The Real O'Neals: Season 1 Reviews

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March 4, 2016
This half-hour series... delicately wrings the notion of the fam-com instead of scrunching it into something more precise, leaving it a pale follower to ABC's other trailblazing series.
March 4, 2016
There's not enough here to care about, though the fact that the church itself is upset enough to run ads against it might make it seem more interesting than it is.
March 3, 2016
While Savage's own views on sex and religion have been labeled by some as "controversial," this fictionalized take on his Catholic adolescence is surprisingly conventional when you strip it down to its core elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 3, 2016
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.
March 3, 2016
The Real O'Neals isn't an attack on the Catholic faith so much as it's a tweak against those who put entirely too much pressure on themselves and their families while caring entirely too much about what other people think.
March 2, 2016
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.
March 2, 2016
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.
March 2, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
March 2, 2016
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.
March 2, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 2, 2016
Above all, there is Plimpton (of Raising Hope, and so much more), the anchor here, as she seems to be wherever she goes.
March 2, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 2, 2016
Behold one of the more promising family sitcoms we've seen in a while.
March 2, 2016
Wants desperately to be the brash new sitcom that talks forthrightly about subjects that had been taboo. And a decade or two ago it might have been. Now, though, it's just the guest who arrives late to the party, blundering in loudly and clumsily.
March 2, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 2, 2016
An irreverent, fantastical approach in line with ABC's winning roster of family comedies.
March 1, 2016
Plimpton and Ferguson are good at not being good together, but the writing so far is uneven.
March 1, 2016
There is nothing real about The Real O'Neals. Or anything funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 1, 2016
If you're on the fence about giving O'Neals a shot, do so for the two stars alone.
February 29, 2016
The show... manages to be completely of the moment - and damn funny, too.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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