In an interview with IGN in 2012, Adam West was asked how he first became involved with Family Guy, and the famous actor said he did a pilot with Seth MacFarlane before his most famous show took off, and the two hit it off after realizing they had a similar sense of humor. When the town of Quahog needed a mayor, MacFarlane had a really brilliant idea. “When Family Guy came around and Seth got brilliantly successful, he decided to call me and see what I was doing, he asked if I’d like to come on board as mayor and I thought it would be nice to do something absurd and fun “, he said. And so West played the role for 15 seasons of the hit series.
For his part, MacFarlane had similar things to say about his and his friend’s sense of humor following the actor’s death, confirming that the two were good friends. In a tweet that appears to have since been deleted, MacFarlane said: “Adam West was a pleasure to work with and the kind of guy you always wanted to be with. His positivity, good nature, and sense of fun were undeniable, and it was always a big jolt of the best kind of energy when he walked in to tape the show” (via Entertainment Weekly).
It’s no wonder West and MacFarlane worked so well together on the show for so many years.