I still recall a time when everyone was excited about a cool new show called ‘Family Guy,’ which seemed innovative and hip and all the things that make Entertainment Weekly writers salivate and bust out their hyphenated adjectives. Any more, it seems that the show just isn’t cool anymore, and in fact ends up being denigrated most of the time it comes up in conversation. I’m not sure when the shift occurred, but I think it was expedited by the episode of South Park that explained how each episode of F.G. was written by manatees pushing random balls through hoops. For my part, I still watch the show when there’s no DVR conflict, but other than the usual issues of an aging show (repetition of themes, Flanderization of characters, sudden retcons) I don’t know that it’s any more or less terrible than it was way back in 1999.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) really wants a mocha latte, but can’t pull off skinny jeans, asking: How does the court of public opinion affect your enjoyment of the media you consume?