Counting down the small screen deaths that rocked and shocked 2013
Brian Griffin, Family Guy
Why not start with the fake-out? In fairness, TV’s sharpest-tongued dog died the true death, even if it didn’t last for more than a handful of episodes. Retcon aside, "Family Guy" took the death seriously in the moment, creating one of the most buzzed-about small-screen deaths of the year. As a conversation piece alone, Brian’s death ranks among the biggest of 2013.