Don't expect to laugh much
The exposition-heavy-first episode -- which includes a lot of clunky language to explain how everyone is related -- tackles mental illness, political ideology, the end of democracy, racism, the loss of a child, fat phobia, alcoholism, conspiracy, homophobia, and the dissolution of relationships. At least CK warned us.
Sylvia and the attorney that accompanies her to the bar prompt a long discussion about common law versus family law. "This family, this establishment, has a tradition, has a history, has bylaws, that have been followed to the letter for 100 years," Uncle Pete tells the lawyer, adding that the original Horace and Pete started their saloon to escape their wives.
Quickly we're told that the Whittells come from a long lineage of wife-beating, and at least one wife was even murdered by her husband at the bar. "A hundred years of misery is enough!" shouts Sylvia, contending that her uncle is the most unhappy man that she has ever known.