F Is for Family Season 5 REVIEW – F is For Swansong

F Is for Family Season 5 REVIEW - F is For Swansong

F Is for Family Season 5 REVIEW – F is For Swansong


Suppose the name didn’t give it away. In that case, the humour of F Is For Family has its share of lowest-common-denominator stuff – it rarely misses an opportunity to involve a knob or plop in proceedings. This is something that you can expect from any animated comedy. But what is rarer is the ability to tie it all together, which F Is For Family does.

It does this across entire seasons, which is a rare feat in this genre of show. South Park tried its hand at season-long plotlines with mixed results. However, they are subject to strict deadlines and animation’s long turnaround time.

F Is For Family has always managed to balance episodic storytelling and longer story arcs. It doesn’t have to resort to the ‘running gag,’ which is often used as an excuse to use the same gag ten different times. Moment-to-moment comedy doesn’t come from a writer who has been sloppy in constructing a story it doesn’t belong to.

The baser humour is disappointing, not because it’s used terribly, but because F Is For Family can be much more fun when it forces the Murphys into moral compromises. It’s that moment when you realize what they are doing and don’t even have to reveal a single genital.

This is a show that plays on two levels. Lowest-common-denominator may be a phrase that’s used as backhanded disdain, but it also means what it says — it’s crowd-pleasing stuff. This is the first time mass audiences are treated with substance and not an endless stream of vulgar nonsequiturs.

South Park’s focus changed as it grew older. F Is For Family is a very similar evolution. The kids are now secondary. They still get their plotlines, but as frontrunners have primarily been usurped by some of the more robust ancillary characters, in particular, airport concierge-turned-alderman Rosie, who by now is practically the deuteragonist.

Practically because there are many strong candidates for this role, curiously, none of them is Bill Burr, the obvious substitute. The show has been adding more dramatic characters at a rapid pace – sometimes it feels like it’s straining at its seams because it must switch between five to six perspectives and plots in one episode.

The plot never falters entirely on the show, but it is a lot to follow. If you have a favourite character, you might find that your time with them frustratingly small. These two amiable, soft-voiced men are the most substantial additions to this season’s cast. They fit in with existing characters and don’t demand a storyline of their own.

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