Microsoft's Windows 7 Family Guy clips revealed

Before the launch of Windows 7, Microsoft teamed up with Fox to air a Family Guy episode to help create more buzz about the product prior to the launch. Not long after announcing the deal Microsoft pulled support for the episode because of "riffs on deaf people, the Holocaust, feminine hygiene and incest".

Many thought that would be the end of the collaboration between the two companies, but, in a surprising move Microsoft has posted up clips from the sponsored show on to its official YouTube channel. The clips (seen here) attempt to show off how easy and powerful the operating system is with a Family Guy twist.

The move is somewhat surprising as Microsoft distanced itself from the show after viewing an early version of what might be aired. But, Microsoft has had a small change of heart and did finally post the clips onto their official YouTube channel.

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The move is somewhat surprising as Microsoft distanced itself from the show after viewing an early version of what might be aired.

Not really.

Microsoft claims to be working with Family Guy to make a special show that'll promote Windows. Family Guy fans go yay. World says whatever.

Microsoft claims to be pulling it's use of Family Guy to promote Windows 7. Family Guy fans cry. World says, Wow! Wonder what was so terrible about those clips.

Microsoft puts clips of Family Guy endorsing Windows 7 on You Tube. Family Guy fans giggle with joy and all buy Windows 7. World says, let's check out these clips that were so bad they were pulled! And while we're at it let's be told how great Windows 7 is and come away wanting to consider it.

For those who don't quite understand yet, MS pulled its sponsorship of the live "variety show" that aired.

They would have known what they were getting into with Family Guy itself, but if anyone did see the actual live variety show thing, it was indeed fairly...questionable... and offensive for the sake of being offensive, and actually not very "Family Guy" - esque.

You can see the clip mocking a deaf person singing Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" at the following for example, starting about 1:30 in.

showhype.com/video/family-guy-presents-seth-and-alexs-almost-live-comedy/

Anyway, MS showed good taste in backing away from it. It was overall fairly immature, rather than clever like the normal show.

Microsoft's inherent evil rears its ugly head again -- if there's anything we don't need it's for popular television shows to be bribed into turning into advertizements. Even though we have to suffer through advertizements everywhere, the one break we have is that we at least know what's an advertizement vs. what's not. But even that isn't always true, and it's just a matter of time before we don't even have that luxury. Microsoft (contrary to what it says) may not really be one for innovation, but it looks like they're establishing themselves as leaders in the field of corporate opportunism.

The vacuum created by implanting advertizements into a TV show plot is only highlighted and made more awkward by the fact that the clips shown above aren't particularly funny. I mean really, the only thing I found even remotely clever was the one part where Peter said "and the number 5" at the end (since it's not even something you have to spell, and he went through the trouble of saying it formally). But of course, that's just one small part and that cleverness could have been better allocated to something they're not getting bribed for so that some company can peddle their ****. (and I say that as a person who *loves* Windows 7.)

The most ironic thing about it is that after deciding to use Family Guy as their personal bitch, Microsoft changes its mind and decides to scrap it because the episode turned out to be too, uh, you know..Family Guy-ish and as a corporate whore Microsoft's dick is obviously way too limp for that kinda stuff.


First of all we are under the bombardment of companies pushing products on us everywhere we look so why does Microsoft putting it into a show make them so evil? If anything it should say more about the people behind Family Guy.

You don't see South Park have ad placements and you want to know why? because Matt and Trey actually have talent. Family Guy is the worst show on TV and now a big Corp.Ho. Seeing MS using this god awful show as a vehicle for Vista SP3oops, I mean Windows 7 only makes me want to stick with XP

Not sure why you said they were pulled - I just checked my TiVo recording of last Sunday's FG and some of these ads are in there!

They seriously can't really be making this, I'll lose all faith in Family Guy...
And even though its a cartoon, what's with the terrible dubbing look's like clips from old episodes with Windows 7 slapped all over it...

I find it hard to believe they'd pull those ads because they suddenly found out Family Guy "might" just be offensive... they're crap ads, why not just admit it

thommcg said,
I find it hard to believe they'd pull those ads because they suddenly found out Family Guy "might" just be offensive... they're crap ads, why not just admit it ;)

yep. I like the Family Guy...and I like Windows 7. However, you can not take a bunch of Family Guy clips...throw in alternative Windows 7 advertisements...and make it funny. Just doesn't work.

Why on earth did Microsoft think these videos were unsuitable in the first place, they're really quite tame. I think ironically they probably suffered more negative press from pulling out of the deal in the first place than what they would have got if these were aired.

spenser.d said,
It wasn't these clips, it was the entire "Live-action" show that they were supposed to air with originally.

Oh - gotcha.

They just didn't belong with the Seth MacFarlane Almost-Live Comedy Special because he actually riffed on incest and deaf people and the holocaust in it.

I agree, there is nothing in any of these clips that really seem that bad to me. Its even kinda nice compared to family guy

They have been playing these as bumpers or whatever they are called during family guy/ Cleveland show /american dad episodes.

how is this special?

And Seth Mcfarlane is by far one of TV's biggest attention whores/media tie-in/paid sponsor lovers, he giggles everytime he gets to do one of these things because of all the money bulging out of his wallet tickling his back

And you wouldn't giggle if you had all that money in your pockets either? Get real. He's getting paid doing what he likes, deal with it.

GP007 said,
And you wouldn't giggle if you had all that money in your pockets either? Get real. He's getting paid doing what he likes, deal with it.

I never meant to imply I think he is wrong lol, I would do the same thing to, Was a comment on what Sabrex said in post #3

Using recycled scenes with new voice-over is a little lame but the scenes are still pretty good. It's a shame these clips are all we get.

Microsoft and Family Guy just don't mix ... Seth MacFarlane sounds like he absolutely hates doing these skits as Peter, Brian, and Stewie ... they all have an undertone of "ok, let's get this crap over with already so I can go get back to my real work."

2Cold Scorpio said,
Haha, those are pretty good.

Yes they are. It's a shame the rest of the episode had to be so off color... You'd think Family Guy's creative team would have had a little more sense when another company is involved...

M_Lyons10 said,
Yes they are. It's a shame the rest of the episode had to be so off color... You'd think Family Guy's creative team would have had a little more sense when another company is involved...

Family Guy should never stop being off color on account of any advertiser or religious group.

artfuldodga said,
lol, love these
take that beyond annoying
overused Apple attack ads

Yes. They're funny and aren't making fun or or stretching the facts about the other guy... Nice. lol