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An L.A. family with serious boundary issues have their past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone to spill their secrets.

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Ali Pfefferman
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Josh Pfefferman
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Sarah Pfefferman
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Shelly Pfefferman
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Tammy Cashman
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Len Novak
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Derek
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Ed Paskowitz
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Zack
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Kaya
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Ella Novak
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Rita Holt
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Adult siblings Sarah, Josh and Ali each receive a telephone call from their father Morton who wants them to have dinner with him at the longtime family home - where Morton lives and which he got to keep in the divorce settlement from the kids' mother, Shelly - so that he can tell them as a collective some big news. The three are rather nonplussed even in their speculation that the news may be something serious like Morton having some major health issue like cancer, which if be the case successful music producer Josh openly talks about what to him is the more important aspect of inheritance. At dinner, Morton cannot tell his children the real reason for convening them, despite a vow made at a support group meeting to do so, as Morton can see that it's not the right time in the three's self-absorbed lives. What Morton does not know about his children's current lives: Sarah has just run into an old flame from college, Tammy, about who she has never told her husband Len; Josh is in a ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama

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This is not the first time Jeffrey Tambor has played a man dressed as a woman. He portrayed a transvestite judge in an episode of Hill Street Blues (1981). See more »


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Performed by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
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Excellent, intelligent, brilliantly acted and written
9 February 2014 | by (SF Bay Area) – See all my reviews

This half hour comedy pilot is excellent. It's intelligent and -- at times -- brilliantly acted and written. Quirky and adult. Not for prudes.

The show explores the tragicomic dynamics of a sort of family that's never seen on prime time, broadcast media. I applaud Amazon for providing a real alternative to the bland diet of most media. The consistently excellent Jeffry Tambor heads a marvelous cast that includes indie writer-director Jay Duplass and Gaby Hoffman. The narrative arcs in the pilot are full of surprises and the show has one of e best last lines one could ask for. Please pick this on up, Amazon, it would be a mitzvah!


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