Remember when Netflix picking up a new show was big news? Huge news? Now, it’s just another Wednesday morning announcement that the revolutionary company will be distributing “F is for Family,” a new six-episode animated series produced by Gaumont International Television. No big deal. (However, the fact that it’s not a big deal anymore, that Netflix just does this now on a regular basis, that perhaps is in itself a big deal.)
A family-oriented series created by comedian Bill Burr and “Simpsons” producer Michael Price, “F is for Family” will feature the voices of Burr, Justin Long and indie icon Laura Dern (in what is not her first voice-over role — she’s also done a few episodes of “King of the HIll” and was one of the callers on “Fraiser,” once). Also, Vince Vaughn is listed as one of the producers, if you’re into knowing what Vince Vaughn finds funny.
Netflix rarely makes a decision without first consulting its vast amounts of data about what its subscribers are already watching, and in this case Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix, cited the worldwide popularity of Burr’s stand-up specials.
Savvy TV fans will remember Burr as one of Saul Goodman’s henchpeople during the last two seasons of “Breaking Bad,” and even savvier fans will remember that “Bojack Horseman,” Netflix’s last animated series, went from being a bit disappointing to something pretty special.
From the official release, “F is for Family” is about “the Murphy family in the 1970s, a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside and bring a gun to the airport.” That doesn’t sound too promising, but neither did a show set inside a woman’s prison, or a show about an anthropomorphized horse/washed-up sitcom star, or a show produced by Eli Roth. And two out of three ain’t bad.