June 28, 2008

Family Guy roundup

Family Guy is competing with The Simpsons and King of the Hill as the animated series most likely to feature Indians. Here's a roundup of links on the show.

For more on the subject, see TV Shows Featuring Indians.


dmarks said...

It's not like there are that many prime time cartoons to begin with. I'm not sure if "American Dad" is still on, but I don't recall any Native content.

"King of the Hill" has Native content in most episodes, I think.

Rob said...

There are still a lot of animated shows on Saturday mornings. And on cable channels such as the Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon.

I wrote about King of the Hill's John Redcorn in The Best (Only) Native Character. I'd say this show is a special case.

Why? John Redcorn appears on King of the Hill several times a year, giving Natives (or at least one Native) more exposure than on other shows. But the stories are almost always about Redcorn's personal issues, not social or cultural issues. They have little or nothing to do with his being Native.

At this point I've seen almost all the King of the Hill episodes. Only 3-4 of them have dealt squarely with Native issues, I think. King of the Hill has a greater Native presence than The Simpsons or Family Guy, but it may not tackle Native issues as often.

So the answer depends on how you weigh Native content. But yes, I should mention King of the Hill in this posting. I'll add it.

Rob said...

If we're going by the mere inclusion of Native characters, The Emperor's New School is the overwhelming winner among animated shows. But I don't think of it as a leading Native show because it has close to zero Native content. Again, the winner depends on how you define and measure the Native content.