American Dad “Stan’s Best Friend” Review

“Stan’s Best Friend” was a relatively straightforward story about Stan’s history with man’s best friend and his attempt to make amends for the early death of his childhood dog, Freddie. I’ve got a weak spot when it comes to dog stories (I still can’t watch Futurama‘s “Jurassic Bark” without crying hysterically at the end) so I braced myself for the worst and hoped for an American Dad dog story with a happy ending.

Things looked like they might be moving in a positive direction when the new dog, Kisses, first snuggled up to Stan. I was laughing out loud when Stan sat in his pajamas taking pictures with his phone and talking like a complete sucker about the dog. “Oh! There’s an ear. Oh my god – what a cute little yawn! What a cute little baby!” I’m guilty of that kind of doggie gushing so this bit totally cracked me up.

After that scene, I thought that maybe we’d be getting an episode showing us the softer side of Stan and that Kisses would be to Stan what Stella is to Jay on Modern Family. Kisses did soften Stan’s cold heart for a brief moment before being tragically killed by cat pirates in an air balloon.

I thought the worst had to be over when Kisses was turned into a puddle of blood in the middle of the street, but things were going to get much worse for Kisses.

In an attempt to make up for his past, Stan became obsessed with saving Kisses and eventually took the dog to an alternative veterinarian after the family vet said that there was no way to save the dog. That alternative vet was a complete nut job who reassembled Kisses into a horrifying frankendog.

It was more painful to watch that poor creature limp around than it was to see the puddle of blood underneath the cat pirate’s air balloon. All I wanted was for Stan to let that dog die peacefully, but at the same time, that monstrous patchwork pup seemed happy to be sleeping at the foot of Stan’s bed. I suppose you could say that dogs are simply content to be around their families in spite of their own suffering.

Thankfully, Stan’s dream about Freddie helped Stan get enough closure to put Kisses out of misery. Unfortunately, Stan’s choice of euthanasia was dynamite. Among all the gross and gory things I’ve seen on American Dad, the visual of Kisses’ mutilated head slamming into Francine’s window might be the most horrifying thus far.

Ultimately Kisses got his happy ending in dog heaven along with Freddie and a couple of poodles. I’m not sure it was enough to make me forget that dog’s short life with the Smith family, but I think it’s probably best that the Smith’s never bring another pet into their home. Francine admits that they’ve had a terrible track record with dogs and besides, Roger wouldn’t like the competition.

  • WBE

    This was a hilarious episode!  The Frankendog was freakin awesome!!!  I laughed so f’in hard when that thing appeared in the doorway.  The animators must have pissed themselves drawing that abortion!  It had a drumstick for one leg and a frog leg for the other and dragged a cart behind with a battery of some kind that kept giving the Frankendog a jolt.  It was HILARIOUS!!

  • emma

    As a dog owner and animal lover, I find this concept so nauseating I won’t be watching the episode. I can take it when violent stuff happens to FG’s Brian, because he’s essentially a person, and – just – AD’s Simon, because he seemed evil and basically unstoppable, but this kind of thing against innocent animals just seems gratuitous. A shame as I usually like AD, more than FG. My list of episodes of the two shows I’m not interested in watching is now up to two: this one and FG’s Excellence in Broadcasting.

    • Anonymous

      AD is my favorite of the MacFarlane shows and it can definitely be the most gory and gruesome of the three.  Knowing that, this episode was still hard to watch – maybe because my was dog sleeping peacefully at my feet. I agree that if Kisses was somehow evil, it would probably have been a little easier to watch.  Truth be told, I don’t think I would want to watch this episode again.

  • Lockboy69

    My wife and I were in tears watching this episode…tears of laughter! I love animals as well but it is a cartoon for adults @ 9:30pm. You have no excuse knowing its a Seth McFarlene show. Personally that’s what we enjoy most he has no boundries. FG McStroke is still one of my all time favorite episodes, awful subject but again you have to know what your getting into.
    I only wish Kisses was still zapping along to see this with his eyeball balls and gloved head!

  • highdroid

    i love all the seth shows but this was IMO not a funny enough episode to be watched twice. also agree that its kinda hard to watch when your puppy is sleeping at your feet

  • Megan

    That was the saddest episode I ever saw if that were my puppy it would just about kill me. 🙁