in the world treats it that way. So apparently all men are sex addicts and all women are asexual but chose to get married because hell if I know

Peter Being Sexually Harassed by His Own Boss is Just Sick.

This episode makes me sick to my stomach and I cringe every time I think about it

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19 The Kiss Seen Around the World

I actually like this episode - CommentandList

20 Peter Problems

The the scene where Peter eviscerates a whale with a forklift was the worst moment in Family Guy history bar none. I can't believe that everyone is complaining about "Life of Brian," but ignoring this abomination of an episode. I'd rather watch a 24 hour marathon of "Life of Brian" than this episode once again (especially the whale scene and the scene where Peter accidentally cooks his kids). When will the Family Guy writers realize that disturbing does not automatically equal funny?

What a terrible, terrible episode. I desensitized to most of Family Guy's antics but I'm never watching this show again. The guy stabs a whale with a forklift and it's a scene that plays out for such a long time. Truly disturbing.

Family Guy addict but can't stand the whale scene. Won't ever watch the episode again.

The whale scene was just horrible, I couldn't even watch it...

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