FOX's Family Guy proved that you can't quit a show with a dedicated fan base.
Since its debut following the Atlanta Falcon's take-down of the Denver Broncos at the Super BowlXXXIII on January 31, 1999, the adult cartoon series was given the ax on multiple occasions but was revived every time due to high ratings on the Cartoon Network.
Seth MacFarlane, who conceived the show, commemorated the show's 20th anniversary and praised its staying power despite dodging multiple bullets – including a lawsuit involving Carol Burnett and a porn shop.
"Hey so Family Guy premiered 20 years ago today on Fox. After several cancellations, multiple time slots and a lawsuit from Carol Burnett, we somehow still exist! Here's to still existing!"
Hey so Family Guy premiered 20 years ago today on Fox. After several cancellations, multiple time slots and a lawsu… https://t.co/EMKF1rMBiz— Seth MacFarlane (@Seth MacFarlane)1548952062.0
A cartoon version of the vaudevillian extraordinaire, Carol Burnett of The Carol Burnett show, made an appearance as her "charwoman" character during a fourth season episode titled "Peterotica" as a part-time janitor for a porn shop called "Pornoslavia."
@SethMacFarlane @GeorgeTakei Love the show! For a real chuckle, check out these comments about Family Guy from 12… https://t.co/GudIlJFod6— David (@David)1548981825.0
In 2007, she sued 20th Century Fox for $6 million in damages due to copyright infringement and claimed FOX violated her publicity rights. The lawsuit was ultimately rejected since the parody was protected under the First Amendment.
The Family Guy remained invincible after FOX cancelled the 2nd and 3rd seasons and ultimately renewed the show each time.
20 years later, the show continues to push the envelope with their bras sense of humor.
Today we celebrate 20 FREAKIN' YEARS of #FamilyGuy! 🤯 https://t.co/wdC6HT375r— Family Guy (@Family Guy)1548956495.0
Fans of the show expressed their love for The Family Guy and its impact on their lives.
@SethMacFarlane Changed my life completely. I got the girl of my dreams to fall in love with me after she found out… https://t.co/jqLBmB0VJn— Stefan von Imhof (@Stefan von Imhof)1548953075.0
@HeavyMetalLois @SethMacFarlane LOL, this foreshadows the episode title "Brian the Closer", am I right? Anyway, th… https://t.co/CPfsqggg4N— Brian Griffin (@Brian Griffin)1548975485.0
@FamilyGuyonFOX Happy birthday to an amazing crew that has brought a gazillion laughs to my family! 🤗🤗🤗🤗… https://t.co/HNRnU2ocEi— Fancy Mom (@Fancy Mom)1548956692.0
@heytherekleo @FamilyGuyonFOX @ChrisGrassi_ It's such a gr8 and e🅱️ic show! They deserve the 🌎! ❤😍❤😍❤😍😍😍😍❤❤😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍❤— Patrick Messer (@Patrick Messer)1548961929.0
@FamilyGuyonFOX I didn't know it had been that long. That means I've had this thing on my left arm for almost two d… https://t.co/dhVC7xsNVr— Andrew Orillion (@Andrew Orillion)1548963955.0
Dedicated viewers reminisced about their favorite moments through GIFs and memes.
@FamilyGuyonFOX Congratulations to the best damn show in television history!!! @SethMacFarlane https://t.co/nTccTP3ucQ— 👊🏻CESARO GUY👊🏻 (@👊🏻CESARO GUY👊🏻)1548975477.0
@SethMacFarlane Good job keeping that black knight at bay for 20 years! #nicemoat https://t.co/6olGQV62Wh— Jesse Callahan (@Jesse Callahan)1548955665.0
@SethMacFarlane @TroyRyanXXX I remember how outrageously awesome the very first episodes seemed and thinking what a… https://t.co/mq9DN5aJC0— Bill Kinnik (@Bill Kinnik)1548956291.0
@SethMacFarlane https://t.co/Uf1XsGE0s9— Alain J. Gomez (@Alain J. Gomez)1548956992.0
@SethMacFarlane https://t.co/Hs3C6rxVwY— DJ Whackin Off (@DJ Whackin Off)1548952360.0
@FamilyGuyonFOX https://t.co/BacoQKNogH— Judy Truong (@Judy Truong)1548959531.0
@FamilyGuyonFOX https://t.co/b1DY83b5ej— Inc0gn!to 🕴 (@Inc0gn!to 🕴)1548956980.0
@FamilyGuyonFOX 20 years and we’re still going strong another shows tried to take us down but all they got was a ta… https://t.co/Rj9j6GP0yf— MOHAMMED #teampaul (@MOHAMMED #teampaul)1548957269.0
FOX announced they were renewing the show for its seventeenth season on May 12, 2018. New episodes of The Family Guy began airing on September 30, 2018.
Happy 20th, Family Guy!