Family Guy had made quite a name for itself in the world of animated-sitcoms during the almost-decade it had spent on the air, but, once it reached its ninth season, Seth MacFarlane and the entire writing crew decided to show that they were more than just comedians.

While the show stuck to its roots for the most part and continued to give audiences endless laughter and comical spoof episodes, the people in the writers’ room embraced their true cinematic storytelling abilities and made Family Guy so much more than just a raunchy animated-comedy.

10 Tiegs for Two: Episode 14 (7.1)

It wasn’t exactly a secret that Brian had trouble finding love—or holding onto a girlfriend, for that matter—and, after failing yet again, he decides to attend a class taught by Quagmire about how to pick up woman. However, Brian misinterprets the intentions of the class and learns how to “sleep with scores of women” instead of “finding the woman of his dreams.”

When Quagmire then insults Brian and tells him the woman of his dreams would never want him, Brain decides to use the methods of obtaining women that Quagmire taught him in order to steal Quagmire’s long-lost-love away from him. The two men end up fighting, and they both lose the girl in the process.

9 The Hand that Rocks the Wheelchair: Episode 12 (7.2)

When Bonnie goes away for a while and Meg offers to look in on Joe and Susie while she’s gone, she inaccurately begins to think the situation means that she and Joe have become husband and wife. Meg ends up framing Bonnie and getting her arrested so that she’ll never return and Meg can be with Joe forever, but her parents find out about her crush on Joe and tell her she needs to stop, especially because she has nothing in common with Joe.

In response, Meg throws herself in front of a car in an attempt to handicap herself and be “like Joe.” However, it doesn’t work, and everyone tells her how crazy she’s being while she recovers in the hospital.

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8 Trading Places: Episode 13 (7.2)

Every kid claims that they could be better at “adulting” than their own parents are. Well, Chris and Meg got the chance to prove it during this episode where the Griffin kids and parents swapped roles in the household. At first, Meg and Chris seemed to be doing well being the bread-winner and caretaker of the house while Lois and Peter struggled with the problems of high-school-life. But, eventually, the stress of work and providing for the family became too much for the kids-playing-adult, and Chris ended up having a heart attack at the age of 13. Suffice to say, things went back to normal after that.

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7 Friends of Peter G: Episode 10 (7.3)

In an episode most remembered for it’s incredibly catchy/lengthy musical number, Peter and Brian find themselves sentenced to AA when they drunkenly disturb a crowd in a movie theater. Instead of taking the meetings seriously, Peter and Brian end up convincing everybody else in the group to turn their AA meetings into their own private drinking parties.

One night after a party, Peter drives home and ends up killing himself in a car crash. Death shows up, but he doesn’t kill Peter and instead shows him what’s going to happen to him—both good and bad—if he doesn’t start learning how to drink in moderation.

6 It’s a Trap! Episode 18 (7.3)

Audiences didn’t know when it was coming, but they knew they were getting it: the final chapter of the Family Guy Star Wars spoof episodes! The episode that spoofed on Return of the Jedi was exactly like the first two before it: Peter as Han Solo, Brian as Chewie, Lois as Leia, Stewie as Darth Vader, and Chris as the fabled Luke Skywalker, with every secondary character filling in one role or another. The plot follows the same premise as the original movie and delivers classic jokes and hijinks every second along the way.

5 New Kidney in Town: Episode 8 (7.5)

There’s no question that Brian is “man’s best friend” after this episode. When Peter stupidly drinks a concoction he created himself—which included kerosene—it immediately shuts down his kidneys and leaves him in need of a donor. Lois doesn’t end up being a match, and she doesn’t want to put the kids through it… but Brian turns out to be a match and offers up one of his.

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Unfortunately, as a dog, Brian’s kidneys would be smaller, and they would require both for Peter to live, but that would mean Brian would die… which he agrees to in order to save Peter. Luckily, right before the surgery happens, Dr. Hartman reveals that he’s a match for Peter and that he’ll donate one of his kidneys, instead.

4 Halloween on Spooner Street: Episode 4 (7.9)

Quagmire gave everybody a scare this episode when he admitted that his grandfather was a kamikaze pilot from Japan for World War II, and then decided to take Joe and Peter on a plane ride where he pranked them into thinking he was going to kill them all in a plane crash.

Meanwhile, Stewie and Brian get into a feud with some bullies and end up trying to kill them for stealing their candy and spray-painting Brian pink. However, they’re unsuccessful, so Stewie settles for tattling on them to Lois, who then takes all of the bullies candy and $80 from the child’s mother.

3 The Big Bang Theory: Episode 16 (8.1)

Stewie was always messing around with sci-fi gadgetry and devices, so it wasn’t much of a surprise when this particular episode revealed that, through a series of complicated events, Stewie was actually the being who was responsible for the big bang! However, Stewie’s arch-nemesis Bertram shows up and decides to try and kill one of Stewie’s ancestors so that Stewie will cease to exist, which would result in the entire universe ceasing to exist since Stewie created the big bang. Brian and Stewie follow Bertram back in time and eventually succeed in stopping him and restoring the universe back to normal.

2 Road to the North Pole, Episode 7 (8.3)

Fans always look forward to the “Road To” episodes, and this season they were rewarded with a one-hour holiday special that involved Brian and Stewie adventuring to the North Pole so that Stewie could kill Santa Claus. However, upon arrival, they find Santa Claus nearly dead already from being overworked by all of the endless orders for toys that he gets.

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Brian and Stewie decide to save Christmas and fill in for Santa on Christmas Eve night… but they don’t even get through one house. The duo eventually makes a plea to the entire world to only ask for one gift in order to save Christmas and Santa Clause forever, and the world obliges.

1 And Then There Were Fewer: Episode 1 (8.6)

The episode that is perhaps the closest thing that fans have ever gotten to a Family Guy movie was the hour-long season-opener that found more than a dozen of the primary/secondary characters trapped in a mansion with a killer. The special follows the group as they try to decipher who the killer is before they themselves get killed, with a few members slowly getting picked off one at a time.

The group eventually pins the murders on Tom Tucker, and they arrest him… only for Diane Simmons to reveal to Lois that she’s the actual killer who orchestrated the entire night and framed Tom. Just before Diane is about to kill Lois and tie up all loose ends, Diane gets hit with a round from a sniper rifle shot by Stewie.

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