In the not-so-distant past, there were jokes about The Simpsons overstaying its welcome on television after merely ten seasons. As that program celebrates three decades on the air, Family Guy will be celebrating two under its own belt. Well, save for that interim period when the show was canceled and was simply known as a cult classic before its revival in 2006. Since then, the Griffins have garnered their way into our hearts as the second most recognizable animated American family.
Here’s everything you need to know to stream Family Guy.
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What is Family Guy?
The Seth McFarlane-developed animated comedy first aired in 1999 and ended its run in 2002, though a “lost episode” aired in 2004. After popular demand, the show returned to Fox in 2005, and has run continuously since then. The season 19 premier will begin airing in late September 2020.
- Launched: January 1999
- Airtime: Season 19 premiers Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 9:30 pm PST/EST.
- Channel: Fox
- Genre: Animated comedy
- Starring: Seth MacFarlane as Peter Griffin/Brian Griffin/Stewie Griffin, Alex Borstein as Lois Griffin, Mila Kunis as Meg Griffin, Seth Green as Chris Griffin
- Seasons: 18
- Status: Renewed for season 19.
Family Guy Reviews
What the critics are saying:
- “Between [Peter Griffin’s] hiring of a “penis butler,” his purchase of a solid-gold tuxedo at the “nonsense store,” and his riff on the “dreadfulness” of True Blood, it’s easy to forgive the plot for being as old as the hills.” –Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly
- “Family Guy consistently falls short of excellence, thanks to its monotonously unvaried structure, which consists of a character describing an outrageous situation, followed by a clip depicting that same situation.” –Alan Sepinwall, The Star-Ledger
How to stream Family Guy
Fox is available on a few of the major live TV streaming services. When trying to decide which one is best for you, you’ll want to weigh the cost, the other channels you’ll receive, and the compatible devices for streaming.
Family Guy on Hulu with Live TV
Hulu Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream live TV, perhaps because you gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have a ton of local, entertainment, and sports channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geographic and Syfy.
|Hulu Live TV||$69.99|
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Family Guy on FuboTV
FuboTV started as a streaming service geared toward sports fans, but it’s evolved into a broadly-appealing option with entertainment and news options alongside its robust sports choices. Depending on the package, you can access as many as 180+ FuboTV channels. If you’re looking to be entertained, Bravo, IFC, MTV, and VH1 are options even at Fubo’s most basic tier. The Fubo channel list still includes plenty of sports, including the Fubo Sports Network, which has original programming mixing sports and humor. The FuboTV cost starts at $54.99 a month, and with Disney Media favorites like ABC, ESPN, and the Disney Channel now on board, some who were on the fence about Fubo are giving it another look.
To watch Family Guy, you’ll want to dock in at the FuboTV Standard level.
Family Guy on Sling TV
For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Whichever package you choose, you can save $10 on your first month. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.
|Orange + Blue||$50|
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of the Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—gives Sling users the ability to access all local channels to add to whichever Sling package is the best fit for them.
Family Guy on Vidgo
Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package, including ABC, Fox, the Disney family of channels, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and BeIN Sports. It offers an array of entertainment favorites, including A&E, HGTV, History, Lifetime, and a full range of Nickelodeon channels, including TeenNick and NickToons.
College sports fans will love it, too: The ACCN, Big Ten Network, the Longhorn Network, and Pac-12 Network are all on the Core package, and for $10 more, the Plus package offers all six market-specific Pac-12 Networks.
|English Premium Package||$66.33/ 3 months|
|English Plus Package||$53/ 3 months|
|Spanish Mas Package||$25/ 3 months|
Family Guy on AT&T TV Now
There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, so using the network to stream Fox only makes sense. The second you sign up, you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO in the Plus and Max channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR, which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.
Family Guy on YouTube TV
YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts, and each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. You can’t beat the variety, either: There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels, while Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.