The Real O'Neals: Season 1 Reviews

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 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
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
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 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
September 16, 2015
There are a lot of potential Irish Catholic viewers in Buffalo, but it is really, really tough to see many of them embracing this dysfunctional family.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4