F Is for Family

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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'70s-set animated comedy is spicy but surprisingly nuanced.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Families may fight but they're always there for each other when the chips are down. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Main character Frank is selfish, choleric, lazy, and sometimes unkind, but he loves and takes care of his family. Siblings fight but help each other out when they're needed. 

Violence

Cartoonish violence: Gunshots are shown on TV; a boxer has blood streaming down his face. Kids trap a smaller kid in a tree and threaten to kill each other. 

Sex

A married couple has sex with thrusting and moaning (and while planning a party menu). Jokes about casual sex and venereal disease. A teen boy begs a teen girl to be intimate and says he likes to convince her. 

Language

Frequent cursing: "goddamn," "hell," "s--t," "son of a bitch," "f--k." Religious epithets: "Jesus Christ." Women are called "sluts" and disadvantaged characters "dirty." Young characters curse. 

Consumerism

Brands are obscured/faked, but characters brag about material possessions. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Main character drinks beer frequently on-screen. Characters plan to get drunk at a party, then act aggressive and silly. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that F Is for Family is an animated sitcom about a nuclear family in 1973. Jokes are frequently off-color and sometimes profane: A dad warns his teen son he doesn't want "half-slut" grandkids and speculates that a neighbor has "the clap." Expect frequent cursing ("s--t," "hell," "goddamn," "f--k") and off-color references to sex, bodily fluids, and body parts, as well as racist language (a minor character says "Orientals" have hands too small for good manufacturing). Characters drink beer frequently on-screen and act aggressive and silly. Cartoonish violence: Kids trap another in a tree and threaten to kill each other, and a boxer has a bloody face. A teen boy says he really likes a teen girl, but it's to get her to have sex; married characters have sex with moaning and thrusting. A teen says he "f---king hates" his dad. Characters are frequently insulting and unkind to each other, but, like the show it takes many cues from -- All in the Family -- it does have heart.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCzehas H. July 28, 2017

UHH.NOT 14, BUT 18

TV.Ma is a good rating because in one scence, it showed a penis, breast and a vagina uncensored! When I was watching this I was shocked. Also, kid to drugs and... Continue reading
Adult Written bySasha l. December 3, 2016

GREAT... Not For Kids

SO MUCH SEX, SO MUCH SWEARING, SO MUCH DRUGS. This is everything that a 18-24 year old will love. If you have kids I warn you not to show this to them. In one s... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byGracie789 December 27, 2015

Language is really the only thing

This is good the only thing about sex is humping underneath the blanket but they show nothing and kissing the language is the only bad part but nothing middle s... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old June 28, 2016

Good show

As a child i may not get sone jokes. This is a funny show that tweens may like. Yes I know in 1 scene it shows the dads balls. The swearing is really bad thoug... Continue reading

What's the story?

Created by comedian Bill Burr and writer Michael Price (The Simpsons), F IS FOR FAMILY takes place in 1973, a time when people smoked indoors, used pay phones, read newspapers, and threatened their rebellious teen sons with a trip to Vietnam. Frank Murphy (Burr) is the family patriarch, who just wants everybody to shut up so he can enjoy his beer and TV in peace. Sue (Laura Dern) is his wife, a stay-at-home mom who sells plastic storage on the side. Kevin (Justin Long) is their difficult 14-year-old; Bill (Haley Reinhart) their conflicted middle child; and Maureen (Debi Derryberry) the angelic youngest. The Murphys may not have a lot of money, and they bicker nonstop. But underneath it all, they're a family and always there for each other when needed. 

Is it any good?

At first glance this looks to be yet another animated family sitcom that attempts mild-shock humor, but this show is more nuanced and amusing than it would first appear. Trailers for the show amp up Burr's "non-PC" humor, but between the offensive jokes are sharp moments of observational comedy that are a lot more appealing. Sue bursts into tears over the emptiness of her life right in the middle of organizing stacks of the plastic ware she sells to neighbors; Frank's plot to bring Kevin to work to straighten him out is an unexpected success. In addition, those who lived through the 1970s will thoroughly enjoy the period-correct details: phone number lists hanging up by the curly-corded wall phone, hair dryers with a bonnet attachment, cars with rusty fenders and doors so heavy they rebound when you push them open and crush your leg. Families with teens and up may want to check out this heavy but fun comedy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why television comedies frequently revolve around families. What types of viewers is this type of show trying to attract? 

  • TV shows are frequently set in the near past. What other 1970s-era shows can you think of? Why is this era a popular setting? 

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