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'F is for Family'

‘F is for Family’

Alyssa Branch
Contributing Writer

“F is for Family” offers the delightful animated raunchiness of most adult sitcoms. Additionally, the sense of family, real life problems and nostalgia give this show a new twist. The December 2015 Netflix original follows a family of five who lead a typical life, though with some dysfunctionality.

Each member of the Murphy family is screwed up in their own unique way. Maureen, the youngest, seems to have a craving for danger – or maybe just a death wish. Bill is the sensitive child, always looking for his father’s approval. Kevin is the oldest, a rebellious “F” student.

The mother, Sue, struggles between being content with her housewife life, yet feels trapped, as her only outlets are selling plasticware and the batting cage. Frank Murphy is a hard ass, yet he is someone to sympathize with.

The stunning introduction to the show not only has wonderful visuals but gives the entire backstory of Frank Murphy. The young graduate begins flying through the air while Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love” plays.

Life begins to be thrown at him – draft notice, baby bottles, wedding cake, bills and everything that comes along with life. The intro is uplifting yet depressing, showing the wonderful and the horrible sides of family.

The amazing thing about “F is for Family” is that it feels so real. The nostalgia and the reminders of family issues allow anyone to relate to this filthy, yet endearing show. The fights feel so real and lasting despite the absurd reason.

The season is short, with only six half-hour episodes. But instead of each being random intermittent nonsense, they are connected pieces that push along individual character arcs, eventually coming together in the end. “F is for Family” is without a doubt depressing, but it has a perfect mix of humor and seriousness to make this family’s difficulties both relatable and captivating.

Bill Burr, along with Michael Price, created “F is for Family” based on their memories of the ‘70s. The show refers to a simpler time where you could hit your kids and bring a gun to the airport.

The show has great writing but the animation is lousy. Even so, it isn’t so bad that it is distracting from the real content. Some errors were made in certain scenes, including several inconsistencies. Some scenes were great, for example the intro and the bathroom scene, but overall, it is just okay.

Like a lot of Netflix originals, “F is for Family” has been very successful. The show has been renewed for a second season this past April. Although the release date is currently unknown, the second installment will have 10 episodes rather than a short six like the first season.