The Family Man: Season 1 Reviews

  • May 12, 2020

    Srikant Tiwari, Senior Analyst, Threat Analysis & Surveillance Cell (TASC). An underpaid government agent involved in a major capacity to keep the country safe. His job, along with his unit's, is that of Big Brother – surveillance of every digital packet of data emitting from within the premises of the national borders. Srikant is mostly a good man with an urban, savvy, straight-talking but ignored wife, along with two kids. But he lies often, leads an unhealthy lifestyle and tends to be caught between his duty to keep his nation safe and his family intact. He manages to hold it together with disguised naivety on most occasions and gets the long end of the stick from both the bosses and his housemates, barring a few events. The larger premise involves post 2014 India where news is fresher than bread yet older than wine, where inter-religious politics has seeped into the fabric of civilian life and running away from the poisoning impact of it brings one closer to the physical act of doing so. It is a bold broad premise with two brilliantly defined narratives in the beginning. Bajpayee's skills bring to Srikant the thoughtful nonchalance at various points of the show, a prerequisite for any hero, that Bajpayee embodies in his own unique way. But to take this prerequisite, turn it over it's head and delay the ultimate vengeance is what the show's writers seemed to promised midway. The mid-season reveal (technically, the ending of fourth episode) hits the nail on the head and opens up too many avenues to choose from – which is where the show falters. Convenience, coincidence and hunches rise to the fore. Even when things seem unplanned, someone is pulling the strings. Accidents are not accidents but a wormhole into another plan. But most annoyingly, The Family Man leaves the family behind. The family was the most organic source of authenticity in the show that kept both Srikant's and the writer's ears to the ground. The inter-personal shenanigans involved meat that lent rich entertainment value with thoroughly defined characters. Most importantly, it made the premise unique and title sensible. When Srikant is transferred to Srinagar on the pretext of a punishment, he leaves behind a marriage hanging by a thread, a teenage daughter who was once busted with tablets that should not have been on her, and a curious son of a younger age. And so we get Srikant's wife Suchi teasing into an extra marital affair, a midnight birthday party where the daughter Dhriti is evicted for putting her foot down, and the son who almost shoots himself in the face with his dad's revolver. It is tantalising, but also spread out because the content is so thin and you believe that the writers will not make the choices that they tease you with (especially the shoot in the face thing). The writers, like Srikant, fail to make time for the family. We instead get a tiresome focus on plans after plans. The plot, still discernible, thickens and moves base from Srikant juggling his two lives to becoming a full-time agent hell bent on wronging a right. As mainstream seeps in, the show loses it's core to it and is busy fending off the web it created for itself. It fends admirably on most counts, which is the saving grace, but also along expected lines. The season finishes at a Sacred Games like cliffhanger, where New Delhi is threatened to choke to death in the dark of the night due to a gas leak engineered by the terrorists. News confirms that The Family Man will have a Season 2 and I will watch it. The second season is often the celebration of the first. In this case, season 2 spells second chance for a show which still has rich elements, but they need to be placed right.

    Srikant Tiwari, Senior Analyst, Threat Analysis & Surveillance Cell (TASC). An underpaid government agent involved in a major capacity to keep the country safe. His job, along with his unit's, is that of Big Brother – surveillance of every digital packet of data emitting from within the premises of the national borders. Srikant is mostly a good man with an urban, savvy, straight-talking but ignored wife, along with two kids. But he lies often, leads an unhealthy lifestyle and tends to be caught between his duty to keep his nation safe and his family intact. He manages to hold it together with disguised naivety on most occasions and gets the long end of the stick from both the bosses and his housemates, barring a few events. The larger premise involves post 2014 India where news is fresher than bread yet older than wine, where inter-religious politics has seeped into the fabric of civilian life and running away from the poisoning impact of it brings one closer to the physical act of doing so. It is a bold broad premise with two brilliantly defined narratives in the beginning. Bajpayee's skills bring to Srikant the thoughtful nonchalance at various points of the show, a prerequisite for any hero, that Bajpayee embodies in his own unique way. But to take this prerequisite, turn it over it's head and delay the ultimate vengeance is what the show's writers seemed to promised midway. The mid-season reveal (technically, the ending of fourth episode) hits the nail on the head and opens up too many avenues to choose from – which is where the show falters. Convenience, coincidence and hunches rise to the fore. Even when things seem unplanned, someone is pulling the strings. Accidents are not accidents but a wormhole into another plan. But most annoyingly, The Family Man leaves the family behind. The family was the most organic source of authenticity in the show that kept both Srikant's and the writer's ears to the ground. The inter-personal shenanigans involved meat that lent rich entertainment value with thoroughly defined characters. Most importantly, it made the premise unique and title sensible. When Srikant is transferred to Srinagar on the pretext of a punishment, he leaves behind a marriage hanging by a thread, a teenage daughter who was once busted with tablets that should not have been on her, and a curious son of a younger age. And so we get Srikant's wife Suchi teasing into an extra marital affair, a midnight birthday party where the daughter Dhriti is evicted for putting her foot down, and the son who almost shoots himself in the face with his dad's revolver. It is tantalising, but also spread out because the content is so thin and you believe that the writers will not make the choices that they tease you with (especially the shoot in the face thing). The writers, like Srikant, fail to make time for the family. We instead get a tiresome focus on plans after plans. The plot, still discernible, thickens and moves base from Srikant juggling his two lives to becoming a full-time agent hell bent on wronging a right. As mainstream seeps in, the show loses it's core to it and is busy fending off the web it created for itself. It fends admirably on most counts, which is the saving grace, but also along expected lines. The season finishes at a Sacred Games like cliffhanger, where New Delhi is threatened to choke to death in the dark of the night due to a gas leak engineered by the terrorists. News confirms that The Family Man will have a Season 2 and I will watch it. The second season is often the celebration of the first. In this case, season 2 spells second chance for a show which still has rich elements, but they need to be placed right.

  • Feb 09, 2020

    Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK create a blockbuster web show that's a stunning achievement of deft storytelling and profound lead acting by a career-best Manoj Bajpayee. Although there's little to show than its family life-work life balancing common man hero, but there's a sense of relatability which never repeats in every episode, making it an entertaining and gripping thriller with amazing ideas and a great screenplay to well execute them. All in all, it's the most entertaining drama you'll see this year, and you should not miss it.

    Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK create a blockbuster web show that's a stunning achievement of deft storytelling and profound lead acting by a career-best Manoj Bajpayee. Although there's little to show than its family life-work life balancing common man hero, but there's a sense of relatability which never repeats in every episode, making it an entertaining and gripping thriller with amazing ideas and a great screenplay to well execute them. All in all, it's the most entertaining drama you'll see this year, and you should not miss it.

  • Jan 26, 2020

    As per me this was a wonderful series. I liked it so much. eagerly waiting for season 2 .

    As per me this was a wonderful series. I liked it so much. eagerly waiting for season 2 .

  • Dec 21, 2019

    Excellent! so well made. A show well put together with espionage, action, humour, politics and human moments. Waiting for season 2.

    Excellent! so well made. A show well put together with espionage, action, humour, politics and human moments. Waiting for season 2.

  • Oct 22, 2019

    Very gripping story right from the start . Phenomenally executed . Just watch it

    Very gripping story right from the start . Phenomenally executed . Just watch it

  • Oct 19, 2019

    The show starts off with the family drama and never loses it's gripping screenplay which is intertwined with the funny and dark humour behind a middle-class Indian family. Also, the topics of family compatibility, mid-life criris, political interpretation makes it much fresh to watch. The end of season-1 would leave you on the edge of your seats. No wonder to say, it could be called as one of the best Series of 2019.

    The show starts off with the family drama and never loses it's gripping screenplay which is intertwined with the funny and dark humour behind a middle-class Indian family. Also, the topics of family compatibility, mid-life criris, political interpretation makes it much fresh to watch. The end of season-1 would leave you on the edge of your seats. No wonder to say, it could be called as one of the best Series of 2019.

  • Oct 16, 2019

    Must watch. Kudos to Prime

    Must watch. Kudos to Prime

  • Oct 14, 2019

    'The Family Man' is an excellently engaging well shot series that offers a perfect blend of comedy, thrills and twists.

    'The Family Man' is an excellently engaging well shot series that offers a perfect blend of comedy, thrills and twists.

  • Oct 14, 2019

    I was thrilled after watching this. Amazing show. Excellent writing & superb execution.

    I was thrilled after watching this. Amazing show. Excellent writing & superb execution.

  • Oct 04, 2019

    My thoughts start and end with in one word, 'WOW'. Just next level. Indian take on Jack Ryan series. Only much better and modeled after current days trends. Series also instigates audience to stop and question their day to day activities and beliefs. Manoj and Priyamani are a treat to watch!

    My thoughts start and end with in one word, 'WOW'. Just next level. Indian take on Jack Ryan series. Only much better and modeled after current days trends. Series also instigates audience to stop and question their day to day activities and beliefs. Manoj and Priyamani are a treat to watch!