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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?


The plot for this episode may be unintentionally based on the real-life 1969 romance novel hoax Naked Came the Stranger, which was deliberately poorly written by 24 coauthors in an attempt to make a commentary on the literary content of the top-selling books of their time. The average reader completely missed this point and the book became a top-seller itself. 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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Brian at his worst
27 March 2019 | by sgtgrizzlybSee all my reviews

How can people look at this episode and say that it's good?! Family Guy sucks in general, but this episode doesn't make up for how much I hate Brian throughout. Just watching a scene of him arguing with Stewie outside the restaurant while promoting his book just makes you want to slap him right on the nose. And this doesn't change throughout. Brian is still an obnoxious and annoying twit like everyone else in the show. And every joke in this episode is tasteless as hell. Would this be the worst Family Guy episode out there? Not really. But it is one of the worst. Go ahead, enjoy it while you can, but I must warn you: It really is that bad.

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