The New Normal: Season 1 (2012 - 2013)

Season 1
The New Normal

Critics Consensus

The New Normal is heartfelt and briskly paced, but it suffers from one-dimensional characters and jarring tonal shifts.



Critic Ratings: 44


Audience Score

User Ratings: 32
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Air date: Sep 10, 2012
Air date: Sep 11, 2012
Air date: Sep 18, 2012
Air date: Sep 25, 2012
Air date: Oct 2, 2012
Air date: Oct 9, 2012
Air date: Oct 23, 2012
Air date: Nov 13, 2012
Air date: Nov 20, 2012
Air date: Nov 27, 2012
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Los Angeles gay couple Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha) start a family with the help of Goldie (Georgia King), a single mother to nine-year-old Shania (Bebe Wood), who becomes their surrogate in this sitcom from Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler. Goldie's conservative grandmother Jane (Ellen Barkin) follows her to L.A. and causes drama for them all.

Critic Reviews for The New Normal Season 1

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (25)

There's enough good in the first episode to make me hope the show can grow into a comedy half as strong as the show that clearly inspired it, "Modern Family."

Sep 10, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's also fast and funny. As long as Ryan continues to mix humor from the cute and the curdled sides of the aisle, this show will entertain.

Sep 10, 2012 | Full Review…

The New Normal wants what Modern Family is having. But if we're going to catapult from South Park to a Hallmark movie, we need a smoother ride.

Sep 10, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The New Normal is cheap and hectoring, to the point where random dwarves, deaf people and politically correct totems turn to the camera to lecture the viewers that "abnormal is the new normal."

Sep 10, 2012 | Full Review…

Barkin makes nastiness a lot of fun.

Sep 10, 2012 | Full Review…

Move past them into the pilot and the problems begin.

Sep 10, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

The most shocking new show on television this season is The New Normal. It's shocking because it's so boring

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The show has a lot of promise and if it can continue to balance the adult humor and family comedy elements, this could be the breakout show of the fall.

Aug 26, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The accurately cast, well-defined ensemble fits its characters to a T and delivers the razor-sharp dialogue with natural flair.

May 14, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

[It's like] an overexcited puppy that, one hopes, will grow up into a delightful, well-trained dog.

Apr 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The New Normal: Season 1

  • Jul 07, 2018
    clearly inspired by Modern family, it's a bit too soft and the jokes never really land... a shame because it had great potential! you should still watch it, preferably when modern family is on their break.
  • Jun 28, 2015
    The New Normal wants to be Modern Family, except Modern Family is much better written.
  • Feb 16, 2014
    Despite it's good intentions, especially with it breaking ground in introducing gay characters, it never really ended up being the show that I wanted to see but rather ended up being the one that I'd sit through because nothing better was on. It wasn't horrible by any means, but I was never grabbed.

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