“Family Guy” Kills Off Original Character

From Geek Goes Rogue TV Editor Zach W. Lorton, as told to by the steam coming out of my ears because Jay Leno is on my television…


Over the last few years, I’ve begun to understand what it’s like to become attached to a great television character.  Every TV series that lasts for more than 3 seasons, or that has its own niche within a dedicated fanbase, has at least one character that people latch onto with wild abandon.  With the Seth McFarlane creation Family Guy, there have been two characters that stick in the mind of the show’s fans: the homicidal-and-too-smart-for-his-own-good toddler Stewie, and the liberally minded and artfully cultured family dog Brian.

However, as of today, one of them is no longer alive.

Sunday night, the cast of Family Guy said their final goodbye to Brian Griffin, whose life was unceremoniously cut short by a hit-and-run driver.  As a way to cope with his sudden death, the family immediately got themselves another dog, Vinny (voiced by The Sopranos’ Tony Sirico).

I can’t say that I have a problem with this, but I know several people out there will.  Brian was one of the series’ most beloved characters and was part of the show’s core and heart.  He was the voice of reason that would, most often, help provide balance to the idiocy surrounding him.  There were times that he would go a little insane, but he would always come back to center, and I think his relative stability was what made him such a likable character.

This scene is one of my favorite Brian Griffin moments, and it features him with the other males in the family.

So sound off. What’s your favorite Brian Griffin moment?

Zach W. Lorton is a media producer and professional DJ/MC by trade, and a comedian, actor, and musician by default.  His debut music project is set to begin recording in 2014, and will likely take the world by storm, possibly in the form of a Sharknado.

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