Family Guy (1999– )
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Brian and Stewie travel back in time to January 31, 1999 to change history, only to alter the past with dire consequences.

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Seth MacFarlane (created by), Seth MacFarlane (developed by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Seth MacFarlane ... Peter Griffin / Brian Griffin / Stewie Griffin / Glenn Quagmire / Tom Tucker / Kool-Aid Guy (voice)
Alex Borstein ... Lois Griffin (voice)
Seth Green ... Chris Griffin (voice) (archive sound)
Mila Kunis ... Meg Griffin (voice) (credit only)
Mike Henry ... Cleveland Brown (voice)
Lacey Chabert ... 1999 Meg Griffin (voice) (archive sound)
Chris Cox ... George W. Bush (voice)
Ralph Garman ... Dog in the Window (voice)
Christine Lakin ... Joyce Kinney (voice)
Phil LaMarr ... Judge (voice) (archive sound)
Fred Tatasciore ... John Madden (voice) (archive sound)
John Viener ... Terrorist / Tech Guy (voice)
Patrick Warburton ... Joe Swanson (voice)
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Brian and Stewie travel back in time to January 31, 1999 to change history, only to alter the past with dire consequences.

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

The first thing Stewie says when he looks through the window of his 1999 home is: "Oh my God what's wrong with Meg's voice? She sounds like someone who's about to give up a huge opportunity." This is a reference to the fact that Meg's voice was originally done by Lacey Chabert for thirteen episodes before Mila Kunis got the job in the episode "Da Boom" and played the part from that point on. See more »

Goofs

When Stewie is taking the dead Brian back to his return pad, it leaves a trail of blood, when the camera angle changes, the blood is gone. See more »

Quotes

Stewie Griffin: [a Duplicate Brian and Stewie have shown up, and they are floating around inside Barbershop Signs for some reason] My God! What happened to you?
Duplicate Brian Griffin: We don't know. But this is Life now!
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Connections

References The Cleveland Show (2009) See more »

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Family Guy scores a big win with their next in a long series of time-traveling episodes
6 January 2012 | by athomedSee all my reviews

This has been the gem of the 10th season so far. In the episode, Stewie and Brian go back in time to find an old tennis ball of Brian's. Things become more complicated when Brian has the urge to tell the past Brian about 9/11 in an attempt to prevent it.

There are tons of jokes at the expense of the old animation and even one hilarious poke at the actress who used to voice Meg. We have the perfect opportunity in this episode to see how much these characters have evolved, as Stewie and Brian come face to face with their old selves from the pilot.

The 9/11 piece of this episode, which I won't give away, was heavily criticized, despite this episode garnering positive reviews from critics. I didn't lose anyone on that day, but I spent a good chunk of my life afterward in the foreign wars that followed, and look, this is an animated show for adults. They're not looking for anyone's approval.

Give this episode a watch. The jokes are here. A glimpse of the past and the Family Guy we loved so much is here.


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