A Brief History of the ''Family Guy'' -- Important dates in the life of the animated series from Fox
May 15, 1998 Fox orders 13 episodes of Family Guy for midseason after creator Seth MacFarlane wows executives with a seven-minute demo made on his computer.
Jan. 31, 1999 Fox gives Family Guy a plush post-Super Bowl XXXIII premiere — but weak game ratings result in a disappointing debut of only 12.6 million viewers.
April 11, 1999 Family Guy‘s fortunes look up when it debuts to decent ratings in Fox’s 8:30 p.m. slot on Sunday, nestled in the bosom of The Simpsons and The X-Files.
Sept. 23, 1999 The show launches its second season in a new time slot, Thursday at 9 p.m., against NBC’s Frasier — and is officially walloped by the good doctor.
March 7, 2000 The show returns from a three-month hiatus in a new time slot, Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., against ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire — and is officially walloped by Regis Philbin and his tie collection.
July 24, 2000 The Family escapes execution: Fox renews the showfor 13 episodes in 2001.
Nov. 8, 2001 Family Guy faces its third impossible time slot in two years, premiering at 8 p.m. on Thursday against some obscure NBC series about buddies in a coffee shop. Audience hemorrhaging ensues.
May 15, 2002 The little cartoon that could finally can’t: Fox unveils its fall lineup, and Family Guy is nowhere to be found.
April 15, 2003 Fox releases the first 28 episodes of Family Guy on DVD. It becomes a cult phenomenon, selling nearly 400,000 copies within a month.
April 20, 2003 The Griffin clan finds a home on the Cartoon Network: Reruns premiere during the Adult Swim block, boosting viewership by 239 percent.
May 20, 2004 Knowing a cult hit when it sees one — finally — Fox says it will bring back Family Guy for a fourth season.
Dec. 10, 2004 Fox airs the infamous ”When You Wish Upon a Weinstein” episode, originally deemed too edgy for network TV.
March 10, 2005 Family Guy Live!, a limited-run stage show featuring the series’ actors, is announced.
May 1, 2005 New episodes of Family Guy will premiere after The Simpsons in a block Fox is calling ”Animation Domination.” Not quite as catchy as former Sunday-night slogan ”FoFuSu,” but it’ll do.