50 All-Time Favorite Seth MacFarlane Quotes

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Seth MacFarlane is an American producer, writer, animator, actor, and singer. MacFarlane began his career as the creator of Family Guy. He first rose to fame after he released the series.

After the successful launching of Family Guy, he received many awards such as ‘Film & Video Person of the Year’ from Webby Award, Annie Award, and several Primetime Emmy Awards. He then expands his career by releasing other series including ‘I Am Weasel’, ‘Larry & Steve’, ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’, ‘Cow and Chicken’, and ‘Johnny Bravo’.

Here’s a collection of the greatest Seth MacFarlane quotes:


50 All-Time Favorite Seth MacFarlane Quotes

1. “The success of The Simpsons really opened doors. It showed that if you were working in animation you didn’t necessarily have to be working in kids’ television.” – Seth MacFarlane

2. “I spent my entire childhood in the same town, in Kent. I went to grade school there. There was a boarding school that my mother taught at, called – appropriately enough – Kent School, that I went to. Yeah, pretty much my entire childhood was spent in that town.” – Seth MacFarlane

3. “The good thing about Broadway is that you don’t have to worry about an airdate. It gets done when it gets done.” – Seth MacFarlane

4. “The only problem is time.” – Seth MacFarlane

5. “There are things about the single lifestyle that are very appealing.” – Seth MacFarlane

6. “Believe it or not, I have about the same success rate as anyone else. Sometimes you hit, sometimes you miss.” – Seth MacFarlane

7. “Fox is notorious for having a very thick skin about taking shots at themselves.” – Seth MacFarlane

8. “I’m wide open to getting married, but actors are not easy people to date. You end up sharing that person with this other mistress that is their career. I very much like the traditional courtship method of making a date. That’s what they do in normal places, but Hollywood’s not normal.” – Seth MacFarlane

9. “I did a lot of theater when I was in high school and college. I also did stand-up in college, so it was always part of what I did.” – Seth MacFarlane


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10. “The Simpsons are ugly-looking, and they should be. That’s what works. That’s one of the things that’s funny.” – Seth MacFarlane


11. “Everybody in my family had a real sick, twisted sense of humor. Most of the jokes we make in our house, we would just never even dream of making anywhere else. Just sick, horrible stuff. That wasn’t anything new to college.” – Seth MacFarlane

12. “There are people on staff who have made that point, that the upside to a second Bush term is that it makes ‘American Dad’ work better. To me, the price is too high. I would gladly give up the comedy to have a President Kerry. But you work with what you have.” – Seth MacFarlane

13. “I can’t believe I am hosting the Oscars. It’s an honor everyone else said no.” – Seth MacFarlane

14. “From a writing standpoint, maybe television is a little more satisfying because it’s not all hinging on one thing. You can experiment, week to week, and you can be a little narrower in your scope one week, and then be a little broader the next week. But with film, everything can look the way you want it to look. You can really sculpt the final product. So from a directorial standpoint, film is more satisfying. But, they’re both forms of media that I’d like to keep involvement in.” – Seth MacFarlane

15. “With any half-hour comedy, it kind of takes on its own life and finds itself.” – Seth MacFarlane

16. “Even if you know a character really well, there’s no formula for what jokes will work and what won’t.” – Seth MacFarlane

17. “I’m big on the importance of science, particularly right now at this point in time when there’s sort of a systematic rejection of science by a lot of people in America.” – Seth MacFarlane

18. “I always thought it would be funny to have the Parents Television Council write an episode of ‘Family Guy’ and give them full creative control. Then see how good the episode is. That’s something we’ve actually discussed in the writers’ room. We haven’t proposed it yet, but if somebody from the PTC reads this, it might be worth discussing.” – Seth MacFarlane

19. “Every year, the Friday before the new Saturday-morning shows would premiere, the networks would do this big preview special, and I was always glued to the TV. As horrible as they were, they were entertaining at the time. There was a lot of showmanship from the networks based around the new lineup.” – Seth MacFarlane


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20. “I had – I was pretty hell-bent on getting into the cartoon business specifically as an artist from the get-go.” – Seth MacFarlane


21. “You break the story first, and then you go into the specifics.” – Seth MacFarlane

22. “’Family Guy’ has this weird thing of attracting people. People either hate it or can’t get enough of it. There’s really no one in between.” – Seth MacFarlane

23. “At one point, I was hell-bent on being a Disney animator, and sort of got over that in college and wanted to do my own stuff. You know, towards the end of college I had actually planned to go to the Boston Conservatory of Music for musical theater.” – Seth MacFarlane

24. “I still do a lot of drawing on a daily basis.” – Seth MacFarlane

25. “I love the English. My God, they brought us ‘Benny Hill,’ ‘Monty Python,’ ‘The Office,’ Neville Chamberlain.” – Seth MacFarlane

26. “I wrote on a show called Johnny Bravo when I was at Hanna-Barbera.” – Seth MacFarlane

27. “Nobody sets out to offend or shock for the sake of shocking. You set out to get laughs.” – Seth MacFarlane

28. “religion notoriously claims that they invented morality, they didn’t. Morality exists in animals, ya know.” – Seth MacFarlane

29. “Obviously I’m a big fan of South Park, but it gets tiring at times when there’s so much of it.” – Seth MacFarlane


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30. “I was about two years old when I first started drawing recognizable characters.” – Seth MacFarlane


31. “I think at times I read too much of my own press. I wish I was better at taking in how great my life is, but that’s surprisingly elusive. I tend to be very hard on myself and insecure about failing no matter what happens.” – Seth MacFarlane

32. “The problem with the cable networks is the lack of money, not from personal income but as far as show budget.” – Seth MacFarlane

33. “The worst thing to happen at the Oscars would be if nothing happened. You want something unscripted, something to riff on, something kinda out there.” – Seth MacFarlane

34. “Evolution doesn’t care whether you believe in it or not, no more than gravity does. I want to rekindle excitement over what we’ve achieved as a species with the space program. We can’t afford to regress back to the days of superstition.” – Seth MacFarlane

35. “Adults acting like children and children acting like adults is generally a pretty reliable comic device.” – Seth MacFarlane

36. “I’m one of the few people in Hollywood who actually had a good childhood.” – Seth MacFarlane

37. “There have to be people who are vocal about the advancement of knowledge over faith.” – Seth MacFarlane

38. “I have a car that I like – an Aston Martin – for Sunday drives in the country.” – Seth MacFarlane

39. “I was a big Fred Flintstone fan.” – Seth MacFarlane


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40. “I do not believe in God. I’m an atheist. I consider myself a critical thinker, and it fascinates me that in the 21st century most people still believe in, as George Carlin puts it, ‘the invisible man living in the sky.” – Seth MacFarlane


41. “If something is shocking without being funny it’s hard to justify.” – Seth MacFarlane

42. “I don’t gravitate toward any particular genre. I like to do things that interest me, regardless of genre. I’ve had a blast doing Cosmos, and I’m said that it’s coming to an end. I would like to do something else like that.” – Seth MacFarlane

43. “I was a huge ‘Star Trek’ fan. I loved the ‘Twilight Zone’ growing up. In the future, I hope to create some thoughtful, sci-fi drama.” – Seth MacFarlane

44. “There are times when I’m under the weather and the corporate machine tries to put me in the recording booth anyway. It’s always up to me to say, ‘Guys, listen to me, listen to what I sound like. I’m not myself.” – Seth MacFarlane

45. “There were two things that became apparent, pretty quickly into the process. One was that the muscles didn’t take as much reconditioning as I thought they would. It was more like voice acting than I thought it would be. You’re using your whole body and there are things that are different, but when you are doing a character, even in the booth, nobody is watching but my face will do different things when I do different characters.” – Seth MacFarlane

46. “I’m from Connecticut, and we don’t have any dialects. Well, I don’t think we have any dialects, and yeah, it’s very complex. That Rhode Island/Massachusetts New England region is arguably the hardest dialect to nail.” – Seth MacFarlane

47. “We never really tried to shock for shock’s sake on ‘Family Guy’. If something was horribly offensive and shocking, we would put it in if it was also hysterically funny.” – Seth MacFarlane

48. “When you are in a room and your job is to write jokes 10 hours a day, your mind starts going to strange places.” – Seth MacFarlane

49. “If something sticks around long enough that it makes it to seasonal D.V.D. release, I’ll watch it. That’s how I watched ‘The Sopranos’.” – Seth MacFarlane

50. “I cannot tell good art from bad art. I have no eye for it.” – Seth MacFarlane



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