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Quiz! What’s Your TV Sitcom Family Lifestyle?

Who would you rather live with, the Griffins or the Hecks?

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Susan L.M. Goldberg

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April 17, 2013 - 7:30 am

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3. Oh, Brother Where Art Thou?

Both Chris and Stewie Griffin are man-children in their own right; something that would make their adolescent male father rather proud. Chris, afraid of a monkey in his closet, has a penchant for laughing at “poo” and has a talking pimple for a best friend. Stewie, who showed great potential early on as a future maniacal world leader (much akin to The Brain) has devolved into a latent homosexual. The chances of either carrying on the family name are about on par with their ability to function successfully as adults. The most one could assume based on stereotypical fates of character types is that Chris would wind up in a series of less-than-romantic Forrest Gump-like experiences while Stewie would, at the most, own an antique shop in downtown Quahog, perhaps becoming one of Mark Steyn’s boring gays.

Axl and Brick Heck are at times as intenstly adolescent as their Family Guy peers. Unlike the Griffin boys, Axl manages to create a small business with his two best friends (Boss Co., because they’re all the bosses) and snag a smart chick for a girlfriend in his senior year of high school. Brick, with his littany of OCD behaviors and passion for reading displays similar intellectual qualities as those of Stewie. However, instead of using his brainpower to malevolent ends, Brick takes his intellectual maturity in stride. He befriends the adults in his life (the librarian, the guidance counselor) and even manages to console his mother over her The Bachelor-induced heartbreak.

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Which set of brothers would you spare a dime for?

A. Chris & Stewie Griffin

B. Axl & Brick Heck

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I'm going to go against the conventional wisdom here by saying if I'm going to watch a show I want it to be impactful and Family Guy is impactful. I've probably seen a few dozen episodes though I don't watch regularly. The Middle - even if it represents more wholesome characters - sounds dull and therefore less worth watching than Family Guy.
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I have never seen these shows at all. I think maybe I am better off that way.
1 year ago
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This is a Conservative site. I doubt many Conservatives know what the heck you are talking about. I know I never watch any of this tripe.
1 year ago
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I think Mike's relationship with his kids is pretty nuanced, and they've used a few episodes with Mike's dad and brother to show why he's phobic about 'feelings'. Of course it's used for laughs, but the payoff of most episodes is that Mike fights through the discomfort to do what's right by his kids because he understands what it means to be a father. I don't think 'forced' is the right word to use here.
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you have obviously never watched The Middle, Mike Heck only involves himself in his kids' lives when he is forced to do so. shoddy blogging
1 year ago
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I must side with Dave on this. Mike does get involved with his kids, sometimes reluctantly, for sure, but no one 'force[s him] to do so.' Shoddy commenting.
1 year ago
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Why would anyone take the time to write an article promoting a TV show that they have "obviously never watched"?
1 year ago
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I've watched one episode of Family Guy, but I regularly watch The Middle. 'nuf said.
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