Family Guy moving from BBC3 to BBC2 – beginning with The Simpsons crossover

Seth MacFarlane's crude, rude animated comedy is moving to BBC2 for its 13th season later this year - but newer episodes will be shown on ITV2

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When plans to move BBC3 online were announced last year, Twitter was awash with people worrying about the future of American import Family Guy. Where would they get their fix of Peter Griffin and his family’s rude, crude mishaps? 

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There was clearly no need to fret. The cult comedy has now found new homes on not one but two British TV channels.

BBC controller Kim Shillinglaw today announced that Family Guy will be moving from BBC3 to BBC2. The Emmy award-winning comedy, written by and starring Seth MacFarlane, will air its 13th season on the channel later this year, which means it will kick off with crossover episode The Simpsons Guy, in which the Griffins stay with Homer, Marge and co in Springfield. 

But that’s not the only place fans will be able to find the Griffin family. 

ITV confirmed last month that the US animated comedy was also making the move to ITV2. From this autumn, all new series of Family Guy will have their free-to-air UK premiere exclusively on the channel, beginning with the show’s 15th run. 

ITV2’s “multi-year” deal also includes MacFarlane’s other comedies American Dad, The Cleveland Show and new series Bordertown. 

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Family Guy has aired on BBC3, as well as pay-TV channel Fox, since 1999, where it regularly pulls in some of the channel’s highest viewing figures.


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