"Road to the Multiverse" is the first episode of the eighth season of
the animated comedy series Family Guy. Directed by Greg Colton and
written by Wellesley Wild, the episode originally aired on Fox in the
United States on September 27, 2009. In "Road to the Multiverse", two
of the show's main characters, baby Stewie and anthropomorphic dog
Brian, who are voiced by series creator Seth MacFarlane (pictured), use
an "out-of-this-world" remote control to travel through a series of
various parallel universes. They eventually end up in a world where
dogs rule and humans obey. This causes Brian to become reluctant to
return home to his own universe, and he ultimately ends up breaking the
remote, much to the dismay of Stewie, who soon seeks a replacement. The
"Road to" episodes which have aired throughout various seasons of
Family Guy were inspired by the Road to ... comedy films starring Bing
Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour, though this episode was not
originally conceived as a "Road to" show. Critical responses to the
episode were mostly positive; critics praised its storyline, numerous
cultural references, and its use of various animation styles.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Boniface VIII began his papacy, replacing St. Celestine V, the only
Pope ever to have resigned.
"Silent Night", a Christmas carol by Josef Mohr and Franz Gruber, was
first performed in a church in Austria.
British and German soldiers interrupted World War I to celebrate
Christmas, beginning the Christmas truce.
The Viet Cong bombed the Brinks Hotel in Saigon, killing two US Army
officers, raising fears of an escalation in the Vietnam War.
Ariane 1 , the first launch vehicle to be developed by the European
Space Agency, had its first launch.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
In an unobtrusive manner; in a manner that is not noticeable or blatant
Wikiquote quote of the day:
People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that
they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first
secret of success.
--Norman Vincent Peale