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We’ll admit it right away: sometimes it’s hard to keep the peace with your family, especially when one of them is writing a secret novel about the others behind their backs.

But how could Tom Hayworth not do that ? For starters, his younger brother, Connor, is a Bay Area millionaire who literally just bought his house in Matt Damon. On the other hand, his still political sister, Sarah, lives in a cramped apartment with his wife and two children. Meanwhile, Tom is a middle-class writer struggling for his big chance – and the antics they all get into as a family are the perfect writing materials.

It was the best time…

Of course, Tom’s family Is discover his novel. After all, it had to happen with all the note-taking and secret scheming he was doing around them. The reaction? Honestly, much better than we would have guessed. Sure, they’re a little hurt at first, but they usually come to terms with it after realizing that Tom’s portrayals of them aren’t far off the mark.

But now that the family knows about Tom’s book, there’s a whole host of other issues, like maybe Tom’s parents want them portrayed in some way. Or maybe a publisher offers exuberant sums if Tom alters major parts of the novel.

And that’s not even touching on the issues that will arise when the book is finally finished and ready for publication.

In each case, Tom will have to make a choice: family relationships… or money?

…It was the worst time ever

Comedy is easier when your characters are (more or less) walking stereotypes. Domestical economy is the proof.

Sarah is the unemployed vegan liberal whose sense of self-righteousness leads her to find a million things to complain about and few people to befriend her. Tom is the middle-class father whose brain is so preoccupied with family finances that he often forgets to nurture his relationships, including the one with his possibly permanently alcoholic wife. Connor is the dopey millionaire with marital issues whose wealth keeps him out of touch with the rest of his siblings (and everyone else in a lower tax bracket).

On any other show, these characters are unlikely to hang out in each other’s social circles. But when you’re with family, there are always reasons to visit.

As the siblings bicker, argue, and engage in weird scenarios, we will be exposed to some concerns. Sarah is a married lesbian, to begin with. On the other hand, we will deal with sexual references (including to pornography and masturbation) and multiple instances where God’s name has been taken in vain. The characters (namely, Tom’s wife) will often be seen drinking, and there is also a reference to marijuana.

Granted, each episode usually ends with the family reconciling, coming together against all malevolence, envy, and outside influence. They will often be reminded that although they all live in very different economic situations, they are still part of the family. It’s a beautiful message.

But is this message bullish enough to make you invest in Domestical economy despite the disturbing content? Let the reader decide.

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