Family Guy (1999– )
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Brian: Portrait of a Dog 

Brian's life is on the line after he refuses to be treated like a dog.


Seth MacFarlane (created by), Seth MacFarlane (developed by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Seth MacFarlane ... Peter Griffin / Brian Griffin / Stewie Griffin / Tom Tucker / Jake Tucker / Announcer / Game Show Host / Blue M&M / Deer / Pillsbury Doughboy / Dog Sheriff / MacGyver / Jury #1 (voice)
Alex Borstein ... Lois Griffin / Liza / Girl in Commercial / Jessica Fletcher (voice)
Seth Green ... Chris Griffin / Manager / Officer #2 (voice)
Lori Alan ... Diane Simmons (voice)
Butch Hartman Butch Hartman ... Charles Montrose / Vet (voice)
Rachael MacFarlane ... Various (voice)
Mary Scheer ... Ann Landers / Mary Bradford / Mother (voice)
Joey Slotnick ... Cashier / Officer (voice)
Dick Van Patten ... Tom Bradford (voice)
Wally Wingert ... Various (voice)


Brian agrees to help out Peter by entering a dog show, but then quits in mid-performance when commanded to beg. After storming out of the house following an argument with Peter, Brian gets stopped by the police for using a drinking fountain meant for people, and finally ends up under arrest and facing the death penalty for biting someone. Only now when it looks like he will be taken away from them forever, does the family realize how important Brian is. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Animation | Comedy


TV-14 | See all certifications »




Release Date:

16 May 1999 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Surround)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Most of the contestants at the dog show are animated versions of the show's writers and their dogs. See more »


When Brian is in the cell with the angry dog, the cell door's hinges swap sides. See more »


Brian: [Brian licks Peter's face in appreciation] If you ever tell anyone about that, I will kill you.
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References Cabaret (1972) See more »

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A Great, Funny Season Finale!
22 December 2013 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

The seventh and final episode of the very short Family Guy: Season One is a funny and sometimes moving episode. This episode puts the spotlight not on the Griffin Family this time around, but more on their dog, Brian. For the first time, Brian becomes more centralized and we see what kind of a dog he is and why he differs from the other dogs. This episode features some funny jokes, and of course some hilarious pop culture references.

This episode, "Brian: The Portrait of a Dog" is perhaps the strongest episode mainly because Brian is my favorite character. Essentially, this episode is about how Brian gets in trouble with the law and how close it was that Brian left the family for good.

Overall, this is a really funny episode that is a good conclusion for the first season. I think it was appropriate for an episode to be all about Brian. I rate this episode 9/10.

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