Bill Burr brings his rage and humor into another season of cartoon gold.
I’ve been a Bill Burr fan for quite some time. I listen to the Monday Morning Podcast. I’ve seen most of his stand-up specials. I’m even seeing him live for the first time this month! So when I heard from the man himself that he was venturing into a more R-rated cartoon, I was in! I loved Season 1. To me, it epitomizes Burr’s humor to a tee: brutally honest.
SPOILERS AHEAD GEEKS
The Murphy family is your average American family set in the 1970’s. Hearing from Burr himself through various talk-shows and media appearances, it’s a personal reflection based on his life, and how life used to be “back in the day”. The idea that not everything was so PC in those times, and people weren’t so soft. It’s a theme he protrudes in his comedy, and it’s very evident through this show. Frank Murphy (Burr) does not baby his children. He tells them to shut the *bleep* up, build a bridge, and then get over it. It’s a mantra not only the Grumpy Geek likely identifies with, it’s one I identify with as well. Season 2 continues that mantra excellently.
The focus is Frank and the loss of his job. Just like OITNB, we get flashbacks during the episodes to get a bit of context on how Frank came into the position he’s in. The stereotypical old-school father type, Frank sees himself as the bread winner in the family, and the ultimate provider. When that fails to be, his wife Laura must step up and support the nucleus. It ultimately leads to a marriage breakdown which is portrayed with anger, spite, and then remorse. I felt down when Frank was down, because it was clear at points that he was lashing out because of frustration. Who hasn’t been there? And not being able to fulfill a role that you’ve set aside for yourself? Devastating. Going through that period of time with Frank is saddening, yet hilarious.
Frank is obviously the focal point of the show, but we also dive into the stories of everyone else in the Murphy household. Laura has to learn how to support the family, deal with sexist bosses, and deal with women-empowerment, all at once. Kevin is straight up trying to have sex. He’s 14, and that’s all he has on his mind. Hormones are raging, life is the worst for him right now, and all he wants to do is meet chicks. If you’re reading this, you can relate, gender aside. Maureen may be the only sane one in the household, as she deals with fighting parents the whole show, and ultimately proving she’s a genius. Bill (which throws me off every time because I expect to hear Burr’s voice when this character speaks) just wants a hockey stick. He’s doing his best to work up to that, and simply can’t seem to catch a break. Bill also learns the hard way about keeping and alienating friends.
FINAL SCORE: 8.5/10
I watched this entire series in a weekend. There are 10 episodes and they’re all 25-28 minutes long. It’s a fantastic way to kill some time if you’ve got 5 hours or so to kill. It’s simple, it’s vulgar (but not too much), and doesn’t try to be anything else. If I had to equate it to anything, it reminds me of a 1970’s version of King of the Hill, without the southern accents? Thankfully, the show has been renewed for Season 3, so there’s much more left to be seen with this show.
+ Funny, blunt humor throughout the show
+ Bill Burr reincarnated in cartoon form is genius
– Only 10 episodes
– Crude humor and visuals may not be for everyone (neither is Bill Burr)
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