September 19, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

Modern animation mogul Seth MacFarlane’s weekly online series, Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy (, plays like episodes of his Family Guy, minus the Griffin family and concrete plotlines. But that’s a good thing! The quick-hit shorts are essentially animated jokes that rely on MacFarlane’s patented randomness and un-PC humor. Sometimes the gags are satisfying (two cops try to figure out how to book Bob Marley for shooting the deputy), and sometimes the gags just leave a bad taste in your mouth (a talking horse is really Sarah Jessica Parker). But considering the sponsor for MacFarlane’s webisodes is Burger King, that spectrum feels oddly appropriate. B

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