F Is for Family

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F Is for Family
F is for Family.jpg
F Is for Family promotional poster
Genre Animated sitcom
Comedy-drama
Black Comedy
Satire
Created by
Starring
Opening theme "Come and Get Your Love" by Redbone
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 16 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Heath Kenny
  • Brian J. Cowan
Running time 25–28 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Netflix
Release
Original network Netflix
Original release December 18, 2015 (2015-12-18) – present (present)
External links
Website

F Is for Family is an American web animated sitcom[1] created by Bill Burr and Michael Price [2] and produced by Gaumont International Television and Vince Vaughn's Wild West Television.[2]

The show premiered on December 18, 2015 to generally favorable reviews.[3] Season 2 premiered May 30, 2017.[4] On June 28, 2017, the show was renewed for a third season.[5]

On July 1, 2018, Burr confirmed season 3 for a November 2018 release at a show in Detroit.[6]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Bill Burr as Francis X. "Frank" Murphy – Frank is a disillusioned, short-tempered, foul-mouthed, Irish-American, Korean War veteran and father of three who lives in the Great Lakes region of town during the mid-1970s. He is prone to angry, profane rants. As a parent, Frank often responds to his children with profanity and emotional abuse. The Murphy children often go out of their way to avoid upsetting their father. Frank works as a baggage handler at the local Mohican Airlines, and is promoted to management after his boss dies in a violent workplace accident. Frank is usually seen spending many hours in front of his television set while at home. Frank's favorite show is an action series called Colt Luger. Luger, an overweight middle-aged character who is portrayed as an unerringly victorious hero. When facing dire situations, Luger utters the phrase "Sometimes, a man's got to do...what a man does", much to Frank's excitement.
  • Laura Dern as Sue Murphy[2] – Frank's wife who is a housewife, and also sells Plast-a-Ware (a play on words of Tupperware.)
  • Justin Long as Kevin Murphy[1][2] – Frank's teenage son who is a juvenile delinquent, chronic pot smoker, and a struggling rock musician. Despite his rebellious personality, Kevin often shows signs of love and respect for his parents and a desire to better himself (although he rarely, if ever, follows through on the latter).
  • Haley Reinhart as Bill Murphy, Frank's younger son.[7][8] Bill tends to be shy and is skinny. He gets bullied frequently. Despite his seemingly weak persona, Bill can often let his anger get the best of him. He is 11 years old in the first season.[9]
  • Debi Derryberry as Maureen Murphy [2][10] – Frank's young daughter who he often refers to as "Princess". However, even though Frank sees Maureen as a princess, Maureen is an intelligent child and can be destructive like the rest of her family members. However, Maureen is smart enough to hide it. Despite her generally girly appearance, Maureen can act somewhat tomboyish at times, much to Frank's chagrin.
  • Sam Rockwell as Vic – Frank's wealthy, womanizing neighbor, who brags a lot. Frank loathes him for his playboy lifestyle, laid-back attitude and successful career. He's based on Matt McConaughey's character David Wooderson from Dazed and Confused.

Co-starring[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
16December 18, 2015 (2015-12-18)
210May 30, 2017 (2017-05-30)

Season 1 (2015)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release dateProd.
code
11"The Bleedin' in Sweden"Benjamin MarsaudStory by : Bill Burr and Michael Price
Teleplay by : Michael Price
December 18, 2015 (2015-12-18)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".
22"Saturday Bloody Saturday"Laurent NicolasDavid RichardsonDecember 18, 2015 (2015-12-18)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.
33"The Trough"Benjamin MarsaudMichael PriceDecember 18, 2015 (2015-12-18)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.
44"'F' is for Halloween"Laurent NicolasTom GianasDecember 18, 2015 (2015-12-18)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.
55"Bill Murphy's Day Off"Benjamin MarsaudEmily TowersDecember 18, 2015 (2015-12-18)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.
66"O Holy Moly Night"Laurent NicolasDavid RichardsonDecember 18, 2015 (2015-12-18)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. Bill becomes an altar boy at the church and gets into trouble.

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

No.
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No. in
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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release dateProd.
code
71"Heavy Sledding"Romain Bounoure & Olivier SchrammMichael PriceMay 30, 2017 (2017-05-30)TBA
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.
82"A Girl Named Sue"Romain Bounoure & Olivier SchrammDavid RichardsonMay 30, 2017 (2017-05-30)TBA
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.
93"The Liar's Club"Romain Bounoure & Olivier SchrammBill BurrMay 30, 2017 (2017-05-30)TBA
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.
104"Night Shift"Romain Bounoure & Olivier SchrammEmily TowersMay 30, 2017 (2017-05-30)TBA
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.
115"Breaking Bill"Romain Bounoure & Olivier SchrammJoe HeslingaMay 30, 2017 (2017-05-30)TBA
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.
126"This is Not Good"Romain Bounoure, Olivier Schramm & Mike RobertsHenry GammillMay 30, 2017 (2017-05-30)TBA
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.
137"Fight Night"Romain Bounoure, Olivier Schramm & Mike RobertsEric Goldberg & Peter TibbalsMay 30, 2017 (2017-05-30)TBA
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.
148"F is for Fixing It"Romain Bounoure, Olivier Schramm & Mike RobertsValeri VaughnMay 30, 2017 (2017-05-30)TBA
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.
159"Pray Away"Romain Bounoure, Olivier Schramm & Mike RobertsMarc WilmoreMay 30, 2017 (2017-05-30)TBA
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.
1610"Landing the Plane"Romain Bounoure & Olivier SchrammMichael PriceMay 30, 2017 (2017-05-30)TBA
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.

Production[edit]

The series was announced in October 2014 as part of a partnership between Netflix, Gaumont International Television, and Wild West Television.[21] The show is a "family comedy" based on the standup of Bill Burr.[22] 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".[22] 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.[7][8][22] The first season consists of six episodes, shown in a serial manner, written by Bill Burr and Michael Price.[23] Price is best known for his Emmy and Writers Guild award-winning work on The Simpsons.[23] The series is co-directed by Ben Marsaud (director of Counterfeit Cat & former storyboard artist on The Amazing World of Gumball).

Reception[edit]

The series has received generally positive reviews.[24] On Rotten Tomatoes the first season holds a rating of 82% based on 17 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."[25] On Metacritic, the first season holds a score of 75 out of 100, based on 14 reviews, indicating "Generally favorable reviews".[26]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2017 69th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance Mo Collins as Ginny, Jimmy Fitzsimmons, Lex, Ben, and Cutie Pie (Episode: Pray Away) Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "F is for Family: Original, Animated Series From Bill Burr Coming Exclusively to Netflix". PR Newswire. October 23, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Netflix Orders 'F Is for Family' Animated Comedy Series from Bill Burr". Variety. October 23, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ "'F Is For Family' Gets December Premiere On Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. November 6, 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ "F Is for Family - Season 2 Date Announcement Teaser - Netflix". April 18, 2017. 
  5. ^ Otterson, Joe (2017-06-28). "'F Is for Family' Renewed for Season 3 at Netflix". Variety. Retrieved 2017-06-28. 
  6. ^ https://reddit.com/r/fisforfamily/comments/8vm4oa/season_3_less_general_release_window_confirmed_by/
  7. ^ a b "'American Idol' Alum Haley Reinhart to Star in New Netflix Animated Series". Hollywood Reporter. December 12, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "I will be making my VoiceOver debut..." Instagram.com. December 11, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ "'F' is for Halloween". F is for Family. Season 1. Episode 4. 26 June 2017. Netflix. 
  10. ^ "That's the amazing @DebiDerryberry". Twitter.com. December 24, 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Mo voices Jimmy". Twitter.com. December 19, 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  12. ^ "#FIsForFamily cast rollcall Part 5". Twitter.com. December 14, 2015. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  13. ^ "I love Mr. Goomer". Twitter.com. December 26, 2015. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  14. ^ "#FIsForFamily cast roll call". Twitter.com. December 12, 2015. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  15. ^ "In Bill Burr's New Netflix Series". Decider.com. December 24, 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  16. ^ "I play this guy". Twitter.com. December 19, 2015. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  17. ^ "He's so so great as Bob Pogo". Twitter.com. December 23, 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  18. ^ "#FIsForFamily cast rollcall part 6". Twitter.com. December 15, 2015. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Who does Joe Buck voice". Twitter.com. December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  20. ^ Perkins, Dennis (June 11, 2017). "F Is For Family knows that all family debts come due sometime". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 25, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Netflix Orders Bill Burr Cartoon 'F Is for Family'". Hollywood Reporter. October 23, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  22. ^ a b c "Netflix orders Bill Burr animated series F Is For Family". AV Club. October 23, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  23. ^ a b "'F is for Family' is the newest addition to Netflix's original shows". Digital Trends. October 23, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  24. ^ "F is for Family || Critica animada". CoolPop: criticas animadas, noticias y rumores sobre animacion. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  25. ^ "F is for Family: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 22, 2018. 
  26. ^ "F is for Family – Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved December 22, 2015. 

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