Family Guy honors Adam West with highlight reel

Family Guy fans still have five episodes of Mayor Adam West to look forward to following the actor's tragic death last month, but they now have a loving and hilarious highlight reel to cherish while they wait. Fox released the reel on Monday, honoring West's contributions to the show over the years by highlighting some of his character's best moments. 

After going through quick glimpses at West's appearances over the years, the clip ends with a sweet moment, showing a statue of Mayor West backlit by the sunset, with the Griffin family staring up at it. "We'll miss you dearly," added a note at the end of the reel. "Quahog couldn't have had a better mayor. We couldn't have had a better friend." It concluded with a video of the real-life West in Quahog's mayor's office. 

West is set to appear in a few more episodes of the series, which he recorded before his death. It is unclear what will happen to his character afterwards, but the show's cast, crew, and creators have all said that he will be deeply missed. "There are not enough positive adjectives in the language to use to describe Adam West," said Steve Callaghan, an executive producer who penned the first episode West appeared in. "He's just such a wonderful, sweet, hilarious, kind guy. It's a real blow to the show, but to us personally— those of us who have known him so long and have had the good fortune to work with him for so long."

Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane also posted a lengthy tribute to West on his Twitter page following the actor's death, writing, "Family Guy has lost its mayor, and I have lost a friend. Adam West was a joy to work with, and the kind of guy you always wanted to be around. His positivity, good nature, and sense of fun were undeniable, and it was always a big jolt of the best kind of energy when he walked in to record the show… Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have given, Mr. Mayor. You are irreplaceable."

The former Batman star has been missed by many in Hollywood, and he has been honored in quite a few ways since his death, including having the Bat Signal shown over Los Angeles in his memory. Still, though, for Family Guy fans and fans of West, seeing such a long and touching tribute to the actor from the show is truly moving.