Follow the Murphy family back to the 1970s, when kids roamed wild, beer flowed freely and nothing came between a man and his TV.
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A father trying to provide for his family with a job he hates, a mother trying to be the wife and parent that society demands her to be, a teen full of angst with a love for rock-n-roll, a kid who is cursed with "middle child syndrome" who just wants to have fun, and a little girl who is far from "girly" but is still the apple of her father's eye all make for the perfect recipe of 1970's America. Back to a time when tobacco was healthy, a kid's curfew was when the street lights went out, mom stayed at home, and sex, drugs, & rock-n-roll made the world go 'round. Watch how the typical, middle class American family held it together.

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The series takes place in a home at a cul-de-sac. It is the 2nd animated series to take place mainly in a cul-de-sac of all the networks. See more »

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Leaves a lot to be desired
26 June 2017 | by (Importer, Exporter - Worldwide) – See all my reviews

Let's get this straight, first off I'm a very big Bill Burr fan from his standup and radio appearances from the last ten or so years and I really do think he's one of the funniest guys working the stage today. Secondly, I'm also a fan of animation and the creative opportunities an animated sitcom can offer writers. Although they're not always hits, animated shows definitely through style or writing, bring their own flair to the screen in ways that aren't possible for live-action shows.

"F is for Family" unfortunately leaves so much to be desired in every department, it's hard to know where to even begin. Let's focus on the characters. I absolutely hate every character on this show. Almost no one is likable, and the only "sane" person in the whole show is the wife character who has to right every wrong of her husband. VERY FRESH AND ORIGINAL!

Speaking of the husband, voiced by Bill Burr, "Frank" is a deadbeat misogynistic, angry, bitter, impulsive father figure who of course treats women horribly and thinks they should be slaves in the kitchen. Of course this show is set in the 1970s so you expect a little of this to come out, but it just comes across as very forced on the show. More post-modern "oh boy isn't the husband so dumb with this backwards opinions, looks like the woman has to show up and save the day!" nonsense that you've all seen on TV dozens of times before this.

The kids also leave a lot to be desired. Kevin, voiced by Justin Long is probably the best of the lot. He nails the pre-teen/teen angst very well and plays the character in an excellent over-the-top way. The daughter Maureen is funny enough as the youngest child, very much a brat, completely coddled and spoiled by her dad. Billy, who is presumably based on Bill Burr as a kid, not so much. Billy just isn't likable in the very least. This is due in part by the characters he interacts with who are horrible "coming of age" clichés -- the over the top leather jacket wearing ginger bully (who turns out to be -- YOU GUESSED IT -- bullied himself by his own dad), the wimpy, closet homosexual friend. And lets not forget the most annoying characters of them all - the poor trailer trash redneck kids who represent some of the laziest writing of the whole series. Don't know how to close a scene? Write some dumb hacky comment by these two about their mom and dad being siblings or how they haven't bathed in a year and you're done. Comedic gold, right!? wrong.

The other characters are decent enough. Besides the German Jewish neighbor who everyone assumes is a Nazi and the INCREDIBLY cheap "dumb fat boss" character, the rest of the cast isn't really that disgusting. Big ups to Sam Rockwell's performance as the rock-n-roll party man Vic who lives next door. He's just the kind of 70's sleaze that you really want more of in the show, without being too overbearing. He acts as a great contrast to Frank's lack of self-worth and self-actualization.

Then we get to the animation, which I'll be very honest DID get better from season 1 to season 2, but really leaves a lot to be desired in the quality department. You can tell they tried to animate this show as cheaply as possible, which isn't so much a burden so much as it's just disappointing at times. Cheap animation works well if it is stylized (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Tom Goes to the Mayor, etc) but this show is so bland and uninspired that I honestly don't think I could pick it out of a lineup of one.

Now the actual humor of the show is what really let me down the most I gotta say. With all these unlikable characters and poor animation, the jokes are really what should have sold the show. Sadly I just don't find "F is for Family" to be all the funny or entertaining. The humor overreaches with its profanity in ways I still don't understand. I for the life of me don't see how hearing kids say "f*ck" a ton of times is funny to anyone. I'm definitely not a prude (as I said I'm a big fan of Burr's standup and others similar to him) but when writers use profanity without any real reason other than to fill the page, it just comes across as haphazard and lazy. The comedic writing lies so heavily on profanity and shock value that it loses its appeal by the third or so episode. Unfunny and uninspired, I really was expecting more from the show.

As I said, I'm a huge fan of Burr's work and love animated shows. ALL of me wants to like "F is for Family" right out of the gate. But two seasons later, I can't say I can recommend it to any other fans of Bill or fans of animation. It's simply fails to satisfy on both accounts. What gets me the most about this show is that it really could have been something great. Unfortunately among a near infinite amount of poorly animated, edgy shows, this one sits at the top of the skip pile in my book. 4.5/10


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