14 of Family Guy’s Most Relatable Funeral Scenes
Snowflakes beware: If you can’t deal with a desk of dark humor and a hammock of sarcasm, you probably won’t like the video clips below. But if you recognized the bizarre units of measurements “desk” and “hammock” in that first sentence from Season Six, Episode Three of Family Guy, then read on . . . you’ll love this!
Family Guy, an irreverent animated sitcom that first aired on the Fox network in 1999 and is still going strong after 21 seasons, isn’t for everyone. Sure, it’s technically a cartoon, but the content is a far cry from the Saturday morning Smurfs and Bugs Bunny we grew up with.
The show revolves around the members of the ridiculously dysfunctional Griffin family of Quahog, Rhode Island: Peter, the incompetent patriarch; his ever-suffering wife Lois; their social outcast daughter Meg, awkward son Chris, and genius baby Stewie; and the family’s talking, novel-writing, alcoholic dog, Brian. Together with a cast of recurring characters, the Griffins have fumbled their way through 409 episodes of adventures, irreverently tackling virtually every social issue in the most politically incorrect ways. And they’re hilarious, as long as you don’t take the jokes, logic, reality, or yourself too seriously.
As it turns out, one of Family Guy’s most popular recurring tropes is death. It seems like every character on the show has died, has imagined their death, or has been presumed dead at one time or another. According to the List of Deaths wiki’s Family Guy page (one of many such fan-managed wiki pages dedicated to the show’s various peculiarities), thousands of deaths have been depicted; 58 occurred in the first season alone. In fact, the character Death, who is dressed as the Grim Reaper and primarily voiced by Saturday Night Live alum Norm Macdonald, has appeared in 42 episodes.
With this many deaths, you’d better believe that viewers have witnessed several Family Guy funerals — dozens, actually. And while some of the scenes may, at first, seem disrespectful to the discerning eyes of deathcare professionals, you might just find some familiar scenarios that make you roll your eyes, chuckle, or perhaps even laugh out loud.
With no further ado, here are 14 super-relatable funeral scenarios depicted in the most absurd and hysterical ways by the folks at Family Guy:
1. The funeral where everyone’s on their phones (Season 16, Episode 18)
2. The memorial service where it’s obvious that the celebrant knows nothing about the deceased (Season 18, Episode 18)
3. The bargain-basement, can-we-get-that-for-free burial (Season 12, Episode 4)
4. The wacky uber-personalized funeral where every one of the deceased over-the-top and quirky wishes are honored (Season 13, Episode 14)
5. The angry lady at the funeral who gets physical with another visitor (Season 12, Episode 6)
6. The funeral where you learn way more than you really needed or wanted to know about the deceased (Season 20, Episode 15)
7. The funeral where you have to address the inappropriately-dressed and incorrectly-parked visitor (Season 17, Episode 6)
8. The funeral where the family insists on adjusting the body … and the one where they talk about their inheritance (Season 2, Episode 1)
9. The funeral where the celebrant delivers the eulogy to the wrong audience (Season 17, Episode 9)
10. The funeral where a guy is obviously checking out the hot girls (Season 3, Episode 9)
11. The funeral where the loved ones milk the sympathy of visitors for all it’s worth (Season 6, Episode 5)
12. The funeral where the celebrant’s eulogy goes way off on a tangent (Season 2, Episode 13)
13. The funeral where bombshell family secrets are revealed . . . and the family tries to avoid you because they owe you money (Season 20, Episode 7)
14. The funeral where a visitor wanders into an off-limits area in the funeral home … and the family requests multiple wardrobe changes … and then the deceased disappears (Season 11, Episode 19)