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American Dad! on TBS, and a Comparison of Freemium Games ‘Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff’ and ‘The Simpsons: Tapped Out’

8 Jan

Stan Smith and Peter GriffinI’m not totally sure what to think about this last season of American Dad! — the show’s first season on TBS– and its first without former producer Mike Barker.

It was okay, I guess. There were some kinda cool episodes. But nothing that felt really EXCELLENT.

There were a few laughs. But something felt… missing sometimes. I’m not sure what it was, and I can’t even pin it on any one thing. I’m not sure if it’s Barker’s departure, or the move from FOX to TBS, whatever it is, I just hope that when the show returns in February for yet another season (on TBS) that it’s a little better, and maybe more like its old self.

Regardless, I still love the hell out of American Dad! and was thrilled to see the inclusion of the AD! characters in the freemium game Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff (also known as TQFS, and made by TinyCo) as a marketing event from TBS!

Hell, the Smith family was the only reason I started playing the game.

I managed to get all the main Smith family characters (including Klaus!) the Smith’s house, the CIA building, and more (such as their vehicles, Roger’s spaceship, etc) before the event ended.

Now, those little idiots just mill around in Quahog with the Griffins and company in their strange, Sims-like manner.

That brings me to the other point of this post. I wanted to compare and contrast aspects of The Quest for Stuff to the other cartoon-related freemium game out there right now– The Simpsons: Tapped Out (also known as TSTO, made by EA).

I had played Tapped Out on my old phone, which could barely handle its load time and size. However, with a recent phone upgrade, the wife and I have been enjoying both this game and The Quest for Stuff. So, this led us to an idea– this blog post, to serve as a brief contrast/comparison of both freemium games.

Tapped Out was released first, in 2012, so they’ve had longer to develop and tweak their stuff. The Quest for Stuff came out in 2014, and definitely took what the Simpsons had created (as usual) and improved it in a couple ways- better, quicker money acquisition and better closeups on the characters. In addition, TQFS is now in the Windows store– we were able to put it on our Surface tablet!

The towns in both games (Springfield and Quahog) started off as ravaged by disasters, after which you need to rebuild. There are a lot of similarities in the games. BOTH take up a good amount of room on your phone, need a good processor to run properly, and can get super glitchy with new features from updates or too many animated items out at the same time. However, with a good processor, the games run relatively smoothly. Both have the ability to link to the towns of your friends, via Origin in Tapped Out and Facebook for TQFS.The Simpsons Tapped Out

In general, the Family Guy characters seem to level up faster, and you are able to poke around a little further in the town faster. You also seem to get characters a little faster than in Tapped Out sometimes, although there are certain characters it seem like it takes FOREVER to get (also similar to Tapped Out). The unlocking aspect of the Quest for Stuff characters can be a long process.

For the most part, TQFS is laggier during gameplay and navigation, although I feel like Tapped Out takes longer to load when it first starts up. I personally prefer the Simpsons money (actual green cash dollars pop out after you click the yellow dollar signs, as opposed to little gray circles with $ on them in TQFS)– although Family Guy nails the experience points icons — they are little TVs like their logo! Tapped Out simply has “XP” icons.

Both games have updates for Halloween, Christmas, and other holidays. These updates can sometimes get annoying or overwhelming when mixed in with the other tasks/quests of the games. Hell, the Tapped Out ‘Whacking Day’ update was when I first stopped playing the game, although I eventually came back. The Family Guy Christmas stuff was just awful this year, I felt. I had to give it a break until it was all over. Mall Santas, snowmen, horses, pirates, just everything was out walking around. Insanity. The Simpsons Happy Little Elf cannon that continues well past the new year is a welcome addition, however. Really fun and funny. This kind of thing is probably each to his own.

The writing/jokes in TQFS are awesome. The dialog was actually written by the Family Guy writers, so the things the characters say are HILARIOUS, and seem much less repetitive than in Tapped Out– the character interactions are a little better, and there are a LOT of different things each character says. Tapped Out has a lot of repetition in the characters’ sayings (for example, Lisa just saying “Bart” over and over again sometimes-ugh), and some of the voices don’t always sound right (both Bart’s and Lisa’s, etc.)

Francine in Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff

I’ve always loved The Simpsons more than Family Guy, and I always will. But I just LOVE the inclusion of the American Dad! characters in The Quest for Stuff!

I love it so much that I wish that there was a separate game just for Langley Falls and the Smith family!

Recently, the creators of South Park made fun of the concept of freemium games — they were asked to do one a while back, but they put time and money into making The Stick of Truth instead, for gaming consoles. So I don’t see really see a freemium game coming from them in the future.

I guess we will see how the future of freemium games goes down. And we’ll see how the next season of American Dad! is too.

Until next time!

Fall/Winter Cartoon Season — Simpsons, American Dad!, Regular Show, Gumball, Sanjay and Craig, SpongeBob, and more!

10 Oct

Yeti Krabs - Spongebob Squarepants

Instead of a constantly-updated blog post or two, we added a sweet new feature to the blog design here!

Up above and to the right (and we’re also linking them here in this post), next to the (also updated) ‘About‘ page, we made two new pages — ‘Show Statuses‘ and ‘Upcoming Episodes‘!

So, check out the new header area. And bookmark us!

We’ll leave some of the upcoming 2015/2016 show info we’ve had posted here for a while now below, but from now on, we’ll be updating all the show/episode info on those two pages!

Plus, those two pages have all kinds of sweet links and stuff.

Enjoy em!

**** 2015-2016 DATES (SOME TENTATIVE/TBA): ****

Sunday, Jan 4
The Simpsons – “The Man Who Came to Be Dinner” (FOX)

Sunday, Jan 11
The Simpsons – “The Musk Who Fell to Earth” (FOX)

Sunday, Jan 18
The Simpsons – “Bart’s New Friend” (FOX  – written by Judd Apatow!)

Feb
American Dad! – more new episodes

Friday, Feb 6
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (second SpongeBob movie, in 3D — will be released in theaters)

Aqua Teen Hunger Force (or whatever it will be titled this next season) season 11 (Adult Swim – Feb? 2015)

Bordertown (series premiere – FOX – spring 2015)

Rick and Morty season 2 (Adult Swim – summer 2015)

The Amazing World of Gumball renewed for season 4 (2015) and season 5 (2016) (Cartoon Network)

Sanjay and Craig renewed for season 3 (Nickelodeon, 2015)

SpongeBob Squarepants season 10 is confirmed (Nickelodeon, 2015?)

Brickleberry, South Park and More… Even Further Into the Fall 2014 Cartoon Season

16 Sep

Ethel! Brickleberry!We’re heading further into the fall 2014 season of cartoons, and it’s looking like it’s gonna keep being a great one!

Tonight (September 16th), season 3 of Brickleberry begins with “Obamascare” at 10:30/9:30c on Comedy Central. The season will continue on forthcoming Tuesdays.

For the next three Thursdays, new season 3 Amazing World of Gumball episodes continue airing at 6:30/5:30c on Cartoon Network. The next three to air will be “The Mothers” (September 18th), “The Password” (September 25th) and “The Procrastinators” (October 2nd).

This next Saturday, September 20th, season 2 of Sanjay and Craig continues with “Barfy’s Babies” and “Butts Up Club”. There will be two more episodes of S&C on September 27th — “Screamday” and “Enter Sandman”.

This upcoming Sunday, September 21st, the final American Dad! on FOX (“Blagsnarst: A Love Story”, featuring the voice of Kim Kardashian) airs at 9:30pm before it moves to TBS for its new season (starting October 20th, episodes will air at 9/8c, and will likely continue on the following Mondays). In addition, Mr. Pickles has its SERIES premiere that same Sunday on Adult Swim at midnight, followed by the Squidbillies season 8 premiere at 12:15am!

Next week on Wednesday, September 24th, season 18 of South Park premieres at 10pm on Comedy Central. The season will likely continue on forthcoming Wednesdays.

The Sunday after that, September 28th, will be the season 26 premiere of The Simpsons with episode “Clown in the Dumps” at 8/7c, followed by the one hour premiere of Family Guy, the Simpsons crossover episode “The Simpsons Guy”!

We’re also waiting for Wander Over Yonder to return. There are still 11 episodes left in its first season.

Also, all the BoJack Horseman season 1 episodes are up on Netflix — really a must-watch show. It’s so hilarious. We’re making our way through this first season, and loving every minute of it!

So, to sum up…..

TUESDAYS: Brickleberry (Comedy Central, 10:30/9:30c)

WEDNESDAYS: (Starting next week) South Park (Comedy Central, 10pm)

THURSDAYS: The Amazing World of Gumball (Cartoon Network, 6:30/5:30c)

SATURDAYS: Sanjay and Craig (Nickelodeon, usually 10/10:30am-ish)

SUNDAYS: (This week) American Dad! (FOX, 9:30/8:30c) Mr. Pickles (Midnight, Adult Swim) Squidbillies (12:15am, Adult Swim)

SUNDAYS: (The week after) The Simpsons (FOX, 8/7c) Family Guy (Simpsons crossover — FOX, 9/8c) Mr. Pickles and Squidbillies (Adult Swim, same time as previous week!)

EXTRA CREDIT: BoJack Horseman (Full first season, on Netflix!)

Updates, Fall Premieres, The Simpsons/Family Guy Crossover “The Simpsons Guy”, Brickleberry, South Park, American Dad! and the Simpsons/Futurama Crossover

23 Jul

The Simpsons Family Guy 1 Hour Crossover Special Event "The Simpsons Guy" Coming Sunday September 28 to FOX

UPDATED!

DATES TO REMEMBER, 2014:

Friday, Aug 22
-Series premiere of Bojack Horseman on Netflix. The entire series will be immediately available for your binge-watching pleasure.

Sunday, Sept 14
-Premiere of micro-season of American Dad! on FOX. A one hour block of two new unaired episodes (“Roger Passes the Bar” and “From Russia With Love”) back to back at 9:30pm.

Tuesday, Sept 16
-Premiere of Brickleberry season 3 at 10:30pm on Comedy Central.

Sunday, Sept 21
-Final episode of American Dad! on FOX (“Blagsnarst: A Love Story”) at 9:30pm, before the show moves to TBS in October (see below for date).
Mr. Pickles series premiere at 12:00 midnight on Adult Swim.
Squidbillies season 8 (but really 9?) premiere at 12:15am on Adult Swim. (Why is it not season 9?)

Wednesday, Sept 24
-Premiere of South Park season 18 at 10pm on Comedy Central.

Sunday, Sept 28
-Premiere of The Simpsons season 26 on FOX (“Clown in the Dumps”, 8/7c)
-Premiere of Family Guy season 13 – the one hour Family Guy/Simpsons crossover event, (“The Simpsons Guy”, 9/8c)

Thursday, Oct 30
-Premiere of American Dad! on TBS (despite reports it will air on Mondays)

Sunday, Nov 9
The Simpsons/Futurama crossover “Simpsorama” slated to air on FOX

TBA..?
SpongeBob season 9 began in 2012, and there is still one unaired episode (in the USA), “Yeti Krabs”.

2015-2016 DATES (TENTATIVE/TBA):

Friday, Feb 6
-‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’ (the second SpongeBob movie, in 3D, in theaters)

Bordertown series premiere on FOX (spring 2015)

Regular Show renewed for season 6 on Cartoon Network (2015)

The Amazing World of Gumball renewed for season 4 (2015) and season 5 on Cartoon Network

Sanjay and Craig renewed for season 3 (2015) on Nickelodeon

Aqua Teen Hunger Force (or whatever it will be titled this next season) season 11 on Adult Swim (2015)

SpongeBob season 10 is confirmed for Nickelodeon (2015?)

There you have it – more soon!

Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin from upcoming Simpsons/Family Guy crossover episode "The Simpsons Guy" in September on FOX

On American Dad! Moving To TBS — A Belated Father’s Day Post

18 Jun

American Dad! Stan Smith and KlausIt’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of American Dad!, and I have been ever since this great show began airing in 2005. I’ve had the pleasure of watching the show evolve from its humble origins, and have witnessed both the jokes and the animation improve over the years.

If I remember correctly, I saw the series premiere of American Dad! (entitled “Pilot”) when it originally aired on FOX, directly following Super Bowl XXXIX on February 6th, 2005. It only took viewing a few episodes for me to realize that I much preferred American Dad! to Family Guy.

Why?

For one thing, American Dad! has no cut-aways. Also, the show’s stellar writing contains much more weird, yet somehow more thoughtfully organized humor. It’s much more subtle, and not so heavy-handed. Finally, the characters — especially those of Steve and Roger — are all-time favorites of mine in the cartoon world. They’re just so bizarre and hilarious.

On July 16th, 2013, it was announced that American Dad! had quietly been cancelled by Fox, leaving the show’s tenth season as its final run on the network. Shortly thereafter, however, cable station TBS picked it up for two seasons – 15 episodes (previously announced as 11th season, but will serve as a continuation of the 10th season), which are slated to begin airing October 30th on Monday nights. The true purpose of this cancellation/relocation was to make room for new animated broadcasts on Animation Domination, such as another animated series from Seth MacFarlane called Bordertown.

Regarding the network move, Mike Barker stated “It’s going to be the same American Dad! just in a different place”. At Comic Con 2013, Mike Barker revealed that an American Dad! movie (possibly centering on Roger and set on his birth planet) may take place in the future. It was further hinted that an American Dad! movie may already even be partially written.

Unfortunately, Barker left the series over creative differences (and production not running smoothly) when early production for season 11 began — in November 2013.

Hopefully, the loss of Mike Barker won’t change the show much or cause it to suffer. From here on out, Matt Weitzman will serve as the show’s sole showrunner.

It is unknown if any movie plans will be cancelled following Barker’s exit from the series.

Will American Dad! be able to be even raunchier on TBS? Maybe. We hope so! These shows are ALWAYS exponentially funnier with the less censorship they recieve.

A total of three more American Dad! episodes will be shown on FOX on Sundays at 9:30pm. Two will air September 14th (“Roger Passes the Bar” and “From Russia With Love”). The final FOX episode is titled “Blagsnarst: A Love Story”, will feature Kim Kardashian as another alien (love interest of Roger), and will air September 21st.

Matt Weitzman said at San Diego Comic Con 2014 that the show will have a cold opening on TBS, unlike the newspaper/Roger disguise gags of the past openings.

The remaining known American Dad! episodes that have been written and/or produced and have been given production codes and titles, (presumably TBS episodes) are as follows:

9AJN01 “Blondes Versus Brunettes”
9AJN02 “CIAPow”
9AJN03 “A Tiny Affair”
9AJN04 “Brobot”
9AJN05 “Scents and Sensei-bility”
9AJN06 “Now and Gwen” (likely the episode featuring Uma Thurman as Gwen, Francine’s sister)
9AJN13 “Holy Shit, Jeff’s Back!”
9AJN?? “LGBSteve”
9AJN?? “American Fung”
9AJN?? “Seizures Suit Stanny”
9AJN?? “The Shrink”
9AJN?? “Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas”
9AJN?? “Morning Mimosa”
9AJN?? “A Star Is Reborn”
9AJN?? “Manhattan Magical Murder Mystery Tour”

More Info and Updates. Gumball. Wander Over Yonder. LEGO Simpsons.

3 May

The Wattersons.

Amazing World of Gumball – the 40-episode season 3 is currently airing Thursdays at 6:30pm on Cartoon Network. It is the first season that Gumball will be voiced by voice actor Jacob Hopkins.

American Dad! is moving to TBS for a 15-episode 11th season to premiere July 2014. Things on the show are said to be staying the same, despite the departure of Mike Barker from the series in November 2013 over creative differences.

Aqua TV Show Show – season 11 begins 2015 on Adult Swim.

Bojack Horseman – season 1 premieres August 22nd 2014 on Netflix.

Brickleberry – season 3 begins September 16th 2014 on Comedy Central.

China IL – season 3 begins ..? TBA on Adult Swim, but currently in production. (Sundays fall 2014?)

Metalocalypse – ..?

Mr. Pickles – season 1 premiere confirmed for fall 2014 on adult swim.

Regular Show – season 5 currently continues to air on Cartoon Network.

Rick and Morty – season 1 ended in April. The 10-episode season 2 is currently in production, with at least the first episode already written. It’s slated to air late 2014 or early 2015.

Sanjay and Craig – renewed for two more seasons, the first slated to air later in 2014, and the third in 2015.

The Simpsons – season 26 continues later in 2014, and FXX will marathon all 500+ episodes of The Simpsons back to back in August, marking the longest marathon in TV history.

South Park – season 18 begins September 2014 on Comedy Central (probably on Thursdays)

SpongeBob Squarepants – season 9 continues, next likely confirmed episode to air is is “Yeti Krabs”, TBA 2014 on Nickelodeon. The Nickelodeon episodes probably haven’t been getting much attention due to the current ongoing production of the second Spongebob movie.

Squidbillies – season 9 begins ..? TBA on Cartoon Network (Sundays fall 2014?)

Superjail! – season is currently airing at 11:45pm on Adult Swim on Sundays.

Wander Over Yonder – season 1 continues on Disney 😄 only, and the series is currently deep into a 39-episode season. March 31st 2014 marked the first WOY episode to air exclusively on Disney XD, and not on Disney Channel first.

SO….Perhaps we’ll see the start of Mr. Pickles on Adult Swim soon, and maybe Nickelodeon will grace us with one or more new SpongeBob episode(s)!

Wander Over Yonder

20 Great Animated TV Shows That We Watch and Follow

29 Nov
Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty

We wrote a list like this a few posts back, but shows are always being canceled, and new ones are always premiering. It’s the animated TV circle of life.

We took some time and gathered up a NEW list of the 20 shows that we currently love, watch, and follow. And this time, we tried our best to gather up as much detailed information as we could about the present and future of each show.

Here’s the list of cartoons – ask questions or post comments you may have below the post!

The Amazing World of Gumball (Finale episode of season 2 will air next Tuesday, December 3, on Cartoon Network. Season 3 of the show will feature a new voice actor for the voice of Gumball, and is confirmed, but its exact start date is TBA.)

American Dad! (Currently airing new episodes of season 10 on Sunday nights on FOX. Season 10 ends in February 2014. Reruns are aired on adult swim. This 10th season is the show’s last on FOX, as it is moving to TBS for its 11th season around July 2014, exact start date TBA.)

Annoying Orange (The latest new episode was shown August 2013 on Cartoon Network. I’m sure more will come.)

Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Known as Aqua TV Show Show for this last season, the show recently completed its 10th season on Cartoon Network’s adult swim. It was fantastic, as always. We are always excited for the next season. The show may have a new name next season. Who even knows at this point. I just hope they continue making this show forever. Exact details and start date for what I hope is a season 11 TBA.)

Archer (Season 5 begins January 13th 2014 on FX!)

Beavis and Butt-Head (Episodes of season 8 were aired in 2011 after a long hiatus and revival, but then there was no real further news from MTV of its status. In 2012, the manager of the ‘Save Beavis & Butt-Head 2013’ campaign discovered that the show had been cancelled on MTV. The show is now possibly seeking a new home, and Hulu has reportedly shown interest.)

Bob’s Burgers (Currently airing new episodes of season 4 on Sunday nights on FOX. Season 4 ends in February 2014, with the rest of the Animation Domination lineup. Occasional reruns are aired on adult swim.)

Brickleberry (Season 2 just ended on Comedy Central. The show has been well received, and is one of the funniest new shows we’ve seen in a long time. Season 3 has been confirmed for 2014, exact start date TBA.)

China, IL (Season 2 just ended on adult swim. The new 30-minute format works great, and we’re psyched for a season 3, which we hope will be confirmed soon!)

Family Guy (Currently airing new episodes of season 12 on Sunday nights on FOX. Season 12 ends in February 2014. Reruns are aired on adult swim. Just killed off Brian Griffin and replaced with new family dog Vinny.)

The Looney Tunes Show (Has been airing new episodes of season 2 on Cartoon Network. The latest episode was August 2013, and the air date for the next and perhaps final episode of the season, ‘SuperRabbit’, is currently TBA.)

Metalocalypse (After season 4 on adult swim, when Toki was kidnapped, the hour-long special ‘Doomstar Requiem : A Klok Opera’ aired October 2013 on adult swim. Was pretty amazingly epic. No news yet about a 5th season, but the end of the Klok Opera was a cliffhanger and hinted at more ahead.)

Regular Show (Currently showing new episodes of season 5 on Monday nights on Cartoon Network. Season 5 ends December 31, 2013 with a new years themed episode. Recently aired a half-hour Thanksgiving special episode. Season 6 has been confirmed for 2014.)

Rick and Morty (Season 1 premieres December 2nd at 10:30 on adult swim! The entire pilot can currently be seen on YouTube! From the creator of Community. This is a seriously amazing and hilarious show. You need to see this!!)

Sanjay and Craig (Season 1 on Nickelodeon just ended in November 2013, and season 2 has been confirmed, exact start date TBA. Another new, amazing and very funny show. Thuropp Van Ormann from Flapjack works on this.)

The Simpsons (Currently airing new episodes of season 25 on Sunday nights on FOX. Season 25 will likely end February 2014 with the rest of the Animation Domination lineup, although exact air dates of each episode have not yet been specified. Season 26 has been confirmed by FOX and will most likely begin September 2014 with the rest of FOX’s Animation Domination lineup.)

South Park (Currently airing new episodes of season 17 on Wednesday nights on Comedy Central. Recently engulfed in a multi-part ‘Black Friday Saga’. A deal with Comedy Central was made in 2011 to keep the series going until at least season 20, in 2016.)

SpongeBob Squarepants (Currently sporadically airing new episodes from the show’s current season, season 9. And season 9 has been airing since 2012! The show is so popular, it can basically air episodes whenever it wants on Nickelodeon, and it generally does so. The most recent episode was earlier this month, and the next episode, “Brainless”, has no specified air date yet. Season 10 may begin in 2014. A second SpongeBob movie is also in the works. It was announced that filming is starting in Georgia. The movie will star Antonio Banderas, and will perhaps have a 2015 release date. See article on both of these recent developments here.)

Squidbillies (Recently completed season 8 on adult swim. It was fantastic as always, and we are psyched for what we hope is another season, exact start date TBA!)

Superjail (Season 4 will consist of 6 episodes, and will air on adult swim in 2014.)

Transformers: Prime (This is admittedly the 21st animated TV show in a list of 20 currently-airing shows, and the only non-comedy entry. This is because the third and final season of TF: Prime aired this year, but there was a Predacons movie in October. Perhaps there will be more of these types of specials in the future. TF: Prime is and was such an excellent show.)

You should really watch the whole pilot of Rick and Morty right here. Seriously.