Seth MacFarlane’s award-winning satirical animated comedy, American Dad!, returns with new episodes on TBS beginning Monday, April 13 at 10:00pm ET/PT. This year marks the show’s 15th anniversary; its milestone 300th episodes is set to air September 14. Since moving to TBS in 2014, the show has aired 101 original episodes; its most recent season drew nearly 18M total viewers and ranks as a top-five cable comedy.
In celebration of American Dad!’s 15th anniversary, TBS will air a curated selection of episodes focusing on different characters each day, handpicked by the series’ producers, Tuesday – Friday from 4:00 – 6:00pm ET / PT, April 14 – 17 and April 21 – 24. Following that, the official American Dad! 15th anniversary marathon, featuring the series co-creator’s top 15 favorite episodes, will air Monday, April 27 from 2:30 – 10:00pm ET / PT.
One of the new season’s upcoming episodes, set for Monday, May 4, will feature an original song by Grammy Award-winning artist The Weeknd. The singer co-wrote the episode and will also appear as himself. Other guest stars in upcoming episodes include Jane Lynch, Patton Oswalt, Ron Perlman, Craig Robinson, Criss Angel, and Bill Nye.
American Dad! centers on super patriotic CIA agent Stan Smith (voiced by MacFarlane) and the misadventures of his unconventional family in Langley Falls, VA. Stan applies the same drastic measures used in his job at the CIA to his home life, where Stan’s blissfully unaware wife, Francine (Wendy Schaal), has an unfaltering loyalty that makes her blind to his unabashed arrogance. His left-wing activist daughter Hayley (Rachael MacFarlane), however, doesn’t let him off so easily – and knows just how to push her father’s buttons. Hayley’s brother is the geeky-yet-confident Steve (Scott Grimes), a kid who spends his time playing video games and obsessing about the opposite sex. The Smith cabinet is rounded out by two rather unconventional members: Roger (MacFarlane), a sassy, sarcastic and routinely inappropriate space alien, and Klaus (Dee Bradley Baker), an attention-starved goldfish with the brain of a German Olympic skier.
Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, the show is created by MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman, executive-produced by co-showrunner Brian Boyle along with MacFarlane and Weitzman. This past January, TBS renewed the series for two more seasons. At the time of the renewal, Weitzman noted, “After these next two seasons, we will have over 300 episodes. Thus proving that whatever American Dad! lacks in quality, we make up for in quantity.”
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.