Yug Ylimaf (Family Guy)
"Yug Ylimaf" is the fourth episode of the eleventh season of Family Guy. It was promoted as the 200th episode, but in reality, it was the 192nd in airing order.
Brian and Stewie accidentally reverse time.
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- The concept is wholly original, since there isn't a lot of media about time moving backwards.
- As the episode was promoted as a milestone episode, it practically rewards the viewer for being a Family Guy fan by filling the episode with several references and even having Lacey Chabert cameo as Meg.
- The writing almost makes the episode feel like an episode from the first few seasons.
- Seeing as the episode is about time, it actually goes back to revisit iconic moments from the series, including the Ipecac scene and a snippet from 'You Have AIDS.
- Greased-Up Deaf Guy's origin story is quite funny.
- The sound design and mixing are actually pretty solid, all the individual noises in this reverse world really sell the idea that the world is going backwards.
- There's a surprisingly fun reverse chicken fight, which still has the same amount of cleverness and hilarity even if backwards.
- The stakes are somewhat high with the threat of Stewie being unborn.
- While in a lot of the newer episodes, the pop cultural references are unneeded and aren't that funny, the references here are actually worthy of a good chuckle.
- On the matter, the episode is pretty funny, especially when we get a 'reverse cutaway'.
- One joke involves Brian having sex with a minor, which wouldn't feel out of place in the newer episodes.
- There is a bit of inconsistency, since at Stewie's welcome party, Meg is voiced by Lacey Chabert, but at the hospital before his birth, she's strangely voiced by Mila Kunis.
- The reverse Ipecac scene can be viewed as even more disgusting as the original scene by some viewers, but it's still funny.
The episode received a 2.7 rating and was watched by a total of 5.57 million people. This made it the second most-watched show on Animation Domination that night, beating Bob's Burgers but losing to The Simpsons with 6.86 million. The episode was met with positive reviews from critics. Sonia Saraiya of The A.V. Club gave the episode a C, saying "Family Guy keeps delivering riffs on more of the same. It’s a cold product. I’m not saying it wasn’t fun while it lasted, but I’m more or less over it. And if this episode is any indication, it’s beginning to seem like Family Guy is over itself, too."
Carter Dotson of TV Fanatic gave the episode four out of five stars, saying "It feels like the writing is on point, with a focused story to tell, yet there's something different about the feel of it. These episodes may be gimmicky in a way, but there's a purpose behind them that drives them to be better. I'd love to see more of this. Not knowing what's next, and seeing the humor that comes out of when the show does something unexpected is just plain refreshing, and I’m glad to see that the show can still be really good... 200 episodes later."