In an interview with the New York Times, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and episode writer Danny Smith are talked about the banned abortion episode, “Partial Terms Of Endearment“, which aired some weeks ago in the United Kingdom.
On the topic of how the idea for the episode originate:
We’ve found in the last couple years that by taking serious stories that could be movies of the week on Lifetime or Oxygen, and doing a Zucker brothers-“Airplane!” take on them, they always make for really good “Family Guy” episodes. To us, it’s in the realm of what in the 1970s would be the edginess of the abortion episode of “Maude.” But times really have changed, and I think the network is making a decision that is, unfortunately, probably correctly based on people’s current ability to handle and dissect controversial narratives, which is far less than it was in the 70s.
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