TV Highlights

American Dad!

FOX - 10pm

Who's in it?

Seth MacFarlane gave his Roger-tonsils a good workout in an episode which was full of the debauched alien’s misadventures.

In a nutshell

You’ve got to hand it to American Dad – there’s not many comedies on telly which could get away with doing a whole skit on female sex offenders. Even animated ones. But, in true American Dad/Family Guy/Seth MacFarlane style, this show went there. And kept on going there. The gist was that a pretty lady moved in next door, announced she was deviant, and led Steve and his pals to think they were about to lose their virginity.

In fact, it was all part of a slightly less alarming plan on her part, so you can stop that complaint email you’re already composing in your head. The main thrust of the new season opener was about our favourite bulgy-headed alien Roger, who suffered a heart attack and gave up his bar. There was no rest for the wicked, though, as he son found himself as the “face” of a new business venture. Because what could be a better symbol of corporate excess than a louche, hedonistic alien with all the morality of a bored hyena? Stan fans will have to wait for future episodes to get a proper dose of their guy, but this was a fine beginning to a new run.

What's the verdict?

As blisteringly irreverent and gasp-inducing as ever, American Dad isn’t for all tastes. But anyone who likes their humour as garishly tasteless as one of Liberace’s outfits will relish every sordid second.

Star rating: 4/5

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07-07-2011