The Family Law
|The Family Law|
|Created by||Benjamin Law|
|Based on||The Family Law|
by Benjamin Law
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||18|
|Cinematography||Eric Murray Lui|
|Production company(s)||Matchbox Pictures|
|Original release||14 January 2016 –|
12 January 2019
The Family Law is an Australian comedy television program created by Benjamin Law. The six-part series, loosely adapted from Law's 2010 book of the same name, was written by Law and Marieke Hardy. The series was produced by Matchbox Pictures and screened on SBS from 14 January 2016. A second season of the show premiered on 15 June 2017. The third and final season of the show aired on 12 January 2019.
The series follows the dysfunctional world of a Chinese-Australian family through the eyes of 14-year-old Benjamin Law. It is set on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland over a long, hot summer the family will never forget. The family consists of Benjamin Law, eldest sister Candy, older brother Andrew, younger sisters Tammy and Michelle and parents Jenny and Danny.
- Trystan Go as Benjamin Law
- Fiona Choi as Jenny Law
- Anthony Brandon Wong as Danny Law
- Shuang Hu as Candy Law
- George Zhao as Andrew Law
- Karina Lee as Tammy Law
- Vivian Wei as Michelle Law
- Bethany Whitmore as Melissa Hills
- Kimie Tsukakoshi as Heidi Thomson
- Takaya Honda as Klaus Thomson
Series 1 (2016)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||1||"Queensland's Got Talent"||Jonathan Brough||Benjamin Law||14 January 2016|
|2||2||"Tra-la-la-la-Law"||Jonathan Brough||Benjamin Law||21 January 2016|
|3||3||"Asians Gone Wild"||Jonathan Brough||Benjamin Law||28 January 2016|
|4||4||"Birthday Bash"||Jonathan Brough||Benjamin Law & Marieke Hardy||4 February 2016|
|5||5||"Everything's Coming Up Roses"||Jonathan Brough||Benjamin Law & Marieke Hardy||11 February 2016|
|6||6||"Love Is in the Air"||Jonathan Brough||Benjamin Law & Marieke Hardy||18 February 2016|
Series 2 (2017)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|7||1||"New Beginnings"||Ben Chessell||Benjamin Law & Kirsty Fisher||15 June 2017|
|Danny opens a new Chinese grocery store and shows off this new modern apartment. Tension rises as Jenny tries to find herself in a new post-divorce world. Meanwhile Benjamin fights it out for middle school captain with his good-looking archnemesis Klaus.|
|8||2||"Help Yourself"||Ben Chessell||Benjamin Law & Kirsty Fisher||15 June 2017|
|Tension rises as Jenny's journey of self-discovery is belittled by people around her. She decides to change back to her maiden name. Benjamin fights it out for the lead role in a Greek tragedy school play.|
|9||3||"Adult Education"||Ben Chessell||Lawrence Leung||22 June 2017|
|10||4||"The Family Kerr"||Sophie Miller||Benjamin Law & Kirsty Fisher||6 July 2017|
|11||5||"Money, Money, Money"||Ben Chessell||Benjamin Law & Kirsty Fisher||13 July 2017|
|12||6||"Matters of the Heart"||Ben Chessell||Benjamin Law||20 July 2017|
Series 3 (2019)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|13||1||"Ready for This"||Ben Chessell||Benjamin Law & Kirsty Fisher||12 January 2019|
|14||2||"Close Encounters of the Male Kind"||Ben Chessell||Benjamin Law & Kirsty Fisher||12 January 2019|
|15||3||"Painfully Camp"||Ben Chessell||Benjamin Law & Kirsty Fisher||12 January 2019|
|16||4||"Dancing in the Dark"||Ben Chessell||Benjamin Law & Kirsty Fisher||12 January 2019|
|17||5||"Panic Stations"||Ben Chessell||Benjamin Law & Kirsty Fisher||12 January 2019|
|18||6||"Number One Gay Son"||Sophie Miller||Benjamin Law & Kirsty Fisher||12 January 2019|
Reception and ratings
The program has received positive reviews from critics.
One critic from Daily Review Australia said "the core challenge is making a captivating comedy series about normal people living normal lives. The Family Law gives it a good crack, and has an amiable quality that many viewers will find endearing."
Another critic from The Guardian said "there’s so much detail, warmth and gentle humour to the script, direction and production design that the characters and settings are relatable for anyone who grew up – or is growing up – in Australia." She gave the program 4 out of 5 stars.
Awards and accolades
|2016||6th AACTA Awards||AACTA Award for Best Television Comedy Series||The Family Law||Nominated|
|AACTA Award for Best Comedy Performance||Fiona Choi||Nominated|
|2017||Australian Directors Guild Awards||Best Direction in a TV or SVOD Comedy Program||Jonathan Brough (episode: "Queensland's Got Talent")||Nominated|
These are television programs with a similar premise.
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