Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise conceived by George Lucas. The first film in the franchise was originally released on May 25, 1977, by 20th Century Fox, and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, spawning two sequels, released at three-year intervals. Sixteen years after the release of the trilogy's final film, the first in a new prequel trilogy of films was released, again released at three-year intervals, with the final film released on May 19, 2005. Director J.J. Abrams was tapped for the seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise in 2013.
Many Star Wars characters and references are seen throughout all the Family Guy series.
The Griffins use an escape pod in "Holy Crap" that is similar to the pod used in Star Wars.
Stewie’s air battle in "Emission Impossible" with Peter’s sperm parodies that of both Luke Skywalker in A New Hope and the Millennium Falcon attack in Return of the Jedi with one of Peter’s testicles representing the base.
After Lois asks Peter if he gave away the family’s Christmas presents in "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas", Peter responds: “Lois, if you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” This is almost an exact quote of Obi-Wan Kenobi in his climactic duel with Darth Vader.
Brian slices open the camel’s belly to save Stewie from the cold, much like Han Solo did with his Tauntaun to warm Luke in The Empire Strikes Back.
When Peter imagines the baby birds as his children in "Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows", the third bird wears a purple version of Boba Fett’s helmet.
In "Chick Cancer", Luke is called out for embarrassing a rebel trooper by saying it was possible to shoot a proton torpedo into a two meter hole.
The final scene in "Blind Ambition" in which Peter receives his award is a reenactment of the ending of the original Star Wars film', complete with John Williams’ music, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2. In the same fashion, the credits were done to the Star Wars theme and style.
In an installment of "What Really Grinds My Gears" for Quahog 5 News in the first Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story segment, "Stewie B. Goode", one of the things that irks Peter Griffin is not being able to find the droids he's looking for. A couple of Stormtroopers viewing the telecast agree.
In "The Courtship of Stewie's Father", Kenobi warns Peter Griffin that the Tusken Raiders will return after storming from choir practice in greater numbers.
In "Brian Sings and Swings", Meg sees Chris putting on his hair and hat the same way Vader has his helmet put on in The Empire Strikes Back". It shows Chris' scarred head as the "Imperial March" is played.
Another episode of Family Guy dedicated to Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back titled Something, Something, Something, Dark Side was released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 22, 2009. The title came from a Star Wars related "Barely Legal" cutaway.
Yet another episode of Family Guy dedicated to Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, It's A Trap!, was released on December 21st 2010, as was a box set for the trilogy, known as the Laugh it Up, Fuzzball trilogy.
In "It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One", Mayor Lois Griffin claims that Darth Vader is buying yellowcake uranium from unwed teenage mothers in order to get money from the taxpayers to support Lake Quahog.
Peter quotes Vader's line "They are a part of a rebel alliance and a traitor!" in "Padre de Familia".
Hayden Christensen identifies who he is, with intention to go into character, when he shows up to join the spirits Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Francis Griffin, in their attempt to encourage Peter Griffin to prove himself to his biological father Mickey McFinnigan in "Peter's Two Dads".
Emperor Palpatine is also seen in "Tales of a Third Grade Nothing," at the Quahog Cabana Club as the only audience member when Frank Sinatra, Jr. and Brian become the new owners. He requests they play "On the Dark Side".
In "Three Kings", Peter as Andy Dufrense has several Star Wars figurines in his cell including Vader and General Grievous.
Chris uses two logs to crush Peter's head while they are mad at each other in "Hannah Banana". The scene is reminiscent of Return of the Jedi when the Ewoks use two logs to crush an AT-STs head.
In "Family Goy", the ghost of Francis Griffin appears before Peter and orders him to stop supporting the Jewish faith. When Peter agrees, he asks Francis to quote Obi-Wan's quote from The Empire Strikes Back: "You must go to the Dagobah System".
The Death Star appeared in "Brian Griffin's House of Payne" in the shape of Peter's face in Stewie's imagination.
Chris believes that Peter is about to launch into another Star Wars story in "Jesus, Mary & Joseph".
When Peter has a severe accident while skydiving in Las Vegas in "Turban Cowboy", he says he saw his life flash before his eyes and admits they did way too much Star Wars stuff. Peter also mangles "Allahu Akbar" as "Admiral Akbar" while dining at The Chaste Camel with Mahmoud.
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
- Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
- Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
- Star Wars: Rogue One (2016)
- Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
- Star Wars Episode IX: (TBA) (2019)