The Real O'Neals: Season 1 (2016)

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Funny writing and a solid cast save The Real O'Neals from traditional sitcom perils.

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Critic Ratings: 27

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User Ratings: 169

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Air date: Mar 2, 2016

Kenny announces he's gay and other family secrets spill out in the series premiere of this comedy about a seemingly ideal family whose members start being honest with one another.

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Air date: Mar 2, 2016

Kenny turns to Jimmy Kimmel for guidance as he struggles to find the best way to break up with Mimi. Meanwhile, a frantic Eileen tries to change Kenny and take control of her family in the wake of everyone's confessions.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2016

The family observe Lent to appease Eileen, but it's not easy. Meanwhile, Kenny has a chance meeting with his first gay crush; and Pat realizes that Shannon isn't a little girl anymore.

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Air date: Mar 15, 2016

Kenny returns to school after coming out, but the way he chooses to describe himself causes trouble. Meanwhile, Eileen assists Pat in selecting a sofa for his basement quarters, but their new arrangement doesn't sit well with her.

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Air date: Mar 22, 2016

Eileen applies for a job, and Shannon overhears and misunderstands her mom's plans. Meanwhile, Pat is hesitant to live life as a single man, but his patrol partner thinks he's ready; and Jimmy wants Kenny to try online dating.

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Air date: Mar 29, 2016

Pat plans a camping trip with Jimmy, and Kenny tags along to prove he still has a rugged side. Meanwhile, Eileen learns that Shannon's rebelling against the sacrament of confirmation, so she asks Father Phil to visit and answer Shannon's tough questions.

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Air date: Apr 5, 2016

Eileen's conservative mom visits unexpectedly, so Eileen tries to hide recent developments from her, but Kenny wants Eileen to open up to Grandma Agnes about everything.

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Air date: Apr 19, 2016

Eileen expects to be shunned by her book club because of gossip about her family, but instead the ladies air out all of their own grievances. Meanwhile, Kenny enjoys visiting a gay coffee shop, but he's displeased when Pat joins him for gay dodgeball.

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Air date: Apr 26, 2016

Kenny lands the lead role in the school play, acting opposite his ex-girlfriend. The uncomfortable situation then gets worse when Eileen grows too enthusiastic about the wedding scene. Elsewhere, Pat and Jimmy have trouble talking to their new crushes.

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Air date: May 3, 2016

Kenny gets jealous of Jimmy on a youth retreat because Jimmy is assigned the Faith Leader position, so Kenny rebels by becoming the ringleader of the troublemakers. Elsewhere, Eileen makes Jodi spy on Pat and his new female friend.

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In the premiere season of this sitcom about the seemingly ideal Irish-Catholic O'Neal clan who live in Chicago, the family's picture-perfect image is shattered when they all stop keeping secrets and start being honest with one another. Oldest son Jimmy (Matthew Shively), a star on the wrestling team, has an eating disorder; middle child Kenny (Noah Galvin) has been hiding the fact that he's gay; and youngest child Shannon (Bebe Wood) has been running a scam with the church's money. Meanwhile, happily married parents Eileen (Martha Plimpton) and Pat (Jay R. Ferguson) reveal they really aren't so happy and are planning on getting a divorce.

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Critic Reviews for The Real O'Neals Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (12)

It's above-average without being top tier. But ABC has proven its mettle in the kid-centric comedy arena, so it's best not to under-estimate this one's staying power or potential for growth.

Mar 2, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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In a world where everyone's offended by something, The Real O'Neals won't escape unscathed. But it finds its own firm middle ground.

Feb 29, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Like The Middle or The Goldbergs, the show is a sunny, single-camera comedy with occasional flights of fancy, but like Black-ish, it's not afraid to go after tougher issues in a funny way.

Mar 3, 2016 | Full Review…

I kept waiting for it to be edgier, smarter, and just funnier. Maybe that will come with time, although ABC may not have the patience for the show to find itself.

Mar 2, 2016 | Full Review…

Give it some time. ABC has had such a killer record with shows like this (The Goldbergs, The Middle, and even the ageing Modern Family are all equally excellent) that I can't imagine this won't find its groove.

Mar 2, 2016 | Full Review…
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By ABC standards, as well as modern conventions, the O'Neals couldn't be more normal. It's just too bad that they're not as distinct as their show thinks they are.

Mar 2, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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The first couple of episodes were directed by Todd Holland, whose work on Malcolm in the Middle reminds you that he knows how to be clever with broad material, but here, the scripts fail his talent.

Mar 2, 2016 | Full Review…

ABC's new comedy The Real O'Neals isn't as biting or controversial as conservative protesters would have you believe, but it works perfectly fine as a typical family sitcom.

Mar 2, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

It's not the hippest or the most cult-ready show to hit the airwaves, but The Real O'Neals is upbeat, silly in all the right ways, and serves as another example of ABC's quiet takeover of broadcast comedy.

Mar 2, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Behold one of the more promising family sitcoms we've seen in a while.

Mar 2, 2016 | Full Review…

An irreverent, fantastical approach in line with ABC's winning roster of family comedies.

Mar 2, 2016 | Full Review…

Plimpton and Ferguson are good at not being good together, but the writing so far is uneven.

Mar 1, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Real O'Neals: Season 1

  • Mar 28, 2017
    I'm sooooo in love with this show words falter me to express the joy it brings me. The cast is perfect and the stories are laugh-out-loud funny. VERY recommended. 6 stars!! ;)
  • Feb 03, 2017
    Very funny show and sweet! Great writing!
  • Jan 31, 2017
    I adore this show and so do my kids!
  • Jan 31, 2017
    Such important subject matter and SO funny.
  • Jan 31, 2017
    Funny and sweet show.
  • Jan 31, 2017
    best "real life" on tv....its a family favorite every week.
  • Nov 23, 2016
    Very funny with a great case.
  • Nov 15, 2016
    Funny, sweet ... but does NOT show real LGBT people's struggles. In all honesty, it's just a "white gay" show, whereas it could have been taken way futher.
  • Nov 14, 2016
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  • Sep 15, 2016
    ok this is one family i feel is like most familys today they dont exactly play by the rules of life and u love them yes they all have their problems but its not like it makes them less loveable my fave is sweet yet sassy shannon 'i dont like how this show seems to mock god more and more every time i watch' but its funny and an ok family choice

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