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When the first promotional images for American Dad! emerged, they made the animated comedy look completely unnecessary. Fox had already revived co-creator Seth MacFarlane’s previous show, Family Guy, and introductions to the Smiths of Langley Falls made them look nothing more than an off-brand version of the Griffins of Quahog. There was a working husband, a stay-at-home mom, a teenage daughter, a younger teenage son, and a talking pet. That voluble goldfish, Klaus, looked like this show’s version of the Griffins’ matricidal infant, Stewie; meanwhile, the roles of “boozy roommate” and “member of the household with an oddly shaped head” went to the Smiths’ live-in extraterrestrial, Roger. With American Dad! appearing so redundant, one had to wonder how the show could possibly make any impact.

To prove that she's cool, Francine teaches Steve to shoplift, but their big heist goes awry. Meanwhile, Roger, Hayley and Klaus form a musical trio.

When the CIA's budget gets cut, Roger suggests that Stan hold a telethon. When Stan takes credit for the idea, Roger tries his best to sabotage it.

In this season, Stan keeps reliving the same Father's Day. Steve becomes a pilot. Later, Stan and Steve become sushi chefs. Francine becomes outraged when a mold of her genitalia is placed in a museum.

A storm hits the towns of Stoolbend, Quahog and Langley Falls. When the Smiths decide to stay home, they must fight tooth and nail to survive.

American Dad! C.I.A. Agent Stan Smith is constantly fighting off terrorists who threaten the safety of the USA (sometimes causing more harm than good). His wife Francine is an average house wife with two kids, Hayley, Stan's only daughter, an average rebellious teenager and Steve, Stan's only son, a geek who enjoys Dungeons and Dragons, gaming and comic book conventions. Then there's Roger, the home's illegal (space) alien who the Smith's are keeping protected. Last but not least, there's Klaus, the Smith's wisecracking talking fish (swapped from his human body years ago by the CIA).

The question “Does Stan actually care about Roger, or is he just an inconvenience?” has been explored in several episodes (“You Debt Your Life,” “Frannie 911”), but never quite as hilariously as it is here. Throughout the episode, Stan appears to be doing nice things for Roger, but it’s purely for his own gain. This reaches its culmination when, after accidentally killing a South American dictator, he asks Roger to impersonate him then stage his assassination. Instead, Roger decides to actually rule the island, renaming it Bananarama and making “Venus” the national anthem. (He also paints the streets yellow and forces his bodyguards to wear Abercrombie & Fitch shirts.) Naturally, this gets to be a bit much for the citizens of the island, so they stage a coup against him. Stan, realizing he really does care about Roger, comes in at the last moment and saves him from certain death. This episode is important for how it showcases the relationship between Stan and Roger as well as its examination of Stan’s selfishness. More importantly, though, it’s just a really funny episode that features Roger at his wonderfully eccentric best.

In American Dad!'s initial seasons MacFarlane was described as focusing more attention on his coexisting obligation of Family Guy. This was to the extent that American Dad! was completely secondary to him, and he did not understand the show. Because he was not getting the show at the time, he was described as "just going along for the ride." Likewise, the rest of the show's creators Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman were also trying to figure out the show and where it was going.

On November 18, 2014, it was reported that the show's outstanding performance in cable quickly moved TBS to order another season of the series, bringing the show to 13 seasons. Moreover, the 13th season will be made up of 22 episodes, which is more episodes than any American Dad! season previous to that. Prior to the upcoming 13th season, the highest number of episodes for one season was 20.

American Dad! didn’t really start to take off until the writers understood what a great character Roger could be. At first, he was just the snarky alien who lived in the attic. Over time, however, he gained additional dimensions, mostly by gaining several other personalities through his endless supply of disguises. In this episode, one of Roger’s alter egos separates from him and seemingly takes on a life of its own. Sidney Huffman is a Jimmy Stewart type who is the complete opposite of Roger: a devout, straitlaced teetotaler who reads books about proper etiquette. Sidney becomes less friendly, however, when Roger—thinking him an identity thief—takes revenge and burns down his house. Sidney takes a hit out on Roger, which is a bit tricky because, well, he is Roger. Roger and Sidney have to work together to call off the hit, and it makes for quite a suspenseful conclusion. As American Dad! moved forward, Roger became more and more of a focal point—arguably replacing Stan as the show’s most essential character—and the show realized its full comedic potential as a result.

Stan’s stodginess hadn’t been entirely forgotten by the end of the George W. Bush administration, and here, it led to one of the show’s best and most cathartic episodes. After attempting to prevent Hayley from seeing a My Morning Jacket concert, Stan hears the soaring vocals of Jim James for the first time, and his life is changed forever. The musical obsession that most people experience as teenagers hits Stan at the age of 42. He spends all of his time listening to MMJ and even shames Hayley for having the nerve to listen to other bands. Anyone who has ever uttered the phrase, “This band is my life!” can understand what Stan is going through here, and the idea of experiencing a musical epiphany of this sort as a middle-aged man is novel. When James points out that it would be impossible for him to have actually been thinking about Stan when he wrote, say “Wordless Chorus,” it’s hard not to feel Stan’s pain. For the first time in his life, he knows what it means to love a band, and it nearly destroys him. Yes, there are previous episodes that show Stan enjoying rock music, but this show has never been a stickler for continuity, and in this case, it works for the better.

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Ep 17 Gorillas in the Mist Stan spends some quality father-son time with Steve at the local zoo, but things go wrong when Steve slips into a gorilla exhibit. Ep 17 Flirting With Disaster Francine gets a job at Stan's office, which cramps Stan's style and his ability to flirt with co-workers. When Francine retaliates with a little flirting of her own, war breaks out at work.

Futures are altered when Steve and Snot host a party for the uncool kids. Also, Roger tangles with a waitress who doesn't compliment his order, and Stan and Francine embark on a vacation in Bosnia.

1The Vacation Goo22mAfter discovering that all their family vacations have been artificial memories created by the CIA, Francine fumes and demands a real one.2Meter Made22mIn order to be taken more seriously, Stan becomes a meter maid. Now he gets the best tables at restaurants and impresses Francine with his prowess.3Dope & Faith22mStan prays for a friend and thinks God sent him one, but Brett turns out to be an atheist. Roger convinces Steve that he's been accepted to Hogwarts.4Big Trouble in Little Langley22mWhen Francine's adopted parents stop by for an unannounced stay, Stan is furious that they refuse to accept his "man of the house" ways.5Haylias22mWhen Hayley wants to move to France, Stan will do anything to stop her -- including revealing the fact that she was brainwashed as a child by the CIA.6The 42-Year-Old Virgin22mStan reveals that he has never actually killed anyone. It seems that every kill in Stan's history has been the result of fortunate timing.7Surro-Gate22mWhen Francine decides to be a surrogate for her gay neighbors, Stan kidnaps the baby and heads for Nebraska, where gay couples have no rights.8The Most Adequate Christmas Ever22mAfter Stan comes home from another dangerous mission, he finds that his family has decked the halls with boughs of holly, but not to his satisfaction.9Frannie 91122mFrancine fakes Roger's kidnapping in the hopes of showing Roger that Stan still cares about him, but Stan never shows up.10Tearjerker22mStan and the family are characters in a Bond-style spoof in which Stan must stop Tearjerker (aka Roger), a diabolical film producer.11Oedipal Panties22mWhen Stan's mom gets dumped, she comes running to Stan for support. Feeling threatened, Francine is determined to cut Stan's umbilical cord.12Widowmaker22mFrancine pushes Stan to open up to her, but she gets more than she bargained for when he tells her that he killed her best friend's husband.13Red October Sky22mStan is shocked to learn that his neighbor is a former KGB agent. When the agent helps Steve build a rocket, Stan thinks Steve is now a communist.14Office Spaceman22mRoger begins to release photos of himself to the local media for extra cash, prompting the CIA to initiate an Alien Task Force.15Stanny Slickers II: The Legend of Ollie's Gold21mOfficially declared dead after an accident with a pudding truck, Stan comes back to life and realizes his dream of leaving a legacy on the world.16Spring Break-Up22mFrancine visits her parents over spring break. Roger wants to become "King of Spring Break" and invites college coeds to party at their home.

On July 16, 2013, it was announced that American Dad! had been cancelled by Fox. Shortly thereafter, however, the cable station TBS picked up the show for a 15-episode 11th season, slated to premiere on October 20, 2014. Currently, TBS airs reruns of American Dad! in syndication. The tenth season was initially to be the final one on Fox; however, on July 20, 2014, it was announced that Fox had three unaired episodes left for broadcast. Two of the three aired back-to-back on September 14, 2014, and the final one aired on September 21, 2014. Reports from Fox seemed to imply that these three episodes constituted a season of their own, season 10. Among multiple discrepant reports from TBS however, one indicated that the three episodes were the beginning of the 11th season to resume on their network. TBS actually debuted their first episode through social media websites YouTube and Facebook on October 13, 2014. However, the October 20, 2014 date still applies to the television debut.

Perhaps most importantly, this new focus on characters and absurd situations downplayed the show’s political-satire roots. Stan was still a right-winger, but the show talked about it less and less. Ironically, American Dad! finally reached its full potential when it abandoned its original concept. To illustrate that, here are 10 episodes that mark the show’s considerable growth after its rocky beginning.

When American Dad! co-creator Matt Weitzman was asked what his favorite part was of the show's pre-production process, he answered, "I probably enjoy the editing process a lot. I think I like the fine tuning of things and making things happen just so. Making the episode just kind of pop in its own subtle ways."

8Now and Gwen21mFrancine's convict sister, Gwen, turns the Smith house into a hub of illegal activity. Meanwhile, Roger tries to rouse an old partner from a coma.
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Gift Me Liberty Season 13, Episode 20 Jun 13, 2016 $2.99 Someone fails to bring a gift to the CIA Christmas party gift swap and Bullock is left without a gift. Bullock is enraged and demands to know who ruined the party but no one confesses.

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