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 time25–30 minutes
Production companies
  • Wild West Television
  • Loner Productions
  • King of France Productions
  • 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)

F Is for Family is an American adult animated comedy drama streaming television series created by Bill Burr and Michael Price[1] for Netflix. The show is produced by Gaumont International Television, Show Productions and Vince Vaughn's Wild West Television. Set between October 1973 and December 1974, the show follows a dysfunctional suburban Irish-American family, and is set in the fictional town of Rustvale, Pennsylvania.[1] The show premiered on December 18, 2015, to positive reviews.[2] The series ended on November 25, 2021 with a total of 44 episodes over five seasons.

Cast and characters

Main

Co-starring

Recurring

Guest

Episodes

Main article: List of F Is for Family episodes

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)

Production

The series was announced in October 2014 as part of a partnership between Netflix, Gaumont International Television, and Wild West Television.[25] The show is a "family comedy" based on the standup of Bill Burr.[26] 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".[26] 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.[27][28][26] The first season consists of six episodes, shown in a serial manner, written by Bill Burr and Michael Price.[29] Price is best known for his Emmy and Writers Guild award-winning work on The Simpsons.[29] 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.[30] On June 28, 2017, the show was renewed for a third season.[31] 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.[32][33] On October 1, 2020, Netflix renewed the series for the fifth and final season which was released on November 25, 2021.[34][35]

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.[36][37] 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.

Reception

The series has received positive reviews. On Metacritic, it holds a score of 75 out of 100, based on 14 reviews, indicating "Generally favorable reviews."[38]

The first season was released to positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, it 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."[39] Zack Handlen of The A.V. Club called it a “bitter, but deeply empathetic portrayal of suburban malaise and depression that also doubles as a very funny TV show”.[40] Emily St. James of Vox wrote that “F Is for Family is quite a bit of fun” adding, “it isn't a bad way to kill a few hours”.[41]

The series received further critical acclaim with its second season, which holds a rating of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average score of 7.1/10 based on 9 reviews.[42] In his review for IndieWire, Ben Travers praised the season for its dramatic shift in genre, writing “F is for Family illustrates why it’s important to see series for what they are, rather than through the genre lens thrust upon them.”[43]

In a positive review of the third season, Merrill Barr of Forbes concluded: "Overall, the third season of F Is for Family continues to deliver on the things that make it such a worthy and unique addition to the Netflix landscape."[44]

Awards and nominations

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 [45]
2019 Kevin Michael Richardson as Chauncey "Rosie" Roosevelt (Episode: "The Stinger") Nominated [46]

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