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Brian: Portrait of a Dog 

Brian's life is on the line after he refuses to be treated like a dog.


Seth MacFarlane (created by), Seth MacFarlane (developed by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Seth MacFarlane ... Peter Griffin / Brian Griffin / Stewie Griffin / Tom Tucker / Jake Tucker / Announcer / Game Show Host / Blue M&M / Deer / Pillsbury Doughboy / Dog Sheriff / MacGyver / Jury #1 (voice)
Alex Borstein ... Lois Griffin / Liza / Girl in Commercial / Jessica Fletcher (voice)
Seth Green ... Chris Griffin / Manager / Officer #2 (voice)
Lori Alan ... Diane Simmons (voice)
Butch Hartman Butch Hartman ... Charles Montrose / Vet (voice)
Rachael MacFarlane ... Various (voice)
Mary Scheer ... Ann Landers / Mary Bradford / Mother (voice)
Joey Slotnick ... Cashier / Officer (voice)
Dick Van Patten ... Tom Bradford (voice)
Wally Wingert ... Various (voice)


Brian agrees to help out Peter by entering a dog show, but then quits in mid-performance when commanded to beg. After storming out of the house following an argument with Peter, Brian gets stopped by the police for using a drinking fountain meant for people, and finally ends up under arrest and facing the death penalty for biting someone. Only now when it looks like he will be taken away from them forever, does the family realize how important Brian is. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Animation | Comedy


TV-14 | See all certifications »




Release Date:

16 May 1999 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Surround)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the courtroom, Brian tries to cite a case, called Plessy v. Ferguson, as precedent. Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), is a landmark United States Supreme Court decision in the jurisprudence of the United States, upholding the constitutionality of state laws requiring racial segregation in public facilities under the doctrine of "separate but equal". See more »


When Meg arrives home early in the show she immediately stands in front of an air conditioner. Minutes later it is learned that the winner of the dog show earns $500. Lois states that they can use the money to get the air conditioner fixed. See more »


Police Officer: [after he brings Brian home from the streets; to Peter] And the fine is $10.00.
[to Brian]
Police Officer: Now you behave yourself, little guy. Understand?
Brian Griffin: [sarcastically in a Southern voice] Oh Lordy, Lordy I'll never roam again!
[Peter closes the door]
Brian Griffin: Jackass.
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Spoofs Midnight Express (1978) See more »

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Brian: Portrait of a Dog
5 September 2007 | by samcraccSee all my reviews

This episode is Hilarius. Whats sad is that the police take Brian. Whats Hilarius is Laddy And The Tramp. Whats brilliant is that Brian the Dog sings and when he looks handsome. Thats funny when the baby has a lollipop when Peter does something with a woman and the heat with Mom Tucker and Tom Tucker that her bra was showing when there was the heat. Whats Hilarius is that an M & M thats blue is there and the deer. Whats hysterical is the Pilsberry gets squish then makes Cinnamon buns. Thats very funny when its a cartoon thats silent. This episode is when Brian looks beautiful with a collar but then Protraits. This episode is Hilarius you will like this episode and so does Brian when he looks beautiful with that collar on his neck.

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