Fans of the comedy animated series American Dad were stunned when FOX announced that they were canceling the show in 2014—they were then pleasantly surprised when TBS quickly announced that they had picked up the series, and would be airing a new season in late 2014. American Dad is one of the best animated shows currently on television; but did you know the following things about the show?
Klaus was meant to be French
Klaus, a former Nazi who was put into the body of fish by the American CIA, was originally written as a saucy French fish named Francois. However, when actor Dee Bradley Baker auditioned for the part, he revealed that while his French accent was pretty terrible, he was adept at German accents–and could even speak in German well. He was allowed to adapt his audition to suit his skills in German accents and sounds; the creative team loved his performance so much that they cast him, and then actually rewrote the character of Klaus in order to suit Baker’s voice talents.
The show finishes episodes long before they air
Unlike South Park, which completes episodes on a weekly basis and is able to remain topical and up to date throughout every episode in a season, most animated television shows are completed well in advance of their broadcast date. American Dad is no exception to this common rule. The creative team behind the show typically has anywhere from 20 to 40 episodes already finished and on deck, ready to air for the show’s next seasons. This does require the show’s writers to think hard about any contemporary references they might decide to put into the show, because by the time the show airs these references could be outdated or seem ridiculous.
The first episode had over 15 million viewers.
The very first episode of American Dad premiered on February 6th, 2005. It aired after the Super Bowl, which is a highly coveted time slot–especially for new shows just trying to gain interesting with new viewers. American Dad’s premiere episode had 15.1 million viewers, and is the hghest rated episode in the show’s entire history. Despite these high ratings for the premiere, the ratings dropped to 9.47 million by the show’s second episode–namely because the second episode aired three months after the first, losing viewers in the process.