As Family Guy enters its 15th (technically 16th) season this fall, it will be forced to bid farewell to one of its best characters. Adam West’s death in June came as a blow to many, including fans of the animated comedy who have reveled in the erstwhile Batman’s eccentric character, Mayor West, since he first entered Quahog in 2000. West recorded five episodes before his passing, but it’s unknown how the series will bid him farewell. In the meantime, Fox has released a mash-up honoring the actor’s best moments in the series over the years.
Adam West’s filmography was a masterclass in self parody: in shows as varied as The Simpsons, Fairly OddParents, and King of Queens, the actor played himself to hilarious effect. But perhaps West’s best humorous take on himself came in Family Guy, where the actor’s voice made an appearance in more than 100 episodes, starting in Season 2’s “Fifteen Minutes of Shame.” In his time on the series, West cemented his place as one of the fictional town’s most delightfully eccentric characters: an oddball mayor who fluctuated between absurd darkness and disarming naiveté.
When asked if there had ever been discussion regarding whether or not to include West in upcoming episodes, executive producer Steve Callaghan said, “I think the proper way to honor him is to keep the character in the show. There were two or three episodes where his character had been written in, but he hadn’t yet recorded those, so obviously we’ve made accommodations for that. There was one scene where he was officiating a wedding, and it was easy enough to just have a different character do that. I [wouldn’t] even consider having someone come in and try to imitate his voice.”