Fox claimed poor ratings and high productions costs, but fans refused to accept that. Then Cartoon Network began showing reruns and Family Guy was actually beating Letterman and Leno, so fans circulated petitions and their voices where heard. Want to know all the sordid details and timelines, the complete historical timeline is here.
But the bigger controversy around the show is its humor value. Is it funny, at all? Typically shows like The Simpsons, South Park, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and their off-color, tasteless, and irreverent humor are almost universally accepted. Family Guy, on the other hand, has torn friends and families apart all across the country in the name of humor. There was even an entire 2-part episode of Comedy Central’s South Park devoted (mostly) to the debate.