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American Dad!: Volume 6

Score: 90%
Rating: Not Rated
Publisher: Fox Home Entertainment
Region: 1
Media: DVD/3
Running Time: 396 Mins.
Genre: Comedy/Animated/TV Series
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French


  • Audio Commentary on Select Episodes
  • Uncensored Audio/Vido on Select Episodes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Making of Rapture's Delight
  • Rapture's Delight Broadcast Script
  • Alternate Commentaries on Select Episodes featuring The Interdisciplinary Collective for American Dad Studies
  • American Dad Honors Its Four-Legged Friends

American Dad may not be for everyone, but for those who appreciate its warped sense of humor, American Dad: Volume 6 couldn't be better. The series once again covers all of the crazy happenings of the Smith family, consisting of CIA agent patriarch Stan, his lovely wife, Francine, young straight-arrow son Steve and pot-smoking daughter, Hayley. Ad-hoc members of the family of course include Roger, the sexual deviant alien and Klaus, goldfish with a human brain.

All of the episodes are at least somewhat amusing, but a good chunk of them are downright hee-larious. Among the stand-out episodes are Moon Over Isla Island, where Stan is supposed to get treaty papers signed by a short dictator, but he winds up dead, so Stan thinks it's a good idea to trick Roger into imitating the little despot. Well, Roger ends up enjoying his role a bit too much and wreaks havoc on the tiny island. In The Man in the Moonbounce, Stan wants Steve to put away his childish ways and have a more age-appropriate birthday party, but Stan's idea is so boring that Frannie saves the day by renting Steve a Moonbounce, not realizing that Stan, himself, would become obsessed with his lost childhood in the magical Moonbounce. This leaves poor Steve to become the man of the family, aging him prematurely. In Shallow Vows, Stan and Francine decide to renew their vows, but when Frannie realizes that all Stan seems to care about is her good looks, she decides to make him love "the real her." Let's just say it's not a pretty picture, but Roger as the wedding planner steals the episode and is hysterical.

In My Morning Straightjacket, Stan plans to diss Hayley's choice in music, but instead becomes obsessed over the band "My Morning Jacket" and becomes their weirdest groupie. Leave it to hot Frannie to get Stan backstage to meet his idol, the lead singer. Rapture's Delight seems to be the episode the team is proudest of, and while I was originally skeptical that it might be a little too offensive and sacrilegious, it was actually really funny. The rapture occurs, leaving Stan and Frannie behind to deal with Armageddon and the second coming of Christ. The art style of this episode, at least once the Armageddon occurs, was very different from standard American Dad fare and had a much darker palette with crazy rock tunes playing in the background. It was very reminiscent of Blade Runner and Escape from New York and it was a really funny episode.

A Jones for a Smith has Stan railing on Democratic programs and insisting that everyone do things for themselves. When he mistakenly takes crack to help with a cold (don't ask how this happens, it just does), he finds out the hard way that sometimes people just need a little help. May the Best Stan Win has a cyber-Stan with a Mexican-Canadian accent coming back from the future to steal Frannie away from current Stan, while Return of the Bling finds Stan realizing that one of his all-time heroes was actually just another persona of Roger's. This one is done in the style of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and has Roger refusing to return his "precious," the Gold Olympic Medal he won while taking steroids on the US Hockey Team. Cops and Roger has Roger deciding to become a cop since Stan is his hero, but of course, he quickly turns into a dirty cop and hilarity ensues.

Merlot Down Dirty Shame has Roger going on a wine country tour with Francine when Stan wriggles out of it. Since Stan and Roger are now best friends, it's up to Roger to protect Frannie from all of the men who might want to bed her, but Roger gets wasted and kisses Frannie instead! In Bully for Steve, Steve gets bullied at school and Stan decides to toughen him up by becoming his own personal bully. He seems unstoppable, until Steve dredges up Stan's childhood bully to put him in his place. An Incident at Owl Creek has Stan embarrassing himself by pooping in the neighbor's pool, only to move the family all over the country in an attempt to hide his shame. This episode was amusing, but was also a strange fan piece to Obama. The season finale, The Great Space Roaster, has Roger wanting to be roasted for his birthday, but then he takes the insults personally and decides to murder the family... while they are all in space... Alien style. Funny stuff.

My hands-down favorite episode, however, was Don't Look a Smith Horse in the Mouth, where Frannie wants Stan to give up his SUV to save money and he gambles at the track in an attempt to keep it. What results, besides tremendous losses, is a brain-swap between Stan and the horse, so he can win his money back. It's a priceless episode.

As far as special features go, each episode has a nice selection of deleted scenes, plus there are commentaries on several episodes as well. Standalone featurettes include The Making of Rapture's Delight, which gives viewers a peek into the reasoning and effort into this episode and American Dad Honors Its Four-Legged Friends, which is a 4 minute montage of animals being roughed up or killed on the show. Lastly, the episode A Jones for a Smith includes commentary featuring The Interdisciplinary Collective for American Dad Studies, which was a little too political/theoretical for me. Overall, American Dad: Volume 6 is great and more of what you'd expect from the irreverent comedy stylings of Seth McFarlane and company. If you're a fan, pick this volume up. The show just isn't the same when they bleep out the cursing. As sad as it is, the foul language just makes it that much more funny.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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