Family Guy and Subway Surfers Overstimulation Videos, also known as Family Guy and Mobile Games Overstimulation Videos or Family Guy ADHD Videos, refers to split-screen videos (primarily posted to TikTok) that show a Family Guy clip in the top part of the screen and mobile app gameplay in the bottom half of the screen (among other oddly satisfying content such as DIY repair videos) in order to avoid copyright strikes as well as keep the viewer's attention via multiple competing visuals, alluding to a low attention span in the viewer akin to ADHD. The most common mobile app games present in the Family Guy clips are Subway Surfers and nameless Chinese video games. Family Guy clips channels garnered many parodies that played with the visual format, leading to the Family Guy Pipeline Incident and jumpscares in late 2022. Going into early 2023, Family Guy clips and mobile games overstimulation content led to discourse and memes on Twitter and elsewhere as many highlighted the content's absurdity and likened the genre to Gen Alpha and iPad kids.
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Predominantly starting in 2016, Family Guy clips and compilation channels surfaced en masse on YouTube which avoided copyright claims by not posting full-length episodes but rather posting "Best of" compilations that edited multiple scenes into one video (example shown below). Many of the channels and videos were variants of the phrase "Family Guy Funny Moments," which became its own Photoshop meme in 2016 in which meme creators added the words "Family Guy Funny Moments" into multiple, notable graphic designs.
Going into the 2020s, the tactics used to avoid copyright strikes by Family Guy clips channels became more obtuse, including random cuts mid-sentence, random zoom-ins and crops, making the videos over two hours long by repeating the full-length episode four or more times, as well as adding contextless clips to interject the episode thereby mimicking "fair use" practiced by reaction video channels. Despite Family Guy clips channels posting these copyright-free videos on YouTube every day going into 2023, many of them are taken down by YouTube regardless of their tactics, usually not lasting more than one week after their upload.
Despite their impermanent nature, Family Guy clip channels on YouTube gained attention in memes based on the oftentimes absurd nature of their copyright-avoidant tactics. This memetic awareness of the absurdity predominantly surfaced in 2022. For instance, on February 10th, 2022, Redditor RhysofMind posted to /r/InternetMysteries writing, "Strange Family Guy compilations channel which includes videos of underage girls within videos." The post highlighted a Family Guy clips YouTube channel called Family Guy Compilations. Mid-video, the channel often added unrelated clips showing a young girl's vlog. The post received over 280 upvotes in 11 months.
Additionally, on February 19th, 2022, YouTuber Pixels After Dark made a video about the Reddit post, highlighting the Redditor's investigation, speculation and evidence. Over the course of 11 months, the video received roughly 1.2 million views and 57,000 likes (shown below).
Awareness of Family Guy channels' copyright avoidance surfaced elsewhere as well in 2022. For instance, sometime in early September 2022, since-deleted Twitter user JupiterIsPlanet posted a video taken from a YouTube Family Guy clips channel. They captioned the video, "found this family guy clip channel and their videos end like this," highlighting a copyright-claim-avoidant tactic that was an image of Brian Griffin holding a martini glass while sentimental music played. The original tweet received an unknown yet viral amount of engagement and was reposted to places like Instagram  as early as September 18th, 2022. An earlier iFunny repost was uploaded on September 14th, 2022 (shown below).
While Family Guy clips channels on YouTube were struggling to avoid copyright claims, Family Guy clips channels on TikTok were not struggling due to a split-screen tactic that manifested in 2022 which showed the Family Guy episode on top and a different piece of stolen media on the bottom. The two primary genres of video added to the bottom half were mobile app gameplay and DIY repair videos similar to fixing things with ramen videos. Although it's hard to pinpoint which TikTok page started the trend due to copyright strikes and channel removals, they seem to have predominantly surfaced in September and October 2022 (examples shown below).
The split-screen tactic was ultimately based on the precursor "Reddit Stories" and Subway Surfers format that used a text-to-speech voice to narrate a Reddit story while Subway Surfers or Minecraft gameplay played on the bottom. As an example, the TikTok channel familyguy2050 started off by posting "Reddit Stories" and Subway Surfer content in June 2022 (example shown below, left). By December 2022, the TikTok page had pivoted to Family Guy and mobile app gameplay content (example shown below, right). Both video examples have over 1 million plays each.
As the Family Guy and mobile app game channels became prevalent on TikTok in late 2022, meme creators on the platform began to parody the visual. For instance, an early parody was posted by TikToker 7jackmansions on November 28th, 2022, who added multiple pieces of media into the video such as soap shaving and Rick and Morty, earning roughly 248,300 plays and 32,000 likes in one month (shown below).
Parodies most notably surfaced after the Family Guy Pipeline Incident which was a "related search" algorithm glitch that happened on TikTok in November 2022 due to DIY pipe repair videos that played beneath Family Guy clips.
Following the "related search" algorithm glitch of the "pipeline incident," creators started exploiting the search term by writing it in their Family Guy clip video's bio so that the algorithm would recommend their video over others. Exploiting this, some creators started to add jumpscares of creepy imagery to avoid copyright claims and also to prank the viewer with the bait-and-switch tactic.
The first-known Family Guy jumpscare was uploaded by TikToker toasterbreaddddddddd on December 2nd, 2022, earning roughly 42,700 plays and 1,300 likes in three days (shown below, left). More creators latched onto the idea, leading to memetic awareness exhibited by TikToker antipsivision on December 4th, 2022, who posted a video asking, "Who made the Family Guy clips scary?" In one month, the video received roughly 681,200 plays and 138,700 likes (shown below, right).
More parody formats emerged in late December 2022 and January 2023, becomingly increasingly meta and absurd. For instance, on January 3rd, 2023, the TikTok account jamaicanfamilyguy posted an overstimulation video that had all the Family Guy characters speaking with Jamaican accents, earning roughly 108,100 plays and 18,700 likes in one week (shown below, left). On January 8th, 2022, TikToker prod.st10 posted a Family Guy clip above his own hip-hop beat, gaining roughly 104,700 plays and 21,500 likes in one day (shown below, right).
Discourse about Family Guy clips and mobile games overstimulation content surfaced on Twitter in January 2023, inspiring viral threads that highlighted the video genre's absurdity. For instance, on January 6th, 2023, Twitter user GBBranstetter tweeted, "Am I old or is something very wrong here," along with a Family Guy clips and mobile games video reposted from TikTok. Over the course of three days, the tweet received roughly 9.1 million views and 21,700 likes (shown below).
Am I old or is something very wrong here pic.twitter.com/6TccyljcFV
— Gillian Branstetter (@GBBranstetter) January 6, 2023
On the following day, January 7th, 2023, Twitter user TallBart tweeted a similar video with the caption, "This is what your little cousin watches 14 hours a day." Over the course of two days, the tweet received roughly 2.4 million views and 41,100 likes (shown below).
This is what your little cousin watches 14 hours a day pic.twitter.com/gMkByHrTes
— very tall bart (@TallBart) January 7, 2023
As January 2023 wore on, users combined footage from other films, usually classics, with sensory and mobile game footage. For example, on January 19th, Durbikins posted to Twitter a clip from My Dinner With Andre paired with sensory overstimulation outage, jokingly claiming it was the Criterion Collection's TikTok debut, earning over 55,000 likes in three days (seen below).
Criterion Collection has announced they will be launching a channel on TikTok to reach a new audience with their preservation of classic films. Launching today, Criterion has posted My Dinner with André (1981) as it’s first upload. pic.twitter.com/VwV2Hf9aHU
— Dr. Pepper Malpractice (@Durbikins) January 19, 2023
Just spent the past week cutting up the first two Godfather films into 45-second clips (stitched with mobile game and sensory video footage).
Made over 500 scenes palatable for the TikTok and YouTube Shorts crowd. pic.twitter.com/YQYRFJsxbj
— Trung Phan (@TrungTPhan) January 22, 2023
The Family Guy Pipeline Incident is a "related search" algorithm glitch on TikTok started by Family Guy clip accounts that used oddly satisfying videos of a metal pipe being filled with cigarettes and carrots to avoid copyright strikes. Due to both visuals of the Family Guy clip and the pipeline video in one TikTok video, the algorithm recommended the search query "family guy pipeline incident" in the comment section. This started in mid-November 2022 and garnered interest as to what the algorithm-invented "incident" was.
Boring Ahh Family Guy Episode, originally known as Movie Long Ah Hell, is a participatory trend in which meme creators take a photo of themselves doing an activity while watching Family Guy on their phone. They then write in text overlay that the activity is "boring ahh" (akin to the slang "goofy ahh"), essentially implying that they are enacting Family Guy overstimulation content in real life. The trend started on Instagram in late 2022 with a photo showing Family Guy on a phone in a movie theater playing Avatar: The Way of Water in the background. Going into 2023, the "movie long ah hell" photo inspired photoshops and ultimately led to different photos with the same premise but in different settings.
Peter Griffin Saying the N-word is a sound in which Family Guy's protagonist Peter Griffin says the N-word, specifically him saying the phrase "You stupid n****r" and the phrase "I hate n****rs." In the show, the character never actually says the phrase and it instead originates from a voice actor and Peter Griffin impersonator who's pretending to play Call of Duty. The sound was used in many Family Guy videos and memes similarily to both Holy Fuck, I'm Coming, Lois and I'm Glenn Quagmire. The sound was also used within Family Guy and mobile game overstimulation content on TikTok as a way to bait-and-switch the viewer.