Jewish Journal

“Family Goy’s” Jewish secret

by Brad A. Greenberg

October 12, 2009 | 3:55 pm

I don’t watch “Family Guy,” for reasons that Cartman and “South Park” so brilliantly illustrated, but after seeing the chatter last Monday, I knew I was going to have to watch the “Family Goy” episode.

I finally did yesterday. And though I couldn’t overcome my dislike for the show, the episode gave me a few good laughs:

The Jewish plotline begins when a breast cancer scare leads Lois (voiced by Jewish actress Alex Borstein) to discover that her mother, Barbara Pewterschmidt, is a Holocaust survivor who gave up her Judaism to help her husband get into country clubs (“It was the right thing to do, dear,” Mrs. Pewterschmidt says).

“So Grandma Hebrewberg is actually Jewish?!” Lois asks.

“Yes, when she moved to America, her family changed their name. It was originally Hebrewbergmoneygrabber,” her mother says.

That’s from the GeekHeeb. Much more there on the storyline (or lack thereof) and the jokes that work and those that don’t.

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