Did the animated series Family Guy really predict back in 2009 that Bruce Jenner would become Caitlyn Jenner?
Did Family Guy predict that Bruce Jenner would transition to become Caitlyn Jenner?
Perhaps, using a rather loose definition of “predict.”
Shortly after former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner revealed that she had transitioned to become Caitlyn Jenner, a clip from a 2009 episode of the animated series Family Guy began circulating online along with the claim that the cartoon had predicted the former athlete’s transition:
Brian: “Bruce Jenner is a man.”
Stewie: “No, Brian. That’s what the press would have you believe, but he’s not. Bruce Jenner is a woman. An elegant, beautiful Dutch woman.”
The clip was taken from an episode entitled “We Love You, Conrad” which originally aired on 3 May 2009 as part of the series’ 7th season. Although the clip is real, it doesn’t really constitute a “prediction” so much as a coincidence. (Jenner also didn’t engage in any transition that changed her nationality from American to Dutch.)
Family Guy also wasn’t the only show to “predict” Bruce Jenner’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner long before her Vanity Fair cover. A 1996 episode of the prime-time series Married With Children titled “Torch Song Duet” featured a bit where a female character (Marcy) was mistaken for the famous athlete:
A 2011 Saturday Night Live “Kardashian Divorce Special” skit also referred to Bruce Jenner as the Kardashian sisters’ “grandmom”:
Although these shows may all have made jokes playing on Bruce Jenner’s gender (perhaps referencing something that was already an open secret by then), it’s something of a stretch to say that any of them “predicted” the former Olympian would transition to become Caitlyn Jenner.