‘Family Guy’ put an updated spin on a classic commercial and had fans in nostalgic stitches

Family Guy loaded up on nostalgia during Sunday’s episode, with their own updated spin on a classic McGruff the Crime Dog commercial, first made popular in the early 80s.

In the episode, titled “Christmas Crime,” Brian the dog found himself in a bit of trouble and while trying to convince Mayor Wild West that he was one of the good guys, Brain said that he was briefly McGruff’s sidekick. That’s when the show cut away - in typical Family Guy fashion - to a classic McGruff commercial with Brian edited in as well.

Lots of viewers took to social media to celebrate the trip down memory lane, with one Twitter user saying that they have been “waiting 23 years” for Family Guy to do this joke, and the show totally “nailed it.”

McGruff the Crime Dog was created by an advertising executive and debuted in 1980, with a series of PSAs educating citizens on personal security measures. And he is still used today as part of the National Crime Prevention Council, who actually Tweeted about McGruff and Brian’s team-up and their “very important message” ahead of Sunday’s episode.

Video transcript

- I was thinking a hound like you would be just the thing to help sniff out some new clues. What do you say?

BRIAN: Yeah, in fact, you came to the right guy. I was briefly McGruff's sidekick.

- Family Guy hit us with a blast from the past Sunday, with their own updated spin on a classic McGruff the Crime Dog commercial, first made popular in the early '80s.

MCGRUFF: Ah, that's Jenny. But that's not Jenny's dad.

BRIAN: No, sir.

MCGRUFF: If she gets into that car, that may be the last time you'll see Jenny.

BRIAN: Yup.

MCGRUFF: I'm McGruff, the Crime Dog.

BRIAN: And I'm Sergeant Bark, because I bark at crime.

- McGruff the Crime Dog was created by an advertising executive and debuted in 1980, with a series of PSAs educating citizens on personal security measures. And he is still used today, as part of the National Crime Prevention Council, who actually tweeted about McGruff and Brian's team up, and their very important message.

MCGRUFF: See those kids? Every day in this country, 60 kids disappear.

BRIAN: Hey, the bikes fell.

- Viewers on Twitter loved the heavy dose of nostalgia, with comments like, "Been waiting 23 years for Family Guy to do that McGruff the Crime Dog joke. Ha ha, freaking nailed it." And simply, "MCGRUFF!"

MCGRUFF: Some run away--

BRIAN: You want me to get the bikes?

MCGRUFF: But a lot are kidnapped by strangers.

BRIAN: McGruff.

MCGRUFF: Or even by people they know.

BRIAN: McGruff, do you want me to pick up the--

MCGRUFF: So write to McGruff.

BRIAN: Oh you're giving address. I'll get the bikes.

MCGRUFF: And teach your kids to protect themselves. Help take a bite out of crime.

BRIAN: And don't forget to bark at it.

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