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The Book of Joe 

Peter is hired to read Joe's new children's book; Brian takes up running to impress a girl.


Seth MacFarlane (created by), Seth MacFarlane (developed by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Seth MacFarlane ... Peter Griffin / Stewie Griffin / Brian Griffin / Glenn Quagmire / Tom Tucker / Scotty / Gene Shalit (voice)
Alex Borstein ... Lois Griffin (voice)
Seth Green ... Chris Griffin (voice) (credit only)
Mila Kunis ... Meg Griffin / Bank Teller (voice)
Mike Henry ... Cleveland Brown (voice)
Steve Callaghan Steve Callaghan ... Parent of Distracted Kid (voice)
Mason Cook ... Little Boy in Wheelchair / Kid #1 (voice)
Ralph Garman ... (voice)
Jonathan Morgan Heit ... Little Boy (voice)
Tatum Hentemann Tatum Hentemann ... Little Girl (voice)
Glenn Howerton ... (voice)
Kevin Michael Richardson ... Sun (voice)
Maya Rudolph ... Chloe (voice)
Danny Smith Danny Smith ... Al Harrington (voice)
John Viener ... (voice)


Peter is hired to read Joe's new children's book; Brian takes up running to impress a girl.

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

5 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


In one scene, Lois makes an oblique reference to the Boston Marathon bombing. Mark Wahlberg, the lead in Seth MacFarlane's Ted (2012) films, also stars in Patriots Day (2016), a dramatization of the bombing and the manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers. See more »


Stewie Griffin: Brian, why does everything you touch turn to garbage?
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Spoofs American History X (1998) See more »


Written by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson
Performed by The Alan Parsons Project
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Severely Underrated
1 January 2015 | by RbDerajSee all my reviews

In my opinion this is one of the best Family Guy episodes that I have seen. Unfortunately it doesn't have a very good rating, and I can't see why. It had constant jokes throughout that were spaced well enough so that they definitely kept the laughs going. One of the plot lines follows Joe as he writes a children's book about a handicapped squirrel. The other follows Brian as he takes up his new pastime of running which he discovers while trying to go out with an athletic girl. The storyline of Brian becoming a runner was definitely the better of the two. Maybe being a runner myself made me more apt to like it since I can relate. The runner's high scene and his transformation was hilarious as well as his downfall as he takes the whole thing too far. This episode is definitely worth the watch and deserves your vote.

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