Family Guy (Season 6) (2007)

Maybe it’s around here that “Family Guy” began its precipitous slip from hilarious to aggressively insulting in earnest. The two former seasons had introduced a smugness that hadn’t been present before, but here, the occasional mean-spiritedness the show had demonstrated here and there before began to rear its ugly head more often than not, and unfortunately began to take hold. Perhaps it’s a symptom of the discourse of pop culture of the mid-aughts, which, with the rise of Perez Hilton, TMZ, etc, had veered into a corrosive, toxic sludge, encouraging needless verbal cruelty for its own sake – but whatever it was, “Family Guy” Season 6 is occasionally hilarious but seems more interested in blunt insults than funny jokes, and while it doesn’t outright ruin the show, it does take some of the fun out of it.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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