This past weekend saw the airing of a Korean Themed Family Guy Episode (Season 14 Episode 10), official titled “Candy, Quahog Marshmallow”. Most of the episode was set in Seoul with the gags and background details mainly focusing on Korean culture. Warning this post will contain some spoilers, so you’ve been warned. We’ll focus more on the Korean content rather than the episode itself.
Firstly the positives; Seoul looked great in a family guy style. The food and locations looked good and some of the small touches like the character not wearing shoes inside was a nice touch. The KPOP video was fun with so many small but excellent elements and the love of the girl-group Sistar was a highlight. Finally drinking soju and eating dried squid/octopus in the bar.
Secondly a few personal negatives; anything about dog meat, the Korean used in the drama sounded strange and the background sound track at times sounded a little more Chinese than Korean (imo).
Finally the episode made Seoul, South Korea and Korean culture look positive. It wasn’t the best episode ever, but for those who enjoy Korean culture you’ll enjoy it.
Pictures from Family Guy Episode Candy Quahog Marshmallow
Firstly a few pictures from the Korean drama, showing a traditional wedding dress and ceremony;
Secondly here are a few shots of Peter, Joe and Cleveland eating food and enjoying soju;
Next here is the Sistar Cameo;
Next here are a few from the Family Guy KPOP video;
Finally here are a few pictures of Seoul in a Family Guy style. (There is an error with the Airport named as Seoul International Airport when it’s either Gimpo or Incheon);
Of course we could have gone into greater details about the episode and the little elements but, sadly we just don’t have the time at the moment. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to let us know either via email or on Twitter, Facebook or below.
This episode had me in stitches. So much to relate to in this episode as a foreigner in Seoul. I have to say the Family Guy team really did their research on this one.
Re: the dog meat, why was this a negative point in your list?
To answer your question; the Dog Meat joke is an obvious and tried line, that is honestly not a part of modern Korean culture. We just didn’t find it funny.
Oh right fair enough. I found it funny as with most of these jokes as making fun of the perceptions of asian countries that some western countries tend to have. (to not making fun of Korean culture but actually American culture)
Airport looked like Incheon to me
fun tidbits. As in animator who worked on Family Guy. You should know the actual production of the show is made in Seoul. If you know who to look for, some of the people who work on family guy made cameos in family guy style during the episode, but I would assume that’s more of an in-joke. Also, that’s not soju, that’s makgoli. different drink altogether. Also, if you can read Korean, you’ll notice people who work on family guy has their names written in Korean. (ie: peter shin: director, shannon, Producer), I believe Incheon airport was renamed Seoul because it can be perceived that westerners who haven’t traveled to Korea wouldn’t know where incheon is. So this is mainly for those members in the audience because if you’re going to Korea, the capital is where most people would probably be familiar with. and lastly, boshintang, dog soup is very much a part of Korean culture. almost every district or area from Hongdae, sangsu, itaewon, seoulyuk, guro, gangnam all have a restaurant that serves it. There is also a history why dog is eaten, which, being a modern Korean I’m sure you know and are aware of. Yes, it’s looked down on these days and many people frown upon it. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a part of our culture. I want to be clear, I’m not criticizing you so much as just adding to the conversation. Regardless, fun review. I was worried you would have been bashing this episode altogether. Anywho, Cheers!
Thank you for taking the time to add a little some extra insight Roberto 🙂