Of all the musical bits in Family Guy, Peter Griffin singing The B-52’s “Rock Lobster” to a distraught Cleveland may not even be in the top ten for some people, and yet my brain just cannot let it go. Between Peter screeching “rock lobstah” at the top of his lungs and his random laugh as he completes a single chorus of the song, I can’t help but laugh myself every time I watch this scene.
Even though I don’t watch Family Guy much anymore, I still remember watching this scene for the first time with my sister and doubling over with laughter at the absurdity of it. To this day, any time one of us finds ourselves with this tune stuck in our heads on a random day, we can’t help but think of Family Guy as we playfully scream “rock lobstah” at each other in our best Peter Griffin impressions. – Brynna Arens
“I have $30,000 in credit card debt!”
If I’m being honest, I forgot about this Peter and Quagmire song for a while, until I saw it circling social media again. But now that it’s come back into my life, it seems more relevant than ever. For some, this song reflects negative spending habits and not being careful with money, but as more and more people struggle with the rising cost of living and have to go into debt just to survive, this upbeat tune has kind of become a way to laugh through the pain of living through a capitalistic hellscape. Because sometimes all you can do about it is sing a catchy little tune while crying into a $5 tub of ice cream. – BA
“Blast, what the devil do children draw… it’s a PHEASANT!”
I don’t even like Family Guy that much, and it’s probably been a decade since I watched it, but even now we quote this Stewie line in our household on a regular basis. It occurs only four episodes into the very first series, when Stewie is suffering from teething pains, so he decides to build a time machine so he can skip forward to when his teething is over. Which, when you think about it, is probably the stupidest reason any character has ever proposed inventing a time machine in the history of fiction.
When his time machine blueprints are accidentally found by some of Peter’s workmates, Stewie scrambles to cover his tracks, and that’s when this glorious line occurs. I can still remember erupting into roars of laughter when I first heard it because it was so left field – what a beautifully stupid thing to say. – Laura Vickers-Green
Family Guy is available to stream on Hulu in the U.S. and Disney+ in the U.K.