Also, I don’t think the highly abrasive gags and punchlines come from a place of hate, and thus, they work.
One thing about Family Guy is a definite – the show is divisive. Never has a show driven such a wedge between people who like comedy. Some very funny people I know, whom I’ve grown up with, and worked with cannot agree on the merits of this show. Nobody denies the comic genius of The Simpsons, South Park, or The Daily Show. Most humor is universal. And even humor I don’t ‘get’, I can often still appreciate. Mind of Mencia, King of the Hill, and anything Larry the Cable Guy says come to mind. I don’t like these shows or this comedian and don’t find them funny, but I understand why their audiences do.