Creator: Bill Burr
Director: Benjamin Marsaud, Laurent Nicolas, Dan Sumich
Starring: Bill Burr, Laura Dern, Justin Long, Debi Derryberry, Haley Reinhart, Sam Rockwell
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Back to the 1970s when life was different. I like this TV show so much because it presents a family story set in that glorious period, when “dads were kings” when children had no phone, no internet, they just played outside with their friends. It reminded me a lot of great moments when I was a young boy. And I think a lot of young adults, like myself, will find this animated series nostalgic, even though they weren’t born in the 1970s.
The first season has only 6 episodes (25 minutes each). The story follows Frank Murphy (Bill Burr), head of the household with 3 children (Bill, Kevin, and Maureen). Frank’s wife, Sue (Laura Dern), is trying to focus on her job, besides being a mom, which is pretty interesting. I mean, in 2020, you could have a career and be a mother at the same time, but back then, it wasn’t like this. Bill works in an airport, and he is promoted in the first episodes. Now, he responds to almost everything that happens there. That is pretty difficult because most of the employees want to go on a strike. At the same time, he has to deal with his family. That’s all I’m gonna tell you about the plot.
There are a lot of funny moments, but there are also a couple of emotional scenes, where you become pretty sad. I mean, it was a glorious time but, even so, a lot of people were unhappy because of their problems with family, job, and so on. But, you have to look upon the glass as half full all the time. That’s what the producers wanted to suggest at the end of the season. This show is so good; it has some deep moments that will make you reflect on your own life sometimes.
On the acting part, I’ll only say that Frank is my favorite character from the first season, even though he is a difficult person. Sue is also a great character, she struggles to succeed at her job, and she tries to be a good mom. The kids reminded me a lot of my childhood, when I just walked out of the house, and just met my friends and so on. They have some great funny scenes, which are not bad at all.
This animated TV show also has some intelligent jokes, to say so, which are pretty subtle but very funny. I hope you’ll watch it, especially it is on Netflix. I think you’ll like it. So, stay safe and enjoy it!