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Family Guy - Partial Terms of Endearment



DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
MSRP: $14.98
Packaging: Amaray Case
Number of Discs: 1
Number of Episodes: 1
Running Time: 23 minutes
Running Time of Features: 70 minutes
Audio: English
Subtitles and Captioning: English, Spanish, and French Subtitles; Closed-Captioned
Special Features: Commentary; Animatic; Uncensored Table Read; Seth and Alex’s Almost Live Comedy Show


It was announced around the beginning of the 2009-2010 season that Fox had decided to “abort” an episode of Family Guy that had already been produced, and that the episode would possibly be included on an upcoming DVD release. Well, now that DVD release is here with Family Guy - Partial Terms of Endearment! The single disc release contains the banned episode about Lois having to decide whether or not to get an abortion, along with a few special features.


There is only one episode on this disc, and that is the episode “Partial Terms of Endearment.” In the episode, Lois meets up with an old friend from college who happens to be upset because she and her husband are unable to conceive a child. Lois offers to help by being a surrogate mother for the couple (against Peter’s wishes) and ends up succeeding in getting pregnant. But when tragedy strikes the couple, Lois has to make a difficult decision--in only a way that Family Guy can handle it! The runtime of the episode is 23:06.


The packaging for this set is very nicely done, with an outer plastic sleeve that is designed to look like a paper sack. The paper sack has a tear in it (basically a transparent window) where you can see Peter sneaking around with the banned episode. Inside the sleeve, the standard red Amaray case has the picture of Peter sneaking around with the banned episode (obviously the same as what you can see through the “tear” on the outer sleeve). The back of both the case and the sleeve discuss the episode and lists the special features. Inside, the disc contains the same artwork seen on the Amaray case.

Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menu has an animated zygote (yes, a zygote for those who know their biology) dancing around to the closing theme from the show, with options of Play, Scene Selections, Extras, and Set Up. All of these are fairly self-explanatory. Set Up allows you to turn on subtitles, available in English, Spanish, and French. There is a scene selection menu, with chapters placed in all of the appropriate places.

Video and Audio Quality:

Are there any surprises with the video and audio quality? Not at all. After all, this is essentially a new episode of a current series, so the video and audio quality is basically flawless. The series recently made the transition to high-definition, but this was one of the last in the batch of standard-definition episodes. It doesn’t seem to make a huge difference, though. The only problem that I noticed, as minor as it was, was a slightly low audio level on the episode. The episode is closed-captioned with subtitles available in English, Spanish, and French.

Special Features:

There are many special features on the set, beginning with a commentary track featuring Seth MacFarlane, Danny Smith, Joseph Lee, and Alex Borstein. It is a standard commentary track that is similar to the ones that we have seen on the previous DVD releases.

Last fall, Fox aired a special called Family Guy Presents: Seth and Alex’s Almost Live Comedy Show (24:01), a special live-action comedy half hour with many comedy sketches and songs relating to the series (and some stuff unrelated to the series) included. That special is included in this set. One of the best parts is the skit where Alex plays the role of Bea Arthur auditioning for a role in the movie Showgirls. It is an entertaining special that I was hoping to see included with a Family Guy release, and clearly, we got that on this set.

If you want to see the table read of the episode (35:25), it is available on the set. This was obviously done after Fox decided to ban the episode, because the cast refers to the episode being banned and the publicity surrounding that decision. This, like just about everything else on Family Guy DVD releases, is uncensored.

Finally, here is an animatic (23:09) for the episode that shows what the episode looked like in the pre-production process. This animatic pretty much covers the entire episode, and is supplemented by the audio from the episode.

Final Comments:

I am glad to see this episode released, but I don’t understand why they had to make this a special release like this as opposed to including it on one of the regular releases. Fox has, as usual, dropped the ball on Family Guy with yet another haphazard release. It would make much more release to do seasons of the series, but instead, we get volumes of episodes containing widely varying numbers of episodes, along with special discs that include episodes that are NOT on the volumes. With that aside, though, this is a decent episode. It really doesn’t seem all that controversial to me (I’ve seen far worse with Family Guy), but I suppose that the issue of abortion is such a divisive issue to have warranted the ban of the episode. Any true Family Guy fan will need to pick up this DVD to complete their collection... and don’t abort your plans to get it, either.

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 3/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Overall Score: 4/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 10/09/10

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