The Family is a stunning show. One of the best we've seen in years. The story is compelling. (No spoiler alerts you have to watch it). Each character is finely & deeply drawn. The story slaps each character around as their flaws are revealed and the plot twists knock each of them flat. My wife and I binge watched it and we were overwhelmed at the end. We tried to watch other shows, which we like, but they were insipid compared to The Family. Too bad ABC had already canceled it because the 1st season ended with an unbelievable cliff hanger. I joined an uncancel The Family crusade but to no avail The show's creator, Jenna Bans, said we should be grateful that The Family had made it on air at all. I pointed out that she knew how the story continues while we fans were left hanging, dying to know what happens next. Don't let the cancelation deter you from watching the 1st, and so far only, season of The Family. The story, characters acting production are first rate and you too will be absolutely stunned by the finale. We need more people clamoring for a 2nd season. Maybe Netflix will pick it up.
Unbelievably good. Well written. It's directed and filmed with the quality of a movie. The storyline is unpredictible. In fact the words used by the actors are only the character's interpretation and not literally what happens, i.e. Ben's version of fault as it related to Adams injuries. So this adds to the "did he or didnt he" mystery behind every scene. The filming sequence reminds me of the past and present filming style used in "This is us." If I had to say 1 bad thing about it, the only thing I could come up with is that the actual labels of "10 years ago" or "current day" used for scene dating could get a lil tedius. They could've done it with different color tones or hues, i.e. faded hues only for scenes from "10 yrs ago" with calenders in the scenes. It's the only thing I can think of as to why someone would not have raved about the show. Otherwise, this is Spielberg quality. If parents are afraid of the content, dont pass this one by. This was masterfully conveyed without ANY sexually explicit or even suggestive violation scene. The broad strokes of sexual abuse were embodied in a total of probably 3 sentences inside of 600 minutes of filming. There wasn't even a 10 seconds recreation scene. The trauma was accomplished in the most sensitive way possible. Therefore, its strong enough to be used as a reminder and a teaching tool for parents to be hypervigilant, and clean enough to convey the devastating safety issues of stranger danger. Even if there is no season 2, parents, please watch this as a reminder that a 10 second distraction can be a lifetime of grief.
The first three episodes have offered nuanced plot and story lines, with just enough doubt sewn to make for a compelling show. I love when regular networks offer dramas with intrigue and character development; treating the viewer to a developed, multi-layered tale is a welcomed shift in entertainment. Interspersing the parallel lines of present-day and 10-years-ago story progression is nicely done, as well. The viewer gets the back-story in real-time context, which is a plus. I didn't have this story already figured out from the pilot, nor did I want to stop watching--the tension level is perfectly engaging. I'm hooked; I want to see more!
I found this show intriguing and well written. They couldn't have picked better actors, for the rolls they were playing. I only wish I could have seen where it would have gone, considering that they already had the second season written, I blame NBC for canceling the show, before it really had a chance to catch, everyone's attention.
I was totally hooked at the beginning of this intelligent drama. It had all the elements for great story telling. The very end of the last show gave the viewer a surprise and huge anticipation for the next season. Then I discovered the show was cancelled. Network TV once again dismissing quality shows in favor of meritocracy in programming.