Family Guy: Windows 7 Episode (Cancelled Episode; Late 2000s)


In mid-to-late 2009 Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane signed a sponsorship deal with tech giant Microsoft to promote their then-new operating system Windows 7. Part of the sponsorship deal included an episode of Family Guy centered on Windows 7, which was to be released in October 2009 as part of the show's 8th season.

The sponsorship got relatively far, as Fox produced a commercial for Windows 7 featuring Stewie and Brian (though it was actually a scene from an earlier episode just dubbed over), and a commercial for the episode featuring Peter at a spelling bee also aired on Fox.

However, the episode would never see the light of day. Microsoft pulled the sponsorship with the Fox show after they viewed the taping for the "Family Guy Presents: Seth and Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show". Microsoft explained their decision with the following statement:

“We initially chose to participate in the Seth and Alex variety show based on the audience composition and creative humor of ‘Family Guy,’ but after reviewing an early version of the variety show it became clear that the content was not a fit with the Windows brand,” said a Microsoft spokesperson. “We continue to have a good partnership with Fox, Seth MacFarlane and Alex Borstein and are working with them in other areas. We continue to believe in the value of brand integration and partnerships between brands, media companies and talent.”

Though the sponsorship was cancelled, in November 2009 Microsoft released four clips from the Family Guy unfinished episode. However, for unknown reasons, the videos were set to private sometime after 2010. Only one of these clips seems to have survived, as the other three can't currently be located online.

It is unknown exactly how far production went with this episode, although it was likely about half-finished when Microsoft pulled the sponsorship deal. The episode remains unseen to this day.

Surviving Clips

The only surviving clip of the cancelled Windows 7 episode
The Family Guy commercial for Windows 7

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

6 months ago
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Do we really need this stupid article? Windows 7 is complete fucking trash and this idiot is just trying to bring more attention to it. I hope this shit stays lost because literally no one gives a shit.
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Anonymous user #2

6 months ago
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Apparently, you gave enough of a shit to find this article, dust off your Dorito encrusted keyboard, crack your knuckles, waste your limited time on this earth typing this tripe out, proofread your comment, and hit Send.
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Anonymous user #4

5 months ago
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Project harder, meme-spewer. This article is about an episode that doesn't even have a production number, and has no citations. F-bomber anon is profane but has a point. It's trash and your "hurr you're mad" format comment already debases itself just by replying to the person who "wasted time" sending one. You're a hypocrite.
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Kablamoid

4 months ago
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I find it quite hard to identify if these are reused clips just dubbed over or this really was an episode in development. Maybe someone should email seth or one of the staff members on the family guy team if this episode ever existed.
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Anonymous user #6

4 months ago
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I still use Windows 7 and prefer it. When I want a smartphone/tablet style layout, I use my phone and tablets lol. And maybe Windows 10 is good, but so far I've heard nothing but negative...
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Anonymous user #7

23 days ago
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Fucking fat cock.
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Dash Master 48

22 days ago
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Language everyone! Language!
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Anonymous user #3

5 months ago
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I always thought the spelling bee clip was also just an earlier episode dubbed over.
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Anonymous user #5

4 months ago
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I don't think that there was a full episode of Family Guy in development that promoted Windows 7. I believe that the four clips that Microsoft released are just dubbed clips of old animation that were used as promos, not clips of new animation for a full episode that was scrapped. What Microsoft sponsored was "Family Guy Presents: Seth and Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show", not a brand new episode of Family Guy.
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SenaUW

4 months ago
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Alright. I'm certain there's someone passionate enough about Family Guy who should be capable of identifying the recycled scenes, if they really were recycled for the Windows 7 adverts.
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Anonymous user #8

10 hours 31 minutes ago
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The spelling bee promo is a dub over of the episode "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" s07e06 so this article has some issues
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Anonymous user #8

10 hours 29 minutes ago
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And the other Windows 7 Promo is from s07e07 titled "Ocean's Three and a Half"
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