I've said before that I'm not the biggest Family Guy fan. You might be aware that there was an abortion themed episode planned to air last spring. Fox decided to ban the episode, "Partial Terms Of Endearment," because it was "too edgy." The episode dealt with a friend of Lois asks her to be a surrogate mother and she agrees. The friend then dies and Lois is left wondering what to do with the fetus.
According to The New York Times, the President of Fox Entertainment, Kevin Reilly, said the decision to ban the episode wasn't so much about the content but more about financial concerns and advertisers. He felt that due to the touchy subject and the bad economy, advertisers might decide to not advertise on the show.
The advertisers know what they’re getting with 'Family Guy.' It’s very hard on the ‘Family Guy’ scale to say this one was more offensive. The subject was handled well but this one felt like it could cause trouble and it was just not worth it.
The episode will be included on the season's DVD and will air on Adult Swim, when they show the repeat episodes. Do you feel Fox made the right decision in holding this episode back? They did allow it to be produced and you will be able to see it, if you choose.