For those wondering why series like The Simpsons and Family Guy won’t be getting canceled anytime soon, note that both shows are the top streaming series for both Hulu and Disney+. For Disney+, The Simpsons isn’t just the most streamed series in the United States, but the world as well in every English-speaking country on Planet Earth. This according to stats from Flixpatrol which you can see here.
It’s worth noting that these two franchises are the only series keeping cable networks like FXX and Freeform alive as well, but 2021 will be an interesting one for syndicated animated television as the exodus of 20th Television series like The Cleveland Show and Family Guy will exit networks like Adult Swim, TBS, and any other non-Disney affiliated networks by Q3 2021. Family Guy recently aired it’s 350th episode and is scheduled to return in February on FOX.
That said, it would behoove Disney to not get too crazy with forcing series like The Simpsons and Family Guy to make wholesale changes to voice rosters as the cost increases and lack of familiarity caused to longtime fans of both franchises could see declines in viewership among not only US-based streamers but international ones as well. As Disney learned with the aspect ratio fiasco at the launch of Disney+, The Simpsons still have legions of diehard fans all over the world, it would be best not to upset them.
Entering its 18th season, FAMILY GUY continues to entertain its die-hard fan base with razor-sharp humor, spot-on parodies, spectacular animation and orchestra-backed original music. Since its debut in 1999, the series has reached cult status among fans, and its breakout star, a talking baby, has become one of the greatest TV characters of all time. FAMILY GUY has racked up numerous awards, including an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series, only the second animated series in television history to be honored with such a distinction. Most recently, series creator and lead voice actor Seth MacFarlane (voices of “Peter Griffin,” “Stewie Griffin,” “Brian Griffin” and “Glenn Quagmire”) won the 2019 Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance. Cast member Alex Borstein (voice of “Lois Griffin”) won the 2018 Emmy Award in the category. MacFarlane also was nominated that year. He won the 2017 and 2016 Emmy Award in the category, and was nominated from 2013 to 2015.
Set to premiere with its milestone 350th episode, when the world will witness Stewie’s first word, FAMILY GUY continues to provide a humorous take on current events, with big name guest voices, including Chris Parnell, Alfred Molina, Cary Elwes, Lisa Loeb, Lou Diamond Phillips and Patrick Stump, as well as Sam Elliott who takes over for the late Adam West as the mayor of Quahog.
FAMILY GUY is a 20th Television production. Seth MacFarlane is creator and executive producer. Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin serve as executive producers and showrunners, while Steve Callaghan, Tom Devanney, Danny Smith, Kara Vallow, Mark Hentemann and Patrick Meighan are executive producers.
The longest-running primetime scripted show in television history, THE SIMPSONS exploded into popular culture in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. HOMER (Dan Castellaneta), MARGE (Julie Kavner), BART (Nancy Cartwright), LISA (Yeardley Smith) and MAGGIE are instantly identifiable television icons. Rounding out this cast of characters are many beloved Springfield residents, including tavern proprietor MOE SZYSLAK (Hank Azaria) and nuclear power plant owner MR. BURNS (Harry Shearer). The Emmy Award-, Annie Award- and Peabody Award-winning animated comedy will begin its 32nd season this year and will celebrate a landmark 700 episodes this spring. Additional upcoming guest voice stars this season include Olivia Colman, Hannibal Buress, Ben Platt and Michael Palin.
THE SIMPSONS is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Television. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean are the executive producers. The Gracie Films Worldwide Brand Division develops and produces the licensed content for the series.
THE SIMPSONS © 2020 by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation