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Brian Writes a Bestseller 

Brian's self-help book becomes a best-seller after Stewie becomes his manager; Lois decides that she and Peter need separate beds, leaving him to look for a new cuddle buddy.


Seth MacFarlane (created by), Seth MacFarlane (developed by) | 7 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Seth MacFarlane ... Peter Griffin / Brian Griffin / Stewie Griffin / Tom Tucker (voice)
Alex Borstein ... Lois Griffin / Penguin Publishing Receptionist / Veterinarian (voice)
Seth Green ... Chris Griffin (voice) (credit only)
Mila Kunis ... Meg Griffin (voice)
Mike Henry ... (voice)
Alexandra Breckenridge ... (voice)
Chris Cox ... (voice)
Ralph Garman ... (voice)
Dana Gould ... Dana Gould
Arianna Huffington ... Arianna Huffington
Christine Lakin ... Joyce Kinney (voice)
Bill Maher ... Bill Maher
Katie Sah ... Jan (voice)
Alec Sulkin ... (voice)
Ashley Tisdale ... Kelly (voice)


Feeling discouraged with the progress of his writing career, Brian decides to throw in the towel until Stewie becomes his manager and one of his books hits the bestseller list. But when the fame goes to his head, Brian gets a wake-up call from Bill Maher. Meanwhile, Lois decides that she and Peter need separate beds, a decision that leaves Peter looking for a new cuddle buddy. Written by Fox Publicity

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

21 November 2010 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


In the green room Brian complains that he did not want any grey M&Ms, and they are all grey - as a dog, Brian only sees in black, white and grey. See more »


When Brian waves hi to Renee Zellweger the table still has the dishes and utensils, then once the camera cuts back from Renee the table is completely clean. See more »


[after Brian and Stewie encounter Renée Zellweger in a restaurant]
Brian Griffin: Get over here!
Stewie Griffin: [nervously] Is... Is everything okay?
Brian Griffin: No, everything is not okay. Can you figure out what the problem is?
Stewie Griffin: [stuttering] I... I don't... I... I honestly have no... oh, God!
Brian Griffin: How do you think I feel walking out of the back room of a restaurant and seeing Renee Zellweger eating in the front room of that restaurant? I am mortified! Absolutely mortified! You should know better than this!
Stewie Griffin: I... I told them who you were when I...
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Spoofs Real Time with Bill Maher (2003) See more »

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One of Brian's funniest episodes
2 December 2013 | by I_hatenazisSee all my reviews

Brian, who considers himself a liberal intellectual, is frustrated that no one bought his serious novel so he agrees with Stewie to write one of those cheesy self help books and it becomes an overnight sensation. In the last segment of the show he is interviewed by Bill Maher and Ariana Huffington in what has got to be one of the funniest TV segments of Family Guy ever written. For one thing, only Brian is animated so it reproduces Bill Maher's show to a T. Secondly, while Brian comes in with a swagger expecting a powder puff interview, Bill Maher uses his quick wit and humor to justifiably eviscerate the shallowness of Brian's book. This episode was actually well written because normally you might feel sorry for Brian because he is a nice guy but in the previous part of the show he was a diva and a total jerk to Stewie who was the one most responsible for his success. Therefore, Brian is getting his well deserved comeuppance, being dressed down by one of his liberal icons.

I have no idea why this episode is only rated 7.0 at the time of this review putting it in the lower half of Family Guy shows unless there are people that hate Bill Maher so much they are just dinging it. I am a conservative but I appreciate good humor when I see it and Bill Maher's material as he was interviewing Brian and re-creating his show for Family Guy was pure gold.

If you enjoy Brian's character at all then watch this episode and if you agree with me that it is better than a 7.0, please vote and give this episode its well deserved higher rating.

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