American Dad! is a American animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The program focusus on whacky plots of the Smith Family and others, and things could only get worse. Each episode of American Dad! has some sort of problem and solution. The series premiere aired on February 6, 2005 following following Super Bowl XXXIX, three months before the rest of the first season aired as part of the Animation Domination block, commencing on May 1, 2005. The show is a spinoff of Family Guy and was originally supposed to replace it before Fox revived Family Guy a few months later.
Unlike its sister shows, Family Guy and The Cleveland Show, American Dad! does not rely heavily on the use of cutaway or flashback gags. The humor focuses on the nuttiness and oddities of its characters and their circumstances. As opposed to joke references to every pop cultural target possible—a staple of MacFarlane's Family Guy material—Barker and Weitzman have structured American Dad! so as to center on a bizarre concept in combination with an everyday-life human story that grounds it. While the core issues and resolutions are relatable in most episodes, the execution tends to enter into wild and crazy extremes, thus an observational comedy or farce. As absurd as the show gets, there is typically a family story with cozy elements behind it.
Reruns of American Dad! have been on Adult Swim (and its sister channel TBS) since 2005. 20th Century Fox licensed the show to TBS in 2014 after being removed from Fox due to low ratings, where new episodes currently air. Adult Swim airs those new episodes on the Sunday after TBS airs them on Mondays. American Dad! is the only current "TBS Original" not to be owned by Turner or any of its sister companies (Warner Bros.), in other words, not distributed by Warner Bros. Television.
Although Disney has acquired 20th Century Fox, there has been no announcement if Adult Swim/TBS will lose the syndication rights to American Dad!. American Dad! is also broadcast on many local television stations. The Disney deal will affect local stations' syndication rights to air the show.
Stan Smith works for the CIA and is constantly on the look-out for terrorists. He loves his family and will do anything to protect them, and his country. Francine, Stan's wife, has had a past life of drugs, but has carefully hidden her party-girl personality for the sake of the conservative man she loves. She met Stan after college. Hayley, the teenage daughter of the family, currently attends a community college. Despite her father's best efforts, she has turned out to be a left-wing liberal. Stan loves his daughter, but that doesn't necessarily means that he trusts her. Steve, the dorky son, tries to act cool, but fails. Steve is on the verge of puberty but he just can't quite make it. His low social status sometimes leads him to taking drastic action - but no matter what he does, he's still just a dork. Roger, a sarcastic alien rescued by Stan from Area 51, resents not being allowed to leave the house, so he mainly resorts to drinking wine and smoking cigarettes. And Klaus, a German-talking goldfish, was a CIA experiment that went horribly wrong when they tried transplanting a German man's brain into a goldfish. Klaus lusts after Francine, and will take any opportunity that comes his way.