Both left the series to create the ongoing adult animated sitcom American Dad! The writing process of Family Guy generally starts with 14 writers that take turns writing the scripts; when a script is finished it is given to the rest of the writers to read. Various gags are pitched to Mac Farlane and the rest of the staff, and those deemed funniest are included in the episode.Mac Farlane has explained that normally it takes 10 months to produce an episode because the show uses hand-drawn animation.

Family Guy has had many executive producers in its history, including Daniel Palladino, Kara Vallow, and Danny Smith. Goodman joined the show as a co-executive producer in season three, and eventually became an executive producer.

Matt Weitzman (left) is a former staff writer and Mike Barker is a former producer and writer of the show. as well, following production of the show's 10th season.

In 2009, it was nominated for an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, the first time an animated series was nominated for the award since The Flintstones in 1961.

Family Guy has also received criticism, including unfavorable comparisons to The Simpsons.

Mac Farlane redesigned the films' protagonist, Larry, and his dog, Steve, and renamed them Peter and Brian, respectively.

Mac Farlane pitched a seven-minute pilot to Fox in 1998, and the show was greenlit and began production.Mac Farlane explained that the team dropped the naming convention after individual episodes became hard to identify, and the novelty wore off.Credited with 19 episodes, Steve Callaghan is the most prolific writer on Family Guy staff.The show revolves around the adventures of the Griffin family, consisting of father Peter Griffin, a bumbling yet well-intentioned blue-collar worker; Lois, a pretty, stay-at-home mother and piano teacher who is a member of the wealthy Pewterschmidt family; Meg, their often-bullied teenage daughter who is also constantly ridiculed or ignored by the family; Chris, their awkward teenage son, who is overweight, unintelligent and, in many respects, is simply a younger version of his father; and Stewie, their diabolical infant son of ambiguous sexual orientation who has adult mannerisms and uses stereotypical archvillain phrases.Living with the family is their witty, smoking, martini-swilling, sarcastic, English-speaking anthropomorphic dog Brian, though he is still considered a pet in many ways.Family Guy is an American animated sitcom created by Seth Mac Farlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company.