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American Dad
Volume 6


Starring (voice): Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Rachael MacFarlane, Scott Grimes and Dee Bradley Baker
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
RRP: £29.99
Certificate: 15
Available 27 June 2011

Take a trip down to the metropolitan area of Washington DC’s Langley Falls, and join number one Dad and CIA Agent Stan Smith and his crazy dysfunctional family. Follow the antics of the Smiths as they entangle themselves in ever more ridiculous situations. From Stan’s sweet trophy wife Francine to his socially-awkward pre-teen son Steve; along with his ultra-liberal daughter Hayley, Roger - the alcoholic Extra Terrestrial rescued from Area 51, and let’s not forget Klaus, the lascivious German-speaking goldfish...

Volume 6 of American Dad contains another 18 episodes of the animated series created by Seth MacFarlane who also created Family Guy. In this collection Stan gets up closer and personal with a race horse in ‘Don’t Look a Smith Horse in the Mouth’, Francine hits it off with Jesus Christ in ‘Rapture’s Delight’ and Roger impersonates the dictator of a tropical island after Stan accidentally kills the previous ruler...

This collection is a little confusing as it's titled Volume six but contains all 18 episodes of the show's fifth season.

Stand out episodes in this collection include:

Moon Over Isla Island: When Stan accidentally kills General Juanito Pequeño, the dictator of Isla Island, he gets Roger to unwittingly stand in for the dictator.

My Morning Straitjacket: Stan is disapproving of Hayley's insistence on going to a rock concert. When he follows her to the gig he instantly falls in love with the music and starts to act like a lazy teenager.

G-String Circus: Stan tries to prove that he has a head for business and attempts to get a dry cleaning business up and running. He ends up hiring strippers to work there in an attempt to prove to Hayley that his business can make money.

Don't Look a Smith Horse in the Mouth: Stan buys a horse in a bid to win money at the races. Roger is the jockey and has been holding the horse back so that he can bet on it and let it run to its full potential at higher odds. However Stan performs an act that scares the horse so much that it can't run. In a bid to solve the situation Stan gets the CIA to use its brain switching machine to swap his brain for the horses, so that he can run the race in the horse's body.

A Jones for a Smith: Steve meets a hot new girl at school who has a thing for nerds. They start hanging out together and while at her house, her father tells Steve he is welcome to sleep with her... but first he wants to meet Steve's parents. Things are not likely to go well as Stan has recently accidentally got hooked on crack.

An Incident at Owl Creek: Stan jumps into the local swimming pool and ends up pooping himself, much to the amusement of everyone. Word soon spreads and Stan becomes a laughing stock. He hatches a plan to put things right... now all he has to do is get the President to poop in a public swimming pool.

Extras include deleted scenes on every episode; audio commentaries for a number of episodes; for the episode Rapture's Delight we have a Making of... featurette, a look at the Comic-Con poster, 2 commentaries and a look at the broadcast script; and American Dad Honors its Four-Legged Friends (3 min, 31 sec collection of clips from previous episodes - all of which feature animals, and not all four-legged, set to music).

While American Dad is still enjoyable, on the whole, I can't help but feel that the joke is starting to wear a bit thin. The novelty of the show is starting to wear off and I didn't warm to this collection as much as I did earlier ones.


Darren Rea

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