Original animated series from Bill Burr coming to Netflix in 2015
James R | On 22, Oct 2014
F is for Family, the new, half-hour, animated series based on the comedy of Bill Burr, is coming exclusively to all Netflix territories in 2015.
The American stand-up comedian, radio host and actor is best known for movies including Date Night, The Heat, Stand Up Guys, ”Walk of Shame” and his television role in the critically-acclaimed series Breaking Bad.
The six-episode series, produced by Gaumont International Television and Wild West Television, marks the first foray into animation by Gaumont’s US production arm, tapping the expertise of Gaumont Animation in France.
F is for Family, created by Bill Burr and Emmy award-winner Michael Price (The Simpsons), follows the Murphy family in the 1970’s, a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside and bring a gun to the airport. Burr will voice the role of Frank Murphy, the family’s extreme patriarch; Laura Dern will voice Frank’s wife Sue; and Justin Long voices the family’s oldest son, Kevin. The show is executive-produced by Burr, Vince Vaughn, Emmy award-nominee Peter Billingsley and showrunner Michael Price.
The decision to commission the series was made in response to strong demand Bill Burr’s stand-up comedy, says Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix, which is “wildly popular”, not just in the US but worldwide.
Indeed, his newest original stand-up special I’m Sorry You Feel That Way will premiere exclusively on Netflix on Friday 5th December.
“we’re looking forward to presenting his at once nostalgic and unflinching take on the family comedy in this original, animated series,” says Holland.
“F is for Family is the show I’ve always wanted to do. It captures all the characters of my childhood the way I remember it to be. Fortunately Mike Price and everyone at Wild West seem to know the same people I knew growing up. It’s going to be a lot of fun to tell these stories,” comments Bill Burr.
“Bill is the funniest, most original voice out there. We’re all excited to be working with Netflix on this project,” adds executive producer Vince Vaughn.
Fellow executive producer Peter Billingsley says there is no competition in choosing where to premiere a show: “The bottom line is, there’s no better network in all of television. They’re a game changer, providing true creative support and the ability to reach a worldwide audience instantly.”