Symbol- anything that carries a particular meaning recognized by people who share a culture.a. Throughout the tv show Family Guy, Stewie always has a meaningful item with him. This item is his teddy bear Rupert. Rupert means the world to Stewie and is one of his best friends.

Mores- norms that are widely observed and have great moral significance.
a. In the show, many mores are violated. One significant one is how Quagmire tries to "hookup" with Lois and Meg. This violates a more is society because a neighbor's best friend isn't supposed to be intimate with his wife and daughter.

Cultural Transmission- the process by which one generation passes culture to the next.
a. This is shown in the episode "You Sly Boots", especially concerning Peter and Chris with their tv show Gumbel 2 Gumbel. Peter loves this show and passes on his passion down to Chris. The two sit in the living room every time together and enjoy the show, laughing non-stop at their favorite show.

Counterculture- cultural patterns that strongly oppose those widely accepted within a society.
a. In one particular episode, Lois wants Peter to encourage Chris to become for involved in school. Peter then proceeds to show him many clubs and organizations. But, Chris settles on joining a band. The band is a punk rock band and the constant practicing is annoying Lois. Lois also disagrees with the lyrics and message the band is portraying, idolizing Charls Manson. She disagrees with the lyrics because Charles Manson often goes against accepted culture.


Culture- the ways of thinking, the ways of acting, and the material objects that together form a people's way of life.
a. In the television series, Family Guy, the culture of their entire society is quite different from what ours would be. They all seem to be extraordinarily racist and they act in strange manners at any time. This is exemplified day after day with the friends that Peter has and their every day ways of acting and thinking reflect their society's.

Society- people who interact in a defined territory and share a culture.
a. In the town of Quahog, the society is one that allows people to basically do what they want. It doesn't really seem as though there is much law enforcement or anything to stop anyone as they're attitude as a society is mainly care-free. The society has the attitude of its mayor (Adam West) which is mainly a "nothing is important," attitude.

Language- a system of symbols that allows people to communicate with one another.
a. Their language is one that consists of no filter whatsoever. In an episode in which Peter's loudmouth is addressed, the FCC says it will crack down on how people talk. Peter doesn't like this and proceeds to sing about "the freaking FCC."

Beliefs- specific ideas that people hold to be true.
a. The writers of Family Guy make fun of MANY topics throughout the show, as this is the basis of their humor. In one episode, they make fun of "Creationists" by saying that they're below the line of mental retardation on the smartness scale.

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Stewie and his favorite friend Rupert the teddy bear.
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Mayor Adam West and his "nothing matters" attitude that's reflected in society