The animated American series, Family Guy, which came out in 1999, has been around for more than two decades now. After quite some bumping, the show went through hardships to gain an audience, especially from its first three seasons. Fox canceled the show in 2002. However, after gradually gaining fame among teenagers and college students, Fox brought it again in 2005 and it still is one of the most highly watched American TV series.
The show focuses on Peter and his wife, Lois Griffin, along with their family of two teenagers, a smart dog, and an iniquitous baby who find themselves in some of the most hysterical situations. The show consists of 19 seasons. With over 300 episodes, we bring to you 25 episodes from Family Guy that we think are must-watch, listed sequentially, below with their IMDB ratings.
List Of 25 Best Family Guy Episodes
1. Death is a Bitch (8.3/10)
- Death is a Bitch Tv Show Scene
- Season 2 Episode 6
Peter Griffin feels trapped in a difficult situation where he has to pay a large hospital bill. He makes all efforts to get himself out of paying it. In episode 6 of season 2, he also reaches a point where he declares himself as dead to get out of it. But just as we know it is the basic rule of life, all actions have consequences. Here, too, Death reaches Peter’s doorsteps to take him in. But as Death starts running after Peter in order to catch him, he trips and twists his ankle. Peter realizes that nothing is eternal, and the entire Quahog breaks into mayhem.
In order to return to normalcy, Peter needs to take over Death’s job and bring everything back on track.
2. Da Boom (8.3/10)
- Da Boom Tv Show Scene
- Season 2 Episode 3
Family Guy may be one of the lesser interesting TV shows available on Netflix presently, but it does have some gem of episodes. In Da Boom, they showed what Quahog looked like after the Y2K bug destroyed the world. But even amidst the destruction, Peter finds ways to make things harder, which is hilarious and very relatable on personal levels. It was also in this episode that the legendary feud between Peter Griffin and Ernie, the Giant Chicken, was launched, and the show became immensely popular.
3. Road to Rhode Island (8.3/10)
- Road to Rhode Island Tv Show Scene
- Season 2 Episode 13
This episode of Family Guy beautifully portrays the romantic relationship between Stewie and Brian. When the duo gets lost after their plane tickets are stolen, they need to return home before Lois finds out. The road trip back to Quahog contains an explosion of different emotions as the pair tries to follow Brian’s mother, which digs deeper into the characters’ personal space.
4. Lethal Weapons (7.3/10)
- Lethal Weapons Tv Show Scene
- Season 3 Episode 7
‘Lethal Weapons’ had some intriguing plots within it. More contemporary from the rest of the lot, this Family Guy episode consists of important moments like Lois learning martial arts and taking a stand for herself, crude New Yorkers were trying to see changing colors in leaves in Rhode Island, and a typical Family Guy style breakout of violence.
5. To Love and Die in Dixie (8.2/10)
- To Love and Die in Dixie Tv Show Scene
- Season 3 Episode 12
Family Guy comes up with this spectacular and mind-boggling episode as it constantly has something or the other going on in it. It involves numerous things like the entire family being on witness protection in the Deep South after Chris becomes witness to a crime. Chris mistakes a Southern girl for a boy who he eventually falls in love with, which comes to an end with an overwhelming, fated separation. Peter makes a mess out of a Civil War enactment while Stewie starts a funk band.
6. Petarded (8.3/10)
- Petarded Tv Show Scene
- Season 4 Episode 6
With Season 4 being, arguably, the best season of Family Guy, Petarded is another of Peter Griffin’s typical crazy episodes. After winning a game of Trivial Pursuit, he immediately claims himself a genius.In this episode, Peter is declared as a retard (thus, Petarded) after he gets a dare to apply for a MacArthur Genius Grant. He tries to exploit his diagnosis and reaches the point of losing his children’s custody to Cleveland.
7. PTV (8.6/10)
- PTV Tv Show Scene
- Season 4 Episode 14
Family Guy has always had the edgiest terms with the censor board. It has never laid low or subtle whenever the film industry was to be in the frame. In this Family Guy episode, Peter starts his personal, uncensored TV network. However, things quickly get messed up, and Lois has to order the FCC to close the network. This is debatably the funniest as well as the most real episode of Family Guy. This episode also has one of the best original songs from Family Guy.
8. I Take Thee Quagmire (7.5/10)
- I Take Thee Quagmire Tv Show Scene
- Season 4 Episode 21
This episode of Family Guy is one of the darkest and full of brilliance. Quagmire, though extremely hilarious, is the dirt of a person and is filled with filth for morales. In this episode, he appears to be falling in love with Peter’s maid and changing for good. He makes a decision to marry Joan but soon wants out. But if he leaves her, she will kill both of them. Hence, he very smartly fakes his own death so that Death spares him and takes Joan instead.
9. Meet the Quagmires (8.4/10)
- Meet the Quagmires Tv Show Scene
- Season 5 Episode 18
This episode of Family Guy goes through an alternate universe where Peter and Lois do not end up together, which they find out after they travel back in time. Instead, Quagmire and Lois get married. The relationship shown between Peter and Lois in this episode is soft and wholesome, different from their relationship towards the latter half of the show. The end of the episode marks a tribute to Back To The Future and a Never Gonna Give You Up performed by Brian.
10. Blue Harvest (8.2/10)
- Blue Harvest Tv Show Scene
- Season 6 Episode 1
In Episode 1 of Season 6, the power goes off in Quahog when Peter narrates A New Hope from Star Wars IV. The Family Guy characters act out the characters from Star Wars. Although this episode might not be relevant if you are not a Star Wars fan, it is still worth mentioning.
11. Believe it or not, Joe’s Walking on Air (7.4/10)
- Believe it or not, Joe’s Walking on Air Tv Show Scene
- Season 6 Episode 3
After Joe gets a pair of new legs, he begins walking. Naturally, he soon becomes contemptible and hated by the rest. The episode ends with Peter and the lot coming to the conclusion that Joe was more likable when he was a cripple. Although a mean-spirited episode, the humor trumps the rest.
12. Stewie kills Lois (8.4/10)
- Stewie kills Lois Tv Show Scene
- Season 6 Episode 4
This episode revolves around Stewie’s obsession with killing Lois. He, thus, manages to kill Lois by shooting her right in her head. But after a year, it is revealed that Lois had heavy life insurance. Peter becomes the suspect of her murder and he goes on trial after Stewie accidentally implicates Peter and steers clear of the crime. However, just before the verdict, Lois shows up in the courtroom to take revenge on Stewie.
13. Lois kills Stewie (8.4/10)
- Lois kills Stewie Tv Show Scene
- Season 6 Episode 5
In this second part of the season opener, Lois comes back as Stewie becomes the world’s autocratic president. Lois realizes that only she can stop Stewie’s oppression of the world by putting an end to him. The confrontation results in a fight. However, Lois hesitates as she cannot kill her own son, but Peter does the job on her behalf.
14. McStroke (7.6/10)
- McStroke Tv Show Scene
- Season 6 Episode 8
More often than not, Family Guy episodes look more like compilations of jokes rather than a written plot. McStroke is one of those episodes where an odd combination of things happen like Peter getting a stroke, him growing a mustache, and also exposes a corporation running fast food joints. Stewie starts attending school with Chris and Meg and soon gains fame among pals. Although the episode feels like a convulsive clump of sections, the humor brings life to the show.
15. I Dream of Jesus (8.0/10)
- I Dream of Jesus Tv Show Scene
- Season 7 Episode 2
In this episode of Family Guy, Peter actually finds Jesus working at a record store. Jesus takes down the president, George W Bush, in the process of disclosing himself to the world under Peter’s pressure. The real reason behind this being one of the best episodes is Peter’s racing muffle, ‘Surfin Bird’, as he shoehorns people in an annoying Trashmen tune of the 1950s.
16. Road to Germany (8.1/10)
- Road to Germany Tv Show Scene
- Season 7 Episode 3
This is another episode on time travel where Brian and Stewie, and Mort Goldman go back in 1939 Poland. As returning to the present becomes a task, the trio lands up in London and Berlin while Stewie disguises himself as Hitler in order to steal Uranium. However, Stewie and Hitler’s mirror face-off is going to make you laugh and deserves a watch before they actually return to the present.
17. Road to the Multiverse (9.1/10)
- Road to the Multiverse Tv Show Scene
- Season 8 Episode 1
Of the many “Road to…” episodes from Family Guy, Road to the Multiverse is certainly the best of the lot. In fact, it happens to be the most popular episode from the entire series. In the first episode of Season 8, Stewie and Brian time travel yet again to several alternate universes. They even get to see Disney versions of themselves in one.
At last, they decide to stay back in a universe completely different from theirs where humans obeyed dogs and animals sang. Brian loved the universe and broke the time-traveling machine so that they could stay there for a lifetime.
But in the end, they are saved by the other Stewie and Brian duo. This episode of Family Guy is known for its new elements and humor, which is why it is also considered to be the show’s best episode.
18. Something, Something, Something, Dark Side (7.7/10)
- Something, Something, Something, Dark Side Poster
- Season 8 Episode 20
In this episode of Family Guy, just like Blue Harvest, the power goes off, and Peter narrates the story of The Empire Strikes Back while the characters from Family Guy replaced the Star Wars’ characters.
19. And then there were fewer (8.6/10)
- And then there were fewer Tv Show Scene
- Season 9 Episode 1
In the premiere of Season 9, James Wood calls a number of people over to his mansion for a dinner party. However, inspired by Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, the guests kept disappearing from the dinner table without any visible reasons, leaving only a few towards the end. The episode is from before James Wood was socially outcasted and still made quite an impact.
20. Road to the North Pole (8.3/10)
- Road to the North Pole Tv Show Scene
- Season 9 Episode 7
Of the many Family Guy episodes starring Stewie and Brian’s duo, Road to the North Pole is a Christmas special where the duo finds an almost dead Santa and decides on completing his job of distributing the gifts. A chain of dark comedic experiences keeps revealing throughout the episode, but the ending delivers a genuine message about materialism and greed, which makes it one of the best episodes of Family Guy.
21. Back to the Pilot (8.8/10)
- Back to the Pilot Tv Show Scene
- Season 10 Episode 5
This is another of Brian-Stewie’s episodes, filled with humor, drama, and sheer genius. Brian and Stewie travel back in time using a time machine and joke and judge their former selves in the show. When Brian tells the past Brian about 9/11, their present gets changed a civil war breaks out. As they step back from returning to the present, they produce multiple versions of themselves simultaneously. With some genuinely funny Brian and Stewie moments, the Back to the Pilot episode is very cunningly and neatly scripted concerning time travel.
22. Lois Comes Out of her Shell (7.4/10)
- Lois Comes Out of her Shell Tv Show Scene
- Season 11 Episode 6
After Peter makes a very poor toast at Lois’ birthday, she goes through a mid-life crisis. She completely becomes a different person who is fun to be around and likable by Peter, but eventually, it gets difficult for him to keep up.
23. Roads to Vegas (7.9/10)
- Roads to Vegas TV Show Scene
- Season 11 Episode 21
In this episode of Family Guy, Stewie and Brian transport themselves to Las Vegas, which makes the machine create another version of them. Both the pairs go about Vegas unaware of each other. While one of them makes a fortune, the other loses everything to the extent of being indebted to loans—another episode showing this duo as the heart and soul of the TV show.
24. The Simpson Guy (8.4/10)
- The Simpson Guy Tv Show Scene
- Season 13 Episode 1
For the longest time, The Simpsons and Family Guy, being the two most popular animated shows, were known to have a persistent rivalry. Therefore, it came as surprise for the viewers when they decided to do a crossover for both shows. In the episode, the Griffins move with the Simpsons after their car gets stolen. However, after a fight breaks off between Peter and Homer, they both split in a very civil manner. The episode highlights the line that sets the two shows apart. It defines what their strengths and weaknesses are, ultimately making the episode an epic success.
25. Baking Bad (7.9/10)
- Baking Bad Tv Show Scene
- Season 13 Episode 3
This is the episode where Lois and Peter start a cookie shop. But despite Peter’s true intentions, he slowly converts the shop into a strip club. Brian intervenes in Stewie’s stuffed animals while Stewie develops an addiction to cough syrup.
Family Guy has gained the most controversy on television, with Fox banning one of their episodes (Partial Terms of Endearment) as the episode displayed abortion, which has always been a controversial topic. But for the very reason that Family Guy has never hesitated from showcasing controversial aspects of society, the show has been a people’s favorite even decades after its release.
So, we are done with the best Family Guy episodes for binge-watching for viewers. So get that bowl of popcorn and start binging!