Good evening, USA! I had a feeling that today would be a wonderful day, and it has been now that TBS had decided to express just how much love it has for American Dad by expanding its already expanded future. You want American Dad until at least the year 2018? You’ve got it, friend.
It was only nine months ago that TBS put in an official order for another season of the Seth Macfarlane-created animated comedy, and even though the most current season just ended a couple of months ago, the network has decided to push forward by securing two more years of the show while the getting was good. And because animated series aren’t into that whole brevity thing, each of these seasons will be comprised of 22 episodes, which are more episodes than Fox ever gave the show during a single season.
Now, what numbered season is it depends on who you ask. In its press release, TBS says that Season 11 will be starting this fall, and that they just ordered Seasons 12 and 13. But if you look on Wikipedia or IMDb, they show that American Dad’s first season on TBS was Season 12, meaning this latest order would be for Seasons 14 and 15. But then “Season 11” is just the three episodes that Fox burned off before the show made the switch to TBS, so does that really count?. This kind of reminds me of the weird seasonal confusion that Futurama went through whenever it went to Comedy Central. What’s up with animated comedies having this weird problem?
American Dad, which also airs on Adult Swim after the new episodes air on TBS, is creator Seth Macfarlane’s second TV series, with his third one, the culture-clashing Fox comedy Bordertown, airing this fall. I might be waiting a while, but I’m still hoping that the success of the Family Guy/Simpsons crossover will lead to American Dad heading to Springfield at some point. Steve Smith needs to “Do the Bartman” before it’s all said and done.
Speaking of Steve’s musical abilities, let’s celebrate another two years of American Dad by singing along to the iconic (in my mind) song “Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad Boy” from the episode “Minstrel Krampus.”
Fans can expect American Dad to head back to TBS at some point this fall, although a premiere date has yet to be set.