F is for Family (2015-): Season 4
Title: F Is for Family
Genre: Animation|Comedy| Drama|
Runtime: 30 min/Episode
Created by: Bill Burr
Starring: Bill Burr, Laura Dern, Justin Long
A SOLID FOURTH SEASON
With the ending last season, season 3, we’ve now reached the fourth season of F is For Family. As mentioned in the Season 1-3 of the series, it’s really progressive over time. It’s purely narrative-based and some of the plots really give it a depth that it would’ve if it was like an animated sit-com.
However, in this season it is all about father Billy and Sue’s pregnancy. It was not all clear through the first three seasons, but initially many sons hate their fathers or have some kind of restrained father-issue. There is no exception in this series. The plotline with the pregnancy felt unnecessary when the family is already big. Why would a fourth child change that? And as always, the father is excluded during the birth but it also gives you an insight into how gender inequality was exposed during the ’70s. One example is depicted in how women were not able to get the right health care unless their husband wasn’t present.
This season is pretty linear. Kevin finally gets a girl that he deserves and has matured well over time. Bill becomes one with the hockey team and Maureen befriends Bridget Fitzsimmons. The dog is barely used in this series as well. Vic, voiced by Sam Rockwell, is still struggling to keep up with the modern music landscape, and d when he gets a new job, it also turns out that there are some clashes there that he actually needs to sort out. If you’ve seen previously season, you would be aware that Vic is a drug addict on cocaine, fucks a lot of women, and is a big fan of rock music. Easy to say, is that he’s the stereotypical trope that you would find in the ’70s as he’s a character that is reimagined in cartoon form.
The resent from Frank to his father is fully explored in the fourth season. William Murphy, the grandfather, comes for a visit and tries to fix up a couple of things with his son. The particular reason why Frank’s father is visiting is never explained in full context and objectively it resounds to just a plot-device for Frank to deal with his father issues.
Another big arc that takes place in this season is the character-development of Rosie who becomes the Alderman of the community. As a black Alderman, he’s fully representative of his community and there is also some controversy with racial injustice and how the mayor of the city deals with it. In R Is For Rosie, he gets his own intro in the same way that Frank has done. He is the only side—character in the series so far to get that. In this episode, the main story follows Rosie as he tries to help his own community to his mortification – when things don’t go in his way.
For me personally, series that progress over time and has continued narration over seasons, is far more interesting to deep dive in and should by far get more attention in the animation-series genre than failure and missteps such as Family Guy, which has declined in quality over time and with their constant cut-aways, it initially distract you from the story that has been told. Therefore, stories like what F Is For Family has far more entertaining value and care for the story itself. It doesn’t disgrace itself with simplistic plotlines and mediocre jokes.
The fourth season is not a step up but it’s a solid season. Nothing groundbreaking or depth as it follows two simple plot-lines: the baby and grandfather William Murphy. This interaction with each other in a solid way and the conclusion in the final episode is still a reminder of why this TV-series deserve more attention and love. However, it is a solid season and with the new baby born, it can make things interesting.