So normally I don't find Family Guy all that funny. In recent years it's sort of devolved into an intentional parody of itself- which is a little annoying. Occasionally, however, I'll be surprised. I was watching an episode, and was struck by a downright intelligent reference- and not to sound pompous- one that most people probably would not pick up on. They took a quote almost verbatim from Marshall McLuhan in a cameo in Annie Hall. I grew a little more respect for the writers after seeing this. Below are the two clips. He doesn't appear in the Annie Hall one until the last 20 seconds or so. And the Family Guy scene is around 3:45. I know this is quite a bit of effort to point out a little reference- but it shows that even stupid shows can have moments of brilliance.