Foolish Humon, on 16 June 2010 - 09:39 PM, said:
Family Guy should have stayed canceled, before it was canceled it was good, not great. Since it's return it has been just horrible. I am a bit scared for Futurama which is making its return next week (I was going to make a thread about this), I mean it is done by Matt Groening who is a comedy god, and I did really like Bender's Big Score, The Beast With a Billion Backs, and Bender's Game, but I didn't like Into the Wild Green Yonder.
Also I am looking forward to Louis, mainly because it stars Louis C.K. one of my favorite stand-up comedians.
Family Guy has definitely gone downhill. I think for the first season, maybe two after the return it's fine, but since then they've been relying waaaay too much on the cut-away gags. Early on they still had them, but they weren't nearly as prevalent, there was a still a story emphasis. Now it's just all gags.
As for Futurama, I think as long as David X. and Ken Keeler stay involved, it should be fine. The issue with the Simpsons is that at this point it's really being written by people who grew up watching it and seem to want to A) make an homage more than a legitimately good and memorable show or B ) just want to push the envelope. It really should be ended. Bring back the early-days writers (first 8-ish seasons) and come up with a big send-off, then let it go. It's well past its expiration date and should be put away gracefully before it has to be put down by force.