the cast of Family man has much celebrate.
The long-running animated series will air its 400th episode on Fox on Sunday night. Titled “Get Stewie,” the episode sees Stewie Griffin “in public disgrace after a pop star unleashes his fanbase on him over a benign comment,” a description for the episode reads.
Elsewhere, Griffin family patriarch Peter Griffin “gets gastric band surgery and basks in the joy of excess skin.”
Ahead of the big premiere, the star-studded voice cast spoke to PEOPLE exclusively about what seeing the series reach 400 episodes mean to them.
For Mila Kunisshe is “very happy for this job.”
“This is the biggest concert on the planet,” Kunis, who voices Meg Griffin, said at the Family man 400 Celebration at Fox Studios Lot in Los Angeles. “I think I said this, you can find this quote, for 20 years, ‘I’m very grateful for this job.’ I love everyone here.”
After 400 episodes aired in 21 seasons, it’s hard for Seth McFarlane — series creator and voice actor for several of the show’s main characters — to choose a favorite joke that has been told over the years.
“I would have to sit here for about an hour and think. I would have to go online and just relive it all,” said MacFarlane, 49. “This is really sad. I can’t think of one. There are so many. That’s like saying what is your favorite song of all time, in any genre. Who can answer that?
seth green, who voices Chris Griffin, thinks it’s “crazy” that they’ve gone this far. The series, which premiered in 1999, was originally canceled by Fox in 2002 after three seasons. But when it gained cult popularity, the network decided to revive the series.
In the meantime, Green looks forward to celebrating the 400th episode milestone.
“I have a great knack for absorbing moments as they happen and not over-processing them, I guess. It’s pretty crazy,” said the 48-year-old actor. “I definitely accept the fact that this is the longest job I’ve ever had. How rare is it for something to last that long at 21 seasons? That’s highly unlikely.”
Green added, “Also, the history of our show. Having been here the whole time, it’s also pretty unlikely. So I’m thankful for all of that. I like doing it, so I enjoy it as much as I do.” they can.”
As for his favorite moment over the years, Green said it’s “always the best” when they do live shows in front of fans.
“There have been some ticketed shows where we’re actually doing a stage reading with video and everything. That’s really cool,” he recalled. “Sometimes just at Comic-Con San Diego, because all the fans are there and those are the best moments because you’re just in the booth. You really have no way of gauging whether or not people are laughing. Anything like that. ”
as for Alex Borsteinwho voices Lois Griffin, joked that reaching 400 episodes “means job security.”
“He really does. It’s been an incredible, incredible, incredible race, and it’s like a family,” he said. The wonderful Mrs. Maisel actress, 51 years old. “I haven’t seen many of these people in a couple of years [because of the COVID-19 pandemic]. We were so far apart, and this is going to be a lot of fun reunion once I’m there. It’s an unusual situation in Hollywood to have a family that stays together.”
With the show having gone on for over two decades, its longevity going forward is a question for many longtime fans. Borstein, however, would “of course” continue to work on the show for as long as he can.
“If the show goes on, I’ll be there. These scripts, every time I read them, I still laugh,” he shared. “For me, that’s the defining factor. If there are three laugh-out-louds per script, that’s gold, because especially when you’re working in comedy, you don’t usually get laugh-out-loud. So for me, I’m in.”
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Family man airs Sundays at 9:30 p.m. ET on Fox.