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Family Guy has been able to last its 20+ year spanning career by being a little more than a ripoff of The Simpsons. With Seth MacFarlane's particular entertainer flare and cynical world view, the Griffins have become a much simpler yet even starker rendition of the American family than The Simpsons has ever built.
While anyone of its characters have some title to the series' increasing edginess, no other character has ever touched the complexity and cruel tragedy of Meg Griffin. In what was initially supposed to be just another teenage girl fill in, Meg has become a symbol for the average high schooler at their worst and most beaten, creating a variety of the series' darkest and most compelling episodes in the process. This list will be looking through a few of those, as it runs down some of Family Guy's best Meg episodes.
10 Peter's Daughter
Though she was meant to be the fragile teenage daughter that most sitcom dads typically fawn over, Peter Griffin has rarely shown Meg a concerned eye. That all changes after a horrific accident nearly kills Meg, and he promises to become a much more devoted dad. It's very timely too, as Meg soon falls in love with the young doctor who looked over her.
Showing that he can't even be a good dad when he tries, Peter goes on the offensive and begins harassing Meg's new boyfriend though things really take a turn when the family learns that Meg might be pregnant.
9 Don't Make Me Over
Meg has had a lot of personal image issues across the course of the series. Though this has taken an exaggerated degree in the recent running of the show, this was just typical, teenage insecurity early on.
When Lois was still a caring mother, she took Meg to the mall for a make over, not knowing that the transformation would somehow lead the Griffins to new fame as a family band. While it is a fun opportunity, Meg's insecurity soon becomes overrun with ego when she wholeheartedly believes that she is the entire show.
8 Dial Meg For Murder
For those sick and tired of all the jabs at Meg throughout Family Guy, Dial Meg for Murder is just the cathartic comeuppance on the Griffins that everyone needs. After Brian discovers that Meg is dating a prison escapee, he calls the police but accidentally sends Meg herself to jail. When she comes back, she's utterly changed by the system.
Having been transformed into an actual criminal, Meg begins displaying her dominance in the house and harasses the family. She even exacts some vengeance on high school mean girl, Connie D'Amico by cracking her skull open with a sack of soda cans. It's a violent, horrifying showing that the world of Family Guy kind of deserves.
7 From Method To Madness
Being a young high schooler, it's normal for Meg to be exploratory with her romantic options, and she's had quite the romantic journey within the series. One of the most memorable trysts in the show is when she begins dating the son of a nudist family.
Much to her family's dismay, Meg finds him to be one of the few people that she can actually connect with (this week). When the Griffins grow tired of their fighting back, they soon embrace her new relationship by embracing the entire, nudist lifestyle. It's a bit extreme but a heartwarming gesture nonetheless.
6 8 Simple Rules For Buying My Teenage Daughter
The tumultuous relationship between Meg and fellow high school outcast, Neil Goldman, has been a storied dynamic in the series' early game. Neil would try to woo Meg, but Meg would reject him, believing that she could do so much better. However, when Peter accumulates a massive debt at Mort's Pharmacy, he actually sells her to the Goldman's to pay off his debt.
Ironically enough, this is when Neil no longer wants her. After having grown tired of the constant rejections, Neil starts dating a new girl, and this actually makes Meg envious. Pushed off the edge, Meg sells herself away so that she can finally date Neil.
5 Deep Throats
While Meg has had plenty of passionate trysts in Family Guy, the one that stands out the most to long time viewers was her infamous relationship with Mayor Adam West. Before he was married to Lois' sister, Adam West secretly dated Meg.
To be fair, their relationship wouldn't see any physicality, but it was still creepy nonetheless. Having discovered this during a heated hatred of the mayor, Brian threatens to go public with the news but soon finds that he may be endangering something truly special.
4 Chitty Chitty Death Bang
This episode primarily focuses on Peter's exploits in trying to save Stewie's first birthday party after he ruins things with the original venue. While this adventure was fun on its own, Meg leads another engaging tale on the B-side.
Always one to struggle making new friends, Meg is soon befriended by a mysterious, smiley girl in her school. Unbeknownst to her, that girl is secretly trying to recruit her for a cult that's on the eve of a suicide pact.
3 Leggo My Meg-O
This is perhaps one of the few episodes where Meg is genuinely wanted and in more ways than one. In a parody of the thriller Taken, Meg travels to Europe with a friend only to find herself kidnapped and brought to the European slave trade.
Her only hope is Brian and Stewie who must retrace the events of her kidnapping and hunt down the underground traffickers. Fortunately for them, Meg is not exactly the first pick for the trade.
2 Let's Go To The Hop
When Meg's high school becomes overrun by the new, toad-centric drug craze, Peter volunteers to pose as one of the students to try and convince her to stay away from drugs from within. What he doesn't expect is a sudden rise to popularity among the kids that manages to appeal to his own insecure history in high school.
When Meg tries to score some popularity points by taking Peter to the dance, he becomes tempted by the popular crowd and ditches his daughter. Having to choose between redoing his high school career and making sure that Meg just has a good, first one, Peter makes a difficult sacrifice.
1 Barely Legal
As the stepping stool for the rest of the family, Meg doesn't often get to be the villain of an episode. Things take a turn however when Brian takes her on a pity date to her school dance and drunkenly kisses her.
This causes Meg to fall in love with him; and after he rejects her later advances, Meg soon begins a crazed obsession that pretty much rips off at least 2 or 3 thrillers. When Meg finally goes over the edge and kidnaps Brian, the Griffins have to think of something fast to save him and their daughter's mental state.