Examining F is for Family’s Opening Credits

That opening is a pretty good indicator of how hard-hitting the show is.

If you have a Netflix account and checked the new releases on the thing recently, you may have noticed a new original cartoon called F is for Family has recently been put up. A Bill Burr domcom set in the 70s, and I’m not familiar with the guy’s standup, but I know he has a cartoonish voice and that his humor stems from really sexist yet really honest material. And if this show is any indicator, sexism isn’t the only taboo he pushes, because F is for Family makes Married With Children look like The Brady Bunch.

Now I’m not going to give this show an official review because there are a lot of other things I’d rather be reviewing instead, but to sum it up, this show is basically a domcom with lots of profanity. Bill Burr voices Frank Murphy, a man who as we see in the start of the opening credits, was a bright young man ready to fly into the world upon graduation. Rather than fly too close to the sun to the point that he crashes though, he gets hit with a draft notice for the war in Korea and his hair and clothes instantly transition into army wear as a symbol for both life getting in the way and how quickly it can occur. And as he continues flying, we see similar transitions occur from him getting fat to being stuck in a clusterfuck of a job that ends with him crashing to the ground, surrounded by his family who you can instantly identify in terms of personality by the looks on their faces. For example, Frank has a downtrodden expression upon crashing so you know he’s the angry dad who hates his family. And Justin Long’s character on the left is the angry son, only he’s not as restricted about hiding that fact because it’s not his job to keep the family together.

The quick transitions do a good job at establishing Frank’s character and the tone the show will be going for, but it’s also important to know that the flying isn’t just a symbol of freedom. It’s established throughout the series’ run that Frank wanted to be a pilot growing up, even signing up for flight school but never actually going because life had other plans. On top of the war, he ended up getting his girlfriend pregnant and having to marry her (and you’ll know this because the baby bottle shows up in the opening credits before the wedding cake), and if you’ve ever watched any story about unexpected pregnancy whether it be a comedy or a drama – let alone experienced it yourself – you know that having kids when you’re not ready for them (especially in the 70s before programs and stuff were developed to aid with that) is never good for your career. So of course, Frank is no longer able to fly in the sky like he wanted, grounded by his own family and all the baggage that comes with them, instead settling for working at an airport so that he can at least see his dream even if he can’t experience it himself.

I’m not quite sure what Redborne’s “Come and Get Your Love” really adds to the opening other than establishing it takes place in the 70s, but it’s a good song nevertheless.

If you’re in the mood for a comedy about a fucked-up family, don’t mind a lot of swearing, enjoy Bill Burr’s stand-up, and like the story told by these opening credits, I highly suggest checking this show out. It’s only six episodes long so it won’t take more than a few hours to finish, and it really hits hard with both mean-spirited humor and emotional heart throughout that length. Also, unusual for a sitcom, there’s no reset button. Whatever happens in this show sticks, just like life. It’s like Osomatsu-san with a grounding in reality so that it’d actually be funny. Or Suzuka if the ending wasn’t blue-balled into becoming completely awful.

2 responses to “Examining F is for Family’s Opening Credits

  1. I’m a huge fan of the opening. It’s great. I’m blown away with how awesome this show was. My only complaint was that there were only 6 episodes. Next season at least 12 Netflix!