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'Family Guy' deals with abortion

"FAMILY Guy" was uncensored for Emmy voters.

The cast of the bawdy popular animated Fox series performed a never-to-be-aired episode for members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the press on Wednesday at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood. The episode deals with the contentious topic of abortion.

"Not as bad as you think," said Seth MacFarlane, the "Family Guy" creator who serves as executive producer, writer and also supplies numerous voices on the show, including bumbling Griffin family patriarch Peter and talking dog Brian.

MacFarlane was joined on stage by fellow "Family Guy" voice actors, including John Viener, Danny Smith, Christine Lakin and Mila Kunis.

Most of the episode dealt with matriarch Lois deciding to become a surrogate mother for her infertile friend - against Peter's wishes. After her friend is killed in a car crash, the Griffins are left with the difficult decision of what to do about the pregnancy.

At one point, Peter watches an anti-abortion video, which proclaims several people would be alive if abortion wasn't legal, including a fourth Stooge, the guy who would have killed Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden's America-loving brother, who could have prevented 9/11.

Inappropriate or not, the crowd was in stitches. The series, which is set in the fictional suburb of Quahog, Rhode Island, has had a penchant for political incorrectness and going to the edge since premiering in 1999 and being canceled - and then later resurrected - in 2000 and again in 2002.

"Family Guy" is the first animated comedy to be nominated for a comedy series Emmy since "The Flintstones" in 1961.


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