F Is for Family

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F is for Family
F is for Family.jpg
Season 1 promotional poster
GenreAnimated sitcom
Black comedy
Comedy-drama
Satire
Created by
Directed byDan Sumich (supervising)
Voices of
Opening theme"Come and Get Your Love" by Redbone
Composers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes44 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Heath Kenny
  • Brian J. Cowan
  • Valeri Vaughn
  • Jean-Baptiste Lere
  • Marc Dhami
Running time25–29 minutes
Production companies
  • Wild West Television
  • Loner Productions
  • King of France Productions
  • Titmouse, Inc.
  • Gaumont Animation
Animation servicesBig Jump Productions
Oasis Animation
DistributorGaumont International Television
Netflix Streaming Services
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseDecember 18, 2015 (2015-12-18) –
November 25, 2021 (2021-11-25)
External links
Website

F Is for Family is an American adult animated[1] streaming television series created by Bill Burr and Michael Price[2] for Netflix. The show is produced by Gaumont International Television, Show Productions and Vince Vaughn's Wild West Television. The show follows a dysfunctional suburban Irish-American family, and is set in the fictional town of Rustvale, Pennsylvania in the early-to-mid 1970s.[2] The show premiered on December 18, 2015, to generally favorable reviews.[3] The series ended on November 25, 2021, after five seasons.[4][5]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Bill Burr as Frank X. Murphy: a 39-year-old disillusioned, short-tempered, foul-mouthed, Korean War veteran, husband of Sue Murphy, and father of Four who works as a baggage handler, and eventually promoted to ground-operations manager, at the local airport.
    • Burr also voices Father Pat
  • Laura Dern as Susan "Sue" Murphy (née Chilson):[2] Frank's 36-year-old wife, mother of four, and struggling entrepreneur.
  • Justin Long as Kevin Murphy:[2] The Murphys’ eldest child; a 15-year-old juvenile delinquent, and aspiring musician. Kevin also has aquaphobia, as he almost drowned in a motel pool as a child, an event that traumatizes him to this day.
    • Long also voices Chuck Sawitzki & Phineas
  • Haley Reinhart as William "Bill" Murphy:[2] The Murphys' Charlie Brown-esque 12-year-old son who is cursed by multiple bullies.[6]
    • Haley Reinhart also voices Frank Murphy as a child.
  • Debi Derryberry as Maureen Murphy:[2] The Murphys' 10-year-old daughter, whom Frank always refers to as "princess". She is a highly intelligent and inquisitive young girl with a passion for science, specifically physics, computers, electronics, spaceflight, engineering, and robotics. Maureen is also an avid reader of science fiction and her favorite television shows are Star Trek and Lost in Space.
    • Debi Derryberry also voices:
      • Philip Bonfiglio: Babe and Marie's 10-year-old son, and best friend of Bill. He has a complex caused by his controlling mother and shows subtle signs of repressed homosexuality. He also seems to be repressing his anger with violent and gruesome drawings.
      • Kenny: a 10-year-old friend of Bill and Maureen and is the younger brother of Ben.
      • Bridget Fitzsimmons: Jimmy Fitzsimmons' 11-year-old younger sister and Bill's former love interest. She was named after a bridge in Pittsburgh that her parents had sex under when she was conceived, initially implying that was how she got her first name, until her full name was revealed as "Bridget South Tenth Street Bridge Fitzsimmons".
      • Others[7]
  • Sam Rockwell as Vic Reynolds:[2] A 30-year-old wealthy radio disc jockey who was formerly addicted to cocaine. Despite his former hedonistic lifestyle, he admires Frank for having a wife and children, and is sincerely cordial towards him. Unbeknownst to him, however, his earnest attitude and way of life tends to rub Frank the wrong way. At the end of season 4, his child is born. He is shown to be an amiable and protective father towards his son.

Co-starring[edit]

  • Trevor Devall as:
    • Bolo, one of Kevin's friends and bandmates.
    • Mr. Goomer: Frank's creepy voyeuristic friend and next-door-neighbor and Evelyn's husband
    • Otto Holtenwasser: The elderly neighbor who lived through the Holocaust
    • Others[8][9]
  • Mo Collins as:
    • Jimmy Fitzsimmons: A delinquent teenager who frequently bullies Bill. He is shown to be scared of Kevin. As of season 3, he views Bill as his best friend after he saved his life.
    • Vivian Saunders: Sue's employer and sometimes friend. She is often depicted as having narcissistic qualities.
    • Brandy Dunbarton: the widow of the late Roger Dunbarton. She was the former CEO of Mohican Airways before its merger.
    • Claire: a teenage girl from the Murphys' neighborhood.
    • Ben: a friend of Kevin, Bill and Maureen's and the older brother of Kenny.
    • Ginny Throater: A sometimes friend of Sue; she's a bit of a Debbie Downer.
    • Others[10][11]
  • Phil Hendrie as:
    • Jim Jeffords: a smooth-talking television personality who was fired for his live on-air racist remarks. He later help exposes the mayor for being corrupt.
    • Reid Harrison: an aging overweight Robert Blake-esque TV star
    • Hobo Jojo (season 3–4): a hobo clown character Jim Jeffords played on a game show to compete in the ring-toss game, only to fail because of Jefford’s and the producers cheating.
    • Mr. Durkin (season 3–4): Kevin Murphy's summer school and regular school year math teacher who was known for abusing his students anytime they misbehave. He is shown to struggle with poverty.
    • Others[12][13]
  • Kevin Michael Richardson as:
    • Chauncey "Rosie" Roosevelt: Frank's African-American co-worker at Mohican Airways and elected alderman who unlike his predecessor, genuinely cares for the people in the community he represents.
    • Others

Recurring[edit]

  • David Koechner as Robert "Bob Pogo" Pogrohovich, Frank's morbidly obese, chainsmoking former boss and friend. In season 5, when he convinces Mrs. Dunbarton to sell Mohican Airways, he opens up a fast food restaurant that ends up a flop due to the restaurant’s less than appealing menu.[14][15]
  • Kevin Farley as:
    • Babe Bonfiglio, a neighbor, one of Frank's friends, husband of Marie, and father of Phillip and Anthony.
    • Carl, a baggage handler, Red's best friend, and one of Frank's co-workers.
    • Dick Sawitzki, owner of the town's electronics store and an old friend of Frank's dad.
    • Others[16]
  • Gary Cole (seasons 1–2) as Roger Dunbarton, the owner and founder of Mohican Airways. In the season 2 finale, he was accidentally killed from blood loss when he was hit by debris on the runaway at the airport he owned.
  • Joe Buck as:
    • Lou Gagliardi, the president of the International Brotherhood of Baggage Handlers, Skycaps, Roadies and Circus Roustabouts. He is also the current owner of Captain Chucklethrust's.
    • Jimmy's dad
    • Rock concert MC
    • Woodshop teacher
    • Mohican Airways commercial VO.
  • John DiMaggio (season 2) as Scoop Dunbarton, Roger Dunbarton's racist, brain-damaged, 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 back end of a Clydesdale horse. For this reason, he has a massive dent in his head. At the end of season 2, he accidentally kills himself and Roger Dunbarton when he steps on a bomb in a briefcase during an attemptive hijacking of a plane at (formerly called) Mohican.
  • Allison Janney (seasons 2–3) as Henrietta Van Horne, the founder of Plast-A-Ware[17]
  • T.J. Miller (seasons 2–3) as Randy, Bill's shady boss for his paper route.
  • Michael K. Williams (season 2–5) as Smokey Greenwood, a vending machine product distributor and owner of the Champagne Chariot Vending Services, and one of Rosie's good friends.
  • Josh Adam Meyers (season 2–5) as "Howlin'" Hank Howland, a radio DJ who works with Vic at WKWOK 109.5.[18]
  • Vince Vaughn (season 3) as Chet Stevenson, an Air Force veteran with untreated PTSD and an abusive personality who becomes a new neighbor of the Murphys'. He got poisoned by his wife who got fed up with his abusiveness towards her and subsequent died.
  • Matt Jones (season 3-5) as Nuber, Kevin's summer school classmate.
  • Jamie Denbo (season 3-5) as:
    • Marie Bonfiglio, mother of Philip and Anthony
    • Alice Goldman (season 4-5), Kevin's classmate and girlfriend who's Jewish and comes from a loving family.
  • Al Ducharme (season 3-5) as Anthony Bonfiglio, younger brother of Phillip Bonfiglio.
  • Eileen Fogarty (season 3-5) as:
    • Evelyn, Goomer's wife and one of Sue's friends.
    • Nguyen-Nguyen Stevenson, Chet's former Vietnamese wife/murderer and former neighbor of the Murphys'. After killing her husband, she was sent to prison.
  • 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.
  • Jonathan Banks (season 4-5) as William "Big Bill" Murphy, Frank's 73-year-old father who had relentlessly bullied and abused Frank, which caused Frank to resent him greatly as an adult. He acts kinder as an old man, but refuses to acknowledge his past abuse. At the beginning of season 5, he’s dead. [19][20][21]
  • Alex Moffat (season 4-5) as Sandy Calabasas, Vic's new boss at the radio station.[22]
  • Phil LaMarr (season 4–5) as Curtis Higgins, the new African-American television personality, replacing Jeffords as part of an appeasement to people of color after Jeffords was terminated for racist comments on live TV.[23]
    • Others
  • Cree Summer (season 4) as Darryl Roosevelt, Rosie and Georgia's son.

Guest[edit]

  • Kurtwood Smith as Stanley "Stan" Chilson: Sue's father
  • Carol Kane as Marilyn Chilson: Sue's mother
  • Amy Sedaris as Samantha, the Lamaze teacher with contempt for men.[24]
  • Daryl Mitchell as Chipsy White, the greatest stand-up comedian and actor on There's a Fairy On My Shoulder.
  • Will Sasso as Mayor Anthony Tangenti: Rosie's new boss and Mayor of Rustvale who is corrupt and is in cahoots with the mob.[25]
  • Joe Pera as Alaquippa Ed: Frank's former rival airport manager and eventual manager when Mohican and Alaquippa merged.[26]
  • Snoop Dogg as The Rev. Sugar Squires.[27]
  • Rich Sommer as Cliff Haskins: The Owner of Invasive Industries.[28]
    • Others

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
16December 18, 2015 (2015-12-18)
210May 30, 2017 (2017-05-30)
310November 30, 2018 (2018-11-30)
410June 12, 2020 (2020-06-12)
58November 25, 2021 (2021-11-25)[5]

Production[edit]

The series was announced in October 2014 as part of a partnership between Netflix, Gaumont International Television, and Wild West Television.[29] The show is a "family comedy" based on the standup of Bill Burr.[30] 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".[30] 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.[31][32][30] The first season consists of six episodes, shown in a serial manner, written by Bill Burr and Michael Price.[33] Price is best known for his Emmy and Writers Guild award-winning work on The Simpsons.[33] The series is directed by Ben Marsaud (director of Counterfeit Cat & former storyboard artist on The Amazing World of Gumball). Season 2 premiered May 30, 2017.[34] On June 28, 2017, the show was renewed for a third season.[35] 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 was released on June 12, 2020.[36][37] On October 1, 2020, Netflix renewed the series for the fifth and final season which was released on November 25, 2021.[4][5]

Many references are made to the city of Pittsburgh in the series, a city that Burr has visited frequently on his stand-up tours and shares a hatred of the Philadelphia Flyers with local sportscaster Mark Madden.[38][39] This has included the characters flying over the Pittsburgh exurb of Steubenville, Ohio on their way to Cleveland and said jokes about Pittsburgh being made in Cleveland, the character of Bridget Fitzsimmons wanting to run away to Pittsburgh, and the airline Alaquippa Airlines being named after the Pittsburgh suburb of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. Despite the show being set in the 1970s, no mention of the city's success in sports during the decade was made, though the job uncertainty of the employees of Mohican Airways does mirror that of the forthcoming steel crisis that hit Western Pennsylvania later in the decade. Unrelated to Pittsburgh but related to Frank Murphy's employment at the airlines, the series also didn't mention a possible airline deregulation in the 1970s and the forthcoming Airline Deregulation Act that was passed in 1978. During the time period of the show's setting, Pittsburgh was the home of Allegheny Airlines, the direct predecessor of U.S. Airways; U.S. Airways was merged into American Airlines two months before the series' premiere.

Reception[edit]

The series has received generally positive reviews.[40] On Metacritic, the first season holds a score of 75 out of 100, based on 14 reviews, indicating "Generally favorable reviews."[41] On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a rating of 85% based on 20 reviews, with an average score of 6.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "While the humor relies on vulgarity, the strength of F Is for Family is its substantial heart."[42] The second season holds a rating of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average score of 7.7 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."[43]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2017 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance Mo Collins as Ginny, Jimmy Fitzsimmons, Lex, Ben, and Cutie Pie (Episode: "Pray Away") Nominated [44]
2019 Kevin Michael Richardson as Chauncey "Rosie" Roosevelt (Episode: "The Stinger") Nominated [45]

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