American Dad: Volume 8 review (DVD)

It's now almost a decade old, but American Dad! – the second hit animated show from the brilliant MacFarlane (the first was Family Guy, in case you've been out of the loop for a while) – continues to shine.

Anyway, if you're not already familiar with American Dad, then you really should be by now – it's been around for a while, as you'll know if you read the opening sentence. It's a family-based comedy, and the head of that family, Stan Smith, is an ultra-right-wing fanatic who works for the CIA. He has a beautiful (but a bit thick) wife named Francine, geeky son Steve, ultra-liberal daughter Hayley, alien Roger (rescued from Area 51) and a goldfish named Klaus who used to be a Nazi.

The Langley Falls family gets up to more ridiculous scrapes and hijinks in this collection of episodes (it's not actually a "season" as such, the UK releases being a mix of US series; this one consists mainly of the US Season 7). Stan buys a hot tub that has a mind of its own and starts killing his family and friends; the Hurricane! episode, part of a trilogy with Family Guy and The Cleveland Show; occasional character Principal Lewis (bos of Steve's high school) gets a bigger role this season, first when he's fired from his job and later when Stan becomes his best man; Stan uses a CIA gizmo in an attempt to get his lame son laid; Wheels & the Legman investigate another case; and Rogers multiple personas get up to more trouble. As always, it's very funny stuff.

Thanks to the likes of MacFarlane, The Simpsons' Matt Groening and South Park's Parker & Stone, we appear to be in another golden age for animation on TV. Great work, guys.

EXTRAS ★ The bonus material this time is limited to deleted scenes – unlike previous American Dad! DVD releases, which also included audio commentaries. Disappointing.

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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