Family Guy Resurrects Cosmopolitan Canine Brian

After meeting his untimely demise at the hands of a car accident (but also, short term publicity reasons) in Family Guy’s November episode, The Life Of Brian, the most sophisticated alcoholic on television (sorry Don Draper) has returned from the afterlife to provide the mellifluous voice of reason for the dysfunctional, daydream-prone family who buried him and replaced him for like three episodes with a bizarro pet pooch named Vinny.

Last week we wrote that “Multiple clues point to Brian’s literal and literary reanimation. Executive Producer Steve Callaghan reportedly told Entertainment Weekly back in October about an upcoming episode in which Bridesmaids actress Maya Rudolph will be voicing a character who Brian falls for, and the logline for this season’s Christmas special (slated to air December 15) reads “Stewie devises a master plan to get the one and only thing he wants for Christmas,” and reportedly lists Brian’s name in the cast of characters.”

Said Christmas episode aired in America last night and true to its logline, the scientifically gifted infant of ambiguous sexuality did in fact get the one thing he wanted for Christmas – his best friend Brian – and so apparently did the over 125,000 fans invested enough in the existence of a fictional cartoon dog to sign an online petition demanding his return. It’s a Christmas miracle! 

“And thus endeth our warm, fuzzy holiday lesson: Never take those you love for granted, for they can be gone in a flash,” series creator, writer and Brian voice actor Seth Macfarlane later tweeted. “I mean, you didn’t really think we’d kill off Brian, did you? Jesus, we’d have to be fucking high.” 

“Oh and hey… thanks for caring so much about the canine Griffin. He is overcome with gratitude.”

Here is Stewie’s rescue plan featuring clunky, hard to follow time travel logic.

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