‘Family Guy’: Here’s a Sneak Peek at Stewie’s Epic 7-Minute Takedown Monologue (Exclusive Video)

Sunday’s “Family Guy” is a pretty special one. Airing with limited commercial interruptions, this weekend’s episode consists entirely of a one-on-one conversation between Stewie (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) and his therapist (voiced by Ian McKellen).

Seven straight minutes of that discussion is one epic takedown monologue by the Griffin baby, where Stewie perfectly dissects details of his therapist’s relationship and life after seeing just one photo of the psychiatrist and his younger boyfriend, Michael.

“I always wanted to write a really long monologue for Stewie,” writer Gary Janetti told TheWrap about the episode. So he did, and it ended up at seven pages long.

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“I wrote it and I was like, ‘I don’t know if they’re gonna go for this,’” Janetti said of Stewie’s speech. “It just kind of kept going, but it felt like the right length to me.”

Nothing was cut from Janetti’s original script — not a word. And MacFarlane, who didn’t even get a chance to skim through the crazy thing ahead of a table-read, loved it. We think fans will too.

Preview the madness via the video above, which is exclusive to TheWrap.

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Seth MacFarlane Thinks There’s Too Much Drama at the Oscars

Sunday’s “Family Guy” is a pretty special one. Airing with limited commercial interruptions, this weekend’s episode consists entirely of a one-on-one conversation between Stewie (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) and his therapist (voiced by Ian McKellen).

Seven straight minutes of that discussion is one epic takedown monologue by the Griffin baby, where Stewie perfectly dissects details of his therapist’s relationship and life after seeing just one photo of the psychiatrist and his younger boyfriend, Michael.

“I always wanted to write a really long monologue for Stewie,” writer Gary Janetti told TheWrap about the episode. So he did, and it ended up at seven pages long.

“I wrote it and I was like, ‘I don’t know if they’re gonna go for this,'” Janetti said of Stewie’s speech. “It just kind of kept going, but it felt like the right length to me.”

Nothing was cut from Janetti’s original script — not a word. And MacFarlane, who didn’t even get a chance to skim through the crazy thing ahead of a table-read, loved it. We think fans will too.

Preview the madness via the video above, which is exclusive to TheWrap.

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Seth MacFarlane Thinks There's Too Much Drama at the Oscars

Seth MacFarlane Thinks There’s Too Much Drama at the Oscars

The Oscars are apparently no laughing matter as far as Seth MacFarlane is concerned — but he’d really like that to change.

“Family Guy” boss MacFarlane took to Twitter on Sunday night as the Oscars aired to vent about the ceremony. Specifically, he took issue with what he perceived as an over-emphasis on dramatic offerings.

“Here’s another big problem with the Oscars no one talks about: It’s 99% drama,” MacFarlane wrote. “Until a movie like ‘Bridesmaids’ or ‘Airplane!’ gets a Best Picture win or even a nomination, it’s all conspicuously incomplete.”

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“‘Get Out’ is a breath of fresh air to be sure, but it’s the exception,” MacFarlane, who hosted the Oscars in 2013, continued.

MacFarlane’s proclamation was met with criticism by some, including a Twitter user who noted, “‘Lady Bird’ is a lot of comedy. So was ‘Three Billboards.’”

Still, MacFarlane stood firm on his assessment.

“Comedic elements for sure, but still a dramatic story first. Im talking about an unabashed comedy,” MacFarlane replied.

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When another responder weighed in with, “‘Bridesmaids’ is NOT Best Picture material,” MacFarlane shot back, “Why not? It broke a s—load of new ground, and was undeniably hilarious.”

Asked which comedies rose to the level of Best Picture quality, MacFarlane offered up a few more should’ve-been-contenders, writing, “‘Arthur,’ ‘Tootsie,’ ‘Defending Your Life,’ ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ ‘Back to the Future’ — why not any of these?”

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Read the back-and-forth below.

Here’s another big problem with the Oscars no one talks about: It’s 99% drama. Until a movie like “Bridesmaids” or “Airplane!” gets a Best Picture win or even a nomination, it’s all conspicuously incomplete. “Get Out” is a breath of fresh air to be sure, but it’s the exception.

– Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) March 5, 2018

Comedic elements for sure, but still a dramatic story first. Im talking about an unabashed comedy. https://t.co/1lvzWFksPu

– Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) March 5, 2018

Why not? It broke a shitload of new ground, and was undeniably hilarious. https://t.co/upVJYdneZG

– Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) March 5, 2018

“Arthur”, “Tootsie”, “Defending Your Life”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Back to the Future” – why not any of these? https://t.co/vvl4C5hobA

– Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) March 5, 2018

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The Oscars are apparently no laughing matter as far as Seth MacFarlane is concerned — but he’d really like that to change.

“Family Guy” boss MacFarlane took to Twitter on Sunday night as the Oscars aired to vent about the ceremony. Specifically, he took issue with what he perceived as an over-emphasis on dramatic offerings.

“Here’s another big problem with the Oscars no one talks about: It’s 99% drama,” MacFarlane wrote. “Until a movie like ‘Bridesmaids’ or ‘Airplane!’ gets a Best Picture win or even a nomination, it’s all conspicuously incomplete.”

“‘Get Out’ is a breath of fresh air to be sure, but it’s the exception,” MacFarlane, who hosted the Oscars in 2013, continued.

MacFarlane’s proclamation was met with criticism by some, including a Twitter user who noted, “‘Lady Bird’ is a lot of comedy. So was ‘Three Billboards.'”

Still, MacFarlane stood firm on his assessment.

“Comedic elements for sure, but still a dramatic story first. Im talking about an unabashed comedy,” MacFarlane replied.

When another responder weighed in with, “‘Bridesmaids’ is NOT Best Picture material,” MacFarlane shot back, “Why not? It broke a s—load of new ground, and was undeniably hilarious.”

Asked which comedies rose to the level of Best Picture quality, MacFarlane offered up a few more should’ve-been-contenders, writing, “‘Arthur,’ ‘Tootsie,’ ‘Defending Your Life,’ ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ ‘Back to the Future’ — why not any of these?”

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Seth MacFarlane Calls Out the Oscars for Nominating ‘99% Dramas’ and Ignoring Comedies for Best Picture

Only comedies with strong dramatic undertones often get singled out with a nomination for the Oscars’ biggest prize.

Seth MacFarlane has a bone to pick with the Academy Awards. The “Family Guy” creator took to social media following this year’s ceremony to slam the Academy for failing to recognize comedy films in its major categories.

“Here’s another big problem with the Oscars no one talks about: It’s 99% drama,” MacFarlane said. “Until a movie like ‘Bridesmaids’ or ‘Airplane!’ gets a Best Picture win or even a nomination, it’s all conspicuously incomplete. ‘Get Out’ is a breath of fresh air to be sure, but it’s the exception.”

MacFarlane is hardly the first one to voice his opinion on the matter. Judd Apatow made headlines several years ago for suggesting the Oscars should have a separate comedy film category so that films in the genre can be properly recognized. While films like “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “The Big Short,” “Nebraska,” and “Silver Linings Playbook” have received Best Picture nominations this decade, they’re more dramatic stories with comedic elements when compared to more traditional comedies like “Bridesmaids,” which failed to be nominated for Best Picture in 2012 despite critical acclaim and nominations for supporting actress and screenwriting.

The last pure comedy to be nominated for Best Picture was “The Grand Budapest Hotel” in 2014, but that film certainly benefited from Wes Anderson’s distinct style. Notice how “Girls Trip,” despite earning rave reviews and over $100 million at the box office, was not even in the Best Picture conversation this year.

While Seth MacFarlane is absolutely right about comedies, it should be noted that the Academy has been slowly diversifying its tastes. “The Shape of Water” is a rather unconventional Best Picture winner thanks to both its fantasy and science-fiction elements (“The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” is the only other fantasy winner), and “Get Out’s” strong showing was proof Oscar voters aren’t totally anti-horror. Peele’s Best Original Screenplay win is the first time a horror script has ever won that prize.

The Last 15 Oscar Hosts Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

1. Steve Martin (2001, 2003)
He’s smart, classy and relaxed, an effortless performer with a sharp wit who knows how to hit the right tone, even when he hosted a show that began a few days after the Iraq war began. Plus the crew all say he’s the most low-maintenance host imaginable.

2. Hugh Jackman (2009)
When it seemed as if the standup-comic-as-Oscar-host tradition was becoming awfully tired, producers Bill Condon and Lawrence Mark brought in a singing, dancing, charismatic movie star to show what a new kind of host could do. Since then, no other star has come close to doing what Jackman did, maybe because none could.

10. David Letterman (1995)
You have to feel bad for Letterman, who followed his idol Johnny Carson onto the Oscar stage but didn’t adapt to the job the way Carson had. Some of his stuff was actually pretty funny, but his Oscarized version of the “Late Show” was a bad fit, and you could tell that he knew it.

5. Jimmy Kimmel (2017, 2018) Before his first Oscars hosting gig was overshadowed by that envelope fiasco, Kimmel was smart and entertaining enough that we forgave him for a few too many Matt Damon jokes. Hosting this year will be a trying task, but his heart should make him the right man for the job (though you could argue that maybe they should have hired a woman).

1. Steve Martin (2001, 2003)
He’s smart, classy and relaxed, an effortless performer with a sharp wit who knows how to hit the right tone, even when he hosted a show that began a few days after the Iraq war began. Plus the crew all say he’s the most low-maintenance host imaginable.

2. Hugh Jackman (2009)
When it seemed as if the standup-comic-as-Oscar-host tradition was becoming awfully tired, producers Bill Condon and Lawrence Mark brought in a singing, dancing, charismatic movie star to show what a new kind of host could do. Since then, no other star has come close to doing what Jackman did, maybe because none could.

10. David Letterman (1995)
You have to feel bad for Letterman, who followed his idol Johnny Carson onto the Oscar stage but didn’t adapt to the job the way Carson had. Some of his stuff was actually pretty funny, but his Oscarized version of the “Late Show” was a bad fit, and you could tell that he knew it.

5. Jimmy Kimmel (2017, 2018) Before his first Oscars hosting gig was overshadowed by that envelope fiasco, Kimmel was smart and entertaining enough that we forgave him for a few too many Matt Damon jokes. Hosting this year will be a trying task, but his heart should make him the right man for the job (though you could argue that maybe they should have hired a woman).

‘The Orville’: Chris Johnson Set To Recur On Season 2 Of Seth MacFarlane’s Fox Dramedy

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Johnson will play a new character aboard the ship.
The Orville stars MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, Halston Sage, J. Lee, Mark Jackson and Chad L. Coleman. Jessica Szohr was recently announced as a new regular for Season 2. Created and written by MacFarlane, The Orville is produced by…

Chris Johnson (47 Meters Down) is set for a recurring role on the upcoming second season of The Orville, Seth MacFarlane’s Fox space dramedy. Johnson will play a new character aboard the ship. The Orville stars MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, Halston Sage, J. Lee, Mark Jackson and Chad L. Coleman. Jessica Szohr was recently announced as a new regular for Season 2. Created and written by MacFarlane, The Orville is produced by…

Cosmos is coming back next year to explore some Possible Worlds

Fox has announced that it’ll once again be doing the Lord’s work of keeping Neil DeGrasse Tyson too busy to tweet for a while, with Variety reporting that DeGrasse Tyson’s science-philosophy series Cosmos has been renewed for a second season. Produced by Seth MacFarlane, and airing once again on both National…

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Fox has announced that it’ll once again be doing the Lord’s work of keeping Neil DeGrasse Tyson too busy to tweet for a while, with Variety reporting that DeGrasse Tyson’s science-philosophy series Cosmos has been renewed for a second season. Produced by Seth MacFarlane, and airing once again on both National…

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‘Cosmos’: Fox & Nat Geo Order Season 2 Of Science Series Reboot Produced By Seth MacFarlane

Fox and National Geographic have greenlighted a new season of acclaimed science documentary series Cosmos. The second installment of the reboot of the iconic Carl Sagan series, which will be titled Cosmos: Possible World, comes from the same creative team as the first: executive producer Seth MacFarlane, who has been the driving force behind bringing back the Sagan classic; executive producer/writer/director Ann Druyan, who won an Emmy Award for writing the 2014 series…

Fox and National Geographic have greenlighted a new season of acclaimed science documentary series Cosmos. The second installment of the reboot of the iconic Carl Sagan series, which will be titled Cosmos: Possible World, comes from the same creative team as the first: executive producer Seth MacFarlane, who has been the driving force behind bringing back the Sagan classic; executive producer/writer/director Ann Druyan, who won an Emmy Award for writing the 2014 series…