It was created by Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy and The Cleveland Show, as well as two former Family Guy writers, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman. The pilot episode aired in the United States on Fox on February 6, 2005, thirty minutes after the end of Super Bowl XXXIX; the regular series began May 1, 2005, after the season premiere of Family Guy. American Dad! follows the events of CIA agent Stan Smith and his family. Unlike Family Guy and The Cleveland Show, American Dad! does not contain cutaway gags, instead using situational humor and non sequiturs.