Spoiler warning for anyone who hasn't yet watched American Dad's 300th episode!
American Dad made history tonight, becoming only the 25th scripted primetime TV show to ever reach 300 episodes. True to form, the Smith family didn't phone it in, and the episode delivered an event 15 years in the making, at least somewhat. The installment, fittingly titled "300," was not full-length parody of Zack Snyder's period actioner, but rather a full-length continuation of the fan-beloved Golden Turd Saga. The absurd and surreal side plot has been in play since all the way back in Season 1, and the Golden Turd came full circle in this milestone ep! (A sentence everyone makes in life, surely.)
During the episode, the Golden Turd found its way from the Pope's conspiratorial cabal (plus Beyoncé, but not The Weeknd) to a food-delivery worker to an ancient order dedicated to stopping the feces from destroying the world, and from destroying the lives of the Smith family. Think of it as The Deuce Vinci Code or Nati-anal Treasure, perhaps. Or don't. In any case, CinemaBlend spoke with American Dad co-creator and co-showrunner Matt Weitzman ahead of Episode 300's debut, and he talked about why the creative team chose to expand the Golden Turd Saga in such a noteworthy way, saying:
To think, in this episode, Roger went from being terrible at origami to lying about wanting to eat a cricket to saving the world with a time-traveling message about hiding his own shit. Clearly, it's the kind of plotline that every show should hope to have in its back pocket upon reaching #300. It sounds like I'm saying that in jest, but I'm not, because this ep was another awesome show of respect to longtime American Dad fans. As much as I would have loved to have seen 22 minutes devoted entirely to Ricky Spanish gags, getting a flash-forward depicting the all the family members' brutal demises was probably even more amazing.
When I asked Matt Weitzman about giving Stan, Francine, Steve and Haley such a shocking flash-forward, he admitted it was a uniquely sad situation, and brought it all back to the evil power of the Golden Turd. Which is understandable, since the poop-related plotline has held everyone's attention sporadically over the years for increasingly hectic mini-segments, even though audience members have been able to hold back the need to kill each other. According to Weitzman:
I can't tell you how many family rows I've had over the years that all came back to bejeweled alien shit. Well, I can, and that number is zero. But huzzah for reunions!
Matt Weitzman did speak a bit more about going so far as to kill off everyone in the family, and all while Roger was stopping off for some French fries. In his words:
Matt Weitzman also stated how important it still is to him and everyone on the creative team, even after 300 episodes, to keep delivering the kind of episodes that long-time fans want to keep watching out of pure enjoyment, as opposed to it being solely habitual. For me, someone who has indeed been an avid viewer for the past 15 years, it's always been about the enjoyment. And the theme song. And all of Steve's songs. And [said in light whisper] Ricky Spanishhh.
American Dad airs Monday nights on TBS at 9:00 p.m. ET. While waiting to see more from the animated comedy, be sure and keep updated with our Fall TV 2020 premiere schedule to see what new and returning shows are coming soon.
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Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.