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"The New Normal" review by Suzanne
Tuesdays 9:30/8:30pm on NBC

I really enjoyed this show, even though it's not the funniest sitcom I've ever seen. I really like the characters, and the show is very "cute". They should have made it an hour long "light" drama like Parenthood or Royal Pains because it's really more like one of those shows, although sometimes it veers into farce territory, like Glee. In fact, when the pilot's half hour was up, I wanted more and was surprised it was already done.

The show is about a young woman, Goldie (Georgia King) with a little girl Shania. She has a boyfriend and a dead-end job, but her boyfriend cheats on her, so she leaves town with Shania on the spur of the moment and drives to L.A. She has a bigoted, shrewish mother, Jane, that she also leaves. Jane is played masterfully by Ellen Barkin, who still looks great.

Goldie needs money, so she offers to be a surrogate for this gay couple, David (Justin Bartha) and Bryan (Andrew Rannells). These are two really good-looking and fun guys. Everyone on the show is very likable, and they make a great extended family. Some people may find Jane to be too obnoxious. I think she's pretty funny.

It's great to have more shows about different types of people, like the two gay guys and their African-American transvestite friend, Rocky (NeNe Leakes). It's also great to show young single moms, and people who are bigots. The world is made up of many different types of people--not just the ones you usually see on sitcoms.

Check it out! I think it's worth watching.

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