BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 08: Seth MacFarlane speaks onstage during the 33rd American Cinematheque Award Presentation Honoring Charlize Theron at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 08, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
TV - Movies
Seth MacFarlane
Got His Start On
This Beloved
Cartoon Network
Seth MacFarlane began in the TV and animation business on the Cartoon Network show “Johnny Bravo,” a kids’ show about a self-proclaimed womanizer with a fair amount of adult humor and innuendo in each episode. This cartoon deliberately walked the line between adult and kids’ shows, even before MacFarlane’s venture into adult animated humor.
Speaking about “Johnny Bravo” in a recent interview, MacFarlane revealed, “That was actually where I got my start, at Hanna-Barbera/Cartoon Network.” MacFarlane was a writer and part-time storyboard artist but was only employed for the first season. "And then, they fired us all, and got some new guys," he said, "and, you know, that's when the show went south," he stated.
MacFarlane’s professor submitted his senior thesis short “The Life of Larry” to Hanna-Barbera, and the company hired the creator. Their relationship continued when the studio bought the rights for “Family Guy” after Fox canceled the series, airing reruns on Adult Swim where viewership increased by 239%, prompting Fox to revive the series.