In Antonia Peacocke's essay "Family Guy and Freud: Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious," she discusses the troubles this popular television show has gone through since it first aired in April 1999. She professes her overzealous love of the animated series using comedic references to her own life, stating in the beginning of her essay that, "Embarrassingly enough, I have almost reached the point at which I can perform one-woman versions of several episodes." After establishing her point of view of the series, she takes the reader inside the issues many people have with the show and attempts to show her readers the underlying genius that lies beneath the sometimes crass and offensive humor.
A testament to both the show's offensive humor and its immense popularity, Peacocke explains that Family Guy has been cancelled not once, but twice since 1999. The first cancellation of the show in August 2000 was overcome by a stream of online complaints. The second cancellation, which occurred in 2002, was met with protesting outside Fox Studios and the boycotting of any products advertised by Fox by its loyal fans. Each time Fox was forced to give in, giving the series another chance to make its fans laugh.
It is Peacocke's assertion that coming to a negative conclusion of the show based on a quick glance is just not accurate. She goes into some detail explaining the subtler intricacies of the show's jokes. She does a good job of explaining how a joke that appears very crude and offensive on the surface actually serves the purpose of expressing how absurd stereotyping actually is. The show does a good job of exposing the ridiculous nature of certain beliefs Americans once held, and makes fun of all of us for our ignorance.