The Fox Broadcasting Company (FBC), often stylized FOX, is an American television network owned by the Fox Corporation, formerly 21st Century Fox, formerly News Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, from 2004 to 2009 Fox was the highest-rated broadcast network in the 18-49 demographic. In the 2007-08 season, Fox became the most popular network in America in household ratings for the first time in its history, replacing CBS. CBS took back the top spot in the 2008-09 season, though Fox remains a solid runner-up. Its former sister companies 20th Century Fox, 20th Century Fox Television, and 20th Television are now owned by The Walt Disney Company.
Family Guy has also shown many fictional shows that air on FOX, as well as shows that formerly aired on the network in many episodes as part of jokes or everyday life for the Griffin family.
In "North by North Quahog", Peter lists all of FOX's failed shows that debuted and ended between Family Guy's cancellation and revival.
In "Family Gay", the horses that compete in the Quahog Derby are all named after canceled FOX shows, including 'Til Death, the horse that belonged to Peter, and The Winner, after the failed live action program created by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. The show 'Til Death was canceled the season following the Family Guy broadcast.
In Something, Something, Something, Dark Side, FOX is criticized for giving away the marketing rights for Star Wars to George Lucas, and its stockholders for investing in a company that actually canceled what would become a hit show twice.
The company is criticized for forcing the creation of It's A Trap! in the special's opening crawl.
20th Century Fox was one of the many production studios used for the making of the first film in the double feature at Quahog Cinema in "Friends of Peter G". The film was paired with The Sound of Music, also produced by 20th Century Fox.