Based on the hit memoir of the same name, The Family Law is a drama-comedy series set on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast over one hot summer. Our guide: 14-year-old Benjamin Law – slightly self-obsessed, clarinet-playing middle child – with aspirations to be a TV star.
Over six episodes, we follow Benjamin as he strives for mainstream stardom whilst trying to stop his parents, Jenny and Danny, from splitting up, usually with disastrous results. As the summer progresses tension between family members build and occasions that should be cause for celebration become milestones of horror they’ll never forget. An end-of-year school talent quest ends in an attack by avian life; Christmas sees the arrival of an unwelcome visitor who is not Santa; an outing to the zoo ends in possible kidnap; an eighteenth birthday becomes an exercise in humiliation and we haven’t even gotten to the wedding anniversary!
Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, with strong traces of wrongness
Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, with strong traces of wrongness, The Family Law is a new spin on the family comedy. This is a show about sabotaged expectations, growing pains, finding your place in the world and the strange combination of affection and embarrassment we often feel towards the people we’re supposed to love the most: our family.
The Family Law starts Thursday 14 January on SBS.