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The Family Law Makes History (Again)

In 2016, The Family Law made TV history as the first ever show with an Asian-Australian family as leads. In January 2019, it makes history again: as Australia’s first ever TV comedy about teen sexuality.


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SBS’s The Family Law returns for a third and final season in January, making history as Australia’s first TV comedy about gay teens

 

Everyone’s favourite Chinese-Australian family, The Laws, are back for one final spin, this time with added hormone-induced angst and awkward, sexual fumbling. The third and final season of the award-winning series returns with a double episode of The Family Law launching on Saturday, 12 January at 8.30pm on SBS and SBS VICELAND simultaneously. All six episodes of The Family Law season three will also drop on SBS On Demand that evening. 

 

As Jenny dives headfirst into the giddy world of new romance, a mildly terrified Benjamin delves into the heady world of booze-drenched teen parties and unwanted sexual attraction, before finally facing up to some hard truths about himself and his sexuality. 

 

SBS Director of Television and Online Content, Marshall, Heald said:

“I’ve always loved this series and have been so personally and professionally proud to be associated with it. Season three has more depth, and the characters are incredibly rounded and authentic. It’s warm and funny – sometimes bittersweet – but most importantly, there are real human hearts beating throughout. I feel like I’ve seen this family grow up and they’re very dear to me. I’m laughing with them, never at them.

 

“I know an enormous amount of love and effort went into making the show be so beautiful and heart-warming. It’s also a real triumph for diversity on screen – under-represented faces and voices but defiantly Australian in every regard.”

 

Creator and co-writer Benjamin Law said: 

“We’re so proud of how The Family Law broke ground in showcasing an Asian-Australian family in TV comedy with season one. Given ongoing debates around youth sexuality and gender identity in Australia right now, we’re especially proud season three will look at these issues head-on. We think it’s our best – and funniest – season yet.”

 

Based on Benjamin Law’s hit memoir of the same name, the critically acclaimed first season was awarded ‘Best Casting in a TV Comedy (Casting Guild of Australia)’ and ‘Comedy Series Production of the Year (SPA Award)’ – it also earned two AACTA nominations. 

 

The Family Law season three is a Matchbox Pictures Production for SBS. Principal production investment from Screen Australia. Financed with support from Screen Queensland.

 

The Family Law season three is executive produced by Debbie Lee (Matchbox Pictures), produced by Julie Eckersley and Sophie Miller (Matchbox Pictures), and co-produced by Lisa Wang.

 

Directed by Ben Chessell (Offspring, Doctor Doctor), along with Sophie Miller (directed episode 6), the show is written by Benjamin Law and Kirsty Fisher.

 

The Family Law complete season three will drop on SBS On Demand on Saturday, 12 January at 8.30pm in line with episode one and two launching on SBS VICELAND and SBS simultaneously.

 

Seasons one and two of The Family Law will be available on SBS On Demand from Saturday, 29 December.

 

 

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