American Dad on TBS: What to Expect From the Big Move (Besides F-Bombs)

American Dad Renewed TBS

Good [afternoon], USA! Former Fox Sunday night staple American Dad relocates to TBS on Monday (9/8c), a move executive producer Matt Weitzman considers to be nothing short of a fairy tale.

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“It’s like you had this family you were born into, and they raise you, but they don’t really understand you,” Weitzman explains to TVLine. “Finally, you get older and they kick you out of the house, then you find this other person who actually likes you for who you are and wants to spend the rest of their life with you. We’ll find out how long we can live happily ever after, but this is a great start.”

And with a new home on cable comes a much longer leash, one Weitzman promises Dad will take full advantage of down the road. TBS has ordered two 15-episode seasons, and it’s in that second season — currently in production — that Weitzman says the writers really begin to push the envelope.

“We do an episode in the first season where Steve says ‘eff you’ to his mom, but apart from that, we’re really finding our groove now,” he explains. “Being able to say the word ‘t-ts’ really inspired us creatively.”

American Dad TBSHere’s a quick rundown, straight from Weitzman, of some episodes fans can look forward to on TBS:

* “We’re doing an episode where Hayley considers having an affair with a married man.”

* “Stan and the guys in the C.I.A. end up getting caught on a mission behind enemy lines and become P.O.W.s. They may also get torn apart by yaks.”

* “We finally meet Gwen, Francine’s sister, who’s voiced by Uma Thurman.”

* “We’re doing another one of our reality-altering Christmas episodes.”

* “We’ll see another episode of ‘Wheels and the Leg Man,’ in which Francine is kidnapped and Steve and Roger have to investigate.”

* “Steve and Hayley join a girls’ roller derby team, but Hayley’s not very good, so they insist she brings her sister… which is Steve.”

* “And I’m really happy with this one episode where Seth [MacFarlane] seels the whole show to a Chinese billionaire for a shoe factory. The man promises not to make anything different on the show, but he lies. It’s a very meta episode.”

What fans shouldn’t expect, however, is a departure from the humor and (occasional) heart that has endeared the Smith family to us for nearly 10 years.

“I guess we could have moved the house somewhere else, maybe to another neighborhood, but we wanted to keep everything as is,” Weitzman says. “We’re moving from one network to another, but we’ll keep being the same show we’ve always been — just a crazy, fun show.”

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10 Comments
  1. Steven says:

    I saw the premiere at New York Comic Con and it was funny. I’m not usually a big American Dad fan, but I enjoyed it.

  2. Sam says:

    There’s an episode coming up called “Holy Sh-t, Jeff’s Back!”

    I’m REALLY looking forward to that one. Jeff’s been gone far too long.

  3. Joey Padron says:

    Good scoop about new season. Can’t wait to watch season premiere tonight!

  4. Scott says:

    I wonder how much FOX regrets letting American Dad go now that Mulaney is tanking.

    • Brendan says:

      Yea. I never really got the idea behind mixing Animated and Sitcoms. It feels very odd to go from Simpsons to Brooklyn Nine-Nine… and I like both shows.

  5. Jake Cecena says:

    Now I definitely can’t wait for the new season! Hopefully, this is the start of a long and prosperous new era for a show. TBS, don’t let us down!

  6. b626 says:

    Im OK with it!
    Another Golden Turd secondary storyline
    would be much appreciated.
    And ya just can’t have too much Roger…

  7. r0ckmypants says:

    YES for a new Christmas episode! American Dad does them the best.

  8. @ThatSteeve says:

    “seels the whole show”

    Either typo or MacFarlaneesque racial joke….

  9. hollieking81 says:

    Wow, the new episodes on tbs are woeful. It’s obvious where the funnies were coming from last time. Dropping the f-bomb and some other swear words doesn’t make up for unfunny writing.