'Family Guy' under fire for abuse episode

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  • 'Family Guy' takes heat for domestic abuse episode
  • HLN's Showbiz Tonight expert: Too close to home
  • One critic says the episode 'hit horrible new low'

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'Family Guy' under fire for abuse episode

Did Fox's "Family Guy" finally go too far Sunday in an episode about domestic violence?   

HLN's Showbiz Tonight host A.J. Hammer says the show was clearly trying to send a message, but was just depressing.  The show featured character Quagmire's sister in an on-going storyline about her abusive relationship.

A.J.'s expert guest, Dr. Wendy Walsh, co-host of The Doctors, says the character came too close to reality, and writers made fun of the victim.

Most critics agree, it just wasn't funny. Jezebel's Whitney Johnson writes the show "hits horrible new low." TV Fanatic's Kate Moon said that the "writers failed to master the balance of real issues with real humor this week." 

"Family Guy" producers are known for taking risks, but did they really blow it this time?

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