F Is for Family
|F is for Family|
F Is for Family promotional poster
|Opening theme||"Come and Get Your Love" by Redbone|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||26 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||25–28 minutes|
|Distributor||Gaumont International Television|
|Original release||December 18, 2015 –|
F is for Family is an American-Canadian adult animated sitcom created by Bill Burr and Michael Price and produced by Gaumont International Television and Vince Vaughn's Wild West Television. The show follows a dysfunctional suburban Irish-American family, and is set in the early 1970s. The show premiered on December 18, 2015, to generally favorable reviews. Season 2 premiered May 30, 2017. On June 28, 2017, the show was renewed for a third season. On July 1, 2018, Burr confirmed season three. On November 30, 2018, the third season was released. On January 24, 2019, the show was renewed for a fourth season, which is set to be released in 2020.
Cast and characters
- Bill Burr as Francis X. "Frank" Murphy: a disillusioned, quick-tempered, foul-mouthed, Korean War veteran and father of three
- Burr also voices Father Pat
- Laura Dern as Sue Murphy: Frank's wife and struggling entrepreneur
- Justin Long as Kevin Murphy: Frank's slightly dim-witted, oldest son, juvenile delinquent, and struggling guitarist
- Long also voices Chuck Sawitzki & Phineas
- Sam Rockwell as Vic Reynolds: A wealthy, womanizing, neighbor who had one woman of them all
- Haley Reinhart as Bill Murphy: Frank's middle son who was cursed by one bully
- Debi Derryberry as
- Trevor Devall as:
- Mo Collins as:
- Phil Hendrie as:
- Kevin Michael Richardson as:
- Chauncey "Rosie" Roosevelt: Frank's African-American co-worker at Mohican Airways
- David Koechner as Robert "Bob Pogo" Pogrohvich: Frank's obese, chainsmoking boss
- Kevin Farley as:
- Babe Bonfiglio: a neighbor, one of Frank's friends, husband of Marie, and father of Phillip and Anthony
- Gary Cole as Roger Dunbarton: the owner and founder of Mohican Airways
- Joe Buck as:
- Lou Gagliardi
- John DiMaggio as Scoop Dunbarton: Roger Dunbarton's racist, intellectually disabled, and moronic nephew. He was originally a minor league baseball player until one night in St. Louis when he got drunk after pitching a no-hitter and got kicked in the head while trying to carve his name onto the backend of a clydesdale horse.
- Allison Janney as Henrietta Van Horne: the founder of Plast-A-Ware
- T.J. Miller as Randy: Bill's boss for his paper route
- Michael K. Williams as Smoky: a vending machine product distributor
- Josh Adam Meyers as "Howlin'" Hank Howland: a radio DJ who works with Vic at WKWOK 109.5.
- Vince Vaughn (season 3) as Chet Stevenson: a new neighbor of the Murphys'
- Jamie Denbo (season 3) as Marie Bonfiglio, mother of Philip and Anthony.
- Al Ducharme (season 3) as Anthony Bonfiglio, younger brother of Phillip Bonfiglio.
- Eileen Fogarty (season 3) as Nguyen-Nguyen Stevenson: a new neighbor of the Murphys'
- Jessica DiCicco (season 2) as Haircut Girl, A teenage girl only ever referred to as Haircut Girl, due to the fact that she gives out free haircuts.
|1||6||December 18, 2015|
|2||10||May 30, 2017|
|3||10||November 30, 2018|
Season 1 (2015)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date||Prod.|
|1||1||"The Bleedin' in Sweden"||Benjamin Marsaud||Story by : Bill Burr and Michael Price |
Teleplay by : Michael Price
|December 18, 2015||101|
|Frank is excited at the prospect of having the entire neighborhood over to watch an upcoming boxing match, but when Vic threatens to ruin his chances with his much more expensive and exciting television set, Frank overpromises that he has a color TV to convince the neighbors to come to his house instead. After he purchases one, Bill accidentally ruins it when he sticks a magnet on it as part of a school project. Frank initially believes that the store sold him a lemon and has an outburst in front of all the employees and customers when they refuse to give him a refund, embarrassing Sue. Bill eventually confesses, but after being gloated over by one of the store's employees when Frank and Sue take him to apologize, Bill uses his magnet to ruin every single television set in the store, and Frank gets refunded. At the end of the episode, the neighbors watch the match at Frank's house, while Vic watches it at his house "alone".|
|2||2||"Saturday Bloody Saturday"||Laurent Nicolas||David Richardson||December 18, 2015||102|
|After finding out that Kevin is failing nearly every single one of his classes, Frank takes him to his job at the airport, where he's recently been promoted after his former boss was decapitated in a violent work accident, to demonstrate to him the responsibilities of caring for a family. Frank is torn between his underpaid, hard-working co-workers who are contemplating a strike, and his employer, who worries a strike will shut down Mohican Airways for good. Although Kevin is initially unimpressed and spends most of the day hanging around with some pill-popping, underachieving airport staff, he realizes the difficulties of his father's job after he witnesses Frank being yelled at and insulted by an old woman, who accuses the airport of stealing her medication, and comes to appreciate how hard Frank works to put food on the table. Meanwhile, after his father puts him in charge of Maureen for the day, Bill struggles to keep her rebellious nature under wraps, while Sue begins to doubt her solitary role as a mother and wife.|
|3||3||"The Trough"||Benjamin Marsaud||Michael Price||December 18, 2015||103|
|Despite Kevin's promises to get back on track to improve his grades, Frank is outraged when he finds out that Kevin is still falling behind, and as a punishment, takes Bill to a football game where he was given corporate seats by the management at Mohican Airways, which Frank had initially promised Kevin to go to. While there, they meet Rodger Dunbarton, CEO at Mohican Airways, who speaks to Frank about talks of a strike and how he must no longer sympathize with his co-workers. On the drive home, their car breaks down, and they are rescued by Rosie, one of Frank's colleagues, but when Bill innocently reveals they had been given tickets to a football game and his father's conversation with Dunbarton, Frank faces a hostile situation at work. Meanwhile, Sue goes to the mall with Maureen, where she is accosted by a talkative friend, and Maureen learns of her mother's underwhelming home life during a surprise outburst. Kevin hangs out with friends and gets high, reminiscing of the loving relationship he and his father had when he was young.|
|4||4||"'F' is for Halloween"||Laurent Nicolas||Tom Gianas||December 18, 2015||104|
|On Halloween, Frank attempts to dissuade Sue from a promotion, leading to tensions between them; Bill is reluctant to trick-or-treat due to his fear of being bullied by school greaser Jimmy Fitzsimmons.|
|5||5||"Bill Murphy's Day Off"||Benjamin Marsaud||Emily Towers||December 18, 2015||105|
|Bill tries to hide his recent suspension while Frank earns the ire of his co-workers for befriending the aloof CEO of the airline. In addition, Frank struggles to make good on a promise to Kevin.|
|6||6||"O Holy Moly Night"||Laurent Nicolas||David Richardson||December 18, 2015||106|
|When Christmas comes near, Frank is desperate to remedy the hostility of his co-workers and his supervisors at the airport while the family dog is missing. Kevin starts his part-time job selling christmas trees. Bill becomes an altar boy at the church and gets into trouble.|
Season 2 (2017)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date||Prod.|
|7||1||"Heavy Sledding"||Romain Bounoure & Olivier Schramm||Michael Price||May 30, 2017||201|
|Three weeks after he got fired, Frank is still unemployed. On a snow day, Sue decides to take the family sledding to get them out of their slump.|
|8||2||"A Girl Named Sue"||Romain Bounoure & Olivier Schramm||David Richardson||May 30, 2017||202|
|Frank's old boss, Bob Pogo, calls him to offer him a job, only for things to turn out bad for Frank. Meanwhile, Sue ponders a change in her life.|
|9||3||"The Liar's Club"||Romain Bounoure & Olivier Schramm||Bill Burr||May 30, 2017||203|
|After bailing out of the unemployment office, Frank turns to Rosie's friend, Smokey, for a job, but not before helping Kevin move into the basement after he ditches school. Meanwhile, Sue gets a new job as a secretary, but is mistreated by the sexist heads of her company.|
|10||4||"Night Shift"||Romain Bounoure & Olivier Schramm||Emily Towers||May 30, 2017||204|
|Frank gets a job as a stocking man courtesy of Smokey, consequently sleeping through the day and ignoring Sue and his family. All the while, Kevin and his band try to get a gig and Sue has an idea for a new Plast-a-Ware product.|
|11||5||"Breaking Bill"||Romain Bounoure & Olivier Schramm||Joe Heslinga||May 30, 2017||205|
|After Frank learns that Kevin and his band are performing on a school night, his attempts at halting it cause intense tension between him and Kevin. Meanwhile, Bill, having received money from his job as a paperboy, tries to buy a hockey-stick for hockey tryouts, but a run-in with the local bully, Jimmy, pushes him over the edge. Also, when Sue pitches her idea, she still receives a lack of respect.|
|12||6||"This is Not Good"||Romain Bounoure, Olivier Schramm & Mike Roberts||Henry Gammill||May 30, 2017||206|
|When Frank's new job includes a stop at the airport, he ends up in a predicament with Bob. Kevin tries to get a date with a 'haircut' girl, but due to erection problems, he bails and this attracts the attention of Vic's new girlfriend. Also, Bill begins to enjoy lifting his legs on the law, much to the concern of his friend Phillip.|
|13||7||"Fight Night"||Romain Bounoure, Olivier Schramm & Mike Roberts||Eric Goldberg & Peter Tibbals||May 30, 2017||207|
|Frank and Sue's individual underhanded actions causes them to have a major fight on their anniversary when they're called into a meeting with Maureen's school teacher.|
|14||8||"F is for Fixing It"||Romain Bounoure, Olivier Schramm & Mike Roberts||Valeri Vaughn||May 30, 2017||208|
|Frank and Sue try to deal with their marital problems; Kevin feels guilty for having sex with Vic's new girlfriend; and when Jimmy tried to make amends after he has been released from Catholic Military School, a fearful revelation from Phillip reveals Bill's part in sending him away, causing Jimmy to go back to his bullying ways.|
|15||9||"Pray Away"||Romain Bounoure, Olivier Schramm & Mike Roberts||Marc Wilmore||May 30, 2017||209|
|Frank and Sue go to a couple's retreat to get help from a priest when their marriage begins to hit a snag, which only leads to a moment of truth between them. Meanwhile, Bill and his friends try to deal with a vengeful Jimmy, while Kevin is forced to deal with Vic when the latter finds out about his girlfriend's affair with Kevin.|
|16||10||"Landing the Plane"||Romain Bounoure & Olivier Schramm||Michael Price||May 30, 2017||210|
|The day takes a traumatic turn for the Murphys when the founder of Plast-a-Wares takes credit for Sue's idea and Frank and his friends attempt to get rid of "Scoop," the mentally unstable new manager (Roger Dunbarton's nephew), which inadvertently causes them to be caught in the middle of a terrorist attack caused by a Black Panthers-esque band of domestic terrorists.|
Season 3 (2018)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date||Prod.|
|17||1||"Are You Ready for the Summer?"||Olivier Schramm||Eric Goldberg & Peter Tibbals||November 30, 2018||301|
|With summer around the corner and Sue being pregnant with a 4th child, the Murphy's head to town to watch the annual Memorial Day Parade, where each of them faces a certain problem.|
|18||2||"Paul Lynde to Block"||Sylvain Lavoie||David Richardson||November 30, 2018||302|
|Frank befriends his new neighbor, Chet Stevenson, whom he invites, along with his Vietnamese wife Nguyen-Nguyen, to the drive-in theater with his family, much to Sue's chagrin since she wanted the chance to spend time with Frank alone.|
|19||3||"The Stinger"||Olivier Schramm||Marc Wilmore||November 30, 2018||303|
|Sue's new invention The Forkoontula, a swiss army knife-esque kitchen utensil, stirs up problems with her support group of the neighbor's wives. Kevin attends summer school due to failing math, where he soon earns the respect of fellow delinquent teens with very abusive strict teacher Mr. Durkin who's caught Kevin doddling his book and took it from him, but then Kevin stood up for delinquent teens that's Mr. Durkin is a jerk to say "Jerkin' had no money" and Mr Durkin sentence Kevin to detention for the rest of the summer school. Bill and Phillip go to the city pool, where a chance to be with his crush, Bridget Fitzsimmons, little sister of his bully Jimmy, eventually leads to an embarrassing erection incident. Frank receives two promotions at work, one of which was his old position and his friend Rosie was next in line for, making the latter utterly upset and prompting Frank to try and mend fences between him and his boss, Bob Pogo.|
|20||4||"Mr. Murphy's Wild Ride"||Sylvain Lavoie||Michael Price||November 30, 2018||304|
|Frank, Chet, Vic, and the rest of the husband neighbors begin to work on the baby's new room and soon, Chet takes Frank on a joyride in a jet while Bill and Phillip's friendship is put to the test when the latter gets jealous of Bill's crush on Bridget.|
|21||5||"Battle of the Sexes"||Olivier Schramm||Emily Towers||November 30, 2018||305|
|Sue hosts another depressing focus group for her invention. Frank is scared Chet might want to hang out with Vic. Bill and Bridget sneak out after dark and wander around the town as a 'first date'. Sue discovers that Chet treats Nguyen-Nguyen very abusively.|
|22||6||"Punch Drunk"||Sylvain Lavoie||Joe Heslinga||November 30, 2018||306|
|Sue tries to warn Frank after discovering Chet treats Nguyen-Nguyen horribly, which puts the latter in an awkward position at a 4th of July neighborhood barbecue.|
|23||7||"Summer Vacation"||Olivier Schramm||Valeri Vaughn||November 30, 2018||307|
|The Murphy's have a disastrous vacation at a lakeside including but not limited to staying in a rundown cabin, the visit from Sue's condescending parents, and Kevin trying to face his childhood trauma of almost drowning in a swimming pool at a hotel nearby.|
|24||8||"It's In His Blood"||Sylvain Lavoie||Henry Gammill||November 30, 2018||308|
|Frank sees Chet's dark side after the latter rats him out for constructing the new baby's room without a permit, even though Chet built it while the Murphy's were away on vacation and it's affecting his friendship on his neighbors. Maureen and Phillip train to be on a game show Phillip and his younger brother Anthony enjoy. Bridget 'dumps' Bill but treats him like he dumped her, much to Bill's frustration. Kevin discovered that his band replaced him after he quit as guitarist, leading to him to do a humiliating task in order to get back in. A dedication ceremony at Frank's job ends up being the height of Frank's disgust for Chet when he gets hired to become head of the pilot training program. Chet is poisoned by his wife Nguyen-Nguyen after she realizes Chet won't change his abusive ways.|
|25||9||"Frank the Father"||Olivier Schramm||Bill Burr||November 30, 2018||309|
|Frank go visits Chet in the hospital who was hospitalized by being poisoned by his wife Nguyen-Nguyen and tries a new parenting practice after getting Kevin out of jail. Maureen attempts to win the game show, but the corrupt show producers aren't having it. Bill makes a life-changing decision.|
|26||10||"Bill Murphy's Night Off"||Sylvain Lavoie||Michael Price||November 30, 2018||310|
|Bill tries to run away with Bridget to Pittsburgh, but the latter bails and Bill soon escapes the train and faces one mishap after another trying to find a way back home while his family and friends band together to find him.|
The series was announced in October 2014 as part of a partnership between Netflix, Gaumont International Television, and Wild West Television. The show is a "family comedy" based on the standup of Bill Burr. Moreover, the show takes place in the 1970s, "a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside, and bring a gun to the airport". Burr voices the Murphy family patriarch, with Laura Dern as his wife, Justin Long as his eldest son, Debi Derryberry as his daughter Maureen, and Haley Reinhart as his young son. The first season consists of six episodes, shown in a serial manner, written by Bill Burr and Michael Price. Price is best known for his Emmy and Writers Guild award-winning work on The Simpsons. The series is co-directed by Ben Marsaud (director of Counterfeit Cat & former storyboard artist on The Amazing World of Gumball).
The series has received generally positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes the first season holds a rating of 84% based on 19 reviews, with an average score of 6.56/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "While the humor relies on vulgarity, the strength of F Is for Family is its substantial heart." The second season holds a rating of 89% with an average score of 7.32 based on 9 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads, "F is For Family is a little grouchier and wiser in its second season, evoking an era of American decay with warm pastel hues and articulating blue collar angst through Bill Burr's blustery delivery." On Metacritic, the first season holds a score of 75 out of 100, based on 14 reviews, indicating "Generally favorable reviews".
Awards and nominations
|2017||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance||Mo Collins as Ginny, Jimmy Fitzsimmons, Lex, Ben, and Cutie Pie (Episode: "Pray Away")||Nominated|||
|2019||Kevin Michael Richardson as Chauncey "Rosie" Roosevelt (Episode: "The Stinger")||Nominated||
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