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Family Guy Theme Song
Theme Song
From the episode: All episodes except Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High, PTV, Family Goy, Brian Griffin's House of Payne, And Then There Were Fewer, And I'm Joyce Kinney, Livin' on a Prayer, Space Cadet, Valentine's Day in Quahog, Bigfat and Total Recall. Instrumental arrangements only for the "Road to" mini-series.
Singers:  :
Voices: Alex Borstein, Seth MacFarlane, Seth Green, Lacey Chabert (seasons 1-3), Mila Kunis (seasons 4-present), Tony Sirico (2 episodes in season 12) and Walter Murphy and His Orchestra

Family Guy, like most television programs, has a theme song. It was created by Walter Murphy.

Revised visuals for the theme song were made for the new widescreen version of the show that started in "Excellence in Broadcasting". While the song is not sung for the "Road to" mini-series", instrumental arrangements are used.

In the early seasons, Chris and Brian's voices are heard during the last line of the song over everyone else's. It was rerecorded following the show's revival, removing these prevalences.

Walter Murphy, Seth MacFarlane and David Zuckerman got an Annie Award nomination for writing the theme song in 2000. [1]

Listen

Maintheme

Frank Sinatra, Jr. version

Franks Family Guy

Lyrics

Lois: It seems today

That all you see

Is violence in movies and sex on TV

Peter: But where are those good old fashioned values

Entire Family: On which we used to rely?

Lucky there's a Family Guy

Lucky there's a man who

Positively can do

All the things that make us

Stewie: Laugh and cry!

Entire Family: He's... a.. Fam..ily... Guy!

Rap Version (Peter Griffin: Husband, Father...Brother?)

Peter: Seems today...

Backup Singers: Seems today...

Peter: That all you see...

Backup Singers: That all you see...

Peter: Is violence in movies...

Backup Singers: Violence in movies...

Peter: And sex on TV...

Backup Singers: Sex on TV...

Peter: But where are those good old-fashioned values

On which we used to rely?

Backup Singers: Heeey....

Peter: L-L-L-Lucky there's a Family Guy

Backup Singers: Lucky there's a Family Guy

Peter: Lucky there's a

Backup Singers: Lucky there's a

Peter: Lucky there's a

Backup Singers: Lucky there's a

Peter: Lucky there's a Family Guy

Backup Singers: Lucky there's a Family Guy

Peter: Lucky there's a

Backup Singers: Lucky there's a

Peter: Lucky there's a

Backup Singers: Lucky there's a

Peter: He's

Backup Singer: Come on!

Peter: A...Fam...ily...

Peter and Backup Singers: Guuuuuuuuuuy!

Backup Singer: Indahouse!

Y'know!

Backup Singers: Y'know! Y'know!

Corrupted version #1 (Whistle While Your Wife Works)

Lois: It seems today

That all you see

Is violence in movies and sex on TV

Peter: But where are those good old fashioned values

Entire Family: On which we used to rely?

Lucky there's a Family Guy

Lucky there's a man who

Positively can do

All the things that make us

Peter: [falls down stairs] AAAH! Ow! Aaah! Aaah, ow, ow! [lands on dancer] Dammit!

Lois: Peter, are you all right?

Peter: N-no. I think you should call somebody.

Brian: Ma'am, are you all right?

Dancer: I can't...breathe...

Brian: Oh, God, I think she's punctured a lung!

Peter: Aw, dammit, look at my foot, it's already starting to swell up. I'm looking forward to this week. Friggin' swelled foot all week.

Stewie: [to the camera] You know we should, we should, you should probably go ahead and shut that off.

Corrupted version #2 (Lottery Fever)

Lois: It seems today

That all you see

Is violence in movies and sex on TV

Peter: But where are those good old fashioned values

Entire Family: On which we used to rely?

Lucky there's a Family Guy

Lucky there's a man who

Positively can do

All the things that make—

[while everyone else dances, a dancer walks down the stairs up to Peter]

Peter: Uh uh, hold it. Hold it. [the music stops] W-What's going on here?

Dancer: I'm pregnant.

Peter: Y-You're what?!

Dancer: Yeah.

Peter: We're in the middle of a thing here.

Dancer: Well, you didn't return any of my texts.

Peter: W-W-W-So what's goin' on...You want, like, a ride to the place?

Lois: Peter, what's goin' on?

Peter: What's going on, Lois, is that this girl is obviously not well and I have just learned that she's been stealing from the show and she should probably be escorted out of the building.

[two security guards walk the dancer out of the theme song, everything is silent until Peter looks back at the camera]

Peter: Na...na...Fam...ily...Guy!

Corrupted version #3 (He's Bla-ack!)

Lois: It seems today

That all you see

Is violence in movies and sex on TV

Peter: But where are those good old fashioned values

Entire Family: On which we used to rely?

Lucky there's a Family Guy

Lucky there's a man who

Positively can do

All the things that make us

Cleveland: 'Scuse me, 'scuse me, sorry. Sorry, Mort, I, uh, I hate to do this.

Mort: What...What's happening?

Cleveland: They want me in the line.

Mort: Well, where do I go?

Cleveland: Home?

Mort: Okay, but I still get paid for today, right?

Cleveland: I...I wouldn't know, you need to talk to Marla.

[Mort leaves.]

Peter: Sorry. [Mort trips.] You okay?

Mort: What do you care?

Entire Family: All the things that make us

Stewie: Laugh and cry!

Entire Family: He's... a.. Fam..ily... Guy!

Corrupted version #4 (A Lot Going On Upstairs)

Lois: It seems today

That all you see

Is violence in movies and sex on TV

Peter: But where are those good old fashioned values

Entire Family, although Stewie mumbles through his lines and his dancing is off: On which we used to rely?

Lucky there's a Family Guy

Lucky there's a man who

Positively can do

All the things that make us

Stewie: Pumpkin pie!

Peter: What the Hell? [To a stagehand] Put him on the bench.

Stewie: Wait please, no, I just wasn't ready.

[Stewie is put on a bench with other characters that have been phased out]

Peter: Don't worry, we'll put you in soon.

Fouad: ho, ho, ho...is funny because you won't be back.

Entire Family sans Stewie: He's... a.. Fam..ily... Guy!

Notes

Cast
  • This song opens every episode except for the following:
  • The theme song was interrupted in the following episodes:
    • Whistle While Your Wife Works - Peter falls down the stairs landing on one of the female dancers.
    • Lottery Fever - one of the female dancers (voiced by Judy Greer), says she's pregnant with Peter's child.
    • He's Bla-ack! - Marking his official return to the series, Cleveland interrupts the theme song to replace Mort, who demands to know if he'll still get paid for the day.
    • A Lot Going On Upstairs - Upset by a monster that pursues him though his dreams, Stewie's dream of the opening theme, which replaces the actual theme, results in him flubbing his opening lines, including substituting "pumpkin pie" for the usual "laugh and cry." As a result, he is placed on a bench with other characters that no longer appear on the show.
    • Inside Family Guy - The theme song is presented as an instrumental number as screenshots of the production crew and "actors" are shown.
  • During the show's run, Stewie's line "Laugh and cry" has commonly been mistaken as "effin' cry". In the third season, to make the "l" more audible, Seth MacFarlane rerecorded the line. When the show was revived, the original recording of the line was used and has been ever since. This is referenced in "Friends of Peter G", when Peter, very drunk, asks if there truly is a difference while he shoos Stewie away. When the cast of Family Guy was on Inside the Actors Studio, Seth stated that "'effin' cry' lyrically makes no sense." In the uncensored version of "Call Girl", Stewie sets up a cutaway of having difficulty during the theme song. The ensuing cutaway features a burst of profanity from Stewie that far exceeds 'effin' cry'. Also in the original version, the family can be heard singing the chorus along with the studio singers. After the song was rerecorded, their vocals were mysteriously taken out and only the studio singers are heard singing the chorus, even after the original "laugh and cry" recording was put back in.
  • The full version of the song appears Family Guy: Live in Vegas album, and is the only song not created especially for the album. The track is titled "Theme from "Family Guy"".
  • The revised version of the opening that premiered in "Excellence in Broadcasting" features the supporting cast in roles previously filled with generic figures and the current rug color. From top to bottom on the men's side is Carter Pewterschmidt, Tom Tucker, Mort Goldman, Mayor Adam West, Joe Swanson and Glenn Quagmire. On the women's side is Barbara Pewterschmidt, Joyce Kinney, Angela, Jillian, Bonnie Swanson and Tricia Takanawa. Some of the cast are strategically placed according to their significant others at one point or another.
  • An instrumental version of the theme song played over the end credits from season 1 through part of season 3. Since mid-season 3, the end credits are changed to include a new arrangement of the theme music approximately every two seasons. There have been 6 versions of the end theme; the newest debuted during season 9. Version 4, a mostly flute and string arrangement, appeared in only a few episodes; however, FOX plays this version weekly during the parental advisory tag prior to the show.
  • In addition to the above, the ending credits have occasionally used "one-time only" arrangements of the theme song themed to specific episodes; these have included:
  • The uncensored version of "Tales of a Third Grade Nothing" features an extended version of "Take Me Out to pLace Tonight" over the end credits. The syndicated version reuses the Frank Sinatra, Jr. recording from "Brian Sings and Swings".
  • The song "Peter Griffin" is sung by "Paul Simon" at the end of "Scammed Yankees".
  • Peter is annoyed to find the family singing the theme song along with Chip, Peter's vestigial twin, in "Vestigial Peter". When they invite him to sing along, he mumbles his way through a line of the song, making up his own words before quitting in anger and frustration.
  • After the death of Brian Griffin in Life of Brian, Vinny took his place in the theme song for In Harmony's Way and Christmas Guy.
  • Stewie sees an alternate version of the theme song from before he was born in "Chap Stewie" as Lois holds up a bag of groceries and remarks on her prominent camel-toe.
  • CineFix Homemade Movies series created a shot-for-shot live-action recreation of the "Theme Song".[2]

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