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Peter Löwenbräu Griffin is a fictional character of the animated comedy series Family Guy and the patriarch of the Griffin family. He is voiced by cartoonist Seth MacFarlane and first appeared on television, along with the rest of the family in the 15-minute short on December 20, 1998. Peter was created and designed by MacFarlane himself. MacFarlane was asked to pitch a pilot to the Fox Broadcasting Company based on Larry and Steve, a short made by MacFarlane which featured a middle-aged character named Larry and an intellectual dog, Steve. After the pilot was given the green light, The Griffin family appeared on the episode "Death Has a Shadow".

Peter is married to Lois Pewterschmidt and the father of Meg, Chris and Stewie; he also has a dog who is also his best friend named Brian. He has worked at a toy factory, as a fisherman, and at the Pawtucket Brewery.

Peter's appearance was a redesign of the protagonist Larry from MacFarlane's previous animated short films, The Life of Larry and Larry & Steve. The Peter Griffin character has received generally mixed reviews from critics. He has appeared in several pieces of Family Guy merchandise, including toys, t-shirts and a video game, and has made crossover appearances in other shows, including The Simpsons, South Park and the Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show.

Peter Griffin is a Catholic with a prominent Rhode Island and Eastern Massachusetts accent.[1] Peter is also Mexican by birth.[2] He's the husband of Lois and the father of Meg, Chris and Stewie. He is the son of Thelma and Mickey, and is the stepson of Francis. Peter and the rest of the Griffins live in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island which is modeled after Cranston, Rhode Island.[3][4][5] Peter primarily worked as a safety inspector at the Happy-Go-Lucky Toy Factory, until his boss Jonathan Weed choked to death on a dinner roll; he then became a fisherman on his own boat, known as the S.S. More Powerful than Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and The Incredible Hulk Put Together. with the help of two Portuguese immigrants, Santos and Pasqual, until his boat was destroyed.[6][7] He now works in the shipping department of the Pawtucket Patriot brewery.[8][9] Peter is also shown in various jobs for single episodes and cutaway gags.

Family Guy uses a floating timeline in which the characters do not age much, so the show is always assumed to be set in the current year. However, several of the characters, such as Meg and Chris, have aged two to three years since the show's pilot episode, while others, such as Stewie and Brian, have remained the same age.[6] In several episodes, events have been linked to specific times, although this timeline has been contradicted in subsequent episodes.

In a running gag, storylines are randomly interrupted by extremely long, unexpected fights between Peter and Ernie the Giant Chicken, an anthropomorphic chicken who serves as a rival to Peter.[10] These battles parody the action film genre, with explosions, high-speed chases and immense devastation to the town of Quahog.[11]