Comic-Con 2012: ‘Family Guy’ to spoof ‘Breaking Bad,’ Nielsen boxes

Over the years, we haven’t always loved every plot that “Family Guy” has thrown at us, mostly because there are a few of them that feel like the same thing over and over again. With that being said, though, there were a few storylines that Seth MacFarlane and his team threw at us during the show’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday that we are absolutely giddy about.

-First things first, who wants to see the show spoof “Breaking Bad”? In a move that is certainly good timing considering the AMC show’s return to the air Sunday night, it was announced that there is going to be an episode where the Griffins buy a farm and Peter consequently becomes a “dealer.” This isn’t going to become a line-by-line remake by any stretch of the imagination, but their should be enough similarities for fans of the Bryan Cranston series to get a few laughs.

-Stewie and Brian reverse time on accident, and they start to relive classic moments from the show in reverse. The comedic potential here is endless.

-In what may be one of the greatest storylines we’ve ever seen on the show, the Griffins are set to become a Nielsen family in an upcoming episode — and this someone how leads to Peter stealing a bunch of ratings measurement boxes in hopes of influencing all TV programming to what it wants to be. We’re sure The Nielsen Company is probably going to absolutely hate this episode, but the archaic way in which TV ratings are measured — even if it is mostly for the benefit of advertisers rather than realistic viewer counts — is something that has been ripe for satire for some time.

With all this in mind, we are not ashamed to admit that for the first time in a rather long time, we are actually pretty excited about what is going to be coming up on a season of “Family Guy.” The new season premiere on Sunday, September 30, and you can check out the full schedule here.

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