American Dad! is a show created by Seth MacFarlane. The program focusus on whacky plots of the Smith Family and others, and things could only get worse. Each episode of American Dad! has some sort of problem and solution. The series premiere aired on February 6, 2005 following following Super Bowl XXXIX, three months before the rest of the first season aired as part of the Animation Domination block, commencing on May 1, 2005.
Unlike its sister shows, Family Guy and The Cleveland Show, American Dad! is not filled with intentional humor, such as through the use of repeated cutaway gags and other blatant joke-telling deliveries; rather its humor is subtler, focusing on the nuttiness and oddities of its characters and their circumstances. As opposed to joke references to every pop cultural target possible—a staple of MacFarlane's Family Guy material—Barker and Weitzman have structured American Dad! so as to center on a bizarre concept in combination with an everyday-life human story that grounds it. While the core issues and resolutions are relatable in most episodes, the execution tends to enter into wild and crazy extremes, thus an observational comedy or farce. As absurd as the show gets, there is typically a family story with cozy elements behind it.
Stan Smith works for the CIA, and is constantly on the look-out for terrorists. He loves his family and will do anything to protect them, and his country. Francine, Stan's wife, she has had a past life of drugs, but has carefully hidden her party-girl personality for the sake of the conservative man she loves. She met Stan after college. Hayley, the teenage daughter of the family, currently attending community college. Despite her father's best efforts, she has turned out to be a left-wing liberal. Stan loves his daughter, but that doesn't necessarily mean he trusts her. Steve, the dorky son, he tries to act cool, but fails. Steve is on the verge of puberty but he just can't quite make it. His low social status sometimes leads him to taking drastic action - but no matter what he does, he's still just a dork. Roger, a sarcastic alien rescued by Stan from Area 51, he resents not being allowed to leave the house, so he's resorted to drinking wine and smoking cigarettes. And Klaus, a German-talking goldfish, he was a CIA experiment that went horribly wrong when they tried transplanting a German man's brain into a goldfish. Klaus lusts after Francine, and will take any opportunity that comes his way.