The Real O'Neals: Season 1 Reviews

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 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
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
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 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 Real O'Neals is yet another fit for the (ABC) network. It doesn't start smoothly, but as we always say, comedies often require extra time to find their footing and with Plimpton, Ferguson and Galvin, the right pieces are in place.
February 29, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 26, 2016
The Real O'Neals is well written, funny and well acted, and has universal appeal because of those family secrets. Everyone's hypocritical to one degree or another some time in their lives, regardless of race, religion, sexuality, prejudice or ignorance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4