Mac Farlane resided in Providence during his time as a student at Rhode Island School of Design, and the show contains distinct Rhode Island landmarks similar to real-world locations.
Mac Farlane often borrows the names of Rhode Island locations and icons such as Pawtucket and Buddy Cianci for use in the show.
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Many tie-in media have been released, including Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, a straight-to-DVD special released in 2005; Family Guy: Live in Vegas, a soundtrack-DVD combo released in 2005, featuring music from the show as well as original music created by Mac Farlane and Walter Murphy; a video game and pinball machine, released in 20, respectively; since 2005, six books published by Harper Adult based on the Family Guy universe; and Laugh It Up, Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy (2010), a series of parodies of the original Star Wars trilogy.
In 2008, Mac Farlane confirmed that the cast was interested in producing a feature film and that he was working on a story for a film adaptation.
Shortly after the third season of Family Guy had aired in 2002, Fox canceled the series with one episode left unaired.
Adult Swim aired that episode in 2003, finishing the series' original run.Recurring characters appear alongside the Griffin family.These include the family's neighbors: sex-crazed airline pilot bachelor Quagmire; African-American deli owner Cleveland and his wife Loretta (later Donna); paraplegic police officer Joe, his wife Bonnie, their son Kevin and their baby daughter Susie; neurotic Jewish pharmacist Mort, his wife Muriel, and their geeky and annoying son Neil; and elderly child molester Herbert.A spin-off series, The Cleveland Show, featuring Cleveland Brown, aired from September 27, 2009, to May 19, 2013."The Simpsons Guy", a crossover episode with The Simpsons, aired on September 28, 2014.In 2009, it was nominated for an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, the first time an animated series was nominated for the award since The Flintstones in 1961.