Family Guy premiers season 9 with Agatha Christie parody

by Kelly MacNeil on September 27, 2010

Who says a show can't mature with age?

Fox's Family Guy opened its ninth season with an hour-long parody of the film "And Then There Were Fewer," which is based on suspense novelist Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None."

The episode involved nearly all of the people who live in Quahog, Rhode Island, which is where the show is based, being invited to the mysterious Rocky Point Manor.

All the characters are invited to a "gala dinner" in the honor of patriarch Peter Griffin. However, it's soon revealed that all of the residents of Quahog received the same invitation, leaving Brian, the family's talking dog, the lone person who thinks it's suspicious.

The manor is owned by James Woods, with the actor lending his voice for the episode, and it quickly becomes apparent that someone has brought them all there to kill them. The first person to go is Quagmire's girlfriend Stephanie, who is quickly eulogized by Stewie saying "I can't help feeling this would be sadder if she weren't heavy."

While the episode had the staples of the show's charm like off-putting humor and pop culture references, long-time fans may have noticed something different. Instead of the quick cut scenes of randomness Family Guy was known for, there was more of a cohesive plot.

According to, this change was previewed toward the end of season 8 and has been met with mostly positive reviews from critics and fans.

The idea of parodying a popular film may be catching on for Family Guy as well. The show received a lot of attention for its parodies of Star Wars' episodes five and six titled "Blue Harvest" and "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side," respectively. The third Star Wars film, "Return of the Jedi," also had a parody filmed and will reportedly be out later this year.

This format of parodying movies in an hour-long special may also prove a boost to ratings. The episode averaged 9.12 million viewers and reportedly won its timeslot last night, Entertainment Weekly reports.

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