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40 Best Family Guy Episodes Ranked, According To IMDb

Once the province of high school boys and 20-somethings who should know better, Seth MacFarlane's sometimes sophomoric and ever-irreverent "Family Guy" has now become an institution of American animation. First introduced in 1999, it was canceled in 2002, but syndicated reruns and DVD sales were successful enough that Fox resurrected the show and it's been on ever since. It has spawned everything from video games to the spin-off series "The Cleveland Show," and — believe it or not — has collected quite a few awards, including Primetime Emmys and Annies.

While there are some episodes that you can probably skip, "Family Guy" is absolutely hilarious when it's at its best. The following episodes are the finest the show has to offer, according to IMDb voters. There are some prime classics on here, some unlikely suspects, some complete surprises, and several throwbacks to the early days of "Family Guy." In the unlikely event you don't see your favorite entry on the list, get voting to change the ranking! For now, here are the 40 best episodes of "Family Guy" according to IMDb scores.

40. Stu & Stewie's Excellent Adventure (Season 4, Episode 30)

The final entry in the three-part "Family Guy" special "Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story," which wrapped up Season 4, "Stu & Stewie's Excellent Adventure" follows "Stewie B. Goode" and "Bango Was His Name Oh!" In the season-capper, Stewie tries to find his biological father, a man he saw on TV who looks exactly like him. Believing to have finally met him at the beginning of this episode, Stewie is surprised to find out that the man, going by the name Stu, is actually future him — he's time-traveled back 30 years for a quick vacation. Breaking every space-time continuum rule, Stewie mischievously travels back to the future with his adult counterpart to witness his seemingly inevitable world domination. The problem is, not much has changed 30 years into the future and Stewie has grown up to be a total loser.

The episode is not only a satisfying conclusion to the three-part Season 4 finale, but also a quintessential character arc for fan favorite Stewie. Additionally, it's fun to see where the rest of the Griffin family ends up in the future: Peter and Lois in an assisted living facility alongside Cleveland, Glenn, and Joe; Chris as a cop married to a belligerent wife; Meg having undergone a gender transition, now going by the name Ron; and, sadly, Brian dead by chocolate.

39. Petergeist (Season 4, Episode 26)

In this parody of the 1982 horror classic "Poltergeist," Peter gets so jealous of Joe's home cinema that he tries to one-up him by building a movie theater in his backyard. During construction, he finds the skull of a Native American. His disturbance of a burial site angers spirits, who invade the Griffin home — TV static hypnotizes Stewie (who gets sucked into another dimension), and Peter rips off his own face skin to reveal he's "really" Hank Hill from "King of the Hill." To find and retrieve Stewie, the Griffins bring in soft-spoken Bruce, who apparently works as a medium. Since Stewie won't emerge from the exit (Meg's rear end), Lois gets him herself — only for the spirits to steal the Griffins' house. To get it back, they have to rebury the skull, which Peter threw out. It was subsequently claimed by prop comedian Carrot Top.

38. Road to Europe (Season 3, Episode 20)

In a classic Stewie and Brian misadventure, the duo travel across the globe to fulfill Stewie's dream of escaping his miserable life with the Griffins to live in the idyllic BBC children's TV program "Jolly Farm Revue." They have only five days to reach their destination while Peter and Lois attend a multi-night KISS concert. Along the way, they're derailed to Saudi Arabia, Vatican City, Switzerland, Munich, and Amsterdam until they eventually arrive at the BBC studio in London, only for Stewie to be disappointed by the reality of his beloved fictional TV show. It should also be noted this episode is a musical gem: From Peter's infatuation with KISS to Stewie and Brian's musical number "You and I Are So Awfully Different," it's easy to see why viewers rated "Road to Europe" so highly. It's clear "Family Guy" is at its best when it fully embraces its subversive and irreverent nature.

37. Let's Go to the Hop (Season 2, Episode 14)

It doesn't get much more absurd than a psychedelic toad-licking epidemic, Peter passing as a charismatic 17-year-old high school student, and Meg wanting her dad to take her to the school dance to win over the popular crowd, but that's exactly what happens in Season 2's "Let's Go to the Hop." After a drug cartel plane comes crashing down, releasing its cargo of hallucinogenic toads across Quahog, teens pick up the toads as their drug of choice. To help keep his children on the right, drug-free path, Peter infiltrates Meg's school disguised as the new kid, Lando Griffin.

Using his old-school charm and a catchy musical number, Lando convinces all the students that saying no to drugs is the coolest thing you can do. With Peter now one of the popular kids, Meg urges her dad to take her to the school dance as Lando. However, believing his own hype, Peter takes popular girl Connie instead, leaving Meg hurt by the rejection of her own father. From the absurd Peter-centric plot to the throw-away side jokes, there are a lot of unforgettable laughs in this classic episode.

36. Switch the Flip (Season 16, Episode 17)

In "Switch the Flip," Brian, ever the desperately lonely and deluded ladies dog, falls in love with Brandee, the voice of an Alexa-esque smart speaker. To impress the A.I., Brian buys a ton of expensive stuff, only to have it repossessed, prompting a concerned Stewie to build a body-swapping device — he'll place his personality into Brian's body and get his life under control. While they're switching back, however, Peter and Chris barge in and get in the way, leading to a four-way swap: Stewie and Peter switch, as do Brian and Chris.

There's a ticking clock to get everybody back to where they belong, because Lois is about to go away for a romantic weekend with Peter — or whoever happens to be in Peter's body. A high-speed car chase ends with the family crashing into a power pole, which makes a transformer malfunction and send the body-switching rays out into all of Quahog. Stewie has to lead Brian to fix the machine and return everyone to their biological home. It works, but not before Brian's greatest fantasy comes true — while stuck in Peter's body, he gets to enjoy the sexy weekend with Lois.

35. A Lot Going On Upstairs (Season 14, Episode 15)

"A Lot Going On Upstairs" finds the ordinarily precocious and jaded Stewie Griffin dealing with actual toddler problems, specifically nightmares about monsters and a Glenn Close-hosted dinner party that are so terrifying he forgets the lyrics in the "Family Guy" theme song. With his vow to never sleep again proving futile, Brian helps Stewie address the subconscious, psychological root of his problem — which turns out to be a fear of disappointing Brian.

Because Stewie is sleeping in his parents' bed for comfort and solace, Peter is forced to bunk down elsewhere and turns the attic into a man cave he calls "Pete's Pad." He and his friends end up getting stuck in there after angering Lois with their dangerous games of lawn darts and their insulation fights.

34. Roads to Vegas (Season 11, Episode 21)

The "Road" episodes of "Family Guy" are always a treat, an homage and parody of the old Bing Crosby/Bob Hope "Road" movies. They're centered on Griffin family dog Brian and baby Stewie going on some kind of tumultuous, chaotic journey. "Roads to Vegas" is a mashup of the "Road" format with one of Stewie's gadget-powered sci-fi mishaps. Brian and Stewie win tickets to see Celine Dion in Las Vegas and fly out, while a different Brian and Stewie, sent via the latter's brand-new teleporter, arrive, which leads to some mistaken identity shenanigans in addition to some bad and dangerous gambling mistakes. At least one Brian and at least one Stewie is going to have to die to make things right with the universe again.

33. Halloween on Spooner Street (Season 9, Episode 4)

The average "Family Guy" episode usually involves some kind of barely controlled chaos, a description that could also apply to Halloween. In "Halloween on Spooner Street," very little goes right as each Griffin has their own nightmarish experience with the holiday. Chris winds up at a party and makes out with a girl in a dark closet ... who turns out to be his sister Meg. Already apprehensive about costumed people in the night, Stewie gets his candy stolen by some awful teenagers who spray-paint Brian a shade of pink. Lois steps in to get his candy back by going directly to one of the kids' moms, who she extorts cash from, too. Meanwhile, Peter and his friends start out playing pranks on Quagmire, who exacts revenge with a terrifying flight on a stolen Japanese World War II fighter plane.

32. Stew-Roids (Season 7, Episode 13)

"Stew-Roids" gave "Family Guy" viewers the horrid image of a muscle-bound infant — it's all about Stewie getting super-shredded following his embarrassment over being beaten up by a girl. To advance his progress, Peter lets a shady trainer at the weightlifting gym inject his baby son with steroids, which do make Stewie all strong and ripped but also turn him into a raging narcissist and violent bully who makes life horrible for Brian. The B-plot of the episode involves social misfit Chris dating popular mean girl Connie D'Amico, who surprisingly actually likes Chris because of his sweet disposition. A taste of popularity turns him into a jerk, however, and he callously dumps Connie to date other popular classmates.

31. Forget-Me-Not (Season 10, Episode 17)

One of the weirder, more mysterious episodes of "Family Guy," "Forget-Me-Not" finds Peter, Brian, Joe, and Quagmire getting drunk at the Drunken Clam, and after encountering some eerie lights, blacking out. They awake in a hospital with extreme amnesia, no memory of who they are or what happened, and in a Quahog that is devoid of all human life. A little investigative work leads the guys to the Griffin house, where they wrongly ascertain that Brian is Quagmire's dog, that Joe is an exotic dancer, and — based on a fake newspaper printed at a laser tag arena — that Peter is a laser-wielding alien who annihilated Quahog. A straight-up war breaks out that ends in Brian's death (but he's fine, because the whole thing was just a simulation cooked up by Stewie).

30. I Dream of Jesus (Season 7, Episode 2)

We could talk about the not-so-subtle critique of modern celebrity that runs through this Season 7 episode, or the dig at the way some people use religion. But, as far as we're concerned, there's only one reason "I Dream of Jesus" appears on this list. No, it's not the spot-on Jay Leno impression or the delicious takedown of forgotten comedian and actor Dane Cook. It can only be the glorious shot-for-shot recreation of one of the best scenes in Mike Judge's brilliant film "Office Space" (which actually inspired a real-life copycat crime). "I Dream of Jesus" is a classic episode that still gets major laughs to this day.

29. Wasted Talent (Season 2, Episode 20)

In this episode, viewers discover that Peter Griffin actually does have a talent. It's not insulting people, ignoring his kids, or his drinking (although it is alcohol-adjacent). So, what is it? The mostly useless father-of-three can expertly play obscure TV theme tunes on the piano when intoxicated. As Lois puts it, "You're like the idiot from 'Shine.'" But, with less class, obviously. Another reason that this episode remains so well thought of is the Willy Wonka-esque Pawtucket Pat, who is good for several belly laughs.

28. The Thin White Line (Season 3, Episode 1)

One of the underrated aspects of "Family Guy" is that in between all the fart jokes, it occasionally makes a serious point. "The Thin White Line" is an episode where the creators do just that. Yes, as the title of the episode suggests, it's about substance abuse — Brian's well-intentioned attempt to become a drug-detecting dog for the Quahog police department inadvertently turns him on to cocaine — but it's also about abuse of power and how easily good intentions can be subverted. There's also the stunning revelation that not only is Peter literate, but he even reads Hemingway.

27. I Am Peter, Hear Me Roar (Season 2, Episode 8)

This episode features a newly feminized Peter attempting to breastfeed Stewie, something that you simply cannot unsee. Luckily, the rest of the episode features some fantastic comeuppances, the best being Peter's bottom lip getting pulled to the back of his head as punishment for making sexist jokes at a women's retreat. The experience — purportedly about as painful as childbirth — chastens Peter and makes him less hateable. When he inevitably reverts back to toxic masculinity, for a few seconds it actually feels like a genuine loss, akin to that episode of "The Simpsons" where Homer, unable to tolerate the misery of intelligence, sticks the crayon that kept him stupid back up his nose.

26. Fat Guy Strangler (Season 4, Episode 17)

The episode "Fat Guy Strangler" sees the show at the height of its comedic powers. The creators even managed to get Robert Downey Jr. to voice the hilarious Patrick Pewterschmidt, secret brother to Lois. Patrick had a mental breakdown after catching his mother having an affair with actor Jackie Gleason and was hidden away. He later becomes a serial killer who targets overweight men. Cue tons of reasons to get rid of Peter, a beautiful dig at Billy Joel, and one of many, many hilarious George W. Bush cutaways. The star, though, is Downey Jr., who gives Patrick an innocent but obviously disturbed persona.

25. Death Lives (Season 3, Episode 6)

With its fantastical cutaway gags and talking animals, "Family Guy" eschews realism, embodied by the fact that the personification of Death — a scythe-wielding Grim Reaper — is a recurring character. He and Peter are pretty good friends, and in the episode "Death Lives," Death shows up to collect Peter's soul after he's killed by a falling tree during a golf game. In a twisted take on "It's a Wonderful Life," Death takes Peter on a tour of his life to show him where he strayed, but he's too dim to learn any lessons that would merit him returning to life. Instead, Peter brokers a deal: He can go back and live with Lois in exchange for helping the lovelorn, bad-with-women Death land a date with his crush (who turns out to be extremely dull).

24. The D in Apartment 23 (Season 16, Episode 6)

In "The D in Apartment 23," Brian gets kicked out of the Griffin house for posting an offensive tweet that goes viral, leading to him renting his own apartment. The best thing about this episode isn't the incredibly loud critique of the destructive power of social media. No, for us, it's that Brian deserved it. "The D in Apartment 23" confirms what Quagmire has said for years and what we've all been thinking for almost as long: That Brian is not a nice dog-person. Like, at all. He may have started out as a kind of external conscience for Quahog's special dad, but, by this point, his lack of morality has been painfully exposed. What makes this episode so memorable is that, on top of Brian being exposed, the gags are all great.

23. The Big Bang Theory (Season 9, Episode 16)

Stewie really is the center of the universe. Yes, according to "Family Guy" lore, without that evil little genius, nothing would exist. Also, he's responsible for some of the world's best art. But we think the real reason "The Big Bang Theory" made this list isn't just down to the hilarious time-travel gags. It's really about Brian discovering that he's the Art Garfunkel of the universe, which (almost) completely explains all of his character flaws. Also, any time Wallace Shawn (the voice of Stewie's nemesis Bertram) is involved, you know you're in for a good time. It's almost sad when Bertram is finally dispatched — though we're still not quite sure how Stewie managed to invent cryogenesis during the Renaissance.

22. Three Kings (Season 7, Episode 15)

"Family Guy" anthology-type episodes can sometimes be a bit hit-and-miss. This Stephen King-themed variation, though, contains what may be the best comedy casting known to humanity. You know we're talking about Adam West as the Kiefer Sutherland equivalent in the "Stand By Me" vignette, along with his oddball gang of random TV characters. All together now: Norm! Quagmire is less likable as the River Phoenix facsimile, but that was probably the point. As for "Misery," having Stewie be Annie but as an actual baby, big wheel and all? That's actually kind of inspired. Think about it: In the movie, Annie really is just throwing an enormous tantrum. "Shawshank" is a little more obvious, but the "Friends" claps allowing Peter to escape on taco night is genius.

21. Road to Germany (Season 7, Episode 3)

If you know your "Family Guy," you won't be shocked to learn that "Road to Germany" made this list. Despite the slightly risky central theme, it's full of non-stop gags and film references dating all the way back to World War II-era Germany. From the superb "Little Shop of Horrors" set up to "The Blues Brothers," "Back to the Future," and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," there's an astonishing array of movie jokes on display here. The episode also features one of the show's many and varied takes on idiotic Nazi leadership. All this, and they still have time to muse over how weird French cows sound, how gross Quagmire is, and the vagaries of bacon pants.

20. To Love and Die in Dixie (Season 3, Episode 12)

As you might expect from the title, this episode contains numerous references to the classic action comedy show "The Dukes of Hazzard," but there's way more to it than that. In fact, this Season 3 entry gets a little deep with a genuinely sweet moment: Clearly feeling a tad sentimental that week, the writers let habitual loser Meg briefly experience something akin to popularity. There's also Stewie's newfound love for the banjo, the best bike theft joke ever, and the fact that even Peter can tell when a Civil War reenactment isn't accurate. On the whole, "To Love and Die in Dixie" is a memorable installment that most definitely belongs on this list.

19. Road to Rhode Island (Season 2, Episode 13)

In "Road to Rhode Island," Stewie gets kicked out of his grandparents' holiday house after misbehaving — he decides to frame one of the maids for stealing out of boredom. Brian volunteers to bring him home and the trip becomes something of an origin story for the Griffin family dog as they make their way back from Palm Springs. Stewie makes amazing use of the underappreciated word "slattern" at one point, and a classic "Family Guy" trope is born. Spawning some of the show's most flamboyant musical numbers, this entry is a surprisingly dark affair, to the point that Brian buries his stuffed mom in a random park. Never let it be said that "Family Guy" lacks range.

18. Emission Impossible (Season 3, Episode 11)

In this episode, "Family Guy" does "Innerspace" via the Enterprise's computer. A hopelessly jealous Stewie tries to thwart his parents' attempt to have another baby by shrinking himself and infiltrating Peter's body in a spaceship to destroy his sperm. The only sperm he can't eradicate is the diabolically clever Bertram. Realizing how much he has in common with his potential future sibling, Stewie abandons his sabotage, only for Lois and Peter to change their minds. The episode also features aforementioned national treasure Wallace Shawn's debut. Is there a voice better suited to being more annoyingly shrill and evil? We think not.

17. E. Peterbus Unum (Season 2, Episode 18)

Peter will go to insane lengths to get his own swimming pool, as Season 2's "E. Peterbus Unum" proves. When he discovers that his property is technically not part of the United States, Peter establishes the nation of Petoria and names himself president. Things come crashing down when annexes Joe's pool and throws a dictator party, with Saddam Hussein, Muammar al-Gaddafi, and Slobodan Milošević all attending. In the end, the U.S. intervenes with Operation Desert Clam. The episode is an allegory for the Iraq War that's best remembered for one thing: naked Bill Clinton. The show's version of Clinton has always been the best of many, many caricatures, standing the test of time.

16. Da Boom (Season 2, Episode 3)

Following the nuclear destruction of the United States thanks to Y2K, Peter leads the survivors on a quest to a Twinkie factory before founding New Quahog and declaring himself Mayor for Life. There's a "Dallas" style ending, though: It was all a dream, but the laughs here are very real. Stewie's surprise egg-laying is somehow the most hilariously disturbing turn of events in a world where Joe is fused to his yard and giant rats abound. Perhaps the highlight is Brian's post-apocalyptic stubble, which is both hilarious and completely unnecessary.

15. Emmy-Winning Episode (Season 16, Episode 1)

"Family Guy" once got an Emmy nod in the outstanding comedy series category and Seth MacFarlane has won a few times for outstanding character voiceover performance, but, relative to how long it's been airing, it seems like the Emmy committee habitually overlooks the show. That might not seem surprising given the show's flippant, juvenile tone, which isn't exactly typical awards fare. Still, the snubs apparently sting. This episode pokes fun at any and all shows with an Emmy to their name. Sofia Vergara of "Modern Family" fame becomes the new Lois and Chris becomes the new Sheldon from "The Big Bang Theory," for example. There are also a bunch of nods to "Cheers" in this memorable, highly-rated installment.

14. Road to the North Pole (Season 9, Episode 7)

Despite looking for all the world like a traditional holiday special fronted by Seth MacFarlane's father Ron, this festive installment of the "Road To" series turns out to be anything but traditional. After Quagmire gives Brian the gift of searing honesty, he would, of course, rather drag a baby to the North Pole than face the consequences of his canine thoughtlessness. Cue a Tim Burton-esque treatise on the commercialism of the holidays. It's a fantastic watch, although we still haven't worked out exactly what Stewie has against Mrs. Claus. This episode is a darkly festive romp that leaves you wondering what used to happen in the MacFarlane household at Christmas.

13. Blue Harvest (Season 6, Episode 1)

"Blue Harvest" is by far the most original and best of the "Family Guy" Star Wars reimaginings, a witty, hilarious, and heartfelt love letter to the movie that changed a generation. The entire team is clearly having a blast (no pun intended), filling the episode with Star Wars Easter eggs. But even with "A New Hope" at its core, this is still an essential "Family Guy" episode. One of the highlights is hearing Darth Vader's theme as elevator muzak, and Meg as the garbage monster is never not funny. It also features an extended couch gag that would make "The Simpsons" blush. All that plus an extended run time and a crawl written by and for Peter himself make this a must-see.

12. Stewie Loves Lois (Season 5, Episode 1)

This episode most likely made the list because, frankly, who can blame Lois for attempting to ignore the cloying attentions of a child that spent many an early episode wanting to kill her? She's clearly happier with a little (or a lot) of distance. Of course, it wouldn't be "Family Guy" if Stewie didn't end up hating his mom again. There's also Peter running home trouserless after a medical encounter with an extended digit. Unaware that Dr. Hartman was simply performing a prostate exam, Peter decides to sue his doctor, who has his license revoked. It all works out for the best in the end when Peter recognizes the error of his ways and helps clear Hartman's name. It's a hilarious episode with a vital message about the importance of prostate checks.

11. Petarded (Season 4, Episode 6)

In this episode, Peter and Lois invite some friends over for a game night. Knowing that Peter won't be able to hold his own in a game of regular Trivial Pursuit, Lois replaces his questions with some from the pre-school edition. However, this backfires when Peter — who manages to get the questions right — becomes convinced that he's a genius. This rubs Brian up the wrong way and he tells Peter to apply for the MacArthur Genius Grant if he's so clever. When he applies, he learns that he is actually intellectually disabled. It's an undeniable classic that contains one of the most surreal cutaways of the show's entire run so far: Fire trucks hunting gazelle on the savannah.

10. Death is a B***h (Season 2, Episode 6)

In this episode, Peter is allowed to self-declare his death to get out of paying a hospital bill — a disastrous decision, since apparently Death himself takes orders from hospital paperwork. The premise that Death is a self-serving douche is beautifully executed, with the episode perfectly utilizing the voice of late stand-up comedian and national treasure Norm Macdonald. His version of Death is fantastic, as is the entire episode. Away from Death, the standout gag is the moment we learn that middle-aged men actually make up the bulk of the "Dawson's Creek" audience.

9. Stewie Kills Lois (Season 6, Episode 4)

While Stewie almost immediately regrets getting rid of his dear mama in "Stewie Kills Lois," everyone else seems just fine. Peter's dating and even Meg is incredibly comfortable playing mom to her youngest sibling. The Griffins appear to move on very quickly. For our money, though, this episode made the list purely because of Joe: He dresses up as Lois to get Chris to go shopping. His commitment to the character doesn't extend to changing his voice, yet Chris somehow fails to notice that his mother sounds exactly like Joe — or that she's now in a wheelchair. Chris and Joe are definitely underutilized as a duo.

8. Lois Kills Stewie (Season 6, Episode 5)

Contrary to Brian's prediction that the "Dallas" ending of this episode would upset a lot of people, the position of "Lois Kills Stewie" on this list proves that actually, we really did enjoy the ride. And the fact that the whole thing is a simulation allows the episode to send Consuela to the Fortress of Solitude, reveal a smoking Willem Dafoe under Stewie's bed, and turn Stewie into the devil's spawn. Peter finally does something useful, and that, surely, is the biggest clue that none of it was real. There's also the fact that everyone is suddenly able to understand Stewie, including Simon Cowell, of all people. To top it all off, naked Bill Clinton's portrait hangs in Stewie's Oval Office. "Dallas" episodes are the best!

7. The Simpsons Guy (Season 13, Episode 1)

A lot of comedy crossovers turn out to be disappointing affairs, though "The Simpsons Guy" is anything but. The long-awaited, hour-long team-up between "Family Guy" and "The Simpsons" sees the Griffins arrive in Springfield after fleeing Quahog — they're forced to leave after Peter writes an offensive comic strip. Peter and Homer strike up a friendship that doesn't last (the epic fistfight between the pair rivals all of Peter's scraps with Ernie the Giant Chicken), Stewie becomes obsessed with Bart to the point that he kidnaps Bart's bully Nelson, and Meg discovers that she's actually great at the saxophone, exposing Lisa's jealous side. It's animated gold from start to finish.

6. Yug Ylimaf (Season 11, Episode 4)

Why is Season 11's "Yug Ylimaf" (the title of the show spelled backward, in case you didn't notice) so popular? People love it because it's an excuse to revisit some classic Griffin moments and add some super-gross new ones. The main plot kicks off when Brian decides to use Stewie's time machine to impress a woman, causing time to run in reverse. As Stewie is Benjamin Buttoning it all the way back to that dreaded ovarian fortress, Brian quietly steals the episode, with the writers giving him all the best lines. While blaming the time machine malfunction on Meg, Brian says he saw her "leaving a minute ago, going, 'Mwah-ha-ha-ha-ha.'" It's so beautifully thrown away you may well have missed it, but it's genius. And no, we are not going to mention the diaper reversal, because it's 100% the nastiest thing the show has ever done.

5. Meet the Quagmires (Season 5, Episode 18)

This episode contains the most disturbing of all the "Family Guy" alternate realities, and it's not just about the creepy hellspawn that Quagmire's genes produce. Here, we see that Lois is happier as Mrs. Quagmire than she ever was as Mrs. Griffin. Throw in the idea that they now inhabit an almost perfect world, and you have grounds for someone putting an end to Peter right there and then. We're looking at you, Brian. "Meet the Quagmires" represents the height of Peter's pathological need to get his own way, and, apparently, everyone is just fine with that — even when giving Peter his own way means going back to a world where literally everyone is unhappy. It's an unsettling thought that the many funny gags help you forget.

4. PTV (Season 4, Episode 14)

"PTV" ranks high among IMDb reviewers, and this episode is a strong contender for one of the best "Family Guy" episodes of all time. PTV stands for Peter Television, the TV station he creates after the FCC begins censoring his favorite shows following a wardrobe malfunction during a live broadcast. Peter and Brian start putting out their own shows, but before long the FCC shows up and starts censoring them — as well as anything even remotely offensive in Quahog. The Federal Communications Commission and the standards they force TV shows to adhere to are easy targets for the creators of "Family Guy," who pull no punches in this memorable episode.

3. And Then There Were Fewer (Season 9, Episode 1)

"And Then There Were Fewer" is what happens when "Family Guy" takes a shot at an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery. The episode is not only a successful pastiche of the cozy crime stories popularized by the British author, but it's also a successful whodunit in its own right, with a plot that would make Christie herself proud. Beautiful, funny, and full of twists and turns, the episode confirms that no one is better prepared or more psychotic than Stewie Griffin. A lovingly crafted homage to a bygone era, "And Then There Were Fewer" proves that just because the writers of "Family Guy" are good at fart gags doesn't mean they can't do sumptuous murder mysteries.

2. Back to the Pilot (Season 10, Episode 5)

What better way to celebrate making it to Season 10 than with a visit to the episode that started it all? Well, the revelation that the entire show may be based on Stewie's early memories, for a start. Or proving that no matter what's going on, Brian can always be relied upon to make it entirely about him, and, in the process, start Civil War II. Yes, only in the "Family Guy"-verse can looking for a pee-covered ball kick off the apocalypse. In the end, this beloved episode is an ode to humble beginnings and a road well traveled. Thank God for DVD sales, right? Because without them, we'd never have gotten this far.

1. Road to the Multiverse (Season 8, Episode 1)

"Road to the Multiverse" is the best "Road" episode, and, according to IMDb, the finest of all "Family Guy" episodes. It's packed with gags, what-ifs, and a sickening vision of the future that features flying cars, lightspeed rail travel, and a human race 1,000 years more advanced than ours. Remote bathroom breaks, anyone? What's more, there's a hilarious dig at Disney, a two-headed universe, the eating of Mayor McCheese's hamburger brains, and the genius role-reversal of the canine universe. It cannot be denied that Peter works way better as a dog. Gross and hilarious, these 20-odd minutes of TV encapsulate the essence of "Family Guy" in every sense.