There were a few moments that made me laugh a little. Mostly when Frank, the father of the family, would swear to put his child ‘through the f*cking wall’. When angry calling his kids ‘animals’, something I stole and started calling my ex-housemates. But these odd moments alone aren’t enough to humour me for six whole 30 minute episodes. A lot of the jokes seemed forced at times or too predictable. The jokes didn’t surprise me, rather became a drinking game between myself and I to find a joke I didn’t see coming.
One of the more concerning parts of F is for Family is how it failed to separate humour from something serious. One example being in the final half of the series where Bill, the youngest son, is trapped under his parent’s bed, while they were having sex. What could have been a funny moment came across as traumatising and uncomfortable. Instead of going about the moment in a more Family Guy, sillier way, the direction taken seemed too serious. Making it uncomfortable for even the viewer to watch. The thing is, I’m not sensitive to this sort of humour. I’m one of the idiots you’ll find on the internet spreading edgy memes and trolling Twitter. Yet instead of taking an approach to humour the audience, the scene was serious and uncomfortable to watch.
Overall I did manage to watch the whole season. It wasn’t good but neither was it bad. It had its funny moments and then quite dark and serious moments where it fell flat. But for a first sitcom, it could have been worse. I think Bill Burr could have gone a little further and experimented a bit more with the series, to try and find out what exactly F is for Family is about, what it is and where it stands with the audience. For an R-rated series, it should have definitely taken the initiative on being more out there. Maybe today’s overly PC culture scared Burr from making the show the masterpiece it could have been but definitely not something easily amendable in the next season. This is something I’ll commend Bojack Horseman for, over-coming this by having a detached telling to racial jokes through different species and not different races. F is for Family should use its card to be more racist and sexist. As we all know, the things that offend some and things you can’t usually say are the funniest. Even to those who, as a collective, are being made fun of also are able to laugh at themselves and have a good time.