When Carrie Fisher passed away back in 2016, her fans, friends, and co-workers immediately shared tributes and kind words about the iconic actress who'd come to mean so much to so many. Although Fisher is undoubtedly best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, she also contributed to more than 20 episodes of Family Guy as Peter's inappropriate and always entertaining boss, Angela.
Well, almost two years after Carrie Fisher's passing, Family Guy aired a hilariously touching tribute to Fisher and Pawtucket Brewery's Angela in the form of her character's funeral. Take a look:
With her unforgettable sense of humor, I can't help but feel that Carrie Fisher would have loved Family Guy's unpolished tribute. The first 50 seconds are pure comedy, with Peter quoting classic sitcom theme songs from shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Cheers, and I'll admit to laughing out loud when Peter did the handclaps from the Friends theme song.
The reveal of how Angela died was pretty funny as well. Alas, poor Angela, dying because she swam less than 20 minutes after eating. Just like a sitcom character.
After dropping a few punchlines, Family Guy moved on to the touching part of the tribute to the late and oh-so-great Carrie Fisher. Although Peter was technically talking about Angela, it's quite clear that his words are about Fisher. I can't say that anybody would have described Angela as having "grace, courage, and an unmatched zest for life," but Carrie Fisher? Absolutely.
Peter's closing line that "Heaven has gained a princess" is such a lovely note to end the eulogy on that of course Family Guy had to go for one more joke to close things out, as Peter realized that he was very much at the wrong funeral. Fortunately for fans who aren't looking to start tearing up due to Family Guy of all shows, Peter also dropped comments about "Angela" living on via DVDs, streaming video, and messages projected via droid.
This clip aired in Sunday's episode of Family Guy, which also introduced Peter's new bosses, voiced by Bryan Cranston and Niecy Nash. It wasn't Family Guy's first tribute to Carrie Fisher since her death. An episode began with an image of Carrie Fisher, with "In Loving Memory" on top, and the series actually featured Fisher's voice talents even after she passed away. dThe actress had already recorded material, and a Family Guy executive producer fondly described one of her final performances as "ridiculously gross but hilarious."
New episodes of Family Guy air Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox. Tune in on December 9 to see the tribute to Carrie Fisher on broadcast as well as how the show fills the hole left by Angela. The two new bosses will have to be pretty wild to even come close to matching Angela, and it could be quite a ride. For some additional upcoming viewing options, check out our midseason TV premiere schedule.
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